Drink from the Firehose...
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Drink from the Firehose...

Thursday October 9

18:19
Apple's Jony Ive talks iPhone, Apple Watch and...

During a panel at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive offered up stories about his time at the company in a rare one-on-one interview, at one point revealing that he does not see copying as flattery, but theft.

| Read more »
18:10
Facebook DNA

Om Malik:

The combination of Facebook and anonymity is as awkward as the marriage of Michael Jackson and Lisa Presley — farcical, comic and an act undertaken for the express purpose of deceit. Anonymity and privacy are not part of Facebook’s DNA.

Boom!

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
18:05
Admin console

 October 9, 2014 6:05:00 PM PDT

The problem with Admin console should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

 October 9, 2014 5:11:00 PM PDT

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by October 9, 2014 6:11:00 PM PDT with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

Please note that the Google Admin app for Android and iOS will still work as normal, and can be used to perform some tasks while the Admin console is unavailable.

 October 9, 2014 4:11:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.

Users are seeing the Admin console refresh continuously on loading.

| Read more »
18:00
News Republic challenging established iOS news apps

News Republic is the new kid on the block, challenging Flipboard, Zite and other popular news readers/aggregators. The app claims to have an advanced algorithm with semantic and learning intelligence, reviewing millions of news items to create a news...

| Read more »
17:55
Jony Ive on design and Xiaomi stealing Apple’s ideas

Kyle Russell has a nice article about Jony Ive’s panel at the Vanity Fair Summit talking about design. It’s a very interesting process. Then someone asked Jony about Xiaomi:

When a member of the audience came up to ask a question about Xiaomi and their unofficial tagline of “the Apple of China,” Ive was very straightforward with his response: “I’ll stand a little bit harsh, I don’t see it as flattery. When you’re doing something for the first time, you don’t know it’s gonna work, you spend 7 or 8 years working on something, and then it’s copied. I think it is really straightforward. It is theft and it is lazy. I don’t think it is ok at all.”

Fucking right!

∞ Read...

| Read more »
17:55
Apple to Live Stream Upcoming October 16 iPad Event

Apple has plans to offer a live stream of its October 16 event, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors. As with its September 9 iPhone event, Apple will likely offer a stream of the event both on its website and through a dedicated channel on the Apple TV.

Invitations for the October 16 event, which will be held at the Town Hall auditorium on the company's Cupertino campus at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, went out earlier this week with the tagline "It's been way too long."

At the event, Apple is expected to introduce an updated iPad Air and possibly a new Retina iPad mini, as well as updated iMacs with a 27-inch model that has a high-resolution Retina display. OS X Yosemite is also likely to be previewed one more time before its public launch, and updated Mac minis, which are rumored to be in the works, might possibly see an announcement at the event.

In addition to Apple'...

| Read more »
17:41
The greatest beards in history

Much respect bearded ones.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
17:37
Jony Ive Details Apple Design Process, iPhone 6...

Apple's head of design Jony Ive today gave a live interview at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. In the interview, which BusinessInsider attended, Ive gave some rare insight into the design process at Apple and some of the design choices the team made with the iPhone 6.

According to Ive, he has a great design team that's quite small, numbering 16 or 17 employees. During a typical day, Ive says that designers gather around tables like those in the Apple Store to draw. The team meets three or four times a week.

One of the major advantages of being part of a design team that's been together so long is that it's given them time to develop a design process. Ideas, Ive says, don't really come along until the design team has created a physical object from their drawings. "It really galvanizes and focuses our...

| Read more »
17:36
Amazon set to open first retail location

The site, set to open in time for the holiday-shopping season on Manhattan’s busy 34th Street, would mark an experiment by Amazon AMZN, -2.27% to connect with customers in the physical world. Amazon has built its business on competitive pricing and fast shipping. Until now, though, it couldn’t compete with the immediacy of a traditional store.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure this makes sense to me. Amazon has a strong brand, but this doesn’t seem to do anything to strengthen its core business.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
17:28
Jony Ive takes the stage at Vanity Fair’s New...


Image via Steve Kovach

Jony Ive appeared live today at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit and talked about Apple’s design team, principles, and process. For example, the executive revealed that Apple’s core design team is made up of only about 16 people, and the company almost gave up on the first-generation iPhone because they weren’t sure they could get a touch interface working.

According to Business Insider, Ive said that no one has ever voluntarily left his small design team, which is a pretty fantastic track record. He also said that the rounded edges on the...

| Read more »
17:27
Apple Watch Will Make Editorial Debut in Vogue China...

Apple is letting the fashion world enjoy the editorial debut for Apple Watch. The Business of Fashion (BoF) reported that Vogue China got early access to the device, and will feature it on the cover of the November issue on the arm of supermodel Liu Wen.

The Mac Observer Spin: I think the watch and technology worlds don't get Apple Watch yet, each for different reasons. Apple is positioning this device obliquely to anything most of us thought about before it was announced.


| Read more »
17:23
Six Things Apple Will Announce October 16th

Apple has officially invited press to an event on October 16. Kelly has some ideas about what should be on the agenda and why.


| Read more »
17:14
GT Advanced Asks Court for Permission to 'Wind...

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week, Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced has asked for the court's permission to "wind down" operations at its Mesa, Arizona manufacturing plant, reports Re/code and The Wall Street Journal.

GT is said to be filing motions to get expedited hearings to cease certain operations and get out of both contracts and leases connected to those operations.

The facility, which was purchased and outfitted by Apple and run by GT Advanced, has operated for less than a year. Approximately 700 employees are employed at the manufacturing plant, where GT Advanced was rumored to be creating sapphire for use in...

| Read more »
17:06
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced seeks to '...

New details of Apple sapphire partner supplier GT Advanced revealed on Thursday, with one report saying the sapphire maker asked the court for permission to "wind down" operations at its manufacturing plant.

| Read more »
17:00
Why Apple Pay is poised to succeed where others...

The notion of using smartphones to make mobile payments is nothing new. Google Wallet launched all the way back in 2011. But Apple, in classic fashion, is joining the party late and may very well end up succeeding where many others have failed. In...

| Read more »
16:50
Apple Watch to be highlight of Vogue China magazine...

It was revealed on Thursday that the unreleased Apple Watch will grace the cover of Vogue China's November issue as worn by supermodel Liu Wen, marking the first time Apple's wearable will be featured in a major fashion-focused magazine.

| Read more »
16:45
U2's 'Songs of Innocence' has now...

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue revealed on Thursday that the U2 album Apple bought and gave away to its users for free, Songs of Innocence, has now been deliberately downloaded by users more than 26 million times, with another 65 million users having listened to at least one of the songs from it either through iTunes Radio, Beats Music or on iTunes. This figure, Cue said, was a little shy of double the sum total of all U2 music bought from iTunes since 2003....



...

| Read more »
16:30
Become a hero with Alexia Crow and the Cave of Heroes

The more apps I review, the more I become convinced that games with puzzle aspects are virtually a mainstay for iPhone and iPad users. If that trend is anything near accurate, then Alexia Crow and The Cave of Heroes will likely skyrocket in...

| Read more »
16:24
Apple Watch set to appear on the cover of Vogue...

Apple’s upcoming wearable will appear on the cover of Vogue China’s November issue according to Business of Fashion. Several styles of the device will be worn by supermodel Liu Wen. This comes just a few weeks after Apple’s one-day-only special showing of the Apple Watch during Paris Fashion Week, proving that the company is taking a much more direct approach to the fashion world.

Vogue China EiC Angelica Cheung reportedly met with Tim Cook and Jony Ive prior to the official reveal of the...

| Read more »
16:24
Apple Watch to be Featured in November Issue of...

Earlier this month, Chinese model Liu Wen hinted that she might be involved in a fashion-oriented advertising campaign for the Apple Watch. As it turns out, Liu Wen will be featured in Vogue China's November issue, wearing the Apple Watch on the cover of the magazine.

Wen appears to be wearing the 18-karat yellow gold Edition Apple Watch, which features a red Modern Buckle Band. She's also featured wearing other Apple Watch models on a spread inside the magazine.

In an interview with The Business of Fashion, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung has revealed the details behind the partnership between Vogue and Apple that led to the device being featured on the popular magazine's cover. According to Cheung, she met with Apple CEO...

| Read more »
16:10
Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 3 to...

After releasing a second build of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM candidate earlier this week, Apple on Thursday issued a third seed to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this month.

| Read more »
16:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

| Read more »
16:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

| Read more »
16:00
Animals vs. Mutants is cute, mutant-smashing fun

After just a few minutes of playing, my 9-year-old proclaimed Animals vs. Mutants (universal, free with in-app purchases) "awesome." So there you go.

Animals vs. Mutants (or "AVM" as I'm calling it) is a cute combat game in which you and an...

| Read more »
15:57
NFL fines 49ers quarterback $10,000 for wearing...

The National Football League fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing a pair Beats headphones, which bucks the league's rule against promoting unsponsored products.

| Read more »
15:52
Apple Releases Third OS X Yosemite Golden Master...

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

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

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

| Read more »
15:52
Apple releases third OS X Yosemite GM candidate...

Just a few days after the second golden master candidate, Apple has seeded a third version of OS X Yosemite to developers. Sources say that Apple has planned to finalize the code for Yosemite tomorrow ahead of a ship date around next week’s October 16th media event. The update is available in Software Update on the Mac App Store and on the developer center.

 

@markgurman some changes have been made to Keychain Access and drivers...

| Read more »
15:30
Improve your big game planning with Tailgating

To many fans, the tailgating parties before and after the game are almost as important as the game itself. Now with Tailgating, you can make your game day parties easier to organize and make sure everyone has a good time. This free universal app...

| Read more »
15:18
WSJ: Apple deal with GT Advanced broke down over...

The Wall Street Journal has published new information about the breakdown of a deal between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc. that led the latter to file for bankruptcy earlier this week. As was previously noted, Apple withheld a $139 million payment from the sapphire supplier, though the exact reasoning was unclear.

In a research note released yesterday, KGI...

| Read more »
15:01
San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Fined $10k for...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 for wearing Apple's Beats by Dre headphones following a ban on the brand after the NFL signed an exclusive deal with Bose.

Kaepernick opted to wear bright pink Beats by Dre headphones following last Sunday's game against the Chiefs, in order to "pay homage to Breast Cancer Awareness." Kaepernick declined to say whether Beats paid his fine, saying "I'm going to let that be unanswered."

