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Thursday October 2

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

The reality, though, is that...

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:31
First Look: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

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

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

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



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

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

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

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11:22
What’s New: September 2014

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

Tim Cook recently visited Palo Alto Apple Store alongside Steve Dowling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TextSoap is for people who work with text.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Cunningham

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

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

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

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

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

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09:07
QNAP releases TX-x31 home NAS series

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

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

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



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

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

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP18_SteveWalker.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly Updates

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09:00
Angry Birds developer Rovio slashing 130 jobs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We've got your goat!

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

Camera+

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

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

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

What an amazing book this will be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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



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08:28
Yosemite: The Apple Conference with a View

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

 

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

A little competition’s a good thing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

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



Version 2.10.30:

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



  • OS X 10.4 or later



Download Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Screaming from the digital rooftops

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

Source: Some market research firm

Chance it's true: 30 percent. Probably.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new Office 365 plans for SMBs are:

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

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

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05:58
Apple Releases iPhone Activation Lock Status Checker

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

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


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

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

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05:46
Pioneer announces availability of Apple CarPlay

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

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

ZDNet (via 9to5mac):

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

Why Samsung and not TSMC? Because size matters.

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05:37
Pomfort introduces Silverstack 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday October 1

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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20:47
Review: Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

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



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

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



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

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

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19:00
Reviews: Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Fragment - Prismatic...

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17:40
ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value,...

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


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17:13
Verizon retreats from 'network optimization...

Verizon had a change of heart on its implementation of "network optimization" that would result in slower 4G LTE speeds for account holders with unlimited data. Initially the carrier announced a change in policy that was said only to impact the top five percent of unlimited plan holders, as the company would manage their data speeds in order to optimize speeds in the area for others....



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17:11
Marc Newson confirms only working at Apple part time...

In a interview on Wednesday, Superstar designer and new Apple hire Marc Newson confirmed his role at the tech giant is strictly part time, saying that he will continue to lead his own company out of the UK while working on special projects in Cupertino.

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17:00
Analysts: Apple Watch likely a hit, but will take...

Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, while calling the Apple Watch "light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market," nevertheless advised both clients and market watchers to expect "conservative" initial sales of the device in its first year. Like the iPod, which took three years to become the dominant force in music players, Munster said that "consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch."...



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17:00
Video shows iPhone 6 Plus Wi-Fi speed compared to...

As if we didn't already know that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are awesome, here comes proof from iClarified (via MacRumors) that the devices offer extremely fast Wi-Fi throughput compared to the iPhone 5s. How fast? The iPhone 6 Plus was able to rip...

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16:04
Plustek ships PS 4080U scanner

Plustek Technology (www.plustek.com/usa) has begun shipment of the Plustek PS 4080U, a workgroup document scanner.

It features a scan speed of 40 pages per minute (80 images-per-minute in duplex mode), a 100-sheet feeder and a daily duty cycle of 4,000 pages per day. the Plustek PS 4080U is designed to be shared among a workgroup with applications requiring frequent scanning, says Robert Fuchs, Plustek marketing manager. 

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16:00
True HDR adds a third exposure and fine tuning of...

True HDR has always been one of the best third party HDR (High Dynamic Range) apps for iOS. Apple includes an HDR feature with the built-in Camera app, but it really doesn't measure up to dedicated apps.

The new version 3 of True HDR takes and...

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15:58
Microsoft Invents an Interesting Multipurpose...

Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed an invention relating to a possible future wearable accessory in the form of a ring. The highly sophisticated wireless ring could act as an interactive input device to control ...

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15:58
Vuzix's new OS provides compatibility between...

Vuzix Corp. (www.vuzix.com), a supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, has announced that with the release of the OS 2.0 upgrade for the M100 Smart Glasses, compatibility with iOS devices is enabled and iPhone and iPad support is being prepared to ship.

The M100 Smart Glasses Manager application for iOS is now in final test for submission to Apple for iTunes launch approval. With iOS support, the M100 will connect to most iOS devices including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

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15:53
Carbon Copy Cloner for Mac OS X gets new interface,...

