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Tuesday September 30

04:46
Apple Granted 34 Patents Today Covering an Advanced...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent regarding a possible future infrared system for iOS cameras. On one hand the technology could turn your iOS device into a kind of automated tour guide for museums or cityscapes as well as eventually being an automatic retail clerk providing customers with price, availability and product information. It's an angle that might work very well with "Apple Pay" in the future. On the other hand, ...

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04:31
iMazing is new iPhone manager Mac, PC

DigiDNA Sarl has released iMazing (http://imazing.com), iPhone management software for Mac and PC systems. Replacing DiskAid, it's compatible with the new iPhone 6 line and iOS 8.

The app adds iOS music transfer both ways and allows users to recover data. iMazing sports a clone feature designed to simplify the upgrade process to a new iPhone. In a couple of clicks all data, apps, contents and settings are transferred to any iOS device. As data is only being transferred locally, the data contained in backup remains on your computer.

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04:26
Apple’s Irish tax arrangements explained as company...

Two days after the Financial Times reported that the European Commission was about to come down hard on Apple’s alleged deal with the Irish government to reduce its tax liabilities, Apple has made a statement to Business Insider claiming that it has received “no selective treatment.”

Apple is proud of its long history in Ireland and the 4,000 people we employ in Cork. They serve our customers through manufacturing, tech support and other important functions. Our success in Europe and around the world is the result of hard work and innovation by our employees, not any special arrangements with the government. Apple has received no selective treatment from Irish officials over the years. We’re subject to the same tax...

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04:26
Samsung Supplying Apple with Panels for iPad Air 2...

Samsung will supply Apple with displays for the second-generation iPad Air and the 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro' starting later this year, reports Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes). The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple's current line of iPads.

Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air
If the report is legitimate, it is likely that Apple will have a steady supply of panels for its first batch of iPad Air 2 units, which may launch in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Some reports have also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be released...

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04:24
MacWise is ready for OS X Yosemite

Carnation Software has released MacWise version 14.2.5, an update to its terminal emulation software for the Mac. The upgrade is compatible with the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

MacWise (www.macwise.com) allows a Mac to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. The app emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals.

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04:00
Intel-owned Basis announces new iOS-compatible ‘Peak...

Basis, a company backed by Intel, has announced a new smart watch compatible with iOS devices that places a focus on health and fitness applications. The device is capable of keeping track of several health-related data points, such as steps, calories, heart rate, prespiration, the temperature of your skin, and in-depth information about your sleep habits.

The Peak doesn’t yet support basic smart watch features like email and text notifications, but Basis says those functions will come in a future software update.

The company says that the device will be available by the holidays, meaning it will beat Apple’s own market entry to shelves. Pricing information hasn’t been revealed yet. You can see photos and the full press release for the Peak below:

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03:45
Hands-on with Places, Waze’s latest feature

Community-powered navigation app Waze got a major update on Monday, which introduces a new feature for sharing info about destinations. Dubbed Places, drivers can share information about local businesses and residences with other Waze users, providing tips and photos of places they’ve visited. 

With Places, users share photos and tips about locations with other drivers.

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03:40
European Union Accuses Ireland of Giving Apple...

The European Commission today announced the results of its formal investigation into Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland, accusing the company of receiving illegal state aid from the country, reports The Wall Street Journal.

In its findings, the regulatory body stated that deals between Apple and Ireland struck in 1991 and 2007 helped Irish authorities "confer a selective advantage upon Apple" that resulted in a lowering of its tax liability. The Commission also added that Apple's increase in sales for its business in Ireland appear to be inconsistent when related to comparable operating costs that would come with growth. Furthermore, the Commission notes that there was a reported increase in "sales income" by 415%, but states that most of the profit-generating work was done elsewhere. Accordingly, the Commission's of the opinion that through those rulings the...

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03:37
Apple Watch is about more than technology: It's...

As he concluded the inaugural iPad event back in January 2010, Steve Jobs summed up Apple’s mission in a single slide. Two street signs were labeled Technology and Liberal Arts, and he explained that Apple operates at the intersection. With Apple Watch, Apple seems to have added a new cross-street: fashion.

Where good looks have always been somewhat secondary to Apple devices usability, the company’s first wearable is all about style, so much so that for its first public appearance Apple chose one of the hippest boutiques in Paris during Fashion Week, not the Apple Store at Carrousel du Louvre.

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03:13
European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal...

In an official preliminary finding published on Tuesday, the European Union's antitrust watchdog said it believes Apple is receiving special treatment from Ireland in the form of tax agreements, a situation that constitutes state aid and could therefore be viewed as illegal.

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03:06
1Password 5 Touches New Heights in iOS 8

The new 1Password 5 app puts password security at your fingertip in iOS 8 through extensions and Touch ID integration. Glenn Fleishman walks you through the new features and explains how to take advantage of them, something that’s not always obvious.

 

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02:38
Apple Granted a Killer Interactive Holographic...

Apple's first invention relating to a 3D holographic display was back in 2008. Today the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published Apple's second granted patent in this field but takes it to a whole new level aiming for an interactive holographic display for Macs and iDevices like an iPhone or iPad. Apple notes in their granted patent that ...

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02:30
Apple Watch Makes First Public Appearance at...

As indicated by an announcement yesterday, Apple has teamed up with Parisian fashion boutique Colette to show off the Apple Watch at the retailer's gallery on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris for today only. The special event marks the first public appearance for the Apple Watch since being announced last month at a media event, as a long line began forming around Colette's before the event started at 11 AM local time.

According to Engadget, Colette is displaying both the 38mm and 42mm versions of the Apple Watch to the public, while MacGeneration (...

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02:23
Apple Will Launch iPhone 6 in China on October 17th...

Apple announced Tuesday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale in China on October 17th. The company had faced regulatory hurdles and scrutiny over security concerns from the Chinese government-according to Reuters, those concerns had been addressed to China's satisfaction.


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02:07
Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time.

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01:29
Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD adds...

While the notoriously cost-conscious PC market hasn’t embraced Thunderbolt technology yet, you can’t buy a brand-new Mac from Apple without it having at least one Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt’s versatility means that Apple can keep its computers slim and the ports to a minimum—with the right cables or adapters, a Thunderbolt port can connect devices that use FireWire 800, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Ethernet.

The problem arises when you need all those connections at the same time. A versatile dock like Belkin’s just-announced Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, while seemingly pricey at $300, could mean the difference between getting along with a MacBook Air (two USB ports and one Thunderbolt) or an iMac (four USB and two...

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00:10
Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in...

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support....



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Monday September 29

23:29
Despite faster A8, higher pixel count of iPhone 6...

With 2.1 million pixels, the Retina HD resolution of iPhone 6 Plus demands a lot more GPU performance than either iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s to render 2D and 3D graphics at its native resolution, resulting in benchmarks with--in some cases--lower frames per second rendering results in native resolution GPU tests.

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22:44
Apple to Launch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China...

Apple has announced that it will be begin selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning Friday, October 17. The devices will be available through Apple's online store and retail locations in China and will also be sold at China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom stores. Customers in China will be able to pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning Friday, October 10.

“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom for an incredible experience.” Earlier today, it was revealed that...

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22:34
Update: iPhone 6, 6 Plus approved in China, debuts...

[Update: Apple official announcement reveals China debut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus on October 17] The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and will formally debut on October 17, Apple says. According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks....



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20:59
Mac DVDRipper Pro 5.0.1 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more!

Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning you optical drive.

Mac DVDRipper Pro analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price!

You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips.

When using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.



Version 5.0.1:

  • Fixed an issue which resulted in missing subtitles
  • Fixed a bug that prevented converting some titles
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20:40
Apple-owned Beats sues man claiming to be brand co-...

According to new court filings, Apple-owned Beats is suing Roam and Jibe Audio founder Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after Lamar posted numerous times on social media and his own company's website that he was a "co-founder" of Beats alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Lamar does have a legitimate connection to the headphone maker, and collects a royalty on certain models of Beats headphones, Beats says in its filing that Lamar has "never had any ownership interest" in the audio products company....



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20:00
Review: ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist worn device that allows the tracking of the wearing through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be better off spending money on something with more features? Find out in our review....



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19:52
Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with...

As some expected, Apple's latest iOS 8.1 beta build contains assets for the upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments service, including hidden settings menus and references to an iPad with Touch ID fingerprint recognition.

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19:51
iPhone 6 finally approved for sale in China...

Earlier this month it was discovered that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would be delayed in China due to regulatory hold ups when Chinese authorities decided that they were not pleased with the current state of security on iOS. According to...

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19:34
iOS 8.1 Carries Hidden Settings for Apple Pay,...

The first beta of iOS 8.1 seeded earlier today has not yet revealed a significant number of changes visible to regular users, but developer Hamza Sood has managed to uncover several interesting hidden settings and strings from the new version.

First, Sood shares a screenshot of a hidden Settings pane for Apple Pay inside. The pane will allow users to manage their entered credit and debit cards linked to Apple Pay, as well as define their default card, billing and shipping address, email, and phone.

