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Wednesday October 1

10:11
NI releases Komplete Kontrol S-series keyboards

Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released the Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, and the latest generation of Komplete and Komplete Ultimate software bundles.

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10:00
Jony Ive talks Apple Watch and more in new Vogue...

In line with Apple's efforts to position the Apple Watch as a bonafide fashion accessory, the latest issue of Vogue features an in-depth profile on Jony Ive, Apple's famed mastermind of design.

The feature treads across familiar territory: Growing...

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09:51
Google's Augmented Reality 'Ingress'...


Google's Niantic Labs last week announced a new Missions feature that can incorporate user-generated content in its Ingress augmented reality game. Now available to Android users, Missions challenges players to visit a series of places, complete a game action such as hacking or capturing a portal, or use clues to solve a puzzle in order to advance, said John Hanke, head of Google's Niantic Labs. Data from Niantic's Field Trip app is included, making it possible to incorporate locations provided by more than 200 publisher partners.

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09:49
Review: Kenu Airframe+ car mount for iPhone 6 Plus


One of the problems the new iPhone 6 models present is where to put it when you’re in the car. You may not want to keep it in your pocket for obvious reasons, especially the iPhone 6 Plus, and the new models are larger and slipperier than ever. Keeping it in the seat next to you probably means it’ll end up on the floor. With the larger displays and new features introduced with iOS 8, using a car mount is more useful than ever. I’ve been trying out ...

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09:42
iOS 8 makes it easier to access desktop websites in...

Users who prefer to browse the web without the constraints of "mobile optimized" websites can now do so easily in iOS 8 thanks to a new "Request Desktop Site" button in Mobile Safari.

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09:26
Bug causing App Store to include wrong apps in Kids...

A bug involving the iOS App Store is causing it to display inappropriate apps under the various Kids categories, according to complaints. Browsing those categories' Top Charts sections, users can currently spot many apps that would normally fall under the All Categories umbrella. This includes obvious mistakes such as gambling and dating apps....



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09:18
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Roku stick (refurb) $35, Sharp...

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:

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $80 shipped (orig. $120)

Roku Streaming Stick w/ remote (refurb) $35...

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09:00
Announcing Chegg Study + OneNote for students to get...

Chegg the Student Hub, is all about making 13 million high school and university students more successful in their classes through partnerships and offering tools to make learning easier, more accessible and more productive. It is only natural that OneNote becomes the one place for Chegg students to take and organize all their class notes and study guides, accessible on any device they are carrying in their backpack or pocket. That is why we are excited to announce a partnership with Chegg and their Chegg Study Q&A product.

The 2013 Chegg Homework Help survey found that 81 percent of students who used Chegg Study felt better prepared for their exams. Now, a new Clip It button, right next to any Q&A, saves all the answers into OneNote. From there, students can use OneNote to build their study guides, study with friends and take notes on-the-go.

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09:00
Kennametal: manufacturing leader creates unity and...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Steve Hanna, chief information officer at Kennametal. 

Being a CIO is about more than just achieving benchmark performance and lowest costs for technology assets. I believe it’s really about collaborating with your business leaders to drive better overall results for the company. At Kennametal, we recognize the huge impact it makes on getting those results if we have the right people onboard, particularly when they work together.

But with nearly 14,000 employees in more than 60 countries, it can be challenging to find and connect the individuals who have the experience and insight needed in a given situation. We do our best to bring colleagues face to face when they’re working together on big projects and initiatives, but it isn’t always feasible to take people away from their...

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09:00
Assassin's Creed: Identity launches in NZ,...

Assassin's Creed is a massive console franchise that has never really fully embraced smartphones and tablets. Sure, there are several Assassin's Creed games (and some comics as well) on the App Store, but nothing that matches the look and feel of the...

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08:55
Sprint offering free double data to family and...

Today, Sprint announced a new promotion that gives its customers “double the data” offered by AT&T and Verizon for the same price. The carrier’s 32GB, 40GB and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will change to 60GB, 80GB and 120GB at no additional charge. Similar to AT&T’s newest promotion, Sprint’s deal also comes to an end on October 31st.

Not limited to consumer accounts, Sprint will be extending this offer to its business customers starting on Friday, October 3rd. Enterprise accounts will have the chance to jump from 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, or 100GB of data to 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, and 200GB at no extra cost until the end of October.

In addition to doubling down on data,...

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08:35
Rumor: PayPal excluded from Apple Pay service...

It’s inevitable: competition and past legal strife creates some awkward scenarios.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog and BankInnovation, PayPal was conspicuously absent from Apple’s list of secured partnerships when Apple Pay was announced in September. Now comes word that PayPal was initially part of Apple’s vision of Apple Pay, but that negotiations fell apart due to Pay Pal’s relationship with Samsung.

Apple and PayPal started talking early on in Apple’s development of Apple Pay, as Apple was setting up partnerships with the card issuing banks and card networks. Since PayPal’s a payments industry leader, it would have been shortsighted...

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08:31
Piper Jaffray advises 'conservative...

Investment firm Piper Jaffray thinks the potential market for the upcoming Apple Watch is "huge," but warned investors on Wednesday that it will take time for the wrist-worn smart device to grow into its full potential.

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08:31
All gold everything: Apple may add new hue to iPad...

You glance at the time on the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition strapped to your wrist while chatting on your gold iPhone 6 and answering e-mails on your gold iPad. No, you don’t have the Midas touch. Apple is reportedly adding gold to its iPad Air lineup for easier color coordination.

High demand for the gold iPhone 5s when it launched last fall proved there’s a market for Apple devices in shades other than space gray and silver. According to Bloomberg, Apple is adding a gold iPad Air to its lineup this year. The mini is reportedly being left out of the metallic makeover.

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08:20
iPhone 6 “Bendgate” scandal leads to copycat efforts

Never underestimate the power of stupidity in the face of an Internet trend.

Per Daily Dot, two 15-year-old UK residents going by the names of “Kylie” and “Danny” recorded footage of themselves entering an iPhone 6 Plus and bending at least one iPhone 6 Plus handset, using the display table as leverage.

Since the iPhone 6 was released two weeks ago, it’s been plagued by claims that it’s easy to accidentally bend, something multiple people have already put to the test in videos. But not like this.

The two uploaded the following video, which was later removed, then reposted via a mirror.

Without a contract, the iPhone 6 Plus retails at US$649.

The pair later offered the following apology video, wherein at least one of the teens seems to take responsibility regarding the incident.

Please be advised that the apology is less than family friendly/...

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08:03
Apple's iPhone 5C Sales in Britain have Defied...

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to August 2014, show that Apple’s share of British smartphone sales defied convention by holding steady ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. Apple was boosted by the iPhone 5c, which was Britain’s best-selling smartphone during August.

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08:02
Report Claims Gold iPad Coming Soon

Apple is reportedly ready to introduce a gold iPad as part of its product lineup along side its silver and Space Gray versions. If so, the iPad's color options will match up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The Mac Observer Spin: Gold iPads sounds pretty garish, but to be fair, I said the same about gold iPhones and they sell really well.


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08:00
iPhone 5 battery replacement program allows third-...

Apple is now allowing people to participate in its iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program even if they've had their phone's display fixed using third-party components, according to a notice on the company's private website for service providers. The company's previous position was that it wouldn't replace batteries in phones that may have seen damage, and as such it required broken displays to be fixed first. If someone fixed a display on their own, though, Apple would deny them a new battery....



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08:00
Dutch store's bent iPhone 6 display is an...

Regardless of which side of the "bendgate" controversy you land on, we can all get a laugh out of the iPhone 6 display at this Dutch electronics store. The image, which was first to Reddit yesterday, shows
the store's angled displays holding -- and...

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07:50
Cocktail 8.0 Beta 2 - General maintenance and...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 8.0 Beta 2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Note: Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite to run.

  • OS X 10.10 or later



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07:50
Jony Ive confirms Apple Watch three years in the...

Apple design chief Jony Ive provided a rare glimpse into Apple's product development process on Wednesday as part of an even-rarer interview, revealing that Apple's new smart watch was in the works for some three years before its unveiling in Cupertino.

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07:37
Jony Ive Discusses Steve Jobs and Apple Watch in...

Vogue editor Robert Sullivan today published a profile of Apple's Jony Ive, documenting his rise from a small London design firm to become one of the most recognized and respected designers in the world. The life-changing moment happened when Ive met Steve Jobs and the two "just clicked."

Ive talks about feeling a little apart, like Jobs. "When you feel that the way you interpret the world is fairly idiosyncratic, you can feel somewhat ostracized and lonely"—big laugh here—"and I think that we both perceived the world in the same way." In his time at Apple, Ive has led design efforts on a number of iconic products including the iMac, iPhone, MacBook Pro and most recently the Apple Watch, which the company unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and which Ive showed to Sullivan weeks before its public unveiling. Speaking about the Apple Watch, Ive hopes to rekindle interest in a device the...

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07:31
Evercore Raises AAPL Target on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

Evercore Partner analyst Rob Cihra raised his target price for Apple's stock to US$125 in response to stronger than expected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. He now expects Apple to sell 39 million new iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and 65 million units during the December quarter.

The Mac Observer Spin: Analysts seem pleased with iPhone 6 demand, but it looks like they won't be really happy until they see new iPads ship.


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07:12
PSA for parents: Apple recommending inappropriate...


