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Wednesday October 29

07:03
Apple SIM Included With iPad for Customer...

Apple had the consumer in mind when it added a multi-carrier SIM card to its new iPads, said Apple vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS product marketing Greg Joswiak in a recent Re/code interview (via Fierce Wireless). But that motivation does not mean the Apple SIM will be making its way to the iPhone any time soon, as Joswiak noted most consumers go directly to their carriers to buy iPhones, while the iPad more often is sold through Apple's retail channels."It's about the customer experience," he said during an appearance here at Re/code's Code/Mobile conference. "We ultimately don't know who you are going to use as the carrier, [and] we want to make it as easy as possible."

Joswiak said Apple has not...

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07:00
Apple's Greg Joswiak talks about iOS 8.0.1...

Speaking with Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried, Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing Greg Joswiak talked about Apple Pay, the new Apple SIM and the company's botched rollout of iOS 8.0.1. Joswiak was on stage as part of Re/code's...

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06:09
FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV...

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.


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06:05
Daily Deal: Freebie Wednesday Roundup

It’s Freebie Wednesday in our iLounge Deals! Today we’re rounding up a collection of freebies that you can take advantage of simply by signing up for our iLounge Deals newsletter. First up is The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle 4.0, a free bundle of seven great apps for your Mac, including MacBooster, iTunes Data Recovery, PDFToolkit, Sharepod, Sanedesk, Subliminal, and Convert64. As an added bonus, all users get three months of free access…

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04:49
OS X Yosemite: Using Mail’s Awesome New Markup...

With Apple Mail under Yosemite, you can add shapes, text, and highlights to attachments right in the composing window, without having to annotate the file before you insert it into an email. Heck, you can even crop images and insert your signature! This handy-dandy new feature is what we'll discuss in today's Quick Tip.


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Tuesday October 28

15:11
Smartphone-Assisted Halloween Masks

I have a Halloween costume that involves your iPhone (or Android device, if that's your thing) that is so awesome, you will forgive her for obliterating your carefully planned and super topical Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume. Instead, check out the smartphone enhanced masks over at Digital Dudz.


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12:55
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-28

It's all about app interfaces on Daily Observations today. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what could change to make the iPhone's interface better, and they get a little rant on about iTunes 12, too.


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12:51
News: FTC launches complaint against AT&T over...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that it has filed a federal court complaint against AT&T, alleging that the company has misled millions of customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while reducing their data speeds. The complaint alleges that the company failed to properly disclose to unlimited data plan customers that their speeds would be throttled after reaching a certain amount of data use. In some cases, data speeds…

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12:41
NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator

It's almost Halloween, so of course something with "Headless" in the title is attention-getting. NewerTech has announced a new video adapter, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. If you have a Mac that runs in "headless" mode (meaning without an attached monitor), when you do have to log in for something, all of the video rendering is done by the CPU; since there's no monitor connected the graphics card doesn't get used. This is why headless Macs feel even slower than they actually are, with the CPU doing all the rendering on top of regular tasks it really starts to lag. NewerTech's adapter is basically a mini DisplayPort plug that goes nowhere, but causes the computer to think a display is attached, triggering the video card so now remote logins are more responsive. It's available now from OWC for USD $19.99, and works with all Mac Pro models from Early 2009 on through the mid-2010 (the latest model before the revised black cylinder), and Mac minis from June 2010 up to the late...

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12:21
Where You Buy an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 Matters…a...

I got a new iPad Air 2 last week and while Iâm impressed, youâll have to wait until next week for my review. Why? Well, while doing my due diligence I found a situation thatâs more important for you to hear about today than my opinion of the iPad Air 2: Where you buy your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 matters, and it matters a lot.


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12:20
News: Apple VP Joswiak testy at Code/Mobile event

Apple’s Vice President of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak was interviewed at the Code/Mobile conference today, where he discussed a number of new Apple products and initiatives, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Pay, the Apple Watch, and the ill-fated iOS 8.0.1 release last month. While Apple had previously announced first weekend sales of 10 million iPhones, Joswiak wouldn’t disclose the breakdown between the iPhone…

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10:10
Prompt 2 from Panic: A Drop-dead Gorgeous SSH Client...

Prompt 2 is version 2 of a very good looking, easy-so-use SSH client for iOS. It's from Panic Inc, the people who brought us the excellent Transmit FTP client. As the website says, "Restart your server from a coffee shop. Fix a web page from the back of car..." Version 2 has several new features, notably Panic's sync across devices, iOS 8 compatibility, stored text in "clips", private keys, and easier switching between multiple connections. Sysadmins who must be able to access their servers remotely, securely and with first-class software will want to have this on every iOS device. Best of all? It's only $10.


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10:01
FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

Get this: "unlimited" apparently means "no limits." Who knew, right? It turns out that there is a modicum of watchdog left in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after all, because the regulators announced plans to sue AT&T for throttling its Unlimited Plan because, the Commission says, throttling is a limit.


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07:22
News: Cook discusses Apple Pay, Watch, iPod classic...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed at the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJD Live conference in California last night where he talked about Apple’s latest initiatives and directions, including Apple Pay and Apple Watch. Cook described last week’s Apple Pay launch as very successful; more than one million credit cards were activated in the first 72 hours, and Visa noted that more credit cards have been activated in Apple Pay than…

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07:15
iTunes 12: Bringing Back the Library and Playlist...

Apple seems hell-bent on making iTunes as painful to use as it can, and iTunes 12 really drives that point home by killing the Library and playlists sidebar. There is a way to bring the sidebar back to life and take away some of the sting that's the iTunes 12 interface.


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07:00
Daily Deal: Get a Bluetooth Shower Speaker for only...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up a Bluetooth Shower Speaker for only $39—60% off the regular price. This water-resistant speaker can be paired with your iPhone, iPad, or Bluetooth-capable iPod for listening to your tunes in the shower or by the pool; a handy suction cup allows it to be easily secured to a shower wall, and it includes a user-friendly design incorporating play/pause, forward, and rewind buttons in the back…

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06:24
News: Apple TV adds Hallmark’s Feeln and A&E’s...

Apple has added quietly added two more new content channels to the Apple TV: Hallmark Cards' Feeln network and A&E's FYI network. Feeln provides access to "family-friendly movies, documentaries, and short films" while FYI “features lifestyle programming, with a mix of reality, culinary, home renovation and makeover series.” The new channels appear to be available only to Apple TV users in the U.S. [via 9to5Mac]
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05:09
CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.


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Monday October 27

17:33
Tim Cook Inducted into Alabama Academy of Honor,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor Monday. Mr. Cook, who was born in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama, used his acceptance speech to criticize Alabama for being slow to recognize and promote LGBT rights, and compared it to how Alabama was slow to recognize the rights of racial minorities in decades past.


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16:37
Fan Mockup Shows Apple Watch Interface for iPhone

Lucas Menge has put together an amazing mockup of what the Apple Watch interface might look like if it was brought to the iPhone. In addition to posting a video to YouTube (below the fold) demonstrating the concept, he posted source code to GitHub (via TechCrunch). The video shows how one could use the interface to browse your apps, zoom in and out of all those icons, and launch apps, too. In addition, he also used the increased screen size of his iPhone to add text labels for each icon, something left off the Apple Watch in the preliminary looks Apple has given us. It's very cool and makes you think about what might be coming down the pike from Cupertino.


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14:55
How to Join an Apple iOS TestFlight Beta

Beta testing iOS apps just got a lot easier now that Apple has released its version of TestFlight. Kelly explains how to get set up as a beta tester.


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13:16
Apple on Rite Aid/CVS/CurrentC: Customers and...

Apple has issued a statement on the drama concerning Rite Aid and CVS deactivating NFC transactions rather than accept Apple Pay transactions. In a statement delivered to BusinessInsider, Apple said simply that retailers and consumers alike have been "overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic" about Apple Pay, and making it clear the company was bringing more retailers on board with its system.

The Mac Observer Spin: #lolCurrentC


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12:30
Spoolee on Kickstarter Tackles Tangled Earphone Cords

Check out Spoolee, a clever product raising money on Kickstarter. The short version of Spoolee is that it's a soft spool you can wrap your earphones-any earphones or earbuds or EarPods or whatever-around. When you want to use them again, slip Spoolee on your finger and unspool your earphones like a rip chord. It's pretty simple, but the video below has shows precisely how it works. Funding options that get you a Spoolee start at $9. Higher funding options let you get more Spoolees, The company is trying to raise $8,000, and already has $6,433, with 35 days to go.


