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Thursday September 18

14:45
iOS 8: Apple Finally Fixes its iPhone Weather App

In iOS 7, Apple's native weather app had rather sparse information about the local conditions, and it was hard to find. iOS 8 fixes all that and includes a better presentation of sunrise, sunset, atmospheric pressure and more.


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14:45
Apple's new privacy policy locks out law...

Privacy issues have come to forefront of the tech world thanks to recent controversies over how corporations share our information with the government. In December of 2013, Apple formally denied working with the NSA to help spy on the phones of...

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14:30
Tremor aims to literally shake up your artistic...

Rebelling against the idea that perfectly straight lines are admirable in art, Tremor is an app for either artists or casual drawing enthusiasts that forces you to use jittery lines as your only tool. All the lines - there's five different...

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14:25
Apple Watch believed to use Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi

The Apple Watch's S1 processor appears to be paired with a Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi module, says research firm Chipworks. The claim is based on an analysis of Apple's promotional video, during which viewers can see the circuitboard the watch uses. Contacts near the top of the board are believed to match a BCM4334 flip-bonded directly....



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14:20
Larry Ellison steps down as CEO of Oracle, retains...

Surprisingly, Oracle has announced that founder and CEO Larry Ellison will be stepping down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO will be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will both be named CEO of the company, but not be named co-CEOs. Ellison is remaining on the board as executive chairman, and in a business capacity as chief technology officer for the company....



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14:09
5th Ave Apple Store iPhone 6 Campout Stretches 3...

The line of people camping out overnight at the 5th Ave. Apple Store in Manhattan for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now has hundreds of people and stretches three long New York City blocks. The line is so long, it crosses the street-twice-as shown in the video below.


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14:03
Flexibits says iOS 8 features coming soon to...

With iOS 8 launching yesterday and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hitting stores and delivering to customers tomorrow, a number of apps have already begun shipping updates to take advantage of the new screen sizes and software features. With several customers asking where the update for Fantastical 2 on iOS 8 was, Flexibits today shared in a blog post its plans for the iPhones 6 and new version of iOS.

The makers of the smart calendar app note that the current version of Fantastical 2 has already been released with iOS 8 support and that a version of Fantastical 2 optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has today been submitted so users of the new device won’t have to wait long for the new version. More importantly, a version introducing a...

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14:00
SwiftKey Keyboard app for iOS 8 tops 1 million...

One of the great new features iOS 8 brings to the table is support for third-party keyboards. Underscoring iOS users' excitement about that feature, two third-party keyboard apps (from Swype and Fleksy, respectively) already sit atop the App Store's...

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13:59
Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle’s CEO

Truly the end of an era. Wonder what Ellison will turn his attention to now.

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13:57
Twitter upgrades for iOS 8 with a profile makeover

Months after redesigning your web profile pages, Twitter has a new look
for profiles in iOS. It’s major, at least according to Twitter.

Twitter's iOS 8 update gives profiles a makeover.

Except the new look isn’t really that major. Twitter’s update for iOS 8 on Thursday
basically replicates the image-heavy web profiles that it introduced in April. That profile makeover drew some (OK, many) comparisons to Facebook’s
Timeline. But as far as iOS apps go, your Facebook and Twitter profiles look nothing alike. That's a good thing, because Facebook profiles could use some work.

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13:55
Copycat Samsung is racing to Integrate PayPal into...

On Monday PayPal came out swinging against Apple's new electronic wallet called Apple Pay. PayPal ran a full page ad in the New York Times basically saying that if Apple can't protect your Selfies, how will they be able to protect your finances? PayPal's PR man Rob Skinner explained why he's not running scared, as well as firing a good humored jibe about the truly dreadful live feed that Apple provided complete with timeouts, jumps and a Chinese translator. Skinner added that ,,,

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13:50
News: Apps of the Week: Epic Zen Garden, OmniFocus,...

New Apps Other than the new Health and Tips apps from Apple — check out our recent iOS 8 Instant Expert article for more details — the most notable new apps this week are third-party keyboards which can be used in iOS 8. We’ve started testing the keyboards, but we’ve run into a number of bugs early on. Look for a more detailed piece later. New Games Epic Zen Garden (free) — Epic Zen Garden from Epic Games was first seen at Apple’s…

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13:43
Photographer Tests iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Iceland,...

With every iteration of the iPhone, Apple aims to bring significant improvements to the device's camera. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are no exception, packing in several new features like Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Panorama improvements, Slo-Mo video enhancements, and Optical Image Stabilization for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Professional photographer Austin Mann partnered with The Verge to test the cameras in both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in Iceland and came away with some impressive results.

One of the major new features in the new devices is Focus Pixels, which is the result of a new image signal processor. As described by Apple, Focus Pixels provides the sensor with more information about an image, which results in faster...

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13:42
Virtually 'no chance' of finding iPhone 6...

People trying to buy an iPhone 6 Plus at a third-party retailer tomorrow may be out of luck, sources at carrier stores and Apple's retail partners say. Although outlets are said to be receiving shipments all day today, only 2 to 3 percent of iPhone 6 units are said to be the Plus, and even then only in one color. There's almost "no chance" of finding a Plus on Friday, the people claim, adding that the 16GB version will be absent entirely. The regular iPhone 6 should be available in all colors and storage capacities, if in varying degrees....



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13:41
Apple removes language from Transparency Reports...

Just as Apple published a new letter from Tim Cook and an update on privacy and security policies, a new report points to evidence the company has recently received new government demands for user data under the Patriot Act. GigaOM reports that language previously included in Apple’s Transparency Reports noting the company had “never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act” has since been removed. That could signal, according to the report, Apple’s involvement with controversial National Security Agency programs that demand data from companies:...

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13:36
Twitter for iPhone rolling out refreshed user...


Twitter shared in a blog post today that it will begin rolling out improvements to the user profile design for iPhone users in addition to new features for iOS 8.

The previous user profile design featured the user’s avatar centered over the cover photo with a swipe required to reveal the bio and photos further down in a carousel view. The refreshed design now presents all of this information in a more traditional layout with buttons distinguishing tweets, favorites, and photos. Each of these sections can be explored with an endless...

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13:30
MigmO is fun, but doesn't stand out in a crowd

MigmO is a free action puzzle game where you aid the single-celled titular character to the goal. The game works on all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or later. This is a game that is fun enough, but is not groundbreaking. At the beginning of each...

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13:14
Why the Apple Watch shouldn’t be round

A nice set of images from Abdel Ibahim—it’s hard to argue with the logic.

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13:10
Samsung are shitting their pants

Tim Higgins for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s newest iPhones are fueling a surge in trade-ins of Android-based smartphones, threatening to loosen Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)’s grip on the large-screen smartphone segment as users switch allegiances.

When Apple’s main product, featuring bigger displays and faster chips, goes on sale starting in Australia, they may be best remembered as the generation of iPhones that won over consumers from rival smartphones. Trade-ins of Samsung phones with smartphone reseller Gazelle Inc. tripled last week and about a quarter of potential iPhone 6 buyers are new to Apple’s ecosystem, according to RBC.

It should be interesting to see Samsung’s next quarterly results.

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13:10
Photo editing gets easier with iOS 8's new...

Capturing photos isn't the only image-related process to get a boost in iOS 8. Apple's latest mobile operating system also makes postprocessing easier and more powerful, with a new Photos app and the addition of editing extensions.

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13:00
Don't buy an iPhone 6 on eBay for $1,000

The iPhone 6 is currently selling for over $1,000 on eBay right now, despite not having been released yet. Initial supplies are limited so it's understandable that some people are excitedly exploring the possibilities for getting one. Still,...

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12:56
1Password for iOS is now free with in-app purchase...

I absolutely love 1Password and have beta tested the new version for quite a while. The new extensions work great—it’s a must have app.

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12:45
Microsoft lays off 2,100 more employees

Microsoft gave notice to 2,100 employees on Thursday, 747 of those in the Seattle area, a company spokesman said. That is in addition to 13,000 laid off in July, which means a further 2,900 are set to be laid off over the next nine months or so.

I hate seeing people lose their jobs, especially when it’s caused by executive mismanagement.

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12:45
Daily Deals for September 18, 2014, featuring...

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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12:39
Harmony Takes Control of Home Sweet Automated Home


Logitech has announced four new products for the smart home in its Harmony family that let users control TVs, set-top boxes, speakers, lighting, thermostats, door locks, window shades and more. Users can trigger activities such as dimming the house lights in several ways: by pressing a button on their remote; passing a sensor; using the Harmony mobile app; or by setting up an automatic schedule. The idea "is to integrate all your home's devices into a single experience and centralized system," said Logitech spokesperson Kelsey Sherman.

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12:30
iOS 8: Quickly Access Your Favorite Contacts with...

One of the cool new features in iOS 8 is the ability to double tap the Home button and bring up not only the running apps but also your favorite and recent contacts. John Martellaro explains why this feature is so convenient.


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12:30
Eight is enough?

Eight is enough?

A number of this week's new and updated apps take advantage of new functionality in iOS 8. Plus, now you can make "Star Wars" movies on your iPhone.  Cool, huh?

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This $10 app has probably done more to rock your body/rockrockrock your body than just about any other. It updated this week with a new pack of samples—named “General Electric”—as well as improved integration with your Spotify library: A song’s BPM and key are now shown in the media browser, and songs you’ve listened to are marked, enabling you to easily find old favorites or to move on and play and listen more to undiscovered stuff.

