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Thursday October 16

10:18
WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

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


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10:08
Apple Confirms Apple Pay to Launch Oct 20

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


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10:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 020 about Open...
09:54
GT Advanced stock delisted from NASDAQ

Sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has today had its stock removed from NASDAQ listings, and is not planning to appeal the decision, according to an announcement by the former. NASDAQ based the decision on GT declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month. That event caused GT's stock to drop over 90 percent, and it has since slipped even further, last closing at 44 cents yesterday. Shares can still be bought under the GTATQ symbol on the OTC Pink marketplace....



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09:50
TUAW Liveblog of the October 16, 2014 Apple event
09:30
Adorable cat goes fishing with his iPad

We've all seen videos of animals playing with technology, and with good reason. They're adorable. Today we bring you Cassie the cat, enjoying a lovely lazy Sunday with her iPad and a pond of fish. Cassie gets tired quickly, but it's alright. She's...

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09:10
Two ways to get a $20 cash trade-in bonus on your...

Ahead of Apple's iPad media event on Thursday afternoon, AppleInsider has teamed up with the industry's two leading electronics trade-in & buyback services to offer readers an exclusive $20 cash bonus on the sale of their old iPad when they lock in a price quote today. The services are currently paying up to $405 for old iPads before the bonus.

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09:00
Throwback Thursday: If only I had OneNote when I was...

Today’s post was written by Jenny Hansen, a OneNote user and participant in the Microsoft Office Insider program. 

Students have returned to school in my Southern California neighborhood, which means my local Starbucks is filling up with the gadgetry of today’s college crowd. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, Livescribe smartpens…frankly, I’m jealous. The technology today is remarkable.

We didn’t have all this wizardry when I was in college. Studying would have been so much easier if I’d had the technology I take for granted today during my college years.

OneNote is my favorite tech tool. It allows me to keep all my notes, research and to-do lists in one place, neatly organized and easily accessible from wherever I am. I use OneNote to take meeting notes and action items, manage home improvement projects, track grocery lists and keep track of research for my writing projects. Whether I’m on my PC, Surface Pro or Android phone, everything...

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09:00
Organize your Office 365 with the new app launcher

Nick Robinson is a senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.

American founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In order to yield your greatest results, organization and access to each tool you need to accomplish your goals is paramount. Getting organized. Some people are naturally great at this, some people drag their feet and kick their heels. But there is no doubt that organization can yield results—at home, at work or at school.

Today we are announcing the Office 365 app launcher and My apps. The features will enable a new level of organization, personalization and access to all of the services that make up your Office 365 and more.

   The app launcher nav experience

 

The Office 365 app launcher provides a new navigation experience...

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08:56
iAd now tracking iOS 8 users' in-app browsing...

Something quietly introduced alongside iOS 8 has been the ability for advertisers to retarget iAds based on in-app browsing actions, a new report says. Apple is in fact said to be pitching this to advertisers as a way of circumventing the absence of mobile cookie tracking in iOS. In a given example, someone who adds a pair of shoes to a cart in a retailer's iPhone shopping app -- but decides not to buy them -- may later see an ad for that same pair of shoes from the same retailer, even in another app on his or her iPad. Tapping that ad might redirect the person to their abandoned checkout page...



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08:51
Review: ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini

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

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08:39
Apps: PCalc, Cobook, Default Folder X
08:33
CBS launches cord-cutter subscription for live...

On the heels of the standalone HBO subscription service, CBS Corporation today announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network, mainly intended for cord cutters. CBS All Access will offer thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch....



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08:30
Apple disables blood glucose monitoring for UK and...

Apple is disabling the blood glucose tracking feature of its Health app due to measurement problems reported by users in the UK and Australia. According to CNET, Apple is releasing a software patch to disable this feature until a subsequent update is...

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08:19
Live Coverage of Apple's October 2014 iPad and...

Just over a month after it introduced the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple is back with another media event where it is expected to show off new iPads, new iMacs including high-resolution Retina displays on some models, and likely a final look at OS X Yosemite before its imminent public launch.

Photo by Nilay Patel
Today's event is being held at the Town Hall auditorium on Apple's Cupertino headquarters campus and begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV.

Live Video Stream of Apple's October 2014 iPad and Mac Media Event

In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the event...

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08:05
Introducing Microsoft Ignite

This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you. Register now to reserve your spot and we will see you in Chicago on May 4, 2015.

Join the YamJam:

We are committed to making Microsoft Ignite an incredible and valuable event for all of us who are passionate about Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio. We want your feedback to help shape plans for this event. Join us for a YamJam on the Office 365 Technical Network on Tuesday, October 21st 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT to ask questions...

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08:00
How to watch Apple's October press event

Apple today is hosting its second major fall press event from its Cupertino Town Hall facility. Apple is expected to use this event to unveil new iPad models, a new iMac and OS X Yosemite launch details. There's also a far-fetched rumor we may see...

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07:48
CBS Launches Internet Streaming Subscription Service

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

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


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07:37
Apple's iPad/Mac Event

The online Apple Store is down ahead of today's Apple press event, scheduled for 10AM PST/1PM EST. MacNN will be covering announcements as they're made.



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07:35
CBS All Access offers on-demand & live streaming...

CBS, the largest broadcast network in the U.S., announced on Thursday that it has joined in the "over-the-top" trend by offering a subscription service that will give viewers access to current and legacy content, as well as live streaming of local CBS stations in 14 major markets.

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07:31
The iPhone Frenzy in China Continues

A new report from China today noted that pre-orders continued to grow as Apple made one last sales push yesterday. Apple announced on its website that ...

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07:30
Jimmy Iovine welcomes free publicity from NFL's...

Despite the NFL's promotional agreement with Bose, a number of big name NFL stars continue to wear Beats by Dr. Dre headphones at football events. Just two weeks ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined US$10,000 by the league...

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07:29
An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with...

This sound like the premise of a bar trick, but not so.

Why? Because data stored on flash drives has weight. The difference is almost infinitesimally minute, but it is there.
The extra weight comes from flash storage storing more data in memory. The transistors in flash memory distinguish between a 1 and a 0 by trapping electrons.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:27
Apple to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking...

Apple is planning to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking in iOS 8's Health app, the company says in a new support document. It explains that the app is currently set to track glucose levels using mg/dL, a value adopted in the US and some other countries. But some regions, such as the UK and Australia, depend on mmol/L; the discrepancy can cause problems, even though iOS' underlying HealthKit platform supports both measurements....



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07:16
YouGov poll shows what would-be iPad buyers are...

A nationally-representative YouGov poll commissioned by mobile app company FeedHenry found that increased storage tiers is the feature most are hoping the iPad Air 2 will offer in today’s event, followed by Touch ID and a slimmer, lighter form factor.

Apple increased the middle and upper iPhone storage tiers when it launched the iPhone 6, moving from 16/32/64GB to 16/64/128GB. The current iPad Air has four tiers: 16/32/64/128GB.

It looks like intending purchasers will get much of their wish-list. Touch ID appears a certainty, thanks to a...

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07:07
Find My iPhone? Find Me! Lost Phone Feature Helps...


A woman whose car rolled 500 feet down an embankment near San Jose, California, was located through the Find My iPhone feature on her smartphone after spending 19 hours in the ravine where her Chevy Cruze ended up. The OnStar feature in her car triggered two calls to police, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, but neither pinpointed the location of her car. Police searched the area fruitlessly for hours. At 3 a.m. Tuesday, Vasquez's stepmother called Campbell police to report her missing.

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07:05
Here’s why public WiFi is a public health hazard

Maurits Martijn, writing for Medium:

In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it…Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack, puts the black device on the table, and hides it under a menu. A waitress passes by and we ask for two coffees and the password for the WiFi network. Meanwhile, Wouter switches on his laptop and device, launches some programs, and soon the screen starts to fill with green text lines. It gradually becomes clear that Wouter’s device is connecting to the laptops, smartphones, and tablets of cafe visitors.