Bombich Software (www.bombich.com) has released Carbon Copy Cloner 4, an upgrade to its bootable backup software for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).

The upgrade features a completely redesigned interface, editing of scheduled tasks, task history, a menubar application, task chaining, a command-line application option and includes "hundreds" of improvements and fixes. Carbon Copy Cloner 4 also includes a migration tool that can update existing Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5 tasks for use with CCC 4.

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15:52
Court tosses WiLan suit against Apple over LTE...

Non-practicing entity and patent holdings company WiLan has again lost to Apple in the second of three proceedings against the iPhone maker. The US District Court for Southern California granted Apple's motion for a summary judgement, following a finding that the two LTE patents the Canadian patent troll was accusing Apple of infringing were invalid, and therefore not infringed. Apple previously won a jury trial brought by WiLan in Texas over different wireless patents....



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15:25
Cocktail Family License (5 Macs) 7.6.1 - General...

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.

Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from our website.

Version 7.6.1:

  • Addresses compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks 10.9.5
  • Cocktail is now signed with v2 signature to conform with the...

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15:05
Verizon to offer double data on select service plans...

After watching its competitors loosen up their data rates, Verizon has decided to get in on the action. Starting tomorrow the carrier will begin offering increased data allowances to customers committed to its More Everything service plans at no additional cost. Subscribers signed up for Big Red’s $110 12GB data plan will be bumped up to 15GB, while the carrier’s $130 16GB monthly setup will jump to 30GB.

Customers paying for 20GB to 50GB ($150 – $375 per month) of data will be eligible for double their monthly allowance, a promotion similar to what we’ve seen from Sprint and...

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15:05
Verizon will not throttle unlimited 4G LTE data...

In a statement released on Wednesday, America's largest cellular provider Verizon said it will not be throttling 4G LTE data speeds for users grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, while at the same time announcing a buffed data plan promotion.

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15:00
Equil Smartpen 2 captures notes, sketches with a...

For a lot of people, there's no substitute for taking notes with a pen and piece of paper. You can draw, annotate, write, and organize your information in a real notebook. The problem comes when you want to get some of that information into a...

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14:48
Logic Remote doesn't connect to your Mac after...

After upgrading your iPad to iOS 8, Logic Remote does not connect with a Mac running Logic Pro X, GarageBand for Mac (v10.0 or later), or MainStage 3.

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14:42
Microsoft Earns Forgiveness With Windows 10


Microsoft on Tuesday pulled back the veil on the successor to Windows 8 -- Windows 10. Windows 10 is a combination of the best elements of the popular Windows 7 OS, along with some of the touchscreen-friendly features and functionality of Windows 8. Microsoft also kicked off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort with the new Windows Insider Program, which is meant to help provide feedback to the company. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10, as well as the latest builds.

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14:34
Patent holdings firm WiLAN loses second suit against...

A Southern California court on Wednesday granted Apple a summary judgment absolving the company of infringing two LTE patents asserted by Canadian patent holdings company WiLAN.

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14:32
Apple bans German publication over iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple has blocked a German publication, Computer Bild, from receiving review units or covering company events, according to the publication's editor-in-chief, Axel Telzerow. Like some other websites, CB recently decided to produce a video testing whether the iPhone 6 Plus can be bent more easily than other phones. The clip (below) has managed to gather over 510,000 views so far on YouTube; its popularity apparently caught the attention of Apple, which contacted CB to revoke press privileges....



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14:27
Marc Newson says his role at Apple is only part-time...

In an interview with dezeen.com, designer and new Apple employee Marc Newson spoke about his latest project with Heineken while providing a little bit more insight into his new role at Apple. While we knew as of early last month that Newson, who happens to be a close friend of Apple design guru Jony Ive, was joining Apple, Newson confirmed in the interview that the position will only be part-time for a specific project.