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12:30
Where to buy the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when they...

Apple will start selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, September 19. Unlike previous iPhone launches when everyone lined up at Apple to purchase their iPhone, the new iPhones now are available from wireless carriers and a variety of...

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12:24
FlightAware Offers Tool For Tracking iPhone 6 and 6...

Apple began shipping out early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders on Thursday morning, and FlightAware, a site that offers live flight tracking, has created a tool that allows users to track the flights carrying their iPhones after receiving a tracking number.

According to FlightAware, users can check the "departure scan" in their UPS tracking information which may match a departure time and flight listed on the tracking page. Currently, the page is tracking UPS flights from Shenzhen, China to Anchorage, Alaska and Anchorage to Louisville, Kentucky, all of which are standard flight rounds for shipping companies.

Currently, many iPhones that will be shipping out to customers overnight and in the morning are aggregated in Kentucky, a worldwide UPS air hub known as Worldport. Apple appears to have shipped the majority of iPhone units using Next Day Air.

The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipments are expected to...

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12:15
Save money with new app bundles available on the App...

Starting with iOS 8, developers are now able to bundle and sell their applications together, allowing users to buy a number of apps at once from the App Store at a discounted rate.

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12:00
The headless PowerBook

According to the photo's Flickr description, this poor 12-inch PowerBook took a nasty spill down some wooden stairs, resulting in the defacing you see before you. The computer continued to function after losing its head thanks to an external monitor,...

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11:56
Gartner Thinks that the Apple Watch will trigger...

Gartner is predicting that by 2016 smartwatches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wrist worn devices. Gartner said that seven out of the top 10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearables market to date or are about to ship a first product, while a year ago only two vendors were in that space. But let's be honest here, all...

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11:49
iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly in Very Short Supply for In...

Ahead of tomorrow's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in a number of countries, customers who didn't place pre-orders for delivery have been lining up at Apple's retail stores and those of its carrier and retail partners hoping to obtain one first thing in the morning.

A new report from BGR claims, however, that those looking for an iPhone 6 Plus are likely to be disappointed, as the units are in extremely short supply.We are told that stores have been receiving shipments all throughout the day, and out of all the new iPhone 6 models received, typically only about 2-3% are iPhone 6 Plus units, and in only one color.

There is “no chance” of finding an iPhone 6 Plus unit to purchase tomorrow, we were told. Sources also said there are no 16GB iPhone 6 Plus devices to be found.The report notes that stores...

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11:46
Crowdfunding Roundup: Sound Prizm, Addams Family,...

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

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11:30
Play with Quake and Doom in mobile Safari thanks to...

One overlooked but exciting part of iOS 8 is the new WebGL support added to mobile Safari. WebGL allows the Safari browser to harness the power of the phone's GPU using HTML 5 and Javascript. Now with iOS 8, iPhone and iPad owners can render 3D WebGL...

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11:25
First Look: Incipio DualPro Shine / Edge for iPhone...

A few more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases are showing up before the devices have even been released. Incipio's DualPro Shine ($35) for iPhone 6 is a dual-layer rubber and plastic case with an aluminum finish on the back of the plastic shell. Edge ($30), also for iPhone 6, is a hard plastic shell slider case with a matte finish. Though it's a slider, Edge still retains the same standard port openings at the bottom of the case as seen in the DualPro…

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11:15
How to Install and Activate Third-Party Keyboards in...

Sure, Apple lets you choose your own keyboard in iOS 8, but it doesn't mean they made it easy to see how. TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous guides you through installing a third-party keyboard on your iOS device, and gives you a suggestion on a free keyboard to take for a spin.


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11:12
MyScript Stack, MyScript Stylus bring handwriting...

MyScript, which specializes in handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology, has announced two input panel applications that offer user-friendly alternatives to keyboard entry. Both applications run on any iOS 8 device, regardless of size.

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10:59
Pyle Audio introduces the Bluetooth Blood Pressure...

Pyle Audio (www.PyleAudio.com) has introduced the US$69.99 Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). This blood pressure monitor and integrated app are designed to provide the most critical data points including pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures.

Utilizing Bluetooth Smart technology, the blood pressure monitor wirelessly sends data to your mobile device and syncs with the free Pyle Health app to create user profiles, chart progress and automatically save users' records. Data can be shared online via Facebook and Twitter or kept password-protected for private tracking.

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10:59
Safari 7.1 adds support for DuckDuckGo, improved...

Despite v7.0.6 being released just yesterday alongside OS X 10.9.5, Apple has released another version of Safari for Mavericks, 7.1. The release mainly follows in the steps of its iOS 8 sibling, introducing secure search site DuckDuckGo as an alternative to the likes of Google or Yahoo. Security for Yahoo searches has been improved, as entries into the search field are now encrypted....



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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-18

Apple released iOS 8 yesterday and it comes with lots of great features and a few problems. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro and join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's decision to pull HealthKit apps from the App Store, features they like and what's annoying, plus Kelly offer up a quick iOS 8 tip, too.


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10:45
Apple releases iAd Producer 5 with support for...

Apple has today released iAd Producer 5.0, the latest revision to its advertisement development environment. The headline addition for this update is support for iTunes Radio ad creation on desktop iTunes for Mac and Windows. This helps increase the possible reach of iAds to more eyeballs.

In addition, Apple has overhauled the coding aspects of the app (even though Apple amusingly claims you don’t “need any programming”) with code completion, syntax highlighting themes, inline syntax error warnings and more.

In terms of end-user changes, developers can now integrate share sheets and iTunes Store views into their ads. It’s unclear who why you would want...

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10:30
Cinematic video stabilization on the iPhone 6 is...

Apple didn't spend too much time last week talking about the iPhone, and the little time they did devote to the iPhone centered on camera improvements. While some companies seem content to engage in a pointless megapixel wars, Apple remains squarely...

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10:20
SwiftKey's iOS 8 Keyboard Hits One Million...

Earlier today, we highlighted how a number of new third-party systemwide keyboard for iOS 8 are topping the App Store charts, with SwiftKey Keyboard [Direct Link] displacing Facebook Messenger from the top spot on the free iPhone app chart in the United States.

Moving beyond the charts to look at raw download numbers, the success of these new keyboards is even more clear, with SwiftKey telling MacRumors that its iOS 8 keyboard has just passed one million downloads in less than 24 hours.

SwiftKey saw a brief launch delay yesterday due to App Store processing, and thus it did not go live until around noon Pacific Time, meaning that it has reached the milestone in roughly 22 hours.

SwiftKey is certainly benefiting from its positioning as a free app compared...

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10:16
NewerTech announces Wireless Aluminum Keypad

NewerTech has released the Wireless Aluminum Keypad (http://www.newertech.com/keypad/). It's designed to complement the look and feel of Apple keyboards.

The Wireless Aluminum Keypad pairs with your Mac via Bluetooth and reconnects automatically when the computer or device is awakened or restarted. It's designed for finance professionals, including accountants and analysts, as well as students, teachers, administrators, programmers, and more.

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10:00
iOS 8 adoption rate starts off slow, but the reasons...

In contrast to past numerical releases of iOS, iOS 8 is getting off to a bit of a slow start. As data from both Mixpanel and Tapjoy illustrate, iOS 8 is clawing for its share of the iOS pie but isn't quite pulling it off as well as its...

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10:00
iAd Producer 5 Now Available

iAd Producer 5 Now Available

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10:00
iAd Producer 5 Now Available

iAd Producer 5 Now Available

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09:59
Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For...

SternisheFan writes with this selection from a story at the Washington Post: Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data. The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal dilemma: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that makes it almost impossible for the company – or anyone else but the device's owner – to gain access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers. The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making...

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09:51
Security Update 2014-004 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

Patches numerous security vulnerabilities in Mountain Lion and Lion, many of the same found in the 10.9.5 Mavericks update. (Free updates, various sizes)

 

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09:51
Safari 7.1

Adds the option to select DuckDuckGo as your default search engine. (Free)

 

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09:36
Xcode 6.0.1 - Integrated development environment (...

Apple Xcode is Apple Computer's integrated development environment (IDE) for OS X. The full Xcode package is free to ADC members and includes all the tools you need to create, debug, and optimize your own Universal applications, targeting both Intel and PowerPC platforms. At the heart of Xcode is a graphical workbench that tightly integrates a syntax-highlighting text editor, a robust build control system, a debugger, and the powerful GCC compiler capable of targeting both Intel and PowerPC regardless of host platform. Xcode is both easy to use, using assistants to create working projects in just minutes, and also powerful enough to build the largest OS X applications. Xcode is bundled with Interface Builder, AppleScript Studio, Java development support, and WebObjects development tools, among many others.

Version 6.0.1:

  • Includes SDKs for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 8.0.
  • Interface Builder renders your custom controls live in the design...

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09:34
Apple Safari 7.1 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Apple Safari in OS X Mavericks brings you all-new ways to find and enjoy the best of the web. It works with iCloud to give you a seamless browsing experience across all your devices. It looks out for your privacy. It loads content incredibly fast. And with amazing power-saving technologies that let you browse longer than with other browsers, Safari is simply the smartest way to surf.

