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Wednesday October 15

08:23
Transmit for iOS 8 Provides File Transfer Everywhere

The file-transfer app Transmit enables apps in iOS 8 to transfer files to and from FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV servers, along with Amazon S3. For those who work with Internet file servers regularly, Transmit iOS is a game-changer.

 

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08:15
HBO to begin offering standalone streaming...

Cord cutters will finally be able to get content from premium cable network HBO without an accompanying cable subscription beginning next year, according to a statement made by the network's chief executive at Time Warner's annual investors conference.

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08:12
Daily Deal: Get Active Wrap Headphones for only $24

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Active Wrap Headphones for only $24—that’s over 50% off the normal price. These Bluetooth headphones free you from ugly wires and knots with a comfortable, lightweight design that allows you to run, jump and workout with no obstructions or annoying snags. The built-in Lithium-ion battery provides eight hours of non-stop use and the headphones include built-in noise-cancelling technology to…

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08:00
Liveblog: Apple’s new iPads, Yosemite, and more,...

Apple

Gather 'round, friends—it's time for another Apple media event. Tomorrow the company will take the wraps off its next wave of new products, one that's expected to include new iPads and Macs as well as news about the public release of OS X Yosemite.

Last month's unveiling of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch was held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, a larger space that Apple uses mostly for announcements that it considers capital-I-Important. The October event is being held in its small town hall auditorium on its campus at 1 Infinite Loop. The size of the venue doesn't necessarily correspond to the size of the announcements, but we're expecting mild generational bumps rather...

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08:00
YouTube Find: History of Apple's brand in under...

FastCompany's BrandEvolution series takes a look some the most popular brands in world and how they have changed over the years. A recent episode explores Apple, showcasing the company's advertising campaigns starting with the original Apple I and...

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07:51
Sleep Cycle alarm updated w/ iPhone 6/Plus support...



Sleep Cycle has updated its smart alarm app for iPhone to take advantage of the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus using an adaptive layout to show more content at once.

The updated version of Sleep Cycle also takes advantage of HealthKit for iOS 8 users as the app can now share sleep tracking information with Apple’s Health app. Sleep Cycle says to begin sleep tracking for at least one night before activating sharing between the smart alarm clock and Apple’s Health app.

Sleep Cycle allows iPhone users to capture sleep...

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07:48
Japan Display Forecasts a Major Loss, Fingers Point...

Japan Display, a maker of mobile-device screens, has forecast a surprise annual loss due to delayed shipments to Apple and reduced sales to Sony. Apple's business is about a third of Japan Displays business. Allegedly Japan Display couldn’t ...

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07:43
Apple Reportedly Rolling Out New '3D-Like...

Apple may be enhancing the iconic look of its Apple logo on upcoming products, claims Digitimes in a report sourced from Taiwan-based supply chain insiders. While the site has a sketchy history with Apple rumors, it does sometimes offer accurate information and this is a rather specific and unique claim that could mark an interesting visual change for Apple's future products.

According to these anonymous sources, Apple has been developing new cutting and etching technology that will give the Apple logo a "3D-like" appearance. Apple is also planning to upgrade the technologies used for printing its logo onto devices and will use laser cutting and unique embedded technologies to make the logo 3D-like and shine at the edges. All Apple's products will feature the new logo in 2015, starting with the next-generation iMac, the sources detailed.Apple is actually expected to introduce the new iMac, which is...

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07:42
TSMC pegged to deliver A8X processors for 12.9-inch...

Taiwanese supplier TSMC has secured orders to produce a processor for an "upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015," according to Digitimes sources. The chip is said to be "tentatively" codenamed the A8X, and be based on the same 20nm manufacturing process as the A8. TSMC is said to be producing A8 chips for the iPhone 6, and even a variety of related chips, including Dialog power management ICs, Qualcomm baseband chips, Synaptics LCD driver ICs, InvenSense gyroscropes, and Apple's own fingerprint sensors....



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07:29
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.5 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2011 helps you create professional documents and presentations. And since Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere.

Work well with others. Be on the same page with Office for Mac and Office for Windows, including new features in Office 2010. Whether you're looking to share files or work together online, now you can do it with complete confidence, knowing that Office for Mac is most compatible with Office for Windows. With Office being used on more than 1 billion Macs and PCs worldwide, you can work with practically anyone you want, how you want, wherever you want-with no worries.

Save time with software you already know. Learning new software can be time-consuming. Office for Mac 2011 contains the familiar commands, formats, and interfaces you already know, so you can start working right away. It's never been easier to switch...

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07:22
Morgan Stanley adds AAPL to Best Ideas list for...

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty has added AAPL to its Best Ideas list of investments, saying that increased margins from iPhone 6 sales see the stock “set for significant upside.”

While Credit Suisse had earlier suggested that margins on the iPhone 6 would be lower than that of the iPhone 5s and 5c, Huberty says that numerous sources are suggesting that more people this time are opting for the middle storage tier, thus pushing up both average selling price and margins … 

Both Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley agree that the iPhone 6 Plus offers significantly higher...

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07:20
Apple's iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Event Fees...

Apple's September iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event marked the first time the company held an event at the Flint Center on the campus of De Anza College since the introduction of the original iMac in 1998, and The Wall Street Journal reports the latest event resulted in Apple paying the college over $1 million for the privilege, including costs for campus disruption and security.

According to the records, the cost included a “disruption fee” to the college of $500,000, rental fees for campus buildings and around-the-clock security involving more than 35 officers from three departments. [...]

The agreement was dated Aug. 14, almost a month before its event, but it refers to a confidentiality agreement signed in June by the district and Apple.

The agreement specifies that confidentiality is a “key element,” in order to achieve the “surprise and...

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07:09
Ireland to phase out ‘Double Irish’ tax break

This will impact a lot of companies, Google being a bit of a poster child here. note that the elimination of the “double Irish” provision will not, by itself, change the tax rates negotiated by companies like Apple. That’s a separate issue.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:04
Skype iPhone app updated with optimized UI for...

Skype today announced the release of Skype 5.6 for iPhone to finally bring an optimized experience for the new larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays. Skype has taken advantage of the increased screen real estate by displaying more chats and messages when viewing conversations on the new iPhones:

Today we’re releasing Skype 5.6 for iPhone, which brings optimized, scaled UI to the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ screen sizes. On an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+, Skype 5.6 displays more of your recent chats and shows more messages in conversation view, helping you to communicate with your friends...

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07:00
Sapphire production problems at GTAT may have...

The more news that comes to light regarding Apple's sapphire manufacturing deal with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the more it starts to look like the partnership barely got off of the ground.

According to a new report published in the Wall...

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06:59
What a week with the Moto 360 taught me about the...

Mike Wehner of TUAW took the Moto 360 for a spin. The upshot, Apple has a huge opportunity to do something that no other company can.

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06:46
News: U2’s Bono apologizes for automatic iTunes...

A recent U2 interview posted on Facebook saw the band members taking questions from fans, and one of the questions concerned the automatic free download of U2's Songs of Innocence album to iTunes playlists: "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples [sic] playlists ever again? It's really rude." The album was accessible for free to 500 million iTunes customers; early estimates claimed 33 million users…

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06:41
Google warns of 'Poodle' SSL 3.0...

Another Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) vulnerability has been discovered by Google, just six months after HeartBleed was first unveiled. Padding Oracle on Downloaded Legacy Encryption ("Poodle") is an issue affecting SSL 3.0, though researchers claim the issue this time is less severe than HeartBleed, despite potentially affecting nearly all browsers and a large number of servers....



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06:30
SnapDare is Snapchat and "truth or dare"...

SnapDare is a social networking app modeled after the classic sleepover party 'Truth or Dare'. It requires iOS7 or later, is optimized by iPhone5 and compatible with the iPod touch and iPad. The app asks you to create a username and password and...

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06:27
∞ U2 responds to pushback about their massive iTunes...

[VIDEO] U2 put together a video responding to fan questions. One fan brought up the album that was automatically added to everyone’s library, wanted or not:

Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples playlists ever again? It’s really rude.

Bono sighed, then said:

Oops, um, I’m sorry about that…This beautiful idea. Might’ve gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania. Touch of generosity. Dash of self promotion. And deep fear that these songs, that we’ve poured our lives into the last few years, mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we, us, we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.

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06:18
Power APP releases App Store Icon Resizer for Mac OS...

Power App AG (http://www.powerapp.ch) has announced App Store Icon Resizer 1.0, its new developer tool for Mac OS X. With a single action, it takes care of creating all sizes of app icons that are needed for every app in Apple's App Store.

App Store Icon Resizer prompts the user with a window, where the basic icon with a resolution of 1024x1024 pixels can be dragged in. After choosing the devices that the icon is meant to be used for, all necessary sizes can be exported to a user defined folder.

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06:15
Digitimes still thinks the Retina MacBook Air is...

Digitimes still seems to think the long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is going to be announced tomorrow, claiming that shipments have already begun.

Shipments of a new MacBook Air model, reportedly equipped with a 12-inch Retina screen, have begun in small volumes and large-volume shipments will begin in November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

The claim seems highly unlikely given that just two days ago Re/code cited Apple sources as specifically stating that, while the product was in the pipeline, it would not be shown at tomorrow’s event … ...

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06:13
Changes to Irish tax law a 'minor issue'...