Kaepernick, along with a number of other high-profile NFL players, has an endorsement deal with Beats. Last year, he starred in a popular Beats ad that depicted him tuning out the negative comments and boos of opposing fans by wearing Beats noise-canceling headphones.

Bose and the NFL signed a sponsorship agreement...

| Read more »
15:00
Edinburgh Apple Store finally opening after being...

Good things come to those who wait. Fours years after being announced, Edinburgh, Scotland is getting an Apple store. The long delayed location will open on October 18, according to a banner posted outside of the store.

MACNN is reporting the...

| Read more »
14:55
USAA support for Apple Pay coming on November 7

USAA will begin supporting Apple Pay on November 7, says the bank's assistant VP, Vikram Parekh. Customers will be able to enter MasterCard and Visa cards into their iPhones. The announcement marks the first time a financial institution has given a specific timeline for Apple Pay....



| Read more »
14:49
Icahn talks increased AAPL buyback proposal, valuing...

After publishing an open letter to Tim Cook earlier today once again requesting Apple to increase its share buyback program, high-profile investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn went on CNBC for an interview to discuss the specifics. Icahn and associates not only discuss the proposal requesting Apple make a tender offer for a larger buyback of shares, but also some of Icahn’s other forecasts and his statement that Apple should be trading at $203 per share, which would put the company at a value somewhere in the neighbourhood of $1 trillion making it the first to do so.

In his letter, Icahn said “our forecasted growth for FY 2016 and FY 2017 more than adequately justifies using a P/E multiple of 19x our FY 2015 forecast, which along with net cash values Apple at $203 per share today.” In...

| Read more »
14:39
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick fined $10,000 for...


Image via Paul Gutierrez

SF 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing a pair of pink Beats by Dre headphones (presumably for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) during a post-game press conference on Sunday. The National Football League recently signed an agreement with Bose that barred players and staff from wearing any other brand of headphones...

| Read more »
14:35
Banks to take on fraud liability in Apple Pay deal,...

On Thursday, four banks offering support for Apple Pay commented on Apple's first foray into mobile payments, confirming that liability for fraudulent activity will ultimately fall on their shoulders for both online and physical transactions.

| Read more »
14:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Weather Dial - A...

| Read more »
14:10
Apple didn't make it into the Top Five Global...

An IDC report published yesterday revealed the top five Global PC vendors for Q3 2014. It showed that Apple had inched past Asus for fifth spot with 4.9 million units. Unfortunately Gartner's top five PC vendor list came out hours later clearly showing that Asus had actually won fifth spot by shipping 5.7 million units. Chuck Jones...

| Read more »
14:00
Daily Deals for October 9, 2014, featuring GoodSync...

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....

| Read more »
13:54
The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp...

We have a new developer training bundle for you today called The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp. It's designed to give you in-depth training on iOS 8, Swift and Xcode 6. Over the course of 24 courses with 80 hours of content, you'll be guided through building 70 different working apps. This collection of courses retails for $2,956, but through our deal, it's yours for $99. If you want to learn how to make iOS apps, this is a good place to start.


| Read more »
13:53
Lenovo Product Engineer Ashton Kutcher 'Not...

Lenovo today launched the Yoga Tablet 2, which comes equipped with either Android or Windows 8. Available in three different sizes ranging from 8 to 13 inches, the tablets are priced from $249 to $499. On the smaller end, the 8 and 10 inch tablets (Windows or Android) have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, while the larger 13-inch Pro version (Android only) has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440.

The tablets come equipped with a 180-degree kickstand and the 13-inch Pro model comes equipped with a built-in pico projector that can project an image up to 50 inches on a wall as its defining feature. The tablets and two new two-in-one Yoga laptops have been created by Lenovo in conjunction with Ashton Kutcher, a "product engineer" at the company. Along with serving as one of Lenovo's product engineers, Kutcher also famously...

| Read more »
13:52
Apple says U2's 'Songs of Innocence'...

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Thursday said U2's "Songs of Innocence," which was offered for free to iTunes users, has been downloaded 26 million times since its release on Sept. 9.

| Read more »
13:50
There’s more than one reason why iOS 8’s growth has...

Apple

If you follow Apple news closely, at some point in the last week you've probably seen the graph above. It's from Apple's Developer Support page, and the company calculates the figure by looking at the iOS versions of devices accessing the App Store. Like Google's analogous developer dashboard for Android, it's meant to give developers a broad look at OS usage so they can use that data to determine which OSes to support with their apps.

The problem with the graph above isn't that it shows iOS 8 and iOS 7 with the same amount of share, but that the number for iOS 8 has climbed just a single percentage point since the last measurement was taken on September 21. Apple's data mirrors what a number of other independent firms have been claiming virtually since launch day—...

| Read more »
13:46
Dragon Dictate 4.0.5 - Premium voice recognition...

With Dragon Dictate speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Far more than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more - quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Open and close or navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase.

Ignite Productivity with Fast, Accurate Dictation

Say words and watch them appear on your computer screen -- three times faster than typing -- with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the box. Correcting or revising your dictated text is simple with a new, more powerful correction interface that lets you quickly edit words or phrases. Dragon Dictate adapts to your voice and the words you use to deliver better recognition results over time. You...

| Read more »
13:44
Thync Scores $13M for Foggy Brain Project


Thync on Wednesday announced it had raised US$13 million in funding from "top-tier" investors, including lead investor Khosla Ventures. Thync's product, possibly called the "Vibe," is a wearable device that purportedly uses neurosignaling to modify a user's state of mind in relation to energy, calm and focus. Thync's claims have raised some eyebrows. The company has not published any peer-reviewed papers or other scientific research on the technology currently in use. It's been vague about both the technology and its backers.

| Read more »
13:30
Apple now says 81 million customers ‘experienced’...

Apple’s controversial U2 album giveaway is about to wrap up as the record is only scheduled to be free through October 13th, and the company is sharing some numbers about the promotion to celebrate.

Apple SVP of Internet Software & Services Eddy Cue told Billboard that more than 81 million customers ‘experienced songs’ from U2’s Songs of Innocence album either through plays or streams over iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music where the album was exclusively available to users. The Apple exec added that 26 million full downloads of the album were...

| Read more »
13:30
NuMac BluDrive Plus combines Blu-ray drive, 2TB of...

NuMac has announced the BluDrive Plus, an unusual new Blu-ray drive for Macs. Merged with it is 2TB of onboard storage, rated at 100MBs (for both reading and writing), which can be accessed via a separate USB 3.0 port. The Blu-ray component relies on its own USB connection....



| Read more »
13:30
Walking War Robots: War of the robots

Giant robots engage in intense online multiplayer battles to control and change beacons to their team's color in Walking War Robots (free with in app purchases). Players can unlock up to eight robots to battle with and 13 different weapon types which...

| Read more »
13:10
Apple Pay launch partner USAA says support arriving...

When Apple unveiled its new Apple Pay payment service during its iPhone event last month, it said the new feature would arrive for users in the US sometime in October. While there hasn’t been a firm date announced for the launch, at least one of Apple’s early bank partners has apparently confirmed a release date. DailyDot reports that USAA said Apple Pay would become available for its Visa and MasterCard customers on November 7:

Parekh says USAA will offer Apple Pay beginning on “Nov. 7 for USAA MasterCard and USAA Visa cards,” which is the first official date for an Apple Pay release thus far.

... | Read more »
13:10
iTunes Users Downloaded U2's 'Songs of...

U2's partnership with Apple that saw its latest album, "Songs of Innocence" distributed for free to iTunes users appears to have been a wild success, with the album reaching more than 81 million Apple customers across iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music.

Eddy Cue, Apple's iTunes chief, told Billboard that the album had been downloaded in its entirety more than 26 million times since its September 9 release, and that more than 81 million customers had "experienced songs" from the album.

"To help put this into perspective," [Cue] says, "prior to this, 14 million customers had purchased music from U2 since the opening of the iTunes Store in 2003."During Apple's September 9 keynote event, Bono took the stage with Tim Cook to announce that the "Songs of Innocence" album would be available at no cost to 500 million iTunes...

| Read more »
13:05
Banks Confident in Apple Pay Security, Assume...

Apple's new Apple Pay payment system has been designed to be ultra secure, taking advantage of existing NFC tokenization specifications to keep user payment information safe. Apple uses tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both one-time use security codes and Touch ID.

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

According to Navy Federal VP of credit cards Randy Hopper, the bank was "very excited" to see what Apple had developed, because it is "convenient, secure, and private." Apple's use of tokenization "addresses all points of weakness across...

| Read more »
13:00
Mac-ception

Sometimes you can't help but feel like you're just living inside your computer on a daily basis. Paul McCoubrie captured that feeling perfectly with this picture.

[Photo credit: Paul McCoubrie]...

| Read more »
12:54
GT Advanced says confidentiality prevents sharing...

A confidentiality agreement prevents GT Advanced from revealing the cause of its bankruptcy, or its plans to recover, according to a lawyer for the company. Reuters reports that Paul Hastings lawyer Luc Despins made the statement to a judge earlier today in a New Hampshire court. GT has moreover asked the court to close hearings to the public, and seal documents referring to a third party, since those would also violate confidentiality terms and potentially cost the company up to $50 million per infraction....



...

| Read more »
12:53
Rise and shine: What kids all around the world eat...

New York Times Magazine:

Americans tend to lack imagination when it comes to breakfast. The vast majority of us, surveys say, start our days with cold cereal — and those of us with children are more likely to buy the kinds with the most sugar. Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.

Really interesting to read about the variety of foods these kids eat and a lot of it is food most of us have never even heard of. But the pictures are even better. The kids are so cute.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
12:42
Amazon to open first retail store in Manhattan,...

Amazon's growing competition with Apple will soon expand to the retail space, as the online storefront reportedly plans to go brick-and-mortar this fall with its first-ever physical store, set to be built in across from the Empire State Building in time for the holiday shopping season.

| Read more »
12:39
First Look: IK Multimedia iRig PADS MIDI Groove...