Version 7.1:

  • Adds DuckDuckGo as a search engine option
  • Encrypts all Yahoo searches from the search field
  • Improves Reader compatibility with websites
  • Improves AutoFill compatibility with websites



  • OS X 10.9.4 or later



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09:30
Launch documents and get started right away with the...

Starting something new. We’ve all been there. The first day of school, starting a new job, or even moving to a new town. As we become familiar with the new surroundings, buildings, new faces and personalities, schedules, and rhythms we start with a home base from which to explore.

Using technology is no different. It’s important to have a home base where you can start, a place where you can access all of your services, downloads and settings and launch into new experiences, applications and adventures to expand your possibilities.

Today we’re announcing a new home page experience in Office 365. We’re rolling out the new home page to current Exchange or SharePoint customers now. Customers can access the home page from the web experience of Office 365, which you get to by signing in to the Office 365 portal.

Once there, you just click the Office 365 logo in the top left-hand web navigation to go to the home page. New...

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09:30
Time claims U2 and Apple may be working on a new...

I certainly have nothing against U2, but I think it's fair to say that if Apple wanted to make a huge splash by gracing the iTunes world with a free album, there are any number of bands Apple could have chosen that would have generated more of a...

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09:08
iOS 8 Keyboards Climb to Top of App Store Charts

With yesterday's launch of iOS 8, devices running the new operating system are now able to install third-party keyboards that work on a systemwide basis. Most of the major keyboard makers were ready for the launch, introducing iOS 8 versions of their keyboards into the iOS App Store. One day after launch, three of these keyboards, including Fleksy, SwiftKey and Swype, are now at the top of the top iOS paid and free charts in the U.S. and other countries.

Within 24 hours of their debut, paid keyboards Swype and Fleksy climbed to the top two spots in the U.S. paid iOS app chart, displacing popular...

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09:06
Storehouse for iPhone

Storehouse is a visual storytelling app that was previously only available for iPad, but now an iPhone version has been released. I love this app.

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09:05
Apple releases Safari 7.1 for Mavericks w/...

Apple has just released Safari 7.1 to all users of OS X Mavericks following several beta releases in recent weeks. The update adds DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option, which was also just added to Apple’s mobile version of Safari alongside iOS 8. The update also includes a security improvement for Yahoo search engine users: Apple says Yahoo searches from the search field are now encrypted. 

In addition, Apple notes the release improves Reader and AutoFill compatibility with websites.

The release follows OS X 10.9.5 becoming available to all users yesterday with Safari 7.0.6. The Safari 7.1 update is available to users on OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 now through...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 016 with...

In episode 14, Jeremy Thake chats to Andrew Connell, a SharePoint MVP, about SharePoint workflow with regards to versioning and calling remote web services.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP16_AndrewConnell.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 with fixes, new code...

Yesterday evening Apple released OS X 10.9.5 to the general public, the fifth major update for OS X Mavericks. As usual, the update comes with a handful of fixes for user-facing features as well as a small pile of security updates. Many of these security patches are also available for OS X 10.7.5 and 10.8.5 in separate updates.

Like OS X 10.9.4, the update focuses on smaller problems that affect a subset of Macs. The new features include Safari 7.0.6, improved "reliability for VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication," and better reliability for connecting to file servers that use the SMB protocol. For businesses using OS X, the update fixes a...

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09:00
Building a global brand with local flavor  

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Anders Munck, enterprise architect with the Carlsberg Group.

 

The past 14 years have been some of the most tumultuous in Carlsberg’s 167-year history of manufacturing beer. We used to license our beer to other breweries, but when our competitors started buying them up, we had to change our business model. So we began acquiring our own breweries. We’ve grown from serving four small markets in 2000 to successfully reinventing ourselves as a global beer brand. Becoming the fourth-largest brewer in the world brought with it a huge challenge: how do we incorporate many globally dispersed businesses into one company? And how do we ensure that our 500 different brands all live up to Carlsberg’s high standard of excellence?

To address these questions, Carlsberg introduced a vision for the business that we call “GloCal...

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09:00
One reason not to buy an iPhone 6 Plus -- skinny...

This parody video from YouTube user Court Dunn hilariously shows the problems a skinny jeans wearer will face when he tries to pocket his new iPhone 6 Plus. Wonder if JNCO jeans is preparing for its big comeback?...

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08:59
Apple Files Patents for CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep...

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple covering such matters as CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio and more. While it's impossible to have high profile inventions roll every week, especially with Apple's Tim Cook trying to be more secretive that Jobs ever was, there's still a lot of intellectual property to appreciate exploring today.

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08:57
iPhone 6 lines shape up in Australia, around the...

With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets being released tomorrow, long lines have been reported around the world.

Per MacRumors, a photo taken by Guardian Australia writer Bethanie Blanchard shows many customers lining up outside the Apple Store Doncaster, as the line is said to have started at 6 AM and stretches around the entire length of the shopping center.

In addition to Australia, Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK starting Friday, with Apple Retail Stores beginning sales at 8 AM. The company is also implementing a reservation pass...

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08:54
Mac: Booq Taipan shock

Booq has released a number of recent options for lugging around MacBooks, and the Taipan shock ($95) is the company’s newest. Taipan shock is currently the company’s least expensive backpack. It comes in black and can hold a 13” or 15” MacBook....

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08:50
iOS 8 no longer stores encryption keys, Apple...

Part of Apple's new approach to privacy involves stricter encryption in iOS 8, according to the Washington Post, as well as an Apple PDF document. The latter notes that Apple no longer stores encryption keys for devices as of iOS 8, meaning that even if a government agency has a search warrant, the company is unable to break past the security on a passcoded device. That should protect locally-stored content....



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08:44
iCloud for Windows update means PCs can use iCloud...

iCloud Drive is now available on Windows, but not OS X.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple officially released iCloud Drive yesterday as part of the iOS 8 update, but it came with a caveat: turning it on disables the "old" way of iCloud syncing, but OS X doesn't yet support iCloud Drive and won't until OS X Yosemite is released later this fall. If you use iCloud to sync application data between your phone, tablet, and desktop, this means you'll need to keep living with the more limited version of iCloud until Yosemite is out (or roll the dice and give the Public Beta a try).

If you're a Windows user with an iPhone, though, you can go ahead and pull the...

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08:43
News: Daily Deal: 1 TB Of Online Backup with iDrive...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get a one-year subscription to iDrive for only $19—that’s 60% off the normal price. With the iDrive Pro Personal Plan, you get one year with 1TB of encrypted cloud backup and 1TB of sync space in which you can safely back up your photos, videos, documents, contacts, and anything else you have on your computer. The plan also includes features such as multiple device backups, super-fast performance, Facebook…

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08:33
Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks update

In the midst of the iPhone 6 hype and hoopla, a major operating system update just hit.

Late Wednesday, Apple released OS X 10.9.5, which includes the following fixes and changes:

- Safari version 7.0.6.

- Fix for VPN-related vulnerability.

- Fix for file access from SMB servers.

- Fix for the reliability of virtual private network connections that use USB Smart Cards as IDs.

Per Safari 7.0.6, the new version includes a patch for a WebKit vulnerability that allows for termination of arbitrary code after a user visits a malicious website.

Mac users can download OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks via Software Update or the Mac App Store.

If you’ve tried the new version of the operating system, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

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08:28
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08:21
Sony mocks iPhone 6 in Xperia Z3 Compact ad: “Better...

Samsung isn’t the only one mocking Apple’s new iPhone before the device even officially goes on sale tomorrow. Today Sony released its own jab at Apple with the ad above playing on Apple’s “Bigger than bigger” catchphrase for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Xperia Z3 Compact device in the ad sports a 4.6-inch display about the same size as the iPhone 6, but the ad also points out a few specs the new iPhones can’t claim: 2 day battery life, 20.7MP camera, and waterproofing features.

On cue, Samsung and others have also joined in on the iPhone 6 mocking following Apple’s unveiling earlier this month.

Why compromise?...

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08:21
How to auto-delete old texts and silence annoying...

The Messages application gains a number of significant new features with Apple's iOS 8 upgrade, especially for users who participate in group messages that might take up space or become bothersome.

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08:15
Apple pulls HealthKit apps after discovering last-...

Apple statement:

We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month.

I’m sympathetic, but Apple should never have allowed this to happen. This isn’t good.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:11
Analyst: iPhone 6 Launch Weekend Sales to Fall Short...

Following its record breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order launch Apple has been expected to sell around 10 million smartphones during this weekend's in-store rollout, but Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi thinks the company will fall short of that number. Instead of calling doom and gloom, Mr. Sacconaghi thinks that won't be any big deal because launch weekend sales are more about inventory availability than demand.

The Mac Observer Spin: Tony Sacconaghi may think it isn't any big deal if iPhone 6 launch weekend sales don't hit the 10 million unit mark, but it's a safe bet other analysts and the media will skewer Apple and say the company -- or at least the iPhone -- is doomed.


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08:02
Apple, U2 collaborating on 'new digital music...

Irish band U2 is collaborating with Apple on a "new digital music format" designed to entice people into buying more recorded music, according to Time. The band claims that the point isn't just to help its own sales, but artists that can't make money from live performances. "Songwriters aren't touring people," says frontman Bono. "Cole Porter wouldn't have sold t-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."...