Though Ireland is set to close its tax loopholes in January of next year, the changes won't be applied to Apple and others until 2020, resulting in a "relatively neutral" outcome for AAPL shareholders, investment firm Barclays said this week.

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06:05
GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple...

GT Advanced Technologies COO Daniel Squiller sold off US$1.2 million in company stock in May and put a plan in place to sell an additional $750,000 over the following months leading up to the company's October bankruptcy filing. The timing of the sales came after GTAT failed to meet milestone points in its sapphire glass production for Apple, and could raise some eyebrows because company CEO Tom Gutierrez was selling off his stock, too, including 9,000 shares the day before the iPhone 6 was introduced.

The Mac Observer Spin: Coincidence or not, Mr. Squiller's stock sale could be seen as a problem because he was very much in a position to know that GTAT's deal with Apple was going south.


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06:00
Drafts 4 brings a new hope to a favorite iOS utility

Drafts lives in my dock on both my iPad and iPhone. Any time I start to write anything on my iOS device, I start writing it in Drafts, because I know that I can leave it, switch to another app, or several other apps, and when I come back to Drafts,...

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05:32
Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and animation...

Maya is an award-winning software and powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface), or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.

Version 2015 (Service Pack 4):

Note: This service pack is a full product install. Uninstall your existing Maya 2015 software before installing this service pack.

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05:30
Combine Colors: Add the colors and mix the numbers

Combining number bubbles of the same color to add up to higher numbers to keep the screen from being filled with bubbles is the objective in Combine Colors (free with in app purchases). The gameplay is very similar to Threes! or 2048 with the concept...

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05:24
As promised, Angry Birds Transformers hits USA and...

Rovios latest game in the Angry Birds series, Angry Birds Transformers, has rolled out worldwide today after its earlier soft-launch last month in New Zealand, Finland, Canada and Australia.

Angry Birds and Transformers collide in this action-packed, 3D shoot ‘em up adventure! The EggSpark has transformed the eggs into crazed robots who are destroying Piggy Island, but who can stop them?! Autobirds, roll out! 

Gamers have been waiting for quite some as the Transformers mash-up game was first announced ...

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05:02
Apple Products may Sport a new 3D-Like Logo in 2015

A Taiwan supply chain report this morning notes that shipments of Apple's new MacBook Air model with a 12-inch Retina screen have begun shipping in small volumes with large-volume shipments to begin in November. Whether this will translate into the MacBook Air being in Apple Stores for the holidays is unknown ...

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05:00
New iPads? Retina iMac? What to expect at Apple’s...

When it rains, it pours—Apple introduced no truly new products for the first eight months of 2014, but tomorrow we'll be attending its second media event in as many months. In September we got two new iPhones, a new version of iOS, and a preview of the Apple Watch, but all of those products represent just a sliver of Apple's complete hardware lineup. For tomorrow's event, Apple will reportedly be turning its attention to its tablets and computers. Here's all of the most credible information about what we'll be seeing.

New iPads


Look for the iPad Air to get some (mostly internal) tweaks. Andrew Cunningham

iPad sales have ...

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05:00
Spam Still Packs a Punch


The days of in-boxes flooded with spam messages on an assortment of sordid subjects are a faint memory to most email users, but what spam has lost in volume it's gained in power. More than two-thirds of some 200 IT decision makers in companies with five to 1,000 employees said a spam incident in the last year had severely disrupted their business operations -- or halted them entirely -- in a survey GFI Software released last week. Those incidents can disrupt business in a number of ways, said GFI General Manager Sergio Galindo.

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04:58
Battery/charging solutions will be needed for 8...

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) says that the installed base of mobile devices (smartphones, basic mobile phones, wearables, tablets, and notebooks) will reach 8 billion by 2019, providing a huge installed base for rechargeable batteries and charging solutions.

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04:57
KeyCue is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 7.3, an update to the cheat sheet for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite.

With KeyCue, whenever the command key is kept pressed for a while, the software displays a table with all keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application, systemwide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKeys.

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04:41
Elmedia Player for Mac OS X gets tweaked user...

Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) has released Elmedia Player 5.0, an update of its media player for the Mac. It sports a revamped user interface and eliminates the need to install plug-ins to playback videos.

Elemda Player can play all most popular Flash and video formats and allows downloading online videos and their external resources directly to the hard drive.

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04:41
Apple to join Facebook in paying for female...

NBC is reporting that Apple will offer female employees up to $20,000 to cover the costs of freezing their eggs if they want to defer having children until later in their career, following the example of Facebook which recently introduced the same employee benefit.

Fertility specialists advise that women who want to freeze eggs in order to have children later in life should freeze at least 20 eggs, which will typically take two rounds of treatment at a cost of $10,000 each. The $20k fertility benefit offered by both Apple and Facebook should cover this – though there can be storage costs on top amounting to several hundred dollars per month.

The move is likely to be a controversial one, seen by some as a means of supporting women who want to advance their career to a senior level before taking time off for children, and making a tech career more appealing...

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04:32
Pegatron's Subsidiary Sales Surge as iPad...

News out of Taiwan today notes that Casetek Holdings, a chassis making subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has announced revenues of US$108.22 million for September 2014, up 21.25% on month and 16.48% on year. The revenue growth was mainly due to shipments for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad ...

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04:16
Opinion: Four reasons why iPhone 6 is the best...

Making the decision to buy a smartphone needs to take into account more factors than simply the hardware specifications of the device. While this might be a starting point, there is a lot more to the contemporary smartphone experience than the device itself. There needs to be an overall balance between the hardware, software, services and overall system integration - and on each of these counts, Apple and its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continues to lead the competition....



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04:14
TSMC to Produce Apple's 8AX Processor for new...

Apple's iPhone processor partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015. If Apple's marketing is to be consistent, then the new ...

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04:06
Kool Tools: Hexoskin biometric smart shirt

Hexoskin — a biometric smart shirt that provides users insights about their physical training, sleep and daily activities — is now available in the U.S. Hailing from Canada, this smart shirt is designed for athletes and exercise enthusiasts.

It can record more than 3,000 data points per minute and provide accurate scientific-grade body metrics. Essentially a wearable precision lab, Hexoskin presents its users with the power of tracking lab-quality metrics.

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04:00
Getting in tune: 6 apps for tuning your guitar

If you play guitar or another string instrument, one of the thankless tasks you do before you play—and in between songs—is getting your instrument in tune. There are several ways you can do this: You can have another instrument—preferably one that doesn't go out of tune—play a note, and then tune your other strings to that one. You can use a tuning fork for one string, and tune the rest of your strings to that. Or you can buy an electronic tuner that you clip on your guitar.

But if you have an iPhone or iPad, why not use an app? There are lots of apps that can help you tune your guitar, or other instruments; here are five of them. 

Guitar Toolkit

Besides the tuner, Guitar Toolkit comes with a metronome, chords, and scales. 

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03:47
Divvy 1.4 - Create custom workspaces, dividing your...

Divvy is an entirely new way of managing your workspace. It allows you to quickly and efficiently "divvy up" your screen into exact portions.

With Divvy, it is as simple as calling up the interface, clicking and dragging. When you let go, your window will be resized and moved to the relative position on the screen. If that seems like too much work, you can go ahead and create as many different shortcuts as you'd like that resize and move your windows in exactly the same way.

Divvy is designed to be quick, simple and elegant. We want it to stay out of your way as much as possible while providing the most powerful window management available today.

Take a look at the screencast!



Version 1.4:

  • Improved compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Updated icons.
  • Improved how Esc key behaves when in the settings.
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03:44
8 reasons why Lightroom should be your go-to photo...

Even though Photoshop is so incredibly popular its name is a verb, it’s not for the faint at heart. Now that Adobe offers both Photoshop and Lightroom (plus other nifty goodies) for $10/month via its Creative Cloud Photography Program, a dirty little secret is creeping out of the image editing bag: it’s easier to edit images in Lightroom than in Photoshop. Brace yourself and consider the following major advantages.

Powerful database with nondestructive editing

Unlike Photoshop, Lightroom doesn’t edit your original images. Instead, it creates a catalog (database) of the images you tell it about through the import process. The images aren’t squirreled away into some mysterious package file either, like in iPhoto. They live wherever you want them to on your hard drive.

To...

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03:38
What we’re watching for at Apple’s Oct. 16 event

Update: This story was updated Wednesday afternoon with information about Apple's new iPads, which were confirmed in iTunes screenshots the company posted.

Apple just released new phones, a new version of iOS, and teased its new watch and payment system, but the company isn’t done yet. Apple has a few more
surprises in store at a media event on Thursday in Cupertino.

Well, at least we hope there will be a few surprises. A steady stream of leaks indicate that we’ll see new iPads—as is expected from Apple at this time of
year—as well as a new Mac, but maybe Apple’s teasing invitation tagline (“it’s been way too long”) was a knowing joke about its slate of new releases.

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03:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: A camera for your...

A camera for your camera phone

This week's roundup includes the new QX line of camera lenses from Sony, which uses your iPhone as a viewfinder to take DSLR-quality photos.

Designed by M

The $50 Trilogy Dock and Stand for iPhone 6 can itself be used in the landscape or portrait mode, making it easier to view movies and TV shows on the new phone’s much-bigger screen. It also has a built-in amplifier, making sure you can hear the fun as well as you see it.