On his screen, phrases like “iPhone Joris” and “Simone’s MacBook” start to appear. The device’s antenna is intercepting the signals that are being sent from the laptops, smartphones, and tablets around us.

Part of this is an education problem, teaching people how to be careful. But it’s foolish to think that any public WiFi connection is safe....

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07:02
CBS follows HBO in targeting cord-cutters with $5.99...

Just one day after HBO announced that it would be offering a web-only subscription at some point next year, CBS has played leap-frog by announcing the immediate availability of a $5.99/month web & app subscription offering on-demand access to almost all content.

CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets at launch.

CBS All Access is available beginning today at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android.

Cable companies have long shied away from offering access to popular, current programming without demanding that you sign-up to cable access first. But broadcasters now seem to be recognizing...

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07:00
Reddit acquires popular iOS app Alien Blue

Despite its stunning popularity and influence across the internet, Reddit has lacked an official app for actually using the service on mobile devices. They have an AMA (ask me anything) app, but nothing for everyday use. This has left users to browse...

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06:52
Panera Bread Set to Launch Apple Pay Oct 20

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

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


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06:50
Apple Store down, event day is here
06:39
iPhone 6 Plus accounts for one-quarter of new iPhone...

A pair of new surveys released this week both affirm that the new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has achieved about 25 percent of Apple's total iPhone sales, a trend that market watchers think will be a boon for the company's bottom line.

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06:30
The old iPad 2 is still the most used iPad

That's a surprising metric coming out of new research from Localytics, and pertinent as we expect to see new iPads from Apple.

According to the study's data, the now discontinued iPad 2 has the largest share of online use at 27%. Both the iPad Air...

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06:20
TMO’s Apple Media Event Live Coverage

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


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06:11
Live from Apple's 'It's been way too...

Join us as we join Apple in Cupertino this Thursday, October 16th, for the anticipated launch of the iPad 2, iPad mini 3 with Retina display, Mac OS X "Yosemite" & ApplePay

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

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

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06:05
DEVONAGent is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart research assistant DEVONagent for OS X Yosemite with new features and interface adjustments. DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.1 bring bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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05:53
Apple Patents Reveal Work on Liquid Metal, a New...

The US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on several interesting projects. In this patent application brief, we point you to Apple's work in regards to liquid metal, a new dock with a flexible connector and more.

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05:45
Apple Store goes Offline Ahead of iPad Media Event

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


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05:42
iOS 8: Setting Messages to Expire

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


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05:33
PCalc 4.1 - Full-featured scientific calculator. (...

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions.

A Dashboard Widget is included with the main application.

Version 4.1:

  • Added full support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Added a Notification Center Widget on Yosemite to perform quick calculations. Tap the display to switch to the full app.
  • Added support for Handoff on Yosemite to continue the current calculation on another device.
  • You can now import custom layouts created on iOS and any changes will sync to the Mac via iCloud. Mac editing is coming soon!
  • Added a new calculator theme, "Backlight".
  • Added an option to switch off operator precedence entirely.
  • Added an option to only show the RPN stack in the "Stack" section and keep it scrolled to the bottom.
  • Added an option...

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05:08
Facebook creates Safety Check notification tool for...

Facebook has turned its attention to helping its users during times of crisis or a major disaster, by creating a new tool. Safety Check aims to provide a way for people in locations affected by a natural disaster to let their friends and family know they are OK, as well as allowing them to check on friends who may also be affected by the disaster....



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05:05
Apple Online Store down ahead of new iPads and Macs

It’s Thursday, October 16th, and that means Apple is taking the stage today to announce new versions of the iPad and the Mac. The Apple Online Store has already gone down this morning, which means that whatever Apple formally announces should be available to purchase or pre-order later today. An iTunes leak from yesterday confirms that Apple will be debuting a new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 today with Touch ID sensors and improved cameras, while sources first told us that Apple would also ...

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04:56
Cobook 3.0.5 - Intelligent address book. (Free)

Cobook Contacts is an intuitive, engaging address book.

Solve the problem of contact management with Cobook Contacts and its simple interface and powerful syncing and integration possibilities.

Keep your contacts:

  • Organized with tags. A simple tagging system means finding particular contacts is as easy as can be.
  • Automatically up-to-date. Keep your contacts up-to-date by syncing them with Facebook, Twitter, or Xing profiles.
  • Within reach. Quickly access your contacts from the menu bar on your Mac or on your iPhone or iPad with the iOS companion app.

Note: Cobook is free to download, but contains several in-app purchases which extend its functionality, so we've listed it as a demo.



Version 3.0.5:

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility
  • Small layout bug fixes


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04:52
LinkOptimizer for Mac OS X updated to version 4.9.26

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.26, an update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version lets users insert a time stamp into variable names of optimized images.

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04:46
By 2017 50% of all IoT solutions will originate with...

Makers and startups, not tech providers, consumer goods companies or enterprises, will drive acceptance, use and growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of a multitude of niche applications, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group predicts that, by 2017, 50% of IoT solutions (typically a product combined with a service) will originate in startups that are less than three years old.

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04:24
PCalc ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

TLA Systems has announced PCalc 4.1 (www.pcalc.com), an update to their scientific calculator for Mac OS X. The new version has support for Yosemite, including a Notification Center widget for quick calculations. Version 4.1 also offers:

° Handoff support, between PCalc running on iOS 8 and Yosemite;

° Support for custom button layouts created with the iOS version. Full editing on the Mac will come in the next release.

° Visual improvements, to match the new look of Yosemite, and unify with the iOS release.

° A new dark calculator theme, "Backlight".

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04:09
Kool Tools: QNAP TX-x31 home NAS series

QNAP Systems's TS-x31 series is a Turbo NAS for SOHO and home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with a cloud-based, note-taking application and a range of multimedia functions.

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04:08
Apple Invents a Pop-Up Menu System for iDevices...

On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a pop-up menu system for iDevices using pro apps like Apple's Numbers or Pages or Microsoft's Excel or Word ...

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04:03
AnyTrans 4 ready for OS X Yosemite, iOS 8

iMobie (www.imobie.com/anytrans/) has launched AnyTrans 4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the iPhone file management utility.

With AnyTrans you can transfer iPhone, iPod music to/from any Mac computer, copy photos, videos and apps between devices and Macs, export SMS messages and even the associated image/audio files and more. Version 4 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

AnyTrans costs US$39.99 It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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03:53
Facebook adds Safety Check feature to iOS app to...

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Facebook has added a nifty new feature that hopefully you won’t need to use too often: notifications of nearby disasters, and a one-touch means of letting family and friends know that you’re ok … 

If the Facebook app detects that you’re in the general area of a disaster like an earthquake, the Safety Check feature provides an alert through the Notification Center and offers a choice of two buttons: one saying that you’re safe, the other saying you’re not in the affected area. Your friends then see a reassuring message in their newsfeeds.

If you’re with friends or family at the time, you can also mark them safe on their behalf.

Facebook updated its iOS app just...

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03:46
What a cable-free HBO subscription could mean for...

Apple TV has never followed a predictable update path. Officially unveiled alongside the iPhone in January 2007, it has had just two revisions to speak of during its lifespan, and aside from a quiet silicon swap last year, there hasn’t been any movement on the Apple TV front since March of 2012.

But the industry around it hasn’t been nearly as stagnant. In the two and a half years since the third generation of Apple TV landed, we’ve seen a veritable explosion of streaming devices and services, with various sticks and boxes all promising to deliver high-definition content to our televisions. Apple TV has kept pace by adding channels and occasionally refreshing its software, but there’s one main problem: All of these boxes, up to and including Google’s new Nexus Player, pretty much do the same thing. Sure, some have a slightly better selection of channels and others play...

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03:20
'Apple Events' channel for Apple TV goes...