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08:00
iOS 8 Downloads Cause Spike in Web Traffic as...

Apple yesterday released iOS 8 to the public, opening the doors for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to download and install Apple's latest version of iOS on their devices. According to The Guardian, this release caused internet traffic to surge in the UK by as much as 60 percent compared to the same time the previous day as millions of iOS users rushed to update their devices.

LONAP web traffic data from iOS launch timeframe (blue) vs. previous day (red)
Data from LONAP shows that web traffic surged just as iOS 8 was released at 6:00 PM UK time. Traffic remained strong for several hours, with a peak at 8:00 PM in the UK as more than 70 gigabits per second were being transferred through LONAP's exchange.

iOS 8 adoption from Mixpanel

iOS 8 may have...

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08:00
Apple publishes privacy and security page; Cook pens...

Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch, and in the wake of the iCloud celebrity hacking saga, Apple on Wednesday evening put up a new privacy page on its website which aims to assure customers that their private information is safeguarded by rigorous security...

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07:59
CNN’s iPhone 6 app demoed during the Apple event is...


Apple showed off a number of its own apps at last week’s iPhone 6 event to illustrate how the larger display phones can show content in new ways, specifically iPad-like two-column views in landscape mode.

Apple also encouraged developers to update their own apps to take advantage of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays rather than relying on system scaling to blow up content made for 4-inch displays, and CNN’s news app for iPhone was the shining example of what third-party app makers can do....

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07:51
Apple updates privacy policy: 'We sell great...

Need another reason to upgrade to iOS 8? Apple can’t see any of your personal information if you have a passcode enabled on devices running the new OS. And if Apple can’t see it, the government can’t, either.

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the company’s new privacy measures in a Wednesday night letter that not-so-subtly slammed other tech companies like Facebook and Google.

“Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products,” Cook said. “We don’t build a profile based on your e-mail content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t ‘monetize’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your e-mail or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.”

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07:37
News: Apple and U2 working on ‘secret project’ to...

Last week, Apple and U2 teamed up to release the band’s newest album — Songs of Innocence — for free on iTunes. A new article from Time claims that the company and band are also teaming up on a “secret project” to boost digital music sales. According to the article, Bono “hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music —…

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07:36
Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

The WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set ($100) is the newest entry in Belkin's lineup of home automation products that began two years ago with its WeMo Switch and WeMo Switch + Motion, and has been more recently expanding into everything from crock pots to humidifiers. With this latest entry, Belkin goes back to WeMo's roots with a lighting solution that is both functional and easy to install. The LED Lighting Starter Set includes two Smart LED bulbs that…

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07:28
Apple, U2 reportedly working on secret new digital...

U2's new collaboration with Apple appears to run deeper than the recent exclusive release of the band's new Songs of Innocence album on iTunes, as the Irish rockers are said to be working alongside the iPhone maker to create a new digital music format.

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07:09
Top 20 iOS 8 features (Video)

So it’s finally here. Apple has released iOS 8 to the masses and as you would expect, a decent amount of features come along with that. We’ve previously detailed our favorite hidden features in iOS 8, but today we’re letting it all out. We’ve put together a list of our top 20 favorite iOS 8 features that you can look forward to after updating…

Keep in mind, there are a lot more than just 20 features that are...

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07:04
iOS 8: Taking Full Advantage of Interactive...

One of iOS 8's most talked about features is Interactive Notifications. Now when a notification banner or alert appears, a response can be sent off without leaving the current app or unlocking the device. This works right out of the box with Messages and soon with many other apps as developers push updates for iOS 8. How to take advantage of this new feature is fairly intuitive, however it took a bit of experimentation to fully understand how they work.


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07:00
Apple SVP Angela Ahrendts added to Fortune’s Most...

Leaving her role as CEO of Burberry to run Apple’s Retail and Online Stores division as senior vice president has garnered a lot of attention for Angela Ahrendts as Apple gears up for selling the Apple Watch starting next year. Today, Fortune’s 2014 list of the “Most Powerful Women in Business” has taken notice. Fortune writes:

Ahrendts may have given up a CEO title when she left Burberry to head Apple’s $20 billion retail operation, but her new role puts her more in the spotlight than ever. At Apple since May, she’s now key to the success of the company’s new watch.

Ahrendts has so far...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Crystalline dreams

Apple Pay may mean the end of physical bank cards within 2-3 years, argues Moven CEO (9to5 Mac)

Source: Some CEO

Chance it's true: None

This is a case of a guy whose eyes are bigger than his stomach (or brain). Apple Pay seems cool and all, and...

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06:47
A Stunner: A New Patent Surfaces Listing Steve Jobs...

Most Apple fans knew that Steve Jobs owned a super yacht called Venus that was designed by Philippe Starck's design company Ubik and built by Feadship. Knowing Steve Jobs, he likely had a hand in every aspect of the design. At a cost of US$100 million you could bet on that. In fact, to control his new yacht Jobs wanted to use an iPhone and/or an iPad. How do I know this? Simply put, I stumbled upon a new patent application earlier this morning while doing some research.

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06:24
News: Apple launches new privacy webpage

Apple has launched a new webpage detailing the company’s commitment to privacy and security. The page contains a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook in which he writes, “We’re publishing this website to explain how we handle your personal information, what we do and don’t collect, and why.” Separate sections of the site focus on privacy in specific Apple services, tips on how to be more secure online, details on how Apple…

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06:22
Apple TV Gets Beats Channel, Family Sharing

Apple released an update for the second and third generation Apple TV on Wednesday with a new Beats Music channel and support for iOS 8's Family Sharing feature. The update also replaced some icons with versions that better match the flat style introduced in iOS 7 and carried on in iOS 8.


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06:19
External Link: Bloomberg Businessweek Profiles Tim...

Bloomberg Businessweek has published an exhaustive profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook (be sure to check out the cover of the issue). The chief focus is how Cook handled taking over from Steve Jobs, and the challenges he faced. It also includes a brief foray into SVP of Design Jony Ive’s process behind creating the Apple Watch.

 

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06:17
Apple's iPhone 6 & 6 Plus gain radio...

Following the somewhat surprising news that Apple's next-generation iPhones would not launch in China --?now one of the company's most important markets --?on the same day as their global release, a report from the Asian nation's state-run media confirms that the devices are still awaiting regulatory approval.

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06:09
Demoed at WWDC, Epic Zen Garden is now available to...

First shown at WWDC, to demonstrate Metal (Apple’s new graphics API), Epic Zen Garden is now available in the App Store to download to try out on your newly-updated iOS 8 device. Although this is more tech demo than fully-fledged game, you can still get some enjoyment out of raking the sand or playing with the fish in the pond. There are several different areas to explore which show off the power of the GPU’s in your iOS device. It does look good.

Note that Epic Zen Garden requires an A7 (or A8) SoC, so whilst it will download onto older devices, it will crash upon launch without warning. As such, the game will only run on an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display.

In the App Store,...

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06:00
Get to know iOS 8: Why business users (and IT...

It’s an old story now, but still worth remembering: When the iPhone debuted way back in 2007, it wasn’t much thought of as a device for business users. It had email, yes, but not many of the security features favored by IT departments—and besides, the BlackBerry dominated the business market anyway.

These days, there’s an iPhone and an iPad in nearly every boardroom. Why? Because the bosses liked them and brought them to work despite the complaints from those IT departments.

But Apple was not blind to the BYOD. Every new update to iOS brings a host of new features designed to mollify the folks down in IT. The release of iOS 8 is no different. It has a host of new features aimed at making iOS devices more secure, more manageable, and more productive.

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06:00
Yahoo updates its weather app

Amid all the other software excitement this week, Yahoo has updated its popular Yahoo Weather App. The company says, "By using technology typically only experienced in video games, Yahoo is taking the award-winning experience for iPhone, iPad and...

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05:57
Delivery Status 6.1.2 - Check delivery status of...

Delivery Status displays delivery status of packages for a variety of shipment services.

Can't wait for your packages to arrive? Don't waste your time checking the site constantly, just open this all-in-one delivery tracker and enter your order number or tracking number. The status will update automatically for you, and even count down the days! It also works with Growl to give you pop-up message, email notifications, and more, whenever your package status changes.

Delivery Status lets you track your deliveries from:

  • Adobe.com (US and Canada)
  • Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, Amazon.at, and Amazon.fr
  • Apple.com (including all international stores)
  • Aramex
  • Canada Post (Postes Canada)
  • DHL (US, Germany, and GlobalMail)
  • DPD (Germany)
  • FedEx and FedEx SmartPost
  • GLS Germany
  • Google Checkout
  • Hermes Logistik Gruppe (HLG, Germany)...
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05:56
Early iPhone 6 Reviewers Might as Well Be Rating...


With every new iPhone release, Apple delivers a handful of new iPhones to a select few industry journalists to review. How are those journalists and publications selected? First, they are known to appreciate the Apple aesthetic -- they have written dozens of positive reviews. No Apple haters allowed, which makes sense. It's important to set the stage for positive vibes when launching a new product -- a professional marketing launch with billions of dollars on the line is never organic.

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05:53
Mavericks Cache Cleaner 8.0.9 - Clear caches, access...

Mavericks Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. MCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset MCC provides. Mavericks Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe.