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00:55
TSMC Reportedly In Charge of A8X Chip Production for...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has landed the contract to produce Apple's A8X chip that will be featured in the company's forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad, according to Digitimes. The report notes that the processors will be intended for "Apple's next-generation iPad to be released in early 2015," and lines up with a report earlier year from Taiwan's TechNews which shared similar details.

Apple's A8X chip as seen on a supposed logic board for the iPad Air 2
Sources close to the production of the A8X also state that the chip is being manufactured with the same 20-nanometer process used for the A8 chip that is found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, the report also notes that the A8X's bigger system-on-a-chip may create...

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00:37
Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

kthreadd writes: 15 years after the release of CUPS 1.0, Apple has now released version 2.0 of the printing system for GNU/Linux and other Unix-style operating systems. One of the major new features in 2.0 is that the test program for ippserver now passes the IPP Everywhere self-certification tests. Also, they've made an interesting blog post looking at the past and future of printing. Since the first major release in 1999, printing has become much more personal. Printer drivers are going away, and mobile usage is now the norm."

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Tuesday October 14

23:00
Hands On: BetterSnapTool (OS X)

Users of Windows and OS X environments generally subscribe to being on divisive teams, but if you catch people on their own terms in a quiet, safe place, you may very well hear their want of a feature or two from the "other side". BetterSnapTool offers OS X users a desktop function akin to Window 7's Aero Snap feature: one can manage their window positions and sizes with mouse gestures, "snapping" them into preset segments. One glance at the comment section for this app on the App Store shows that some Mac users had been salivating for this ability, and for $2, they now rejoice in having it....



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22:58
Apple asks court to seal objections in GT Advanced...

This Wednesday, the court handling the bankruptcy proceeding for GT Advanced Technology will hear arguments from Apple that its objections to GT's bankruptcy filing should be sealed so as to protect sensitive information, including product plans, research finds and business dealings. The request could bring the iPhone maker into another dispute with the US Department of Justice, which is acting as the US trustee in the case, and the state of New Hampshire -- both of whom want the filings to be public....

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22:37
Apple to debut 27" Retina iMac at Oct. 16 event...

At its special media event on Thursday, Apple is expected to release a highly-anticipated 27-inch iMac with Retina quality display that will ship before the end of 2014, as well as a next-generation iPad Air that could see limited initial supply, says one well-informed analyst.

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22:17
MacJournal 6.1.3 - Create, maintain, and blog a...

MacJournal is the world's most popular journaling software for the Mac. MacJournal 6 adds a calendar mode that show entries from any journal, geolocation, word count, and progress tracking, as well as additional blogging support. A Timeline mode has been added to give the journaler the ability to see their writing activity in chronological order. MacJournal 6 even introduces a feature for creating books from journals specially formatted for publishing. Add any kind of content, not just text. Drag PDFs, QuickTime movies, images, audio, and more. Record audio and video, even publish to a blog account on Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Posterous, and Tumblr. Dropbox support added as well.

We've made it easy for you.

We've created and designed MacJournal, the world's most popular journaling application for the Mac, so that you can start writing and express yourself the moment you launch it. Easily create a journal - for your dreams,...

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21:22
Initial iPad Air 2 Supplies May Be Limited, 27-Inch...

Just about a day before Apple's October 16 media event, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report, saying that he expects supplies of iPad Air 2s to be constrained. His report also suggests that the 27-inch Retina Display iMac to begin shipments before the end of the year and reiterates that the new iPad Minis won't be a significant upgrade.

Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 of 7- 9mn units, lower than the 12mn units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013. We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don’t expect the event to boost supply chain shares much.Kuo goes on to once again suggest that a significant update to the iPad...

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21:21
Firefox 33.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox for Mac offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience.

Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 33.0:

  • OpenH264 support (sandboxed)
  • Improved search experience through the location bar
  • Slimmer and faster JavaScript strings
  • Search suggestions on the Firefox Start (about:home) and new tab (about:...

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20:55
Apple asks court to let it privately object to...

On Tuesday, Apple's lawyers filed a motion asking the court to let it secretly object [PDF] to the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceedings of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), a company that had partnered with Apple to manufacture sapphire components like camera lenses and TouchID buttons. Apple told the court that it had numerous confidentiality agreements with GTAT, and that it needed its objection to be sealed to protect those agreements.

“Apple seeks to file under seal the Objection in order to protect the confidential commercial information contained therein and to comply with the terms of its confidentiality agreements with GTAT,” Apple's lawyers wrote.

The company only vaguely hinted at what it would take issue with in GTAT's bankruptcy filing. “The...

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20:48
KGI: 27″ Retina iMac ready to roll, 21″ next year,...

KGI has published a new research note indicating that the 27″ model of the new “Retina” iMac will begin shipping before the end of this year. However, according to the note, a 21-inch version which is currently in development will not be released until the beginning of 2015, probably alongside other products “early 2015″ like the Apple Watch and...

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19:44
U2 frontman Bono apologizes for auto downloads of...

While many users were happy to get a free album from iTunes, the recent promotion of U2's Songs of Innocence LP done through Apple -- where every iTunes user had a copy added to their past purchases list -- rubbed some listeners the wrong way. Bono, the lead singer for the group, has issued an apology for what he characterized as an overzealous move that resulted from a combination of "a drop of megalomania" and "deep fear" that the songs wouldn't be widely heard....



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19:25
Briefly: Belkin Qode keyboards, Stonelight Pictures...

Belkin announced two new keyboard cases today under the banner of its Qode tablet series. The Bluetooth keyboard covers offer "improved keyboard layouts" with the same number of keys as a laptop, with the Ultimate Pro Keyboard offering additional features over the Slim Style Keyboard. The Qode Ultimate Pro features an aluminum construction, a backlit keyboard, adjustable portrait and landscape modes with different view angles, up to a year of continuous battery life, a detachable case that doubles as a smart cover, and auto-sensing automatic on/off technology. Belkin's Slim Style Keyboard is a...



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19:03
"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US...

An anonymous reader writes: The Irish Finance Minister announced on Tuesday that Ireland will no longer allow companies to register in Ireland unless the companies are also tax resident. This will effectively close off the corporate tax evasion scheme known as the "Double Irish" used by the likes of Google, Apple, and Facebook to route their earnings through their Irish holdings in order to garner an effective tax rate of, as in Google FY2013, 0.16%. Ireland's new policy will take effect in 2015 for new companies. "For existing companies, there will be provision for a transition period until the end of 2020."

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18:59
Fitbit Charge, Charge HR appear in leaked marketing...

Fitbit is close to releasing two new models of fitness trackers, with one including a new function, a report suggests. Marketing materials for two wrist-based devices called the Fitbit Charge and the Charge HR has surfaced, and while one seems to be a remodeling of a previous device, the other appears to add the ability for the wearer to monitor their heart rate....



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18:14
The Day That Macworld Died

If you go to the official Macworld Expo site, you’ll notice that the conference has, like the Blues Brothers before the movie, been disbanded. MacIT lives on, but Macworld Expo does not, for now. Shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, given the fact that the Macworld magazine has gone through some substantial changes as well, recently. But it is a surprise nonetheless.

I have many great memories from Macworld, including striking up friendships with young gurus named Bartosh, Dreyer, Regan, Wisenbaker, Rennich, Welch and many, many others back when Apple was an afterthought. Special thanks to Paul, Kathy and many others for their massive contributions towards making the Apple community what it is today. Much respect. Dedication:

And Macworld, hopefully I’ll be dedicating this one to you in 2016 when you get the band back together!

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17:45
Apogee Emsemble

The all new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box. Ensemble includes 8 Advanced Stepped Gain™ mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O. Blending acclaimed innovations, groundbreaking new features and an effortless user interface, Ensemble empowers you to capture inspiration when creative lightning strikes.

What a great looking interface. This thing is a beast.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:44
Employee class in anti-poaching suit doubles-back on...

In a strange turn of events, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing many of Silicon Valley's top tech companies of suppressing wages by engaging in a "gentlemen's agreement" not to poach employees from each other have now said that Judge Lucy Koh, who is hearing the case, should formally reject a previously agreed-to settlement offer. Following Judge Koh's initial rejection of the $324.5 million settlement -- signed off on by the plaintiffs and the companies involved -- the plaintiffs have now agreed with the judge that the sum is a bit too low....



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17:37
Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 patch with...

Microsoft has released Office for Mac 2011 version 14.4.5, which includes critical bug fixes and security improvements. You can download the free 113 MB patch from Microsoft’s website. The change notes from Microsoft are below:

This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.

The update is recomended for all users of Office 2011, which is the most recently version of the productivity suite for OS X systems.

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17:36
∞ Foo Fighters do “War Pigs”

Much respect.

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17:04
Bono Calls Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway ‘Beautiful Idea...

Responding to a fan's question about U2 working with Apple to give away Songs of Innocence to iTunes account holders, frontman Bono said, "I'm sorry about that." The comment came from a Facebook-hosted question and answer session for fans.


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16:56
Apple asks court to seal objections against GT...

Apple on Tuesday entered a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire requesting to seal objections made in regard to partner sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies' Chapter 11 protection filing.

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16:35
‘Oops, sorry about that:’ Bono responds to ‘Songs of...

iTunes customers who didn’t watch Apple’s iPhone keynote last month were a bit surprised to discover that they suddenly owned a copy of U2’s new albumSongs of Innocence,” even though they’d never bought it. The band had partnered with Apple to add the album to every single iTunes account for free in what they called the largest album debut ever.

iTunes users were less than thrilled at the arrangement, noting that the album was being automatically downloaded to their devices in many cases and there was no...