The latest addition to IK Multimedia's popular music accessory lineup for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is iRig PADS ($150), a 16-pad MIDI controller that works to send commands and signal changes to any Core MIDI iOS app, such as Apple's GarageBand or IK Multimedia's SampleTank. iRig PADS features a four-by-four grid of sixteen velocity-sensitive and backlit multi-color rubber pads, along with a collection of additional knob, pushbutton, slider,…

| Read more »
12:35
Review: Uniq Aircraft Clear for iPhone 6

Coverage isn’t the main selling point of Aircraft Clear — the aluminum bumper covers the volume controls and sleep/wake button, and offers bottom port cutouts, but there’s really no lip to speak of on the front edges for protection. The fit isn’t perfect either, as a thin layer of felt can be found inside the bumper — it may protect the device from the bumper, but it also tends to make the volume controls dip slightly inward.…

| Read more »
12:15
Supply Chain Says MS Surface Pro 3 Tablet is Dead,...

DigiTimes says, based on supply chain reports, that Microsoft is planning to cancel the Surface Pro 3 tablet. Cited were poor expected sales, "unlikely to surpass one millon units," and Microsoft's unaggressive pursuit of a next-generation model.
John Martellaro evaluates the situation.


| Read more »
12:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Dock $240,...

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:

Belkin 20% off sitewide: Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Mac $240, WeMo LED starter set ...

| Read more »
12:00
Skype for OS X gets updated with redesign, improved...

Skype has just launched its redesigned Mac client, introducing a new look that fits with the aesthetics of the upcoming OS X Yosemite. If you've been using the recently updated iPhone or iPad versions of the service you'll recognize the some of the...

| Read more »
12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Gameboy style, video editors,...

Gameboy style!

Gaming nostalgia is always popular on iOS, but can a new Gameboy-style game generate the same enthusiasm as its 8-bit cousins?

Adobe Premiere Clip

This free, easy video editor for iOS connects to your Adobe Creative Cloud account so you can pluck video files directly from your device or grab them from cloud storage to create your perfect movie. It includes Instagram-style color filters, audio mixing tools, and other effects so that you can create a short, professional-looking video on the spot.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

| Read more »
11:54
In response to Icahn, Apple reiterates plans to...

After activist investor Carl Icahn published a letter Thursday asking Apple to increase its share buyback efforts once again, the company responded with a statement indicating it's in no rush to make any changes.

| Read more »
11:40
The iPhone 6 Plus is great for gaming… if you have...

When I first heard about the iPhone 6 Plus during Apple's announcement last month, my mind immediately jumped to the 3DS XL. That 2012 update to the portable platform made 3DS games both more comfortable to look at and the system itself much more comfortable to hold in adult-sized hands. The super-sized iPhone 6 Plus does the same thing for what has become one of the most popular gaming platforms ever, giving new life to games that could feel a bit cramped on smaller iPhone screens.

Apple isn't the first to discover the mobile gaming potential of a bigger screen, of course—Android and Windows Phones have sported displays as big or bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus for years. While those platforms are...

| Read more »
11:30
Weather Wow probably won't 'wow' you

Weather Wow (free with in-app purchases) has a nice GUI but that's about it. Pop up ads, sometimes full screen, mar the work that went into the graphic niceties.

Weather Wow lets you set other cities besides your own location, but the default...

| Read more »
11:29
Autodesk releases all-new SketchBook app for iPhone...



Autodesk today released a new version of its popular Sketchbook painting and drawing app that introduces a single app for both tablets and smartphones alongside new features. Launching today on both iOS and Android the new SketchBook app has a streamlined UI and a number of new features and improvements over previous versions of the app. The company highlighted a few of the new features:

-Layer blending modes including glow and soft glow
-Selection tools for manipulating, transforming, and drawing within specific parts of the image
-All new brushes, including a set of...

| Read more »
11:16
The scary side of Touch ID

In this, the inaugural Private i column, I want to freak you out just a little bit. In the coming weeks, this column will help Mac and iOS users understand the implications of the latest security exploits, privacy hacks, and encryption options, and how to protect themselves or take advantage of them, as the case may be.

But I want to start with Touch ID and why it’s a technology that needs more discussion as its use as an identity validation has broadened to other apps in iOS 8.

Apple

Fingerprint-based identification isn’t new, nor are biometric markers for authentication, like scanning one’s optic nerve or handprint or blood-vessel pattern or the like. They’re the thing of sci-fi movies made thoroughly real, routine, and boring with modern technology. Prior to the addition of Touch ID to the iPhone 5s, however, the fast majority of biometric ID was at fixed locations, like the entrance to a...

| Read more »
11:10
Skype for Mac 7.0 gets new look, simultaneous...

Microsoft-owned Skype has released Skype for Mac 7.0. The software brings with it a major redesign, matching the look of OS X Yosemite, and borrowing interface cues from a recent iPhone app update. The most significant change, however, may be a split-screen view during voice and video calls that lets people see and send instant messages at the same time....



| Read more »
11:10
Icahn to Apple: Buy Back More Shares

Apple has US$133 billion in cash and big-name investor Carl Icahn thinks it's time for the iPhone and iPad maker to use some of that money to buy back more stock. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mr. Icahn said he thinks the company's stock is currently sitting at about half its value, and that's an opportunity not to be passed up.

The Mac Observer Spin: Carl Icahn is right about this being a good time for Apple to buy back more of its stock, but don't think his open letter is an altruistic move. This is all about business and increasing his own profit. That's just how business works.


| Read more »
11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: A hybrid smartcam, a robot to...

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...

| Read more »
10:51
From Inside the Cloud: What controls do we provide...

Asaf Kashi is the group program manager in the Office 365 Information Protection team.

In our last few posts in our From Inside the Cloud series, my colleagues and lead engineers, Perry Clarke, Vivek Sharma and Kamal Janardhan shared insider overviews on how we design and run various aspects of security, privacy and compliance in Office 365.  Today, I would like to share an overview of the controls you have within Office 365 to protect your data in transit.

As I explain in today’s three-minute video—we protect your data in transit on two levels. First  by encrypting all data in transit at the service level and second, by providing solutions you can use for detection and proactive prevention of the data going out to unintended recipients in the first place. Let me explain.

How your data is protected in transit

At the service level, we encrypt all data between your users and the Office 365 service using Transport Layer Security (TLS) that...

| Read more »
10:43
Philips televisions bundled with Apple TV go on sale...

Philips has started to offer a new range of televisions in India, with the sets being made available bundled with the Apple TV. The collection, which will start from Rs 29,990 ($490) for the base model, will apparently include the Apple set-top box to provide smart TV functionality, as Philips attempts to cash in on holiday season sales in the country....



| Read more »
10:35
Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Maximum...

Griffinâs Survivor All-Terrain cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 plus have all the expected features of a high-protection product. Both cases support the ability to use the fingerprint scan option, Touch ID, through the protective cover. Best of all, the iPhone is easy to insert or remove.


| Read more »
10:34
Briefly: Google News & Weather for iOS, Trilogy...

Google has released its News and Weather app for iOS, offering iPhone and iPad users a personalized news interface. Originally released for Android last month, users can access news coverage from sixty-five thousand publications by way of simple swipe-access to various categories. The layout is highly customizable, with option to choose from sixty country-specific editions and news sections such as Hollywood, NASA, Fashion, and more. To view more in-depth content, users can tap any story to view a full story. Free to download, Google News and Weather requires iOS 7.0 or later to run....



...

| Read more »
10:32
The Magazine shuts down

It’s very sad. Glenn is a great guy and friend, but I understand the issues of being an independent publisher on Apple’s Newsstand—it’s not fun. Apple should just admit that they don’t give a shit about digital magazines and be done with it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:32
News: GT unable to disclose bankruptcy details due...

Following its bankruptcy filing earlier this week, GT Advanced Technologies has asked for non-disclosure in its pending bankruptcy proceedings, stating that it cannot disclose the details surrounding its Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to “an unspecified confidentiality agreement.” A lawyer for the company told a U.S. Bankruptcy judge that the agreement in question prevented the company from disclosing the cause of the bankruptcy, or any plans…

| Read more »
10:29
Google launches Primer mobile app to help startups...

Today, Google launched a new mobile app for startups called Primer, an interactive tool that helps companies with their marketing needs. Available now on iOS, the software cranks out five minute lesson plans for subjects like Content Marketing, PR & Media and Search Advertising. A simplified experience, Primer is packed with case studies, insider tips and quizzes designed to make marketing easier.

Google created Primer as a way to make it easier for businesses to be successful at marketing. We realize that some of the Google ad-tech products which connect businesses to customers also widen the...

| Read more »
10:27
Long-delayed Edinburgh Apple Store to open on...

Apple will finally open a long-awaited store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18th, according to an official banner outside the shop. Efforts to build an Edinburgh outlet date back to at least 2010. Once a location on Princes Street was secured, the company then spent over a year in construction. This was followed by another nine-month delay as it worked to finalize the store's design....



| Read more »
09:57
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-09

Confused about Apple's whole third-party password thing for iCloud? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what you need to know about iCloud's new password requirements for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, plus they take a look at Carl Icahn's open letter to Tim Cook pushing for more Apple stock buybacks.


| Read more »
09:55
Skype 7.0.0.653 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.0.0.653: Features:

  • Design refresh of the chat and calling experience
  • ...

| Read more »
09:45
GT Argues Inability to Disclose Bankruptcy Details,...

GT Advanced Technologies today appeared in a New Hampshire courtroom, asking for non-disclosure in its pending bankruptcy proceedings. According to Reuters, a lawyer for the company told the court that a confidentiality agreement prevented it from disclosing the details surrounding its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Luc Despins of Paul Hastings told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry Boroff an unspecified confidentiality agreement prevented GT from disclosing the cause of its bankruptcy, or its plan for dealing with the situation. He also acknowledged the 90 percent drop in the company’s stock price in the first three trading days of this week. GT further asked the court to seal select documents referencing a third-party, noting that the disclosure would violate existing confidentially agreements. The publication of these documents could prove costly to the sapphire maker with...

| Read more »
09:27
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0

Major update to the popular backup utility with a redesigned interface and several added features. ($39.99 new, $19.99 upgrade from version 3.5.x, 11.0 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
09:24
Pangea Audio introduces Apple certified Lightning to...

Pangea Audio (www.pangeaaudio.com) has introduced MFI-tested, Apple-certified Lightning cables for use with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5/5S/5C, iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina and all Lightning-equipped Apple devices.
 