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11:55
Flip PDF For Mac: Create Eye-Catching Digital Media...

Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9.99. There's a YouTube video on the deal page with more information.


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09:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-27

Apple Pay has been available for a week, and we're already seeing some surprising reactions, like Rite Aid and CVS shutting down their NFC mobile payment systems. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk CuttentC's place in the mobile payment market, Apple Pay's momentum, and Jeff changes his mind on the potential for Apple Pay's success.


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09:19
News: Fitbit announces Charge, Charge HR + Surge...

Fitbit has announced three new additions to its lineup of wristband fitness and health tracking products. The first, Charge ($130) is a reinvention of Fitbit's Force product, providing activity tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and floors climbed. It features an OLED display that displays the time of day and real-time fitness stats, a high-quality, water-resistant textured wristband design with an improved clasp, and up…

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07:53
Apple Pay: The Mobile Payment Revolution

It's no secret that I was a little skeptical about how successful Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, would be. After a single use at my local grocery store, however, I have no problem saying I was wrong. In fact, Apple made using your iPhone for credit card payments so easy I'm seeing a big problem for competitors hoping to get in on the mobile payment game, including Wal-Mart and its CurrentC system.


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06:57
First Look: SwitchEasy AirMask for iPhone 6 Plus

Billed as "the world's first non-case protection solution for iPhone 6," SwitchEasy's new AirMask for iPhone 6 Plus ($30) is a set of two thin plastic stickers that attach to the front and back of the iPhone 6 Plus, providing 0.3mm-thick anti-scratch coverage without anti-drop protection at the same price as a regular case. The front piece has clear screen protection in the center of a faux metallic version of the iPhone's normally white or black…

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06:45
News: Apple looking to expand NFC use beyond Apple...

A new report from The Information (subscription required) notes that Apple is presently in talks regarding expanding NFC use in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to go beyond mobile payments. While the NFC chip in the new iPhone models is currently restricted to use by Apple Pay, this new report suggests that the company is seeking partnerships to implement the technology into areas such as building security and public transit, conceivably to let people…

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06:34
Fitbit Goes after Fitness Smartwatches with Surge

Fitbit is stepping up its game and moving into the smartwatch market with its just announced Fitbit Surge. The watch, due to ship in early 2015, packs in the usual fitness tracking features along with a heart rate monitor, GPS, call and text notifications, and more into what Fitbit is calling a Fitness Super Watch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Fitbit's Surge looks like a brilliant balance between fitness tracking and basic smartwatch features with a great battery life, too. Unless the company decides to start supporting Apple's HealthKit platform, however, it may be a hard sell to iPhone owners.


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05:30
Daily Deal: The Crystal Clear iPhone 6 Case Bundle...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Crystal Clear iPhone 6 Case Bundle for only $9.99—75% off the regular price. Combining an ultra-slim, hard-shell crystal clear case with a front screen protector, this bundle covers up your iPhone 6 from front to back.

Get The Crystal Clear iPhone 6 Case Bundle now for only $9.99

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05:26
News: Some U.S. retailers disabling Apple Pay in...

At least two U.S. retailers have disabled Apple Pay in their stores, with analysts speculating that the move may be intended to promote a rival payment system, The New York Times reports. Both Rite Aid and CVS have disabled NFC payments in their stores, and although the move appears to specifically target Apple Pay, other contactless payment systems such as Google Wallet and even MasterCard PayPass and VISA payWave are also affected by the move. Rite…

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04:56
Twitpic Gets a Reprieve, Gives Photo Archives to...

Twitpic's on again, off again life is still running headstrong into "off," but that isn't quite as ominous as it was thanks to a deal where Twitter will take over the photo sharing service's archives and name. The deal only keeps the photo archives and domain alive, and for now it looks like that's all it will do.

The Mac Observer Spin: The collapse of Twitpic is unfortunate, and it's a pretty safe bet it won't be coming back in any form because Twitter offers its own photo uploading feature. The upside is that procrastinators can still export their Twitpic images since the site is staying online for now.


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Sunday October 26

11:21
Retailers to Apple Pay Customers: Shut Up and Keep...

Retailers are choosing to disable all NFC payments, including Google Wallet and others, rather than accidentally accept Apple Pay. This is happening because some merchants are choosing to use CurrentC instead, which forbids accepting Apple Pay.

The Mac Observer Spin: This totally makes sense, because no retailer in the history of this universe or any other has ever accepted more than one form of payment.

Wait.


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08:54
MGG 525: Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Friendly ... Or...

Yet another crazy week for Apple users. Apple Pay launched, iOS 8.1 was released, all kinds of new stuff came out. John and Dave talk through all of this as well as answering your questions about managing text, restoring documents to the FInder, seeing details about Time Machine and more. Download today and enjoy!


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Friday October 24

13:07
New Uses For Old Power Macs

Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.


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13:02
Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.


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11:16
News: AT&T locks Apple SIM cards upon activation...

Users who activate Apple’s own SIM card to use an AT&T data plan with the Wi-Fi + Cellular models of iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 are finding the SIM will lock itself to AT&T, and can no longer be used by another network. Though it appeared the SIM card would be interchangeable between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — though not Verizon — it’s not the case with AT&T. The issue was confirmed by Re/code through AT&T spokesman…

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10:17
News: iTunes music sales down at least 13 percent...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals that iTunes music sales have fallen by 13 to 14 percent worldwide this year, citing people familiar with the matter. This is in stark contrast to only a 2.1 percent overall dip last year in global revenue from music downloads – a decline that was said to be offset by increases from ad-supported and subscription services. As previously reported, Apple has been working to cut music subscription prices…

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10:09
Daily Deal: The Retro Classics Nintendo + Gameboy...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a classic retro Nintendo controller or Gameboy iPhone 6 or 6 Plus case for only $14 – 30% off the regular price. Providing a unique look for your new iPhone, these thin and stylish cases provide added protection without extra bulk, and are made from hard plastic rather than silicone, and include a premium leather oil finish.

Get your retro classic Nintendo or Gameboy case now for only $14...

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09:47
The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99

If you have a photographer in your life, just look at the image, click the link, and buy it. You already get it. For everyone else, the Camera Lens Mug is a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens. Think: bring your own refreshments to a place where you can't bring your own liquids, but you can bring your camera. It has a rubber grip, a stainless steel lining, and it looks like a camera lens. Come on, that's rad. It's $19.99, making it a fine gift, too.


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09:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-24

It's time for fitness tracker makers to get worried because Apple and Nike are teaming up. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about personal tech and how Apple is changing the market, plus they offer up their take on Fitbit's lack of HealthKit support.


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08:44
News: iPad Air 2 includes NFC chip, but likely won’t...

Earlier this week, iFixit's teardown of the iPad Air 2 revealed the unexpected presence of an NXP 65V10 NFC Controller chip. This is the same NFC chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, where it is presently used exclusively for Apple Pay wireless payments at retail locations. While Apple announced last week that the iPad Air 2 would include Apple Pay support, this was limited to storing credit card information for online transactions, and specifically…

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07:10
Apple, Nike Teaming Up on Wearable Tech Project

Nike may have killed its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the wearable tech game. Company CEO Mark Parker says Nike is working with Apple on new wearable technology that will be less obtrusive but will still work with devices that are already available.

The Mac Observer Spin: Knowing Apple and Nike are working together on new wearable tech should be a big red flag for other fitness and health tracker makers. It's time for everyone to step up their game or risk getting left behind.


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06:10
News: Apps of the Week: Inbox by Gmail, Pixelmator,...

New Apps Inbox by Gmail (Free*) — A new app by Google has been getting a lot of buzz this week for its approach to reinventing the way that e-mail is managed. The key benefit here is Google using its algorithmic magic to try and group your incoming e-mails into bundles based on categories like Travel, Finance, Purchases, Social, and so forth to make it easier to manage your incoming flow. You can pin individual items to mark them as important, and…

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05:37
Kickstarter Project: Mouse Guard LEGO Mini Figures

David Petersen's Mouse Guard is a series of wonderfully told and illustrated stories that follows the adventures of mice sworn to protect their realm and all who pass through, and now Alice Finch hopes to imortalize them in the form of LEGO minifigs. Just to be clear: LEGO minifig Mouse Guard. As they say, OMG. Bricks of Mouse Guard will include minifig mouse heads in gray, brown, reddish brown and tan, along with The Black Axe, Trisam's flagon, Lieam's sword, Kenzie's staff and lantern, and Aynslee's flagon. Alice is a master LEGO builder, and her work is truly impressive. I can't wait to see her Bricks of Mouse Guard in the flesh - or plastic. There's still 30 days left in the Kickstarter, so there's still time to hit the US$15,000 goal and stretch goals, too.