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16:27
August Smart Lock Gets Key Exposure in Apple Stores


The August Smart Lock will become available for purchase at Apple retail stores in the United States starting this week, the company announced on Tuesday. Priced at $249.99, the smart device uses Bluetooth and a mobile app to create a virtual key. It has been shipping since late August in limited quantities to those who ordered it online, but it currently is backordered, with delivery expected in 90 days. International distribution is planned for the near future.

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16:06
U2 frontman Bono apologizes for foisting 'Songs...

During a Facebook interview posted to the Web on Tuesday, U2's Bono apologized for Apple's handling of the "Songs of Innocence" LP giveaway, which caused automatic downloads for many users after the company linked the album to all iTunes accounts.

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16:00
WorldRelay Tuner lets you create your own micro-...

WorldRelay Tuner (free) is a fascinating variation on the many radio tuner apps available. This app gives you audio and video streams, lets you save favorites, and watch or listen to what you want. It also includes live streaming cameras from a...

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15:35
U2's Bono Apologizes for Automatic 'Songs...

In a Facebook interview where U2 band members answered questions asked by their fans, U2 frontman Bono apologized to iTunes users that were upset after the band's new album "Songs of Innocence" was automatically downloaded on their devices without their consent.

In the apology, Bono says that the group "got carried away" with themselves and were worried that songs they had spent two years working on "might not be heard."

Oops. Um. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.

Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.

There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.U2's newest album, "...

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15:30
Type less, search more, with More or Less

More or Less is an app that is designed for the iPhone and iPad ad optimized for iPhone 5. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is a Google powered search optimization tool that allows a user to customize a search by indicating that top search links are...

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15:20
Forums: Who is the target audience for the Apple...

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one long-time member made some interesting points about the most likely clientele for the premium editions of the Apple Watch that could be priced above $500, stating that a watch is really the only piece of "jewelry" a man can pull off with style, so some of the higher-end models would likely be very appealing to watch aficionados. More suggestions for the best free iOS 8 keyboards have been coming in one thread started late last week....



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15:16
Ireland to close 'Double Irish' tax...

As expected, Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan on Tuesday announced a planned end to tax breaks fostering the so-called "Double Irish" accounting scheme, which has been used by multinational corporations like Apple to save billions of dollars.

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15:15
Apple deals: Retina MacBook Pros starting at $1,019

Right now at Apple's online store, find bargain prices on refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $180, and is now down to $1,019. A discount of $210 drops the cost of the 13.3-inch Retina MBP with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage down to $1,189....



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15:04
DealNN: NeatDesk, iMacs and storage

Today only at BestBuy.com, take advantage of a 50 percent price break on the refurbished NeatDesk sheetfed scanner which has been slashed from $400 down to $200. That's nearly $170 less than buying it anywhere else. Free delivery is available, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This scanner can be used to scan receipts and documents at a resolution of up to 600dpi with 48-bit depth, and it holds up to 1.5 million documents. It is compatible with Windows XP or Vista, and is backed by a six-month warranty on parts and labor from NeatDesk....



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15:00
Avid Watch sports smartwatch launches on Kickstarter...

Fitness wearables are the hot thing now, with a surprising number of new entrants rushing into the world where only Fitbit used to tread. Today, Vancouver-based AvidSport launched a Kickstarter campaign to get a new sports smartwatch called Avid...

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14:51
Pre-Order Exclusive: The Limited Edition Black Hawk...

We have ane exclusive preorder deal for you today for the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone with an SD Camera for $69 (there's a deal for one with an HD camera for $89, too). This is an aggressive looking drone quadricopter drone that retailed for $149. It comes with a remote, a USB cable for charging, and the SD camera. It has a fkight time of ten minutes between charges. Check out the deal page for more info. This is a pre-order price-it will ship "on or before" November 24th, 2014.


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14:48
Why Dr. Mac Think Apple’s Customer Service is...

People are always asking me where they should buy a Mac and my answer is almost always the same: The Apple Store. And when they ask, "Why?" as they always do, I tell them a joke. . .


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14:37
A New Smart Home Door Lock is Available for iDevice...

As Apple's developers begin to use HomeKit to create smart home products controlled by your iPhone, we'll have a lot of choices to consider. One such product is the August smart lock.

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14:29
Plaintiffs in Silicon Valley anti-poaching case ask...

Tech workers in a case accusing Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel of entering anti-poaching agreements asked a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday to reject the companies' settlement offer, which was previously denied by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh.

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14:00
Alpine Headphones tout "immersive"...

Alpine has long been one of the big names associated with car audio systems, but the company has never really made a splash with connected personal audio until today. The company just launched Alpine Headphones that are available in Apple Stores...

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13:52
GTAT's COO Sold Stock at Initial Signs of Plant...

It's Really Starting to Stink: An executive from bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies who oversaw its troubled sapphire production facility set up a plan to sell part of his shareholdings after the company failed to meet Apple’s technical milestones on time.

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13:50
The Mac Web Will Be a Poorer Place without Macworld/...

The Mac community lost a good friend this week, as IDG World Expo announced that Macworld/iWorld was going on "hiatus." If you're the type of person who follows Apple on the Internet, you've lost a friend, too.


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13:37
iPad mini Roundup Updated

Apple's Thursday, October 16 event may see the debut of a new Retina iPad mini. While rumors about the new mini have been overshadowed by the iPad Air, it is expected to see a processor upgrade and the addition of Touch ID.

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13:36
Apple to pay female employees up to $20,000 for new...

Female employees working at Apple will soon be offered a fertility benefit of up to $20,000 to put toward freezing their eggs, which advocates say gives women the freedom to seek career advancement without worrying about future family plans.

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13:35
Review: Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. From the lack of feedback to the change in configurations, there are several obstacles that can get in the way of adapting to a new format. However, physical keyboards are available on the market to help people retain some of the familiar feel, without having to carry around a laptop. Adesso offers a Bluetooth keyboard for fit this need with the Compagno X. But is the keyboard helpful to users, or will it drive them to using the screen-based alternatives? Find out...



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13:30
Discover new adventures with Adidas Outdoor Magazine

If your idea of an outdoor adventure is riding your bike through the park, or taking a long leisurely walk then Adidas Outdoor Magazine app is not for you. This free iPad only app appears in your Newsstand and presents you with real adventures in...

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13:21
Macworld Expo’s Hiatus Leaves a Gap ... and Creates...

Dave Hamilton has been attending Macworld Expo for decades, both as an attendee and then as part of his professional life. He's sad that Macworld Expo is gone, sure, but he's not surprised. In fact, he sees this as an opportunity opening itself up to our market.


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13:10
Macworld/iWorld expo going 'on hiatus,'...

The Macworld/iWorld expo is being put "on hiatus," and will not take place in 2015, according to organizer IDG World Expo. The 2014 event was held in March. IDG hasn't offered an explanation for the decision, nor has it suggested how, when, or even if the expo will return. It does say that MacIT, its Apple-themed enterprise event, will still take place next year and have details announced "in the coming weeks."...



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13:10
Seidio DILEX Pro Case for iPhone 6: Solid Protection...

Seidio's DILEX Pro case is an integrated two piece case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. One of its features is built-in metal kickstand. It can be purchased alone or bundled with a very nice plastic clip-in belt holster. Notable is the soft texture back and a great grip and feel.


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13:01
GT Advanced COO sold $1.2M in shares before...

Apple is seeking to keep its involvement in GT Advanced’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing secret as it reportedly asked courts to file its objections in the case under seal. Bloomberg reports that Apple has requested permission to keep its comments in the case secret to avoid disclosing “confidential research, development, or commercial information regarding Apple’s business processes.”

Despite previous reports that GT Advanced was requesting courts disclose more information about its relationship with Apple, Bloomberg reports today that the...

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13:00
A German man has built a "working" iPhone...

Convincing someone to watch a 13-minute video in a language they don't speak is normally a hard sell, but we urge our non German-speaking readers to give this a spin regardless. A German man has built a charming "working" iPhone in the game Minecraft...

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12:59
Another GT Advanced executive sold $2M in stock...

Scrutiny over beleaguered Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies continues to grow, with a new report highlighting that another high ranking official at the company sold nearly $2 million in stock after signs of trouble at its sapphire plant began to arise.

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12:51
9to5Toys Last Call: UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $...

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:

UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

JBL OnBeat Lightning iPhone 5/5s/5c or 6/6 Plus speaker dock (refurb): $15 shipped...

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12:46
First Look: Hex Icon Wallet and Solo Wallet for...

Hex has brought two wallet cases — Icon Wallet ($50) and Solo Wallet ($40) — to the iPhone 6. Icon Wallet is a genuine leather folio-style case. It includes three card slots and a cash pocket on the inner flap. A plastic shell within the folio holds the iPhone and provides minimal coverage, and an elastic strap wraps around the case to keep it shut. Solo Wallet is a genuine leather shell case, with two card slots on the back. The case leaves the…

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12:43
The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

An anonymous reader writes: Milen Dzhumerov, a software developer for OS X and iOS, has posted a concise breakdown of the problems with the Mac App Store. He says the lack of support for trial software and upgrades drives developers away by preventing them from making a living. Forced sandboxing kills many applications before they get started, and the review system isn't helpful to anyone. Dzhumerov says all of these factors, and Apple's unwillingness to address them, are leading to the slow but steady erosion of quality software in the Mac App Store. "The relationship between consumers and developers is symbiotic, one cannot exist without the other. If the Mac App Store is a hostile environment for developers, we are going to end up in a situation where, either software will not be supported anymore or even worse, won't be made at all. And the result is the same the other way around – if there are no consumers, businesses would go bankrupt and no software will be made. The Mac App...