Pangea Lightning cables are an five-feet in length—42% longer than Apple’s standard Lightning cable. They feature "superior shielding, robust 27-gauge signal conductors, heavy-duty 21-gauge power conductors and Apple’s newest, thinnest C48 Lightning connector on one end, with a USB 'A' connector on the other end," says Pangea cable designer Jay Victor.

read more

| Read more »
09:24
Skype for Mac 7.0 launches with new mobile-inspired...

Microsoft on Thursday launched a redesigned version 7.0 of its popular Skype chat application for Mac OS X, making it a 64-bit application, introducing a new file transfer presentation with inline images, and much more.

| Read more »
09:00
Register now for upcoming Access events

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access or know someone who is? Interested in expanding your knowledge about the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve Access desktop applications? There are two upcoming events that you might consider attending to gain knowledge on Microsoft Access and Access Services from seasoned professionals.

J Street Technology is organizing another one-day conference on Access.

Join us Thursday, November 6th in Redmond, WA for another Access Day event. The conference will be held on Microsoft’s main campus this year.

This upcoming Access Day event will once again feature internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, professional Access developers, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.

Access Day will include sessions by Luke Chung, Andy Tabisz, Tim Getsch, Jeff Conrad and Armen...

| Read more »
09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 019 with...

In episode 19, Jeremy Thake chats to Waldek Mastykarz, a SharePoint MVP, about the new Office Graph API Preview and the Graph Query language.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP19_WaldekMastykarz.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly update

| Read more »
09:00
Carl Icahn's open letter to Tim Cook

Activist shareholder and invstor Carl Icahn is back at work poking at Apple, this time in a letter to Tim Cook published on the Shareholders' Square Table website. The short version? "Dear Tim, Remember all of those shares of Apple stock I bought?...

| Read more »
08:59
External Link: Adam Engst Joins Pebbled Panel on...

The forthcoming Apple Watch may have sucked a lot of the air out of the wearable industry, but Adam Engst, Jason Snell, and Andy Ihnatko all have Pebble smartwatches (and Andy has quite a few other models as well). In this episode of MacNotables, they talk about what the Pebble does well, what other smartwatches need to do, and how it all relates to Apple’s announcement.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
08:57
New Icahn letter calls for even more Apple share...

(Updated with Apple response) Following up on yesterday's Twitter post, Carl Icahn has published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, urging him to ask the Board of Directors to "accelerate and increase the magnitude of share repurchases" through a tender offer. He argues that Apple shares are trading at half of their actual value, pointing to personal estimates for Apple's growth in fiscal 2016 and 2017 should value Apple at $203 today. In real-world trading, Apple stocks are currently worth over $101.50....



...

| Read more »
08:48
Daily Deal: Get Dragon Dictate for Mac for only $99....

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 for $99.99—that’s 50% off the normal price. Providing fast, accurate speech recognition and versatile transcription, Dragon Dictate for Mac lets you dictate and edit documents, send email, transcribe voice memos, and more using just your voice. You can also accurately transcribe an audio file of any single speaker’s voice from podcasts or pre-recorded audio files,…

| Read more »
08:45
Shootout: How does a high-end smartphone camera...

Hotas Warthog image taken with the pricey Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Lee Hutchinson

CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});

Our recent review of the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog joystick-and-throttle combo was notable not only for the really cool, really expensive piece of gaming equipment it featured, but also for the much-more-expensive full-frame DSLR used to take the article’s pictures: a $3,400 Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

This is a fair amount of scratch to lay down for a camera, especially when the Internet is full of examples of pro photographers going the opposite direction, ditching bags of expensive gear ...

| Read more »
08:45
Skype launches redesigned Mac app ahead of OS X...

Skype today has begun rolling out a redesigned version of its Mac client, bringing an enhanced look that better fits the upcoming design aesthetic of OS X Yosemite. The new design also brings the Mac app more in line with the recently redesigned iPhone and iPod touch version of Skype. The new look’s most significant new feature fixes a common #FirstWorldProblem: having to figure out how to send someone an instant message during a voice or video call. Now, the new Skype 7.0 update brings the split-screen view shown above. Improved multi-person video calls, easier sharing, and chat syncing across devices rounds out the update. Skype 7.0 for Mac is a free download from the Skype website...

| Read more »
08:38
Rumor: Apple to delay 12.9-inch iPad production...

You might have to wait a little bit longer for the rumored 12.9-inch iPad.

Specifically, you might have to wait until early 2015.

Per iMore and the Wall Street Journal, a new report suggests meeting demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s priority right now.

“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.”

An iPad Pro at 12.9-inches would likely...

| Read more »
08:30
Retail analyst blame sales lull on iPhone 6

The launch of a new iPhone always has a ripple effect across the electronics industry, and while analysts pontificate about the iPhone 6 launch affecting sales of competing smartphones and even Apple's own tablets, retailers are claiming they've been...

| Read more »
08:19
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn urges Tim Cook to...

Apple has plenty of cash on hand and the potential to generate huge revenues over the next few years, so billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants the company to spread the wealth.

Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday asking the company to speed up its share buyback program because Apple is “dramatically undervalued,” according to his analysis. If Apple takes advantage of its low stock price (lower than what Icahn expects it to be in the future) to buy back shares, investors who hold on to their stock stand to reap huge benefits when the market decides Apple’s worth more—way more.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

| Read more »
08:14
First Look: Uniq Executif and Lolita for iPhone 6

Uniq has introduced two new folio-style cases for iPhone 6, Executif ($30) and Lolita ($30). According to Uniq, Executif is made from genuine leather despite its surprisingly low price, and contains two slots for holding cards in the inner flap. Typical of many folio cases, the plastic shell that houses the phone provides little top or bottom coverage. Lolita is the same price but makes no genuine leather claims — the faux-leather case includes…

| Read more »
08:12
Apple confirms October 16th media event, is expected...

Apple will be showing the forthcoming goods in a week’s time.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in “mid-October.”

The invitations are titled “It’s been way too long,” which is sort of anyone’s guess as to the theme of the event.

It will be held on Apple’s campus in the small Town Hall Auditorium at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.

Stay tuned for additional degas as they become available.

| Read more »
08:00
Barograph uses the new iPhone pressure sensor

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus each have a sensor that gives readings for barometric pressure. Barograph (free), displays real-time pressure data from that sensor. Weather watchers will know dropping pressure usually means bad weather is coming, rising...

| Read more »
08:00
Calc One: A capable, free and smart iPad calculator...

I'm not sure why Apple never put its Calculator app into the standard iPad software build, but the absence has opened the door for several enterprising developers to close the feature gap.

One nice new offering is Calc One, which was built...

| Read more »
07:57
'Final' will allow iPhone users to easily...

Focused on security and convenience, the newly announced "Final" creates a unique credit card number for each retailer a customer does business with, and allows users to easily generate a new number using either their iPhone or a traditional, physical card.

| Read more »
07:39
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced asks bankruptcy...

As it makes its way through the bankruptcy process, GT Advanced Technologies is hoping to keep as much of the proceedings out of the public eye as it can, asking the court for a private hearing, and also to keep confidential documents sealed.

| Read more »
07:33
12.9-inch iPad production likely starting in 2015,...

Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but production of the tablet probably won't start until 2015, say supply chain sources in contact with the Wall Street Journal. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," one source says. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now."...



...

| Read more »
07:31
Samsung officially announces 3D V-NAND 128Gb flash...

Samsung today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, for use in solid state drives (SSD). The 3-bit V-NAND is Samsung's latest second generation V-NAND device, which utilizes 32 vertically stacked cell layers per NAND memory chip. Each chip provides 128Gb of memory storage, at a lower cost per die than older technologies....



| Read more »
07:30
Vienna 3.0.0 RC 6 :52f5428: - RSS and Atom...

Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are free and available for download.

A summary of some of its features:

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar.
  • Built-in tabbed browser.
  • Global search of all retrieved articles.
  • Automatic detection of newsfeeds on Web pages.
  • Smart folders for organising related feed articles.
  • Custom article display styles.
  • Three separate reading layouts.
  • Blogging integration.
  • Support for downloading enclosures in articles
  • Filter the displayed articles.
  • Manual reordering of the subscription list.
  • Full AppleScript support....

| Read more »
07:20
Apple Named World’s Most Valuable Brand, Again

Interbrand has ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand for the second year in a row with a valuation at US$118.863 billion. Apple's value increased by 21 percent compared to last year's Best Global Brands report at $98.3 billion, and has the iPhone and iPad maker ranked above Google, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Microsoft.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is the second year in a row Interbrand ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand. It's also the first time four of the top five companies were tech-related, and the first time the top two companies were each valued over $100 billion. Seems the iPhone is doing well for Apple.


| Read more »
07:14
External Link: Nine Lessons from The Magazine

Our own Glenn Fleishman is putting an end to his publication, The Magazine, after two years. He’s outlined nine hard-learned lessons to Cult of Mac that prospective publishers would be wise to read. Many of The Magazine’s faults were set in stone from the beginning: being reliant on Apple’s ecosystem and its Newsstand feature in iOS, the latter of which was changed for the worse in iOS 8, which limited its exposure.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
07:10
Game building tool company Unity Technologies may be...

According to sources familiar with the matter, cross-platform game development tool Unity's developers are having continuing discussions with possible buyers for the company. The biggest name attached to the development company's discussions is allegedly Google, with Microsoft and Amazon having made offers as early as 2013....



| Read more »
07:01
Carl Icahn forecasts UltraHD Apple TV set in FY 2016

Included in activist shareholder and investor Carl Icahn’s open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook requesting an increased stock buyback from the company is somewhat of a prediction about when Apple might release an actual Apple TV set, not just an updated set-top box. Icahn sees fiscal year 2016 as an opportunity for Apple to enter the home television market citing an upgrade cycle due to UltraHD displays.

As we highlighted in our previous letter, we believe UltraHD’s (ultra-high-definition television) superior picture quality in comparison to regular HD will drive a major TV replacement cycle as the price gap between them narrows. It should also be noted that Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, has referenced UltraHD as a major catalyst for Netflix going forward, and while this...

| Read more »
07:00
Weebly website builder comes to iPad with...

 

Weebly, one of the more popular web-based, drag-and-drop solutions for creating websites, has made its way to the iPad for the first time. The app, which was demonstrated to us earlier this week, is a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for creating, editing, and managing websites right from the iPad. The video below shows a little bit more about the app:

The iPad app syncs with your work on the web and also interacts with the companion iPhone and iPod touch application. Weebly wouldn’t comment on the possibility of a full blown editing solution for the iPhone, only saying that the different devices are geared toward different use cases....

| Read more »
07:00
Apple's 'Way Too Long' Invite Lands...