In preparation of its special media event on Thursday, Apple has activated the "Apple Events" Apple TV channel that will carry a live stream of today's proceedings, expected to include the debut of new hardware and software.

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02:56
Apple Invents Seamless Outdoor to Indoor Map...

On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention relating to future iDevices and CarPlay that will be able to use seamless outdoor to indoor map transitioning. The mapping system could start with in-car navigation to a parking lot and then transition to an indoor parking map and eventually further transition to the inside your destination, be it the inside of a mall, a school, a convention center and beyond. In 2013 Apple acquired WifiSLAM and this invention likely borrows some of their technology.

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02:45
Apple Providing Live Video of Today's iPad and...

Ahead of today's special iPad and Mac event, Apple has made its "Apple Events" channel available on the Apple TV.

Image credit: iDownloadBlog
In addition to live streaming on the Apple TV, Apple will also be streaming the event live on its website. In order to watch the stream, users will need to be running Safari on Mac or iOS.

Apple is expected to introduce a number of new products at the event, including the iPad Air 2, the next-generation Retina iPad mini, and new iMacs with at least the 27-inch model...

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00:55
TSMC's Net Profits Soared in Q3 due to Apple...

TSMC Rides High on iPhone 6 orders: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, rode heavy demand from smartphone clients to a record net profit in the third quarter, handily beating market expectations.

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00:37
Pre-event roundup: what to expect at today's...

Many sites, pundits and people think they have a sure grip on what's going to be announced later today at Apple's press event, which begins at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern time) and is being held in Apple's own community town hall theatre at the company's headquarters. This generally means a smaller affair and a strictly press-only audience, and on tap for the event is the expected announcement of new iPad models. But what else is likely to happen? We weigh up the rumors and make a few wild guesses....



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00:10
Apple TV channel for today’s iPad and iMac event...

Apple previously announced that it would be live streaming Thursday’s iPad and Mac event, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the company is pushing out an Apple TV channel to stream the video. It is a bit surprising, however, that the channel is already available at midnight Pacific time. It’s usually much later in the day that it appears.

You can also stream the event from Apple’s website on a Mac or iOS device. If you’re on a Windows PC, you’ll need to...

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Wednesday October 15

22:58
Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

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


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22:12
Iovine on NFL-Bose ban of Beats: 'I can't...

Speaking at the University of California's "Global Conversation" conference on Wednesday, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine offered his spin on the recent NFL deal with rival Bose to make the latter's headphones the "official" brand of the football league, and the fact that many players seem to prefer the Beats brand. He told the audience that players, both under contract to endorse Beats and not, have taken to taping over the Beats logo on their own pairs rather than wear the endorsed brand....



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21:38
Apple to disable another Health feature as UK and...

Apple has decided to disable one of the features of the Health application, specifically the blood glucose tracking capability, until it can issue a fix for issues reported by users in the UK and Australia, CNET reported tonight. The feature will apparently be removed through an incoming software update (perhaps iOS 8.1, or possibly 8.0.3) while the company prepares a patch to remedy the problem.

While it’s true that the HealthKit framework supports measurement standards for both the United States and abroad, a bug that exists in the current version prevents users from manually entering or viewing blood glucose levels using anything other than United States measurements (mg/dL, or milligrams per deciliter) within the actual Health application. The UK and Australian...

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21:02
Apple leaks product information about tomorrow’s...

It’s kind of sad that Apple is the source of the leak.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:37
AT&T drops Beats Music subscriptions for new...

One of the US' largest carriers, AT&T, has abruptly ended a promotion it began with Beats Music prior to the latter being acquired by Apple. The carrier was previously offering the ability to include a Beats Music subscription on a customer's wireless bill if desired, and told AppleInsider that it will continue to offer the plan to existing customers and those currently on the free trial. There is, however, no longer any access to a free trial through AT&T's website....



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18:15
Will.i.am debuts ‘Puls’ smartwatch with built-in 3G...


Image via The Next Web

Pop musician Will.i.am has just taken the wraps off of his first wearable, the Puls smartwatch, during Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2014 conference (via The Next Web). The watch ships with a software suite that includes Facebook and Twitter connectivity, Instagram, and even integration with Salesforce. It also features a voice control system dubbed “Aneeda” that’s powered by Nuance. Aneeda also supports basic features such as reminders, music control, alarms, and more.

On the hardware side, the watch sports standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth...

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18:08
Are we on the Cusp of a Revolutionary Shift in...

In July Apple quietly added new Apple TV channels like CNBC and Fox Now and there's likely more to follow in the weeks and months ahead. In September, Apple's CEO Tim Cook talked up Apple TV and once again with Charlie Rose and kept talking about how today's television-experience is stuck in a bygone era. Today, out of nowhere ...

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18:05
Giveaway: PowerSkin PoP'n 2 power pack for...

Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is in the hands of millions of loyal Apple fans, many people are starting to look for useful accessories that third party manufacturers have to offer. One awesome addition to the list of "must-haves" is the PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable battery pack. We have two of these battery packs to give away to our readers. Find out more about what makes this mobile charging solution different, and how you can enter to win....



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17:36
Reddit buys unofficial iOS client Alien Blue, offers...

Popular iOS reddit client app Alien Blue was acquired by reddit itself for an undisclosed sum on Wednesday, with the software now positioned as the online community's official reader.

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17:24
Panera Bread memo confirms Apple Pay to launch on...

An internal memo at bakery cafe chain and Apple Pay launch partner Panera Bread has confirmed that Apple intends to launch the e-payment system on October 20, and that training is underway throughout the chain, which plans a massive promotional campaign to let customers know it can accept mobile payments using Apple Pay or other NFC-based e-wallet systems. A one-minute video and a FAQ sheet are among the training materials front-line Panera employees will need to get up-to-speed on the new system....



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17:19
Briefly: Mailbox for Mac enters open beta, Skype for...

Mailbox has officially released its beta versionemail client for OS X this week, now available to all. Mailbox for iOS arrived last year, offering a simplistic interface that aims to improve inbox organization. Mailbox for Mac is similar in design, and features controls to archive and delete email, as well as create lists and enable a "snooze" functionality. The app includes swipe gesture and hotkeys options. Those interested in downloading the beta version of Mailbox for Mac can do so for free through Mailbox....



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17:16
Google Debuts Nexus 6 Phone, Nexus 9 Tablet, and...

Just a day ahead of Apple's own iPad event that will see it introducing a range of new products including new iPads and a Retina iMac, Google has unveiled its next version of Android and three new Nexus devices, including the 5.9-inch Nexus 6 smartphone, the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player, an Apple TV-style set-top box that comes equipped with a gamepad (sold separately).

Google's new Nexus 6 will be one of the biggest "phablets" on the market, and at 5.96-inches, it's even larger than Apple's recently introduced iPhone 6 Plus, which measures in at 5.5-inches. The phone features a 493 ppi AMOLED Quad HD display and a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a feature Apple offers with its larger iPhone 6 Plus.

It also includes a Quad-Core 2.7Ghz Snapdragon 805 processor, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, dual front facing speakers, and a 3220 mAh battery. The Nexus 6's battery can be...

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16:51
Reddit acquires popular Alien Blue iOS app, rebrands...


Reddit finally has its own official application for browsing and posting to your favorite subreddits, and users of the service will probably be excited to learn that it’s one they may already be using. The site has acquired the rights to the popular Alien Blue client and hired the developer responsible for creating it.

Alien Blue got a few bug fixes today and was released with a new...

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16:34
Beats' Jimmy Iovine on NFL headphone ban:...

Beats cofounder and current Apple executive Jimmy Iovine responded to the National Football League's decision to ban Beats by Dre headphones from interviews, suggesting the pressure from Bose is resulting in cheap publicity.

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16:31
Apple Reportedly Plans to Pull Fitbit from Apple...

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

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


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16:28
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edges Out iPhone 6 Plus:...