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12:31
Article: Mind The Gap: What’s iPad’s Role In An...

Heading into Apple’s iPad and Mac event this Thursday, there’s no question that demand for their smaller brother — the iPhone — is surging. A record of 10 million iPhones sold in the opening weekend is reportedly on the cusp of being trumped by an additional 20 million pre-orders for China alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand has so outstripped supply that Apple postponed a brand new iPad’s…

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12:13
GT Advanced Saw Production Troubles as Early as...

GT Advanced Technologies, Apple's sapphire partner, may have been seeing production problems and missing technical milestones as early as February, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal that examines GT's securities filings.

It's widely known that Apple did not provide GT Advanced with a fourth and final $139 million loan payment aimed at giving the sapphire supplier a means to purchase vital equipment, but Apple also delivered its third payment to the company two months after it was expected.

GT was set to receive a $103 million payment in February of 2014, but did not receive the payment until April 2014, two months later, as it had failed to meet Apple's requirements on time.The third payment, of $103 million, was due in February...

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12:00
American, Chinese consumers more enthusiastic about...

A survey conducted by German market research firm GfK seems to indicate that the ability to use a smartwatch like the Apple Watch for electronic payment receives a more enthusiastic response in the US and China than in European countries.

The survey...

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11:55
∞ Macworld Expo goes on hiatus

Very sad news today for the Mac community:

“We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

I remember back in 1994 as one of the original members of MacCentral that one of our main goals was to attend a Macworld Expo. I grew up in my profession writing about all the great products released at the expos over the years. This is a sad day.

Since 1985, Macworld events have brought together a community to celebrate the incredible innovations that Apple has brought into the world, shining a spotlight on the developers who add value to the user’s experience in infinite ways. As Apple products and the related ecosystem have changed, so has the...

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11:30
New iPads may ship October 24th, source indicates

Apple is already shipping "mass quantities" of a new product to the US, apparently with the aim an October 24th launch, a source says. The product in question is unspecified, but given the timing it's anticipated to be the second-generation iPad Air, third-gen iPad mini, or both. Apple has an iPad-centric press event scheduled for this Thursday, and typically likes to ship new iOS devices a little over a week after their introduction....



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11:30
What a week with the Moto 360 taught me about the...

I love Apple gadgets, but I also love pretty much any type of new technology regardless of the brand. That's why a package arrived at my door last Monday from Motorola with a shiny new Moto 360 inside. Yep, the same Moto 360 that I tore apart after...

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11:28
Macworld Expo Mothballed after 30 Years

After a 30-year run, IDG World Expo has put Macworld Expo on hiatus, and while that doesn’t sound entirely final, we don’t expect it to return. Adam shares some thoughts about what caused IDG’s decision, and what we can expect to take Macworld Expo’s place.

 

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11:25
IDG puts Macworld/iWorld on hold, Not taking place...

IDG has released a statement that it's putting its annual Macworld/iWorld expo on hold.

The statement reads: "We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

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11:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

TinyScan Pro - PDF...

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10:52
You Are Apple’s Greatest Security Challenge

As the recent celebrity photo thefts showed, Apple now faces the cloud-security challenges that few other companies — even international banks — have had to address so far.

 

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10:49
IDG cancels Macworld/iWorld 2015 conference, says...

On the heels of last month's cancelation of Macworld's print magazine, IDG announced on Tuesday that the long running 2015 Macworld/iWorld conference, formerly known as the Macworld Expo, has also been canceled, marking the end of an era.

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10:45
Siri to gain some Apple Pay functionality, sources...

Siri will have at least some commands related to Apple Pay, according to sources "close to Apple" cited by Bank Innovation. The site says that it has confirmed this to an extent itself; on an iPhone 6 with iOS 8.0.2, telling Siri to "open my Bank of America credit card" will open up Passbook, rather than a Bank of America app. Doing so also prompts users to enter their passcode or Touch ID....



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10:43
Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.


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10:40
Macworld/iWorld Goes on Hiatus, No 2015 Event Planned

IDG today announced plans to put its annual Macworld/iWorld Expo on hiatus, which means the San Francisco event planned for 2015 will no longer take place. Macworld/iWorld, held annually, has long been one of the major Mac-based trade shows, dating back to 1985.

Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015 and the show is going on hiatus. The show saw a remarkable 30 year run that changed the technology industry, provided an important forum for Apple developers to bring new companies and products to market, delivered world class professional development to Apple product enthusiasts, and fostered the development of one of the most dynamic professional communities in the tech marketplace.Though the shuttering of Macworld/iWorld comes as a surprise, the expo's popularity has been on the decline in recent years. Prior to 2009, Apple attended the event and used it to unveil new products, drawing thousands of attendees, but the...

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10:33
KeyCue 7.3 - Displays all menu shortcut commands. (...

KeyCue lets you view available Command key shortcuts.Simply press and hold the Command key to view a list of all available keyboard shortcuts, making it easy to learn and remember those time-saving keystrokes.

  • See. View available keyboard shortcuts based on application by pressing the Command key.
  • Do. Simply type out the desired shortcut upon finding the appropriate action.
  • Learn. Develop into an efficient power user by remembering repeated shortcuts or discovering previously unknown actions.



Version 7.3:

  • KeyCue can now learn menu shortcuts of certain applications with non-standard menu implementations (such as Eclipse and all JetBrains products).
  • KeyCue now comes with a new built-in theme "Tenaya" that matches the new user interface style of Yosemite.
  • Improved visibility of the KeyCue icon against Yosemite's dark menu background....

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10:31
Amazon teases Apple over U2 album giveaway blunder...

At your own risk, stream U2’s album for free from Amazon Prime Music

Now that Apple has finally wrapped up its U2 album giveaway to iTunes customers, a promotion that warranted its own removal tool named after the “Songs of Innocence” album, Amazon is picking up the record and giving it away to Amazon Prime subscribers through Prime Music… but not without taking a shot at Apple first.

While Apple rather aggressively added the U2 album to every iTunes library automatically (prompting automatic downloads if the setting was enabled) and upsetting many customers, Amazon took...

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10:31
R.I.P. Macworld/iWorld

Macworld/iWorld, which has been the premiere event for Apple fans since 1985, is officially "going on hiatus" according to IDG World Expo. The show will not take place in 2015, although the MacIT event for enterprise professionals will...

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10:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Tracking time, and killing it...

Tracking time, and killing it too

In this week’s roundup of new Mac Apps, we bring you a way to skip terrible music, find out where your day goes, and make the most of your breaks.

AutoMile 2.0

Brian Toth’s $30 AutoMile - Automatic mileage calculation at your convenience (Mac App Store Link) calculates your car’s mileage based on where you’ve been.

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10:27
Macworld/iWorld conference going on hiatus, no event...


Jobs introducing MacBook Air at Macworld 2008

Macworld has announced that its Macworld/iWorld conference is going on hiatus and no show will take place in 2015. The show was previously planned to take place in March, which was a bit later than the typical January/February timeframe.

Early Tuesday, IDG World Expo released a statement noting that the venerable Apple-oriented trade show, Macworld/iWorld would go on hiatus and not be held in 2015 as planned. The contents of that statement are: “We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming...

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10:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.


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10:22
Yves Behar's iPhone-controlled August Smart...

The August Smart Lock, created by famed designer Yves B?har, is now available at retail through a partnership with Apple, which is selling the HomeKit-connected device at all of its locations across the U.S.

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10:19
Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."

The Mac Observer Spin: Bummed. Severely.


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10:15
Macworld/iWorld on hiatus, no show in 2015

Early Tuesday, IDG World Expo released a statement noting that the venerable Apple-oriented trade show, Macworld/iWorld would go on hiatus and not be held in 2015 as planned. The contents of that statement are:

“We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Since 1985, Macworld events have brought together a community to celebrate the incredible innovations that Apple has brought into the world, shining a spotlight on the developers who add value to the user’s experience in infinite ways. As Apple products and the related ecosystem have changed, so has the marketplace, and we are proud to have played a part in that evolution. Literally thousands of companies and hundreds of products have come to market at Macworld, and countless professional...

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10:13
SteerMouse 4.2 - Powerful third-party mouse driver...

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well.

SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more.

SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's Sensitivity on top of the Tracking Speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the Tracking Speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.



Version 4.2:

  • Now supports OS X Yosemite.



  • OS X 10.4 or later



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10:09
Grids is new Instagram client for Mac OS X

ThinkTime Creations has released Grids (http://thegridsapp.com), an Instagram client app for Mac OS X. Users can view their feed, profile, liked photos, popular photos and nearby photos as well as like, comment and save photos/videos, and more.

Grids' user interface works both at full screen and in widget-sized window. Photos are automatically resized according to the viewport size with customizable preferences.

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10:04
iPad Air Roundup Updated

Apple is debuting its next-generation iPad Air this Thursday, with part leaks pointing towards an A8X chip, 2GB of RAM, and storage starting at 16GB. Rumors also suggest the updated tablet will feature Touch ID, an improved camera, a gold color option, and a new anti-reflective coating.