If you use the Kids sections in the App Store for finding appropriate apps for children, you might want to be careful until Apple fixes a bug that’s currently displaying the wrong apps for kids. Specifically, the “Kids” category under the App Store’s Top Charts section is currently displaying apps that should go in the main “All Categories” section. That means that the All Kids, Kids 5 & Under, Kids 6-8, and Kids 9-11 categories are currently displaying many apps that are inappropriate for kids (pictured above). 

The bug appears to be iOS 8 only, and is present in App Stores in at least the US, Canada, and Germany. Reader and...

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07:03
Apple Tells Developers to Submit their OS X Yosemite...

Apple is signaling we're much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it's time to start submitting their app updates now. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates - which has also happened.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering iCloud Drive is essentially hobbled for most iOS 8 users without OS X Yosemite, this launch can't come soon enough.


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07:00
How Apple implemented time-lapse video in iOS 8

One of the great new software-based camera features Apple tossed into its bag of iOS 8 tricks is the ability to take time-lapse video footage.

Curious as to how Apple implemented the feature, designer Dan Provost of StudioNeat -- purveyor of the...

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07:00
How to Bring Out the Best of iOS 8's...


If you haven't yet taken the iOS 8 plunge, you may not know what you're missing. True, iOS 8 has the familiar iOS 7 look and feel, but it's chock full of both new and improved features and functionality. And it's free. Some of the new features evoke a sigh of relief -- we've been waiting for these, Apple. Others are downright pleasantly surprising and altogether cool. Here's your guide to the most useful and welcome iOS 8 changes to the Camera and Photo Apps, the new Family Sharing feature and more.

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06:53
iPhone app Numerous adds iCloud sign-in, Today...


Numerous, the number tracking app for iPhone, previewed a new version of the app over the summer with several features that take advantage of iOS 8. Today the update is live and includes support for HealthKit to read data from Apple’s Health app, a Today widget in Notification Center for glancing at numbers you track, and added AirPlay support for displaying an optimized version of your numbers on Apple TV.


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06:40
Daily Deal: Get the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for only...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for only $74.99—that’s almost half off the regular price. A self-stabilizing, remote-controlled quad-copter, Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 features an aerial camera for videography and photography with a swiveling lens to capture from any angle. Designed for stunt flying, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee and its self-righting algorithm and sensors will stabilize…

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06:19
News: Upcoming iPad Air to have gold color option

Apple will add a new gold color option to its newest iPad Air likely to be unveiled this month, Bloomberg reports. The gold color, which has been an iPhone color option since last year’s iPhone 5s, is reportedly being added to the lineup to boost sales. Interestingly, the report makes no mention of whether the next iPad mini will also come in gold. Apple declined comment....

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06:18
iTunes Store Adds City of Hope Donation Page for...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Apple is hosting a special donation page on the iTunes Store for the City of Hope cancer and diabetes research and treatment organization. You can make donations through your iTunes Store account ranging from US$5 up to $200.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's great to see Apple making it easy to share a little during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Your donations could have a real impact on someone you know.


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06:17
The Northern Spy: iOS 8, ShellShock and much more

By Rick Sutcliffe

iOS8 was introduced at WWDC with much hoopla but actually arrived with some problems, and has needed two updates since, the current one being 8.0.2. Also many users find it is too large to install without deleting a great deal of material from their iPuds. Hint: Use iTunes for the update. Given the usual spit and polish Apple puts into new releases, this whole episode seems odd, even a little Microsoftish--as if something has slipped there. Heads may roll.

ShellShock

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06:09
The joy of Apple slamming, and why it just doesn’t...

Nice essay from Ken Segall (long time creative director who worked on the Think Different campaign, came up with the iMac name) about the fallout from Bendgate.

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06:06
QuartzCode is new code generator for Mac OS X

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced QuartzCode (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com), a code generator tool for Mac OS X.

It's an animation tool that turns vector drawings and animation into Objective C code. With QuartzCode, developers and designers can create new or use existing assets and transform them into complex animations without writing code. Supporting Core Animation and UIView block-based code generation, QuartzCode is readable and can be modified in real-time.

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06:00
Announcing Office Sway: reimagine how your ideas...

Today we’re introducing a brand new app to the Office portfolio. Say hello to Sway! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps you do just that. It’s a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser. It is easy to share your creation and it looks great on any screen. Your ideas have no borders, edges, page breaks, cells or slides. Your mind is a continuous canvas, and Sway brings this canvas to life. Sway helps you focus on the human part: your ideas and how they relate to each other. Sway takes care of the design work—a Sway is ready to share with the world as soon as it is born.  With today’s announcement and Sway Preview, we are just starting our journey with Sway...

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06:00
Apple supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with...

Apple updated iTunes with a new page that allows users to make a donation to City of Hope, a non-profit charity dedicated to combating cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. This initiative starts today and continues through October as...

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05:58
Garmin Forerunner 920XT GPS watch revealed with...

Garmin has introduced another device in its Forerunner GPS watch range. The Forerunner 920XT, a follow-up to last year's Forerunner 910XT, is able to track the wearer's physical activities and provide a variety of statistics on its display, but improves on its predecessor by using a color display, being 15 percent lighter, and offers increased connectivity options....



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05:56
ChronoAgent ready for Yosemite

Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.7, which is read for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

ChronoSync is an application that runs on a Mac that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac. 

ChronoAgent replaces Apple File Sharing providing a direct connection with full access to the destination Mac. ChronoSync costs US$40 and ChronoAgent is $10; all existing ChronoSync and ChronoAgent users update for free.

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05:48
Candy Apple for Mac OS X sweetened to version 1.4

28bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.

Version 1.4's new features include adding support for finer width strokes; keyboard shortcuts for Zoom In, Zoom Out, Actual Size and Zoom to Fit; and quicker text creation. The upgrade also fixes a saved state bug that shows a saved file as unsaved.

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05:40
The iPhone 5c was the best selling phone in UK,...

The iPhone 5c is often criticised in light of its beefy powerful cousins, acting as a bit of a laughing stock for the technology industry. However, it is often reported as one of the top phones by sales volume in many countries (usually beating out Samsung’s offerings).

In fact, for August the iPhone 5c was the best selling smartphone in the UK, even outselling the iPhone 5s, according to Kantar World Panel.

The iPhone 5c was the best selling phone in Britain in August with 8.9% share, outselling the flagship iPhone 5s with 7.6% and the Samsung Galaxy S5 with 6.0%.

Normally, Apple phone sales drop in the runup to the next-generation devices, as customers hold off on iPhone purchases until the new versions are ...

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05:40
iOS 8: Requesting the Desktop Version of Websites

There's a great new way to browse the Web on your iOS device, especially if you don't like the mobile versions of certain sites. With just a tap or two, Safari can ask websites to show you the desktop version instead, which can be incredibly handy! Melissa Holt's got the lowdown in this Quick Tip.


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05:16
Photos from the Apple Watch Sneak Peek in Paris

Big thanks to long time Loop reader Patrick Crowley for pulling together this fantastic collection of images from yesterday’s Apple Watch event at the Colette boutique on Rue Saint Honoré as part of Fashion Week.

The images were all taken with Patrick’s brand new iPhone 6. Thanks, Patrick. Great job.

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05:15
TSMC and ARM Reveal Next-Gen 64bit 16nm Processor...

The Apple A8 is a 64-bit system on a chip (SoC) designed by Apple that first appeared in the iPhone 6 which launched in September. Apple stated that it has 25% more CPU performance and 50% more graphics performance while drawing only 50% of the power compared to its predecessor, the Apple A7. The A8 ...

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05:07
Belkin unveils Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for...

Major Apple accessory maker Belkin on Tuesday announced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, a Thunderbolt 2-equipped successor to the company's original Thunderbolt Express Dock that allows users to connect up to eight additional devices to their Mac with a single cable.

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05:00
External Link: Pebble Cuts Prices, Adds More Features

Until Android Wear and the Apple Watch announcements, Pebble was probably the hottest smartwatch company on the scene. Now, with big-name competition, Pebble is slashing prices of the original Pebble by $50 to $99 and the Pebble Steel by $30 to $199. The company is also adding background sleep and activity tracking to its smartwatches. Its new marketing campaign pokes fun at Apple’s SVP of Design, Jony Ive, saying “Breath, Jony. It’s just a watch. Chill.”

 

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04:46
∞ Jimmy Fallon and Robert Plant sing an awesome iPad...

[VIDEO] Back in March, Billy Joel came on the Tonight Show to take Jimmy Fallon’s iPad for an incredible ride with just a brilliant duet.

Now it’s Robert Plant‘s turn. The only thing that could have made this better is if they launched into D’yer Mak’er....

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04:33
Former Apple managers talk of the 24/7 work culture...

With the extreme competition for senior jobs at Apple, it will come as no surprise that you’re expected to work hard and put in extra hours. But according to two former managers speaking in a Debug podcast, the demands are far greater than anyone realizes when they join, with immediate responses to emails expected even in the middle of the night.

Sunday is a work night for everybody at Apple because it’s the exec meeting the next day. So you had your phone out there, you were sitting in front of your computer, it didn’t matter if your favorite show was on [...] You were basically on until, like, 2 o’clock in the morning …

According to Don Melton – the engineer who started the Safari project at Apple...

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04:19
Government ID, payment, SIM apps account for 87% of...