The first reviews are out on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, unveiled last month in Berlin, and they're generally positive. "The best big-screen phone you can buy right now," screams one headline. "A phablet that can teach Apple a few things," says another. "I'm not sure where the good story is on this," said tech analyst Jeff Orr. "The Galaxy Note 4 is continuing down the Samsung innovation path on the larger display, and Apple with the iPhone 6 Plus is entering a segment where Samsung has most of the mindshare, if not also the revenue."

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16:24
Iovine smacks down NFL saying ban gives Beats free...

Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine responded to a recent fine levied by the NFL against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for wearing Beats headphones during a post-game interview. Iovine said that he was glad players considered Beats ‘cool’ and that the company had gotten millions of dollars worth of publicity out of the media coverage surrounding the ban and subsequent fine.

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16:05
Police officer uses Find My iPhone to track and save...

A San Jose police officer used Apple’s Find My iPhone service to track down and rescue Melissa Vasquez, a woman who had been trapped in a 500-foot South Bay ravine for 17 hours. According to a report by KGO-TV, officer David Cameron is to thank for locating the stranded driver. After Vasquez was involved in a car accident, OnStar reported her location to the police, but they were unable to find any evidence of the car or driver.

When Cameron, who says he’s known around his department for being a bit of a “tech geek,” searched her house, he found her iPad and realized that he could use Find My iPhone to locate Vasquez’s cell phone. Vasquez’s tablet was locked using a passcode, but it took Cameron only three guesses to...

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16:00
Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs in Aaaron...

With Leonardo DiCaprio now out of the running, Variety reports today that Batman star Christian Bale is in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs in the upcoming Jobs biopic penned by the incomparable Aaron Sorkin.

Oscar-winner Christian Bale, who...

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15:59
Skype, YouTube and Facebook iOS apps updated with...

Third-party developers continue to work on apps tailored specifically for the new screen sizes offered by Apple's latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the latest being Skype, YouTube and Facebook, all of which rolled out updates Retina HD display support on Wednesday.

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15:39
Retailer and Credit Card Internal Training Info...

Apple's new mobile payments service, Apple Pay, may be enabled shortly after its Thursday iPad-centric media event, according to internal information leaked from various retailers and credit card companies.

Employees that work for one of Apple's major Apple Pay credit card partners have already finished their Apple Pay training and have been told that the payments service will be released on Monday, October 20, according to an employee who shared the information with MacRumors.

Similarly, a lengthy internal memo from Panera Bread obtained by 9to5Mac also suggests that Apple will launch Apple Pay on Monday, October 20.As you are aware, Panera is a featured partner with Apple in their announcement of the iPhone 6 and the new Apple Pay platform. Now, we are excited to share that Apple is very close to releasing Apple Pay and actually planning to launch on October 20th.Panera, like...

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15:36
Apple warns devs of upcoming iTunes Connect...

According to a brief notification sent to developers, Apple is planning to take iTunes Connect offline for approximately six hours starting at 6AM Pacific on Sunday, October 26. The portal is used by developers to submit, take down, update, adjust pricing and study analytics of apps submitted to the Mac and iOS App Stores. The modest maintenance downtime is unusual in light of Apple annual and longer downtime that usually happens in December....



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15:23
GTAT's Bankruptcy Hearing has been delayed...

A hearing on GT Advanced Technologies bid to shut down its synthetic-sapphire operations while keeping many details of its bankruptcy under wraps was pushed to October 21 or ...

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15:19
Verizon changing Edge program, shifts upgrades to...

Verizon's Edge program that allows customers to finance a new device, spreading the cost over the course of 20 months, is receiving some changes soon. Under the terms of the Edge program users will now have to pay a greater portion of a phone's cost before upgrading, while the payment period is extended. The new terms are said to start on October 16....



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15:16
Scrivener 2.60.5 - Project management and word...

Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas; take notes; storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard; view research while you write; track themes using keywords; dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike. Outline... Edit... Storyboard... Write.

Version 2.60.5:

  • Various UI tweaks and fixes for Yosemite compatibility.
  • Clicking the green traffic light full-screen button on Yosemite enters full screen mode; Opt-clicking it uses the pre-10.10 behaviour of fitting the window to its content.
  • Added option to Import/Export Preferences to determine whether Scrivener should use the bundled version of Java or the one installed on the system for...

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15:11
OpenEmu 1.0.4 - Open Source game-emulation app;...

OpenEmu is about to change the world of video game emulation. One console at a time...

For the first time, the 'It just works' philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.

We combine some of the best emulation projects together into one beautiful unified application that simply organizes your personal games library. Watch as you drop in backups of your games (ROMs) and they are gracefully added to their appropriate library along with original box art!

Features Overview

    Library
    One of the standout features of OpenEmu is how it organizes all your games into one unique, unified games library. Watch as backups of the games (ROMs) you already own are gracefully added to their appropriate library and box art is magically added. You can even...

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15:08
HBO to Introduce Standalone Web-Only Subscriptions...

Popular premium cable channel HBO has announced plans to introduce a web-only subscription service designed for cable cutters in the coming months. According to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who spoke at an investor presentation (via Re/code), the company will begin offering standalone HBO service that does not require a cable subscription in 2015."That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.

"So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all...

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15:01
Judge in GT Advanced bankruptcy case skeptical about...

At a hearing on Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff said he sees little in the way of sensitive trade secrets that would preclude the court from making the terms of Apple's deal with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies public.

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15:00
Pulse by Sengled: iOS-controllable LED lights, with...

Smartphone-controlled LED lights with integrated speakers are nothing new, but they've always had some shortcomings. For one thing, there was always the speakers, which seemed to be an added afterthought and never provided decent stereo sound....

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14:57
Briefly: Akvis' Charcoal app, Lego Movie...

Akvis has announced the release of its new image editing program Charcoal, allowing users to create charcoal, chalk and sanguine drawings from photo images. Photos can be converted into a rendition of a hand-drawn art piece with its variety of photo effects, including a selection of canvas textures to apply. Thirty-four preset options are available, with the ability to create one's own presets also featured. Available as a 10-day trial, a home license for Akvis Charcoal is priced at $50....



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14:51
Internal Panera Bread memo claims Apple Pay will...

An internal memo sent to Panera Bread employees and acquired by 9to5Mac has revealed that Apple will launch its mobile payment platform on Monday, October 20th. Panera Bread was listed as one of the initial launch partners for Apple Pay during its introduction last month.

An online training course for employees has been published that includes instructions for the VeriFone readers, including the Apple Pay functions. Stores that don’t have the appropriate hardware to support the technology will receive further information on the 20th about how the company plans to handle payments those locations.

The memo also notes that the NFC terminals will...

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14:38
KeyCue 7.3

Adds a new Yosemite-friendly built-in theme and squashes several bugs. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.7 MB)

 

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14:33
Apple Pay Roundup Updated

Tomorrow's iPad-centric event may see Apple divulging more details on its upcoming payment service, including a release date.

Ahead of the event, we've updated our Apple Pay roundup with an in-depth explanation of how Apple Pay works, the security behind the technology, Apple's partners, a prospective release date, and more. If you've got questions on Apple Pay, make sure to take a look at the roundup.

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14:33
News: Designed by M debuts Simple Stand for iPad Air...

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

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14:30
CleanUp for iOS will quickly trash unwanted photos

CleanUp is a terrific, free utility for iOS that has only one job -- it quickly deletes photos cluttering up your iDevice. You might wonder why you'd need such a thing. The answer is that Apple's method is a bit cumbersome. You can get a thumbnail...

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14:28
AT&T stops selling Beats Music subscriptions to...

AT&T customers looking to sign up for Beats Music as part of their monthly cellular plan are, as of Wednesday, seemingly out of luck, as the wireless provider is no longer offering subscriptions for Apple's streaming service.

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14:19
8 Elite Mac Apps and 25 Comprehensive OS X & Web...