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10:02
Maintain serves up OS X Yosemite version of Cocktail

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 8.0 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website.

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10:00
Daily Deals for October 14, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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09:32
Apple Likely Planning October 24 Launch Date for New...

With Apple's October media event coming up later this week, the company has reportedly already begun shipping mass quantities of new product into the U.S. and appears to be setting up for a Friday, October 24 availability date, according to a source that has provided accurate information to MacRumors in the past.

The specific product being shipped was not identified by the source, but it likely is Apple's rumored upcoming iPad, though it is not clear which model -- the iPad Air 2, the Retina iPad mini 2, or both -- is being transported.

Physical mockup of iPad Air 2 with Touch ID
The timing would be consistent with Apple's usual strategy for such launches, coming just over a week after the product's introduction. With the exception of major new category products like the Apple...

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09:30
LEGO Movie videogame coming to the Mac on Oct. 16

Feral Interactive says The LEGO Movie Videogame will be released for the Mac on October 16. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, handhelds and PC, its an adaptation of the hit film, The LEGO Movie. When released, the game will be available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store.

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09:29
Apple service providers expected to start servicing...

Authorized Apple service providers -- and presumably Apple itself -- will soon start servicing Beats speakers and headphones, according to a memo to providers obtained by a Greek website. The message states that "in the near future, Apple will be responsible for providing service" for Beats products. The company adds that it is now sending out contract addendums, and will publish articles explaining the exact processes for handling Beats gear....



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09:25
Apple Stores now sell accessories for your dog with...

You can now buy an iPhone-connected accessory for your dog through Apple Stores as the Whistle Activity Monitor officially goes on sale in Apple’s retail stores in North America. The product was previously available through select retailers and online, but today arrives as the Apple Store’s first iPhone accessory specifically for dog owners. The company has also added some new features and dropped the price to $99 to accompany the Apple Store launch:

In addition to making Whistle more widely available to the nearly 68 percent of U.S. households with a pet (1), Whistle has announced two new tech capabilities to further simplify the important daily responsibilities of pet ownership: a brand new IFTTT (If This Then That) channel...

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09:19
Lenovo Gives Yoga Tablets a New Twist


Lenovo last week announced five new models in its Yoga product line, some running Windows and the others Android. Three are tablets -- the Tablet 2 Pro and the Tablet 2 running Android, and the Tablet 2 running Windows. The others are the Yoga 3 Pro and the Thinkpad Yoga 14 laptops. The Tablet 2 comes in 8- and 10-inch models, running Android or Windows. The Tablet 2 Pro runs Android. Actor and producer Ashton Kutcher was heavily involved in the development of the flagship Tablet 2 Pro, Lenovo said.

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09:15
FileMaker offers free guide to high-performance...

FileMaker Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the “Performance” guide, a free, 30-page electronic guide to building high-performance custom FileMaker solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.

The first in a series of FileMaker guides focused on solution design, the Performance guide is available immediately for download via the FileMaker Technical Network, a free-to-join online resource network and community for FileMaker developers and enthusiasts.

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09:04
Hands On: AudioNote (OS X)

It's pretty safe to say that most people feel like they could improve their note-taking, whether for classes or work purposes. Among the various apps available for improving note-taking efficiency is Luminant Software's AudioNote, which combines notepad functionality with voice recording. Focused on synchronizing note and audio recording, AudioNote aims to assists users in documenting all the information they need, with review of notes supplemented by the audio, and vice versa. Does it simplify note-taking, or complicate it?...



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09:01
European Study shows that U.S. and Chinese Consumers...

A new study released today by Germany's respected market research firm GfK covers survey statistics from China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US about the reception of potential smartwatch services. The results reveal that that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches like the upcoming Apple Watch to carry tickets for passenger transport or as security keys ...

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09:00
Simpler, better instant messaging options in Lync...

Today’s post was written by Nikolay Muravlyannikov, program manager on the Lync Team.

You asked, we listened.  Today, we released an update to the Lync 2013 Windows client, which gives users the option to eliminate the images of senders and receivers in IM conversations without disabling them in the contact list.  We also grouped all of the IM options in the Options dialog to make them easier to find and made a number of other improvements to our media stack to improve call quality wherever you are.

Turn off the images of senders and receivers in the IM conversation window

Roughly a year ago, we added a feature that displays the pictures of participants in Lync IM conversations.  The goal was to make it easier to visually identify who had just sent an IM, which is particularly useful in the context of group conversations.  The downside is that including pictures takes space and as a result, a number of people asked us to provide and option to...

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09:00
Improving Outlook Web App options and settings

Will Holmes is a senior program manager on the Exchange engineering team.

We offer you lots of options and settings so you can manage Outlook Web App (OWA) the way you want to.  But what good are all of these controls if it takes too much time to find them? The OWA engineering team is always looking for ways to make features and settings more discoverable and intuitive. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that, beginning this month, you’ll see that OWA options and settings have moved into a new navigation tree.

Early feedback overwhelmingly indicates that the new view improves discoverability, provides a cleaner user interface, enhances the experience for tablet users and delivers a scalable framework to let us add future OWA settings with minimal disruption.

What’s changing?

As has always been the case, to find the options and settings you need to customize your OWA experience, you click the gear icon in the upper...

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09:00
Skype Qik wants to become your "go to"...

After acquiring and retiring the Qik video streaming app, Skype has relaunched the service as Skype Qik: Group Video Messaging, a drop-dead-easy video messaging app. Similar to iMessage video chat, the app allows you to message your friends and...

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08:56
News: Ireland plans to end “Double-Irish” tax...

Ireland is planning major changes to its corporate tax structure, according to Reuters, including eliminating the “Double-Irish” tax loophole that has allowed companies such as Apple to use Ireland as a tax haven. Addressing Ireland’s parliament, the government’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan stated that “aggressive tax planning by multinational companies has been criticised by governments across the globe and has damaged…

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08:53
Rumor: Leaked photo shows possible 2GB of RAM for...

The next-gen iPad Air component images are leaking at a fairly steady rate and revealing some interesting stuff.

Per MacRumors, a fairly clear image has been published by Apple.club.tw of what is said to be the logic board for the second-generation iPad Air suggests that the device will indeed come with an A8X chip, as hinted at in earlier images shared over the weekend.

Furthermore, the new image published by Apple.club.tw that seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip. While the first letter is entirely blurred, it is the second character that is key to determining whether the chip is 1GB or...

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08:51
Ireland closing 'Double Irish' tax...

The Irish government is preparing to close a tax loophole that many technology companies are using to their advantage. The government has announced changes to tax law covering Ireland, which will prevent Google, Apple, and other large enterprises from abusing current tax rules in what is commonly known as a "Double Irish" tax arrangement....



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08:43
Sonos Controller app updated for iOS 8 & iPhone...


Sonos today updated its Controller app for iPhone and iPad bringing full support for iOS 8 and optimizations for the new larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The app, which offers control of wi-fi connected Sonos audio hardware, also now supports the company’s new Sonos Boost enterprise-grade wi-fi extender accessory:

This update includes support for SONOS BOOST, an accessory that provides enterprise-grade wireless performance for your Sonos system so you get unparalleled reliability – even in homes that are known to have wireless connectivity...

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08:38
Booq unveils the Cobra slim laptop bag

Booq (www.booqbags.com) has introduced the Cobra slim, a laptop bag constructed of Bionic fabric, a patented method that transforms recycled beverage bottles into high-performance yarn. It's available for US$195.

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08:32
Samsung announces next-gen 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology...

As much as you may love your 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, it may not be the fastest thing on the block for long.

Per Macworld, on Sunday, Samsung announced it’s developing new 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology that can boost network speeds fivefold, from today’s 866Mbps per-device maximum to a blistering 4.6Gbps. At that rate, Samsung says, a 1GB movie file can transfer from one device to another in under 3 seconds.

This feat is achieved by ditching the crowded 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels used by today’s routers and jumping to the 60GHz frequency band.

Even though you might not have heard of them, neither the futuristic 802.11ad standard nor the idea of using the 60GHz frequency for ultra-fast Wi-Fi are new. But prior...

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08:30
Steal words and make them your own with WordXchange...

WordXchange is a clever multiplayer word game that's based around using a pool of just a few letters plus the words your opponent makes to create words of your own. Game options include playing against a computer, multiplayer with up to four people...

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08:29
Belkin unveils QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for the...

Belkin has launched the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air. It costs US$149.99 and is available now at http://tinyurl.com/ptbbqb9 .

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08:21
Rumor: Apple won’t unveil Retina display MacBook Air...

You can expect a lot of nifty things from Apple’s media event on Thursday.

A Retina display MacBook Air probably won’t be one of them.

Per Re/code and AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that the rumored new MacBook Air will not debut. He did, however, reiterate that the company is in fact planning to launch a new iMac with a high-resolution Retina display.

The absence of the new MacBook Air is largely in line with the latest rumors, which have indicated the device won’t be available in time for this holiday season. Instead, it’s been reported that the new ultraportable notebook with a...

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08:17
Sonos Boost audio wireless networking peripheral...

As expected, speaker company Sonos has released the Sonos Boost, a device which aims to provide "enterprise-grade wireless capabilities" to the company's speaker offerings, doubling the Sonos Bridge's effective range. The device connects to an existing Wi-Fi network, and makes a separate network, for the wireless Sonos speakers, removing the traffic from the main network, minimizing streaming problems that may cause audio dropout as a result of a congested network....