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04:48
OS X Yosemite: Handing Calls Off to Your iPhone

For today's Quick Tip, we'll go over how Yosemite and iOS 8 will let you continue a phone call started with your Mac on your iPhone, so if you've gotta jet, you don't have to end your conversation. For those of you who thought they could use "I need to hang up my Mac" as an excuse to stop chatting with someone annoying, we apologize for this article.


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Thursday October 23

18:17
Sydney Mac Admins October Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 29th of October.

We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.

You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/

I hope to see you there,

Marcus.

About Marcus Rowell

Marcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.

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16:46
Yosemite: How To Fix Safari’s Address Bar

If you've upgraded to Yosemite and realized Safari is now hiding the full URL from you, Kelly explains how to fix it. (Spoiler: It's super easy.)


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15:32
Microsoft Smart Watch Sneak Peek

Apple has announced a smartwatch we'll get to see next year. Google has released Android Wear to create Android powered smartwatches, and Samsung has one too. When you think of big tech companies, the only one left who hasn't gotten in on the action is Microsoft. Well Owen Williams took a crack at designing it, and I think he got pretty close to what Redmond would theoretically release. I think it'd be four quadrants of color like a Windows logo, but otherwise I think he nailed it. I think it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering). See it below:

If Microsoft made a smart watchâ. pic.twitter.com/NKRRVK4bbA
- Owen Williams (@ow) October 20, 2014


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13:45
X-Doria Folio Case for iPhone 6: Awkward by Nature

The X-Doria Engage Folio case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a folio case designed to inherently protect the iPhone's display.
In the process, compromises have been made which create an awkward case to handle and use. Some, however, will place a high priority on the folding folio cover.


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13:30
ACM 277: Apple Pay, Apple Designs, and iPad as a...

Apple Pay is out and in the wild now that Apple has released iOS 8.1. Jeff and Bryan share their thoughts on how successful the new iPhone-based mobile payment system will be, plus they talk about Apple's iconic product designs and debate whether or not the iPad is finally an viable option as an iPad replacement.


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12:34
Learn Apple’s Swift Programming Language for $19

Today's deal is called Learn Swift, a developer training package designed to teach you Apple's new Swift programming language. It has 95 lectures that focus on real-world examples, and it features more than 4 hours of video content. It will also teach you how to use Xcodeâs new .playground file, and the training materials is regularly refreshed. This package retails for $99, but through our deal, you can get it for $19.


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12:10
First Look: Apple iPad mini 3

Unlike the iPad Air 2, Apple's iPad mini 3 ($399-$729) has hardly changed at all when compared to its predecessor. The new tablet adds Touch ID and a gold color option with a white face, and now comes solely in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. And that's about it. Nevertheless, we'll still be putting the tablet through its paces and giving it a proper review — though it will be much shorter than our usual reviews for new Apple devices. iPad mini…

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11:50
‘iPhoto: The Missing Manual’ is Both Informative and...

One of the recent additions to O'Reilly's excellent how-to library is iPhoto: The Missing Manual (Pogue & Snider). Packed with tricks and secrets for getting the most out of your images, this book is well worth the read, and we give you the skinny on it right here.


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11:30
News: iPad mini 3 unboxing and comparison gallery...

iLounge has posted an unboxing and comparison gallery for Apple’s new iPad mini 3. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at Apple's newest mini tablet, along with photos comparing the iPad mini 3 to other Apple devices. More pictures will be added throughout the day. Also be sure to check out Wednesday's iPad Air 2 gallery, and check back soon for our full reviews of both new iPads....

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10:23
News: iPad Air 2 Control Center features separate...

With the removal of the side switch from the new iPad Air 2, Apple has added separate mute and rotation buttons to the iOS 8.1 Control Center to replace the missing functionality, exclusive to the new device. The switch itself has had something of an identity crisis over the years, with Apple originally debuting it as a rotation lock when the iPad was first released, then later unceremoniously changing it to a mute switch before finally giving users…

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09:50
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-23

It's Yosemite-pallooza on Daily Observations today, plus Jeff is back on the job. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk John's OS X Yosemite review, why you should - or shouldn't - upgrade, and how you can dial your iPhone from your Mac, too.


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07:08
News: GT Advanced announces settlement with Apple

As was reported Wednesday, GT Advanced Technologies has now officially announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Apple. The announcement reveals GT will retain ownership of its production, ancillary, and inventory assets in Mesa, Arizona. GT will also be given four years interest-free to repay Apple $439 million – money that the company will earn by selling its sapphire furnaces. Although GT is leaving the sapphire production business,…

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07:06
News: iPad Air 2 ships with 10W power adapter

Our initial look at the iPad Air 2 reveals that Apple is bundling a 10W/2.1A power adapter with its newest iPad model – a step back down from the 12W/2.4A unit that has been included with the last two generations of full-sized iPad models. While a 10W power adapter would theoretically require longer charging times, iFixit’s recent teardown confirmed that the iPad Air 2 contains a smaller battery than its predecessor, suggesting a possible…

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07:03
Pixelmator for iPad Hits Apple’s App Store

Pixelmator for the iPad, first shown off during Apple's iPad Air 2 launch event earlier this month, hit the App Store Thursday morning. The image and photo editor has been available on the Mac for some time, but until now hasn't been an option on the iPad.

The Mac Observer Spin: Pixelmator has the potential to out-Photoshop Photoshop on the iPad. That's pretty big.


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06:49
News: Olloclip debuts 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip has introduced its new 4-in-1 lens system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($80), with a new design that works with both the front and rear camera. The package includes fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10X and macro 16X lenses, along with three wearable pendants for carrying the lenses. The Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is available in five lens and clip color combinations. It can be pre-ordered from Olloclip's…

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06:35
First Look: iStabilizer tabArm for iPad + iPad mini

iStabilizer's tabArm ($100) is an articulating arm mount system that can hold any iPad or iPad mini, including the newest iPad Air 2. The total tabArm package includes iStabilizer's tabMount, Clamp, a hot shoe adapter, and an 11" stainless steel articulating arm with a single point locking mechanism. Using the included clamp, the arm can be mounted on ledges or other fixtures. The tabMount expands enough to accommodate many iPad and iPad mini cases,…

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06:15
Apple Wins GPNE Patent Lawsuit, Calls Company a...

GPNE lost its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday,after which the iPhone and iPad maker promptly called the company a patent troll - a term it was barred from using during the trial. GPNE accused Apple of designing its mobile devices around its years-old pager patent and asked the court to bar the use of "patent troll" in the proceedings.

The Mac Observer Spin: The only win GPNE got out of this trial was keeping Apple from calling it a patent troll in court. Turns out that was a pretty short lived victory.


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05:57
News: iFixit posts iPad Air 2 teardown

iFixit has posted its complete teardown of the iPad Air 2, revealing some new details and confirming most of the specs. The article notes that Apple has revised a lot of the hardware from last year's iPad Air, including: a fully laminated 9.7" IPS multi-touch LCD with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 264 ppi and an anti-reflective coating, the expected A8X 64-bit CPU with 2GB RAM and the M8 motion coprocessor, the 8MP rear iSight camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi,…

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05:13
Daily Deal: Three years of VPN Unlimited Premium,...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a three-year subscription to a VPN Unlimited Premium Plan for only $19—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content…

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05:08
Apple Dropping SSL 3.0 for Push Notifications in...

Apple plans to drop support for SSL 3.0 for Push notifications following the discovery of the Poodle SSL 3.0 security flaw. The Mac, iPhone and iPad maker will transition to TLS on October 29, and is warning developers to update their apps to support the more secure protocol.

The Mac Observer Spin: Heatbleed, Shellshock, and Poodle are all big security risks in SSL, so its good to see Apple and other companies actively moving away from supporting the older security protocol in favor of TLS.