The Settings screen for Apple Pay also links to a privacy disclosure outlining how the user's card and device information and location may be sent back to Apple and perhaps passed on to the card issuer to determine eligibility and detect possible fraud.

Apple Pay will allow users to easily...

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19:33
Apple Pay settings page and iPad Touch ID references...

According to newly surfaced screenshots of a modified version of the recently released iOS 8.1 beta, it appears that the upcoming iPad line will have some amount of Apple Pay capability and a Touch ID sensor to match. Additionally, screenshots of a hidden Passbook settings page have surfaced showing what it might look like when adding a credit card for use with Apple Pay.

The above screenshots come via Hamza Sood, and include one of the “About Apple Pay and Privacy” page as well. We’ve embedded the full transcript below. As for the screenshot on the left, there’s an option for adding a credit card or debit card, choosing your...

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19:30
Apple OS X bash Update 1.0 - Fix for security flaw...

The OS X bash Update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell on OS X 10.9.5 (also on OS X 10.8 and 10.7 [see Related Links below]).

  • OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • Downloads for OS X 10.8 and OS X 10.7 in Related Links below



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19:27
Apple's iPhone 6 to arrive in China on Oct. 17...

Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones will hit the important Chinese market on Oct. 10, as the country's regulatory agency in charge of communications issued a license to start devices sales Tuesday local time.

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18:43
Apple's Beats sues Steven Lamar for claiming...

In a recent court filing, Apple-owned Beats brought suit against Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after the audio equipment entrepreneur allegedly misreported his affiliation with the Beats brand in order to boost a new audio enterprise.

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18:18
Apple Watch spotted on display at Colette ahead of...




Several users on Instagram and Twitter have captured photos...

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18:13
Bug in iOS can cause iCloud Drive erasure, report...

A newly-discovered bug in the "Reset All Settings" control in iOS 8 can cause documents stored in the new iCloud Drive to be permanently deleted. The feature is not recommended to be upgraded to until OS X Yosemite has been officially released -- which is expected to happen sometime next month -- but some iOS 8 users who have upgraded prematurely will be at risk of losing files, such as iWork documents stored in the cloud, if they use the "Reset All Settings" troubleshooting feature....



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18:02
Apple Watch Being Displayed at Colette Boutique in...

Ahead of an event planned for tomorrow in conjunction with Apple, Parisian fashion boutique Colette appears to be preparing to show off the Apple Watch at its boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. Various photos on Twitter and Instagram show the location displaying the Apple Watch prominently, with different variants of the device being placed in colored ovals.

(Image credit: papasoey via Instagram)
While it is not known as to what exactly will be shown off at Colette's event tomorrow, hints from the invitation flyer suggest that the Apple Watch will be the highlight. Colette has also been known to be very selective of what makes it into their flagship location, and it is likely that a collaboration with Apple is part of an initiative by the Cupertino...

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18:00
Reviews: ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist worn device that allows the tracking of the wearing through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does ......

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17:18
Apple posts OS X bash Update 1.0

Apple has released OS X bash Update 1.0 for Mac OS X Mavericks.

This update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell. For more information on the security content of this update, go tohttp://bit.ly/1vqWdf7 .

The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code.

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17:13
Apple files lawsuit against Steven Lamar for calling...

Earlier this year, Steven Lamar, one of the men behind the Beats line of headphones, brought a claim against Apple for cutting him out of the $3 billion deal to buy out the headphones maker. How the Hollywood Reporter says that Beats (and thus Apple) is suing Lamar for claiming that he co-founded the company.

The company says that by marketing his new line of headphones by promoting himself as a “co-founder” of Beats, Lamar is falsely using the Apple subsidiary’s name for false marketing. Furthermore, the company is claiming that various news reports referring to Lamar as a co-founder are misleading. Apple’s lawyers are demanding...

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17:00
iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

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17:00
iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

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17:00
iOS 8.0.2 probably not Apple's finest update

So, how did the update to iOS 8.0.2 that was released last Friday go for you? Apple support boards are getting pretty active with people complaining about the update that was "supposed to fix 8.0.1."

A lot of the issues seem to be centered around...

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17:00
Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

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17:00
Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

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16:58
3-In-1 Mobile Lens Kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6+...

We have a adel for you on a 3-in-1 Mobile Lens Kit that works with iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus. It works with many Android devices, too. The kit includes Fish-Eye, Wide Angle, and Macro lenses you attach to your device with an adapter. It retails for $69, but through our deal it's yours for $24.99.


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16:39
Apple reports all iCloud services down for some...

In an update to Apple's online systems status webpage, the company announced ongoing outages of all iCloud services, including account sign-ins, mail, storage and more.

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16:32
All iCloud Services Down for Some Users

Apple's iCloud appears to be down for some users, with many people reporting issues logging into iCloud.com and accessing iCloud content like Mail, Calendar, and Notes.

According to Apple's System Status Page, all iCloud services and features are entirely inaccessible for some users, with the outage starting just after 3 PM Pacific Time. The downtime comes just after Apple released an iOS 8.1 update to developers and following news of a significant iCloud Drive bug that causes documents to be deleted when "Reset All Settings" is used on an iOS 8 devices.

Apple has not provided a timeline for when access to iCloud services might be restored, but the issue appears to be affecting just a portion of iCloud users, as others are...

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16:32
Facebook Launches Atlas Ad Network to Sell You...

Facebook announced Atlas Solutions on Monday, an online advertising network that will allow Facebook to profit from your user data in places other than Facebook. With Atlas, Facebook will deliver targeted ads to third party sites and mobile apps, just like Google.


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16:16
Latest iOS 8 bug reportedly causes unwanted deletion...

Adding to Apple's iOS 8 launch troubles, a report on Monday claims the operating system's "Reset All Settings" feature for hardware wiping user preferences also deletes data stored in iCloud Drive.

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16:13
Weather Underground updated with iOS 8 widget...


The popular Weather Underground app has been updated with support for iOS 8’s widgets that sports a lot more data than most weather widgets will give you. The new at-a-glance view in the Notification Center provides a look at current radar images and current weather conditions.

You can grab the free Weather Underground app from the iOS App Store. For even more iOS 8 widgets, check out our recent round-ups of...

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16:13
Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' Unix...

Although nearly all Mac users are unaffected by the issue Apple has made good on its word to quickly fix a serious security flaw in bash, a Unix shell that comes as part of OS X. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, and today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). The flaw, known as "Shellshock," could potentially allow users who have set up advanced Unix services that interact with the web to be vulnerable to remote intrusion....



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16:01
PSA: Some Users Reporting Data Loss with iCloud ‘...

Some users are reporting data loss when using the "Reset All Settings" option in iCloud Drive in iOS 8. That feature is designed to reset preferences, and it expressly states, "No data or media will be deleted," but that's exactly what is happening.


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16:00
Apple patches “Shellshock” Bash bug in OS X 10.9, 10...

The patched Bash shell on a system running OS X 10.9.5.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple has just released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell that we first reported on last week. Bash, which is the default shell for many Unix and Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the Shellshock remote exploit bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users.

When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgraded the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2....

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16:00
This student's fake Apple ad is just as...

Apple advertisements have their own voice, a mixture of whimsy and technical flourish that makes each one compelling in its own way. Sometimes they're moving, often they're funny, but they're always visually striking. Because the visual elements...

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15:59
Consumer Reports puts iPhone 6 handsets through bend...

The Internet has exploded with images and videos of bent iPhone 6 Plus handsets as well as a viral video of someone deforming the handset with his bare hands. And, with that, Consumer Reports sprang into scientific action to perform actual tests that seem to indicate that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets may be tougher than currently rumored.

Per Consumer Reports, the publication used what’s called a “three-point flexural test,” in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, then force is applied at a third point on the top—you can see the testing for yourself in our video. The group applied and measured the force using a high-precision Instron compression test machine. Along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we tested the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One (M8), and for those wondering about their old iPhones, they tested the...

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15:41
Opinion: Why the iPhone 6 camera is only 8 megapixels

By Bob Snow

The iPhone 6 camera has the same 8 megapixel count as the 5s and this has spec-happy geeks bashing the phone. There are compelling reasons for going lower and I will try to lay them out.

Small sensors can suffer when they have a high pixel density. The sites that gather light become very small and they typically sacrifice low light performance. Low light performance gets traded off for higher resolution and even this becomes an issue with small sensors. No matter how high the resolution of the sensor, lens resolution comes into play much more when the sensor is small. If the sensor is small enough, the lens will not have nearly enough resolving power to take advantage of all the pixels. You need a bigger sensor for that. The image can only be as sharp as the light coming from the lens and that will most likely be the limiting factor. Think of a tiny sensor with a trillion pixels. Lens resolution will be the limiting factor.

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15:31
Apple issues first iOS 8.1, Apple TV and Xcode 6.1...