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08:06
Autodesk releases AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015

Autodesk is now shipping 2015 Mac editions of its flagship design products, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. There are several major additions this year, including Dynamic Blocks, which can be used repeatedly in other design elements and simply tweaked in size and shape as needed. Improving parity with Windows, AutoCAD for Mac now also supports layer states, including data such as color and linetype....



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08:00
Mailbox for Mac now available as a public beta to OS...

Dropbox-owned email service Mailbox today opened its Mac beta program to the public, allowing anyone with a Mac to test-run the desktop email client. Mailbox has been around for several years on iOS, but the company launched on OS X earlier this...

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07:51
Mac: Think Time Creations Grids

Instagram continues to be one of the most popular photo-based social networks for the iPhone, but users who want to bring that experience to the bigger desktop screen often find their options more limited. Sure, Instagram has a web site, but for those who prefer a native Mac app, there’s now Grids ($2) by Think Time Creations, a full-featured Instagram client....

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07:32
Europeans wary of smartwatch e-wallets, Americans...

Smartwatch-based digital wallets -- like Apple's integrated Passbook and Apple Pay systems -- could face an uphill battle in Europe, survey data released on Tuesday suggests, as consumers on the Old Continent seem to eye such devices with relative suspicion, compared to more interest among American and Chinese consumers.

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07:30
Buy4Me brings groceries to you

Buy4Me is a productivity app that helps users create grocery lists, and also find people in their area who are looking to earn coins to shop for other users. This app claims to be for people with limited time and mobility, and also for people who...

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07:29
Opinion: What can we expect from a Retina iMac, and...

Desktop fans have waited a long time for a Retina iMac, but it now seems pretty clear the wait won’t last too much longer. Our sources told us last month that the machines are “in the late testing phases,” and the rumor is that the machine will have a 5K display, with a resolution of 5120×2880 – exactly double that of the current 27-inch iMac.

We may even have identified the specific display Apple intends to use: a 27-inch 5K panel announced by Dell is looking like a very plausible candidate. This panel would provide...

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07:19
Amazon Set to Experiment with a New Pop-Up Store in...

When the late Steve Jobs first introduced their first Apple Store the critics were out in force saying it would fail because Gateway tried it and failed. Over the years the Apple Store vision that Steve Jobs had has been a raging success.

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07:14
Product Management :: Using Azure for Mobile...

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m a really crappy developer. And I have traditionally used OmniGraffle for prototyping web and mobile apps. But I recently found a cool little tool called Axure. The process of learning Azure was going pretty well. But there were a few things I couldn’t nail down exactly; so I got this handy little book called “Mobile Prototyping with Axure 7“.

Designing for mobile apps is different than web apps or even something like FileMaker, which is why prototyping instead of just building flat diagrams with a tool like OmniGraffle is so important. This book took me through Axure with an example-led, hands-on approach that basically did a lot of the work for me, allowing me to really quickly provide a team of developers with a vision of what something should look like and how it should behave. Especially since I’ve...

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07:01
Apple Notifies Service Provider Network of Upcoming...

Apple service providers will apparently soon be responsible for offering post-sales support for Beats headphones and speakers, reports Greek blog techingreek.com. The news comes from an internal memo dated today alerting official service providers to upcoming contract changes and future training documents regarding Beats products, and Apple's own retail stores will undoubtedly offer similar levels of support.

This move to support Beats music hardware is a necessary part of Apple's broader integration of Beats' products and services into the Cupertino company following the recent merger of the two companies. Apple is stocking its online and retail stores with Beats products and also is expected...

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06:47
Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t...

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.

The Mac Observer Spin: The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.


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06:45
‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ now available on Mac

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel, the latest installment in the popular Borderlands series, launches today for Mac on the same day as the console and PC release. The Mac version of the game is developed by Aspyr and includes cross-platform multiplayer and a promise of all future DLC:

Discover the story behind Borderlands 2 villain, Handsome Jack, and his rise to power. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel gives you a whole lotta new gameplay featuring the genre blending fusion of shooter and RPG mechanics that players have come to love… Float through the air with each low gravity jump while taking enemies down from above using new ice and laser weapons. Catch-a-ride and explore the lunar landscape with new vehicles allowing for more levels of destructive mayhem.

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06:31
Edinburgh Scotland is about to Experience "...

Scotland recently held a referendum on whether to stay or separate from England. Although the people of Scotland narrowly voted to rebuff independence for the time being, it was a divisive election. For the people of Edinburgh, there's a way to bring everyone together for a common cause this weekend. That cause is celebrating a new Apple Store ...

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06:30
Amazon's retail experiment will also include...

In addition to a new permanent fixture in Manhattan, Amazon will be dabbling in the retail market with a pair of new temporary locations in San Francisco and Sacramento this holiday season to push sales of its hardware, the company has confirmed.

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06:28
Daily Deal: Pre-order The Limited Edition Black Hawk...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pre-order the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone for only $69—that’s over 50% off the normal price. One of the most fun introductory drones on the market, the Black Hawk Drone is extremely stable to fly but will have you flipping through the air in no time. The included SD camera can also capture video footage on the go, you can pick up the HD version for only $20 more. With six-axis gyro technology this little…

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06:17
AutoCAD for Mac 2015 gets Retina-friendly user-...

Autodesk has announced the release of AutoCAD for Mac 2015 with a “Retina display-friendly user interface” and a feature-set that for the first time brings it close to that of the Windows version. The lower-cost AutoCAD LT for Mac version has also been updated.

Autodesk is emphasizing cross-platform compatibility for companies using a mix of OS X and Windows machines. The ability to save layer information like color and line type has been added to the Mac version in line with the Windows edition.

The company also says AutoCAD for 2015 is faster at the same time as offering improved stability … 

The new user interface includes Ribbon Galleries, designed to provide a faster...

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06:03
∞ Ana Yang gazillion bubble show

[VIDEO] This is mesmerizing.

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06:00
Microsoft latest to mimic Snapchat with new Skype...

Microsoft has just joined the ranks of companies looking to capitalize on the success of ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat. Through its Skype division, the company has launched a new cross-platform app for iOS, Android, and (of course) Windows Phone called Skype Qik. The premise of the application, as can be seen in the video above and screenshots below, is simple: you can record a quick video, and then share it to either one person in your address book or multiple groups of people.

Differentiating itself from some of the other players, the Skype-based solution is video-focused, and Skype is positioning it as a communication tool for in between full-scale Skype video chats. Notably, the whole service is connected to your phone number and existing contacts list, so it doesn’t require signing up with a standard Skype account. If you send a message via Qik to a user without the Qik app, the other person will be sent an SMS text message with instructions for downloading...

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06:00
Why Samsung fell

John Kirk for Tech.pinions:

Samsung has reported a 60% fall in quarterly profits. Just three years ago, Samsung rose from seemingly nowhere to dominate the global smartphone market. Today, Samsung is being pressured from above and below as Apple steals away its premium customers and Xiomi and others steal away customers from the low-end.

Why did Samsung fail? In a word, commoditization. Read the whole thing. Well worth it.

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06:00
Flickr Find: Typing out Steve Jobs

Flickr member Charis Tsevis created a mesmeric mosaic portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as part of Steve Jobs month on Typorn. In order "to emulate the original Mac look'n'feel", the portrait is deliberately black and white and is composed of...

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05:50
This is how McDonald’s will take Apple Pay at the...

Apple Pay is changing the drive-through payment game. Now, when you roll up to the drive through, the cashier will hand you the portable NFC reader, you’ll tap your phone or Apple Watch, hear the confirmation beep, then hand it back. No credit card, no signing, no pin code.

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05:44
iOS 8: Using the “Quick Website Search” Feature

iOS 8's new way to search within websites blows the previous methods out of the water, and in today's Quick Tip, you're gonna learn all about it! This'll let you look through certain sites right from Safari's search field. Neat, right? We think so, too.


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05:33
∞ iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus heading for 36 more...

Apple’s Fastest-Ever iPhone Rollout Includes India, Mexico, South Korea & Thailand

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05:30
Make sense of expenses and spending habits with...

If you want a money management app that's a step above basic, but not overly complicated, Monsense is a great choice.

Available on all iOS devices, Monsense gives you a lot of room for customization, but also lays the groundwork for tracking...

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05:29
Apple Stores expected to provide after-sales service...

Greek site Techingreek.com is reporting that Apple Service Providers will be providing after-sales service for Beats headphones and speakers within the country, suggesting that Apple itself may be doing the same in countries with Apple retail stores.

The site says that the above message was sent to Apple Service Providers in Greece, stating that they will provide service for Beats Electronics products “in the near future” … 

The move would be a logical step on the path to fully integrating Beats into the Apple fold following the $3B acquisition back in May. It’s rumored that...

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05:27
How to read books from your local library on your...

Voracious reader? If so, this may change things for you. A how-to on checking out a library eBook from the comfort of your couch.

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05:27
Samsung & Facebook may be Dreaming of...

A Korean report today revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong at Samsung's main office in Seocho today and agreed to jointly develop mobile content. The social network site looks to improve its mobile presence and Samsung needs to boost its content business.