We have a dandy deal for you today called the Mac to the Future Bundle. It features eight excellent Mac apps plus the OS X & Web Dev Course Bundle. The apps include Capo 3 For Mac, AfterShot Pro 2, Lucid, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors Choice Award), Ember, Anonymizer Universal (1yr), and skEdit. That's $460 worth of software, and the developer course is another $500, but through our bundle deal, it's all yours for $961. There are complete descriptions on the deal page, so check it out.


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14:18
Lollipop Could Make Android Stickier


Google on Wednesday unwrapped Android 5.0 Lollipop, officially replacing the "Android L" code name by which the latest version of its mobile platform previously had been known.
"Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android, with over 5,000 new APIs for developers," wrote Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president for Android, Chrome & Apps, in a blog post. "Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit."

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14:05
Christian Bale in talks to star in next Steve Jobs...

Actor Christian Bale is in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, sources tell Variety. The movie is based on Walter Isaacson's popular biography, which was released just weeks after Jobs died in 2011 and featured rare, previously unheard information gleaned through Jobs' cooperation. Bale is best known for movies such as Empire of the Sun, The Dark Knight, and American Psycho....



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14:03
Will Apple be able to reverse the Troubling Tablet...

On the eve of the Apple Event scheduled for tomorrow morning, Gartner rains down and states that the tablet trend is on a steep decline as growth has gone from 55% in 2013 to a measly 11% in 2014.

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14:00
Mac App Store frustrations begin to boil over

Over the weekend, just a few days before an Apple event that is expected to be the debut of some new Mac hardware, Bare Bones Software revealed that the company will no longer sell new versions of its popular BBEdit HTML/text editor on the Mac App...

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13:58
Beats Music subscription through AT&T no longer...

Beats Music and AT&T have quietly removed the option to pay for the music streaming subscription service through the wireless carrier, although the change will not affect current subscribers. 9to5Mac received the following statement from AT&T:

There haven’t been any changes for AT&T customers who currently have the Beats Music family plan or who are within their free trial period. New subscribers can still get Beats Music through their app store or at beatsmusic.com.

Previously, AT&T subscribers could access a 90-day free trial of the now Apple-owned music streaming service with the option to bill the subscription fee with the wireless phone bill. AT&T also offered a unique family rate for the service at $14.99/month for up to five people and ten devices on an account.

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13:49
Moving to iCloud Drive

With the arrival of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iCloud documents are moving to Apple’s new iCloud Drive service — sometimes seamlessly, sometimes not. Here’s what happened when Michael Cohen upgraded to the new service.

 

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13:49
Report: Apple will stop carrying Fitbits in its...

A new report suggests that Apple may stop selling Fitbit devices online and in their retail stores sometime soon. According to Re/code, who originally reported this story, the Fitbit dismissal will happen to make room for its own soon-to-launch wearable, the Apple Watch. Fitbit’s lineup of wearables track steps, workouts, and other health metrics, which the Apple Watch will also do.

Apple has yet to comment on this report, so it’s unclear why Apple is targeting Fitbit specifically—currently, the Apple Store carries other third-party wearable devices from Nike, Jawbone, Withings, and other brands. However, it appears that Apple and Fitbit may have had a rocky relationship as of late. Last week, Fitbit announced that the company had no current plans to integrate its fitness...

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13:40
Why Your iPhone Uses PNG for Screen Shots and JPG...

It's no accident that Apple has chosen two different file formats for iOS device screen shots (PNG) and still photos from the camera (JPG). John Martellaro explains why Apple does this and why you shouldn't fight it.


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13:37
Adreno-powered Nexus 6, Galaxy Note 4 deliver poor...

Despite using one of the fastest Qualcomm mobile Application Processors now available, Google's new Nexus 6 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 fall flat in running GPU intensive apps and games--particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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13:30
Build and race your own space vehicle with...

RoverCraft Racing is a game for iOS in which you are an astronaut driving your rovercraft around on Earth, or perhaps foreign territory in our galaxy. The game doesn't really so much involve racing other than trying to beat your own records, but it...

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13:25
Griffin Survivor Core Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

Griffinâs Survivor Core case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus provides rugged protection in a thin case with a clear back. The case is rated for a 6.6 foot drop, and there is extra protection on all four corners.


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13:21
Apple alerts developers to upcoming iTunes Connect...

Apple on Wednesday sent out emails to developers, notifying them of an upcoming iTunes Connect maintenance update scheduled for next week.

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13:18
AT&T No Longer Offering Beats Music...

AT&T is no longer offering Beats Music subscriptions to its subscribers as an add-on service, according to an AT&T employee who spoke to MacRumors. The cellular company has ceased giving customers the option to sign up for Beats Music when purchasing a new phone plan and the Beats Music website has been updated to remove its "Subscribe with AT&T" options.

AT&T employees have also been instructed to stop selling Beats Music subscriptions to customers, suggesting the partnership between Beats Music and AT&T has come to an end following Apple's Beats acquisition.

AT&T subscription options formerly offered on the Beats Music Pricing page
Beats Music and AT&T first struck an...

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13:15
Skype Qik Video Chat: Shoot, Send, Vaporize


Microsoft on Tuesday released Skype Qik, a new mobile chat app that features short, self-destructing video messages that automatically self-destruct in two weeks -- or sooner if set to do so. Skype need not be installed on a mobile to use Qik, which runs on Android, iOS and Windows phones and is available for free from the Google Play, the iTunes App Store and the Windows Phone Store. With Skype Qik, Microsoft aims to capture some of the audience for lightweight communication apps such as SnapChat, WhatsApp and WeChat.

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13:00
Is Apple experiencing a problematic decline in...

While any new major software release is bound to have its fair share of bugs, the number and severity of glitches that accompanied the rollout of iOS 8 were far greater than we've come to expect from Apple. Many early iOS 8 users were quick to report...

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12:41
iMac Roundup Updated

Apple is holding a media event tomorrow where it is expected to introduce a new 27-inch Retina iMac. Details are scarce, but find out what we know in our updated iMac roundup.

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12:40
Tech Workers Oppose Settlement They Reached In...

itwbennett writes Tech workers have asked an appeals court not to approve a $324.5 million settlement in Silicon Valley's controversial employee hiring case, according to a document filed Tuesday. This move by the plaintiffs puts them in alignment with an earlier decision by Judge Lucy Koh of the federal district court in San Jose to throw out the settlement on the grounds that it wouldn't pay the workers enough. Attorneys for the defendants — Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel — subsequently appealed Koh's decision.

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12:37
PCalc for OS X Yosemite

Lots of changes in the latest update:

  • Support for OS X Yosemite, including a Notification Center widget for quick calculations simply click on the display to switch to the main app, even mid-calculation.

  • Handoff support, between PCalc running on iOS 8 and Yosemite – continue your calculation on any device. The full state of the calculator, including the tape, is sent over.

  • Support for custom button layouts created with the iOS version. Full editing on the Mac will come in the next release.

  • Visual improvements, to match the new look of Yosemite, and unify with the iOS release.

  • A new dark calculator theme, “Backlight”.

  • All the core calculation code improvements from PCalc 3.3.2 on iOS, including better operator precedence support.

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12:34
What to expect (and not to expect) at Apple’s iPad/...

It looks like Apple’s event tomorrow will focus on new iPad models as rumored, but there are bound to be a lot of announcements beyond just the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Below we’ve put together some of our expectations for other possibilities at the event, including likely announcements for new Macs, software updates and a couple of possible surprises you might not be expecting.

iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3: The majority of rumors leading up to tomorrow’s event have been focused on a second-generation iPad Air. It’s now all but confirmed with our discovery earlier today of...

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12:30
Apple’s Silicone Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Good...