Apple's pretty much annual October new product media event usually is preceded by a cute invitation sent to journalists. The invitation typically includes a phrase or graphic element that provides a vague clue to the secret agenda of the event.
Presumably, this is to drum up excitement and speculation, in addition to creating an ah-ha moment when the audience understands the connection between the invitation and the actual announcement. This year, Apple's hint is this: "It's been way too long." That is the worst teaser I've ever heard.

| Read more »
07:00
Rumor Roundup: Digitimes nonsense factories

Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files for bankruptcy (9to5 Mac)

Just so we're clear, a company was rumored to provide sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, and those rumors later turned out to be false, and as a direct result, this company...

| Read more »
06:58
Briefly: Google Chromecast backdrops, Honeywell...

Google is starting to enable customizable backdrops for the Chromecast, a feature it first revealed in June. Rolling out from today, owners of the streaming dongle can customize the image feed from the Chromecast app for Android and iOS, including photo albums from Google+, artwork from the Google Cultural Institute, and news images from various publications. More information about an image on display can be brought up by asking the Google search app "What's on my Chromecast?" on any other mobile device on the same network....



...

| Read more »
06:54
Interbrand Lists Apple as the Top Global Brand, Again

Interbrand has just released its 15th annual Best Global Brands report, the definitive guide to the world's most valuable brands. For the second year in a row, Apple claims the top position.

| Read more »
06:37
Philips TVs bundled with Apple TV launch in India as...

Philips on Thursday announced a new lineup of television sets for India that are reportedly bundled with Apple TV set-top boxes in an apparent "partnership" that, if in fact authorized by Apple, would be the first time ever for such a promotion [updated].

| Read more »
06:33
Carl Icahn Asks for Accelerated Stock Repurchase...

In a letter addressed to Tim Cook today, activist investor Carl Icahn praises Apple for its innovation, while again asking the company to accelerate its stock repurchase program. Icahn previously pressured Apple to increase its stock buyback program to as much as $150 billion, but dropped that bid following Apple's decision to repurchase $14 billion shares in February of this year.

Icahn continues to note that Apple is "dramatically undervalued in today’s market" with its shares trading at half of Icahn's estimated $203 value. This valuation is likely to change as Apple's new product lineup chips away at Android's market share. While we recognize and applaud the company’s...

| Read more »
06:27
News: WSJ: Larger iPad production to be delayed

Apple is pushing back mass production for its planned larger iPad into early 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources said the company was prepared to start production this December, but overwhelming demand for the new iPhones has become the top priority. A previous report also claimed that the device would enter production in the first quarter of 2015. It’s still expected that the new iPad — often referred to as “iPad Pro”…

| Read more »
06:21
Apple’s iCloud App-specific Password Requirement...

If you enabled two-step verification for your iCloud account and you're using your Apple ID to sign in to third-party apps, it's time to start using app-specific passwords. Apple set the requirement to use app-specific passwords starting on October 9, which just so happens to be today.


| Read more »
06:18
Carl Icahn posts his letter

Yesterday, investor Carl Icahn tweeted a promise to post an open letter to Tim Cook. Today, he posted that letter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
06:07
Tuck me in

[VIDEO] A one minute movie, based on a short (and I mean teeny) story suggestion from Reddit, winner of the Filminute International Film Festival. Something about this just grabbed me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
06:03
Investor Carl Icahn posts open letter to Apple CEO...

Carl Icahn has posted an open letter (http://bit.ly/1pUEl6O) to Apple CEO Tim Cook The investor calls on the company to accelerate its pace of share buybacks and makes the case that shares of AAPL are worth $203 based on projected FY16 and FY17 earnings.

read more

| Read more »
06:00
Apple ranked the most valuable brand ahead of rival...

Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, according to the 15th annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report. In the recently released 2014 list, Apple retained the top spot for the second straight year with a value of US$118.9 billion. This...

| Read more »
05:59
Carl Icahn says Apple should buy more of its '...

Activist investor Carl Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday, revealing that he thinks shares of the company are "dramatically undervalued," presenting it with an opportunity to buy back even more of its own shares at a tremendous discount via a tender offer.

| Read more »
05:57
OmniFocus 2.0.3 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.0.3:

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility issues with the Clip-o-Tron: it will no longer try to capture the full content of a selected message on Yosemite, only the subject and a link and any selected text. (OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility also requires the new Clip-o-Tron Installer v1.0.1.)
  • ...

| Read more »
05:55
Carl Icahn publishes open letter to Tim Cook,...

High-profile investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn has published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook urging him to once again increase its share repurchase program for stock holders. Citing strong iPhone 6 sales and predicting the larger devices will help Apple gain marketshare from Android, Icahn is requesting Cook and Apple’s board make a tender offer to increase its current rate of share repurchases. Icahn said he thinks Apple remains “dramatically undervalued in today’s market,” but didn’t suggest a specific number for the increased buybacks:

Therefore, given the persistently excessive liquidity of $...

| Read more »
05:53
Installer shows off Siri, CarPlay integration

Josh Carr (really, that’s his name!) does an incredibly detailed walkthrough of one of Pioneer’s new in dash CarPlay compatible receivers. Great job.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
05:40
iOS 8: Hiding Your Current Email Drafts

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss the convenient new way to store and access email drafts under iOS 8. This small interface change will really make your message composing much simpler, especially if you need to refer to another email while you're writing. Come on in and get acquainted with this feature!


| Read more »
05:38
The iPhone 6 Demand is so hot that the 12.9 inch...

It's all about the iPhone 6 Stupid: According to a new report today, Apple suppliers are struggling to meet the strong demand for the new iPhones and have pushed back their plans to start producing the 12.9 inch iPad in December.

| Read more »
05:30
IDC miscounts Macs again, awards Apple fifth place...

IDC doesn't like counting iPads among its global PC figures, but it doesn't seem to like counting Macs either, given its back-to-back quarterly undercounting of Apple's computer sales.

| Read more »
05:30
Win a trip to the Stanley Cup with NHL Hat Trick...

So you are a big hockey fan and think you know a lot of about the National Hockey League. Now you have a chance to prove it by downloading and playing the NHL Hat Trick Challenge. This free universal app require iOS 6.0 or later and offers users a...

| Read more »
05:29
Vogue profile piece on Jony Ive

A lot has been written about Jony Ive, much of it biographical and centered on his design milestones. This piece is different. It paints a picture of Ive, does a better job capturing his spirit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
05:26
12-inch Retina MacBook production starts in December...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple had wanted to start mass production of a new larger iPad in December 2014. However, Apple has apparently sent instructions to suppliers to hold on this product. This is because suppliers are still struggling to meet iPhone 6 Plus demand. The Journal reports that iPhone 6 Plus production is “unsatisfactory”.

“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger...

| Read more »
05:20
MAXON says Cineware 2.0, Cinema 4D Lite 16 are...

MAXON (www.maxon.net) says MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 are now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) .

The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities. With After Effects CC, creative professionals benefit from the integration provided by Cineware that establishes a direct connection between Cinema 4D and After Effects, according to MAXON.

read more

| Read more »
05:17
The empire reboots

This Vanity Fair interview with Bill Gates and Satya Nadella for their upcoming November issue does a good job capturing both men’s personalities and, even more importantly, offers a sense of the nature of the challenge facing Microsoft 2.0.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
04:34
Apple Files Apple Pay Patent Regarding Failed...

Today the US Patent Office has revealed another Apple Pay patent. This time the focus of the invention is on the user device being configured to automatically reattempt failed transactions.

| Read more »
04:27
Survey: mobile device security is sacrificed for...

While mobile devices are an integral part of the workplace, the cyber security practices and budgets in most organizations are not keeping pace with the growing number of devices that must be managed and kept secure. According to a new survey issued by Raytheon Company (http://www.raytheon.com), 52% of organizations and employees frequently sacrifice security practices to realize the efficiency benefits of mobile connectivity.

read more

| Read more »
04:19
Kool Tools: Casio G-SHOCK

Casio G-SHOCK (http://bit.ly/1yp9CIe) has released the G'Mix Rotary Switch BLE, GBA400, designed with a new rotary switch designed to enhance the music listening experience. The G-SHOCK GBA-400 watch offers a variety of ways to enjoy music by pairing with a smartphone, such as setting audio controls, adding live effects that simulate concert sound and identifying the names of songs from music playing nearby.

read more

| Read more »
04:03
AppDelete is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete) has released AppDelete 4.1.4, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.4 sports a new user interface and is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

AppDelete 4.1.4 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available.

| Read more »
04:01
Synchro Soft announces Oxygen XML Editor 16.1

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has rolled out version 16.1 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products (http://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html) containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

oXygen XML Editor 16.1 adds improvements to both the XML development and XML authoring functionality. Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. A 30-day demo version can be downloaded.

| Read more »
03:50
Video Walkthrough of Apple CarPlay on Pioneer...

Last week, Pioneer announced that it became the first company to offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature in five of its 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers through a firmware update. Now, Josh Carr of technology repair firm Fix Denver (via TUAW) has put together a four-part video walkthrough of downloading, installing and using CarPlay on Pioneer's $700 AVH-4000NEX receiver, giving an overview of various apps and features.

After the 200 MB firmware update is downloaded from Pioneer's website, the user is required to create a...

| Read more »
03:36
The Amp case by SoundFocus gives your iPhone an...

This might sound obvious, but everyone hears things a bit differently. You might enjoy hearing a band on full blast at a concert, where the guy sitting next to you finds it unbearably loud. Some pitches might drive you insane, while others barely notice the frequency. And while you may think your iPhone’s speaker is adequate, others might hear a warbled, tinny mess when they try to listen to their favorite song.

Enter SoundFocus, a San Francisco-based startup that’s out to provide a personalized listening experience for the iPhone. Its latest product, the Amp, is an iPhone case that doubles as an external speaker, and when paired with its corresponding app, can tailor audio playback to your tastes and needs. 

To read this article in full or to leave a...

| Read more »
03:06
Apple Patents for Flexible Displays with Bent Edge...