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Wednesday October 22

16:40
Mark Zuckerberg Wows Chinese Crowd with 30 Minute...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China-and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement goal. I'd love for any Mandarin speakers to offer up their thoughts on his performance in the comments. The full video is embedded below. It may require Flash.

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16:06
How to Use Yosemite’s New Batch-Renaming Feature

Yay, Yosemite's here! And Melissa Holt's all excited. For her first Quick Tip on this new version of OS X, she's chosen the new batch-renaming feature, which you can use to change a bunch of filenames at once in exactly the ways you specify. Isn't it nice when we get new abilities that were previously only available with third-party software?


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15:59
How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

With iOS and Yosemite installed, you can finally do things you saw in the WWDC Keynote like make phone calls from your Mac. Sure there's the regular ways to do it, but if you want to dial up your phone call game, Kelly has some alternate methods to help you show off.


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15:55
Continuity Keypad Makes Calling From Yosemite Easier

With Yosemite and iOS 8, Handoff and Continuity are finally a reality. This means you can take calls using your Mac, and with a utility called Continuity Keypad, you can make them easily too.


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15:51
The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle

We have a great developer training bundle today called the Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle. As with our other Name Your Own Price (NYOP) deals, you can pay what you want-even a penny-and get Engage Your Customers With Gamification and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures, two training course with 54 lectures and more than 16 hours of video content. If you beat the average price-which is just $6.24 as of this writing-you also get Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User and Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School, which have another 343 lectures and 102 hours (!!) of content. And 10 percent of what you pay goes one of three charities (your choice), including Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons.


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12:22
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6.

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11:00
OS X Yosemite: The Quintessential Review

On October 16. Apple released OS X Yosemite which is version 10.10. John Martellaro has been beta testing since the first developer release and also testing with iOS 8. Here in this review is everything that he learned and how he sized up this stellar OS X release. Should you install it right away? Read on.


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10:53
News: Apple Pay Bank of America customers...

Only two days into its rollout, some Apple Pay users are already reporting a problem with the service. Some Bank of America customers have seen two charges for the same purchase on their credit card statements after using Apple Pay to make transactions, as reported by CNN. The issue is said to be affecting “hundreds of customers.” A Bank of America representative told CNN that the issue was on Apple Pay’s end, but the bank was ultimately…

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10:00
First Look: Apple iPad Air 2

The Wi-Fi version of the new iPad Air 2 ($499-$829) officially arrived in stores today, and as expected, it has simultaneously reduced the thickness and increased the power of Apple's full-sized iconic tablet. An 18% reduction in thickness was achieved by bonding the new Air's screen directly to its now anti-reflective front glass, as well as by shrinking the battery inside -- enough to drop the run time from last year's model. Apple has updated both…

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09:55
News: iPad Air 2 unboxing and comparison gallery...

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple's new iPad Air 2. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos.

More pictures will be added as the day progresses, and be sure to check back for our full review of both new models coming soon....

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09:30
Daily Deal: The Camera Lens Mug, only $19.99

In today’s bonus iLounge Deal you can also grab The Camera Lens Mug for only $19.99—60% off the normal price. Carry your favourite beverages in style with this cool and unique mug that also features an extended heat preservation system to keep your hot beverages steaming for hours. The mug features a comfortable rubber shell for easy gripping and stainless steel lining with a unique lens influenced design that also makes an awesome hiding…

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09:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-22

GT Advanced Technologies said in court that ot came to an "amicable parting" with Apple. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont express talk about what that might mean. They also take a trip into the land of Apple Pay to discuss some of the security implications of the service.


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08:34
How to install Windows using Boot Camp

Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Mac. After installing, you can restart your Mac to switch between OS X and Windows.

 

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07:39
News: Apple’s new Maps Connect lets businesses...

Apple has launched Apple Maps Connect, a new online portal to allow local businesses to add or edit their business listings for the Apple Maps service. Targeted at small business owners or their authorized representatives, the service is free and allows users to quickly and easily add content directly into Apple Maps. Users can sign in with their normal Apple ID and password, or can create a new Apple ID if they don’t already have one, or would…

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06:55
AT&T Wireless Offers iPad Air 2, mini 3 for $100...

AT&T Wireless is offering pre-orders on the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 cellular models for $100 less than MSRP, with shipping times only a few days more than ordering from Apple.

The Mac Observer Spin: For those in the market for a new iPad, this is good news. And with reasonable ship dates this might be even more appealing to some people currently making a buying decision.


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06:44
News: Apple reportedly begins in-store sales of iPad...

Following last week’s launch of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the new models are reportedly now available for sale in at least some Apple Retail Stores, and initial shipments have begun arriving for customers who pre-ordered the new models. Unboxing videos have already started appearing from customers in the UK and Australia who have received their pre-ordered devices, and a number of sources are reporting that the new tablets are now available…

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05:55
Apple Launches Maps Connect, Allows Users To Update...

Apple has launched Maps Connect, a way for businesses to maintain the information listed in Apple Maps. Any business owner (or authorized rep) can log in and update information about their business (and while they're at it, show interest in iBeacon.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's a smart move by Apple to let people who are in charge of businesses maintain that information. Hopefully this can help improve the Maps experience.


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05:41
News: Cook discussing security with top Chinese...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been in recent discussions with a top Chinese government official concerning security, Reuters reports. The meeting comes following a report that Apple users in China have been targeted in a “sophisticated and widespread” attack by hackers looking to access private user data stored in iCloud. The report was released by Chinese web monitoring group Greatfire.org, which has also claimed that the Chinese government…

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05:33
Daily Deal: Adobe KnowHow Photography Course Bundle...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a great bundle of Adobe KnowHow online photography courses for only $29.99—87% off the full price. Providing over 200 lectures and 27 hours of content focused on Photoshop CC and general photography principles, the bundle includes the Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC, EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, and The Art Of Black & White Photography. All of the courses…

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05:25
News: GT and Apple to part ways ‘amicably’

GT Advanced Technologies has signed an agreement with Apple for an “amicable parting of the ways,” The Wall Street Journal reports. GT’s attorney, Luc Despins, told a U.S. Bankruptcy court that as part of the agreement, the two companies have agreed to file a revised explanation for GT’s sudden bankruptcy filing earlier this month — the companies will also withdraw court papers from the public record that outlined what went wrong…

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Tuesday October 21

16:51
GTAT Announces ‘Amicable Parting’ of Ways with Apple

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced an "amicable parting of the ways" with Apple. GTAT announced the deal in court filings, though Apple itself has yet to comment.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple appears to be going to great lengths to keep the terms of its agreement with GTAT-terms the sapphire maker called "oppressive and burdensome"-secret. It would seem that Apple cut this new deal with GTAT solely to keep those documents sealed after the judge overseeing the bankruptcy told Apple he was inclined to unseal everything.


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14:50
How I Came to Own and Sell a TAM Probably Owned by...

This story starts several years ago. I want to say 2004, but I don't remember for sure. A friend of a friend worked at Apple, and he heard I was looking for a TAM. It turns out it was probably owned by Jony Ive, and this is how I found out.


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13:01
Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From The Best for $...

We have a training package for photographers today called Adobe Know-How. It contains more than 200 lectures with over 27 hours of content, and it's designed to teach both photography techniques and Photoshop CC skills. Courses include EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, The Art Of Black & White Photography, Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, and Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC: A Definitive Course. All that for $29.99. There's more information on the deal page.


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12:49
How To Get Ready For iOS 8.1 [Update]

If you're brave and intrepid, you probably already installed iOS 8.1. If you're the more cautious type, Kelly Guimont put together a quick guide for preparing your iOS devices for the new operating system to ensure a smooth upgrade.


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12:04
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Apple's initial release of iOS 8 last month got off to a somewhat rocky start, with problems related to HealthKit apps, Bluetooth connectivity issues, App Store problems with some of the new app extension features, and a maintenance update that rendered many users' iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices all but completely useless. In addition, Apple held back at least two features that were originally supposed to be delivered with iOS 8, choosing to instead…

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11:00
First Look: Incipio Performance Armband for iPhone 6

Incipio has brought its Performance Armband ($30) — last seen for iPhone 5 — to iPhone 6, with a reduced price. It's the first athletic accessory we've seen made specifically for either of Apple's new iPhones. Like the last version of the armband, Performance for iPhone 6 uses water-resistant materials and includes a small slot for holding a house key. An opening at the bottom of the iPhone compartment allows access to the phone's headphone port.…

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10:59
Chuck La Tournous and Chris Breen to Speak at NJMUG’...

TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous will speak at the New Jersey Macintosh User Group's (NJMUG) 30th Anniversary tonight. Macworld Senior Editor Chris Breen will be the featured speaker for the event. The group will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a special meeting at the Meadowlands Quality Inn in Lyndhurst, NJ from 7-10 p.m.


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10:46
First Look: Incipio Stowaway Advance for iPhone 6...

Based upon earlier cases for the iPhone 4 and 5, Incipio's new Stowaway Advance for iPhone 6 Plus ($35) combines a curvy, co-molded rubber and plastic case with a small rear compartment designed to hold credit cards or cash. Film is included to protect the iPhone's metal back from getting scratched, and the compartment has a kickstand in the center which can flip out to position the iPhone 6 Plus for video viewing without compromising the cards held…

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10:24
Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read...

This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, donât install either until you read what I have to say.


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10:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-21

Apple launched Apple Pay, and there are a couple of ways to set it up. We walk you through it all. We can also send and receive SMS text messages from our Macs and iPads (in addition to iMessages), and we walk you through setting that up. Then we spent some time wondering why in the heck Apple didn't turn it on by default, though taking phone calls on your Mac was.


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09:04
News: Apple Pay can be used internationally with U.S...

Following yesterday’s roll-out of Apple Pay in the U.S., a number of users are reporting that the service also works with standard NFC terminals in other countries, provided of course that the user has registered a credit card or debit card from a participating U.S. bank. NFC terminals that accept VISA payWave or MasterCard PayPass cards will also apparently accept payments from an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus setup for Apple Pay with a U.S. card. Although…

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08:29
How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

If you're suffering from breach fatigue, Apple Pay offers a bit of relief. Kelly gets into how Apple Pay actually works, why it's better than the magnetic stripe you have now, and what makes it less susceptible to attacks.


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07:28
First Look: Alpine Headphones

Best known for its in-car audio systems and high-end iPod/iPhone integration units, Alpine has entered the iPhone/iPod headphone market with a new pair of headphones named... Headphones ($300). The industrial design is obviously Beats-influenced, with a mostly plastic frame and glossy metallic accents atop heavily padded, diamond-shaped earcups. What's extremely unique about Headphones is the role Bluetooth plays here: rather than using the wireless…

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06:50
How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

When Apple announced iOS 8 back at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive not only iMessages from their Macs but also regular Text Messages (i.e. the "green bubble" messages we send to our Android-using friends). When iOS 8 was released and the feature wasn't there, we all waited for Yosemite. When Yosemite came out we realized we needed to wait for iOS 8.1. Now that you have those two installed (you must for this to work), there are just a few more steps to follow, but they're pretty simple.


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06:29
Review: Misfit Flash Fitness + Sleep Monitor

Flash’s tracking capabilities are all contained within the disc, which isn’t much bigger than a quarter. The disc can be inserted into a sport band to wear Flash like a watch, or into a clip, to attach to clothing or a keychain. Flash uses a common coin cell battery that Misfit claims will last up to six months. Simplicity is the name of Flash’s game: upon pressing the disc once, a ring of 12 lights will briefly show a user how much…

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05:53
Daily Deal: Get the SOScharger USB Pocket Charger...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the SOScharger USB Pocket Charger for only $49.99. Featuring a 2,300 mAh battery and an integrated hand-generator, this charger can provide you with unlimited power simply by cranking the handle to charge it back up. It’s portable enough to fit into your pocket and has a standard USB output for universal compatibility.

Get the SOScharger USB Pocket Charger now for only $49.99...

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05:43
Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.


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Monday October 20

17:52
Apple Q4 Earnings Sliced And Diced

Apple reported Q3 earnings information Monday. Kelly plays a little Fun With Math and shows some interesting stats about how Apple did over the last three months.


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16:21
Apple Q4 MacBook Sales Hit Record Breaking Numbers,...

Mac sales hit 5.5 million units during Apple's fourth fiscal quarter for 2014, jumping a full 25 percent in a single quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Mac marketshare is the largest it's been since 1995.


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15:33
How Apple’s Tim Cook Explained Away Poor iPad Sales

During Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Steve Milunovich with UBS about his views on the iPad sales of 12.31 million, the second (non-holiday) quarter of declining sales. Here's how Mr. Cook responded.


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14:32
Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.


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14:31
Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Pay Support

Along with the release of iOS 8.1, Apple released Apple Store 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Monday. The update for the Apple retail store assistant app added support for Apple Pay, which was enabled in iOS 8.1.


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13:59
China Holds Huge Potential for Apple with First Time...

China isn't just a big market for Apple's iPhone, it has huge potential for new customers. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, half of iPhone 5S buyers in the country were new to the platform, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus look to be in a position to drive that percentage up.


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13:50
News: Notes from Apple’s Q4 2014 earnings call

Apple's conference call after announcing its Q4 2014 financial results kicked off with Apple CEO Tim Cook discussing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, the new iMac with a Retina 5K Display, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Getting to the financial results, Cook announced that Apple saw its strongest growth rate in seven quarters, with a new record for Apple's September quarter revenue. "Fuelled by the launch…

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13:16
Apple Teases Future Plans for Beats

Apple has plans in store for Beats now that it owns the company, and an announcement is coming about what's in store, but for now CEO Tim Cook isn't saying what we can expect. Mr. Cook shared his little tidbit during the company's fourth fiscal quarter earnings report on Monday afternoon.


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13:02
Apple Posts a Record September Quarter - $42.1...

Apple posted another record quarter Monday, when the company announced results for the September quarter, Apple's 4th fiscal quarter. Apple had record revenue of US$42.1 billion, with record 4th quarter earnings of $8.5 billion (earnings per share of $1.42). The company said that strong iPhone, Mac and App Store sales drove both revenue and earnings.


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12:45
How-to Set Up Apple Pay

Apple launched Apple Pay Monday, a service that allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners to conduct credit card transactions through NFC at participating retailers. Apple Pay was included in iOS 8.1, which was released to consumers earlier on Monday, and it's pretty easy to set up-if you know that it's in Passbook, that is. Here's how to get it going.


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12:44
News: Apple Q4 2014: 39.3M iPhones, 12.3M iPads, 2....

Apple reported its fourth quarter 2014 financial results today, selling 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, and 2.6 million iPods. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. In Q4 2013, Apple had revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 37 percent a year ago. International sales…

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12:43
First Look: Speck MightyShell for iPhone 6

Speck's new MightyShell ($50) case for iPhone 6 adds extra protection — and a bit more bulk — to the company's acclaimed CandyShell design. MightyShell has a rubberized bumper that's slightly larger than CandyShell, with raised inner springs cushioning the phone inside the case. The additions collectively double the military grade protection, and the case is backed by a lifetime warranty. Currently a Best Buy exclusive, MightyShell comes in five…

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12:37
Mac: APC Back-UPS Connect BGE90M

We were intrigued when APC released the original $50 Back-UPS Connect some months ago, and now it has an even more compelling model called Back-UPS Connect BGE90M ($65). Occasional power interruptions are inevitable, and without a source of backup power, you can lose everything from home lighting to Internet connectivity and digital home telephone service in one fell swoop. Think of Back-UPS Connect BGE90M as the way to keep your cable modem, Wi-Fi…

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11:45
News: Apple releases Apple TV Software Update 7.0.1

Apple has released Apple TV Software Update 7.0.1, the latest feature and content update for its set-top box. Apple has yet to update its release notes, so it’s unclear exactly what has changed in this latest update, it seems likely that it includes general bug fixes and performance improvements as well as changes related to the release of iOS 8.1 earlier today....

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11:34
Article: An Easy Guide To Setting Up + Using Apple...

One month after the release of iOS 8.0, Apple officially rolled out iOS 8.1 today with a major new feature: Apple Pay, the Touch ID-powered digital transaction software. As of now, Apple Pay is solely available for U.S. users of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though it will also be supported — partially — by the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 once they are released later this week. Here’s a look at the Apple Pay setup process, which is somewhat…

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10:09
First Look: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case

We've just received Apple's new iPad Air 2 Smart Case ($79). Despite being simply labeled as "iPad Air Smart Case" on the packaging, the case is made solely for Apple's redesigned iPad Air 2. The new case is similar to the previous Apple iPad Air Smart Case, made of the same aniline-dyed leather with inner microfiber lining, and the cover both folds into a stand and activates the sleep/wake function on the device; this is the Product (RED) version…

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09:32
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-20

Spotify announces its upcoming family plans and iOS 8.1 is due out pretty much the moment this podcast stops recording. Two special hosts (and one missing host!) make for this very unique TDO.


