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Wednesday September 17

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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13:40
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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13:39
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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13:31
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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13:30
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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13:23
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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13:17
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".

iOS 8 is available now to owners of...

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13:09
First-party Apple apps updated en masse for iOS 8

Simultaneously with the release of iOS 8 earlier today, Apple has updated a large collection of first-party apps to include compatibility with the latest release of iOS. Updates include AirPort Utility 1.3.4, Beats Music 2.3, Find My Friends 4.0, Find My iPhone 4.0, iTunes Movie Trailers 1.4.1, iTunes U 2.1, and Remote 4.2.1, most of which have received minor compatibility tweaks for iOS 8. Find My Friends and Find My iPhone now both add support for…

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13:00
Tim Cook says Steve Jobs' office is still Steve...

Although he passed away in 2011, the memory of Steve Jobs still touches everything that Apple does. His presence isn't just felt in the products of the company, but in his old office as well. In a new interview with Business Week about the iPhone 6,...

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12:56
Apple updates Developer tool Xcode, new OS X Server...

Adding to the bevy of updates released today, Apple has released an update to Xcode bringing it up to 6.0.1. Additionally, a new version of OS X Server Developer Preview for OS X 10.10 has been released, incrementing the pre-release to version 4.0 build 14S291i....



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12:50
iOS 8 Upgrade Recommendations By Device/Model

Not sure if it's worth leaping into iOS 8? Kelly breaks down all the iPads and iPhones by model and whether or not you should let fly with that upgrade button.


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12:48
Apple iOS 8.0 - The latest version of Apple's...

The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes.

Apple iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever.

Photos. The all-new Photos app makes it simpler than ever to find and rediscover your favorite photos with new search features and smart albums that organize your photos for you. And you can make every shot look even better immediately after you've taken it with powerful new editing tools, no matter your skill level.

Messages. Now Messages lets you connect with friends and family like never before. Tap to add your voice to any conversation. Send a video of what you’re seeing the moment you’re seeing it. And easily share your location so they know right where you are.

Design....

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12:43
Beats Music comes to Apple TV alongside flat user...

Apple iOS devices weren't the only products to receive updates Wednesday, as the company also rolled out new software for the Apple TV that brings a flatter user interface, a new Beats Music app, and support for Family Sharing.

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12:42
News: Logitech debuts Harmony Living Home line

Logitech has announced a new series of home automation products, the Harmony Living Home line. The products include the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home remote ($350), which features a 2.4” color touchscreen and can control up to 15 compatible home entertainment devices. A button-only remote, the Logitech Harmony Home Control ($150) controls up to 8 home entertainment devices. The hardware looks to be very similar to last year’s Harmony…

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12:41
∞ Apple’s rumored October 21 iPad event

From Reuters:

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Nope.

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12:32
List of Third-Party Keyboards Now Available for iOS...

iOS 8, released to the public today, includes an API that allows developers to create system-wide third-party keyboards for the first time, which will let users select from a range of different keyboards with unique functions.

We've rounded up a list of the best third-party keyboards currently available to you find the keyboard best suited to you. Some of these keyboards are in the App Store now, while others will begin rolling out today following the launch of iOS 8.

SwiftKey (Free) - SwiftKey is a gesture-based keyboard that allows users to type by dragging their fingers from key to key. Along with offering predictive suggestions, SwiftKey integrates with SwiftKey Cloud to let a user's preferences be backed up and synced across all devices.

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12:32
Goodbye Macworld

The Verge:

Over the last decade we all made an enormous effort to transform Macworld editorial from a magazine mentality to a web site mentality. And honestly, it worked: By the end, the magazine was essentially a curated collection of the best stories from the web site, cut down and copy edited and with nice photographs. The economics of the business just didn’t make it possible to continue.

The demise of print is a sad but understandable result of the age we live in. That being said, the demise of Macworld is sad in a completely different way.

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12:32
How to navigate the new Mail gestures and data...

With the iOS 8 Mail app, Apple introduces new gestures for easier one-handed navigation and control, fresh message management options and deeper integration with Notification Center.

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12:30
Apple TV firmware updates with new look, Beats Music...

Accompanying iOS 8 today is updated firmware for the Apple TV. Immediately visible are new cosmetic touches, namely thinner fonts and "flatter" app icons. It also includes some feature additions, such as a Beats Music channel, making it possible to listen to the subscription service Apple acquired earlier this year....



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12:30
Corner the fantasy football market with Stadium...

At this time of year it appears just about everyone is involved in fantasy football in one way or another. You can enter a league and draft or buy your individual players who score points for you. In an app I reviewed earlier, Big Play Scoring, users...

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12:15
A 3D Printed Microscope for Your iPhone for Pennies

Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington have developed a 3D printed microscope housing for various mobile devices that costs pennies. Combined with an easily available glass bead, the device can offer up to 1,000x magnification. The result is a cheap, digital microscope that can be used in the field to photograph and transmit images of biological samples and get results in minutes. If contaminated, the device is so cheap, it can be thrown away and a new one substituted. "We believe it can fill a need for professional first responders, and also for teachers and students in the classroom, health workers and anyone who just wants an inexpensive microscope readily available," said Rebecca Erikson an applied physicist at PNNL. The laboratory has made the 3D printer specifications available for free, and the video notes, "We've found that the iPhone 5 provides a more optimal picture."

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12:15
You have to delete your photos twice in iOS 8

If you've successfully updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8 today you'll notice a change in the way the system deals with your photos. Instead of immediately deleting them when asked, the photos you choose for elimination fall into a "Recently...

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12:05
The Magic of Heineken movie

Take a captivating ride through nearly 150 years of entertaining history and present-day story of the world’s largest family controlled brewer.

Instant Oscar winner!

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12:05
Customize Notification Center with new widget...

Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system gives users the ability to add third-party widgets to Notification Center for the first time since the feature's introduction. AppleInsider took a look at what developers can do with the new functionality and how users can take advantage of it.

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12:01
About the security content of Xcode 6.0.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.0.1.

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12:00
EyeEm Camera gets a host of new features just in...

There will be flood of iOS app updates today, but the latest from photography app EyeEm is sure to inspire photo fiends to get clicking. The update introduces a reworked camera function that combines your camera roll and camera to show images in...

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11:59
Tim Cook interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch,...

Businessweek:

Almost everything else on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., is different. The executive wing once radiated nervous energy, with handlers scurrying to anticipate the whims of Apple’s temperamental co-founder. Now there’s tranquility in the hallways, a reflection of the new boss’s calm Southern demeanor. Downstairs, the cafeterias are packed—the workforce has almost doubled. A mile away, behind a ring of fences, construction crews are building the massive foundation for the circular “spaceship” campus that will accommodate 12,000 workers when it’s completed in a few years.

Until Sept. 9, all the other changes at the world’s most valuable and scrutinized company were largely invisible to the public. Then Tim Cook took the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts and laid out much of what Apple has been working on over the past three years.

Along with the Charlie Rose videos, we are seeing more and more inside Cook’s

...

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11:47
Apple updates first-party apps with iOS 8 support,...

In tandem with the release of iOS 8, Apple has also begun updating its optional first-party apps with fresh support. These include Podcasts, iTunes U, Remote, and Find My iPhone. Other apps should be updated shortly....



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11:47
News: Apple TV software updates to 7.0 with Beats...

Apple TV Software 7.0 has been released for the third-generation Apple TV, bringing a new Beats Music channel to the set-top box. As in the case of the iOS app, the Beats Music channel prompts users to sign in or get started on a 14-day free trial. The software update also includes the flatter, redesigned look we previously detailed when the software was in its fourth beta. As seen in that beta, support for Family Sharing and iCloud Photos have also…

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11:45
iOS 8 brings new 3rd party keyboards and Swype is...

Users of iOS 8 no longer have to be happy with just the default Apple keyboard. Developers are now allowed to create keyboards with features Apple that doesn't provide, and we'll see a catalog of new keyboards now that iOS 8 is out. Dave Caolo...

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11:35
Brief held for politicians in DC over Apple privacy...

Apple has sent two high-ranking executives to Capital Hill earlier this week to brief lawmakers on what it is doing to keep users' data secure and private in the wake of new devices tapping into users' health information and financial data. Apple Chief Technology Officer Bud Tribble and Health Project Manager Afshad Mistri briefed the House Energy and Commerce Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday, according to sources within Congress....



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11:34
Swaive debuts Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer...

Swaive Corporation today announced that it has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. The Swaive Thermometer 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. All readings can be instantly shared with physicians, nurses, parents, caretakers, and spouses allowing remote monitoring of critical trends....



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11:32
Tim Cook and Jony Ive open up about Steve Jobs and...
11:31
"Designed by Apple in California" is now a...