Following last week's two iOS 8 bug fixes, Apple on Monday seeded the first beta of the iOS 8.1 maintenance update to developers, potentially with assets to enable Apple Pay mobile payments service.

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15:30
Raise an army in Rise of Rome

Commanding armies, building a city, and employing strategies to complete a variety of quests are a big part of the action in Rise of Rome. On the quest to create a strong roman empire, players can upgrade their city for defense and upgrade their army...

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15:27
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a few days after the release of iOS 8.0.2, which fixed a bug introduced with iOS 8.0.1. The beta arrives as build number 12B401.

Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta and Xcode 6.1 beta 3.

iOS 8.1 likely includes several bug fixes for issues in iOS 8, and it also likely includes support for Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments service that is launching in October.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot Cube
Jawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness Advice
iOS 8...

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15:26
Apple’s bad month gets worse with iOS bug that could...

Apple is having a bad month. Sure, the company launched two new iPhones, introduced the world to their first wearable device, and debuted a brand-new NFC payment system, but for everything that went right something somewhere also seems to...

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15:23
First beta version iOS 8.1 hits Apple’s developer...

Apple has just released iOS 8.1 beta 1 on its developer center. The update has a build number of 12B401. As we reportedly earlier, the company is also working on iOS 8.2 and 8.3 for release in the future. The release is available for all iOS 8-compatible devices, including the Apple TV.

We’ll keep this article updated with any new changes discovered in the beta. The release notes are below.

Notes and Known Issues
The following issues relate to...

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15:23
MDC locking up. XSAN 3.1 OSX 10.9.4, MDC Mac Mini

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: MDCMavericksMac Mini

XSAN configuration went well. System appears to work well for about a week, then MDC1 will usually freeze up. It appears to fail over to MDC2, but XSAN admin and cvadmin still list MDC1 as hosting. This is usually discovered by clients losing access to volume. It requires a hard shutdown of MDC1 and sometimes MDC2 and reboot of storage to get back. The log files are usually lost in the Hard Boot. Once restarted, everything works ok again for about a week then freezes again.

Any thoughts?

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15:20
About OS X bash Update 1.0

This document describes the security content of OS X bash Update 1.0.

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15:14
Laurene Powell Jobs 28th Wealthiest American, 4th...

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is the 28th wealthiest person in America, and the 4th richest woman. According to Forbes magazine's newest wealth ranking, Mrs. Powell Jobs is worth some $16.6 billion, less than the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sheldon Adelson, and Sergey Brin, but more than roughly 313.9 million other people.


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15:11
Opinion: Flexibility Under Stress

By Bob Snow

The new iPhone 6 Plus appears to have a problem. There have been a number of reports of the Plus deforming under a relatively normal mode of use. The phone, when placed in a front pocket for a length of time and stressed, can bend and not return to its original flat form. This is not a problem that can be simply dismissed, nor is it the end of the world. Apple knows how to benefit from the emotion and hype in the lead up to such an important introduction. The downside is that any negative publicity about the product gets similarly amplified. Take a deep breath and let’s look at the ramifications.

Apple relies on profits from phone sales more than any other product line, and the Plus is a costly and very personal product from the perspective of the consumer. There is a lot riding on this, but it could be much worse. I don’t think the problem will effect the 4.7-inch phone,...

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15:00
Hands-on with the Tintag rechargeable item tracker

As part of our continuing coverage of the world of connected devices and of crowdsourced projects, I see a lot of item tracking devices. These are usually little Bluetooth tags that connect to something you want to keep track of - keys, backpacks,...

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14:46
Apple Releases OS X Bash Update to Fix '...

Apple today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks to fix a vulnerability in the bash UNIX shell.

The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code.

According to an Apple spokesperson, most OS X users were not at risk form the bash vulnerabilities, but the company promised to work quickly to provide an update.Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to...

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14:45
Apple Releases Shellshock Security Update for...

Apple released security updates for Bash in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Monday afternoon to address the Shellshock flaw that became big news last week. Bash is a command line shell for OS X's UNIX underpinnings, and Shellshock could potentially give attackers an exploit to gain access to servers and user's computers.


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14:36
Apple releases bash patch to plug 'Shellshock...

As promised, Apple on Monday issued OS X bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion, targeting the recently discovered "Shellshock" security flaw originating in the bash UNIX shell.

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14:32
Apple releases OS X bash update 1.0 addressing...

Apple has just released a new download for users on OS X Mavericks to address the recently-discovered “Shellshock” bug. Apple previously noted that that only a few Macs were actually impacted by the bug and that most users were protected by default. The company promised to release an update shortly to address those who had manually configured their computers in a way that left them exposed.

For users on older versions of OS X, the Mavericks fix will not work. To secure those systems, there are separate downloads...

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14:30
Share videos easily with RealPlayer Cloud

I'm old enough to remember when Real Video was the only game in town for streaming video. Once upon a time, everyone had some version of real on their computer. Then it went out of fashion or was overtaken by others, perhaps YouTube? I honestly do...

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14:26
Video shows two kids deliberately bending iPhones at...

A new video circulating on the Internet shows two kids -- identifying themselves as Kylie and Danny -- going into an Apple Store and trying to bend the iPhone 6 Plus. The pair succeed several times, causing the phones' metal frames to warp and pop out their displays. Thousands of dollars' worth of hardware is believed to have been damaged, but Kylie suggests that "it's Apple fault" for poor design....



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14:00
HP and Neat partner for home and small office...

HP has been manufacturing all-in-one printers with scanners for years, and Neat has made a name for itself with smart scanners and organization software. Today, the two companies have announced a partnership of sorts, with the new HP OfficeJet 8040...

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13:58
How to Use iOS 8’s Photos Extensions

iOS 8 Extensions open the door for iPhone and iPad apps to share data and features, and that creates new potential for Apple's own Photos app and image editing. Third party image editing apps can now share their filters with the Photos app, but you need to know how to enable them first - which is fairly easy to do.


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13:53
Meet Ello, the Social Network Where You Are Not The...

There's been a lot of curiosity surrounding Ello, a new social network. Want to know what it is, or how it's different from what you already have? Kelly walks you through it.


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13:30
iLands is a decent substitute sandbox game

iLands is a free game for iPhone and iPad that's available for iOS 4.3 or later. However, iLands Premium is available as an in-app purchase for (US $3.99.) If you're not wanting to drop $6.99 for Minecraft - Pocket Edition, then this is your game....

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13:27
Gird your wallet: Apple reportedly has a Retina iMac...

Apple clearly wants to bankrupt you, if rumors of a 27-inch Retina iMac scheduled to launch with OS X Yosemite this year are true.

iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks already have
super high-resolution Retina displays, but when Apple refreshed its iMac line in June, adding a new, cheaper model, it seemed like Retina on the desktop wasn’t
in the cards this year. According to 9to5Mac, we could see a Retina
iMac as soon as next month. But...

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13:25
4 Science Oriented Apps that Support iOS 8...

iOS 8 supports widgets in the Notification Center. Apps that are properly built will be visible there and support a subset of the app's full features, often for quick reference. Here are four science oriented apps that integrate with Notification Center.


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13:16
Bug in iOS 8's 'Reset All Settings'...

It appears that there may be a serious bug with the "Reset All Settings" option in iOS 8, causing users who activate the feature to lose all of their iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive. According to multiple posters on the MacRumors forums, using the "Reset All Settings" option under General --> Reset has caused documents to be permanently deleted from iCloud Drive.

Because iOS 8 was so sluggish on my iPad 3 I reset all settings (No data or media will be deleted) and sped it up BUT deleted my iWork data! Then promptly synced and deleted it in iCloud.I have public beta of Yosemite so can't roll back via time machine. I have no pre iOS 8 backups in iTunes or iCloud to revert to (well iCloud device backups don't contain cloud documents and I should have iOS 7 backups in iTunes but can't find any. iCloud has no trash like dropbox. They seem gone forever.The "Reset All Settings" option explicitly...

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13:00
RadarBox24 is like an aircraft radar station in your...

RadarBox24 (free) is a slick iOS app that displays a zoomable map showing airlines flights that are currently en route. Zoom in and you see representations of the planes moving along their routes. The aircraft location information comes from the...

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12:59
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29...

Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 3.2.1, Evernote 5.6, SpamSieve 2.9.16, Sandvox 2.9, PopChar X 6.7, and Typinator 6.2.

 

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12:59
ExtraBITS for 29 September 2014

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS links, we look at the viability of Mac OS 9 in 2014, why old security vulnerabilities just won’t die, and Apple’s iPhone stress-testing process.

 

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12:58
Tracking shows iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 already in...

Apple is already testing iOS 8.1, 8.2, and even 8.3, sources say. The information has also reportedly been verified through website analytics, showing visits by devices with the firmware. Hits from v8.1 devices are said to have registered before 8.0 launched on September 17, but 8.2 and 8.3 traffic only began escalating post-launch....



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12:47
First Look: SwitchEasy 0.35, LifePocket + Numbers...