When asked if he’d still be taking on projects other than at Apple, Newson said: “Yes absolutely, because my role at Apple doesn’t necessitate all of my time and that was for very specific reasons, so absolutely, my company still exists and I remain based in the UK.”

As for what exactly has been working on at Apple,...

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14:25
iOS 8: News In Notification Center

We've already heard about science apps using Notification Center, now we are seeing some news apps that want to keep you informed from your lock screen. Some are free, some are limited unless you have a subscription. Kelly shows you a few of the notable apps fixing to inform you without even unlocking your iPhone.


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14:21
Yosemite GM includes support for SMS Forwarding when...


When iOS 8.0 launched, it shipped without support for SMS Forwarding, one of the many “Continuity” features that were demonstrated to work between iOS devices and Macs running OS X Yosemite. The reason for this was fairly simple: there was no need to include the feature if Yosemite was not yet available to the public.

Earlier this week Apple delivered the first beta version of iOS 8.1 to developers. Aside from a few design tweaks, not a whole lot of changes were visible, though there were...

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14:07
Apple Store app updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The Apple Store app, one of the few first-party iOS apps left untouched when iOS 8 launched last month, was finally updated on Wednesday when Apple added support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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14:00
Slidely Show lets you combine media to make nice...

Among slideshow creation apps for iOS, Slidely Show is a good one, allowing you to make a slideshow movie presentation without making almost any adjustments. It's completely automatic, allowing you only to choose the music, and then you can watch the...

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13:40
Briefly: Logitech Type+ keyboard, Corsair Voyager...

Logitech announced a new case and keyboard combo for the iPad Air today, the Type+. Like many other Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, the Type+ is powered by an internal battery. In this case, the battery is said to last up to three months on a single charge by Logitech. The case portion uses clips in the corners to hold onto the iPad, also using magnets to hold the cover closed. The Type+ auto-wakes or auto-sleeps the iPad Air depending if the cover is open or not. The case does make the tablet a little thicker, as it bumps up to 0.71 inches....



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13:39
iOS 8 triggering problems with Bluetooth connections...

iOS 8 is creating problems for people who pair their iPhones with Bluetooth devices, particularly car audio systems, according to complaints. In the case of cars, devices with the firmware may refuse to pair, fail to play audio, or disconnect when a phonecall comes in. The problem can't be solved with iOS 8.0.2, and is affecting many automotive brands, including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, and others....



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13:35
Video: The iPhone 6 Plus with 802.11ac is Blazingly...

The good folks over at iClarified has just published a video showing just how fast the iPhone 6 Plus using 802.11ac is over the iPhone 5S using 802.11n. Simply put, it's blazingly fast!

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13:30
The psychology behind Costco’s free samples

The Atlantic:

Free samples help consumers learn more about products, and they make retail environments more appealing. But samples are operating on a more subconscious level as well.

“Reciprocity is a very, very strong instinct,” says Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University. “If somebody does something for you”—such as giving you a quarter of a ravioli on a piece of wax paper—“you really feel a rather surprisingly strong obligation to do something back for them.”

Am I weird because I’ve never taken a free food sample in a grocery store? I just find the whole idea strange. For those of you outside the USA or Canada, is this “free samples in grocery stores” a thing in other countries, too?

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13:30
Shoutout takes on Snapchat with a much better design

Shoutout is a free app for iPhone entering the App Store this past September that strives to make photo sharing as simple as possible without all the bells and whistles some apps seem to tack on. In fact, it's so quick that Shoutout lacks a shutter...

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13:23
Apple Store app updated for iPhone 6/6 Plus



Nearly two weeks after customers first got their hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, Apple has updated its Apple Store app to support the larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes. The release notes add that version 3.0.1 includes an “iOS compatibility update” as well.

The app previously received a major overhaul ahead of the iPhone introduction bringing a single app that works on both iPhone and iPad, a new icon, and features for synchronizing shopping.

The Apple Store app for iPhone is available for free on the...