Smart card shipments totaled eight billion units in 2013, with government ID, SIM, and payment and banking applications accounting for 87% of all shipments, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

Of these three market verticals, Gemalto, Oberthur Technologies, G&D, and Morpho led the way with a combined 2013 market share of 66%. It is expected that these three applications will spurn market growth and account for 89% of all smart card shipments in 2019. The expectations and drivers for each of the three vertical markets are as follows:

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04:14
Recommended Reading: 'Photoshop CC and...

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are central to almost all photographic workflows. However, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for novice and intermediate users.
 

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04:13
CS Odessa announces iPhone user iInterface Solution...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new graphical user interface solution for ConceptDraw Pro, which is now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The new User Interface Solution provides a toolset for developers and software product management professionals who use ConceptDraw Pro in their prototyping work. The new solution provides graphical user interface elements, ui patterns, and Apps icons that simplify user interface mockup for iOS applications.

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04:04
Apple's A8 & iPhone 6 extend iOS'...

While many new Android flagships sport hardware specifications that appear competitive with recent iPhones, top rated iPhone games remain conspicuously missing from Google Play, a problem that Apple's new Metal API and 64-bit Application Processors threaten to only make worse going forward, despite Android's lead in unit shipments overall.

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03:30
This Week in iOS Accessories: MIDI mastery using iOS

This Week in iOS Accessories: MIDI mastery using iOS

IK Multimedia has unveiled iRig Pads—the perfect tool for DJs wanting to make live or recorded music. Plus: New ways to protect your iPhone and type on your iPad.

Designed by M

Want to keep the scratches off the screen of your brand-new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? The $30 mPact Glass Screen Protection is available to pre-order for both versions of the new phone. (Designed by M hasn’t said when the product will ship.) And if you haven’t upgraded your phone, yet, versions for older iPhones and iPads are available now.

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03:28
Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG...

Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month....



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03:21
Five things Apple should fix in the next Apple TV...

Apple TV got a software update last week that didn’t exactly blow our hair back—the icons got a new, flat, iOS 7-and-8-ish look, and we got Family Sharing support, a new Beats Music channel, and that’s about it. The new icons are pretty and all, but the experience of actually using the Apple TV didn’t noticeably improve. Here are five suggestions for Apple to make the next Apple TV update a real upgrade.

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Tuesday September 30

23:56
Breast Cancer Awareness Month donation option...

City of Hope, a research and treatment charity focused on cancer and diabetes among other life-threatening illnesses, will be the recipient of donations given by iTunes users through a new portal on the iTunes Store and available for iOS, Mac and Windows users. The move, the first time Apple has set up a donation system for a non-disaster relief organization, is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and will be available throughout October....



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23:41
Pokemon trading card game demoed in August now...


In August we got a glimpse of the upcoming Pokemon trading card game for iPad in what would be the first official Pokemon game for Apple’s platform. Tonight the app became available on the App Store.

The game features both a single-player mode in which you play against a computer as well as an online version that allows you to challenge other players as well as a full deck management system.

You can grab Pokemon TCG for...

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22:30
Apple patches Shellshock vulnerability, but it’s not...

Apple released OS X bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks to fix a vulnerability in the bash UNIX shell. “Shellshock” is believed to be much worse than the Heartbleed vulnerability that was discovered earlier this year.

PC Magazine wrote about two scenarios that can make OS X vulnerable to the Shellshock bash bug:

For example, Bash would be exposed if a user turned on the remote login capability for all users, including guests. But that is an action that “is probably not the most secure thing to do anyway,” Erwin wrote, as...

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22:09
Bloomberg: Apple to offer next iPad Air in gold...

As previously reported, Apple will launch the second-generation iPad Air, and possibly the iPad mini with Retina display, with an option for a gold color -- to match the options available for the iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6 family. The gold color, first introduced last year, is said to be the most popular color for the iPhone 5s and caused severe shortages for the gold model during its debut. The next iPad models are also expected to gain the latest A8 processor, improved graphics and Touch ID....



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21:37
Apple Reduces Screen Size in Apple Watch Video to...

Apple republished the Apple Watch video to YouTube with a couple of changes. The first is that the screen size in the renderings of the device is smaller in the new video-that makes the video match the way the device has looked all along on its website. The second change noticed so far is that the Glance screenshot has been altered.


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21:32
Path takes laziness to a new level with business...

Apps are making it a little too easy to avoid fellow humans. You don’t have to hail a cab, order food delivery over the phone, or even walk down to the
laundromat, all thanks to apps. But sometimes you have queries that need to be answered by actual people. Don’t worry: Path will handle that for you.

You can "message" businesses on Path Talk, which really means that Path reps call businesses for you.

The social network, once considered a Facebook rival, in June spun off its chat feature into a stand-alone app called Talk—like Facebook
did with Messenger. Path also bought messaging app TalkTo, which lets you text a business with questions. Now Talk and TalkTo have been combined so you can message a place directly from...

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21:27
iTunes Store Now Accepting Donations for City of...

Apple has launched a new page on its iTunes Store allowing users to donate to City of Hope, which is a non-profit charity focusing on medical research and treatment. The page can be accessed through the desktop iTunes Store as well as the iTunes and App Store apps on iOS, with options for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 donations available.

Apple will transfer 100% of each donation to City of Hope, as all donations will be billed to an iTunes account. With Apple currently holding 800 million iTunes accounts, the company has a large customer base that can take part in the donation program.

Apple has conducted similar donation campaigns throughout the past few years, which include programs for...

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21:24
Apple opens iTunes donations for 'City of Hope...

For the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Apple will be accepting donations through iTunes to go to the City of Hope charity, a research and treatment center for life-threatening diseases.

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21:21
Apple to collect City of Hope donations through...

Apple has announced that for the month of October it will be accepting donations through the iTunes Store on behalf of City of Hope in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. City of Hope is a research facility that focuses on prevention and treatment of not only cancer, but many serious diseases such as lymphoma.

The Cupertino company has previously collected donations on behalf of organizations...

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20:42
Yosemite GM provides an early look at new versions...

On Tuesday Apple provided developers and beta testers with the GM build of OS X Yosemite, which will likely be the version that ships to consumers later in October (although since this is only a “GM candidate” we may see another build sometime before then). Earlier we noted that this build includes updated videos to demonstrate the trackpad gestures in System Preferences that showed off new iWork icons.

As it turns out, those demo videos also give us a quick look at what will almost certainly be the next major version of Apple’s iWork suite. Above you can see an unreleased version of Pages...

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20:08
Apple calling for Yosemite app submissions following...

On Tuesday, Apple signaled the end of active development of the first official version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite with the seeding of the "Golden Master," a one-last-lookover build that will be used as the final first release if no show-stopping bugs are found. An email was sent to registered developers calling for app submissions ahead of the upcoming launch of Yosemite, though no date or deadline was given. The existence of a GM candidate suggests that Yosemite is not far from being released to the public....



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19:16
Apple Asks Developers to Submit OS X Yosemite Apps...

Hours after Apple released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers and members of the public beta, the Cupertino company has begun asking developers to begin submitting their Yosemite apps to the Mac App Store. Additionally, developers can now submit their apps written in Swift to the Mac App Store as well.

Make sure your apps take advantage of all the great new features in OS X Yosemite, which will be available to millions of customers around the world later this fall.

Add powerful new functionality throughout OS X Yosemite with app extensions, explore the innovative new Swift programming language, and take advantage of advances in game technologies, Safari, iCloud, and more. To prepare your apps for the Mac App Store, download and build with the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed...

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19:05
Bloomberg: Apple's next-gen iPad Air to come in...

In line with previous reports, Bloomberg on Tuesday says Apple's next-generation iPad Air will be offered in gold, bringing the company's flagship tablet up to speed with iPhone color options.

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19:04
Pebble cuts smartwatch prices by $50, adds activity...

Pebble, the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, has been updated with some new functionality, and new prices. An incoming update for the smartwatch will enable activity tracking functionality for the first time, with the manufacturer dropping the price of both the standard Pebble and the Pebble Steel by $50, bringing them to $99 and $199 respectively....



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18:57
Apple Planning to Offer iPad Air 2 with Gold Option

Apple is planning to offer its new 9.7-inch iPad, which has thus far been known as the iPad Air 2 unofficially, in a gold color choice in addition to the already available silver and space gray variations, reports Bloomberg. The new option would bring the iPad up to color parity with its iPhone models, which have been offered in three colors since last year's iPhone 5s.

New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and space gray for those with a black front.Bloomberg's sources...

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18:53
When Product Management Meets Social Justice

In technology, we often find a lot of cool stuff that, as developers, engineers and yes, even product managers, we think is just plain cool. In agile development, we create epics, where we lay out customer stories and tie them into a set of features; however, while we’re working towards our goals we often find those technical places where we discover we can do something super cool. And we sometimes want to weave those into our stories as features in products simply because we want to make stuff that we’re technically proud of. But should we?

Too often we don’t consider what the social ramifications are to features. Time and time again we hear stories of what seemed like a cool feature that got abused. When we’re creating software, we think of the art. We want to change the world after reading too much Guy Kawasaki. We want to build sometimes just for the sake of building. And sometimes we come to a place where we think we just have to add something into a product. Then we...

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18:46
Bloomberg corroborates reports of gold iPad coming...

In line with previous claims, Bloomberg is now reporting that Apple is planning to introduce a gold model to its iPad lineup with the release of the next-generation iPad Air. Interestingly, the report is specific to note that the full-size model will get the color while the mini line goes without mention.