Three new cases from SwitchEasy represent a fairly wide array of different protective options for the iPhone 6. First up is 0.35 ($15), a 0.35mm thick layer of soft plastic sold in five colors. It just barely qualifies as a case thanks to the top, side, and back coverage, providing anti-scratch coverage but probably no help in the event of a drop; the bottom and screen are left entirely open. Next is LifePocket ($40), a wallet case with a nylon exterior,…

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12:38
Apple Updates Bash for the Shellshock Vulnerability

Apple has released patches for the Bash vulnerability Shellshock, and although they’re not yet available in Software Update, you can download and install them manually for Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. In our testing, the patch seems to work.

 

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12:38
Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Nerval's Lobster writes Apple touts the Swift programming language as easy to use, thanks in large part to features such as Interface Builder, a visual designer provided in Xcode that allows a developer to visually design storyboards. In theory, this simplifies the process of designing both screens and the connections between screens, as it needs no code and offers an easy-to-read visual map of an app's navigation. But is Swift really so easy (or at least as easy as anything else in a developer's workflow)? This new walkthrough of Interface Builder (via Dice) shows that it's indeed simple to build an app with these custom tools... so long as the app itself is simple. Development novices who were hoping that Apple had created a way to build complex apps with a limited amount of actual coding might have to spend a bit more time learning the basics before embarking on the big project of their dreams.

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12:30
Accelerate your Office 365 adoption: Microsoft...

Jared Spataro is the general manager of Enterprise Social at Microsoft.

Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of the Office 365 Customer Success Center, a new website designed to help customers drive adoption and business value.  This new resource is targeted at what we call “Office 365 Champions” and I wanted to provide some additional context on why I think this is an exciting milestone for Office 365.

Getting the most out of Office 365

I love to hear how customers are using Office 365 to change the way they do business, but if you’ve worked with new technologies before, you know that a real success story takes more than just making the tools available. To really get the most out of an investment in a new technology, you have to help people understand what they can do with it.  And...

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12:30
Vanishh Pro fails to keep promise of self-...

Vanishh Pro is an email security tool that automatically deletes the email on the receiver's end after a predetermined amount of time passes from first opening it. This ensures that the email doesn't fall into the wrong hands or receivers don't save...

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12:00
Why the Apple Watch will never cannibalize iPhone...

Recently, some smart industry observers have discussed the idea that the Apple Watch will one day feature cellular connectivity and actually become so compelling as to cannibalize iPhone sales.

The always insightful Ben Thompson of Stratechery, in...

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11:57
Kindle & Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 6...




The list of updated apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is still somewhat small since developers only learned of the new iPhone display resolutions earlier this month. The Kindle iPhone app from Amazon is joining that short list today, though, with a new version optimized for the iPhone 6.

That means that like iBooks, text you read in Kindle’s iPhone app won’t be fuzzy or scaled up. If you prefer the zoomed up version, however, iPhone 6...

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11:50
You’re an asshole

In the wake of the uproar that followed last week’s purported iPhone 6 Plus pliability problem, some people have apparently taken it upon themselves to go into Apple Stores and bend iPhones. And while it pains us that this even needs to be said, guys, please: Breaking private property doesn’t prove anything. Except that you’re an asshole.

That sums it up for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:41
CloudFlare rolls out free SSL website encryption to...

CloudFlare is pushing its users toward security in a good way, as it is adding secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to all of its customer accounts starting today. Where the company says that only around two million sites supported encrypted connections yesterday, CloudFlare believes it will double that number by the end of the day. The SSL encryption is being adding to all accounts, even free users....



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11:41
Waze for Apple's iOS adds Waze Places...

Social navigation app Waze on Monday added a new Waze Places point-of-interest feature, extending its crowdsourced data model from traffic information to data on business and other popular destinations.

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11:30
Game developers praise iOS, not put off by multiple...

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple now has a trio of smartphone screen sizes available for the first time in its history, which means a bit more work for game developers. But in speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, many devs made it clear...

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11:04
iHealth’s nine iPhone-connected healthcare...


iHealth, maker of various iPhone connected healthcare accessories, today announced that its iOS apps are being updated with HealthKit integration. That means that the users of the company’s Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors, Blood Glucose Meters, Wireless Scale, and other health tracking accessories will be able to sync data with the new iOS 8 Health app.

As for what exactly you’ll be able to track in the Health app, the company...

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11:00
Gigaom's Kevin C. Tofel gushes over the iPhone 6

It's not surprising for those of us who write about nothing but Apple products to get excited over a new iPhone, but what about an online journalist who is equally at home in iOS and Android worlds, often buying both an iPhone and an Android phone...

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10:51
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-29

The bendy iPhone 6 thing is a big enough deal that even Consumer Reports is weighing in on the action. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about CR's findings and how much of an issue they think the bendable smartphone thing really is, plus they they share what they'd like to see linked into Apple's Health app.


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10:48
Colette, Apple to hold Apple Watch event on...

Apple and a Parisian fashion boutique, Colette, are planning a "one day only experience" on September 30th, according to the latter's website. The event will run from 11AM to 7PM at Colette's storefront on Rue Saint-Honoré. Although neither company has said so explicitly, it appears to involve the Apple Watch, since Apple has adopted a fashion angle to marketing the product and the logo for the event resembles the Watch's homescreen....



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10:30
Apple disables downgrades from iOS 8 to iOS 7

So, you've upgraded to iOS 8 and now you're having second thoughts? Well, I'm sorry to tell you, but you no longer have the option of downgrading your device back to iOS 7. This sad news comes to you from developer Steven Troughton-Smith (via...

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10:00
Rumor has 27-inch Retina iMac announcement in October

Apple is planning to unveil a 27-inch iMac with a 5120x2880 Retina display at its October press event, a new report claims, citing an anonymous source. The computer will allegedly make a switch from NVIDIA video cards to AMD, and offer a 4GHz Intel i7-4790K Haswell CPU as one configuration option. The 21.5-inch iMac isn't expected to make the jump to Retina graphics, at least not until Intel Broadwell processors launch, which is most likely in early 2015....



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10:00
Stupid kids try to bend iPhones at an Apple Store,...

Have you ever heard the saying "The criminal mind always sets its own traps"? A pair of hilariously stupid kids decided to film themselves walking into an Apple Store for the sole purpose of breaking iPhones. After spending a good amount of time...

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09:45
External Link: Using Mac OS 9 in 2014

Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica was challenged by his coworkers to use Mac OS 9 for a few days. Armed with a 2002 PowerBook G4, Cunningham set out to do his job with the now 12-year-old Mac OS 9.2.2… and found that he could get nothing done. However, he discovered that it was a nice setup for classic games that no longer run on modern Apple devices.

 

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09:45
References to iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 showing up in...

iOS 8 development continues apace.

Andrew Cunningham

iOS 8 has been in the hands of the public for about a week and a half, and the OS has already received a pair of minor updates. One fixed a handful of small issues in the initial release; another fixed the major bugs introduced in the first update. But we're already seeing evidence that Apple is working on some larger updates to the operating system, namely versions 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3.

9to5Mac first pointed out evidence of these new iOS versions this morning, found in its own analytics...

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09:42
iPhone Apps: OmniFocus, PDF Expert, Waze
09:22
iOS 8 Roundup: Apps updated for Health (running list)

 

Over the weekend Apple shared a short list of HealthKit apps that work with the new Health app on iOS 8 after a few apps hit the App Store on Friday with HealthKit support included. Several more iPhone apps using HealthKit to share data with Apple’s Health app on iOS 8 have become available and more are anticipated from some big names shortly. We’ll continue to update the list below over the next few weeks with iPhone apps and accessories with HealthKit and Health support to give you a comprehensive list of apps that can put your Health app to better use....

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09:20
Apple Testing Three Significant iOS 8 Updates...

Based on web traffic data, it appears Apple may be hastening its iOS updates as it prepares to launch several major products in the coming months. As noted by 9to5Mac, the Cupertino company is simultaneously testing three major iOS 8 iterations that may be released according to an expedited schedule.

Web server analytics indicate Apple is currently actively testing iOS 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3. The development is an unusual one, as Apple typically only publicly tests one of each iOS version (full, major update, minor update) at a time, releasing major updates months apart after the initial September rollout. An example is iOS 7, which debuted in September 2013 and was not updated to iOS 7.1 until March 2014.

Visits to MacRumors from devices running iOS 8.2 now numbering in the dozens per day
The most likely explanation for this change in pattern...

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Pebble smart watch $100,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Pebble Smart Watch for Apple and Android $100 (Reg. $150), Moto 360 Stone Leather: $250

Samsung 840 Pro 512GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive...

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09:05
Apple & Colette plan Fashion Week event in Paris...

An invitation that appeared Monday morning on the website of famous Parisian concept store Colette suggests that Apple may show off its new smart watch during Fashion Week in Paris at an event set to run between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

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09:04
Apple’s design team headed to Paris Fashion Week,...

Is that Jony Ive and Marc Newson at the top right?