Any case produced by Apple itself has to survive a fair amount of scrutiny. After all Apple makes the device the case is protecting. It has to work well in every way, from the out of box experience, to putting it on the device, to protecting the device it covers. Not surprisingly, Apple's iPhone 6 Silicone Case does stand up to scrutiny, assuming you're looking for a case that doesn't claim to take extreme punishment.


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12:30
YouTube for iOS gets updated with full support for...

YouTube for iOS has been updated to offer fully optimized support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Users will now be able to use the larger keyboard, see more suggestions on the screen and enjoy other visual improvements. In addition, users across all...

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12:22
Report: Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs...

Variety reports that sources have confirmed actor Christian Bale is in talks to play the role of Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography of the late Apple co-founder. Variety adds that insiders believe Bale will begin filming for the biopic this spring.

Bale, who can next be seen in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” is still negotiating for the Travis McGee pic “The Deep Blue Goodbye” at Fox. Sources tell Variety talks have taken longer then expected because Bale was not interested in doing a sequel while Fox wanted one.

Insiders say Bale would likely shoot “Jobs” in the spring and follow it up with ‘The Deep Blue Goodbye.”

The film,...

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12:22
Oscar winner Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in...

Sony's high-profile biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will have plenty of award winning pedigree behind it, as Oscar winning actor Christian Bale will reportedly play the lead on the project, which also features an Academy Award winning director and screenwriter.

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12:21
The Mac To The Future Bundle

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12:16
Mac Apps With OS X Yosemite-Specific Features Begin...

Ahead of tomorrow's media event that will likely see Apple previewing OS X Yosemite one last time ahead of the software's public release, apps that contain support for Yosemite-only features have begun hitting the Mac App Store.

PCalc, a popular calculator app for Mac, for example, has been updated with full support for OS X Yosemite, offering a Notification Center Widget and Handoff capabilities.

The arrival of Mac apps with Yosemite support suggests that the new operating system will be debuting shortly after the upcoming media event, possibly arriving as soon as tomorrow. Apple has seeded three separate Yosemite GM candidates, suggesting the software is nearing completion.

OS X Yosemite introduces a system-wide redesign that brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with a heavy emphasis on translucency. The update...

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12:13
HBO Go Will Go It Alone

HBO Go might just go it alone, according to CEO Richard Plepler, who made the remarks at Time Warner's investor day event on Wednesday. "In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," Pleper said.

There are rumblings that Netflix will be reporting some nice earnings, which is probably excellent motivation for HBO to go after the cordcutting crowd. This is very exciting news for me personally, because I've been calling HBO customer service about once a month for like a year now and BEGGING them to let me pay directly instead of having to give more money to the Cable Service Which Must Not Be Named. It doesn't take long, but it looks like I'm going to get my way on this.

Hopefully my crusade for the last two seasons of The Muppet...

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12:09
Apple accidentally leaks next-gen iPad Air 2, iPad...

The next-gen iPad information you wanted came a bit ahead of schedule.

According to The Verge and 9to5Mac, Apple accidentally revealed both of its new iPads: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on its web site. An official user guide for iOS 8 in the iTunes Store has apparently had its screenshots updated ahead of schedule; both new iPads are pictured, and the images reveal each will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Aside from the addition of Touch ID, it seems these latest iPads will look nearly identical to their predecessors. 9to5Mac first spotted the premature iPad screenshots. The full-resolution image is still sitting on Apple’s servers.

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12:03
Live blog: Join Macworld for Apple's October...

Apple’s next special event takes place Thursday, October 16, at 10 a.m. Pacific time. The company will offer a live stream that you can view on an Apple TV, or in Safari on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. But if you can’t get to one of those devices—or you just want to join your friends at Macworld and soak it all up together—we’ll be providing live play-by-play from inside Apple’s beautiful Cupertino campus.

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12:02
Christian Bale in Talks to Star in Sony's Steve...

Actor Christian Bale is in talks to play the leading role in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic being produced by Sony, reports Variety. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally in talks to play Jobs, but withdrew from negotiations earlier this month.

Penned by Aaron Sorkin, the Steve Jobs biopic was originally set to be directed by "The Social Network" director David Fincher, who was said to be in talks with Sony earlier this year, but the director title went to Danny Boyle instead, who also directed the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire."

When David Fincher was still attached to the project, he reportedly...

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12:00
Skype for iOS updated for optimized iPhone 6...

Microsoft has released a new update for Skype's iOS app offering users with the larger iPhone 6 and 6+ an optimized user interface. In addition, the app now allows users to mark individual conversations as read/unread, disable notification sounds in...

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11:50
Apple leaks images, features for second-gen iPad Air...

New screenshots for Apple's iOS 8 User Guide have revealed details of the new iPads the company is expected to reveal tomorrow. The tablets are identified as the "iPad Air 2" and "iPad mini 3." Both appear similar to their predecessors design-wise, but are equipped with Touch ID sensors. The screenshots also indicate that the Air 2's camera will support burst photography, as on the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus....



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11:49
Apple Leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in iBooks...

Another day, another leak in the Apple world, only this one was leaked by Apple itself. In screenshots posted for the iPad User Guide For iOS 8 in the iBooks Store Apple posted details of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, neither of which have been announced. In that the source has the ultimate insider knowledge of Apple's goings on, it seems a sure bet that both devices will be announced during the October 16th media event.


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11:47
Morgan Stanley Screamingly Bullish on Apple iPhone...

The iPhone 6 upgrade cycle could last a year: Morgan Stanley added Apple to its list of Best Ideas this morning. Apple analyst, Katie Huberty, has an Overweight rating and ...

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11:45
Apple accidentally leaks details on the iPad Air 2...

Apple's next big product announcement was expected to be on October 16, but thanks to an accidental leak in iBooks, we know about the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 today. Spotted by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac in the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide, the screen shots...

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11:42
September Apple Watch, iPhone 6 event cost Apple...

Apple accrued more than $1 million in fees for construction, rental, and security related to the Sept. 9 event at which it unveiled the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, according to paperwork revealed on Wednesday.

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11:30
Get detailed instruction to life's nagging...

As a child of the digital age my first impulse when presented with a "How do I do X?" question is to ask the internet. For the most part I can find the answers to most questions within a few clicks. But it's often more difficult to find usable...

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11:25
Apple could stop selling Fitbit accessories at retail

Apple may, in the near future, stop selling Fitbit products at its retail stores, sources claim. No explanation has been given, but it's speculated that the reason may be the Apple Watch, which is shipping early next year and will share similar functions, even if it's more expensive and not intended purely as a fitness device. So far Apple doesn't appear to be taking action against any other fitness trackers, but Fitbit controls nearly 70 percent of that market....



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11:16
Google Nexus 6 launches with 5.96-inch Quad HD...

After weeks of rumors, Google has finally launched the Nexus 6 smartphone, running Android Lollipop. At first glance, the Motorola-produced follow-up to the Nexus 5 bears a striking resemblance to the second-generation Moto X, complete with relatively few changes made to the external styling, but it boosts the screen to a phablet-sized 5.96-inch 1,440x2,560 display with a pixel density of 493ppi....



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11:15
Red Giant releases camera footage back-up utility

Red Giant has released Offload (http://tinyurl.com/kewtxm5), a standalone application for backing up footage in the field. Available alone or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite, Offload lets you back up files from a camera card to laptop and external drives.

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11:07
Dr. Mac Looks Back on 16 Years Covering Macworld/...

Iâve written about Macworld Expo often over the years and itâs been part of my life for as long as Iâve been a geek. Iâll miss attending more than I can put into words. Rather than try, letâs take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the words Iâve written about Macworld Expo over the years.


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11:06
You are Apple’s greatest security challenge

TidBITS:

Hundreds of millions of customers use Apple products. I don’t know what the iCloud numbers are, but we are talking about a company that just sold 10 million iPhones in a weekend. Security complexity increases exponentially as fringe situations encompass millions of users. With Apple operating on that scale, the rules change.