On October 9, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that cover technologies relating to fingerprint ID and flexible displays with bent edges. The latter may have been applied to Apple's latest Apple Watch. Our report provides you with a brief intro to each of these inventions.

| Read more »
03:00
Developer Six to Start on fitness, zombies, and...

Evading flesh-eating zombies amidst the undead apocalypse is a pretty good prompt to run like hell, no? The fear, the anxiety, and the uncertainty of what’s behind—fictional as the subject may be, the reaction is one that surely all of us can agree on.

If you’re up for a real challenge, you can opt into zombie chases, which suddenly force you to run quickly or risk losing the mission.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

| Read more »
02:59
Apple, rivals sends recruiters to Women in Computing...

Following the release of its own diversity report that found its female involvement in engineering and other technology posts lacking, Apple and other tech companies is said to have sent "hundreds" of employees to answer questions and recruit potential employees at the current Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing gathering in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook, Google, Microsoft were among the other companies represented at the conference, which had over 8,000 attendees....



| Read more »
02:54
Production of Apple's larger iPad reportedly...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple's much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad has been delayed due to overwhelming demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning the large tablet may not see launch until mid-2015.

| Read more »
02:51
Apple Delaying Mass Production of 12.9-Inch iPad to...

Apple and its suppliers are delaying plans to mass produce the larger 12.9-inch iPad in order to deal with strong demand for the iPhone 6 Plus, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple was originally planning to mass produce the larger tablet in December, however the company has remained unsatisfied with the production output from its suppliers for its larger iPhone.

Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air “The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.”
The report also states that Foxconn is having issues with hiring enough factory workers to assemble the...

| Read more »
02:24
Apple outlines Apple Pay, NFC operation in...

For a major mobile payment platform on the verge of launch, not much is known about the nuts and bolts behind Apple Pay. A new patent application discovered on Thursday, however, offers a detailed look at how NFC, secure enclaves and software come together to make safe transactions a reality.

| Read more »
02:15
Apple named world's most valuable brand for...

One year after taking the top spot away from Coca-Cola, Apple on Thursday was once again ranked as the world's best brand according to Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" report for 2014.

| Read more »
01:25
Apple Retains Top Spot as World's Most Valuable...

Apple has retained its top spot as the world's most valuable company in the latest rankings from consulting firm Interbrand, reports The New York Times. With its top spot in the rankings, Apple also bested fellow technology companies Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Samsung, which came in 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th place, respectively.

On September 9, 2014, Tim Cook held up a wallet and said, "Our ambition is to replace this." A bold statement to be sure—but we'd expect nothing less from Apple, #1 on the Best Global Brands list for the second year in a row. Referring to Apple Pay, a new mobile payments platform that enables consumers to pay for items with Apple devices, Cook signaled that Steve Jobs's 2001 vision of Apple becoming the "...

| Read more »
00:17
New Photo Claims to Show 2GB Elpida RAM Chips for...

Third-party Apple service provider GeekBar has shared a picture (via Weibo, Google Translate) of what is said to be a 2 GB Elpida RAM module for the iPad Air 2. The units shown appear to be similar to the 1 GB of Elpida DDR3 SDRAM found in the first-generation iPad Air, and the photo follows a report from last month which stated that the next-generation iPad Air would receive a memory upgrade to 2 GB of RAM.

Apple first offered 1 GB of RAM with the iPad 3, keeping the same amount of memory in the iPad 4 and the iPad Air. It is likely that previous iPads have not seen a memory increase to keep costs...

| Read more »
00:07
Retina HD iPads? Beta 2 of iOS 8.1 hints at higher...

Further investigation into the recently-release iOS 8.1 beta by developer Hamza Sood has uncovered clues that the forthcoming new iPad models, expected to be revealed on October 16, may be offering significantly higher resolution and pixels-per-inch counts. Certain frameworks call for, and other already have, graphics rated at 1x ("ipad"), "2x-ipad" and a new "3x-ipad," suggesting up to a 50 percent jump in resolution or pixel count. This would create what Apple calls "Retina HD" display quality....



...

| Read more »

Wednesday October 8

22:44
Hands On: PopClip (OS X)

Since the release of iOS 8 and the upcoming launch of OS X Yosemite, a cohesive workflow between iOS and OS X is increasingly apparent. PopClip further accentuates this experience for OS X users by adding a non-invasive, iOS-like toolbar when one selects text, providing quick access to context-specific actions. Initially released in 2011, the app received an update last week, fixing various minor bugs. PopClip's default offerings are copy and paste -- much like what can be found on iOS -- but with over 100 additional extensions that can be added....



...

| Read more »
21:06
Apple reminds iCloud users of new app-specific...

Apple on Wednesday sent out emails reminding iCloud users that a new security protocol requiring app-specific passwords for third-party software is scheduled to go live tomorrow.

| Read more »
20:59
Google Chrome 38.0.2125.101 - Modern and fast Web...

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

Version 38.0.2125.101:

  • Critical CVE-2014-3188: A special thanks to Juri Aedla for a combination of V8 and IPC bugs that can lead to remote code execution outside of the sandbox.
  • High CVE-2014-3189: Out-of-bounds read in PDFium.
  • High CVE-2014-3190: Use-after-free in Events.
  • High CVE-2014-3191: Use-after-free in Rendering.
  • High CVE-2014-3192: Use-after-free in DOM.
  • High CVE-2014-3193: Type confusion in Session Management.
  • High CVE-2014-3194: Use-after-free in Web Workers.
  • Medium CVE-2014-3195: Information Leak in V8.
  • Medium CVE-2014-3196: Permissions...

| Read more »
20:38
Apple Begins Reminding Two-Factor Authentication...

Apple has begun emailing iCloud users who have enabled two-factor authentication on their Apple IDs, reminding them that application specific passwords will be required when trying to access iCloud data on third party apps starting tomorrow.

In addition to the email reminders, Apple last week published a new support document educating users on how to use app-specific passwords. While the feature was originally intended to require the feature on October 1, it's unclear why two-factor authentication users are being reminded of it a week later.

App-specific passwords are a new feature Apple introduced in mid-September, following the launch of two-factor authentication for accessing iCloud.com. The changes arrived after a hacking incident that saw the iCloud...

| Read more »
20:03
Microsoft releases Xim photo sharing app on mobile...

A new photo application for mobile devices was made available from Microsoft today, one that focuses on sharing the experience of photos without having to passing a phone around or accidentally sharing too much on social media. Xim sets itself apart from other photo sharing services and applications as it doesn't require all users to have an account or the app installed....



| Read more »
20:01
Hype 2.5.3 - Create animated and interactive Web...

Hype allows you to create beautiful animated and interactive web content.
Hype's HTML5 output works on all modern browsers and mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. No coding required.

The Easiest Way to Animate & Add Interactivity:

  • Keyframe-based animation system
  • Record mode watches your every move, automatically creating keyframes as needed
  • Manually add, remove, and rearrange keyframes to fine-tune your content
  • Create natural curves by clicking and dragging on an element's motion path to add bézier control points
  • Make scenes for organization or flow, and use actions to switch between them with smooth transitions
  • Use the power of multiple simultaneous timelines to run animations based on user events

Harness the Power of HTML5:

  • Outputs state-of-the-art HTML5, CSS3 styles, and JavaScript
  • Integrate video and audio for stunning multimedia documents
  • ...

| Read more »
20:00
App Invasion: Defend Earth from an alien invasion...

Video

| Read more »
19:55
Apple reminds two-factor users about changes...

 

Apple has sent an email to users of its two-factor authentication system reminding them of an upcoming change to the feature that will take effect tomorrow. Originally the requirement for app-specific passwords was supposed to start on the first of the month, but Apple has informed users that it will begin tomorrow instead. The system to generate and use these passwords is already in place.

App-specific passwords allow you to log into applications that don’t support two-factor logins, such as most email clients or other...

| Read more »
19:30
What's Driving Open Source 2.0?


We're hearing more from vendors about how new features, functionality, rewrites and releases are being driven by customers -- by their direct experience using the software and competing in their various industries. We're also hearing from customers and users, including the enterprise market, that increasingly they are involved and thus empowered in open source software communities, where they are collaborating on code and road maps and collectively requiring flexibility and openness, including that code and improvements be contributed upstream.

| Read more »
19:06
HTC brings Zoe app out of beta on Android, heading...

HTC has made its Zoe highlight video creation app available to a wider number of Android devices, after the phone producer fully launched the app earlier today. Announced during the Double Exposure event, the venue for the HTC Desire Eye and the Re Camera launches, HTC also revealed it is working on a version of the app specifically for iOS devices....



| Read more »
18:54
iOS 8.1 Code Hints at Retina HD Display for New iPads

With the iPhone 6, Apple debuted a new display technology called Retina HD, which resulted in wider viewer angles, higher resolutions, higher contrast and a thinner display. Developer Hamza Sood has now discovered frameworks within iOS 8.1 Beta 2 that contain '3x' assets that point to higher resolution displays in the new iPad models.

While the assets don't confirm that Retina HD displays will be on the new iPad models, it does suggest that Apple is looking at introducing the feature. Currently, it is unclear as to which iPad models would receive Retina HD displays, although some rumors have pointed to the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro sporting a higher resolution. Apple did include a Retina HD display with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, as the larger device received a higher resolution than its smaller counterpart...

| Read more »
18:33
iOS 8.1 beta includes “3x” images for iPad interface...

More investigation into the newest beat of iOS 8.1 has revealed that the operating system contains 3x versions of some iPad UI elements. Triple-size elements are used by the new iPhone 6 Plus to maintain “Retina” quality on the larger display, and this change could indicate that a larger or higher-resolution iPad could be coming with next week’s announcement.

Like the new Apple Pay UI that was...

| Read more »
18:24
Apple seeds new version of Yosemite OS X Server with...

Following recent releases of developer betas for iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10 and Xcode 6.1, on Wednesday the company also released an updated version of OS X Server 4.0 for testing. The new build, 14S323, mostly offers updates and improvements to keep up with the latter betas, but adds SMB3 file sharing to the mix for easier network transfers, as well as refinements to existing components like the server app itself and Profile manager, allowing administrators to work with devices on the latest releases....



...

| Read more »
18:10
ACM 275: Apple’s Oct 16 Media Event, GTAT, and...