On September 17, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "Designed by Apple in California" under ...

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11:31
iOS 8 Hidden Features Video: Battery Usage By App,...

Apple released iOS 8 to the public today, giving millions of users their first look at the new operating system. Along with all of the major features, like Continuity, Notification improvements, Messages upgrades, and the introduction of third-party keyboard/Touch ID access, there are also dozens of other minor tweaks and changes that have been introduced in iOS 8, both ahead of the OS's initial launch to developers and across the beta testing period.

Outlined in the video below are some of the most interesting and handy tweaks in iOS 8, including automatic credit card scanning, expanded weather options, quick access to contacts, a hands-free mode for Siri, hidden photos, and more.

We've been collecting and cataloguing minor feature changes to iOS 8 since the first beta was released, documenting the development of new features and providing a one-stop location for all the changes that have...

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11:31
Foxconn workers in Brazil strike over pay, lack of...

Workers at a Foxconn factory in Brazil are on strike, potentially affecting shipments of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The strike, by 3,7000 workers at the largest factory under Foxconn control in South America, originally started on September 11th and is still underway, and it appears the worker-led disruption will continue for some time....



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11:27
Apple issues iOS 8 compatibility updates for Beats...

In sync with the public rollout of its next-generation mobile operating system, Apple on Wednesday released updates for each of its first-party iOS apps that bring minor tweaks and fixes for compatibility with iOS 8.

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11:21
iOS 8 now live, adds features like Health app,...

As planned, Apple has released iOS 8 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The latter may be difficult or impossible for some users, as it requires roughly 5.7GB of free space on an iPhone, and 6.9GB on an iPad. In any event users must have at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch....



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11:19
iOS 8 Rolls Out With Oodles of Goodies


Apple made the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system available for download on Wednesday, and while it looks familiar, it contains lots of new delights not only for fans, but also for its legions of developers. "If you already have iOS 7, you're going to immediately know how to use this, but there's a lot of new features," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. One of those new features is Handoff. It allows you to work on a document, email or project across Apple devices, including those running OS X Yosemite.

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11:17
∞ iOS 8 available for download

It’s a big day, iOS 8 is available to download from Apple. Just go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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11:15
1Password 5 now available for your downloading...

So many people use AgileBits' 1Password app to keep track of the hundreds -- nay, thousands -- of passwords in their lives that this is worthy of a separate announcement. 1Password 5 has just dropped in the App Store, and you can pick up your copy...

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11:15
iOS 8 has arrived, and these apps are ready

Now that iOS 8 release day is here, developers are releasing updated versions of their apps that take advantage of its new features. I've collected several here for you to explore, and I'll be adding more throughout the day. Is there one that I...

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11:03
Mpow’s Steambot Y Delivers Bluetooth for Older Cars

For older cars without Bluetooth, Mpowâs Steambot Y Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter allows users to make hands-free calls, listen to music or GPS voice navigation via their FM radio, and, with built in USB port, charge iPads or iPhones on the go.


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11:03
News: Apple HealthKit not ready for prime time?

Some iOS developers have reported that Apple has been removing HealthKit compatible apps from the App Store following their rollout earlier today ahead of the public iOS 8 release due to issues with the HealthKit framework. Affected apps include titles such as Carrot Fit, MyFitnessPal, and WebMD, all of which disappeared shortly after releasing updates for the new Health features in iOS 8. Apparently Apple found a HealthKit issue on their end and…

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11:02
Master iOS 8 Messages with time saving features for...

One of the more robust additions to Apple's iOS 8 is the Messages app, which gets a bevy of new functions including inline audio and video messaging, group chats and advanced image sharing.

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11:00
Hands-on with the $1000 Vizzywig 4K app

Yes, you saw that correctly. A US$1000 app.

One. Thousand. Dollars.

Now, before you say that it's a gimmick and something that only rich people will buy, let me explain a little bit about the Vizzywig 4K app and what it does.

This app turns an...

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10:58
Apple releases Xcode 6.0.1 to the App Store, seeds...

Alongside the iOS 8 kerfuffle, Apple has posted some new downloads for developers too. OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview is the latest seed of Yosemite Server and Xcode 6.0.1 is the latest version of the Apple IDE. Xcode 6.0.1 is the version of Apple’s development environment that Apple wants all developers to use going forward for iOS 8 apps. Interestingly, it is different to the Xcode 6 GM that Apple published last week, although the nature of the changes are unclear. It is rolling out to the App Store as a free download now.

 

Filed under: Developers ...

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10:58
BusyCal 2.6

Popular calendar app receives a plethora of added features, improvements, and fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB)

 

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10:58
Ive on Apple Watch: One of the Most Difficult...

In a wide ranging interview with Bloomberg covering culture changes at Apple, Tim Cook's personality, the company's move into Apple Pay, and the development of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Jeff Williams share some fascinating details on the work that went into creating Apple's new wearable device.

According to Jony Ive, Apple first began developing the Apple Watch three years ago, before wearables caught on in Silicon Valley. The Apple Watch, he says, is "probably one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on." A huge amount of research was conducted for the watch, which was touched on at Apple's introductory keynote event.

Apple invited several watch historians to speak at Cupertino, with one, French author and antique expert Dominique Fléchon saying that discussion centered around "the philosophy of...

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10:58
TunnelBear 2.4.2

VPN app fixes issue with custom DNS settings, improves reliability on slow networks. (Free, 23.7 MB)

 

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10:53
Apple TV updated w/ Beats Music channel, refreshed...

In addition to shipping iOS 8 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today, Apple has released a software update to Apple TV (third-generation) users as well. As we previewed before, the new version of Apple TV’s software brings a refreshed design with thinner text and flatter icons bringing it more in line with iOS’s look and feel. The update also includes a newly added Beats Music channel for the subscription streaming music service Apple purchased earlier this year.

The update also delivers on support for Family Sharing, Apple’s new feature allowing users to connect multiple Apple ID accounts to a single group with one credit card for sharing purchases, which extends to purchases of...

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10:50
Tim Cook, Jony Ive & other Apple execs talk...

Bloomberg Businessweek published an interesting profile on Apple today that includes interviews with Tim Cook and other Apple executives while detailing how the structure of the company has changed in recent years under Cook:

Almost everything else on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., is different. The executive wing once radiated nervous energy, with handlers scurrying to anticipate the whims of Apple’s temperamental co-founder. Now there’s tranquility in the hallways, a reflection of the new boss’s calm Southern demeanor. Downstairs, the cafeterias are packed—the workforce has almost doubled. A mile away, behind a ring of fences, construction crews are building the massive foundation for the circular “spaceship” campus that will accommodate 12,000 workers when it’s...

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10:45
iOS 8 is here! Read our complete guide to Apple...

Over the past several weeks, TUAW bloggers have been trying out all of the new features in iOS 8 to see how they work and how they'll make your mobile life easier. Now that iOS 8 is officially available, here's a list of all of our detailed write-ups...

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10:40
Apple TV Updated to 7.0, includes Beats Music

The Apple TV has been updated with a sleek new look and the introduction of Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music service.

 

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10:40
PSA: Skip iCloud Drive if You Sync iCloud Data to...

Yes, iOS 8 is out, and it's wonderful, but one of those new features isn't quite ready for Prime Time. If syncing iCloud data is an important part of your workflow, you're better off skipping the iCloud Drive feature for now.


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10:40
Get to know iOS 8: Messages gets new ways to...

Messages is arguably the most useful communications tool on your iPhone. What started as a way to make SMS text conversations easier to follow has blossomed into a full-fledged communication powerhouse. And in iOS 8, Messages is better than it's ever been. Ironically, one of its best new tricks is the equivalent of leaving an old-fashioned voicemail—only now that's way more useful because it lives alongside the texts, photos, videos, and shared locations you keep in Messages already. Let's walk through what's new and cool in Apple's chat app.

Say anything

Constantly tapping out texts in Messages is the exact exercise the Surgeon General recommends for injuries to the thumb tendons—OK, that's not true. But it is true that, in iOS 8, you don’t have to use your thumbs to let someone know you’re thinking of them. You don’t even have to send words.

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10:36
News: New Cook interview provides insight on Apple...

The newest profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, from Bloomberg Businessweek, provides a number of interesting details about Cook’s leadership of the company, including further insight into the development of the Apple Watch. “Anybody coming out of there yesterday knows that innovation is alive and well in Cupertino,” Cook said following the event introducing the new iPhones, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. “If there were any doubts, I think…

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10:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-17

Updating to iOS 8 today? Don't turn on iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to explain why iCloud Drive could be a big bucket of hurt for you today, and they look at how the Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market.