Maintenance. Mavericks Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Mavericks, MCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. MCC Documents and the MCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The MCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the MCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar.

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05:52
China issues one of two required approvals for...

Apple has obtained one approval for use of the new line of iPhones in China, moving closer to being able to sell the coveted device in the market. Another critical approval for network access is still needed, which led to concerns last week about the handset not being available for some time in the country....



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05:49
How to start an iOS 8 Family Sharing account to...

Once users are running iOS 8 on their iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, they'll be able to share all iTunes account purchases, including apps, music and movies, between up to six people in their family.

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05:48
Briefly: Google Glass iOS update, Chromecast out in...

An update to MyGlass, the iOS Google Glass companion app, has been updated to allow users faster access to images shot using the headwear. The Next Web writes that photographs will now appear on an iPhone or iPad for editing when Photo Sync is enabled, viewable both via the app and a separate MyGlass album. The Android version of the app reportedly already has the function built in....



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05:42
iOS 8: See What’s Eating Your Battery

For today's article, Melissa Holt will cover the new iOS 8 feature that'll interpret how your battery is being used to help you address any potential problems. Why, your fancy device will now even make suggestions about what you can do to improve battery life! Come on in and read all about it in this Quick Tip.


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05:39
∞ Man races a train from one London tube station to...

[VIDEO] All the ingredients are there. One person with an iPhone on the train to record the runner leaving and await his return, and a GoPro camera on the runner’s head to record the actual run. Loved this.

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05:38
GarageBand’s iOS 8 update adds MIDI over Bluetooth...


As one of the last of its own apps to get an update for iOS 8, Apple has now updated its GarageBand app for iPhone and iPad with support for the new OS and more.

On top of the expected iOS 8 support, the app also gains MIDI over Bluetooth support, which means compatible MIDI keyboards, DJ controllers and other MIDI-based instruments can now connect wirelessly and send MIDI data to the app over Bluetooth LE. We first told you about...

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05:30
Apple’s iOS 8 super-site

iOS 8 is an incredibly rich upgrade. Stepping through these pages will give you a sense of the major new capabilities so you can take advantage of them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Apple and U2 reportedly working on ‘secret project’...

According to TIME, U2’s partnership with Apple goes far beyond a free album in your iTunes library, much to the chagrin of some users. The group are reportedly working with Apple on a ‘secret project’ to rejuvenate digital music scales.

Details, however, are thin on the ground. Bono is quoted as saying he is developing a new music format that will somehow inspire consumers to buy complete albums once more. Without more information, it’s impossible to tell whether this is a silly pipe dream or an actual possibility. In the age of streaming music, the sales potential for individually bought songs is waning.

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05:16
iOS 8 upgrade: Choosing the right iCloud Drive option

When you upgrade to iOS 8, most of the options are ones you’ve seen with past upgrades. But one option, asking if you’d like to upgrade to iCloud Drive, is new, and the choice you make here matters.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:10
Apple Working with U2 on New Music Format to Boost...

Apple and U2 have a long history of working together, producing a special edition U2 iPod in 2008 and more recently releasing the band's latest album, "Songs of Innocence," for free. According to Time, Apple and U2 now are collaborating on a new music format that will boost digital music sales.

Details on the music format or the secret project surrounding it were not revealed, but U2's Bono says it will help musicians sell their music.Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music—whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn’t just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can’t make money, as U2 does, from live performance. “Songwriters aren’t touring people,” says Bono. “Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn’t coming...

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04:57
Ars Technica’s massive iOS 8 review

This is a beast of a review, lots to digest.

As you make your way through the various reviews, keep in mind that the best of iOS 8 is yet to come. As developers wrap their heads around what’s possible, clever bits of code that leverage your iOS experience will start to emerge. That’s when the true value of iOS 8 will become apparent.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:52
Indoor location market accelerating into the...

The indoor location market is now accelerating into the mainstream, with new contracts and deployments announced on an almost daily basis, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The arrival of iBeacons has caught the imagination, but the reality is there are many more location technologies available, all of which have unique benefits.

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04:52
Indoor location market accelerating into the...

The indoor location market is now accelerating into the mainstream, with new contracts and deployments announced on an almost daily basis, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The arrival of iBeacons has caught the imagination, but the reality is there are many more location technologies available, all of which have unique benefits.

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04:51
OneNote 15.2.2 - Free digital notebook from...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.2.2:

  • Bug fixes



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04:46
Apple briefs Congress in its continuing effort to...

Politico reports that Apple briefed a Congressional committee on the security and privacy of its products following concerns raised by the celebrity nudes story.

A week after Apple rolled out new products that track users’ health and fitness, the company dispatched its executives to Capitol Hill to address emerging privacy and security concerns [...]

Bud Tribble, the company’s chief technology officer, and Afshad Mistri, its health product manager, briefed the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to three congressional sources.

Apple is clearly focusing on communicating its commitment to securing user data, Tim Cook yesterday publishing a letter on the...

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04:39
New location options in iOS 8

In a nutshell, you now have the ability to restrict an app from accessing your location data while running in the background.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:29
Mac OS X updated to version 10.9.5

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.5. The company says it improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update:

° Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication;

° Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server;

° Includes Safari 7.0.6.

Apple says that, for enterprise content, this update:

° Fixes an issue with group membership in large network groups, that also might prevent administrators from performing some administrative tasks successfully.

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04:19
Kool Tools: StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac OS X

Smith Micro Software's StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac now boastsCloud Services integration, a new cloud-based file transfer feature that lets users send large files without the dealing with email attachments or FTP. 

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04:17
Apple Records their Thirtieth Stylus Related...

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work on developing a future advanced stylus. For the record, Apple now has 30 patent applications on advancing a stylus on record.

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04:11
Apple halfway to solving regulatory holdup delaying...

Reuters is reporting that Apple has now received one of the two licences needed to allow it to sell the iPhone 6 in China. There is no word yet on the second licence required before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can be launched in this hugely important market.

Apple Inc’s iPhone 6 received regulatory approval for use on domestic frequencies but still requires one more critical licence before it may be sold in the country, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday [...]

Apple still needs to obtain a critical network access licence for the iPhone, after which sales may begin, Xinhua said …

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04:06
Apple Configurator 1.6 - Configure and deploy iOS...

Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution. Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons. Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users....

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03:47
Apple invents bone conducting EarPods for better...

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of iPhone voice calls, Apple is investigating a unique take on bone conduction technology that uses sensor-laden EarPods and multiple microphones to cancel out unwanted noise.

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03:45
Dropbox and Carousel showing duplicate photos after...

An iOS 8 compatibility issue that led the Dropbox and Carousel iOS apps to fail to upload photos has now been resolved with a new version, but you may find that you are seeing duplicates of your photos, reports the company in its blog.

Some iOS 8 users who have downloaded the latest versions of Dropbox and Carousel might be experiencing ‘duplicate’ uploads of their photos. These ‘duplicates’ are backed up versions of thumbnails generated by Apple’s iCloud My Photo Stream and are being recognized as unique images by Dropbox.

Dropbox also acknowledges that “a small number” of users are finding that the app crashes on opening, and is working on a fix for both issues.

Apple...

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03:28
SpamSieve 2.9.16 - Robust spam filter for major...

SpamSieve is a robust spam filter for major email clients that uses powerful Bayesian spam filtering.

SpamSieve understands what your spam looks like in order to block it all, but also learns what your legitimate messages look like to avoid confusion. SpamSieve only marks spam in your email client so you never lose any mail.



Version 2.9.16:

  • Works with Apple Mail under OS X 10.9.5. It's easiest if you update to SpamSieve 2.9.16 before updating to OS X 10.9.5. In any case, if you don't see the SpamSieve commands in Apple Mail's Message menu, be sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu. Otherwise, with the SpamSieve plug-in not installed, Mail will move good messages to the spam mailbox without consulting SpamSieve.
  • Improved compatibility with pre-release versions of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Made various changes to improve SpamSieve's filtering accuracy.
  • Updated the Outlook and...

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03:22
OS X Server 3.2.1 - For OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks. (...

OS X Server is the next generation of Apple's award winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Macs, iPhones and iPads, remotely access your network, and more.

Server is now an application you can add to Mavericks right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Mavericks into a server that's perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, and hobbyists alike.

File Sharing

  • File sharing for Mac, PC, and iPad
  • Standards-based AFP, SMB, and WebDAV file services
  • Flexible file permissions
  • Spotlight searching

Wiki Server

  • Point-and-click page editor to change formatting and insert images, movies, and attachments
  • Access controls
  • Tags and comments
  • Revision history...

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02:44
Apple Security Update 2014-004 - For OS X 10.7, 10.7...

Apple Security Update is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

The download link above is for OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion; also available:



  • OS X 10.8.5 or later



Download Now

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02:37
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 - The latest version of OS X...

Apple OS X Mavericks is the latest release of the world's most advanced desktop operating system. Now free! With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings Maps and iBooks to the Mac, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags, enhances multidisplay support, and includes an all-new version of Safari. The latest release of the world's most advanced desktop operating system also adds new core technologies that deliver breakthrough power efficiency and responsiveness. iBooks

  • Download and read books from the iBooks Store.
  • Pick up right where you left off. iCloud keeps your current page up to date across all your devices.
  • Swipe through Multi-Touch books with interactive features, diagrams, photos, videos, and more.
  • Keep multiple books open while using other apps -- great for writing a paper or doing research.