Following a report earlier today that Apple and French fashion retailer Colette were teasing a one day in-store experience, there’s now more evidence the collaboration might be for Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch. It appears that Apple’s design team could also be headed to the event or at least to the same city, lending more weight to the idea that Apple Watch is about to get some stage time during Paris Fashion Week.

The images above and below were posted to Instagram by designer Mikael Silvanto, an Industrial Designer at Apple that’s been with the company...

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09:00
New version of Lync SDN interface now available

Today’s post was written by Jamie Stark, project manager on the Lync Team.

It’s been just a few months since were at TechEd talking about how Unified Communications (UC) can take advantage of Software Defined Networking (SDN). Since then the industry hasn’t stopped talking about the utility of UC SDN across different scenarios, from diagnosing where media issues happen in the network to automating Quality of Service (QoS).

In the meantime, we’ve been hard at work across three paths.  First, we have a growing list of partners working to integrate, test and qualify with the Lync Server SDN interface—most recently being Meru Networks and Extreme Networks.  These partners are...

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09:00
The pre-history of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue...

When it comes to Apple's retail stores, probably the most iconic is the one in the plaza of the GM Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The store's signature architectural feature -- a 32-foot glass cube emblazoned with a glowing Apple logo --...

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08:45
News: Report: iOS 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 in simultaneous...

Apple is currently working on iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 at the same time, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that such a move away from Apple’s normal development cycle might show that the company won’t tie annual major iOS releases to typical fall hardware releases. Otherwise, Apple may be accelerating its iOS point release development while keeping iOS 9 for release next fall. It’s possible that the upcoming releases of 8.1, 8.2,…

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08:42
Apple's iMessage Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit...

According to a new Korean report this morning, a South Korean venture firm by the name of Infozone has filed a complaint with the prosecution against Apple Inc.’s Seoul-based branch for patent infringement.

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08:33
Waze app now automatically remembers where you park

Waze, the maps and navigation app acquired by Google last year, today gets an update that introduces a few new features to help improve navigation through user feedback.

First up, the app will now automatically remember and save where you park when using it to navigate to your destination: ”Your parking location will be saved automatically. Plus, you’ll help Waze learn where to find parking & how much time to account.”

Other new features included in today’s version 3.9 update: the ability to “easily add or edit places, business or residential” as well options for...

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08:28
Apple pulls Launcher from App Store for 'misuse...

Apple has removed an app called Launcher from the App Store, citing "misuse" of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets, says developer Cromulent Labs. The app lets users create create shortcuts for various tasks, such as calling a specific person via phone or FaceTime, navigating to a location, or simply opening an app. These shortcuts then appear in a widget....



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08:24
Apple developing iOS 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3 in shift...

Starting with iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has released a major new iOS version each fall and a notable follow-up update early in the following year. For example, iOS 6 launched in September 2012 and was updated to iOS 6.1 in January, and iOS 7, which was launched in September 2013, was updated to iOS 7.1 with CarPlay and interface improvements in March 2014. But starting with the recently released iOS 8, it appears that Apple has a different development schedule for 2015 and perhaps beyond. According to sources, Apple is already hard at work on three major follow-up versions to iOS 8: iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3.

iOS 8.2 visits to 9to5Mac

We’ve confirmed that these major new versions are in development via two means. First, a developer of a major hardware-connected iOS...

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08:21
Apple Watch May Headline Fashion Boutique Colette...

Apple and Parisian fashion boutique Colette are preparing a "one day only experience" on September 30, reports French blog Macplus [Google Translate]. Showcased on Colette's website, the event will be held from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time at the retailer's gallery on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

Information on what will be shown during the one-day event has not been revealed, but hints from the invitation and Colette's own fashion focus suggest the Apple Watch will be the highlight. The pattern of dots on the promotional image appears very similar to the zoomed-out home screen of the Apple Watch, with each dot...

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08:12
UK carrier O2 launches direct carrier billing for...

As part of its Charge to Mobile carrier billing service, UK carrier O2 just let us know that it will now allow customers to purchase iTunes credit using the same method. That means customers of the carrier can now purchase iTunes codes charged directly to their wireless service bill that can be used to purchase apps, music and other iTunes and App Store content.

This alternative method of payment, known as Charge to Mobile, is growing rapidly, with over 100 merchants already using it in the UK through O2’s online and mobile channels. Charge to Mobile is a fast and seamless way for customers to pay for digital content and is fast establishing itself as a popular method of payment. To date over 10 million transactions have been made by O2 customers alone.

For...

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08:12
iOS 8 Rollbacks Shut Down, Apple Stops Signing iOS 7...

If you made the move to iOS 8 but now are suffering from upgrader remorse, you're out of luck because Apple has stopped signing iOS 7.1.2. In muggle speak that means Apple won't let you downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 any more.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you were on the fence about whether or not to keep iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad, Apple took care of that decision for you. At least Apple waited longer than usual before shutting down the option to roll back to iOS 7.1.2.


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08:11
Foxconn Aggressively Assisting Xiaomi in Smartphone...

In May of last year we reported that Hon Hai (Foxconn) had undergone its worst financial quarter since 2005. While Windows 8 turned out to being a disaster hurting PC orders at that time, Apple's shift to splitting orders between Foxconn and Pegatron was likely the...

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08:00
Circa News is updated and improved

We last took a look at Circa for iPhone (free) a couple of years ago. Since then this curated news app has added new features and gives you some personalization.

There are plenty of news apps out there. Circa's claim to fame is that news editors...

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07:55
First Look: Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Core, and...

Griffin has brought its expanded Survivor line — first seen for iPhone 5c — to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though a few of the names have changed again. The company's multi-layer Survivor case is now Survivor All-Terrain ($50-$60). The ultra-protective case houses an iPhone inside its polycarbonate shell, then surrounds it with a soft silicone outer layer. Screen and Touch ID protection is also built in, and the bottom ports and sleep/wake button…

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07:34
GoPro introduces Hero4 Black, Silver, entry-level...

GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera....



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07:29
Humana's Healthy Lifestyle Rewards Program Adds...

Last month, it was reported that Apple was in talks with health insurers about its HealthKit tools that officially launched to the public with iOS 8 earlier this month. The report suggested Apple may have been looking to partner with insurers on programs to reward users for maintaining healthy lifestyles and reaching fitness goals as tracked by HealthKit.

One of the insurers mentioned in the report was Humana, which today officially announced integration between its HumanaVitality rewards program and HealthKit. Under the program, members can receive wellness points redeemable for a variety of rewards including fitness equipment, electronics, and movie tickets.

Recent updates to...

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07:20
Microsoft Confirms Prime New York Location for...

In August we reported that Microsoft was eyeing a prime New York Location for a high-end retail store just blocks away from Apple's classic glass cube store on Fifth Avenue. Today Microsoft confirmed that their first Manhattan flagship store has been given the green light.

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07:07
Jawbone’s UP app adds HealthKit support, no longer...




Now that Apple has announced its entry into the fitness-tracking wearable space with the Apple Watch, Jawbone, the makers of the UP and UP24 activity trackers, has introduced a version of its...

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07:04
First Look: Griffin Identity, Reveal cases for...

Griffin's Identity ($30-$40) is a two-piece case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Identity differs in price based on colors and textures, and Identity Performance also protects the front of the phone. The standard plastic and rubber Identity case which we received provides back and side protection, including coverage of the iPhone's volume controls and sleep/wake button. Griffin claims the slim Identity case can protect against 4' drops, while its…

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07:02
Daily Deal: Get The Mammoth Xcode & Swift...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle for only $89—that’s 82% off. With over 65 hours of content, this bundle can take you from a total beginner to an iOS app developer. You’ll produce 20 App Store-ready apps for iOS 7 and 20 apps for iOS 8 as you progress through the lessons, learning app development skills as quickly as possible as you go along. This course covers all the bases,…

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07:00
How to Tap Into iOS 8's Best New Communication...


Apple's iOS 8 is a free upgrade for iPhone owners who have an iPhone 4s up to the new behemoth iPhone 6 Plus. On the surface, iOS 8 looks a lot like iOS 7, but when you begin tapping down into it, there are dozens of new features and tweaks. Most everyone can find a few new features they can put to work to make their iPhones better than ever. Some are handy, some have "finally" arrived, and some are just plain cool. Here's your guide to the most useful and welcome iOS 8 changes to messages, keyboard, contacts and email functionality.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: One million yeaaaaars dungeon

Rumored 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' May Include More Powerful A8X Processor (MacRumors)

Source: Taiwanese website

Chance it's true: 30 percent

The standard disclaimer for Taiwanese sources applies: their track record isn't great, so it's usually not...

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06:55
Apple rumored to launch 27" iMac with 5K Retina...

Apple's big-screen iMac will get a doubled-resolution Retina display with a forthcoming update expected to be unveiled at the company's anticipated October media event, a new report claims.

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06:44
Apple May Launch 27-Inch Retina iMac With AMD...