Per the report:

New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with...

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18:24
Apple calls for OS X Yosemite app submissions ahead...

In a letter to developers on Tuesday, Apple requested app submissions for its upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite launch, noting software built with the Swift programming language can be submitted to the Mac App Store via the latest Xcode 6.1 golden master seed.

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18:08
Briefly: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Mac, Roccat...

Mac owners and fans of the cel-shaded shooter series set on Pandora will be happy to learn that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is launching on OS X alongside PC and game consoles on October 14. Aspyr Media is publishing the title, working with Gearbox Software and 2K Games to make the simultaneous launch possible. The game will support cross-platform multiplayer, as well as content through Gearbox Software's Shift or Steam if purchased there....



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17:16
U.S. Attorney General voices concern over Apple...

Attorney General Eric Holder is the latest government official to come down on new mobile OS security features from Apple and Google that make unlocking a smartphone nearly impossible, even for law enforcement agencies.

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17:00
PayPal reportedly axed from Apple Pay due to its...

When Apple announced Apple Pay earlier this month, PayPal was conspicuously absent from Apple's list of secured partnerships. Now comes word via Ian Kar of BankInnovation that PayPal was initially part of Apple's vision of Apple Pay, but that...

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17:00
Submit Your OS X Yosemite Apps Today

Prepare your apps for the Mac App Store by downloading the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed now. With these latest releases, Swift is now final and you can submit your Mac apps written with Swift to the Mac App Store. Learn more about OS X Yosemite.

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17:00
Submit Your OS X Yosemite Apps Today

Prepare your apps for the Mac App Store by downloading the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed now. With these latest releases, Swift is now final and you can submit your Mac apps written with Swift to the Mac App Store. Learn more about OS X Yosemite.

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16:35
Siri changes in iOS beta provide further evidence of...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will soon be able to use Siri to access credit cards stored in the Passbook app, if the beta version of iOS 8.1 is any indicator. We’ve already seen the Apple Pay privacy statement and other asssets pointing to this release being the one that enables the payment system next month, but now there’s even more proof.

Starting with version 8.1, if you ask Siri to show a credit card, the phone...

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16:26
Evercore raises AAPL to $125 on increased iPhone...

Apple is not the only company that believes the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not only drive a bigger upgrade cycle, but also bring at least some switchers from the Android platform. Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra has reiterated his "overweight" rating for AAPL and raised the price target to $125, along with encouraging investors to buy the stock in a new memo to clients. He also published optimistic estimates for both the September and December quarters in terms of iPhone sales....



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16:17
Samsung Calls Galaxy Note 4 Screen Gap a Feature,...

What do you get when your brand new tablet phone has a noticeable gap between the display and body? In the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, you get a feature and not a flaw, and it's a feature that's going to grow over time.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple gets hammered by the media over a few customers complaining about bent iPhones. Samsung ships a smartphone with a screen that doesn't fit flush against the device's body: crickets.


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16:15
Apple Watch introduction video updated with tweaked...

Apple re-uploaded its Apple Watch introduction video to YouTube today with a few small changes to the design of the device. It seems the company’s initial renders of the watch were not as accurate as they could have been, as the new version—which also appears on Apple.com now—sports a noticeably smaller screen…

@bzamayo The screen becomes shorter http://t.co/DiUMVjT0qI


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The change, which was spotted by an eagle-eyed 9to5Mac reader, was likely made to bring the watch seen in the video closer in line with the real device. A few elements of the interface have also been rearranged, such as the...

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16:00
Apple Watch will rely on a dedicated iPhone app;...

Over the weekend, Ariel Adams of aBlogtoWatch posted an incredibly detailed and informative hands-on review of the Apple Watch. While there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the Apple Watch in terms of pricing, availability, and even...

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15:57
Briefly: RocketStor 6361A PCIe chassis, Goodreader...

HighPoint Technologies has announced the launch of the RocketStor 6361A, the newest product within its RocketStor 6300 Thunderbolt 2 Adapter series. A SinglePCIe-slot Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis, the RocketStor 6361A is designed for Thunderbolt- and Thunderbolt 2-capable Mac platforms, delivering 20GB/s bandwidth for interface cards such as Media Capture, 10GB per second Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or external Storage/RAID controllers....



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15:52
Is Apple's iOS 8 Encryption at Odds with the...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 6 goes on Sale in China October 17 after Ensuring China's Ministry that there's no Secret Backdoors." Apple's iPhone 6 was originally to have debuted in China on September 19 when the news struck that Apple didn't have the right license. Yet we now know there was also some backroom politicking going on. Now that Apple has ensured ...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Sketching, taking notes, and...

Sketching, taking notes, and keeping track of things

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps has everything you need to make sure your important thoughts never slip through the cracks.

CosmAtlas 1.0.0

Aurelio Calegari’s $3 CosmAtlas (Mac App Store Link) lets you look at the sky any time of day—and from the convenience of your Mac.

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15:33
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Available in China on...

Apple has announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China beginning October 17 from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and an expansive network of retail stores through all three major carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers. Customers can pre-order iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from the Apple Online Store starting October 10. Beginning October 14, customers can reserve the new iPhones for in-store pick-up starting October 17. “We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom for an incredible experience.”

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15:30
Schedule your education and learning with Gibbon

One of the biggest, yet still mostly undelivered promises of the iPad age is for this device to become the universal textbook. Use this small, light piece of glass and metal to replace not just heavy and expensive textbooks, but open up the vast...

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15:22
OS X Yosemite hits Golden Master, almost ready for...

OS X Yosemite is almost ready.

Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday released the golden master candidate of its forthcoming Mac OS to members of its AppleSeed developer program.

The GM version of an OS is typically the final product, though the developers who’ve been beta testing Yosemite since June still have time to find a few more bugs. Apple also opened up the Yosemite beta to the public for the first time in 14 years, so a lucky million Mac users got the chance to take Yosemite for a test run.

Apple revealed Yosemite, OS 10.10, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference nearly four months ago. Six developer previews and four public beta builds have been released since then.

While Yosemite has plenty of new...

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15:21
Microsoft Gives Early Look at Windows 10 Featuring...

Microsoft today unveiled its next-generation Windows operating system, Windows 10, previewing the OS at an event in San Francisco focused on its corporate users. Like Windows 8, Windows 10 utilizes live tiles, but it also draws in design elements from Windows 7 to make it more appealing to users who have thus far opted not to upgrade to Windows 8.

The Start menu and taskbar, interface elements that are familiar to all Windows users, are placed front and center in Windows 10 in an effort to make the OS "familiar, compatible, and productive, according to Microsoft's head of operating systems Terry Myerson.

While Apple has managed to get the bulk of its user base to update to the newest version of OS X on a regular basis, Microsoft has had less success in recent years....

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15:04
iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps: TMO’s Growing List

The list of iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible apps is growing, so The Mac Observer keeps adding more to our list. Apps for tracking your fitness activities, diet, overall health and more are ready and waiting for you to try out. All you need is an iPhone with iOS 8.0.2 installed and an interest in tracking your health and fitness. Read on to see if there's an app for you.


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15:02
Apple broke off talks with PayPal because of Galaxy...

Apple and PayPal were indeed in talks regarding Apple Pay, but those were cancelled after Samsung signed a deal to let people make PayPal transactions using the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5, sources say. The people suggest that Apple was so upset that it not only backed out of talks but chose to exclude PayPal as an acceptable platform in developer documentation. Blame has been laid on eBay CEO John Donahoe, who went ahead with the Samsung deal despite opposition from former PayPal president David Marcus, who reportedly believed it might cause problems with Apple....



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15:00
iStabilizer Monopod + Shutter Remote = The ultimate...

A few years ago, TUAW reviewed the iStabilizer Monopod (US$34.95). It's a brilliant little accessory that telescopes out to over 3 feet in length, allowing you to hold your iPhone at more than arm's length away for those perfect selfies. It's also...

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14:59
Pebble firmware 2.6 introduces activity tracking and...

In the face of new competition from Apple, smartwatch maker Pebble has released an update to the device’s firmware that enables all-new activity tracking features for health applications. To accompany this update, new Pebble apps from Jawbone and others that integrate with the health and fitness tracking features.

The app by Misfit will be capable of monitoring sleep and movement using the watch’s built-in sensors, while Jawbone’s “UP” watchface will be able to track similar data and sync back to the Jawbone UP service via a smartphone connection. Perhaps the most interesting application of these new features is the Swim.com application, which can “measure...

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14:40
PayPal purportedly cut out of Apple Pay due to...

A report on Tuesday claims PayPal was in the running to be a prominent partner in Apple's rollout of Apple Pay, but talks went south earlier this year after the payments company struck a similar partnership with Samsung.

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14:30
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

Mafia Rush [iOS...

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14:25
9to5Toys Last Call: Bose SIE2i headphones $100,...

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:

Headphones: Bose SIE2i Sport in-ears (multiple colors) $100 (orig. $150), Harman Bluetooth over-ears (refurb)...

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14:14
Apple Releases New Printer Drivers for HP and 7...

Apple released new printer drivers for eight different manufacturers, including HP, Ricoh, Gestetner, Infotec, and others.


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14:09
Settlement checks from liquid damage lawsuit...