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10:30
Get to know iOS 8: Spotlight, Siri, and notifications

iOS 8 isn’t the radical departure from previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system that iOS 7 was. While there exist brand new features, some of the most attractive elements of the latest OS are refinements to existing features. They include notifications, Spotlight searches, and Siri interactions. Let’s dive in to see how the changes will affect you.

Quick Reply

If you’re running OS X Mavericks on your Mac, you’re aware of the ability to quickly reply to certain items in Notification Center. For example, if someone sends you a text message, you can respond to it just by typing in Notification Center—no Messages app necessary. Likewise, you can use this same area to enter a quick response to an email message or answer a FaceTime call.

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10:30
Foxconn already struggling to keep up with...

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are monsters. They're both far bigger than any previously released iPhone and the 6 Plus model in particular is gargantuan. They're also both monsters in the sense that demand for them is already off the charts....

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10:26
iOS 8 over-the-air updates are rolling out now

iOS 8 has been released to the public.

Andrew Cunningham

As promised at the iPhone 6 unveiling last week, Apple has just released iOS 8 to current iDevice users with compatible hardware. The software arrives two days ahead of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it's available either as an over-the-air update or through iTunes. The update should be available for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; all iPads except the first-generation model; the fifth-generation iPod Touch; and both revisions of the third-generation Apple TV.

You can read pretty much everything there is to know about iOS 8 in our main review, but suffice it to say this is a big update. The headlining features include the new extensions, Continuity features that make your iDevices work more seamlessly with one another, improvements to many core applications, Family Sharing accounts that allow you to share purchases...

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10:20
Get to know iOS 8: How Extensions work and why they...

Even though iOS 8 superficially looks like its immediate predecessor, there are some new under-the-hood technologies that'll have a huge impact on the way we all use our iOS devices. One of the most significant of these is something Apple calls Extensions.

What are extensions?

Simply put, extensions allow iOS apps to “lend” functionality to one another or to the operating system. Apple is allowing developers to create and distribute extensions whose functionality falls in six distinct areas:

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10:17
Get to know iOS 8: Changes in the Settings app

With every new version of iOS, Apple loves to add, tweak, and change settings; unsurprisingly, iOS 8 is no different. Here’s a comprehensive list of just about everything the company has changed in iOS 8 within the Settings app.

Cellular

The Cellular section used to be hidden in iOS’s General section in previous versions, but was moved to the main screen of the Settings app in iOS 7. It remains there in iOS 8, and for the most part remains unchanged—Cellular features toggles for Cellular Data, LTE, and Data Roaming, along with the menu for using your iPhone as a Personal Hotspot (which, oddly enough, also gets its own listing on the main screen).

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10:15
A list of which iPhones, iPods, and iPads are...

With iOS 8 dropping today, we thought we'd drop a quick and friendly reminder listing which iOS devices are eligible for the upgrade.

On the iPhone side:

iPhone 4s
iPhone 5
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c

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10:10
About the security content of Apple TV 7

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.

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10:05
iOS 8 Review

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is releasing iOS 8 today, and Ars Technica has posted one of their huge, thorough reviews of the updated operating system. They have this to say about the UI: "iOS 8 tries to fit a whole lot more stuff onto a single screen than iOS 7 did. The operating system was clearly developed in anticipation of iPhones with larger screens." The biggest new feature is Extensions: "Older versions of iOS limited what third-party applications could do to communicate with external services and other third-party applications. ... Extensions remove some (but not all) of those barriers." The biggest examples of extensions are custom keyboards, a feature iOS users have been requesting for years. Downsides to iOS 8 include increased storage and processing requirements, which are bad news for older iPhones, and a host of new bugs associated with the new features.

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10:04
Pre-release iPhone 6, 6 Plus reviews generally...

A number of media outlets have published early reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which are only officially shipping on Friday. Re/code's Walt Mossberg, one of Apple's preferred reviewers, calls the iPhone 6 "the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens." He notes that the battery lasted about 14 to 15 hours in testing, doing far better than the 8 to 10 of the iPhone 5s. On the 6 Plus, Re/code's Lauren Goode comments that while she doesn't like large phones, its battery lasted over a day when screen...



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10:02
Apple Releases iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

As promised, Apple released iOS 8 as a free upgrade on Wednesday, two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. iOS 8 adds new features such as Notification widgets, Health fitness tracking, support for third-party keyboards, and more.


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10:00
Commence updating as iOS 8 is now available to...

It's finally here! Apple's latest version of iOS -- iOS 8 -- is now available publicly to download on all compatible iOS devices. These devices include the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina...

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09:57
Apple may have just become a Regulated Financial...

A recent report posted by Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin after Apple announced their mobile payments service called "Apple Pay," brought up some rather interesting twists that should be noted, if only for interest sake. Levitin is one of 14 academics who write for a blog about credit, bankruptcy, consumers, and financial institutions. Levitin noted that Apple's ambition may have accidentally taken it where most companies fear to tread — into the land of financial regulation.

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09:55
Apple Releases iOS 8 With Continuity, Third Party...

Apple today released iOS 8 to the public, making the download available to all users who have an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, 5th-generation iPod touch, or iPad mini. The update can be downloaded via iTunes or through an over-the-air update accessible by going to the Settings app and tapping General ---> Software Update.

While iOS 8 is currently available for download, it may take a few minutes for the update to propagate to all users due to demand. In past years, Apple's servers have been overwhelmed with traffic.

iOS 8 includes the same general design elements introduced with iOS 7, but introduces several under-the-hood improvements. Improved integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, is a major focal point of iOS 8, with Apple introducing several new "Continuity" features designed to connect the iPhone, iPad, and Mac "like never before."

The operating system also includes interactive notifications, app widgets in the...

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09:55
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Originally unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple releases iOS 8 today, the eight major release of its mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. While last year’s release of iOS 7 debuted a whole new design paradigm, this year Apple once again focuses on a more iterative approach, polishing up some of the user experience and adding a handful of small “quality-of-life” improvements…

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09:50
iOS 8: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Have iOS 8 questions? We’ve got answers! And if you have more questions yet, ask them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the article with what you need to know.

 

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09:46
News: Apple releases iOS 8

As expected, Apple has released its latest operating system for iOS devices, iOS 8. The update is now available in Settings, General, Software Update. Apple describes it as “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, with hundreds of new features.” We published our review of iOS 8 on Tuesday. Our iOS 8 Instant Expert feature is already up, as well, filling you in on everything you need to know about iOS 8....

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09:45
PSA: iOS 8 is going to make your iPhone 4s a good...

When iOS 7 launched, those with an iPhone 4s took issue with the slower application launches and hampered battery life, and at least one of those issues is going to get even worse with an upgrade to iOS 8. Ars Technica put the stopwatch to an iPhone...

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09:43
Apple begins updating its apps for iOS 8 starting...

 

Ahead of iOS 8’s release later this morning, Apple has released new versions some of its iOS apps.

Remote, which allows you to control your iTunes library and Apple TV from your iOS device, received a performance improvement update with iOS 8 support. Logic Remote, which allows you to interface with both GarageBand and Logic X on the Mac, is also updated with iOS 8 support.

An updated version of iTunes U is also available bringing iOS 8 support and the ability to add assignment due dates to the calendar. Podcasts, which is included with iOS 8, has been...

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09:42
iOS Guides introduces the 'iPhone 6 Guide'

iOS Guides has introduced the "iPhone 6 Guide" (http://tinyurl.com/kdvfnkw), a new eBook available in the iBookstore and Amazon Kindle Store. It's packed with tips and tutorials for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Priced at US$3.99, it was written to help readers to become proficient with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 hardware in next to no time. It's filled with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials.

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09:37
How to enable and use 'Hey Siri' handsfree...

Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant Siri becomes even more powerful with iOS 8, including an entirely hands-free mode that allows users to ask questions and accomplish tasks by simply first saying the words "Hey, Siri."

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09:35
The Pragmatic Studio redesigns iOS Development...

The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) has redesigned their iOS Development training course for iOS 8, Xcode 6, and the new Swift programming language.

You can learn how to create full-featured iOS apps from scratch using Swift in this hands-on training course taught by an iOS expert at your location. This four-day course is designed for teams of five or more experienced developers who are new to iOS development and who aren't yet familiar with the Swift Programming Language.

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09:30
Warning: Dropbox isn't playing well with iOS 8

If you're a Dropbox user who is planning on upgrading your iOS devices to iOS 8 today, be careful. According to the company's blog, Dropbox and Carousel are having issues uploading photos and videos to cloud storage. While the app's developers hammer...