Apple thus faces one of the most complex security challenges in society, and faces it at a scale only a handful of companies need to consider.

Users want security but few are willing to be inconvenienced by it. That puts Apple and other companies between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

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11:05
Apple accidentally outs “iPad Mini 3” and “iPad Air...

Apple's iBooks listing has accidentally revealed information about its new tablets.

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Well, there's that much less mystery about Apple's event tomorrow. An iBooks listing for an iPad user guide included some preview of both an "iPad Mini 3" and an "iPad Air 2," and given that the source is Apple itself, it seems safe to assume that these are the tablets Apple will announce.

The main addition revealed by this rare official leak is the presence of a TouchID fingerprint sensor on both models. As expected, neither tablet body appears to have changed much; this is going to be more of an internal refresh than an external one.

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11:00
Opera still exists, releases Opera 25 redesign to...

When was the last time you used the Opera browser on your Mac? Never? Well if you're a fan of beautiful bookmarks, you might want to consider changing that for Opera 25. The new Opera update brings with it something the company calls Visual...

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10:58
Android L now called Lollipop, ships on new Nexus...

Alongside three hardware announcements, Google has formally named Android 5.0. Previously known as "L," the latest iteration of the search engine giant's mobile operating system is officially titled Lollipop. Previewed at Google I/O earlier this year, the newest revision focuses on its consistent design language that it calls "Material Design," and a new battery saver feature that extends the life of mobile devices in use by up to 90 minutes....



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10:57
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10:47
Apple spills the beans on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3...

Oh, Apple. With just one day to go until its big media event, the company leaked images of
its own new products on iTunes: It looks like the big announcements will be an iPad Air 2
and iPad mini 3 with Touch ID.

Apple posted this screenshot of new iPads a day before its media event.

9to5Mac
first noticed screenshots of the new tablets appeared Wednesday in the iBookstore for Apple’s iPad User Guide for iOS 8.1 ebook.

To read this article...

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10:44
News: Apple user guide reveals iPad Air 2, iPad mini...

Apple’s own iOS 8.1 user guide in the iBookstore reveals screenshots of an iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both with Touch ID. Additionally, the guide shows a screenshot noting that iPad Air 2 will be able to use Burst Mode when taking photos. Based on the shots, it does appear that Apple will call the devices iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. As the screenshots in the user guide are for iOS 8.1, we’ll likely also see that debut tomorrow, as well.…

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10:43
Facebook and YouTube release iPhone 6/Plus app...


After more than a month since the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes were announced, Facebook has released an updated version of its iPhone app to take advantage of the bigger screens. The new app features a smaller navigation bar and shows more content on the screen. Facebook had previously updated its Messenger app for the new iPhones, although its alternative Facebook Paper app is still awaiting an update.

YouTube also released an updated version of its iPhone app today optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

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10:39
Poodle SSL 3.0 Flaw Poses Web Browser Security Threat

Google has discovered a 15 year old flaw in SSL 3.0, a security protocol that turns out isn't quite a s secure as originally thought, that could let remote attackers highjack Web browser sessions and gain access to personal data, like Web-based email. The flaw takes advantage of a browser's ability to fall back from the more secure TLS protocol to SSL where attackers can then gain access to session cookies on victim's computers.

The Mac Observer Spin: The tech world has been moving away from SSL in favor of TLS, and finds like this will only help push SSL to its inevitable demise.


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10:37
Report: Open Source Needs to Get With the Security...


Open source developers apparently don't adhere to best practices such as using static analysis and conducting regular security audits, found Coverity's Spotlight report, released Wednesday. The Coverity Scan service, which is available at no charge to open source projects, helped devs find and fix about 50,000 quality and security defects in code last year. That number can be attributed in part to continuous improvement, which lets users find previously undetected defects.

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10:34
Apple paid over $1M to stage Sept. 9th iPhone event...

Apple paid in excess of $1 million to stage its September 9th iPhone/Apple Watch announcement, according to newly-obtained records from the Foothill-De Anza Community College district. The publicity event was held at De Anza College's Flint Center for the Performing Arts, where the Mac was premiered in 1984, and the iMac was shown off in 1998. The records state that Apple paid De Anza a $500,000 "disruption fee," plus rental feels for campus buildings, and still more money to enforce security using more than 35 police officers from three departments....



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10:30
Cord cutters rejoice, HBO is finally going to be...

In 2015, for the first time since the service launched, you will be able to watch an HBO stream online without a cable subscription. The news was formally announced on October 15 at a Time Warner Inc. investor meeting by HBO chairman and CEO Richard...

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10:28
Apple's own iBook reveals iPad Air 2 & iPad...

With less than 24 hours to go before Apple is set to present its latest products, preview images for the company's iOS 8.1 user guide in the iBookstore reveal the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensing home button.

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10:18
Google announces Nexus 6 phablet, Nexus 9 tablet,...

Search giant Google on Wednesday unveiled three new Nexus-series devices --?a new 6-inch smartphone, 9-inch tablet, and set-top streaming media box - that will launch alongside the next version of the company's mobile operating system, Android 5 Lollipop.

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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-15

IDG announced that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus for 2015, so the conference's 30-year run has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet take a look at what IDG's announcement means for the Apple community, but instead of lamenting the passing of what was, they take a look to the future and speculate on what's coming next.


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10:10
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers comes to Mac OS X

Pinkerton Road Studio says Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition (www.GabrielKnight20th.com) has shipped for Mac and PC systems It's available for purchase online for US$19.99 from major online retailers such as Steam, GOG.com and the Phoenix Online Store.

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10:09
Apple Stores: Fitbit out, Apple Watch Sport in

According to a new report, Apple may be dropping the popular Fitbit devices from their Stores ...

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10:09
Apple's iPad User Guide for iOS Confirms iPad...

Apple appears to have mistakenly updated its iPad User Guide for iOS 8 [Direct Link] with screenshots that divulge details on the company's upcoming iPad updates. The screenshots, designed for its upcoming iOS 8.1 updates, suggests new iPads referred to as the "iPad mini 3" and the "iPad Air 2" are coming tomorrow.

Both tablets are confirmed to have Touch ID support as the guide specifically points towards Touch ID support and the design of the two tablets appears to be largely the same as the existing versions.

Apple will introduce the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini tomorrow, at an event held on its Cupertino campus. Along with Touch ID, the iPad Air is said to be gaining an A8X processor, an upgraded camera, a new anti-reflective display, and a gold color option. It is unclear if the iPad mini will receive updates beyond Touch ID support as rumors have...

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10:04
News: Apple dropping Fitbit from retail stores?

Apple is planning to stop selling Fitbit fitness products in its stores, according to a new report from Re/code. Although it’s unclear why Apple plans to discontinue sales of the Fitbit, this news comes shortly after Fitbit issued a statement that it was still “evaluating integration with HealthKit” in iOS 8. Several other major health and fitness accessory makers have already updated their apps for HealthKit integration, making…

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10:01
Allegorithmic ships Substance Painter 1.0 

Allegorithmic (allegorithmic.com) has released Substance Painter, a painting app with 4K support and the ability to load custom shaders.

It's designed to accurately replicate the look of age, decay and fractures and is targeted to game developers. Substance Painter boasts attributes like multi-channel painting, non-destructive workflows and physically-based rendering. It also includes a customized version of Popcorn FX’s particle editor.

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10:00
Join us tomorrow for a liveblog of the Apple event

Time flies! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were prepping for Apple's last product announcement event, and here we are again. This time, we expect to see new iPads, new Macs, and probably an announcement of the release date for Mac OS X...

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09:54
Garage Series for Office 365: PowerShell basics and...

On this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined by scripting guy, Greg Stemp, to introduce PowerShell for managing Office 365. Jeremy and Greg explain when PowerShell makes sense compared to the user interface and describe the basics of how PowerShell works. Then Jeremy puts PowerShell to the test at NASA in Houston by attempting to add 150 users into Office 365 within the 8 minutes it took the space shuttle to reach orbit.