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13:19
The Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle

Here's something pretty darned cool: 47,792 people have bought our Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle. That's a lot of people on their path to programming, and it's a pleasure to be a part of it. The way it works is this: pay what you want. If it's below the average price, you get Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3. If you pay the average price or more, you also get six other developer course, including Python, Apple's Xcode, PHP, and more. The average price? Only $15.01 as of this price. But, you have an incentive to pay more, because 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities, you choose: Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, Creative Commons. If you've wanted


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13:17
Sprint, Verizon take on AT&T 'double data...

AT&T's recent promotional offer to double the data caps on its Mobile Share Value plans seems to have struck a nerve with other carriers. Both Verizon and Sprint have announced their own data-doubling promotions just a few days after AT&T, and while Verizon appears to match AT&T's allowances and prices, Sprint has opted to go further, by redoubling the caps....



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13:12
Video Compares iPhone 6 Plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi Speeds...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first Apple mobile devices to come equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which supports much faster data throughput speeds. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is able to offer connection speeds that are up to three times faster than existing 802.11n networks.

iClarified has created a new video that compares the Wi-Fi speeds of the iPhone 6 Plus, which supports 802.11ac, to the iPhone 5s, which supports 802.11n, when connected to an AirPort Extreme. The site also created a custom app for the test.

Both devices were freshly restored to iOS 8.0 and connected to the 2013 Apple AirPort Extreme. The router was placed 1.5 metres away from the smartphones and each iPhone was connected to the AirPort Extreme using a 5GHz-only network. No other devices were connected to the wireless network at the time of the test and the downloads were...

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13:11
Waterfield Spinn Pouch Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

The new Waterfield Spinn pouch case for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is made of full grain leather, features an ultrasuede lining and comes in three rustic colors. Notable is the option to have it custom built for a bare iPhone or one with a very slim or Apple case. A belt loop is optional.


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13:00
Your old iPhone would make an amazing, musical lamp

It's October, which means there's a good chance you have a spare last-gen iPhone laying around and aren't quite sure what to do with it. You could sell it, of course, but if you feel like hanging on to it for sentimental purposes, you could always...

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12:51
iOS-connected Hexoskin fitness tracking smart shirt...

The $399 Hexoskin biometric smart shirt is now available for purchase in the U.S., giving athletes the ability to measure, track and improve their performance in real time, with data on heart rate, breathing and more.

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12:40
‘Someone’ Targets Hong Kong Protesters Using...

A "Chinese-speaking entity" has targeted Hong Kong protestors using jailbroken iPhones with a trojan horse malware attack. According to security research firm Lacoon, that unknown entity has launched an attack through social media channels called Xsser mRAT that gets victims to install the malware by claiming to be software to help protestors organize.


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12:30
Find out what channel the game is on with Bleacher...

We are entering one of the busiest times of the year for sporting events. Baseball playoffs are starting while both college football and the NFL are in full swing as is soccer world-wide. Plus the NBA and NHL start their seasons in the next couple of...

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12:02
News: Logitech debuts Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air

Logitech has debuted its new Type+ keyboard case ($100) for iPad Air. Featuring an improved Bluetooth keyboard, Type+ provides a laptop-style typing experience and layout for iPad Air users while providing thin two-sided protection. The new keyboard design optimizes the distance between the keys and includes a dedicated row of iOS shortcut keys for quick access to iOS specific functions. The keyboard also automatically turns on and wakes your iPad…

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12:00
The Modern Workplace series debuts live October 7th—...

Throw away the roadmaps.

Inventors have a lot to teach us about perspective. Not confined to the “rules” of business, they are free to go back to basics and create new approaches to big problems. Today’s most successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders are taking the same approach. True innovators are willing to look at their problems from new angles, invest in new ideas, fail, and learn from their mistakes.

One place where they don’t take a risk: grounding their business in the right technology to fuel their creativity. Innovators count on Office 365 to help them get their work done and stay ahead of the curve, anywhere and anytime they may be formulating and refining ideas. Office 365 also enables them to collaborate successfully and spontaneously from different locations and different time zones, even different continents.