With Apple's October 16 media event a sure thing, Jeff and Bryan have some ideas on what we can expect when Tim Cook and company take the stage next week. They also offer up their thoughts on what's up with GT Advanced Technologies's surprise bankruptcy filing, and debate whether or not Plastc's consolidated credit card device stands a chance against Apple Pay.


| Read more »
18:00
Google offers a free but bland News and Weather app

Google News & Weather is a free app designed to give you access to more than 65,000 news sources, both globally and locally, as well as weather for your current location and any locations you specify.

It's basically a lift from the Google News...

| Read more »
17:57
Hidden graphical assets in iOS 8.1 beta 2 hint at...

Continuing his analysis of Apple's most recent iOS 8.1 beta 2, developer Hamza Sood on Wednesday discovered frameworks containing graphical assets labeled "3x~ipad," suggesting the company is preparing to update its tablet lineup with high-resolution "Retina HD" displays.

| Read more »
17:10
Apple enters top 5 PC vendors worldwide by shipments...

New IDC numbers released today reveal that Apple has jumped into the top five PC vendors worldwide by shipment this quarter, with Mac shipments coming in at 4.9 million units for 6.3% market share. That’s a year-over-year growth of just under 9%. Lenovo and HP held the top two slots with 20% and 18.8% respectively.

The same report indicated that the Cupertino company had held steady in third place for domestic shipments. With 2.26 million Macs shipped within the United States, the company was able to grab 13% marketshare. The domestic year-over-year growth came out to 9.3%. Apple was beat out by Dell with a 24% share, while HP held the top position with 27...

| Read more »
17:00
Video: An in-depth hands-on look at Apple CarPlay

Despite all the reporting about Apple's CarPlay service, most users still have no idea what the service looks like when in use. What quirks might it have? Is it safe to use while driving? Fret not true believers, we have just the walkthrough for...

| Read more »
16:59
Apple seeds new OS X Server 4.0 preview for testing...

Apple on Wednesday released to developers a new version of OS X Server 4.0 carrying improvements to previously announced features, including SMB3 file sharing and new management options for devices running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

| Read more »
16:45
Look, Ma! No Hands... Crunch!


Those wonderful hands-free communications capabilities now available in automobiles may carry the promise of making driving safer, but they're not fulfilling it, according to two studies conducted jointly by the University of Utah and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And forget about using your iPhone's Siri in the car, even hands-free -- it might endanger your life. Led by cognitive distraction expert David Strayer, researchers measured the brainwaves, eye movement, heart rates and other data from more than 160 subjects.

| Read more »
16:35
Apple Ranked as Fifth Largest Global PC Vendor Due...

Apple saw its worldwide PC marketshare climb to 6.3 percent in the third quarter of 2014, launching it into the top five worldwide vendors, according to new data released from IDC. While Apple has long held a position as one of the top PC vendors in the U.S., it has not made it into the list of top five worldwide vendors in quite some time.

With nearly 5 million shipments during the quarter compared to 4.5 million in the year ago quarter, Apple saw overall growth of 8.9 percent year over year, allowing it to edge out ASUS as the number five vendor. Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer, meanwhile, held their top four positions. Lenovo, as usual, was the top worldwide PC vendor, with more than 15 million shipments and 20 percent marketshare.

IDC's Preliminary Global PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q14 (In Thousands)Apple moved...

| Read more »
16:31
Gartner, IDC report PC declines not as bad as...

The two major PC market analyst groups, Gartner and IDC -- who have both run afoul of skeptics for inconsistent numbers -- have released their respective assessments of the third quarter of worldwide PC shipments. Both companies have excluded "tablets" from their estimates, but the definition is fluid -- IDC includes Chromebooks but not hybrid tablet/notebooks, while Gartner includes the latter but not the former. Overall, both companies agree that the industry is down year-over-year....



...

| Read more »
16:24
Apple responds to Silicon Valley gender gap, sends...

In a bid to even the Silicon Valley gender gap, Apple, along with other big-name tech companies, sent "hundreds" of employees to recruit students attending this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.

| Read more »
16:14
Apple releases beta version of OS X Server 4.0 for...

Apple has just posted a pre-release build of OS X Server version 4.0 on its developer portal. The update is designed for systems running the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite and has a build number of 14S323. The seed notes are below:

OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview
OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323 (app version 3.5.9) is now available for testing. This version is designed for OS X Yosemite and includes many new features and improvements.
Minimum System Requirements
To install OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323, you need one of these computers:
• iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
• MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
• Mac mini (Early 2009 or...

| Read more »
16:00
iOS 8.1 plugs security hole that made it easy to...

The next version of iOS may not be an upgrade for fans who use their iDevices to emulate classic games. The latest beta version of iOS 8.1 removes the famous (or infamous) "Date Trick" workaround used by iOS emulator makers to bypass App Store restrictions on their work, without the need to jailbreak the device.

Apple rules have long prevented emulators for classic game consoles and computers from appearing on the App Store, though some have managed to sneak their way through briefly (or more officially through licensing deal with rights holders). Since last year, though, the makers of emulators like GBA4iOS and SNES emulator SiOS have relied on a loophole called the "Date Trick" to allow these apps (and ROM files) to be downloaded and installed through the built-in Safari browser. The...

| Read more »
16:00
What could be announced at Apple's October 16...

Whenever Apple announces an upcoming event, one of favorite pastimes of tech bloggers is to "Zapruder" the invitation -- in other words, analyze the heck out of the design and wording of the invitation. This often means that we read things into the...

| Read more »
15:22
The Loop sponsorships available

The Loop has been sold out of weekly sponsorships for the better part of two years, but we have some openings coming up in the next couple of months. There is only one sponsor a week, so you will have the exclusive spot to get your product or service in front of the fine, good looking readers of The Loop. If you would like to talk about a sponsorship or schedule a week, please Email Jim Dalrymple.

...

| Read more »
15:08
Carl Icahn hints at 'interesting' new...

Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken to Twitter to hint at an "interesting" open letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Tmrw we'll be sending an open letter to @tim_cook. Believe it will be interesting," one post reads. In another, he comments about his firm's large stake in Apple and recent share performance. "Just over 1yr ago we tweeted our large position in $AAPL & belief the company extremely undervalued. Since then, stock is up 50.6 percent."...



| Read more »
15:00
Logitech Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air

I've reviewed a lot of iPad keyboard cases over the years, finding some that are amazing (the four-star rated US$169 ClamCase Pro for iPad Air, for example), and some that aren't that great. The new Logitech Type+ for iPad Air (US$99.99) is a billed...

| Read more »
14:48
Amplified: CAW CAW CAW CAW

Jim and Shawn talk about Samsung, the Apple Watch and teens, Steve Ray Vaughn and “Does the iPhone 6 get lost in The Beard?” Special guest appearance on this Amplified by a crow!

Sponsored by lynda.com (Visit lynda.com/thebeard to get access to all their courses FREE for 7 days).

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:46
iTunes Festival: It’s for the fans

I did an iTunes Festival wrap-up piece on Fortune today, which includes an exclusive interview with Oliver Schusser, Apple’s head of iTunes Europe.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:40
Buyer beware: What you’re actually getting at outlet...

Racked:

Neiman, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue all have their own outlets; customers flock to these stores for the brand-name cachet and believe they’re shopping last season’s carefully curated inventory. However, this isn’t exactly the case.

Nordstrom Rack, for example, confirms to Racked that only 20% of what it sells is clearance merchandise coming from their stores and website, while the rest is bought expressly for the outlet.

I’ve gone to dozens of outlet stores and malls, sometimes involuntarily, and I’ve always thought they were a little bit fishy. Turns out, many are.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:39
Apple tried to help GT Advanced qualify for final $...

Prior to GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing earlier this week, Apple reportedly attempted to assist the firm in meeting certain technical milestones that would allow continued payment as part of a conditional $578 million deal.

| Read more »
14:30
View someone else's own Twitter timeline with...

cTwittLike is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you view anyone's Twitter timeline. It's that concept we've all thought about once or twice but had no power to act on that's finally shaped into reality. The app works by allowing you to enter a...

| Read more »
14:20
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual now available in 12TB...

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced a new 12TB capacity option for the OWC Mercury Elite Pro line of dual-bay external high-performance storage solutions, one of OWC’s family of Thunderbolt interface storage products.

read more

| Read more »
14:18
9to5Toys Last Call: MacBook Air 11″ (refurb) $499,...

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:

Apple Macbook Air 11.6-inch 1.4 GHz/ 2GB/ 64GB (refurb, 2012): $499, MacBook w/Superdrive: $399...

| Read more »
14:10
Note to Self: It’s the Storage Space, Stupid

Last night I speculated that the slow uptake of iOS 8 was about people not trusting Apple with iOS software updates — too many bugs, and too many friends and family members talking about those bugs. I still think there’s something to that angle.

But it’s very clear that I was wrong about what the primary factor is. The simple answer was staring me right in the face. It’s all about the over-the-air update requiring 5 GB of free storage space, and many people not having that much free space, and not knowing how or simply not wanting to deal with it.

I don’t think I have ever received so much reader feedback on a post in the history of Daring Fireball. Hundreds of emails. Dozens and dozens of replies on Twitter. All of them saying the exact same thing: that either they themselves or people they know want to...

| Read more »
14:09
AT&T fined $105M by FTC over cramming, $80M...

AT&T has been hit with a $105 million fine for allowing "premium" SMS subscriptions and other charges to be applied to customer accounts, a practice known as "cramming." The carrier has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the charges, with the majority of the settlement devoted to paying back affected customers....



| Read more »
14:02
Adobe Digital Editions e-book reader collecting,...

If Adobe didn't appear problematic enough for computer users because of the frequency of the company's products being used for attack vectors, then the idea that they collect data through Digital Editions 4 may push users over the edge. As it turns out, the program that's used to enforce digital rights management on borrowed books from libraries or other online avenues is reporting details on the use of the ePub files. To complicate the matter, the information is sent unencrypted back to an Adobe server....



...

| Read more »
13:51
Apple finalizes HomeKit specifications for MFI gear...

Apple has finalized and released official specifications for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8. Details were reportedly made available to Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFI) gear manufacturers last week. Apple mandates that any company wanting to build HomeKit-capable hardware apply for MFI certification....



| Read more »
13:50
HTC announces $199 GoPro-like camera accessory ‘RE’...

Just as we expected it to, HTC has just announced the RE camera during its Double Exposure event in New York City. The RE camera is a GoPro-like camera that records point of view video, but does not have any sort of viewfinder, which HTC says makes it incredibly easy and simple to use.