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05:00
Samsung Plots Foray Into Speedy 60-GHz WiFi Market


Samsung on Sunday announced that it has resolved issues hindering the commercialization of 802.11ad standard 60-GHz WiFi technology. The company's solution maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference regardless of the number of devices on the network, using what it claims is the world's first method that allows multiple devices to connect simultaneously to a network. Samsung leveraged millimeter-wave circuit design and high-performance modem technologies, and developed a wide-coverage beamforming antenna.

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04:44
Dropbox denies 7M account leak caused through server...

Passwords from a supposed pool of 7 million Dropbox accounts have allegedly leaked by hackers, though Dropbox denies its service has been hacked. A thread on Reddit linked to batches of account credentials, with the user hoping to receive Bitcoin donations for the leaks, though the exact source of the leaked account details is unknown....



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04:23
802.11ac Wi-Fi CPE shipments to capture 18% of the...

The worldwide Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) market is expected to grow 11% in 2014, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The research group says total shipments of Wi-Fi access points, routers, and residential gateways are set to surpass 176 million units by the end of 2014.

"Growth is expected in all regions, driven by increased broadband penetration and more connected devices in homes," says Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director, ABI Research.

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04:21
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering Moisture...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three specific patents relating to iDevice moisture controls, video game ...

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04:13
Recommended Reading: 'Book of PF' (third...

Network administrators have secured their networks with OpenBSD's PF for more than a decade. However, the world of the Internet is changing, and that means PF and OpenBSD need to change too.

In the third edition of "The Book of PF" (No Starch Press, Oct 2014, 248 pp., $34.95), author Peter N.M. Hansteen returns with more PF and BSD helpful hints. With the assistance of this instructional guide, readers will master the latest PF developments to build strong and secure networks.

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04:11
Missing one-handed typing on your iPhone 6/Plus? One...

If you love your new iPhone 6/Plus but find yourself missing the convenience of one-handed typing, One Handed Keyboard may be the third-party keyboard for you. It’s a system-wide keyboard exactly the same size as the one on the older and smaller iPhones so everything will feel familiar. The “sliding over” keyboard method is what Samsung and LG have been using on their Phablets for years.

The keyboard can be switched between left- and right-handed use, and when you want to return to two-handed typing, just hold down the spacebar to expand it to full width … 

The keyboard automatically switches between dark and light themes, depending on the app in which it is used, or you can manually choose your keyboard color.

One Handed Keyboard costs...

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04:02
NetSpot for Mac OS X revved to version 2.4

NetSpot (www.netspotapp.com/) has announced NetSpot 2.4, an update of the Wi-Fi site survey software for Mac users. New features now accessible from the Preferences menu include the ability to add an iperf3 server address for active scanning via TCP and/or UDP, import and export global AP aliases, and auto-clear old Discover Mode data.

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03:00
Can New Words With Friends reignite your competitive...

Like many longtime iPhone owners and game aficionados, I had a healthy obsession with Words With Friends years back. When it was still fresh and new—well, as fresh and new as an obvious Scrabble knock-off can be—I juggled several games at all times, savoring each close victory over a colleague or pal and simmering over the constant losses to my wife. I even happily bought the game again on iPad simply for the privilege of a larger board view.

It's the same Words With Friends that many of us played obsessively years back, albeit with a modernized UI and new features.

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02:45
Apple Wins Patent for Advanced Haptics for Gaming...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent relating to advanced haptics that could be used in many environments including video games. Apple notes that "in some instances, the signals outputted by the accelerometer may be used with interactive software (such as a video game) to provide an additional input device for user gameplay…" Today, Apple's advanced haptics are being incorporated into their upcoming Apple Watch.

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02:34
We're hiring: paid mobile app reviewer position...

MacNN and Electronista are hiring paid app reviewers! We're looking for writers who have a familiarity with and own iOS and OS X devices, with Windows and Android gear a bonus. The ideal candidate has four hours free per day, and is available five days a week of your choosing. Applicants will be expected to write two reviews of software we would provide, of approximately 400 words in length, in a daily shift. Interested? Look inside for more details....



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01:49
Apple Granted Patent for a Multiplatform Software...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent brief we find that Apple has invented a tool for developers where there's a common "Makefile" that could be used to create software for any platform.

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00:33
Hundreds of Dropbox credentials reportedly leaked...

A thread on Reddit late Monday linked to a cache of Dropbox usernames and corresponding passwords allegedly gleaned from a Dropbox breach, but the company maintains its servers were not infiltrated and instead placed blame on an unnamed third-party service.

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Monday October 13

21:20
Hackers claim to have a database of nearly 7 million...

A database containing login information for nearly 7 million users of the private cloud storage provider Dropbox has been accessed by hackers, according to a partial dump posted on Pastebin earlier this evening (via The Next Web). However, Dropbox has issued a statement denying that this breach occurred on its end, saying that Dropbox itself was not attacked, but rather a third-party service that had stored user credentials:

Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now...

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18:22
Two new Apple retail locations opening in New...


Mall of New Hampshire

Apple will be expanding its retail operations to two new locations in Florida and New Hampshire this week. The first store will open on Thursday at Sarasota, Florida’s University Town Center. The second will be located in the Mall of New Hampshire (pictured above) in Manchester and will open on Saturday, October 18th (via MacRumors).

Customers will be able to start shopping at 10 AM local time. Apple is also planning to announce new products on Thursday, including...

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17:28
Ireland expected to dissolve 'Double Irish...

After the European Union's antitrust watchdog pressured reform, Ireland's government is expected to announce changes to its tax residency policies, phasing out the popular multinational tax loophole employed by Apple to save billions of dollars.

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17:00
In this 1996 video Apple talked incredibly polite...

The debate between PC and Mac users over which system is better will likely never end, but since the fight rages on, we might as well enjoy its finer moments -- like this video Apple produced in 1996 talking polite trash about the Windows 95...

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More info on second-gen iPad Air, Retina iPad mini...

What looks to be a legitimate logic board for the next-generation iPad Air has leaked, and appears to support several previous rumors regarding the changes that are likely. A new rumor, however, adds to what is generally "known" about the upcoming revision by stating that, like the unexpected debut of the iPhone 6 Plus, the second-generation Retina iPad mini -- long thought to be delayed -- will be debuting alongside the larger version at Apple's press event, scheduled for Thursday....



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16:30
Juice the Fruits takes on Candy Crush with a...

Juice the Fruits is a puzzle game featuring colorful, cartoonish fruit on a grid that you have to rearrange to match them and eliminate them from the board. It's very much like Bejeweled and Candy Crush, except with fruit. You play using your Game...

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16:28
Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ...

A new entry in Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers was unveiled today, with the Traktor Kontrol S8. The newest model in the company's flagship line looks to change the way DJ move into the future, by pulling emphasis away from the laptop in order to focus more on the crown. Native Instruments does this by adding technology to controllers, such as high-resolution LCD displays that respond to touch-sensitive controls....



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16:06
∞ Rick Smolan’s Inside Tracks

I got a copy of Rick Smolan’s smartphone-enhanced book late last week and had a chance to try it out. As you would expect from a photographer of Rick’s experience, the photos are simply amazing. The story also pulls you in, certainly more than what I expected.

What was really cool is that after downloading the app, I was able to just point my iPhone at a picture and a movie explaining that photo would show up on my iPhone. It added so much to the experience.

I love the book. You can help fund the project and read the background story at National Geographic.

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16:00
Why can't the biggest social network on the...

How many times have you or someone you know derided the quality of Facebook's apps for iOS? Granted, they have come a long way from the ugly, web view, slow, garbage app of just a couple years ago, but considering Facebook now wants users to download...

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15:48
CSS: It was 20 years ago today

It’s amazing to think that CSS has been around so long.

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15:30
Dozen!: Matching with dozens of possibilities

Players quickly match numbers in fun puzzle game called Dozen! The numbers on the four brown squares in the middle of the screen must match with those displayed on the bordering 12 white squares. The squares in the middle disappear after a certain...

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15:28
Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]

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15:27
AT&T launches Passport one-time purchase plans...

AT&T has launched a new option for travelers wanting to take their smartphones, tablets, or laptops with them abroad. A new set of tiered, one-time charge packages called AT&T Passport can now be added to an existing account, allowing customers to use their devices in over 150 different countries. The plans are designed to work in addition to domestic plans, while offering fixed rates and small data caps for international travel....



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15:24
Siri to Work with Bank of America Debit Card on Day...

Today sources close to Apple have revealed that Siri will work in concert with Apple Pay.

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15:03
Apple Faithful Prepare to Not Be Dazzled


If you're looking for an extravaganza on the scale of last month's new iPhone unveiling, chances are you won't find it at Apple's "Way Too Long" event to be held Thursday at its Cupertino headquarters. "This will be a very low-key event," said Gartner analyst Van L. Baker. "They're always low-key when they happen on campus." While no one knows for sure what Apple has up its sleeve, the consensus is that it will be refreshing its tablet and computer lines and releasing the prime time version of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite.

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15:00
Waterfield Designs Spinn Case for iPhone 6 Plus:...

We're finally starting to see a number of iPhone 6/6 Plus-specific cases appearing on the market, and today we're going to review one from Waterfield Designs of San Francisco. The Spinn Case (US$59) is the latest in an all-leather sleeve for Apple's...

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14:57
Finland prime minister again blames Apple for...

In an interview discussing Finland's recent sovereign debt downgrade, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Apple's iPhone and iPad helped kill Nokia and the paper industry, both vital cogs in the country's economy.

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