Modern Workplace—a new...

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12:00
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel hitting Mac Oct 14, same...

Developer Aspyr has announced that it will release the highly anticipated Mac version of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Oct 14th, the same day the title hits PCs and consoles. More importantly, the Mac version will launch with all of the same...

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11:55
iOS 8: Make Cellular Phone Calls from Your iPad...

If you have a modern iPhone and iPad running iOS 8, you can make a voice phone call from your iPad, using your iPhone's cellular connection without ever touching the iPhone. John Martellaro explains how to do it with the iOS 8 Handoff feature.


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11:48
PopKey GIF keyboard for iOS 8 debuts, Tweetbot adds...

Users looking to get the most out of their newly updated iOS 8 device can download a pair of apps that were made available Wednesday: the PopKey keyboard for convenient access to animated GIF images, and Tweetbot with support for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays as well as interactive notifications.

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11:39
Logitech introduces new Type+ Bluetooth keyboard/...

Logitech today announced its latest case/Bluetooth keyboard combo with the new Type+ for iPad Air. Like many of its past products that we’ve reviewed, Logitech’s new keyboard puts a Bluetooth keyboard inside of a light protective case that provides protection on both sides of an iPad. It also said it’s made some big improvements to the keyboard over previous generations:

We’ve designed the new keyboard to replicate the typing experience and layout you would have on your laptop – so now you can smoothly transition from one device to another...

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11:30
iOS Trojan Targets Hong Kong Protestors

First time accepted submitter Kexel writes Security researchers have claimed to discover the first Apple iOS Trojan attack in a move to thwart the communications of pro-democracy Hong Kong activists. From the article: "The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. Anonymous attackers spread the Android spyware via WhatsApp, sending malicious links to download the program, according to Lacoon. It is unclear how iOS devices get infected with Xsser, which is not disguised as an app."

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11:30
Daily Deals for October 1, 2014, featuring the The...

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

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

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11:22
iOS 8 Causing Widespread Bluetooth Connectivity...

iOS 8 has caused significant issues for some people who connect their phones to their cars and other devices via Bluetooth, according to numerous reports on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors' own user forums. MacRumors has also been receiving complaints on a near daily basis about the ongoing Bluetooth problems that iOS 8 users are seeing.

It appears that after upgrading to iOS 8 or purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, users have trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems. The devices are seeing several different issues, refusing to pair entirely, neglecting to play audio over the speakers, or disconnecting when a call comes in.Now when I am connected via bluetooth, I place a call, and it says it's going over bluetooth, but it doesn't interrupt my car's music, and the audio doesn't play over the speakers. The only way I can talk to the person is if I press the Audio...

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11:19
Briefly: Extensis Portfolio debuts, new OS X printer...

Extensis today announced the new release of its modular digital asset management (DAM) system, Extensis Portfolio. Aiming to provide a more affordable system for companies of all sizes, Extensis Portfolio allows users to holds millions of assets in one catalog or several, and can be used by multiple departments. Companies can choose what they will use with Portfolio's modular platform, with options for mobile DAM, single sign-on, web portals and more. The system's new "Restful" API provides simple integration with other third-party applications, such as eCommerce Systems, collection managemen...



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11:01
New Aerial Shot Shows Apple Campus Construction...

Construction on Apple's new spaceship campus is well underway and even in its current state is something to behold. Thanks to some slick drone flying, we can see just how far along the project is, and it's looking pretty cool.


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11:00
Rare look at design genius Jony Ive: The man behind...

Vogue:

The secret weapon of the most sought-after personal-electronics company in the world is a very nice guy from Northeast London who has a soft spot for woodworking and the sense that designers ought to keep their design talents backstage where they can do the most good. “There’s an odd irony here,” he observes. “I think our goal is that you would have a sense that it wasn’t design.”

Always interesting to read about

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11:00
A look at the TextExpander keyboard for iOS 8

I've used TextExpander on my Mac for years and it has saved me hours of typing time. If you frequently use TextExpander on your Mac or if you used it on your iOS device before iOS 8 allowed third-party keyboards, you are in luck. TextExpander touch...