Maps

    ...

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02:10
Long Lines Forming for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch in...

With Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going on sale in the first group of launch countries beginning on Friday, September 19, long lines have already started to form across the world as many anticipate the release of both devices. Apple retail customers in Australia will have the first opportunity to purchase the new handsets at 8 AM on Friday, as some have already begun lining up outside of the company's various retail locations. Currently, it is 7:10 PM on Thursday, September 18 throughout many parts of Australia.

Image credit: @beth_blanchard
One photo taken by Guardian Australia writer Bethanie Blanchard shows many customers lining up outside the...

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01:10
Apple updates security policies in Cook open letter...

Late on Wednesday, Apple updated its privacy policy web page to feature a letter from CEO Tim Cook outlining new security initiatives, and reiterating the company's recent message that the iPhone maker is in the business of selling products, rather than harvesting data about users in order to target and sell advertising -- and consequently, takes pains to avoid collecting any unnecessary data. In the letter, Cook says that security and privacy are "fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services."...



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00:08
Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Ronin Developer writes From the Cnet article: "At last week's Apple event, the company announced Apple Pay — a new mobile payments service that utilizes NFC technology in conjunction with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for secure payments that can be made from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch. Apple also announced a number of retailers that would accept Apple Pay for mobile payments at launch. However, Cult of Mac reports that NFC will be locked to the Apple Pay platform, meaning the technology will not be available for other uses. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the lock down of the technology, saying developers would be restricted from utilizing its NFC chip functionality for at least a year. Apple declined to comment on whether NFC capability would remain off limits beyond that period." So, it would appear, for at least a year, that Apple doesn't want competing mobile payment options to be available on the newly released iPhone 6 and 6+. While it's understandable...

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Wednesday September 17

23:43
Bloomberg profiles Apple CEO Tim Cook, sheds light...

A hit-and-miss profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought some new details to light about changes made at Apple since Cook took over in late 2011. It also confirms that the Apple Watch project was started after former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs died, that the consolidation of hardware and software teams that led to Scott Forstall's ouster was a deliberate move by Cook, and that those who work with him have no doubts about the ability of the company to continue innovating....



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21:57
Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making...

Tim Cook unveils iOS 8 at WWDC 2014.

Megan Geuss

Apple has updated its privacy policy as part of the rollout of iOS 8, announcing that devices with the latest version of the operating system installed can no longer be accessed by the company itself.

Previously, as we reported in May 2014, if law enforcement came to Apple with a seized device and a valid warrant, it was able to access a substantial portion of the data already on an iPad or iPhone. But under the latest version of iOS, even that will be impossible.

"On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode," the company wrote on its website...

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20:59
AOC introducing technology in monitors to protect...

Display manufacturer AOC is introducing a technology that is said to protect users from the damaging effects associated with blue light from backlit LED screens. The patent-pending innovation is dubbed Anti-Blue Light (ABL), offering protection against the prolonged effects of exposure to shortwave light in the blue spectrum....



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20:39
Briefly: Dropbox's iOS 8 updates, 1Password...

Cloud storage platform Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app, in light of the release of iOS 8. Dropbox allows users to store their files remotely, and its iOS app provides access to any file saved to one's cloud account. Dropbox v3.4 includes a restored automatic back-up functionality for iOS 8, which was briefly not working for those who installed the latest iOS release. Users can now create and manage Shared Folders within the app, with additional sharing controls accessible for Pro and Dropbox Business accounts. IOS 8 users can view their recent activity in the Today view widget i...

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20:33
Apple says incapable of decrypting iOS 8 user data,...

Among the privacy policies outlined by Apple in a new privacy policy webpage on Wednesday is an iOS 8 feature that makes it technically impossible for the company to decrypt a device to harvest user data, even if law enforcement agencies request it.

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19:43
A message from Tim Cook about Apple’s commitment to...

Apple:

I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.

Our commitment to protecting your privacy comes from a deep respect for our customers. We know that your trust doesn’t come easy. That’s why we have and always will work as hard as we can to earn and keep it.

I await similar letters from every other company we trust with our data.

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19:40
Briefly: iPhone 6/iOS 8 e-book available; Apple...

Following the arrival of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple has updated its official iPhone User Guide (a free e-book download available from the iBookstore) to cover its release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as offer a tour of all the new and changed features of iOS 8. The e-Book can be read on the iBooks app for iOS, or on the OS X version of iBooks for Mavericks and later. The guide covers all iOS 8-compatible iPhone hardware, from the iPhone 4S to the latest iPhone 6 models as well as offering iOS 8 tutorials, including the new Health app....



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19:40
iOS 8 and the Apple TV: Flattening the living room


The old Apple TV setup screen. Note the glassy button and its blue glow.

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CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});The Apple TV's interface is only vaguely similar to the one on your iPhone or iPad, but inside the set-top box is the same hardware and software that runs the rest of the iDevices. Alongside iOS 8, Apple today introduced "Apple TV Software version 7.0," a fancy name for "the Apple TV's version of iOS 8."

The Apple TV's software was never as skeuomorphic and texture-soaked as iOS 6 was on the iPhone...

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19:28
Amazon announces massive Kindle refresh including...

Following a big day of Apple news, Kindle has unleashed a massive refresh of its Kindle lines, including three refreshed Kindles and—interestingly—one completely new Kindle model. The lineup includes the company’s new flagship e-reader dubbed Kindle Voyage, a new entry-level Kindle that now packs a touch screen, an updated Kindle Fire HDX, and a new Kindle Fire HD, which is starting at just $99.

The Kindle Voyage,...

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19:13
iOS 8: List of available trusted root certificates

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

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19:10
iExplorer 3.5.0.0 - View and transfer all the files...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable.

Features:

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 2, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod



Version 3.5.0.0:

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18:53
Tim Cook touts new Apple privacy policies in open...

Apple on Wednesday updated its customer privacy webpage to reflect new security initiatives, highlighting a letter written by CEO Tim Cook, who restated the company's business is in selling products, not harvesting data.

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18:47
Apple Aims for Greater Transparency With...

Apple today launched a new privacy site that outlines all of the privacy features of Apple's products and services, offers tips on managing privacy, details government information requests, and explicitly states Apple's Privacy Policy.

The site comes alongside a letter on privacy from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who says that the company respects user privacy and protects it with "strong encryption." Privacy and security are of the utmost importance to Apple, according to Cook, and the company designs all of its hardware, software, and services with privacy in mind.

In the letter, Tim Cook says that Apple is aiming to be more transparent about what happens...

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18:30
OS X 10.9.5 released, iMovie for iOS updated for iOS...

In what is likely the final numerical update for OS X Mavericks, Apple has released version 10.9.5 just one day after it was seeded to AppleCare representatives. The release notes indicate that it improves the reliability of VPN connections requiring USB smart cards, and access to files on SMB servers. The patch also includes Safari 7.0.6, though it was released separately about a month ago, alongside v6.1.6 for older operating systems for security patches. The company also updated iMovie for iOS to add iOS 8 compatibility....



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18:29
Tim Cook reiterates commitment to user privacy and...

 

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published a letter (below) on the company’s website expressing his commitment to the privacy and security of iOS and Mac users. Cook says that he will now issue annual updates on how user data is being handled, and the company will become even more transparent how its data collection tactics.

The executive also reiterated previous claims that neither he nor any part of the company has collaborated with governments to provide access to user information, noting again that Apple does not read users’ email, iMessages, and other communications. He also pointed out that there is no “...

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18:22
About the security content of OS X Server v2.2.3

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v2.2.3.

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18:22
About the security content of OS X Server v3.2.1

This document describes the security content of OS X Server v3.2.1.

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18:17
About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.5...

This document describes the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 and Security Update 2014-004.

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18:14
Apple updates iWork for iOS suite with support for...

Following the release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple rolled out updates for its iWork productivity app suite, bringing the titles up to speed with the company's latest mobile operating system.

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17:50
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

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17:44
Rene Ritchie’s iOS 8 review

Last year Apple stripped iOS bare in order to redefine how we do things. This year they build atop everything that came before in order to redefine what we can do.

I always love reading Rene’s reviews.

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17:30
Samsung Learns that Smartphones with Biometric...

In a new business report that was published in South Korea earlier this week we've learned that Samsung Electronics' smartphone sensor technology has been dragged down by technological and legal problems. The legal issue revolves around smartphones integrating biometric sensors have to be clearly labelled as medical devices. Whether this problem could spill over to the iPhone 6 being sold in certain countries like South Korea is unknown at this time.

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17:21
Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks with...

Apple on Wednesday released the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks maintenance update, which includes Safari version 7.0.6, with fixes for VPN reliability and file access from SMB servers.

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17:10
Apple Releases Mavericks OS X 10.9.5 with...

Apple released OS X 10.9.5 on Wednesday. Though coming on the same day as iOS 8, Apple's patch notes don't mention iOS 8 compatibility. Instead, Apple said the update includes improvements to VPN connections, SMB server access, and Safari 7.0.6.


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17:07
Apple updates iMovie for iOS with new filters, speed...