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09:19
Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay, iCloud Photo...

Apple released iOS 8.1 Monday afternoon. The update includes the launch of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S., the return of the Camera Roll in Photos, the launch of iCloud Photo Library "as a beta service," the ability for Messages users to send SMS and MMS text messages from their Macs and iPads, and several bug fixes.


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09:08
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.1.

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09:08
About the security content of iOS 8.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1

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07:49
Spotify Announces Family Plans

Spotify has announced Spotify Family, a way to add additional Spotify users to a single account and yet keep all the recommendations and playlists completely separate.


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06:42
News: Apple launches iCloud Photos Beta Web Client

Apple has quietly launched the web version of its iCloud Photo Library client in advance of today’s expected release of iOS 8.1. Users who have enabled iCloud Photo Library on their iOS devices can log in at beta.icloud.com where a new “Photos” icon should appear. The iCloud Photos web client generally mirrors the iOS 8.1 Photos app, allowing users to browse by Moments or Albums, select a moment or individual photo, and favorite,…

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05:59
Apple To Release iOS 8.1 Update Today, Here’s How To...

Apple has announced iOS 8.1 will be released Monday, presumably with the usual fixes for security and usability issues. Also part of this release will be Apple Pay, enabling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to wave their phones in stores and pay for things.

The Mac Observer Spin: I want to believe Apple is totally going to get this right, but I also didn't think Apple would get it so wrong as to remove the ability to make phone calls from your phone, so for now I'm sticking to my 24 hour rule and waiting to see how others do before upgrading myself.


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05:52
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1 to the public. Announced last week during Apple’s iPad Event, iOS 8.1 brings support for Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, enables SMS Continuity between iOS 8.1 devices and Macs running OS X Yosemite, enables iCloud Photo Library for all users and brings back the much-requested Camera Roll that was removed in iOS 8.0 to be replaced with a “Recently Added” album. A number of other…

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05:42
News: Apple working to cut music subscription prices

A new report from Re/code reveals that Apple is working to get the price of its subscription music services down to as low as $5/month. Apple was reportedly asking the labels to cut prices to pave the way for a cheaper Beats music subscription, and is suggesting that top iTunes buyers spend about $60/year on music downloads, which equates to about $5/month. On a $5/month subscription model, the music labels would therefore not lose any revenue as…

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05:16
First Look: HiFiMan RE300i + RE-400 Waterline In-Ear...

Admired by headphone obsessives for its value-focused audio gear, HiFiMan has debuted RE300i ($50), a budget-priced earphone model targeted at iPod, iPhone, and iPad users. Featuring an integrated three-button remote control and mic unit, RE300i's glossy white all-plastic construction and sparing collection of pack-ins have a distinctly OEM-style first impression. But the inclusion of extra filters — the little parts between the earphones and your…

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05:10
Daily Deal: The Dream Desk Giveaway - Win an Apple...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you the chance to win a Dream Desk package for your MacBook, consisting of a 27” Apple Thunderbolt Display, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse, and an mStand by Rain Design. To enter, simply visit the link below, punch in your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. One lucky winner will be chosen on December 15, 2014....

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05:02
Dropbox Releases iOS Update 3.5, Includes Touch ID

Dropbox has released its latest iOS version, which now includes Touch ID as an alternate method of accessing Dropbox data.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Touch ID get more widespread use all the time, so this is a welcome update.


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Sunday October 19

07:54
MGG 524: Cool Stuff Found & Yosemite Notes

John and Dave have been attending all sorts of press events lately, collecting and researching for Cool Stuff Found. That combined with everything sent in by you and fellow listeners makes for a pretty fun list! Plus, Yosemite went live this week and your geeks are here to get you started down the path, too!


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Saturday October 18

06:30
3 More Tips for Making Better Slide Show...

Keynote is a cook app and understanding some of the built-in elements can make for an exceptional presentation. Nancy Carroll Gravley has three more tips for you to help yo make better looking slideshows using Keynote.


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Friday October 17

13:50
Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis: How did he ever use such a small iPhone?


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13:15
Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th. The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.


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12:58
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, subscribe now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:15
Sales Prospects for Apple’s iPad Air 2 Look Good

Almost a third of the installed base of iPads consists of iPad 2s without a Retina display. As a result, a casual look at the numbers suggests that the iPad Air 2 should do very well in sales. John Marellaro pulls out his calculator.


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11:12
The Dream Desk Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway through our friends at StackSocial. This one's called the Dream Desk Giveaway, and it includes a 27in Apple Thunderbolt Monitor, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, an Apple Magic Mouse, and an mStand by Rain Design. To register, just sign up for our TMO Deal emails-which you should do anyway-and boom! Wait for the winner to be announced in December.


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10:51
Mac: AgileBits 1Password 5

With yesterday’s official release of OS X Yosemite, there’s now a plethora of app updates showing up to fit with the new UI and take advantage Yosemite’s new features, including one of our staple apps, AgileBits 1Password 5 ($35). It’s been a year filled with Internet security issues, making the need for good security apps all the more apparent, and this latest update has a refreshed design that fits in with Yosemite, including…

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10:44
First Look: Just Mobile Xtand Go Z1

Just Mobile's Xtand Go Z1 ($35) is an updated version of the company's Xtand Go. An in-car mount that can be secured to a windshield via suction cup, or to a dashboard using residue-free Go Buttons, Xtand Go Z1 can hold an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus. The mount's adjustable size should even accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus when it's in a case, unless the case is extremely bulky. Included in the total package, along with the suction cup and mount, are…

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10:17
An Ode To Chairman Honeycrisp

Jonathan Mann releases a song a day on his YouTube channel. You may remember him from the iOS Autocomplete Song, and today we get a new tune from him about yesterday's Apple Event. Titled "Chairman Honeycrisp," Jonathan calls out some of the highlights of the day's event. We get code names, an autocorrect fail, and a catchy chorus for humming the rest of the day. He does this every day, so if you don't like this one, you can always try again tomorrow or browse the archives.


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10:00
Seidio Tetra for iPhone 6: a Rigid, Gorgeous Metal...

If you're a fan of iPhone bumpers, the Seidio Tetra Metal Bumper case for iPhone 6 (only) is one to look at. There's an inner bumper of soft TPU and a machined aluminum outer ring that snaps into place. John Martellaro liked it a lot.


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09:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-17

Twitpic is shutting its doors for good, and Apple has a fancy new SIM for the iPad Air 2. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the demise of Twitpic's photo sharing service, and dive into what Apple's all-in-one SIM card means for iPad owners and cell service providers.


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09:32
GigSky Is Apple SIM For Everyone

Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just...

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07:22
News: Apple Store returns, begins taking iPad pre-...

After being offline for the past several hours, the Apple Store has returned and begun taking iPad pre-orders. When Apple unveiled the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at yesterday’s event, the company announced that pre-orders would begin today, October 17th. While Apple did not specify at what time pre-orders would begin this time around, products have become available for pre-order as early as 12:01 PT, and pre-orders are usually available by the…

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07:20
Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Available for Online Order

Apple promised the iPad Air 2 would be available for purchase on Friday after unveiling it at a special media event yesterday. The company kept its word and added the new tablet model to its store late Friday morning.

The Mac Observer Spin: You can buy a brand new iPad Air 2 now, but without a firm release date we won't see long lines outside Apple's retail stores like we have with previous iPhone and iPad launches.


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07:16
First Look: APC M5BK + M10BK 5000/10000mAh Mobile...

The last time we reviewed an APC USB battery pack was all the way back in 2007 — the $70 UPB10, which was capable of recharging the first-generation iPhone twice, and came with a wall adapter for recharging. Today, the company is offering a sleeker 5000mAh version called M5BK ($40) and the 10,000mAh model M10BK ($60), both substantially redesigned and shipped solely with micro-USB recharging cables. Each one has two USB ports — one 2.4A, one 1A…

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07:05
Apple Drops Mac mini Server from Product Lineup

Goodbye, Mac mini server. Apple quietly discontinued the server-ready version of the Mac mini on Thursday as it rolled out updates for its other Mac mini models.

The Mac Observer Spin: The end of the server package isn't a big deal considering you can now buy a new Mac mini for even less and install the server software package through the Mac App Store.