Following several recent reports on Apple's long-rumored ultra-thin 12-inch notebook, Jack March is now reporting that Apple is indeed working on a 27-inch "5K" Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. According to the report, which MacRumors has reason to believe is based on legitimate information, the machine could launch as soon as next month.A source familiar with Apple’s plans tells me that Apple is indeed planning to launch a Retina iMac at their next press event, however the 27″ Model will be the only model that gets this feature. The source says the new 27″ iMac will use a 5120 x 2880 panel as leaked in the OSX Yosemite code a few months ago. This resolution is double the current resolution of the 27″ iMac which is 2560×1440.This new 27-inch Retina iMac would continue to use Haswell processors, topping out at the 4.0 GHz Core i7-4790K, as Intel's next-...

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06:42
Retina iMacs with OS X Yosemite in late testing...

A new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to our sources who have used the future desktop computer. While the machine will sport a thin profile similar to that of the current design, which was introduced in 2012, it will be packed with new internals such as faster processors and improved WiFi antennas. The fact that the iMac is in late testing indicates that Apple could be preparing to launch it alongside OS X Yosemite this fall…

The Retina iMac will mark Apple’s first foray into Retina desktop computers. Apple first launched the Retina display with the iPhone 4 in 2010, expanded it to the iPad in early 2012, and brought the screen to the Mac with...

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06:29
Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more...

The flexible AMOLED display found in Apple's new smart watch is believed to be among the most-costly mobile device displays available, according to a new report, with the 1.5-inch units thought to cost more than half as much as the 4.7-inch LCD in the new iPhone 6.

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06:02
News: French fashion retailer Colette to hold in-...

Paris-based fashion retailer Colette is teasing a “one day only experience” with Apple, to be held September 30th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time. While no other details are available, it seems plausible that this may involve the recently-debuted Apple Watch, particularly since Apple has been working with the fashion industry to style and position the device as a fashion accessory. The invitation image clearly resembles the Apple Watch…

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06:01
iPhone 6 Plus not so Bendy After All, Says Consumer...

Just how bendable is the iPhone 6 Plus? Consumer Reports says not very, and that smartphones from Apple's competitors are actually easier to bend. The independent product testing company pitted both new iPhone 6 models against smartphones from Samsung LG, and HTC and found the competition flexed and deformed easier, which sits in contrast to online videos claiming to show an iPhone 6 Plus bending in someone's hands.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you really want to bend or break something, you can find a way to make that happen. Apple's new iPhones don't seem to be any easier to bend than competing smartphones, but it seems the media is always looking for something to latch onto.


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05:51
∞ Music video animation makes its way across...

[VIDEO] This is an incredibly creative video for the song Knock Knock, by Brunettes Shoot Blondes. I would love to know how they made this.

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05:50
xkcd has fun trying iOS 8 predictive text with...

My favorite iOS 8 feature is one of the simplest: the uncannily-accurate predictive text functionality, offering not just auto-complete of the current word but trying to predict the next one too.

xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe decided to have a bit of fun with the feature, typing in the openings of a number of famous movie quotes and seeing how iOS 8 would complete them. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not going to the gym today” is my favourite.

Unlike many of the entries at sites like damnyouautocorrect.com, which are simply made up, all of Munroe’s examples are genuine. The feature does learn from your own vocabulary and phrasing, however, so results may vary.

xkcd is well worth bookmarking by anyone who loves technology and science.

To see how to get the most from some of the features...

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05:48
Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

First time accepted submitter chasm22 writes EU Regulators are apparently set to accuse Apple and the Irish government of entering into several sweetheart deals that left Apple with lower taxes than what it legally owed. If the ruling is upheld, Apple could owe billions in back taxes. Interestingly, it seems that the Irish government would actually get the extra money and suffer little for its part in the scheme.

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05:31
∞ Tales of China’s iPhone 6 black market

Are the sales of smuggled iPhones in China a black market or a grey market? We dig into that and share some smuggling anecdotes.

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05:30
Badminton Player's Diary: more than a backyard...

Badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 and is extremely popular in most of Asia. Here in the United States the game is viewed as more of a recreational activity for a summer's afternoon in the backyard or at a picnic. However thousands of people...

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05:26
GoPro's new iPhone-connected Hero4 wearable...

GoPro on Monday announced its new 2014 lineup of wearable action cameras, including the flagship Hero4 Black, which is capable of recording not only 4K-resolution video at 30 frames per second, but also high-definition 1080p footage at 120 frames per second.

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05:04
BlackBerry: The Endgame

Jean-Louis Gassée on the coming teardown of BlackBerry’s corporate assets, as well as the mistakes that cost them the game.

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05:00
Apple and Oracle - Are We Suckers or What?


"There's a sucker born every minute." What's kind of funny about that famous quote is that there is no record of P.T. Barnum ever saying it, and there's a lot of evidence he was too smart to have done so. Whether Barnum made the observation or whether those words were uttered by any number of con men instead, the fact remains we are often excessively gullible. After watching members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology debate climate change last week, I'm not finding this at all endearing.

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05:00
GNOME Again, GNOME Again, Jiggety Jig


There's just never a dull moment here in the Linux blogosphere, and the last week or so has been a perfect illustration. Not only did the Shellshock bug hit the proverbial fan, but the ever-burning Systemd flames flared even brighter, thanks to the addition of some fresh fuel. What was that fuel, you may wonder? Oh, none other than the little tidbit of news from the Debian team that it's decided to make the GNOME desktop default again -- and that Systemd was at least part of the reason.

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04:53
Performance Probe for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

 Software and Computer System Company (http://www.scsc-online.com) has released Performance Probe 2.0 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the operating system tool that allows a user to monitor the current effective loading of their systems. Version 2.0 includes a new heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, and provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers.

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04:48
Apple and French fashion retailer Colette teasing...

On its website, French fashions retailer Colette is teasing a ‘one day only experience’, taking place at its stores on September 30th. The event runs from store open to 7 pm local time (via MacGeneration). Other details are unknown.

The invite image sort of resembles the Apple Watch home screen, so maybe this is some sort of special demonstration of the upcoming product. There is a possibility that Colette will sell the device in its store when the Watch is released ‘early next year’. Although this would make sense due to the connection with fashion, it would still be weird for the company to demo the product in public when it is still many months off release.

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04:44
Why Europe will likely say ‘meh’ to Apple Pay

Kirk McElhearn, writing for MacWorld, makes the case that though Apple Pay will certainly be a big deal in the US, it won’t have the same disruption potential in Europe.

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04:41
Mobile data sharing plans gaining popularity, but...

Mobile data sharing plans gaining popularity, but come at a higher cost
The aggressive deployment of LTE networks has encouraged higher data consumption, providing an opportunity for mobile operators to focus on introducing mobile plans with a higher data quota. According to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) data, countries that have a monthly data quota in the range of 8 to 10 GB have increased from 21% in 1Q 2014 to 83% of the total in 2Q 2014.

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04:35
Kool Tools: LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2

LaCie's (www.lacie.com) latest d2 features a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable to the fastest SSD on the market, which boosts speeds up to 1150 MB/s. It combines the latest interfaces and a Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disk, resulting in speeds of up to 220 MB/s.

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03:30
Meet the first crop of third-party keyboards for iOS...

iOS power-users, the Android-envy can stop now: Third-party keyboards have arrived. While the majority of iOS users likely find the default iOS keyboard works just fine, other alternative keyboards have cropped up that offer some capabilities that many may find useful. With the release of iOS 8, Apple has finally loosened the reins a bit and, among other features, now allows you to download alternate keyboards from the App Store. Installing and selecting one of these keyboards makes it appear in all your apps. 

After downloading a keyboard app from the App Store, you enable it by opening the Settings app, then going to General > Keyboards. Once you've added at least one alternate keyboard, a new key with a globe symbol appears on the bottom row of the keyboard. (If you had the Emoji keyboard enabled in earlier versions of iOS, this should look familiar already.) Tapping on the globe key selects the next keyboard in the list.

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03:08
Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review Part 2

This is the second part of our two part combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review. In Part 1, we took a look at the design and construction of the new iPhones, along with the new larger and much improved displays as well as the all-new front and rear iSight cameras. In each of these areas, Apple has continued to raise the bar with at least one or more significant improvements over the previous generation. In this second part of our review, we take a closer look at the performance of the new models, their connectivity options, Touch ID/Apple Pay, iOS 8 and weigh up which of the two new iPhones...



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00:02
European Commission seeking retroactive tax windfall...

The European Commission is expected to release a report this week alleging that Ireland provided illegal "state aid" to Apple when it set tax rates for the company in 1991 and 2007, part of a series of investigations it hopes to use to retroactively tax corporations operating from countries with tax incentives.

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Sunday September 28

22:16
The untold story of how the Apple store “Cube”...

New York Magazine:

Though it has been open for less than a decade, the Apple store under the glass cube at the base GM building is already one of the best-known and most successful retail sites in the world.