Continuing its ongoing first-party iOS app updates, Apple on Wednesday released a new version of iMovie that introduces a slew of editing features alongside support for iOS 8.

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17:03
Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.5, includes...

Apple has finally released OS X 10.9.5 for users on OS X Mavericks. While many of today’s software updates from the company are iOS 8 compatibility updates, 10.9.5 features only a handful of fixes and updates, including more reliable VPN connections when using a USB smart card and improved SMB server support.

Safari 7.0.6 is also listed in the change notes, but that update was released to the public...

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17:00
Apple Releases OS X 10.9.5 With Reliability...

Apple today released OS X 10.9.5, after approximately a month of testing and two months after the release of OS X 10.9.4.

The update, which is recommended for all Mavericks users, improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication and it improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server. Also included with OS X 10.9.5 is Safari 7.0.6.

OS X 10.9.5 will likely be the final update to Mavericks ahead of the release of OS X Yosemite, which is expected in October. OS X Yosemite brings several improvements to the operating system, including a revamped look and several new features that improve integration with iOS.

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Apple TV Updated With Beats...

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16:57
Apple Updates iTunes TOC with iOS 8 Family Sharing...

Apple updated on Wednesday the Terms and Conditions users must agree to use the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, and other iTunes services. The company added new terms that cover Family Sharing, a feature in iOS 8 that makes it easier for a family to share iTunes purchases. App Bundles are another new feature. It allows developers to offer bundles of their own apps at a discount.


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16:43
iMovie for iOS updated with iOS 8 support, video...


Update: Apple seems to have temporarily pulled this update in order to fix widely-reported crashes. It will likely be available again soon.
Update 2: It’s back now.

Apple has pushed out an updated version of iMovie for iOS (version 2.1) today that features support for the newly-released iOS 8 software and several other new features. The update includes 10 new Apple-designed filters that can be applied to your clips, speed settings for projects on newer iOS devices (iPhone 5s...

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16:36
List of iOS 8 Apps That Offer Touch ID Integration

iOS 8, released to the public earlier today, included a slew of new APIs for developers. One of those APIs opened up Touch ID to third-party apps, letting developers use the fingerprint scanner for authentication purposes within apps.

Quite a few apps have been updated to take advantage of Touch ID integration, replacing passwords and PIN codes. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the most popular apps that have integrated Touch ID support below.

- 1Password (Free) [Direct Link] - Password management app 1Password allows Touch ID to replace a Master Password, providing access to the app.

- LastPass (Free) [Direct Link] - Like...

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16:13
Apple releases iOS 8.0

At long last, it’s here.

On Wednesday, Apple released its long-awaited iOS 8.0 mobile operating system. The update, which varies in size between several hundred megabytes and a few gigabytes and offers a slew of new features, fixes and changes that are described here via the Apple web site.

iOS 8.0 requires an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later or a fifth generation iPod touch to install and run and can be downloaded and installed via iOS’s or iTunes’ update features.

If you’ve tried iOS 8.0 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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16:11
WSJ: iPhone 6, 6 Plus cameras beat Galaxy S5 handily

The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has had a chance to take the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S5 on a test run from a photographic perspective, comparing the built-in cameras on each. On paper, the iPhone models were at a serious disadvantage: the photo modules are only 8MP, compared to the 16 megapixel units on Samsung's flagship smartphone. Nevertheless, Fowler's photos make clear that Apple's combination of lenses, camera, sensor and post-processing technologies create consistently better pictures....



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16:09
Keymoji keyboard for iOS 8 translates everything you...


The Apple Watch may be able to share your heartbeat with someone across the world, but I think we all know that the future of communication actually lies in those little smiling faces called emoji that are usually tucked away in a secondary keyboard on our phones. To ensure that the future of interpersonal conversation is not hindered by the relative difficulty of tracking down just the right icon to express your feelings, one iOS development team has released a keyboard that translates everything you say into emoji.

The...

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16:08
ACM 272: iPhone 6, iOS 8, and Tim Cook

iPhone 6 preorders went off with a few hitches, and Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin discuss the process and why they picked what they picked. iOS 8 was released on Wednesday, too, and they talk about what is and isn't in the new mobile OS. Apple CEO Tim Cook also gets put under the microscope after he revealed a company that is firing on all cylinders.


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15:57
A Deeper Look at New Apple, Under Tim Cook's...

After Apple's September ninth event where they introduced the iPhone 6 with a new 5.5 inch version, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, Apple's Tim Cook has gone on a massive PR tour. In the past week we've covered the in-depth Charlie Rose interview and now a new Bloomberg Businessweek has surfaced where we find Tim Cook and his team really opening up about new Apple in ways much different than we found in the Rose interview.

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15:53
∞ Apple TV update brings iOS 8-style interface

I really like the new interface myself. You can update directly from your Apple TV by going to Settings. This is what it looks like now.

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15:38
Nintendo Blows Some Minds With Hyrule Warriors


Nintendo's Hyrule Warriors, which was released in Japan last month and will arrive in North America on Sept. 26, is a very different kind of game. Nintendo called in help from two outside studios: Team Ninja; and Omega Force, the creators of Dynasty Warriors. The result is a game that looks a lot like The Legend of Zelda, but the game play goes in a very different direction. Hero Link once again is called to save the realm, but things immediately take an unexpected turn.

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15:37
Dive into iOS 8 with these handy tips for iPhone and...

In preparation of Wednesday's iOS 8 release, AppleInsider dug in and compiled a set of tips and tricks to help iPhone and iPad owners take full advantage of all the new features and functions baked in to Apple's latest mobile OS.

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15:30
OneNote announces the Share extension for iOS 8

Today’s post on OneNote was written by Avneesh Kohli, program manager on the OneNote team. 

Today, we’re announcing the OneNote Share extension update for your iPad and iPhone, making it easier than ever to send content from your favorite apps to OneNote. All you need is an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8, the new operating system.

Get started by downloading OneNote for iPad or OneNote for iPhone for free from the App Store. If you already have OneNote installed, simply open the App Store and get the latest version from the Updates tab available. As soon as your phone updates to iOS 8,  you’ll be ready to use the Share Extension. Lastly, make sure are signed into OneNote with your Microsoft account on your iOS device, so you can enable the Share extension functionality.

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15:30
Amazingly fast and file transfer with Send Anywhere

I don't typically think of moving files between devices as being very difficult. Then again, I'm an old geezer and remember "sneekernet"-moving files by physically carrying them around on floppy discs because there was no network. It's really not...

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15:29
Office 365 APIs Starter Project for Windows

We’re building a set of starter projects that are intended to help you become familiar with the different Office 365 client libraries on the platforms you care about. In each project, we’ll show you how to use the client libraries to integrate your users’ Office 365 data into your app.

Using the Office 365 client libraries can simplify your life greatly as you code against the Office 365 APIs from your app. Here are just a few  examples:

  • Use the client libraries’ authentication business logic for getting the client access token. This means you don’t have to implement the authentication, authorization, and consent workflow that’s required for OAuth.
  • The client libraries remove the requirement to implement JSON serialization/deserialization in to/from objects; they have parity with the service metadata description; they manage the client access token; and they can make the object model easier to use.
  • Using the client libraries, you can leverage...
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15:25
Android Browser flaw a “privacy disaster”

A bug quietly reported on September 1 appears to have grave implications for Android users. Android Browser, the open source, WebKit-based browser that used to be part of the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP), has a flaw that enables malicious sites to inject JavaScript into other sites. Those malicious JavaScripts can in turn read cookies and password fields, submit forms, grab keyboard input, or do practically anything else.

I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:22
iOS 8: Tips, Tricks, and Details

iOS 8 is, by any measure, a big update. A lot of it is refinement to last year’s drastic design overhaul, but there are also a lot of notable new features. Sitting amongst those refinements and big new features are little nuggets of delight in which Apple has designed or implemented something (whether it be a feature, design flourish or a shortcut) that you might not notice until one day you stumble upon it accidentally.

As usual, Federico Viticci, Graham Spencer and the crew at MacStories put together a great set of tips for the new iOS.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:18
Amplified: I’m Not Going to Put My Beer Down to...

With Dan still out, Shawn fills in and talks to Jim about his iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review, where the Apple Watch will be sold and “is U2 the New Nickleback?”

Sponsored by MailChimp (Send 12,000 emails per month, to 2,000 subscribers, forever).

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15:12
Jailbreak tweak developer releases three new iOS 8...


In March we reported on a new jailbreak tweak called ProWidgets that introduced a whole suite of widgets to the iOS 7 Notification Center. With today’s release of iOS 8, ProWidgets developer Alan Yip has released several native widgets for the new operating system. These new add-ons will help you keep track of your calendar and to-do list, monitor the...

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15:12
Comprehensive List of iOS 8 Apps with Notification...

iOS 8 was released today, which means hundreds of app developers are releasing newly updated apps that take advantage of all the APIs introduced with the operating system upgrade. Those include third-party keyboards, which we covered earlier today, and app extensions, a set of APIs that allows apps to interact in new and innovative ways.

One of the neatest app extension features lets developers create widgets that show up in the Today view of the Notification Center. These widgets let users interact with apps and get information at a glance. Several apps have been updated to take advantage of Notification Center widgets, and we've rounded up a comprehensive list below. Many of these app updates are already available, but some will be coming later today and tomorrow.