Participants in a class action lawsuit regarding liquid damage indicators for the iPhone and iPod touch are beginning to receive settlement checks, accounts say. In April 2013, Apple agreed to pay $53 million to compensate people who may have been denied warranty coverage because of the indicators. Their maker, 3M, admitted that they could be tripped simply by humidity. Apple later adjusted its policies to require additional checks before blocking repairs, but the lawsuit continued....



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14:00
Mobile Safari in iOS 8 supports Animated PNGs

MacRumors is reporting that mobile Safari in iOS 8 includes support for Animated PNGs (APNG). What's that you say? You thought animated GIFs were the only game in town? Well, they really are, but who's to say how animated PNGs might fare in the...

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13:55
Mac: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD With Cable

Belkin’s back in the Mac peripheral management game with the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable ($300). This new dock lets users plug in up to eight devices to take advantage of fast Thunderbolt 2 technology: this time, it transfers files at up to 20 Gbps, doubling the performance of Belkin’s last Thunderbolt dock, and quadrupling the speed of USB 3.0. A slim, lightweight dock with a brushed aluminum body, Belkin’s new dock…

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13:51
iOS 8: How to Enable Notification Center Widgets

Notification Center widgets seem handy, but how do you turn them on? Kelly walks you through it.


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13:44
US attorney general latest gov’t official to...

United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced plans to resign earlier this week pending confirmation of a successor, has criticized Apple and Google for encrypting smartphone data beyond law enforcement official access, Reuters reports.

“It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said in a speech before the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.

Holder is the second high profile...

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13:40
iLuv Vyneer Case for iPhone 6: Fashion, Protection...

Some iPhone cases are designed for robust protection, but others can meet the needs of the average user in a fairly benign environment. The iLuv Vyneer for iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) is the latter: an excellent case that affords protection with style. And it lets the color of the iPhone shine through.


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13:35
SteelSeries revamps Siberia line, unveils Siberia v3...
13:33
Microsoft Math: Add 1 to Windows 8 and You Get...

Microsoft unveiled its grand plan for moving past the Windows 8 legacy, which is to skip a number and go straight to Windows 10. Hey, wow. It's just like OS X 10.10 Yosemite! Imagine that?


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13:30
Improve your 10K run time with 10K Forever

The 10K Forever app is intended for runners who already are able to run a 10K distance or about 6.25 miles. The goal of the app is to take the users through an eight week training program designed to improve their 10K times and overall fitness. This...

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13:29
Forums: Yosemite coming soon, contract confusion and...

With the release of the golden master candidate of Yosemite to developers, there has been renewed interest in the MacNN forums about when this next update will be out of beta and in the App store for everyone. Forum Regular "webraider" was attempting to purchase a contract free factory unlocked iPhone 6, but has run unto some problems and wonders if anyone has an answer....



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13:24
‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ will arrive on Mac Oct...

Aspyr just announced that it’s going to release the much anticipated next installment in the Borderlands series on October 14. For anyone keeping score, that’s the same day scheduled for 2K’s release on PC and consoles! The company also confirmed that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac will feature everything the PC release has including cross-platform multiplayer and future DLC:

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac and Linux will offer full feature parity with the Windows PC version, including cross-platform multiplayer and SHiFT Support. Plus, Aspyr will be supporting all future DLC releases.

In addition, Aspyr said it’s planning a...

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13:12
First Look: Tech21 Classic Shell for iPhone 6

Tech21's Classic Shell ($35) for iPhone 6 looks to be a fairly typical TPU case with coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls. However, Tech21 boasts "impactology," stating that its "D30 impact material" absorbs and dissipates shock away from the phone when dropped. For what it's worth, the device does have slightly thicker side coverage than many similar cases. The Classic Shell we received is gray and translucent, with a slightly reddish-orange…

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13:10
Apple, Paypal Talks Over Apple Pay Soured Due to...

Apple and PayPal were in talks that would potentially have seen PayPal becoming a "preferred payment process" for Apple Pay, reports Bank Innovation, but those talks ended abruptly after PayPal inked a deal with Samsung to allow users to make PayPal payments with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor.

Apple was reportedly so annoyed with the partnership between the two companies that it ended talks with PayPal and even went so far as to exclude PayPal from Apple Pay all together, not listing it as an acceptable payment platform in its developer documentation.

But while these talks were going on, PayPal went ahead and partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, a move that was reportedly forced onto...

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13:00
Powerslayer Blu: An Apple HomeKit-enabled device...

Since Apple's HomeKit home automation framework was announced with fanfare at WWDC 2014 in June, we haven't heard a whole heck of a lot about products that are designed to work in its ecosystem. Today, smart energy technology design firm Velvetwire...

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12:38
Apple seeds GM candidates of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6....

Apple has begun seeding gold master candidates of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers. While "candidate" status means the software is still pre-release, it implies that the code is nearly complete, as it could be released to the public should no serious bugs be discovered. Apple has, in some years, released multiple GM candidates....



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12:38
Propellerhead Ships Reason 8 with Emphasis on Drag...

Propellerhead announced the release of Reason 8 on Tuesday. The company's emphasis for this update was to streamline the work flow for musicians, desktop producers, and DJs when creating new music, with an emphasis on a new drag and drop workflow.


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12:30
Daily Deals for September 30, 2014, featuring Name...

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

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

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12:26
External Link: The Story of the Fifth Avenue Apple...

The glass Apple Store cube at the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue isn’t just a New York City landmark — it’s as iconic as any product Apple has released, if not more so. But what you may not know is that the actual store, underground, was an unused basement for 40 years. New York Magazine tells the story of how Steve Jobs and real estate developer Harry Macklowe worked together to turn an unwanted basement into one of retail’s greatest success stories.

 

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12:22
Briefly: Drobo Mini 8TB, Velvetwire Powerslayer Blu

Connected Data, the creator of the Droboline of storage solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 drive array. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime as a result of Drobo's BeyondRAID Technology. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an retail price of $999 through Drobo's website and its select channel partners....



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12:19
Pebble Drops Prices on Its Watches, Pokes Fun at...

Pebble is dealing with the threat of Apple's upcoming Apple Watch by making jokes about the enthusiasm Apple employees have shown for the device. On its website, Pebble has a graphic of a gleeful Pebble, which says "Chill." Above that, are the words "Breathe, Jony. It's just a watch."

Further down, Pebble advertises the seven day battery life of its smart watches. "Why measure battery life in days? 'Cuz we can." This is a reference to the poor battery life seen in other smart watches, including Samsung's Galaxy Gear and the Moto 360, both of which last less than a day before requiring a charge.

Though Apple has not announced battery life of the Apple Watch, rumors have suggested that it will last for about a day, requiring nightly charging. It is likely, however, that the company is continuing to make tweaks to improve battery as much as it can, which is why...

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12:18
External Link: Debunking the Bendable iPhone 6

Much has been made of claims that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are prone to bending in people’s pockets. Consumer Reports, which drew attention to antenna issues in the iPhone 4, put both phones to a “three-point flexural test,” the same test that Apple uses. While Apple reportedly only tests with 55 pounds of force, Consumer Reports found that the iPhone 6 didn’t deform until it reached 70 pounds of force, and the iPhone 6 Plus held up even better, deforming at 90 pounds of force. While the iPhone 5 is much tougher, deforming at 130 pounds, the iPhone 6 still exceeds even Apple’s own standards.

 

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12:18
External Link: Debunking the Bendable iPhone 6

Much has been made of claims that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are prone to bending in people’s pockets. Consumer Reports, which drew attention to antenna issues in the iPhone 4, put both phones to a “three-point flexural test,” the same test that Apple uses. While Apple reportedly tests with only 55 pounds of force, Consumer Reports found that the iPhone 6 didn’t deform until it reached 70 pounds of force, and the iPhone 6 Plus held up even better, deforming at 90 pounds of force. While the iPhone 5 is much tougher, deforming at 130 pounds, the iPhone 6 still exceeds even Apple’s own standards.

 

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12:17
External Link: An iCloud Drive Bug Could Erase Your...

If you’ve enabled iCloud Drive, be leery of using Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings, as it could erase at least some of your iCloud data. MacRumors has confirmed that activating that option after upgrading to iCloud Drive deletes all iWork documents stored in iCloud. However, iCloud documents that cannot be accessed by iOS, like those in Preview and TextEdit, appear to not be affected. Just another reason to hold off on upgrading to iCloud Drive until Apple works out the kinks.

 

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12:00
How to create nested folders and completely hide...

It's that time of the year again: Apple's latest mobile operating system is now available and there are already a couple of great ways to break it in the name of customization and productivity! Nested folders and hidden apps -- two of the most useful...

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11:54
OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its close-up as...

OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its public debut. Apple on Tuesday released the golden master candidate of its forthcoming Mac OS, which means you can expect Yosemite to drop soon.

The GM version of an OS is typically the final product, though the developers who’ve been beta testing Yosemite since June still have time to find a few more bugs. Apple also opened up the Yosemite beta to the public for the first time in 14 years, so a lucky million Mac users got the chance to take Yosemite for a test run.

Apple revealed Yosemite, OS 10.10, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference nearly four months ago. Six developer previews and four public beta builds have been released since then.

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11:40
Some Owners of Older iOS Devices Receiving Up to $...

Back in April 2013, it was announced that Apple had agreed to a $53 million settlement in a class action lawsuit involving iPhone and iPod touch units that may have been improperly denied warranty coverage due to liquid damage indicators having been triggered in the devices.