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09:21
Booq announces Taipan shock carry case

Booq (www.booqbags.com) has introduces the latest addition to their Taipan collection, the US$95 Tapian shock. It offers a large main compartment with document storage and multiple accessories pockets for smaller items like pens or charging cables.

A separate, thickly padded laptop compartment keeps MacBooks and PCs up to 16.4 inches secure, and the front of the bag provides an easy-access zippered pocket that offers storage for a seven-inch tablet. Side pockets provide quick access to accessories, sunglasses or keys that can be attached to the booq key holder.

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09:20
iOS 8 compatibility issue forces Dropbox to suspend...

Turns out iCloud Drive isn't the only cloud storage service with issues stemming from Apple's latest operating systems. Late Tuesday, Dropbox announced that a compatibility issue with iOS 8 may prevent the service—including its image-centric Carousel app—from automatically backing up your photos and videos.

So Dropbox temporarily killed all automatic media backups.

"To avoid any confusion over what’s been backed up, we’ve pushed a Dropbox and Carousel update that temporarily suspends automatic backup of photos and videos," the company wrote on its blog.

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09:15
Apple Apparently Finds Last-Minute HealthKit...

Apple appears to have discovered a significant last-minute issue with its HealthKit services for iOS 8, a problem that will result in a delay for the launch of new and updated apps that include HealthKit functionality. Apple reportedly has pulled HealthKit-compatible apps from the App Store and is confirming this issue to affected developers. As highlighted by MacStories' Federico Viticci, both CARROT Fit and MyFitnessPal have disappeared from the App Store after being updated with HealthKit support earlier today.

Well that’s a relief. Just got a call from Apple, there’s nothing wrong with CARROT Fit. HealthKit is just broken and isn’t ready to launch.

— Brian Mueller (@BrianMueller333) September 17, 2014
While the exact issue is unclear, it is...

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09:08
Apple seemingly removing HealthKit compatible iOS 8...

Several apps began rolling out on the App Store this morning with HealthKit support for Apple’s new Health app, but it seems issues on Apple’s side have forced HealthKit-compatible apps to be completely removed from the App Store the morning of iOS 8’s (and Apple’s Health app’s) release.

Apps affected include workout app Carrot Fit, calorie counting app MyFitnessPal, and major health app WebMD among others. Each app that has been pulled from availability on the App Store previously introduced full support for iOS 8’s HealthKit feature, which Apple encouraged developers of such apps to have ready for iOS 8 launch day earlier this year at WWDC. Federico Viticci shared on Twitter that Apple has contacted two HealthKit app developers about the...

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09:01
News: Report: Apple to unveil new iPads on October 21

As generally anticipated, Apple has set an October date for the release of new iPad models alongside OS X Yosemite. A new report from The Daly Dot, citing “sources familiar with the matter” indicates that the Apple is planning to hold an event on Tuesday, October 21st, where the company will debut two new iPad models as well as releasing OS X Yosemite. Last year’s event was held on October 22nd, where Apple similarly unveiled new…

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09:01
Apple opens Touch ID to third-party applications...

iPhone security and convenience have both been greatly enhanced by Apple's iOS 8, giving third-party developers the ability for the first time to utilize the secure Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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09:00
Associated Industries of Massachusetts: more...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Cindy Lyman, chief financial officer at Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

It’s not always easy to age gracefully. As an association that’s nearly 100 years old, Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) has always adapted to changing member needs, governmental structures and—now more than ever—technological expectations.

AIM is the largest statewide association of Massachusetts employers, with a mission to improve the financial performance of member employers through a unique combination of lobbying, management and human-resource services. The 4,500 members and 49 employees of AIM work together to create economic opportunity by reducing business costs, shaping state and federal regulation, and ensuring an educated work force.

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09:00
Setting up two-step verification for Apple ID and...

Since you're probably moving to iOS 8 soon -- if not as soon as possible after it goes live -- you might want to start thinking about security as well. In particular, Apple has recently enabled two-step verification for iCloud. What's two-step...

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08:56
Apple Said to Plan October 21 Media Event to Launch...

With its iPhone 6 announcement completed, Apple reportedly is preparing a second announcement event that will will launch new iPad models, claims AppleInsider, citing a trusted insider familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics. The report points to the second half of October for the event, but The Daily Dot has gone a step further and predicted an October 21 event based on its own sources.A person familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics says Apple has set internal project and marketing deadlines of mid-October, ahead of the planned unveiling of major new products during the second half of the month. That would align with an anticipated media event previously rumored to be held at some...

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08:45
Goat Simulator crash lands on iOS

Goat Simulator - the surprise PC hit that was spawned by a single YouTube video - gave rise to a massive number of clones both on iOS and other platforms. Some are good, some are not so good, but now the one true king of barnyard antics is finally...

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08:43
Apple implements two-step authentication protocol...

It’s a step in the right direction.

Or at least a step to make the iCloud user base feel more secure.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.

The authentication system now requires users to enter a dynamically generated code sent to a trusted device prior to gaining access to the service.

Apple first tested the extra layer of iCloud.com security in June, more than one year following the protocol’s introduction for Apple ID accounts in 2013.

In practice, iCloud.com two-step verification asks users logging in to provide...

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08:33
Developers warn iOS 8 users not to upgrade to iCloud...


With the public release of iOS 8 landing today ahead of the new iPhone models shipping on September 19, developers are warning users not to upgrade to Apple’s new iCloud Drive feature just yet. The feature, which allows users to store and access files stored in iCloud on Mac, Windows, and iCloud-enabled iOS apps, is available to users on iOS 8 starting today, but won’t be available for Macs until Yosemite is released later this year. That means that upgrading today will cause syncing issues for apps that previously used other methods of syncing between Macs and iOS devices. The graphics above come from developers of...

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08:30
Vizzywig 4K video capture application hits App Store...

If you’re looking to spend US$999 on an iOS app, i4software’s Vizzywig 4K is just what you’re looking for.

Per Boy Genius Report, Vizzywig4K, which retails for US$999, “captures full 4K resolution photos at the rate of 24 photos per second along with synched audio” rather than capturing video.

Not that this is for everyone, but if you’re really adamant about capturing 4K video on your iPhone, this might be up your alley. For those of us who care slightly less about iPhone video quality, there is also a somewhat more modest VizzyWig application that is priced at US$30.

The Vizzywig 4K app is available through the...

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08:30
YouTube Find: Apple's new 'Minimal to the...

The folks at T3 received an iPhone 6 review unit ahead of Friday's big launch and couldn't help themselves -- they had to post an unboxing video on YouTube. Yes, it is 2014 and yes, unboxings are so 2010, but ... it IS the iPhone 6 and Apple has...

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08:27
Next Apple press event targeted for mid- to late...

Apple's next press event should take place in mid- to late October, a source tells AppleInsider. The company has reportedly set internal project and marketing deadlines for mid-October, ahead of a planned announcement. Previous rumors have called for an October event, but without specifying more precise timing....



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08:22
iPhone Apps: PCalc, Pinterest, Duolingo
08:15
News: Daily Deal: One more chance to get three years...

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

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08:07
How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

With iOS 8 set to launch today, it's time to make sure you're ready to make the upgrade. There's plenty to do to make the transition from iOS 7 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as smooth as possible, so check out our how-to so you'll be prepared in case something goes wrong.


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08:00
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review roundup

It's certainly a busy week for Apple;iOS 8 drops today and later in the week Apple will officially launch two brand new iPhone models -- the iPhone 6 and the gargantuan iPhone 6 Plus.

With launch day just a few days away, media outlets on Tuesday...

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07:54
LG Wins Contract for AMOLED Apple Watch Displays...

In February 2013 Apple hired a high profile leader in AMOLED displays from LG Display. So it's no wonder that Apple's new Apple Watch display using an AMOLED display will be manufactured by LG Display. Reportedly LG Display will supply ...

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07:50
Apple beefs up security with 2-factor authentication...

A sneaky method hackers use to crack your iCloud back-ups won’t work anymore if you’re serious about your security. On Tuesday night, Apple turned on two-factor authentication for iCloud, which will protect against the kind of social engineering exploits that helped hackers steal celebrity photos last month.

Until Tuesday, Apple’s brand of two-factor authentication only protected your Apple ID, preventing people from making purchases from your account. But if thieves were able to guess the answers to your security questions and recover your password, they could easily use third-party software to access your iCloud backup. Your photos, documents, text messages: All of it was up for grabs.

To read this...

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07:38
∞ Bryan Cranston’s one man show about baseball

[VIDEO] Baseball fan? Last night, something very rare happened. Two teams in the same neck of the woods, the Washington Senators and the Baltimore Orioles, clinched their respective divisions on the very same night. Huge parties, much fun for the fans.

To honor this achievement, I present Bryan Cranston’s magnificent one-man Broadway show, his homage to post-season baseball.