Dropbox (Free) [...

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15:11
How to make the most of iOS 8's new built-in...

The iPhone is possibly the most popular camera of any kind in the world, and Apple has made a number of improvements to iOS's built-in camera app that give mobile photographers even more control. AppleInsider took a look at how users can take advantage of the new features.

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15:11
Tim Cook explains consolidation at Apple in new...

A new profile of Apple published Wednesday offers a behind-the-scenes look at what has changed since the death of cofounder Steve Jobs, including how CEO Tim Cook navigated a series of internal shakeups to arrive at the company we see today.

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15:09
Swaive announces 'intelligent' Bluetooth...

Swaive Corp. has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. It communicates with an iPhone and iPad app that analyzes temperatures and provides vital information to monitor the health of the family, and syncs with Apple's HealthKit.

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15:03
Apple acknowledges HealthKit bug, promises fix

Apple has confirmed the existence of a bug in HealthKit that resulted in the removal of related apps from the App Store. In an email to the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw, the company states that it has "discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We're working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month."...



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15:00
Tim Cook gives a brief history of Apple Watch's...

Business Week's new interview with Tim Cook offers a great deal of insight into the CEO's role at Apple and the development of the iPhone 6. What may be most interesting to Apple devotees however is the brief history of the Apple Watch's development...

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14:42
BitTorrent Chat exits private test; emerges as Bleep...

Peer-to-peer protocol pioneers BitTorrent has released an Alpha version of its chat client. BitTorrent has revealed Bleep -- what used to be called BitTorrent Chat -- for Android and OSX. Bleep offers fully encrypted, end to end communications between users only stored locally on devices, and not retained by servers along any step of the way....



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14:34
Your iOS 8 enabled iPhone can ditch Google for...

Fast Company:

The mobile version of Safari will now let you change the default search engine to DuckDuckGo, the privacy-obsessed Google alternative that has seen a sharp uptick in activity since Edward Snowden became a household name. By default, DuckDuckGo does not track its users’ search activity or even log their IP addresses.

Choice is always good and this is a pretty easy switch to make.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
All-Star Basketball fails to make it off the bench

All-Star Basketball is a free arcade basketball game. It's simple, quick, and easy to play, but it rarely does much to satisfy. The graphics are nice, and it really does look like your player is shooting a basketball at a hoop, but that's really the...

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14:26
Google Glass companion app MyGlass for iOS updated w...

Google’s companion app for Google Glass was updated this afternoon on iOS with a few minor changes. The update to MyGlass bumps the app to version 0.8.0 and brings it closer to the generally more capable and more powerful MyGlass Android app.

With this evening’s update, MyGlass on iOS now allows users to sync photos from Glass to the app for easier viewing and sharing. This means that any photos you take with Glass will appear in the MyGlass app almost immediately. Google also says that the update includes a variety of bug fixes, as you would expect.

For those unfamiliar, MyGlass allows Google Glass users to configure and manage their device and do things such as getting directions, screen casting what you see on...

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14:21
Apple turns Activation Lock on by default in iOS 8...

Apple is reportedly making its Activation Lock theft deterrent feature on by default in iOS 8 as it moves to please politicians attempting to require smartphone makers to implement a remote “kill switch” to disable stolen devices. The news comes from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón who praised Apple’s decision in a statement today.

The two have been pushing smartphone makers for stronger theft deterrent features as part of its Secure Our Smartphones Initiative, but had expressed disappoint with the fact Apple’s Activation Lock feature wasn’t enabled for users by default.

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14:20
Apple rolls out Apple TV software update with "...

Apple's servers are being put to the test today. In addition to the release of iOS 8, Apple earlier today also rolled out a software update for Apple TV which brings with it a number of enhancements.

First, the Apple TV design interface has been...

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14:13
How-to: Shave some GBs off of your iOS device so you...

We should note 1st of all that you can update your iOS device through a Mac with iTunes without having much extra space. That might be the quickest/easiest way to go 

Today iOS 8 came out. There was a massive rush to try to install and download it. The one thing that we were not prepared for or made aware of was the need to have up to 4.7-6.9 GB of space available in order to download and install iOS 8. The reason you needed 4.7-6.9 available is that the 1.1-1.3 GB download of iOS 8 also needs to move a lot of files around during installation.

If you are like us, you might not have that much space needed on your iOS device. We’ve spent the last year downloading music, videos and apps to the point where our iPads tell us to stop. So now we need to delete some of our stuff.

Once you free up your space on your device, and ...

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14:10
iOS OTA update too big? Use iTunes

Having trouble deciding what to remove from your device so the over-the-air upgrade to iOS 8 has enough space? Kelly explains a better way to upgrade.


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14:01
Apple releases iPhone user guide in iBooks

Following the public release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple has published its official iPhone User Guide for the new mobile OS on iBooks, making the digital document available on both desktop and portable devices.

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14:00
iOS 8 HealthKit app support delayed until “end of...

HealthKit may record a lot of data, but until third party apps can access it, it will sit lazily on a figurative couch. Andrew Cunningham

On Wednesday morning, apps designed to connect to the new iOS HealthKit framework were set to launch alongside the brand new iOS 8, but those apps, hungry for your data about calories and fitness progress, apparently hadn't laced their jogging shoes. Shortly after the new version of iOS launched, developers learned that their HealthKit-ready apps and updates had been pulled from the App Store.

A few developers, including the creator of Carrot Fit, soon reported receiving calls and e-mails from Apple confirming that "HealthKit... isn't ready to launch," and later in the day, Apple publicly confirmed that HealthKit support would have to...

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14:00
Apple releases statement on iOS 8 HealthKit issues

Apple has released a statement regarding today's issues with their new HealthKit framework, which was released today alongside iOS 8. The company began pulling apps today from the App Store that sync with the HealthKit framework, leading users to...

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13:52
Transmit iOS

I love the apps that Cabel Sasser and the guys from Panic make. I’ve been using Transmit on my Mac for years and now there’s Transmit iOS.

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13:49
“Apple just sent U2 to my house”

With all of the ridiculous things being written about Apple giving away a U2 album, I thought it was time for a good laugh. I laughed at this.

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13:45
Dremel reveals Idea Builder: 'user-friendly...

Today, Dremel introduces the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, what the company calls "the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market." Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Dremel will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on the printer's suppor twebsite to coach users through the building process....



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13:44
BusyCal 2.6 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups.

BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even share calendars with other BusyCal users on a local area network without the need of a server. And BusyCal syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services.

Features:

  • View and edit event details...

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13:41
'Epic Zen Garden' Metal Demo Shown Off at...

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple unveiled Metal, an API designed to improve game performance on iOS. Epic Games took the stage during the event to show off Epic Zen Garden, a game built using the Unreal 4 Engine and the Metal API.

The game, which was designed to show off the impressive graphic enhancement features possible with Metal, demonstrated an expansive world with a fully interactive environment. Users could touch a tree to send a cascade of leaves and cherry blossoms swirling to the ground or interact with a group of koi fish.

As of today, Epic Zen Garden is available for download, letting users see some of the things that will be possible in iOS games in the near future. The game supports a resolution of 1440 x 1080 at 30fps, and can display 3,500 butterflies at once. One of the major features of Metal is that it allows for more draw calls, letting a huge number of objects be...

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How to install a third-party keyboard on an iPhone...

With iOS 8 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, users can for the first time ever install third-party keyboards that can be utilized system-wide for new ways of inputting text and other characters.

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Apple’s official iPhone and iPad User Guide for iOS...


With iOS 8 shipping today, Apple has made its official iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch User Guide for iOS 8 available on the iBook Store. The manual is available as a free download.

Here’s everything you need to know about iPhone...

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Ecobee introduces smart thermostat with remote...

Thermostat manufacturer Ecobee has unveiled its third-generation device, the ecobee3. Much like other smart thermostats, the ecobee3 is able to work out when is the optimum time to raise or lower the temperature, though this time the unit is able to rely on a network of remote sensors to find out whether a room is occupied or not, as well as the temperature of each area....



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The iOS 8 Health app: What can you do with it today?

Note: At the time of this post Apple has acknowledged issues with HealthKit have delayed numerous third-party health apps.

One of the big announcements out of WWDC 2014 was the iOS 8 Health app and the entire HealthKit framework. The framework is...

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Nervous mocking

Every new product Apple unveiled last week has ignited vocal, public derision from a series of threatened competitors, including Samsung, luxury watch maker LVMH and PayPal. However, their attempts to direct attention away from Apple may likely backfire, just like earlier attempts to demonize Siri, Maps, iCloud and Touch ID.

Fear is not a great motivator, but it’s one that can easily be spotted.

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Apple Confirms HealthKit Bug, Promises Fix by End of...

Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier today, we noted that Apple had begun pulling HealthKit-related apps from the App Store, apparently due to a last-minute issue that cropped up in the new operating system. The issue has put a significant dent in the usefulness of the Health app that was to be a key feature of iOS 8, while also subjecting a number of third-party developers to uncertainty about the fate of their apps.

While details on the issue are still unknown, Apple has confirmed to Tim Bradshaw of Financial Times that it has discovered a "bug" in HealthKit that will require a software update to fix. Unfortunately, Apple is not necessarily promising an immediate turnaround on the fix, saying only that the company is aiming to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month".

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