The settlement, which covers iPhones denied warranty coverage on or before December 31, 2009 and iPod touches denied coverage on or before June 30, 2010, stems from Apple's use of triggered liquid damage indicators as sufficient reason for denying warranty coverage. Given the timeframe for the issue, the settlement is limited to iPhone 3GS and earlier and third-generation iPod touch and earlier models.

With the indicators' manufacturer, 3M, acknowledging the indicators could be at least partially triggered by humidity and not necessarily direct liquid contact, some owners pursued a case against Apple...

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11:31
How the fuck does Samsung get away with this?

Yesterday we reported that Samsung’s earlier-than-planned September 26th launch of its new Galaxy Note 4 had been met with complaints from customers regarding a ‘screen gap’ manufacturing issue. Today, a reference in Samsung’s Note 4 manual has been discovered confirm that the gap is actually a feature, not a flaw.

This issue doesn’t take anyone sneaking into a store and forcibly bending a phone, it’s an actual manufacturing flaw, but yet the mainstream press let’s them get away with it.

This is what Samsung says about the gap:

A small gap appears around the outside of the device case… This gap is a necessary manufacturing feature and some minor rocking or vibration of parts may occur… Over time, friction between parts may cause this gap to expand slightly.

What the holy fuck! Seriously?

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11:30
Video of Steve Jobs calling out Michael Dell: "...

On October 6, 1997, Dell CEO Michael Dell was asked what he would do to help what was then an ailing Apple. Dell famously responded, "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."

Dell's quip, in a few years time,...

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11:25
In about-face, PayPal to split from eBay in 2015—to...

Kārlis Dambrāns

On Tuesday, eBay announced that in 2015 it would be splitting off its PayPal unit into a separate, publicly traded company. Investors lauded the move, sending eBay's stock price up nearly eight percent on the day, as of this writing.

PayPal has been an enormous player in the online payments and mobile payments sectors, but for years eBay's CEO John Donahoe resisted the clamor from investors to split PayPal into its own company. But after conferring with the company's board of directors, eBay has now changed its tune.

eBay acquired PayPal back in 2002, and it has been the company's fastest-growing segment, the Associated Press...

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11:24
The Free Mac Developer Toolkit - 4 Dev Apps for Free

Okie dokie, Mac developers, we have some freebies for you today in the form of the Free Mac Developer Toolkit. This is a bundle of four developer-oriented apps you can get for free. Free, I say! Yummy FTP, CodePad, Graphical HTTP Client, and DevBox. Even if you're not a developer, you should probably snake this deal just to have an FTP client in your Applications folder. This is a new deal, so you have 25 days to grab it, but don't dawdle lest you forget.


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11:21
Pebble smartwatch gets $50 price cut, background...

In the wake of the Apple Watch announcement, startup smartwatch maker Pebble has countered with a $50 price cut for its entry-level and high-end Steel model, while also adding new background tracking capabilities for exercise and sleep.

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11:18
News: Apple Q4 earnings call coming October 20

Apple has announced that it will release its Q4 financial results on Monday, October 20. The company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day. For the third quarter, Apple previously provided guidance for Q4 of revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion, and gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent. As always, iLounge will provide live coverage of the results.

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11:16
Apple drops OS X Yosemite GM Candidate on devs,...

OS X Yosemite as of the Public Beta.

Andrew Cunningham

Not content to let some other company hog all the tens, MacRumors reports that Apple has just released the OS X Yosemite GM Candidate to developers using the new operating system. OS X 10.10 has been available to developers since it was unveiled at WWDC in June, and the release of a proposed "Golden Master" build suggests that Yosemite's fall release date will come sooner rather than later.

Note that a "GM Candidate" doesn't necessarily mean that this is the build Apple will release to the public later in the fall. It does indicate, however, that Apple has squashed the show-stopping bugs and that any future builds will contain minor patches rather than major changes. Apple has always released beta...

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11:03
Foxconn struggling to hire people to help with...

Foxconn has embarked on an aggressive hiring campaign for its Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories, hoping to improve production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to Digitimes. The site indicates that because assembly line work isn't as attractive as it used to be in China, Foxconn is having a hard time recruiting enough people to staff its factories. As a solution, it has been staging hiring events to keep up its workforce....



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11:00
Belkin intros new Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Mac users who have those speedy Thunderbolt 2 ports on their MacBook Pro with Retina display or Mac Pro now have a wonderful new way to increase the connectivity of their devices. Belkin today released the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (US$299.99),...

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10:57
Microsoft looks to distance itself from Windows 8,...

Software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its next-generation desktop operating system would not follow the numerical progression of its two predecessors -- which would have made it Windows 9 -- but will instead be called Windows 10.

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10:32
Apple Watch steals the spotlight during Paris...

Huge crowds --?and some of the world's most sought-after models --?greeted the Apple Watch during its Tuesday debut in Paris, as the wrist-worn device captivated the attention of the glitterati in town for Paris Fashion Week.

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10:30
There's something very disturbing about this...

I don't want to say Macland -- an Apple shop in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland -- has a poor advertising strategy, but if they're relying on ads like this to get foot traffic in the door, they might want to rethink things a little bit. Then again, I'm...

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10:29
Apple Will Hold Q4 Conference Call on October 20th

Apple announced Tuesday that its fiscal 4th quarter conference call with analysts will be held October 20th, 2014. The event takes place at 5:00 PM ET, one hour after the markets close.


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10:25
Quanta to begin Apple Watch production in January...

Taiwan's Quanta Computer will only start mass production of the Apple Watch in January 2015, according to a supply chain rumor from Apple Daily. Apple has only officially stated that the Watch will ship in early 2015. If production does begin in January, that will likely place shipments in February....



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10:11
Apple to announce fiscal Q4 earnings on October 20th...

Apple has announced it is holding its earnings call for company results in fiscal Q4 (covering July, August and September) on October 20th. Following tradition, Apple will announce earnings in a press release about half an hour before the earnings call at 2PM PST. Apple’s earnings for fiscal Q4 will include the first wave of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, as it went on sale towards the end of the period. However, Apple is unlikely to breakdown the split between new and old iPhone sales, as it only reports total sales numbers for Mac, iPhone and iPad.

For the period, at its last earnings call, Apple guided the following financial information.

  • revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion
  • gross...
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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-30

There's a new social network in town named Ello and it's hoping to take on Facebook. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at what's up with Ello and its promise that we aren't the product. They also share some iOS 8 extensions they're excited about for photography and productivity.


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10:07
Apple provides golden master candidate of OS X...

In a sign that the next-generation Mac operating system is near release to the public, Apple on Tuesday released a golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers for testing.

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10:04
Apple releases OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for...

Apple has released OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for developers via the Mac App Store today. Candidate 1.0 of OS X Yosemite GM follows the release of the first iOS 8.1 beta to developers yesterday and Yosemite Developer Preview 8 two weeks ago. Apple is expected to debut to the new version of the Mac operating system to the public next month. We’ll update with changes found in the new version, and feel free to share any discoveries in the comments or via tips@9to5mac.com. ...

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10:02
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate...

Apple today released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the eighth Developer Preview alongside the third public beta of the upcoming Mac operating system.

The latest update for developers can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Dev Center.

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

Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and...

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10:00
Apple releases OS X bash Update 1.0

If you've been worried about the recent discovery of a security flaw called Shellshock in the bash UNIX shell, you can rest easier. Apple released OS X bash Update 1.0 to fix the issue, which made it possible for a remote attacker to execute...

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09:30
Those idiot kids who were bending iPhone 6s have (...

Yesterday a video of two teenagers going into an Apple Store and forcibly bending an iPhone 6 spread with lightning speed across the internet. Apparently the heat has gotten to the teens, as one of them has issued a profane and half hearted, though...

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09:25
Apple Watch to be managed by a dedicated iPhone app...

As part of an extensive hands-on by Ariel Adams, the piece shines some light on how the Apple Watch is controlled and managed. At the media event, Apple showed a wide variety of watch apps … but did not mention how they get onto the watch itself.

Adams’ post says that users download Apple Watch apps through a central hub app on the iPhone. Rather than having an App Store UI on a tiny watch screen, users install content on the device from their phone. This is similar to how iPods are managed via the iTunes app on a Mac or PC.

Apple Watch users will install an Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which will be used to download apps onto the watch as well as likely manage Apple Watch settings. A user’s iPhone is also used to help with computational demands. Apple cleverly pushes a lot of...

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09:02
How to Test Bash for Shellshock Vulnerabilities

If you’ve been looking for a comprehensive set of tests to determine whether a given installation of Bash — on OS X or another Unix-based system — is vulnerable to Shellshock, here are the tests we’ve settled on.

 

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09:00
Visio webcast on October 7: Leveraging Visio—...

Two of the most significant techniques to enhance the value of a Microsoft Visio diagram are to incorporate data and to create hyperlinks to external locations.

This session is a deep dive into hyperlinking and will demonstrate some of the more subtle but incredibly useful features of Visio hyperlinking. Not only will you learn how to link a Visio shape to a Word document, you will also learn how to build a link that takes the reader to a specific word or phrase in that document. You’ll learn similar tricks for Excel and PowerPoint, as well as how to create hyperlinks that automatically generate a pre-addressed email message.

You will also learn how to leverage the data in your diagrams by creating and running reports. In the final segment you will learn multiple techniques for sharing your Visio diagrams with people who don’t have Visio.

Presented by Scott Helmers, MVP, Harvard Computing Group.

Attend this session...