But few people realize that it exists because of a real estate developer who had just taken the biggest gamble of his life, and needed to solve a problem — and because he knew just how to play mind games with Steve Jobs.

I still remember meeting Steve Jobs in New York on Fifth Avenue in 1999 after a Macworld Expo. He and his lovely wife were just standing on the street looking across it and talking. I walked up and introduced myself and we chatted for a few minutes.

It wasn’t until years later I realized they had been standing opposite what would eventually become the Fifth Ave Cube and Jobs was scouting the

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21:26
OS X Server 3.2.1

Adds Profile Manager support for several new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite ($__ new, free update, 185 MB)

 

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21:09
Evernote 5.6

Adds more options for creating and editing notes, plus improves sync speed. ($__ new, free update, 55.9 MB)

 

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20:43
SpamSieve 2.9.16

Improves filtering accuracy and adds support for 10.9.5 Mavericks. ($30 new, free update, 13.3 MB)

 

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18:30
Hands On: Divinity: Original Sin (OS X, Win)

In an era when single player games are getting shorter, role-playing games (RPG) attempted to stick to their guns to give players deep worlds and meaningful stories. Developers have been allowed to create stories at all tiers, from big name developers like Electronic Arts, down to independent studios looking for funding on Kickstarter. One such developer that took to crowdfunding was Larian Studios, seeking to fund the next entry in the Divinity franchise, Divinity: Original Sin. But does Larian's prequel to Divine Divinity create a rich, enjoyable world for new and old players, or would it be...



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17:35
European Commision to accuse Ireland of giving...

It looks like this week’s Apple “xxx-gate” is a big one with the Financial Times reporting that the European Commision is about to come down hard on Apple for its long held tax avoidance strategies in Ireland.

Typically the EU has used its state aid powers to address broader competition issues. But in the past year Brussels has attempted to target the tax affairs of companies such as Apple, Starbucks and Amazon. It is a novel application of the law with far-reaching implications, not just for the companies, or EU countries, but for EU-US relations in general.

This week the European Commission will publish the first findings in the Apple case. The details – including evidence from bygone tax negotiations – are likely to be explosive.

The US is no...

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16:30
ProCamera 8: A solid app with new features and...

One of the nice things iOS 8 brought to camera apps is the ability to manually adjust your photos before you shoot them, meaning that photographers get the kind of control normally associated with a DSLR. Things like ISO, shutter speed and exposure...

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15:30
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Slices of Apple episode 7: Real...

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14:57
EU to report findings on Apple, Ireland tax details...

A report from the European Union on tax deals between Apple and Ireland could be coming as soon as tomorrow. The European Commission will allegedly be offering findings from a formal investigation -- first launched in June -- suggesting that Apple benefited from illegal state aid from the Irish government....



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14:30
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Hive73 Mac Pro Deck: A great way to organize your...

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13:57
External Link: How Apple Tests Software

With the botched iOS 8.0.1 update, questions are being asked about how Apple tests its software before release. An internal Bug Review Board ranks different known bugs in order of importance, which also determines how quickly they are addressed. One challenge for Apple is internal divisions that cause engineers to not be able to test software on unreleased hardware and cause departments to sign off on updates that could break features not under their purview.

 

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13:52
External Link: Why Security Vulnerabilities Aren’t...

Old security vulnerabilities never seem to go away. Our own Glenn Fleishman, writing for Boing Boing, explores the reasons why, which boil down to companies not deactivating old software and there being no money in maintaining it.

 

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13:30
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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13:29
FunBITS: Epic Zen Garden Shows off Your New iPhone

While it’s more of a technology demo than a game, Epic Zen Garden is a great way to show off a new iPhone.

 

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12:56
China to begin iPhone 6 sales on October 10, reports...

While it is currently possible to legally buy an iPhone 6 in some parts of the regional "Greater China" area (such as Hong Kong or Taiwan) the country of China itself -- which manufactures and assembles the new iPhones - ironically does not yet offer them for sale, due to a cumbersome regulatory process. This may finally be changing, as various reports out of the region indicated that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally debut in China on Friday, October 10....



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12:55
AT&T doubles data caps on shared data plans...

The never ending race for data cap superiority continues, AT&T has announced a limited-time offer that increases the data for its Mobile Share Value plans. Beginning today, AT&T is doubling the data included in the plans starting at the 15GB level. Where a 30GB plan was previously $225 a month, AT&T is now offering it for $130 until October 31....



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12:50
Apple removes Launcher app from App Store for ‘...


An iOS 8 app that allowed users to create custom shortcuts and access them from a Notification Center widget has been removed from the App Store by Apple for what it calls “misuse of widgets,” the developers said in a notice posted on the app’s website.

The app, called Launcher, worked by letting users enter a URL or select an application to be launched when a shortcut was tapped. The shortcuts would then be displayed in Notification Center, allowing quick access to a variety of tasks such as starting a phone or FaceTime call, creating a new text message, email, or iMessage, opening an application, or more.

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12:28
AT&T now offering double data on 15 GB and...

Today AT&T launched a new limited-time offer to new and existing subscribers featuring double data on Mobile Share Value plans 15 GB and up. The offer is good through October 31st, at which point the data buckets will revert to their regular sizes. Subscribers who sign up for the a new line on these plans before October 31st will be able to keep their double data for as long as they want it, even after the offer has expired.

At the new prices, a 30 GB shared data bucket will cost $130 per month, where the same amount of data would normally run for $225, coming out to a total savings of $95 per moth. While the usual offers...

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12:00
My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and...

Welcome to 1999, friends! Everyone, buy Apple stock, trust me.

Andrew Cunningham

jonathan: perhaps AndrewC should have to use OS 9 for a day or two ;)

LeeH: omg

LeeH: that's actually a great idea

The above is a lightly edited conversation between Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin in the Ars staff IRC channel on July 22. Using Mac OS 9 did not initially seem like such a "great idea" to me, however.

I'm not one for misplaced nostalgia; I have fond memories of installing MS-DOS 6.2.2 on some old hand-me-down PC with a 20MB hard drive at the tender age of 11 or 12, but that doesn't mean I'm interested in trying to do it again. I roll with whatever new software companies push out, even if it requires small changes to my workflow. In the long run it's just easier to do that than it is to declare you won't ever upgrade again because someone changed something in a way you didn...

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12:00
iOS 8 How-to: Customize and disable the contacts...

Multitasking dramatically got redesigned with iOS 7. With iOS 8, Multitasking added a shortcut to the people who are most important to you. In this how to, I will discuss customizing the people that appear at the top, using multitasking to contact your important people, as well as disabling it.

By default, the app switcher is designed to display pictures of your contacts in your address book. Chances are most users do not have pictures assigned to their contacts. As you can tell, I am guilty of this.

To add the photos to...

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11:37
Yahoo trims away more fat, three services shutting...

In the last two years, Yahoo has made a large number of changes to its core business, acquiring more than 40 companies to bolster various division of the company or open new areas of business. However, the company also ended more than 60 products in order to refine its vision since coming under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer. To that effect, Yahoo states three other products are coming to the end of their lives, as Yahoo Education, Directory and Qwiki will be closing down before 2015....



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10:33
Going big: a review of Apple's new 4.7"...

With its latest 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models, Apple is for the first time launching two new smartphone form factors simultaneously, broadening the usual upgrade cycle choices beyond storage capacity and color. It also makes deciding that much more difficult.

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09:11
After Consumer Reports flex test, new iPhones “not...

The iPhone 6 Plus has already become scarce.

Megan Geuss

After reports began to surface that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are far more bendable than their predecessors, Consumer Reports promised last week that it would put the new handsets to the test to settle the issue once and for all.

As of Friday evening, the results are in: "Our tests show that both iPhones seem tougher than the Internet fracas implies."

How exactly did the venerable magazine come to that conclusion? Using an Instron compression test machine, the researchers applied a "three-point flexural test... in which the phone is supported at two...

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09:10
Review: Intrepid’s Journeyman – an impressive...

Indiana Jones meets bike messenger meets business briefcase is how I’d describe Intrepid’s $369 Journeyman messenger bag. My carrying case of choice over the past 3 months has been this hybrid satchel/briefcase that you carry like a messenger bag comfortably on your back with a big strap holding it up firmly but comfortably across your chest.

Inside the thick Saddle Leather enclosure held tight by two belt straps is a Herringbone-lined interior fit for the businessperson. It features a padded enclosure for both a 13-inch laptop (MacBook Air in my case) as well as a 10-inch tablet (iPad Air in my case) as well as stow-away pockets for phones, cameras, notebooks, pens/pencils etc. There’s even a hidden slot for a passport (shhh).

Going from “Bike Messenger mode” into business meeting, you swing the pack around to your front where you can unload the contents onto a desk or use the leather handle strap above to go full corporate...

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09:07
MGG 521: Crash Reports (and Hovercrafts) are Full of...

Dave's got both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, so he and John discuss that, but then it moves quickly on to your questions. Topics include: iOS 8 Family Sharing, syncing photos without PhotoStream, granting read-only access to files on your Mac, how to interpret crash reports, a discussion on Shellshock and more! Download today and enjoy!