The design of the RE camera is also simple, and while it does resemble an inhaler, it has only two buttons. One of the buttons allows you to tap and instantly capture 16MP photos or long press to record 1080p video. The other button allows you to take slow motion video in HD quality.

To make up for the lack of a viewfinder,...

| Read more »
13:40
iOS 8: 3 Very Nice Weather Apps With Widgets for...

Previously, four science oriented apps that integrate with iOS 8 Notification Center were discussed. Two were weather apps. John Martellaro now looks at three more very nice weather apps that also have widgets appearing in the Notification Center.


| Read more »
13:35
Apple Trying to Help GT Advanced Meet Milestones,...

Earlier today, an Apple representative told Reuters that the company was surprised by GT Advanced's decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, and The Wall Street Journal has now published some new information on the behind the scenes dealings between the two companies.

According to inside sources, Apple was caught off guard by GT's filing because it had been working with GT to make sure the latter company would be able to pay all of its debts. Apple, aware of GT's weak cash position, also reportedly held off on asking for loan repayments on the $439 million GT has received so far.

On Wednesday, Apple called the bankruptcy filing "a surprising decision." A person familiar with the...

| Read more »
13:30
Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Steve Jobs sold...

In a new video interview with Entrepreneur Magazine, former Apple CEO John Sculley discusses what exactly set Apple apart from its competition starting with the famous "1984" advertisement. Jobs' vision for Apple's marketing was selling experiences...

| Read more »
13:23
King of click: the story of the greatest keyboard...

The Verge:

The first thing you notice about the IBM Model M keyboard, when you finally get your hands on it, is its size. After years of tapping chiclet keys and glass screens on two- and three-pound devices, hefting five pounds of plastic and metal (including a thick steel plate) is slightly intimidating. The second thing is the sound – the solid click that’s turned a standard-issue beige peripheral into one of the computer world’s most prized and useful antiques.

I used this keyboard so much in college, I can still hear that sound and feel that key pressure. Great keyboard.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
13:19
Tight dirndls, heavy beers, and grabby hands: The...

Medium:

The physically and mentally exhausting nature of the Oktoberfest fortnight requires trust that’s cultivated in familiarity. Each server needs to know she can lean on her fellow team members when she’s endured so many boob ogles, grabby hands, and sawdust-covered blobs on the floor. Worming your way through 10,000 sweaty, beer-swilling revelers 12 hours a day for 16 days straight tests the limits of even the most crowd-loving extrovert.

Attending Oktoberfest in Germany has always been on my bucket list.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
13:19
Surging Mac sales put Apple among top five global PC...

The Macintosh may have posted its strongest worldwide market share yet last quarter, according to the latest estimates from IDC, which place Apple among the top five global PC vendors for the first time.

| Read more »
13:08
NVIDIA Sues Samsung & Qualcomm for Patent...

In a press release that was published by NVIDIA on Monday, they stated that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) had voted to investigate whether certain Samsung products should be blocked from entering the country due to the infringement of certain Nvidia patents. The decision follows a complaint filed last month with the ITC by NVIDIA. NVIDIA has also filed a lawsuit in the Delaware District Court seeking damages for infringement. Our report provides you with a detailed account of that patent infringement lawsuit for those wanting to understand the case a little deeper.

| Read more »
13:04
LearnToMod Offers Minecraft Customization

World-building games like Minecraft are very popular, and for some people the real fun is in the "mods," getting to add things like the local weather or turning everything into candy. If that's the part of Minecraft you like, there's now a way to build your own. LearnToMod is a project from ThoughtSTEM, a computer science education organization. There are two options: you can learn using Javascript, or by using "blocks", an easy way to learn concepts without worrying about syntax errors. For a pre-order price of $30, you get three months of access to a server, and a lifetime rate of $10 monthly for continued access. Also included are video tutorials and a browser-based coding environment, so getting started requires nothing more than a copy of Minecraft. Their pre-order is going through the end of the year.

...

| Read more »
13:00
Ultimate Ears Pro 7 Custom in-ear monitors for pro...

Ultimate Ears (UE) have been making waves with the UE Boom portable Bluetooth speaker. I recently reviewed it and would hands-down say it's the best truly portable Bluetooth speaker I've used. It's an all-round fantastic package. But Ultimate Ears...

| Read more »
12:50
Carl Icahn teases 'interesting' open...

Investor and activist Carl Icahn, who previously had a public battle with Apple over its cash hoard, has revealed he will be sending another open letter to Chief Executive Tim Cook on Thursday, and indicated he believes the note "will be interesting."

| Read more »
12:50
Apple Calls GTAT Bankruptcy Decision ‘Surprising’

Apple said it was surprised by GT Advanced Technologies's (GTAT) decision to file for bankruptcy protection. GTAT makes furnaces used in the production of synthetic sapphire, and the two companies had partnered on a massive sapphire manufacturing facility outside Mesa, Arizona. The firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, October 8th, and Apple's statement characterized the move as "surprising."


| Read more »
 
AAPL
$108.00
Apple Inc.
+1.02
MSFT
$46.95
Microsoft Corpora
+0.90
GOOG
$559.08
Google Inc.
+8.77

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Vitamin-R 2.20b1 - Personal productivity...
Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for... Read more
Dropbox 2.10.44 - Cloud synchronization...
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... Read more
Sandvox 2.9.2 - Easily build eye-catchin...
Sandvox is for Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily. With Sandvox, you don't need to be a Web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant... Read more
Cocktail 8.0.1 - 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... Read more
LibreOffice 4.3.3.2 - Free Open Source o...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
VMware Fusion 7.0.1 - Run Windows apps a...
VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac... Read more
OneNote 15.3.2 - Free digital notebook f...
OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at... Read more
Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4 - Record and enh...
Audio Hijack Pro drastically changes the way you use audio on your computer, giving you the freedom to listen to audio when you want and how you want. Record and enhance any audio with Audio Hijack... Read more
Iridient Developer 3.0.0 beta 3 - Powerf...
Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of... Read more
TextWrangler 4.5.11 - Free general purpo...
TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool. Oh, and also, like the best things in life, it's free. TextWrangler is the "little brother" to... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Monster Flash Review
Monster Flash Review By Jordan Minor on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: ALONE IN THE DARKUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Solid shooting and a surprising amount of spooky tension make Monster Flash a great portable... | Read more »
Retry Review
Retry Review By Rob Thomas on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: SOARING HIGHUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Flappy who? Let Retry wash all those bad bird-related memories away on a cool retro-flavored flight… right... | Read more »
Dementia: Book of the Dead Review
Dementia: Book of the Dead Review By Lee Hamlet on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: A TOUGH READUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A witch hunter is sent after a demonic book in the spooky but short-lived Dementia: Book... | Read more »
Card Dungeon, the Semi-Board Game Roguel...
Card Dungeon, the Semi-Board Game Roguelike, Has Been Renovated Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Logitech Protection + Power iPhone5/5S C...
Made by: Logitech Price: $99.99 Hardware/iOS Integration Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Usability Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars Reuse Value Rating: 0.75 out of 5 stars Build Quality Rating: 0.75 out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 1.25 out of 5 stars | Read more »
This Is Not a Test Goes Free, Permanentl...
This Is Not a Test Goes Free, Permanently Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Swap Heroes Review
Swap Heroes Review By Campbell Bird on October 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: STRATEGIC SWAPPINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Rotate a cast of heroes to fend of waves of monsters in this difficult, puzzle rpg.   | Read more »
Night Sky Pro™ (Reference)
Night Sky Pro™ 3.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Reference Price: $2.99, Version: 3.0.1 (iTunes) Description: Night Sky Pro™Wonder No More™ Night Sky Pro™ is the ultimate stargazing experience. From the creators of the original... | Read more »
Audio Defence : Zombie Arena (Games)
Audio Defence : Zombie Arena 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A zombie shooter audio game. Made from gut-wrenching 3D binaural sound, for a new kind of weird immersion. You... | Read more »
RPG Asdivine Hearts (Games)
RPG Asdivine Hearts 1.1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.1.0 (iTunes) Description: SPECIAL PRICE50% OFF (USD 7.99 -> USD 3.99)!!! Travel alongside four companions and a cat in the adventure of a... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Tablets Ascendent Again; Global Tablet Market...
The worldwide tablet grew 11.5% year over year in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with shipments reaching 53.8 million units according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (... Read more
Apple now offering refurbished 2014 13-inch R...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
Apple Regains Momentum As Windows Stutters An...
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to March 2014, shows Apple performing strongly in the first quarter of the year, with sales bouncing back in... Read more
Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Increase 25.2%...
New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter, according to preliminary data from... Read more
Apple now offering refurbished 2014 15-inch M...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros for up to $400 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
Apple drops prices on refurbished 2013 Retina...
The Apple Store has dropped prices on 2013 Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros, with Retina models now available starting at $999. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and... Read more
New 2.8GHz Mac mini on sale for $949, save $5...
Abt Electronics has the new 2.8GHz Mac mini in stock and on sale for $949.05 including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model from any reseller... Read more
Sale! 3.7GHz Quad Core Mac Pro available for...
 B&H Photo has the 3.7GHz Quad Core Mac Pro on sale for $2649 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $350 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price for this model from any... Read more
Mujjo Steps Up The Game With Refined Touchscr...
Netherlands based Mujjo have just launched their Refined Touchscreen Gloves, stepping up their game. The gloves feature a updated elegant design that takes these knitted gloves to the next level. A... Read more
Sale! Preorder the new 27-inch 5K iMac for $2...
 Abt Electronics has the new 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale and available for preorder for $2374.05 including free shipping. Their price is $125 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this... Read more

Jobs Board

Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…Summary** As a Specialist, you help create the energy and excitement around Apple products, providing the right solutions and getting products into customers' hands. You Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** Being a Business Manager at an Apple Store means you're the catalyst for businesses to discover and leverage the power, ease, and flexibility of Apple Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** As more and more people discover Apple , they visit our stores seeking ways to incorporate our products into their lives. It's your job, as a Store Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** At the Apple Store, you connect business professionals and entrepreneurs with the tools they need in order to put Apple solutions to work in their Read more
Solutions Specialist with *Apple* Knowledge...
Company Description: We are an Apple Authorized Sales and Service Provider. We have been selling and servicing Apple computers in the Fairfield County area for over Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.