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09:00
Introducing the Enterprise Social Resource Center

It’s no secret that social networking has fundamentally changed the way we connect and communicate in our personal lives. Now, social is transforming the way we work by enabling businesses to tap into the power of human networks.

Earlier this year, we shared our vision for the future of work: to empower companies to work like a network. To build on this vision, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Enterprise Social Resource Center, a library of educational resources designed to help business leaders and decision makers better understand the value of enterprise social. Bringing together white papers, e-books, infographics, customer success stories—and lots more—into a single location, the Enterprise Social Resource Center is a...

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09:00
OneNote lends a helping hand

Today’s post about OneNote was written by Jean White, who collaborated with Steven Luker to share his story. 

Steven Luker is an avid OneNote user. At first glance, though, his situation might seem very different from most people. Because of cerebral palsy, he uses a wheelchair, is non-verbal and has full use of only one arm.

When Steven shared with us how he uses technology to solve a lot of the problems he deals with, something became evident: Steven is a lot like everyone else. He’s a busy guy, juggling home life, a startup and involvement his church and in the tech community—and he needs a way to keep track of everything. He found a way to use OneNote to support him and his tricks can help you too.

OneNote is the quickest way for Steven to make notes that he can easily retrieve from his computer, iPad, a web browser or his Windows Phone. Notes are also a great way for him to communicate with people. He can type up notes ahead of time—like...

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09:00
Apple accused of receiving illegal state aid in...

Apple's alleged exploitation of a tax ruling in Ireland is getting some attention from the European Commission. In a preliminary finding that labels the treatment the company has been receiving "state aid," Apple and several other large companies,...

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08:58
Belkin revamps Express Dock; adds Thunderbolt 2, 4k...

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a cross-platform docking solution designed for both OS X and Windows-based computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the new dock allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology's high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices connected through the dock using one single Thunderbolt cable. ...



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08:55
Opinion: Why the iPhone 6 bends and why it wouldn’t...

Last week, #BendGate took the Internet by storm. I’m sure you’re all familiar with it by now, but if not, BendGate was created from an alleged bending issue with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. There’s a specific weak point on the inside of the chassis right beneath the volume buttons that allows it to bend very easily with pressure added in the right place. To most, it may seem like a non-issue, but a single video sparked one of the biggest viral moments this year in tech…

Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy published the video that I’ve embedded below this article and that’s when it all got worse. In the video,...

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08:54
4 Cool iOS 8 Photo Extension Apps

iOS 8 opened the door for developers to share features with other apps and one place that really shines is Photos. Developers are updating their apps to take advantage of iOS 8's new Extensions feature, and we put together a list of some of our early favorites for working with your photos.


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08:52
Rumor: Apple Watch manufacturing to begin in January...

With the Apple Watch set to debut in early 2015, a new rumor suggests the company plans to begin manufacturing its upcoming wearable device in January, and that Taiwan's Quanta Computer will exclusively handle that responsibility.

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08:51
Quanta Reportedly Wins Exclusive Contract for Apple...

China's Apple Daily has reportedly discovered that Quanta Computer has just landed the exclusive contract to manufacture the Apple Watch.

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08:49
Colette event gives public behind-glass glimpse at...

Today's Apple Watch event at Colette mostly involves units running on demo loop behind locked glass, visitors say. Members of the press are being allowed to wear the product, but even then, the hardware is still running on loop. Apple is also declining to provide any more information on specifications, pricing, or a launch date....



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08:42
Apps: FotoMagico, Mailplane, BusyCal
08:39
China’s iPhone 6 approval is good for Apple, bad for...

Not everyone who waited in long lines outside Apple stores earlier this month was buying a new iPhone for themselves. Many of those buyers were plunking down cash and then hopping flights to China to resell the new devices. But after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were finally cleared for sale in China a month after launching, it looks the party’s over for black market sellers—though the launch will likely send Apple’s revenue soaring.

It’s tough to tell how many of the 10 million-plus iPhones Apple sold in three days were churned for a profit in China, but buyers were willing to pay $1,300 or much, much more for the device rather than go without. Now that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has approved both iPhones, which go on sale Oct. 17, Chinese buyers who waited will pay significantly less—the iPhone 6 starts at 5288 yuan, or $860.57...

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08:27
Output Factory for InDesign gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.510, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version improves handling of variable file names as well as web resources folders created during HTML export.

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08:27
Article: iLounge’s Top iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Case...

Dozens of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases have arrived at our offices over the past month — some of them preceding the official releases of the iPhones themselves. We’ve been busy testing all of them, and now that we’ve seen what most of the major iPhone case makers have done this generation — hint: modest updates to their prior designs — we can offer some guidance on the best current options out there. iLounge is recommending…

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08:24
PDFKey Pro for Mac OS X updated to version 4.0

Briksoftware has announced PDFKey Pro 4.0 (http://pdfkey.com) for OS X and Windows.

PDFKey Pro is a utility that locks and unlocks password-protected PDF documents. You can lock PDF files by creating perfect copies. Users may protect with either (or both), a viewing password and a password to restrict usage permissions and more.

PDFKey Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher It costs $24.99. A demo is available for download.

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08:20
Mass Production of Apple Watch Reportedly Slated for...

Apple is reportedly finalizing the details on its upcoming Apple Watch as it prepares to begin mass production of the device ahead of its launch early next year. Mass production of the smartwatch device may begin January 2015, reports Taiwanese news source AppleDaily (via G For Games).

According to the news report, Apple is working only with long-time manufacturing partner Quanta to produce the device. This contradicts an earlier report suggesting Quanta would be handling the bulk of the production with Inventec supplementing the supply.Quanta has allegedly received Apple’s heads-up and has begun making preparations (which involve increasing its worker head count to 4 million). Even more, it is said that Apple and Quanta have entered a deal which prohibits the...

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08:18
VisionTek introduces USB charging hubs for Macs, PCs...

VisionTek Products (http://www.visiontek.com) has announced its new line of high power USB charging hubs that enable charging up to seven Apple iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows tablets, and other USB chargeable mobile devices.

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08:17
Supply chain rumor says Quanta kicking off Apple...

Apple has already previewed the Apple Watch at this month’s iPhone event and the unreleased wearable is currently on display in Paris’s Collette, but Apple hasn’t shared specific availability details for the Apple Watch beyond saying ‘early 2015′. A rumor from the Asian supply chain shared by Apple Daily (via GforGames) claims Quanta Computer out of Taiwan will kick off mass production for the Watch for Apple in January 2015…...

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08:05
Jony Ive Hobnobs with Karl Lagerfeld and Anna...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook tweeted earlier today that it was "Amazing to see the excited crowds today in Paris to preview Apple Watch for the first time ....

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08:00
Evercore raises Apple price target to $125, sees...

Bigger iPhone 6 screens are likely to result in a bigger upgrade cycle for Apple, in the eyes of Evercore Partners, which increased its price target to $125 on Tuesday and advised investors to buy in.

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08:00
Fashion boutique Colette shows off Apple Watch

The world of fashion and the world of Apple collide today in Paris at the famed Colette fashion boutique. Rather than a runway walk of skinny models wearing the latest couturier styles, Apple and Colette are showing off next year's fashion -- the...

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07:43
Decade-old Apple versus Real will see trial,...

The new judge on the Apple versus Real anti-trust case has declared that there is enough evidence to go to trial, after nine years of litigation and a judge's retirement during the process. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ordered a trial after an earlier pre-trial conference, finding that Real attorneys have presented enough evidence to show that Apple created a monopoly with its FairPlay DRM, which then allowed the Cupertino manufacturer to overcharge customers....



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07:39
News: European magazine gets blacklisted by Apple...

Europe’s best-selling computer magazine, Computer Bild, has been blacklisted by Apple PR after posting a video of an iPhone 6 Plus being bent by one of its journalists. In a response to an inquiry from the magazine regarding the build quality of the iPhone 6 Plus, a manager from Apple’s German PR branch responded by telling Computer Bild that they will no longer receive any testing devices nor invitations to Apple events. While the video…

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07:38
Seek Thermal turns your iPhone into a thermographic...

There’s no shortage of camera accessories for the iPhone these days with interchangeable mount lenses and countless apps for mastering smartphone photography, and now you can buy Seek Thermal’s smartphone attachment to transform your iPhone into an actual thermographic camera. Seek Thermal is a thermal camera with a true thermal sensor that connects to your iPhone through the Lightning connection with a chalcogenide lens and vanadium oxide microbolometer. What does all of that mean? Your iPhone can detect heat and energy through darkness and physical surfaces, and not with fake filters or trickery....

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07:33
Velvetwire Unveils First Smart USB Charger Powered...

Smart energy company Velvetwire today announced Powerslayer Blu, the latest addition to its Powerslayer lineup of USB chargers. This new model offers Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity and is compatible with Apple's HomeKit technology rolling out with iOS 8. Apple's vision for HomeKit is to make it easy for developers to allow users to control and interact with accessories around the home, leveraging BLE for energy-efficient communications.

"We are proud to be among the first group of companies to produce HomeKit-compatible devices," said Eric Bodnar, co-founder and CEO at Velvetwire. "By integrating Bluetooth technology into the Powerslayer, we're offering customers a new way to interact with their devices and be part of Apple's HomeKit. Velvetwire is committed to developing intelligent,...

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07:21
Spotify music streaming service finally launches in...