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08:35
Apple seemingly preparing for China iPhone 6 launch...


A supposed screenshot of a notice (via TechWeb) sent to Apple retail employees suggests that Apple is readying a China iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) launch for October 10th. As stated on the Chinese site (translated):

It is important that the person broke new iPhone prototype store shelves will be put on Oct. 7, and should be officially on sale in October 10. A few days ago the Ministry of Industry Minister Miao Wei once said in an interview, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has entered the final stage of the audit, which means the phones will soon be landing in mainland China.

This is shortly after China’s national week-long...

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: More iPhone case goodness

More iPhone case goodness

There’s no end to the veritable deluge of cases for Apple’s newest handsets—and that means a second weekly helping of protective accessories for your favorite smartphone.

Ballistic

The Tough Jacket Maxx (iPhone 6; $50) is designed to protect the most vulnerable parts of your handset.

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07:00
Here's a GIF of the iPhone's evolution...

When you gaze upon the iPhone 6 the machine that lays in front of you barely resembles its great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, the 2G. That difference becomes readily apparent when you see this GIF showcasing the iPhone's evolution over the...

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06:04
iOS 8 setting lays out battery usage by app

How to track your iOS 8 battery usage, app-by-app.

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Saturday September 27

12:42
iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps Hit the App Store

Now that iOS 8.0.2 is out with support for the Health app enabled, third-party developers are starting to roll out their apps with HealthKit support. The list isn't very long yet, but it is growing so we expect to see more apps showing up soon.


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Friday September 26

16:32
Racing Game ‘GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac’...

Feral Interactive announced Friday the release of GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac. This is a racing game allows you to get behind the wheel of more than 70 "high-performance rides" in a series of "nerve-jangling events." The graphics are intense and amazingly realistic-if you like racing games, this is certainly one of the best on the Mac. GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac is out now, and it's priced at US$44.99 on the Mac App Store. It's also available on Steam.


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15:26
iRig Pads, a Portable MIDI Groove Controller for iOS...

IK Multimedia launched iRig Pads, a portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It also works with your Mac and Windows PC. This is the kind of device you can use for activating loops, playing and creating beats, and any other kind of MIDI action. It features 16 velocity-sensitive backlit rubber pads, two assignable push buttons, two edit push buttons, a MIDI programmable slider, two MIDI programmable knobs, and a MIDI programmable pushbutton rotary encoder. It also supports both 30-pin and Lightning connectors, meaning it's compatible with iPhones back to iPhone 4, iPads back to the original iPad, both iPad mini models, and iPod touch back to 3rd gen. Oh, and it has a port for a expression pedal. It's priced at US$149.99 and is available now.

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13:48
Last Chance for The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $...

There's two days left on the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a collection of service subscriptions that include access to design templates, testing, graphics, Web hosting, and design. There are details on the apps and services on the deal listing. Combined they would add up to $943 retail, making the $39.99 deal price a huge bargain.


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13:40
Grading Apple’s Snafus: Which Ones Are Major, Which...

By some standards, Apple has had a rough two weeks. The media has pointed to these problems for several classic reasons: attention and money. But how bad is it really? Which problems are real and which ones will blow over? John Martellaro does his grading.


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13:30
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up 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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13:24
News: Apps of the Week: OmniFocus 2 for iPad,...

New Apps OmniFocus 2 for iPad ($40)—A long-awaited iPad refresh of the popular power-user productivity app. While OmniGroup came out with an updated, iOS 7-ified version of OmniFocus 2 for iPhone last year, the already more feature-rich iPad app lagged a bit, retaining its iOS 6 style UI, but remaining compatible with the OmniFocus suite of products. The new update features a meticulously revamped UI similar to that found in the iPhone and Mac…

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12:11
Mac: TransGaming Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance

Konami’s Metal Gear games are widely admired for their consistently incredible graphics and genre-defining stealth action gameplay—neither of which have officially appeared on the Mac for years. So TransGaming’s release of Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance ($30) is noteworthy for its very existence as a Mac game: originally a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title, this side story stars the increasingly popular cyborg ninja Raiden, whose…

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11:49
News: Report: iOS 8 anti-tracking features more...

A new report in the Washington Post reveals that new features in iOS 8 intended to limit tracking of iPhones may be more limited than users might expect. According to Apple’s Privacy Page, iOS 8 will protect user’s privacy by “randomizing your device’s MAC address when the device is passively scanning for Wi-Fi networks,” thereby preventing persistent tracking of a device based on the normally-fixed hardware addresses…

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10:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-26

Apple's efforts to protect the data on our iPhones isn't sitting well with the FBI. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on digital privacy and government access to our personal information, plus Dave shares his experience setting up iOS 8's Family Sharing.


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10:18
News: Video Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

Our video review of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gives viewers a look at some of the ground covered in our comprehensive site review of both devices. We hope this gives consumers even more background and information on the new iPhones as you see them up close and in action. Please read our full review for many more details....

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09:23
Daily Deal: Get LithiumCard, The Wallet Sized...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering LithiumCard, a wallet-sized battery pack for your iPhone, for only $39.99—that’s 27% off the normal price. Available in both Lightning and Micro-USB versions, the LithiumCard is the thinnest HyperCharger around at only the thickness of five credit cards. It has 1200mAh of capacity and generates up to 2A of power to charge your device fast, at up to 1% battery life per minute, and has an attractive…

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08:06
Bent iPhone 6 Plus? There’s a Replacement for That

If you're among the massive horde nine people suffering from a bent iPhone 6, Apple will replaces it for you - assuming it hasn't been intentionally twisted out of shape, of course. You'll have to make a trip to your Apple Store's Genius Bar for a visual inspection, and if your 6 Plus is deemed worthy of replacement, you'll head back out the store with a flat iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Of course Apple is replacing bent iPhones. That's the right thing, and the smart thing, to do.


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07:47
News: Report: Same manager in charge of iOS 8.0.1...

Apple’s quickly-pulled iOS 8.0.1 update was overseen by the same manager in charge of catching problems with Apple Maps before that program was released, according to Bloomberg. The report claims mid-level manager Josh Williams oversees quality assurance for iOS, and Williams was also in charge of quality control for Apple’s much-maligned Maps release in 2012. A source said Williams was removed from the Maps team “after the software…

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07:10
880K Creditcards Stolen in TripAdvisor’s Viator Data...

Tripadvisor's Viator service said credit card information for some 880,000 of its users has been compromised in a data breach where customer data for 1.4 million subscribers was taken. Unauthorized charges have been showing up on some subscriber's cards, and Tripadvisor is currently saying it isn't sure how the attackers gained access to the user data.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how many online database breaches are happening, maybe companies need to work on finding a better way to manage our creditcards. Alternately, users can turn to apps like 1Password that auto-fill creditcard information so it's stored locally instead of on a remote -- and potentially hackable -- server.


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06:26
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Success Now in Developers Hands

Dave Hamilton has had his iPhone 6 Plus for less than a day, but is liking it so far. He quickly found, however, that this is a new device category for Apple, and not just a larger (or smaller?) version of that which came before it. The size is not the issue. Dave's issue issue is with the apps.


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05:45
iOS 8: Using (and Disabling!) the New Spotlight...

The search feature has been revamped under iOS 8, and we really like the changes! In this comprehensive Quick Tip, we'll discuss how to invoke Spotlight to find items on your device, what stuff you can now search for, and how to turn off the new "Spotlight Suggestions" if you don't like them.


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Thursday September 25

21:00
Apple Gives Away ‘John Paul George Ringo’ EP

Apple offered iTunes customers another album for free Thursday night, though the company hadnled it a tad differently from the Great Apple-U2 Tyranny of 2014. It's a 4-song EP called 4: John Paul George Ringo, with one song from each Beatles member's solo career. For you younguns, The Beatles are a band even older than U2. The EP contains "Love," by John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, "Call Me Back Again," by Wings (Paul McCartney's band), "Let It Down," by George Harrison, and "Walk With You," by Ringo Starr. It's free for a limited time, but you'll have to go and download it from iTunes yourself.


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19:33
News: Apple releases iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 tonight, just one day after releasing and pulling iOS 8.0.1, which was immediately received with complaints of cellular and Touch ID issues from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2 resolves those problems, and also allows HealthKit apps to be available on the App Store, among other fixes....

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17:34
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Fixes iOS 8.0.1 and...

Apple released iOS 8.0.2 Thursday evening. The update fixes an issue with iOS 8.0.1 that kept many users from making phone calls. It also fixes a HealthKit but, "so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store."


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17:20
Steve Ballmer Plans to Take iPads Away from Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows he messed up mobile while at Microsoft, according to Reuters, but he won't let that get in the way of taking the better mobile device away from his new basketball team. In a profile on Mr. Ballmer and the L.A. Clippers, Mr. Ballmer said that the team's iPads are out, but not until the off season.


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