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06:32
GT Advanced Laying Off 727 Employees, Delisted on...

GT Advanced looks to be deep into its death spiral after its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing from earlier this month. GTAT is laying off 727 employees from the factory where it made sapphire glass for Apple, and has been delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange.

The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT is in a world of hurt and it's looking less likely that investors will see a happy ending out of this.


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06:26
Daily Deal: The Mac to the Future Bundle, $29.99

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up The Mac to the Future Bundle, with eight great Mac apps and 25 OS X and web development courses for only $29.99—that’s 96% off the price of purchasing these items separately. In this bundle you get Capo 3 for Mac, AfterShot Pro 2, Lucid, Fantastical, Ember, Disk Drill Pro, skEdit, and a one-year subscription to Anonymizer Universal. In addition, the OS X & Web Dev Course Bundle is also…

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05:54
News: Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for...

Following yesterday’s release of OS X Yosemite, Apple has released updates to its three iOS iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—adding support for iCloud Drive and the new iOS 8 and Yosemite Handoff feature. The updates also include support for third-party storage providers in iOS 8 and note “updated file formats” that make it easier to send documents via services such as Drobox and Gmail. Additional new features have…

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05:42
Twitpic to Shut Down on Oct 25 After Failed Buyout...

Twitpic, the Twitter-based online photo sharing service, will be shutting down on October 25 following a failed move to find a buyer for the company. Twitpic chose to close its business after the social network service Twitter threatened legal action over what it saw as a trademark violation in the company's name.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's sad to see a company like Twitpic go, and it would've been nice if they'd chosen an option that didn't involve shutting down their business to resolve the trademark issue.


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05:37
News: Belkin announces QODE keyboards for iPad Air 2

Belkin has announced that it’s bringing its line of QODE keyboard cases to iPad Air 2. The line includes the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($150), QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($130), and QODE Slim Style Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 and iPad Air ($100) — the last of which is an already existing product that can fit the newer iPad Air. The updated keyboards have already been released for the first iPad Air —…

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04:55
iWork Updates for OS X, iOS Add iCloud Drive Support...

Thursday's release of OS X Yosemite brought along big updates for Pages, Numbers and Keynote for both the Mac and iOS devices. The updates for Apple's iWork suite included iCloud Drive support and Handoff support.


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Thursday October 16

16:12
ACM 276: So Long Macworld/iWorld and Apple’s October...

With Macworld/iWorld out of the picture for 2015, Bryan and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus take a look at what led up to the conference's hiatus and the current state of the trade show industry. Plus, Apple had a little shindig in Cupertino, where the company released new iPads, Mac minis, and the stunning iMac with Retina 5K display. We also got updates on Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and Yosemite.


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16:09
OS X Yosemite: List of available trusted root...

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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16:05
Slidevana For PowerPoint: The Ultimate Presentation...

OK, PowerPoint Warriors, we have a deal for you today on Slidevana For PowerPoint, a toolkit with more than 150 PowerPoint slide templates. You can use them to liven up your PowerPoint presentations, which is always a good idea. All slides come in Light and Dark, are fully customizable, and feature a minimalist information-oriented design. It retails for $139, but through our deal it's only $59. There are details on the deal's webpage.


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15:32
About the security content of OS X Server v2.2.5

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v2.2.5.

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15:32
About the security content of OS X Server v3.2.2

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v3.2.2.

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15:10
About the security content of iTunes 12.0.1

Learn about the security content of iTunes 12.0.1.

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15:06
About the security content of OS X Server v4.0

Learn about the security content of OS X Server v4.0.

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15:04
Yosemite Now Available on Mac App Store - Build...

Apple has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite through the Mac App Store. Users with systems that can run the new version of OS X will find it under "Updates." You can also download it from its dedicated entry on the MAS.


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14:59
About Security Update 2014-005

This document describes the security content of Security Update 2014-005.

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14:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.

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14:49
Apple Quietly Releases ‘Apple SIM’ for iPad Air 2...

Apple didn't mention it during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event, but the company has taken a bold step in giving consumers power over their wireless service for iPad Air 2. Apple's iPad Air 2 website shows that the device ships with the "Apple SIM," a new SIM that allows you to switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S.


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14:16
Apple Posts ‘The Evolution of Retina’ Video

Apple posted the 30 second spot called "iMac with Retina 5K display - The Evolution of Retina" to YouTube Thursday. Like the other videos released today, this one was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event. The spot starts with the original iPhone 4with Retina display, and flips through subsequent generations of iPhones, iPads, and Macs to feature a Retina display, each showing a little bit more of the same high-resolution video than the one before it. It's a very clever illustration of just how much bigger Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display is than everything else around.


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14:04
Apple Posts ‘Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display...

Apple has posted the video "Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display" to YouTube. Hosted by Dan Riccio, Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, this video focuses on the Retina 5K display in particular, explaining some of the technology that went into the device, including the new inventions Apple came up with to make it work. It also offers a use case for a professional videographer. The video was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event held earlier on Thursday.


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14:00
Apple Event “It’s Been Way Too Long” Now Available...

Apple's live event is now available on-demand for streaming at your leisure. SPOILER ALERT: There is a notable lack in the amount of Chinese translation heard at the beginning of the event.


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13:56
Apple Posts iPad Air 2 Reveal Video

Apple published the iPad Air 2 - Reveal video to YouTube Thursday. The video was debuted during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event earlier, and it plays on the original commercial for the iPad Air that showed the device being thinner than a pencil. In the new piece, which is only 32 seconds long, a laser slices off a good chunk of the pencil to make the point that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner.


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12:15
Sizing Up Apple’s October 16 Event: More Than Meets...

We pretty much knew what to expect for Apple's October media event. So then, how does having good hunches about what to expect affect our judgment about the products and technologies presented? It's an important question, and John Martellaro weighs in.


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12:08
Article: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About iPad Air 2...

Every time Apple holds a media event, it delivers a pithy, upbeat spin on its new hardware and software—sometimes omitting good and bad details that prospective customers would want to know. Today’s iPad event was no different, as there were some interesting details left out about both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Here they are: (1) One iPad To Rule Them All. It didn’t happen with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple’s…

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11:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-16

Apple's October media event gave us OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and new a new iMac. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's announcements, share their thoughts on the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina Display, and offer their take on whether or not we've really entered into the post-PC era.


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11:05
Mac: Apple Mac mini (Late 2014)

While the big hit today in the Mac world was Apple’s introduction of the iMac with a Retina 5K Display, the venerable Mac mini ($499—$999) had a place in the spotlight as well. Apple’s diminutive little powerhouse gets a nice technology refresh and drops the starting price by $100 for an even better value for those wanting to dip their toes into the world of Macs. The update brings 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt 2, fourth-generation…

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10:56
News: Apple introduces Apple SIM, multi-carrier...

Buried in other announcements today, Apple has introduced Apple SIM, a single pre-installed SIM card that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad.” Pre-installed on Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple SIM provides a list of participating national carriers—currently only AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the United…

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10:36
News: New iPad Smart Cases, Covers shown for iPad...

Alongside today’s announcement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has updated the prior $39 iPad Smart Covers and $69-$79 iPad Smart Cases. Apple’s iPad Air Smart Cover now comes in seven colors—blue, red, yellow, green, black, white, or red—each made from polyurethane, and compatible with the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. By comparison, the leather iPad Air 2 Smart Case comes in five different colors, namely black, white,…

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10:34
Apple Updates Mac mini with New Processors, Faster...

Apple updated its Mac mini line Thursday, a long awaited boost to the company's entry-level Mac. The update includes faster processors, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a lower starting price of US$499.


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10:31
Apple Introduces iMac with 5K Retina Display

Apple unveiled a new iMac model on Thursday with a 27-inch 5K Retina Display. Phil Schiller, vice president of worldwide marketing, said the new iMac's display is unlike any other for desktop computers, and even called it the "world's highest resolution display."


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10:30
Mac: Apple iMac with Retina Display

Apple has finally brought the Retina Display to the big time, taking the wraps off a new iMac. Dubbed simply the iMac with Retina Display ($2,499), it features a new “Retina 5K” display featuring 5120 x 2880 pixels in a 27” screen, for a total of 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution display. Announced at Apple’s October 16th event, alongside the release of OS X Yosemite, the new iMac with Retina…

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10:04
News: Apple unveils iPad mini 3, renames Retina iPad...