Spotify announced today that it’s finally expanding into Canada giving Canucks access to the music streaming service that was previously available in the UK, US and a long list of other European and South American countries.

The official announcement comes from Spotify’s blog following a beta period in the country in which the company invited select users to sign-up and try out the service.

Canadians that download the Spotify app will be able to access the service’s usual “fully licensed free tier.” That includes the ability to “shuffle play on mobile or play any song on tablet or desktop,” but users can also pay $10 CAD per month for the...

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07:16
News: “Reset All Settings” in iOS 8 may also erase...

A serious bug has been reported with the “Reset All Settings” option in iOS 8 that may result in at least some iCloud Drive based documents being deleted. According to several MacRumors readers, using the option found under Settings, General, Reset has caused documents to be permanently removed from iCloud Drive across all other iOS devices. The “Reset All Settings” option has been around since the early versions of iOS, and…

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07:02
News: Apple’s tax deal in Ireland may be illegal...

Special tax deals granted to Apple in Ireland may in fact be illegal, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. European Union regulators indicated that the tax deals in question “constituted illegal state support for the companies.” In a letter to the Irish government, regulators stated that they had reached the “preliminary view” that the tax deals with Apple from 1991 and 2007 technically constituted state aid, in that…

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07:00
Flickr Find: The original Apple Watch

Here is an "original" Apple Watch straight from the markets of Malaysia. The smart-looking watch was purchased, photographed and shared on Flickr by Cameron Talley....

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07:00
How to Turbocharge Your iOS 8 Web-Surfing Experience


Think iOS 8 is just an expanded version of iOS 7? Take a closer look, and you might think again. For owners of iPhone models from the 4s to the 6 Plus, Apple has introduced not only improvements to familiar features but some altogether new -- and cool -- functionality. Best of all, it's all free. There's something for everyone in this version. Even if you're not quite ready to trade up, iOS 8 will make it seem like you have a new phone again. Here's your guide to the most useful and welcome iOS 8 changes for accessing the mobile Web.

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06:59
Initial iPhone 6 Plus benchmarks show lower FPS rate...

In spite of some nifty new hardware, the iPhone 6 Plus may in fact generate a lower frames per second rate than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s handsets when it comes to rendering 2D and 3D graphics at its native resolution.

Per AppleInsider, a set of GFXBench 3.0 GPU benchmarks published in an initial reviews of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus showed moderate to significant GPU improvements over iPhone 5s across the board.

However, one of the benchmark’s developers, Eszter Szilva, stated that the current, public version of the app did not yet support the native resolutions of the new models’ displays. Kishonti provided a prerelease GFXBench version 3.0.2 that does. The benchmark app should be released publicly soon, but the developer shared a prerelease copy to complement benchmark scores.

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06:58
News: Apple releases first iOS 8.1 beta to developers

Apple has released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers. The latest version features a build number of 12B401 and appears to contain mostly minor tweaks and fixes, including the ability to disable Dictation independently from Siri, and a renaming of “Recently Added” photos back to “Camera Roll.” A report from MacRumors also notes that the beta includes hidden settings for Apple Pay as well as underlying code for…

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06:55
Want to get the feel of your own Apple Watch today?...

Ok, a solid chunk of plastic might not be very functional, and the finish doesn’t quite compare with that of the real thing, but if you’re really keen to get a sense of what the Apple Watch might be like on your wrist – and which of the two sizes might be right for you – you can now create a 3D-printed model.

Concept designer Martin Hajek is offering “highly detailed” 3D-printing models compatible with most 3D printers, including Makerbot and Ultimaker. The models include both 38mm and 42mm sizes so you can see which best fits your wrist.

The download file will cost you 35 bucks. If you don’t have your own 3D printer, you may be able to find one near you thanks to companies like...

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06:52
Apple Watch hands-on: The wristwatch just caught up...

Terrific post, clearly written by someone with a deep understanding of this space.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:47
Belkin announces new Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock for...



Belkin today introduced the latest generation of its popular Thunderbolt dock for Mac and PC bringing with it Thunderbolt 2 technology and other improved specs. In total, the new Thunderbolt dock will allow you to connect 8 separate devices with support for daisy-chaining up to an additional four Thunderbolt devices. Those are similar specs to the first generation dock (now reduced to $199/...

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06:45
Jony Ive, Marc Newson showcase Apple Watch to...

The Apple Watch has attracted some of fashion's biggest names to its one-day-only showing at Parisian boutique Colette, with industry icons like Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld turning up to get a look at Apple's long-awaited foray into the wearable device market.

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06:43
Seek Thermal releases affordably priced thermal...

If you’re looking for an affordable thermal camera for your iOS device, it may be en route sooner or later.

Per VentureBeat, Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company Seek Thermal launched an affordable thermal camera for for iOS and Android devices on September 25 priced at a consumer-friendly US$199. The camera attachment is now available for purchase through Seek’s website as well as Amazon.

Unlike normal cameras which use light to form images, thermal cameras have special lenses and sensors that capture heat and construct images based on the variations they pick up on. The company expects the camera to be used mostly for safety and security (it can help you spot someone hiding), home improvement (it can help you detect energy leaks), boating (it can help you spot floating debris in the dark), and for finding animals and pets in the...

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06:43
Daily Deal: Get the Icon Bluetooth Speaker for only...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a handy little portable Bluetooth speaker for a great price of only $19.99—80% off the regular price. The Icon Bluetooth Speaker is a small, mobile speaker that packs a sonic punch, and provides a 30 foot wireless range and a rechargeable battery that provides four hours of playback on a single charge. The Icon also sports a built-in mic and speakerphone function to place and receive calls from your iPhone.…

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06:40
Ebay to spin off PayPal, adopting strategy backed by...

New York Times:

EBay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago.

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06:33
EU Ready to Detail Apple Ireland Tax Investigation,...

An ongoing European Union investigation into Ireland's tax deal with Apple is about to become a little clearer because documents detailing exactly what the European Commission is looking into are about to be released. The Commission has been questioning the amount Apple pays in taxes in Ireland but until now hasn't clarified specifically what it is investigating.


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06:31
∞ On Apple’s Irish tax issue

A few days ago, an article appeared in the Financial Times (paywall) alluding to a ruling by the European Commission that Apple benefited from a favorable Irish tax rate:

Apple will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when Brussels this week unveils details of a probe that could leave the iPhone maker with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros.

Today, the PDF of the ruling itself was posted. If you really want to understand the nature of the European Commission’s ruling, this document is the place to go. It is well-written (though...

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06:25
News: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus hit China Oct. 17, pre...

Apple has announced that its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China starting on Friday, Oct. 17. Pre-orders start a week earlier, on Oct. 10. The two new iPhones have been released in a number of countries since the initial launch on Sept. 19, but the Chinese release was delayed for regulatory reasons, making it unclear when the phones would be available. According to Reuters, Apple received approval for selling the devices after addressing…

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06:17
Foxconn Striving to Hire More Workers to meet iPhone...

A new report out of Taiwan today states that strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pushing Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to restart large-scale hiring at its plants in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou China, according to upstream supply chain sources.

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06:00
iPhone 6 models to go on sale in China on October 17

Apple early on Tuesday issued a press release announcing that both new iPhone 6 models will go on sale in China beginning on Friday, October 17. Pre-orders will naturally begin one week earlier on Friday, October 10.

"We are thrilled to bring...

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05:59
Basis Peak fitness tracker launches with touchscreen...

Basis, producers of the B1 fitness tracker, has unveiled its first wearable device since its acquisition by Intel. The Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker which builds upon its predecessor by replacing the collection of buttons and display with a larger touch-enabled screen, as well as upgrading the rear-mounted heart rate tracker to the point where Basis suggests it could replace a chest-strap monitor completely....



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05:44
Belkin announces Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Belkin (www.belkin.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a docking solution for both Mac and PC computers.

Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. It sports eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2.

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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

jones_supa (887896) writes Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later.

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05:31
Apple provides facts & figures to support “...

After Tim Cook recently claimed at an environmental conference that its new ‘Spaceship’ headquarters would be “the greenest building on the planet,” Apple today provided (via Business Insider) a few illustrative facts and figures to support the claim.

For example, Cupertino law requires that construction sites reuse at least 75% of their demolished materials. Apple says it’s using over 90% of the old headquarters in building the new one.

This includes recycling all of the concrete from its present headquarters to form part of the foundations of the new campus. Trees cleared from the construction site...

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If you've ever had to give a timed presentation, be it for educational or professional purposes, you probably know how difficult it is to rehearse and get all of your points across in exactly the right amount of time. Video Pitch wants to give you a...

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Apple's iPhone 6 goes on Sale in China October...

According to a new report this morning, the iPhone 6 will be available for sale in China starting on Oct 17, after rigorous regulatory scrutiny which led Apple to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data. Apple won approval ...

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05:09
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally approved for sale in...

Both models have cleared all regulatory hurdles and will be available for pre-order on October 10th and in Chinese Apple Stores on October 17th.

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QuickBooks 2015 helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save.

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Consumers Fed Up With Data Breaches


Consumers are beginning to lose their patience with the custodians of their personal information. Survey results from 2,000 consumers released last week by HyTrust, suggest that 51 percent of those polled would bolt from any business involved in a data breach that compromised personal information such as address, Social Security number or credit card details. Suspicions have been growing among consumers that businesses aren't doing enough to protect the data they eagerly collect from their customers, said HyTrust President Eric Chiu.

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