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07:34
iPhone production at Foxconn’s Brazil factory halts...

Foxconn employees at the company’s Jundiai factory in Brazil went on strike late last week with protests outside the plant continuing into today. We received several tips about the strike and translated reports from local news sources such as Globo.com claim all production lines at the factory stopped when the strike involving around 3,500 employees began last Thursday. 

The strike, which isn’t the first at the Foxconn facility in Jundiai, hits as Apple takes a record number of preorders for the new iPhone...

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07:30
Fleksy is a snazzy alternative keyboard for iOS 8

iOS 8 is here and it's brought...third-party keyboards! Seriously, I believe this is going to be a big deal, and we'll have a look at several options as they start coming in. But first, I want to show you all Fleksy.

Fleksy is recognized by the...

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07:23
Foxconn operating 'around the clock'...

Foxconn -- Apple's main manufacturer for the iPhone - has 100 dedicated assembly lines in Zhengzhou operating around the clock in an attempt to meet preorder and launch demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders," one source says. "For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays." While Foxconn is simp...



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07:15
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 5.07 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. For more information on supported RAW formats, see here.

Version 5.07:

  • Adds RAW camera compatibility for the following cameras to iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3:
    • Nikon D810
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000



  • OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 3.4.5



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07:06
iPhone 6 Mania: Pre-Orders in Taiwan Sold out in 40...

Earlier this morning we reported that TSMC, Apple's A8 processor supplier, placed new follow-up orders for iPhone 6 parts due to high demand. Now the news continues ...

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07:01
Logitech enters home automation with array of new...

Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to and control of a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system....



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07:00
A look at iOS 8's new QuickType feature

iOS 8 brings a number of huge and highly anticipated changes to the keyboard. In addition to support for third-party keyboards (finally!), iOS 8 includes a new keyboard feature Apple calls QuickType. QuickType aims to speed up the typing process by...

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06:37
TSMC has Placed Follow-Up Orders for iPhone 6 Parts...

Projected sales for the iPhone 6 had been in the 80-100 million-range prior to its release on September ninth. Those projections may have a chance of becoming a reality with positive news out of Taiwan today in context with new demand for iPhone parts from TSMC.

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06:30
The five reasons Apple never intended to use...

Time is reporting that, in contrast to the many rumors (and GTAT investor claims), Apple had never planned to use sapphire displays for the iPhone 6, and the company may not use it for future iPhones.

Some reports stated that up until a few weeks before the iPhone announcement, Apple was going to use sapphire but dropped it because of yield issues. This is not true. My sources tell me that...

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06:30
Multitasking's new look in iOS 8: Quick Contacts

In iOS 8, the multitasking interface -- which can be accessed by double pressing on the home button -- now includes a listing of your most recent contacts for quick and easy access. The individual you interacted with last -- either via text message,...

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06:29
A slide into obsolescence: iOS 8 on the iPad 2

iOS 8 doesn't make a huge difference, visually, save a few small points.

CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});In case you've been so content with your iPad 2 over the last few years that you've drifted away from paying attention to the Apple product cycle, here is some six-month-old news: Apple finally stopped selling the iPad 2 model back in March. After it hung on at the bottom of the tablet product line for a couple of years to be a rock for the education and corporate markets, Apple kicked the iPad 2 out and resurrected the iPad 4 as the new full-size budget model.

But for now, Apple is continuing to update the iPad 2, in part because it has so much in common with the non-retina iPad mini, including the Apple A5 processor and 1024x768 display. But the iPad 2 hung around so long because it's also a legacy device. There are students depending on updates, as well as companies who used the iPad as a default device, like Square.

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06:29
Apple Adds App-specific Password Support to iCloud

Apple added two-step authentication support to iCloud on Tuesday, and also announced that app=specific passwords for the online service will be available starting on October 1. App-specific passwords will let users assign unique passwords to apps that need access to iCloud without having to hand over their primary login and potentially give full access to everything in their account.

The Mac Observer Spin: App-specific passwords will be a great way to help keep your iCloud data secure because third-party apps and services won't have your full login. If any are compromised, hackers will have access only to the content that app or service used, and if your Mac or iPhone is lost or stolen, you can revoke individual passwords to reduce the risk of someone getting at data you'd rather keep private.

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06:26
iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S: Performance isn’t the (only...

The iPhone 4S. I remember when this was the one that made my old phone feel slow.

Andrew Cunningham

CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});iPhones have about a year to be top-of-the-line. Then they have a year to be the modest-but-capable midrange model. After that, they become the free-with-contract choice. And then, in their last year, they enter that no-man's-land where they're still getting software updates but are no longer being sold.

2014 is the year the iPhone 4S was told to pack up its things and move to the retirement home. As a going away present, Apple gave it iOS 8, which in all likelihood will be the last major version upgrade it gets.

For the last two years, we've taken the oldest phone supported by each new iOS update and looked at what you stand to gain (and lose) by installing the update. We were impressed by...

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06:22
iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed

iOS 8 is here, and it's a big deal.

Andrew Cunningham

"Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else."

That was Apple's tagline for iOS 8 when the software was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference back in June. Overuse of superlatives is a pet peeve of mine, but after using iOS 8 for a couple of months, I have to say that they're warranted in this case. iOS 7 was a comprehensive makeover for an operating system that needed to reclaim visual focus and consistency. iOS 7.1 improved stability and speed while addressing the new design's worst shortcomings and most egregious excesses. And iOS 8 is the update that turns its attention from the...

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06:18
∞ Tim Cook on Charlie Rose, part two

[VIDEO] Last week, Tim Cook did a two hour interview with Charlie Rose. The editors split the interview into two halves, running part one last Friday evening (here’s a link, if you missed it). Part two is embedded below. Fantastic interview. I found it riveting.

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06:16
Panasonic's New Point-and-Shoot Snapper...


Panasonic on Monday introduced the Lumix DMC-LX100, a point-and-shoot camera that supports the latest in high-quality video -- 3840 x 2160 4K video at 30 frames per second -- as well as 1920 x 1080 HD video, which can be stored in AVCHD progressive or MP4 format. The LX100 takes advantage of its 4K support to create 8-megapixel photos from single frames in video shot in the super high-definition format, a feature especially useful for capturing the most telling moment in a scene.

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06:15
RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Match for Sony...

RE:Vision Effects (http://bit.ly/1p8Sr89) has released RE:Match for Sony Vegas Pro with automatic color matching for multiple shot and multicam shoots.

The software does its work automatically and matches as best it can one sequence's overall color appearance to match that of another. For multicam shoots, or single camera shoots consisting of multiple shots with different lighting or camera settings,

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06:12
Foxconn struggling to meet demand for iPhone 6

The Wall Street Journal reports that Foxconn, Apple’s main manufacturing partner, may be struggling to keep up with the demand for the new iPhone 6 models. The company has reportedly been “churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6” units every day, which is its highest daily output every, but the volume still hasn’t been enough for the number of preorders. Foxconn has apparently had to hire additional workers…

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06:09
External Link: Tim Cook and Charlie Rose, Part 2

The second part of Charlie Rose’s interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook is now online. Cook discusses Apple’s views on privacy in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, his personal heroes, and what Apple values. “We want to leave the world better than we found it,” Cook said.

 

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06:08
How much will an iPhone 6 cost you?

Wallet Hub put together a cell phone contract calculator, then used that calculator to analyze the cost of owning an iPhone 6 on various carriers, both with an without a contract.

If you find the numbers a little hard to understand, this article by CBS Money Watch’s Kathy Kristof does a nice job of explaining the implications.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
Apple's next product splash slated for second...

Though the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have been formally introduced, Apple is far from calling it quits on 2014, with the company's next major product unveiling expected to take place around mid-to-late October, AppleInsider has learned.

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06:00
PSA: Do not upgrade to iCloud Drive during iOS 8...

Today is the day Apple is making iOS 8 available to the public. The latest version of iOS has several new features like widgets and third-party keyboards that make it a must-have upgrade for most iPhone owners. If you are upgrading to iOS 8, there is...

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05:55
Collection of Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reviews

Start by reading Jim’s review, then move on to these.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:48
News: Apple to require app-specific passwords for...