Apple has debuted the newest edition of its 7.9” tablet, which it’s calling iPad mini 3. The new iPad mini 3 includes Touch ID, and it comes in silver, space gray, and gold. It notably continues to have an A7 processor, not an A8 or A8X, and does not include any of the wireless or camera upgrades found in the iPad Air 2. iPad mini 3 starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $499 for 64GB, and $599 for 128GB. Cellular + Wi-Fi models add…

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10:03
iPad Air 2 Sports Faster Processor, Thinner Body,...

Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 during a special media event on Thursday. The new tablet is 20 percent thinner than the iPad 4 and faster than the first generation iPad, sports an improved display with better clarity, and includes Touch ID.


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09:45
iOS 8.1 Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Oct 20

Apple will roll out iOS 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Monday, October 20. The timing fits with the launch of Apple Pay, which needs the update so iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can make mobile payments at participating retailers.


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09:40
OS X Yosemite, iWork Available Today as Free...

OS X Yosemite has been available as a public beta for some time, and now it's moving to an official update release available today, October 16. The update for the Mac operating system will be available as a free download and is compatible with computers that are capable of running OS X Mavericks.


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09:40
News: iPad stats: 225 million sold, 675,000 apps

During his introduction of new iPads today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that 225 million iPads have already been sold—70 million of them in the last 12 months, outstripping the unit sales of any PC manufacturer over the past year. Cook also noted that the product has a 100% customer satisfaction rating, and now has 675,000 iPad-specific apps available....

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09:30
News: Apple debuts iPad Air 2

Apple has officially introduced the newest edition of its full-sized tablet today with the debut of iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 is 6.1 mm thin, 18 percent thinner than the previous iPad Air.

Developing…...

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09:30
Mac: Apple OS X Yosemite

Debuted at Apple’s WWDC in June, and released as a public beta over the summer, Apple has just announced that it has officially released OS X Yosemite (Free), taking the Mac operating system into the second-generation of California park-themed releases with a new flattened look that’s reminiscent of the changes made last year in iOS 7. From the dock to Finder windows, icons to typography, there are some serious refinements. And it’s…

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09:25
News: Apple formally debuts iTunes 12 after three...

Oddly released without any fanfare in beta form to developers back in July, iTunes 12 has officially debuted at Apple’s media event today. As noted in our What’s New in iTunes 12 article, the Mac and PC application has received a “flatter” cosmetic overhaul inspired by iOS 7 and iOS 8. It largely does away with the traditional sidebar found in earlier versions of iTunes — a feature that was hidden but still present in iTunes…

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09:20
News: iOS 8.1 gets official, adding Apple Pay, photo...

Following earlier beta releases of iOS 8.1, Apple today formally announced the release of the first point update to September’s iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 adds support for Apple Pay, the NFC-dependent wireless transaction technology introduced in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as bringing back user-requested features, including the Camera Roll. Apple is also using iOS 8.1 to debut the iCloud Photo Library tied in with the public beta of Photos,…

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09:18
WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that WatchKit, a developer environment for coding Apple Watch apps, will roll out in November. WatchKit will let developers create custom apps for Apple's smartwatch device, scheduled to ship in early 2015.


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09:08
Apple Confirms Apple Pay to Launch Oct 20

Apple Pay is officially launching on Monday, October 20. Apple confirmed its mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during a special media event on Thursday.


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07:51
Review: ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini

Like the iPad Air version of the case, ClamCase Pro for iPad mini offers three modes: a laptop mode with your choice of viewing angle, a tablet mode which keeps the keyboard tucked behind the iPad, and a video stand mode between the two. Of course, the keyboard can also fold down onto the iPad to cover the tablet completely. The hard shell case also offers button coverage and all the proper port cutouts, so the iPad mini can be used fully.  …

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06:48
CBS Launches Internet Streaming Subscription Service

CBS is following HBO's lead and will be launching its own streaming service so viewers can watch its programming without a cable subscription. CBS All Access will give subscribers on demand access to current TV shows and content from CBS's library, and some markets will offer live viewing, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: First HBO's announcement, and now CBS. Hopefully this is the beginning of a bigger trend in TV viewing options.


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05:52
Panera Bread Set to Launch Apple Pay Oct 20

The restaurant chain Panera Bread will reportedly start supporting Apple Pay mobile payments from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Monday, October 20. When iOS 8 was released last month, Apple said its new mobile payment system would go live some time in October, and it's looking more and more like we'll get an official launch date during today's special media event.

The Mac Observer Spin: Interest in the iPhone 6's Apple Pay feature seems pretty high. Maybe Apple will be the catalyst that gets mobile payments off the ground in the United States.


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05:20
TMO’s Apple Media Event Live Coverage

Apple's "It's been way too long" media event is set to start at 10AM pacific time today, and The Mac Observer will be here bringing you our live blow-by-blow coverage and analysis. Rumors are pointing to new iPads, Apple Pay announcements, and more, so be sure to follow along with our live feed, or check out our Twitter feed for the latest from the event.


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05:06
News: Apple Events channel up on Apple TV, Apple...

The Apple Events channel has once again returned to Apple TV ahead of today’s new product event, allowing users to stream the event live at 1 p.m. Eastern. Last month’s Apple event stream was plagued by technical problems. Additionally, the Apple Online Store is already down before the debut of the company’s new products, as Apple is expected to reveal new iPads and a new iMac during today’s event. Check in with iLounge during…

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04:45
Apple Store goes Offline Ahead of iPad Media Event

Apple's online store was replaced with the usual "We'll be back" message ahead of Thursday morning's media event. The company is expected to introduce updated iPad models, announce the launch date for Apple Pay, and possibly unveil updated MacBook Pro models and a new Apple TV.


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04:42
iOS 8: Setting Messages to Expire

Even though iOS 8's new features for sending quick audio or video messages are pretty cool, those of us with smaller capacity devices may not want to save every bit of every conversation we have. For today's Quick Tip, we'll discuss adjusting your settings so that you control how often your text, audio, and video messages get deleted.


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Wednesday October 15

21:58
Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

The binary code love of my life-Scrivener-was updated to version 2.6 Thursday morning. The update includes support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which Apple is expected to either release later on Thursday during a media event, or announce a release date.


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15:31
Apple Reportedly Plans to Pull Fitbit from Apple...

Apple is reportedly planning to pull Fitbit's fitness trackers from its fleet of retail stores. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code reported that could begin pulling the devices soon.

The Mac Observer Spin: Fitbit is the leader in the fitness space, and the company has a commanding market share in devices. It's pretty clear that Apple's HealthKit is going to reset the bar for success in this space, and Fitbit will lose its hard-won share if it doesn't jump on Apple's late-to-the-party bandwagon.


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13:33
News: Designed by M debuts Simple Stand for iPad Air...

In anticipation of Thursday's introduction of Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — leaked today by Apple — accessory maker Designed by M has already introduced the Simple Stand ($35) for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Simple Stand holds an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 in portrait or landscape position, and it includes a built-in amplifier for sound. The stand hasn't been added to the company's website yet, but it will be available in December in black…

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 B&H Photo has the 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale today for $1699.99. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. Their price is $300 off MSRP, equalling Best Buy’s price... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $170 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz... Read more
Early Black Friday iPad mini 3 sale: $75 off...
 Best Buy has iPad mini 3s on sale for $75 off MSRP on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices available for online orders... Read more
Early Black Friday MacBook Pro sale: 15-inch...
 Best Buy has posted early Black Friday prices on 15″ Retina MacBook Pros, with models on sale for $300 off MSRP on their online store for a limited time. Choose free local store pickup (if available... Read more
A9 Chips Already?
It’s barely more than a couple of months since Apple got the first A8 systems-on-chip into consumer hands, but rumor and news focus is already turning to the next-generation A9 SoC. Apple Daily... Read more
NewerTech Announces NuGuard KXs Impact X-Orbi...
NewerTech has announced updates to its family of Impact X-Orbing Screen Armor bringing military grade, triple layer protection to Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Like all models in the NuGuard KXs... Read more
13-inch 1.4GHz MacBook Air on sale for $889,...
 B&H Photo has the 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $889 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $110 off MSRP. B&H will also include free copies of Parallels Desktop... Read more
Save up to $300 on Macs and iPads with your A...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
Apple refurbished Mac Pros available for up t...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more

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**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
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