Today we kick off a two-part series to introduce PowerShell for Office 365 management. When we were developing show ideas for the Garage Series, the number one requested topic in the Office 365 technical community in Yammer and among our Microsoft MVPs was PowerShell. That wasn’t a huge surprise for us because as we’ve been...

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09:53
Google announces Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 6 phone and...

One day before Apple’s big iPad event tomorrow, Google has just unveiled its latest Nexus devices alongside official announcements for Android 5.0 Lollipop and more. With Apple expected to launch new iPad Air and possibly iPad mini models tomorrow, Google today announced the Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch HTC-made tablet with brushed metal bezels and a gold color option not unlike that expected for the new iPad Air tomorrow. The tablet also features a keyboard folio that attaches magnetically to the device.

In addition, Google announced the much rumored ...

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09:53
As new Fitbit models loom, Apple Stores set to stop...

Apple Stores will reportedly stop selling Fitbit products, which are not compatible with the HealthKit tools in iOS 8, as a new model with heart rate sensing capabilities is expected to hit the market soon.

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09:43
Gartner: tablet sales will represent less than 10%...

Tablet sales growth is slowing in 2014 as new hardware buyers turn to alternative devices and existing users extend the lifetime of their tablets, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The research group estimates that tablet sales worldwide will reach 229 million units in 2014, an 11% increase from 2013, representing 9.5% of total worldwide sales of devices in 2014. In 2013, tablet sales grew 55%. Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) for 2014 are estimated to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 3.2% increase from 2013.

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09:41
List of Macs That Will Run Yosemite

Apple said OS X Yosemite would be released this fall, and with the company's latest media event set for Thursday, there's a good chance we'll have a better idea when to expect the big update to finally roll out. The big question is whether or not your Mac can take advantage of Yosemite's new features. Read on to see if the soon to be released version of OS X will run on your Mac.


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09:36
Apple to Cease Selling Fitbit Activity Tracking...

Apple has plans to stop selling Fitbit's line of activity tracking devices in its stores as it prepares to launch its own Apple Watch in the coming months, reports Re/code.

While it is not known why Apple plans to cease selling Fitbit products, its decision comes shortly after Fitbit told its users that it had no plans to integrate with Apple's HealthKit at the current time, as it was "working on other exciting projects" for its users.

Fitbit's line of activity trackers are similar in function to the Apple Watch, offering users the ability to track their steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and sleep quality. Recent rumors have suggested Fitbit has several...

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09:30
Juniper Research: over 100 smart watches to be in...

A new report by Juniper Research (http://www.juniperresearch.com) has forecast that more than 100 million smart watches will be in use worldwide by 2019, with a host of premium brand launches over the next 12-18 months bringing the category into mainstream consumer consciousness.

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09:30
Verus case for iPhone 6 Plus gets the job done

When it comes to the iPhone 6 Plus, relatively few case options were available at launch, especially for buyers with a long list of must-have requirements. As one of the TUAW staffers put it, companies who pride themselves on making the best and most...

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09:19
Buy FileMaker Pro 13 or FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced...

FileMaker today announced a Buy One Get One Free promotion for FileMaker Pro 13 and FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, a worldwide limited-time offer that allows those who purchase either product to receive a second downloadable copy of the same product for free (a US$329 or $549 value, respectively) from FileMaker.

The offer applies only to FileMaker Pro 13 or FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced and is limited to one gift request per person, household or company between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, 2014. The promotion is valid for the downloadable versions of the products purchased from the FileMaker Store.

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09:00
Evolving Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to protect...

Shobhit Sahay (@ShobhitSahay88), Levon Esibov and Terry Zink are on the Exchange Online Protection team.

Ten million spam messages blocked every minute. That’s the average number of spam messages that are blocked by Microsoft every minute. However, every day attackers around the world find new techniques to attack your email. The threats take different forms, such as an unidentified spam campaign, an unknown malware, or a completely new virus. The ever-expanding world of such attacks keeps changing and, to better protect your email against these malicious threats, we keep changing Exchange Online Protection, too. 

The world of spam is constantly changing

Spam has evolved over the years in a variety of ways and companies around the world are worried about different types of spam, because it impacts productivity. Spamming techniques have evolved in order to penetrate several filtering programs designed to stop the attacks. As soon as new...

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09:00
Bono apologizes for automatic "Songs of...

In a move that Tim Cook probably assumed would "delight" iTunes customers, Apple this past September made U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, available for free to all iTunes. In doing so, a number of users with no interest in the album were...

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08:57
IDG cancels 2015 Macworld/iWorld event, announces “...

I wish there was better news, but it’s been some time coming…

Per iMore, IDG, the parent company of both Macworld magazine and the Macworld/iWorld conferences, announced on Tuesday that the conference is “going on hiatus”, and that the 2015 event will not happen. Macworld/iWorld has struggled in recent years with the loss of Apple as a keynote partner, with the company around which the conference revolved opting to focus more on their own events and putting significant capital into WWDC.

IDG’s MacIT Mac-focused enterprise technology conference will continue, but the larger Macworld/iWorld is no more. IDG is likely working to rework the conference, but that it’s going on hiatus doesn’t bode well for Macworld/iWorld’s future. It’s a blow to have the January-duo of CES...

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08:53
Gazelle paying up to $355 for iPad Airs, $305 for...

Readers looking to sell their current iPad to help pay for one Apple's forthcoming 2015 iPads can begin locking in price quotes over at Gazelle ahead of Thursday's event to maximize the amount of cash you will receive.

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08:51
Analyst claims delays will limit second-gen iPad Air...

Apple will announce a second-generation iPad Air at tomorrow's press event, but 2014 shipments of the tablet will be hampered by production delays, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 of 7- 9mn units, lower than the 12mn units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013," he writes. "We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air di...



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08:50
Apple's "iCloud Keychain" is now a...

On October 15, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest registered trademarks. Both of the trademarks were for "iCloud Keychain" that Apple originally filed for ...

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08:46
Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To...

Dave Knott writes: While freezing eggs has become an increasingly popular practice for career-oriented women, the procedure comes at a steep price: Costs typically add up to at least $10,000 for every round, plus $500 or more annually for storage. Now two Silicon Valley giants are offering women a game-changing perk: Apple and Facebook will pay for employees to freeze their eggs. They appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons, both offering to cover costs up to $20,000. Tech firms are hardly alone in offering generous benefits to attract and keep talent, but they appear to be leading the way with egg freezing. Advocates say they've heard murmurs of large law, consulting, and finance firms helping to cover the costs, although no one is broadcasting this support. Companies may be concerned about the public relations implications of the benefit – in the most cynical light, egg-freezing coverage could be viewed as a ploy to entice women to...

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08:35
Rumor: Apple to announce next-gen 27-inch iMac with...

There’s a lot of predictions as to what will be announced at tomorrow’s Apple media event.

With any luck, some of them will be right.

Per AppleInsider, ever-reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a note stating to expect a highly-anticipated 27-inch iMac with Retina quality display that will ship before the end of 2014, as well as a next-generation iPad Air that could see limited initial supply.

Kuo expects only a 27-inch Retina iMac model to take the stage this week, though a 21-inch version is in the works and could debut in the second half of 2015. The analyst says Apple started on the 27-inch offering prior to the 21-inch because developing two different sized high-resolution panels is a demanding task....

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08:23
Transmit for iOS 8 Provides File Transfer Everywhere

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Apple

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Sleep Cycle allows iPhone users to capture sleep...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Bono sighed, then said:

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

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Power APP releases App Store Icon Resizer for Mac OS...

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

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

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

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GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple...

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

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


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Drafts 4 brings a new hope to a favorite iOS utility

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

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Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and animation...

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

Version 2015 (Service Pack 4):

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

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Combine Colors: Add the colors and mix the numbers

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

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