Apple has released a new security document detailing the use of app-specific passwords for third-party apps in iCloud. A feature of two-step verification, the passwords will be required to sign in to iCloud when using third-party apps starting on Oct. 1. The passwords will allow for secure sign-ins, and ensure that third-party apps aren’t collecting or storing your primary Apple ID password. App-specific passwords can be generated and managed…

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05:47
Foxconn Facing Display Shortages as it Struggles to...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supplies may continue to be constrained as Foxconn reportedly is struggling to keep up with demand for the handsets, reports the Wall Street Journal. Unlike previous years that saw Foxconn handling the launch of one flagship handset, the manufacturer is now tasked with producing two iPhone models that are in high demand. The Taiwan-based manufacturer, which has more than one million workers in China, is operating about 100 production lines around the clock in Zhengzhou. The challenge is to manufacture two complicated new iPhones on a large scale at the same time because Foxconn is the sole assembler of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. It also makes the majority of the iPhone 6 that comes with a 4.7-inch display, the people said. Foxconn reportedly has hired more than 200,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site to work on Apple's new iPhone. Even with this...

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05:44
Reminders: Reuse Old Entries

Want to know how to avoid typing the same ten items over and over again when you're headed to the grocery store? Sure you do. Simplicity is key, and though the Mac's Reminders program IS simple, that doesn't mean it's not incredibly useful. Getting the most out of what you've already typed is today's Quick Tip.


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05:43
Apple 'never' planned to use sapphire...

Despite much wishful thinking on the part of enthusiasts and even members of the tech press, full sapphire screen covers were never in the cards for Apple's iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, a new report reveals.

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05:39
iPhone 6 production by the numbers: 100 production...

The WSJ revealed some iPhone 6 production numbers as Foxconn struggles to meet demand from pre-orders: the company is operating around 100 production lines around the clock, has 200,000 workers dedicated to production of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – and is manufacturing 540,000 units a day.

“We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders,” said a person familiar with the matter …

The split between the two models also provides some insight into what pre-order customers...

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05:30
Runico lets you create personal amulets for good...

Runico is a universal app that enables you to create customized amulets to bring good fortune. These can involve anything from love to career success to health. Depending on your beliefs, you might take comfort in knowing you have a personal amulet...

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05:29
Apple Files for the Apple "Pay" Trademark

On September 17, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for Apple "Pay" under application number 86393745. For those of you, who missed the Apple Event that introduced Apple Pay, let it be said that "Apple Pay" is a mobile payment and digital wallet service ...

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05:11
External Link: The iPhone 6’s NFC Chip only for...

If you were hoping to tinker with the new near-field communication (NFC) hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we have bad news: it can only be used for Apple Pay, at least for now. Our own security expert, Rich Mogull, suspects that it was a limitation demanded by the banks. On other manufacturers’ devices, NFC can be programmed to read signals from NFC tags to automate actions.

 

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05:05
Review: T-Mobile’s $25 Personal CellSpot is a no-...

In all of the hoopla over the new iPhone 6/Plus, T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK got themselves a pretty big exclusive (for now). T-Mobile has been offering Wifi calling for years but it’s recently come to the iPhone – and with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, gets even better with cell/wifi handover. (T-Mobile partnered with Gogo to enable texting and voicemails on participating airline journeys as well).

Wifi calling, for some, may be the type of feature that makes or breaks a carrier relationship. With it, you can make calls anywhere there is a wifi signal. That means basements, country homes and even foreign countries are all now open to making and receiving calls from your carrier phone number…

This isn’t just any call quality either. This is HD voice (if the other party also has it) and it sounds as good as any call you...

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05:02
Dropbox halts automatic backups over iOS 8...

Users of Dropbox on iOS are unable to back up data to the cloud storage service, due to a compatibility issue with iOS 8. The company claims the issue prevents users of the latest Apple mobile operating system from automatically backing up all of their photographs and videos to the service, with only a few of the latest files able to be uploaded successfully....



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04:57
Supply-chain report claims Apple rejected Samsung...

DigiTimes report is claiming that Apple has rejected Samsung as a supplier of displays for the Apple Watch, and that all of them will be made by LG.

LG Display will supply Apple AMOLED panels for the Apple Watch, with shipments expected to reach about five million a month in 2015, according to sources at LG Display.

The company had been expected to split display production between the two companies, and the usual caution needs to be applied to DigiTimes stories, which rely on anonymous supply-chain sources.

The report claims Apple is hoping to sell upwards of 50 million smartwatches in 2015. Analyst estimates for sales of the Apple Watch range from...

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04:48
Kool Tools: Epson WorkForce printing solutions

Epson America's new Epson WorkForce 2600-Series all-in-one printers are designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 leverage Epson’s PreCisionCore printhead technology.

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04:42
CS Odessa Announces New Computer and Network...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has rolled out new Computer and Network Solutions for ConceptDraw PRO that has been added to the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The new solutions provide a toolset for IT and network professionals who use ConceptDraw PRO. The new additions to ConceptDraw PRO empower IT and network professionals with new libraries and objects for AWS Diagrams, Active Directory Diagrams,Cisco Network Diagrams, and Computer Network Diagrams.

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04:31
Global facial recognition market to reach US$2.19...

According to a new market research report from Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com/), the global market for facial recognition will reach US$2.19 billion by 2019.

The market is driven by increased demand for surveillance systems by civil and government agencies, according to the research group. This is majorly due to rising number of crimes and terrorist activities across the globe that would elevate the demand for efficient facial recognition solutions/systems in the near future.

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04:31
Global facial recognition market to reach US$2.19...

According to a new market research report from Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com/), the global market for facial recognition will reach US$2.19 billion by 2019.

The market is driven by increased demand for surveillance systems by civil and government agencies, according to the research group. This is majorly due to rising number of crimes and terrorist activities across the globe that would elevate the demand for efficient facial recognition solutions/systems in the near future.

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04:13
Briefly: Virgin Media iOS app update, Goat Simulator...

British cable company Virgin Media has overhauled the iOS version of its TV Anywhere app. Engadget notes the app now uses a purple color scheme and some updates to bring it in line with iOS 7 and iOS 8, making the app appear more modern. The app update also precedes an upcoming makeover of Virgin Media's TiVo set-top box interface, with the addition of the Opera app store and an additional "What to Watch Now" function set to be added in October....



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04:06
Early reviews confirm the iPhone 6 Plus has the same...

Early reviews confirm that the iPhone 6 Plus has the same 1GB RAM as the iPhone 6. It had been suggested by some that the 5.5-inch model might have a higher spec, with 2GB RAM.

They reveal that both models of the iPhone 6 have identical specs bar the display, battery and optical stabilisation in the camera of the larger model (the 4.7-inch model having only electronic stabilisation) … 

It’s not a surprising finding: Apple tends to be conservative with RAM, and it makes obvious production sense to have as many components in possible in common between the two models. It will, though, disappoint those who like to have multiple Safari tabs open and to switch back and forth between them without the pages refreshing.

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03:27
Despite record output, Foxconn unable to keep up...

As preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to pour in to the Online Apple Store, partner manufacturer Foxconn is reportedly having trouble keeping up with incredibly high demand despite reaching record output levels.

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03:21
Logitech launches G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming...

Logitech has launched a gaming keyboard which offers extra functionality with a smartphone. The G910 Orion Spark can be used with an Arx Control app for iOS and Android, turning the smartphone into a second screen displaying data about the player's performance, with the keyboard also including a small docking area to hold the mobile device upright....



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03:06
The iPhones 6

The Big Picture

A few days into testing the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, I accidentally left my personal iPhone 5S on a desk next to the iPhone 6 Plus. While my back was turned, the Plus tried to eat my 5S. It’s a monster.

I kid, but only sort of. The 6 Plus is ginormous. And it wants to be your only mobile device.

Last week after the announcement event, Apple provided me with review units of both iPhones 6 (a white/gold regular 6 and a white/silver 6 Plus, both running on Verizon, which allowed me to pop my personal SIM card into both phones for testing). I spent the first three days using the 6 Plus as my full-time phone, and the next three days using the 6. I wish I’d had more time with both phones before writing this, but my high-level take is very simple, and would not change with more time:

  • If you simply want a bigger iPhone, get the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. That’s what it feels like: a bigger iPhone.

  • If you want something bigger...

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02:54
Transmit 4.4.7 - Excellent FTP/SFTP client. (...

Transmit is an excellent FTP (file transfer protocol), SFTP, S3 (Amazon.com file hosting) and iDisk/WebDAV client that allows you to upload, download, and delete files over the internet. With the most Mac-like interface available, Transmit makes FTP as simple, fun, and easy as it can possibly be.

Version 4.4.7:

  • Added full-screen mode
  • Improved compatibility with S3
  • Improved OS X 10.6 compatibility



  • OS X 10.6.8 or later



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00:00
Briefly: Paper by FiftyThree update, Readdle updates...