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10:59
FacetCorp releases version 6 of FacetPhone

FacetCorp (http://www.facetcorp.com) has launched version 6 of FacetPhone, the business phone system that runs on Mac OS X. This release includes a mobile app, new call center functionality, enhanced reporting capabilities and computer telephony integration with more applications.

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10:47
Article: The Early Guide To Apple Watch Apps

Apple is marketing the upcoming Apple Watch as a fashion, fitness, and functional accessory—something to wear, work out with, and use to do everyday tasks. Ever since the Watch was shown last month, iLounge’s editors have been discussing what truly makes it different from the earlier sixth-generation iPod nano, the device that obviously inspired Apple Watch’s basic look and feel. Putting aside Apple Watch’s enhanced fashion…

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10:40
Your iPhone is now encrypted. The FBI says it’ll...

The Guardian:

The US government and police officials are in the midst of a misleading PR offensive to try to scare Americans into believing encrypted cellphones are somehow a bad thing, rather than a huge victory for everyone’s privacy and security in a post-Snowden era.

I understand the government’s position but, with all the evidence of the authorities spying on us in any number of ways, they have no one to blame but themselves for average citizens looking for ways to protect themselves from their

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10:40
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Dr. Mac’s Final Showdown

Iâm now on my tenth day of carrying both new iPhones - one in each front pocket of jeans or shorts - wherever I go. As I reported last week, Iâm about to replace my year-old iPhone 5s with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now, after ten days of careful consideration, I believe Iâve got it all figured out. I wonât keep you in suspense: Iâm getting...


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10:37
VMware announces VMware Workstation 11, VMware...

VMware (www.vmware.com) has announced VMware Workstation 11, the newest version of its PC virtualization solution. It will offer Windows 10 Tech Preview readiness and cloud connectivity with VMware vCloud Air integration to support the most advanced computing environments.

According to Nicolas Rochard, director of product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware, VMware Workstation 11 will deliver leading-edge features including:

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10:36
Tweetbot updated with iPhone 6 support, actionable...


Tweetbot, the incredibly popular iPhone Twitter client, has just been updated with support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays. The update includes interactive notification banners that allow you to quickly favorite, retweet, or reply to tweets as they come in.

The new version also includes the ability to login to an account using the new 1Password extension introduced in the newest update to that app. Other third-party extensions will also be supported through native iOS 8 share sheets. Other miscellaneous bug fixes are included to round out the...

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10:30
Former Apple managers discuss hectic work culture:...

On the most recent episode of the Debug podcast (iTunes link here), former Apple managers Don Melton and Nitin Ganatra got together and discussed, amongst a slew of other fascinating topics, the hectic and always-on work schedule that comes with...

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10:23
Promise Technology debuts Thunderbolt 2 Storage...

At the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX), Promise Technology (www.promise.com) announced the availability of two new storage solutions for the growing number of houses of worship that are increasingly recording and editing live video streams to more widely broadcast worship services, sermons, and music -- often with multi-camera recordings being delivered live to several locations and branches, or streamed online. 

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10:23
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-01

Word on the street is that a gold iPad is coming this month, and a 12.9-inch iPad is coming next year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a gold iPad is a good idea (spoiler: Jeff and Kelly think John is wrong), and talk about what a bigger screen iPad could mean for tablet users.


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10:16
IK Multimedia releases SampleTank 3 SE

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has released SampleTank 3 SE, an introductory special edition of IK's flagship sound and groove workstation for Mac and PC systems.

Available as a standalone program or as bundled software with iRig KEYS, iRig Keys with Lightning, iRig Keys Pro, iRig MIDI 2, iRig Pads and iRig Pro, it gives users the freedom to experiment with the functional software along with 6.5GB library of 400 instruments, over 250 loops and 150 MIDI patterns that illustrate the sonic versatility of SampleTank 3.

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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



Download Now

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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