Drawing and design app Paper by FiftyThree has released a major update, featuring a new sharing platform. The iPad app allows users to create sketches, diagrams, illustrations, note or drawings, and share them easily. Paper v2.0 includes Mix, a new open platform for collaborative art-making. Any idea that has been publicly shared can be used as a starting point to "remix," create and evolve. In addition to Mix, Paper 2.0 offers fluid surface pressure control when using the Pencil stylus with iOS 8. Its new and improved zoom loupe function expands when you need more space, and improved palm rej...



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Tuesday September 16

23:30
Athentech unveils Perfectly Clear 2.0 at Photokina...

Image correction software specialists Athentech have updated their flagship product to a new major version. Perfectly Clear, a pair of plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom, has been updated to version 2.0. The new version offers major speed improvements and is now twice as fast as previously, and now includes an extensive "Beautify" module. The upgrade also features better noise removal, full resolution zoom, a new split view, and a lower price....

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22:14
Apple to extend iCloud security, add passwords for...

Starting next month, Apple will add another layer of security to its iCloud service for third-party apps that utilize iCloud storage or other access. The company will allow users to assign up to 25 app-specific passwords for those users who don't want a third-party app to have the user's Apple ID credentials to utilize services such as syncing. The app-specific password approach not only protects the iCloud and Apple ID account, but enhances security for apps that don't support two-step authentication....



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20:59
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.10.8.1715 - Blu-ray player. (...

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.).

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media...

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19:59
Epson announces Expression Photo XP-860 'small-...

A new all-in-one was recently released by Epson, positioned to be a printer for families and photographers that want a device that doesn't take up much space. The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One offers a number of features to consumers, including borderless photo printing, scanning and sharing to Facebook, a wireless connection, copying, scanning, two-sided printing and faxing....



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19:42
Full Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook...

A nearly two-hour conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook covering a wide variety of topics is now available in full from the Charlie Rose show website as well as PBS' own Hulu channel. Excerpts from the interview are also available on PBS' iOS app. The sit down discussion with Rose was filmed almost immediately after Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payments system....



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19:20
Apple to introduce app-specific passwords for iCloud...

Come October, Apple's iCloud will have yet another layer of protection, as the company is scheduled to implement app-specific passwords for third-party programs tying in to the cloud service.

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18:47
Apple rolling out app specifics passwords for iCloud...

Apple has informed iCloud users via email that the company will begin rolling out an app-specific password feature. The feature allows users with iCloud two-factor authentication enabled to use third-party apps.

Apple explains:

It will be required starting October 1st. Apple has also informed users via email about this morning’s general rollout of two-factor verification for iCloud. 

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App...

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18:46
First iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reviews: 'Thin and...

At its September 9 iPhone event, Apple provided multiple publications with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review units. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we have gathered some of the relevant excerpts from each site in order to highlight general release reactions to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple's two new devices are essentially identical in design aside from the difference in screen size and the battery life/optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus, so we've chosen to combine the device reviews into one post.

Brad Molen, Engadget:
Both iPhones are thinner than their predecessor. Whereas the 5s was 7.6mm thick, the 6 comes in at 6.9mm, with the 6 Plus measuring a hair thicker at 7.1mm. I don't always subscribe to the "thinner is better" mantra, but it's a benefit in this case because larger iPhones wouldn't feel as comfortable if they had the same shape as...

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18:43
Misfit announces Flash, a new wearable for fitness,...

Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50....



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18:32
Review roundup: Everyone loves the iPhone 6 and 6...

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally be available to the public this Friday, September 19th, but early reviews of the two new devices have gone live this evening from several publications. The iPhone 6 is the biggest iPhone yet, coming in with a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus packs an even larger 5.5-inch panel. Both of the models feature “Retina HD” displays. The internals of the devices have also been upgraded to include a new second generation 64-bit A8 chip that Apple claims is 25% faster CPU-wise than ever before and 50% faster graphically.

Both models of the new iPhone went up for pre-order this past Friday and Apple says the...

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18:27
Review roundup: Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

As expected, reviews for Apple's new iPhone lineup hit the Web on Tuesday, with most assessments being largely positive on hardware -- especially the 6 Plus' battery life-- but giving the nod to iOS 8 for keeping the handsets ahead of the competition.

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18:11
Part Two of the Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook...

In our report covering part one of the Charlie Rose interview with Tim Cook we noted that Rose gave us a teaser about part two of his interview. The teaser was Rose stating that he would ask Tim Cook: "What's beyond the Internet." That certainly got my attention to tune into part two. Yet the answer to that question was...

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18:01
∞ Review: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

I’ve been using the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a week now. I picked them up from Apple after the event ended on September 9 and have been switching back and forth for the last seven days.

One thing has become very clear over the last week: The choice over which of these to buy will be the most personal decision that iPhone owners have ever had to make when choosing a device. [...]

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17:52
Apple to Require App-Specific Passwords For Third-...

Apple is now offering app-specific passwords for third-party apps that access iCloud, allowing users to generate unique one-time use passwords to sign into iCloud securely. In a support document, Apple describes app-specific passwords as a feature of two-step verification and states that app-specific passwords will be required to sign into iCloud when using a third-party app beginning on October 1, 2014.

If you use iCloud with any third party apps, such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal, you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you're using doesn't support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't collected or stored by any third party apps you might use.App-specific passwords, which have long been used by other sites like Google, are a function of two-...

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17:35
Texas court finds CBS infringes upon Personal Audio...

Podcasters may not be in the free and clear of patent violations after a ruling this week in a Texas court. Six jurors found that CBS Corporation, home of the television network with shows like The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest, infringed upon the patent by streaming episodic content of its television shows on the Internet. The trial had only last four days, with CBS failing to prove the patent owned by Personal Audio LLC should be invalidated....



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17:29
PredictionIO's Simon Chan on Machine Learning...


PredictionIO is building the MySQL of prediction. The young company recently released version 0.7.3 of its open source machine-learning server. Unlike typical prediction algorithms and open source libraries, PredictionIO is based on making machine learning available to software developers. Cofounder Simon Chan sees a gaping hole in open source tools to connect database programmers and software developers. The new project's goal is to make it easier and more reliable for devs to use their database content to create predictive features.

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17:21
Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations

Consider Vertu, the company that sells $6,000 Android phones (and which, back in the day, sold $6,000 Symbian phones). Back in January 2012, I wrote a short entry saying that Vertu always reminded me of this wonderful quote from Andy Warhol:

“What’s great about this country is that America started the
tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same
things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola,
and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks
Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke
and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the
bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all
the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it,
the bum knows it, and you know it.” —Andy Warhol

That’s what the iPhone and...

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17:16
Full Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose available...

After the second segment of a two-part Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook aired on Monday, full versions of both are now available for streaming online.

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17:05
Apple publishes guide for Android data transfer to...

With its combination of more and better apps, better security and now large-screen mobile devices, Apple is expecting the new iPhone and iOS 8 to help persuade more Android users to move up to iOS, and to that end has published a document on its website guiding switchers on how to move content from their Android device to the iPhone. The expectation isn't based on hubris: surveys have shown that at least a third of Android users would consider switching to the iPhone 6 family....



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17:04
This is Tim: Cook talks to Charlie Rose about Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t speak publicly often outside of events and the company’s quarterly earnings calls, so it was a special treat to watch his interview with Charlie Rose this weekend. We’ve put together edited highlights from his first hour chatting with the ABC talk show host about Apple’s new products, the Apple TV, Steve Jobs, and the future of the company.

On the iPhone 6 Plus

We could have done a larger iPhone years ago. It’s never been about just making a larger phone, it’s about making a better phone in every single way. And so we ship things when they’re ready… This phone—now is the time for it.

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17:02
Charlie Rose Posts Part 2 of Apple CEO Tim Cook...

The Charlie Rose Show published the second part of Charlie Rose's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In this section (embedded in the full article), Mr. Cook expanded on his thoughts on privacy, discussed human rights, the importance of diversity at Apple, and Apple's approach to human rights. Other topics include worker rights, what motivates Apple, and Mr. Cook's relationship with Bono.


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16:58
Adobe misses revenue forecast

Photoshop maker Adobe Systems forecast disappointing revenue for this quarter and reported lower quarterly sales at its digital media business, which includes the Creative Cloud software suite.

Adobe shares fell nearly five percent in extended trading.

That’s not good. No reason to panic though.

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16:11
Part two of Charlie Rose’s Tim Cook interview now...

Following the publishing of the first half of the interview, and several subsequent clips, part two Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook is now available to watch – in full – on Hulu (below) and Charlie Roses’s website. In the interview, Cook discusses a wide variety of topics, ranging from privacy, to U2, and “what comes after the internet.”

Regarding privacy, Cook remarked that he believes that government currently falls too...

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16:09
Apple's new Watch, Apple Pay and iPhone 6 met...

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.

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16:00
TravelbyArt lets you discover the Paris of famous...

TravelbyArt (free with one in-app purchase) is a unique iPhone app designed for seeing Paris through the eyes of some of the artists who worked there.

The app contains detailed looks at the lives of Ernest Hemingway, Edith Piaf and Pablo Picasso...

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15:56
Web-Surfing Adults More Infection-Prone Than Teens


American teens spend a lot more time online than older Web surfers, yet it doesn't seem to increase their vulnerability to malicious activity. Teens last year spent a little more than four hours a day on the Net, while adults in the 50-to-64 age bracket burned two hours, 41 minutes online daily, MarketingCharts found. Those numbers piqued the interest of Enigma Software. Since teens were spending more time online, they should have been exposing themselves to threats more often and been more likely to come into contact with Internet nasties.

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15:56
Don’t pull the trigger on upgrading to iCloud Drive...

Macworld:

If you’re upgrading to iOS 8 on Wednesday, you must resist the urge to upgrade to iCloud Drive if you want to continue to sync your phone to your Mac. Why? Well, iCloud Drive only works with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. And you all know which OS we’re still waiting on.

You can go back and upgrade at any time, but unless you want a file-syncing nightmare on your hands, you’ll wait for Yosemite’s official release.

Good advice.

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15:34
Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud...

In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.

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15:00
What does it mean to own your data in Office 365? ...

Kamal Janardhan is the principal program manager in the Office 365 Information Protection team.

In our last few From Inside the Cloud posts, we offered an insider’s perspective from lead engineers Perry Clarke, Vivek Sharma and Shawn Veney on how we protect your data at rest, who has access to your data within Office 365, and how Office 365 does continuous compliance. They explained the various mitigations that we have in place for data security, access control, and ensuring that customers have the ability to comply with regulations or their own organizational policies.

These posts followed an overview on why trust Office 365 with Rajesh Jha, the head of Office 365 engineering, who emphasized how we ensure that you retain full ownership of your data in the Office 365 service. Today I want...

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15:00
Tim Cook and Charlie Rose talk Apple and Privacy in...

The full video from the second part of Charlie Rose's interview with Tim Cook has not been posted online yet, but a clip has been made available of the Apple CEO discussing the privacy of Apple users. In the clip, Cook criticizes rival Google for...

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14:47
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Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s built with easy-to-use apps, like blogs, calendars, file sharing, forums, microblogs (think: private Twitter), task management and wikis.

It’s everything you need to work better together, in one very configurable cloud platform.

With Igloo’s responsive design, your intranet already handles a range of devices, like a champ. iOS, Android, even BlackBerry, and it will work on your plus-sized iPhone right from the very start (go ahead with that pre-order). Igloo is free to use with up to ten of your favorite co-workers. Sign up now to start building your mobile-friendly Igloo.

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14:47
Apple’s two-factor authentication now protects...

Apple has put fixes in place to its iCloud cloud storage service that now prevent an attacker from mining data from an iOS device backup stored in the cloud by gaining access to the user’s password—at least if that user has turned on Apple’s new two-factor authentication.

As we reported last week, iCloud previously did not use two-factor authentication to help protect backup data or the Find My iPhone service. This meant that the accounts of victims of social engineering attacks or those who used passwords based on personal data could be harvested of their backup data—allowing the attacker to gain access to photos, call records, SMS records, e-mail, and other personal data. Apple had said that it was moving to provide additional protection through two-factor authentication in advance of the release of iOS 8.

We tried accessing one of the accounts...

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14:35
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Chroisen2 - Epic of the...

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14:33
Official iPhone 6, 6 Plus cases being delivered for...

Early orders of Apple's official cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are beginning to reach customers, anecdotes indicate. While the company usually gives strict instructions to courier services that prevent them from delivering iPhones and iPads before a launch date, it doesn't do the same for accessories. The strict timing with hardware is believed to be for the sake of marketing impact as well as deterring scalpers....



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14:20
Court upends $368M ruling against Apple for VirnetX...

Apple

A top appeals court has thrown out a jury ruling that ordered Apple to pay $368 million to VirnetX, a patent-holding company that many consider a “patent troll” because it exists exclusively to enforce patents. On Tuesday, the United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the decision back to the lower federal court in East Texas.

The four patents (1, 2, 3, and 4), which relate to FaceTime and VPN On Demand functions in Apple's iPhones, iPads,...

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14:15
Forums: Incoming iPhone!

MacNN forum goers anxiously awaiting the delivery of their latest, greatest iPhones have converged in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" to discuss just where in the world the tracking numbers state their precious cargo resides. Forum members who are looking for an iPad sleeve with a spot for a power adapter that doesn't cause a bulge converse about the available options in a thread started by Clinically Insane member "subego" earlier this week....



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14:11
Apple deals: savings of up to $770 on 15.4-inch MBPs

Right now Apple's Online Store is offering steep price cuts on a selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 500GB of storage and 8x SuperDrive has seen a discount of $690 down to $1,109. A $710 discount drops the price on the refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,489....



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14:10
Apple Enables iCloud 2-Factor Verification, How to...

Apple has started rolling out two-factor authentication on iCloud.com, as promised by Tim Cook. If you want to set it up yourself, Kelly explains how.


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14:09
Universal Audio releases the AMS RMX16 Digital...

The AMS RMX16 was the world’s first microprocessor-controlled, full-bandwidth, digital reverberator. Heard on hundreds — if not thousands — of seminal recordings from the 1980s onward, the RMX16 is still found in nearly every major recording studio the world over.

I can’t wait to try this out.

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14:00
It's amazing what artists can do with an iPad...

Despite Steve Jobs' assertion at the launch of the iPad in 2010 that it was more of a "content consumption tool" than something that people would use to create content, exactly the opposite has been true. Musicians use iPads on stage for a variety of...

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13:55
XSS Flaw Burns a Hole in Kindle Security


Security consultant Benjamin Mussler last week warned that the Kindle e-book library had a cross-site scripting vulnerability. It appears Amazon previously had fixed the XSS flaw but two months ago reintroduced it in a new version of the "Manage Your Kindle" Web application, according to Mussler. Mussler first reported the XSS vulnerability to Amazon last November, and it was fixed. However, Amazon's IT staff continued to use his proof of concept on internal preproduction systems for months afterward, he claimed.

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13:54
News: Apple posts guide for moving content from...

Apple has posted a new guide online to help users move content from an Android phone to an iPhone. The guide details moving contacts, email, calendars, photos, videos, music, books, and documents. A number of third-party data transferring apps are also recommended, including Copy My Data, PhotoSync, and AT&T Mobile Transfer. There’s an app section in the guide, as well, but new iOS users will have to find and install the apps on their own…

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13:46
Apple Launches Guide for Android Users Switching to...

Ahead of the launch of the large-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has released a detailed support document that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone.

The document includes information on moving email accounts to the iPhone, giving Android users instructions on how to add email accounts to the Mail app. It suggests using a third-party app (Copy My Data [Direct Link]) to transfer data like contacts, calendars, and photos.

Apple suggests Android users can transfer photos, videos, books, and music from Android devices to iPhones using iTunes on a Mac or PC, giving step-by-step instructions. The document also walks users through transferring various documents to iCloud, which can then be opened in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers via iCloud and...

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MacUpdate announces its September 2014 Bundle of 10...

MacUpdate has announced its September 2014 Bundle (http://deals.macupdate.com/bundle/affil/6603), which packs 10 Mac apps worth US$480 (if bought separately) for $49.99. Some of the tools have never been included in a bundle before.

All apps are fully compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Many of them have seen paid upgrades recently. The included apps are

° Toast 12 Titanium (http://tinyurl.com/pbj3t9q), a multimedia toolkit. It's normally $99.99 and works with OS X 10.5.8 and higher.

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Move content from your Android phone to iPhone

Apple:

Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone.

Awfully helpful of the nice boys and girls at Apple to assist Android users like this. Samsung should be copying this in about 15 minutes.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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With Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeing wide release later this week, the company on Tuesday published a reference guide aimed at helping Android device owners migrate content to the new handsets.

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Apple launches page to help Android users migrate to...

Are you thinking about making the switch from Android to iOS? Apple has made it easier than ever to take your information with you thanks to a new migration support page for Android users. Simply select the kind of media you're looking to transfer...

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Mac: Canon Powershot G7 X

Ever since iPhone cameras became capable of replacing standalone point-and-shoots, interest in low-end digital cameras has declined. Emboldened by Sony’s release of the well-regarded prosumer RX100 series, Canon looks to have gotten its groove back with the new PowerShot G7 X ($700). The pricey new pocket camera is only a little thicker than Canon’s S-series models, but packs a comparatively huge 1” sensor with 20-Megapixel effective…

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