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Friday October 10

09:06
Dropbox experimental build with OS X Yosemite icons...

Good news for Dropbox users running OS X Yosemite: Dropbox has made available an experimental build optimized for Yosemite’s new look (via Zach Kahn). The download brings a new Finder icon, new notification glyphs, and faster uploads for small files among other enhancements. Here’s the full list of what’s new:

New in 2.11.25

  • Updated Camera Uploads folder icon for Yosemite
  • Fixed Copy Link context menu option from the toolbar
  • More Finder integration bug fixes

New in the 2.11 series

  • Rewrite of the Windows & Linux UI. (1)
  • File identifiers. (2)
  • Windows long path support. (3)
  • New Linux headless setup flow.
  • Faster uploads for small files.
  • Updated splash screens.
  • New...
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09:00
Nine ways Apple users differ from Microsoft fans

Are you a Starbuck's loving, Microsoft-hating type of person who thinks Facebook is a cool to place to work? If so, then you must be an Apple fan according to this chart published by Business Insider using Ranker's crowd-source ranking data. The...

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08:56
Apple releases third OS X Yosemite golden master...

Yosemite is coming.

It’s just going through a few more golden master candidates.

Per MacRumors, Apple today released a third golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, just two days after releasing the second candidate golden master and the fifth public beta. The first golden master candidate was seeded to developers on September 30th.

The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple’s Mac Developer Center.

Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned Dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new “Today” view in Notification Center that offers integration with third...

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08:56
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bowers & Wilkins Z2...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay speaker w/ Lightning dock $100 shipped (orig. $400)

Seagate 2TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive:...

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08:55
Bose products to disappear from Apple Stores,...

Apple is preparing to pull all of Bose's audio products from its stores, according to sources for MacRumors and MacNN. The MacRumors source says that the inventory change is due to start next week, and that workers will get instructions in the next few days. Commenting on the claim, the MacNN source suggests that it's likely true and "falls in line with a shelving reorganization for Christmas that we've already seen that's got nothing from Bose on it."...



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08:45
First Look: Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case...

Belkin has introduced another Qode keyboard case for iPad Air — this time, it's the Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air ($150). The fully protective iPad Air case works with the keyboard or as a standalone case. As for the aluminum alloy keyboard — it uses Bluetooth 4 and can pair with other devices, and it has the same number of keys as a typical laptop keyboard. Those keys are backlit and can be adjusted to three different brightness…

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08:42
Apple to livestream October 16th media event

Apple’s next media event on October 16th will be live streamed.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Friday announced that it plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on October 16th, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.

The event will be streamed through www.apple.com/live/ with the event beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern with coverage piped to Macs, iOS devices and Apple TVs. The company sent out invitations reading “It’s been way too long” to press outlets on Wednesday.

At the event, Apple is widely expected to launch next-generation iPad models with Touch ID fingerprint recognition, upgraded A8-series processor...

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08:41
Jony Ive talks about what he learned from Steve Jobs

Jony Ive sat down with Graydon Carter at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on Thursday to talk about Apple’s design team, his feelings about copycats, what it was like to work on the Apple Watch and the iPhone, and what he learned from Steve Jobs.

Vanity Fair posted one video from his talk, embedded below, in which Ive mentions specifically what Steve Jobs taught him about the power of focus, and the sacrifices it requires: “What focus means is saying no to something that you, with every bone in your body, you think is a phenomenal idea, and you wake up thinking about it, but you say no to it because you’re focusing on something else.”

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08:31
NPD: Accessory sales hit record levels in US...

Sales of accessories for mobile phones in the US reached record numbers following Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to the latest data published today by NPD. Accessory sales topped $249 million in the two weeks following the launch, which NPD notes is “43 percent higher than the two weeks prior.” The report breaks down numbers by accessory category and highlights that screen protector and case manufacturers experienced the biggest increase:

The new iPhones were a big draw for protective accessories. Screen protector revenue increased 120 percent versus the pre-launch period, and cases increased 78 percent in revenue and 63 percent in...

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08:24
EtreCheck 2.0.1 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

Version 2.0.1:

  • Now 64-bit Intel only
  • Delightful animation to keep the user entertained.
  • Reports Bluetooth compatibility with new OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" features like Handoff and Airdrop.
  • Reports network hardware.
  • Provide more information about installed memory and upgradeability.
  • Support for Core Storage volumes like FileVault.
  • Improved interface to encourage the user to include information about any system problems.
  • Enhanced and reorganized kernel extension information.
  • Improvements to Safari extension reporting.
  • Moved logging to...

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08:16
81 million people listened to U2's iTunes...

Despite outrage in some corners of the Internet, tens of millions of iTunes users were happy to add a free U2 album to their music collections.

Since the giveaway began last month, more than 26 million people have downloaded Songs of Innocence in its entirety, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddie Cue told Billboard. More than 81 million people listened to at least one song from the album on iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music.

By comparison, Cue said 14 million people had previously purchased U2’s music since the iTunes Store launched 11 years ago.

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08:15
GT Advanced Technologies Wants to Close Apple...

GT Advanced Technologies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and now is asking the court for permission to shut down the factory where it has been making synthetic sapphire glass for Apple. The company's bankruptcy filing came as a surprise to everyone, including Apple, and its latest request likely isn't sitting well with the iPhone and iPad maker.

The Mac Observer Spin: Watching GTAT's implosion just hurts, and at this point it's hard to imagine the situation improving. Shutting down its sapphire factory doesn't bode well for Apple, either, because the Apple Watch launch is getting closer all the time.


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08:11
Carl Icahn's praise should help create a floor...

While billionaire Carl Icahn is unlikely to get his way with Apple, his assessment that the company's stock is massively undervalued should help establish a floor for the stock, preventing it from going below about $95, one analyst believes.

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08:00
Apple Watch to grace the November cover of Vogue...

While we still don't have a firm release date for the Apple Watch, it's already apparent that Apple is intent on touting the device as much for its fashion and design aesthetic as its technical capabilities.

Just last week, the Apple Watch made an...

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07:54
News: Report: Apple to remove Bose products from...

Apple is preparing to completely remove all Bose audio products from its retail stores, MacRumors reports. While no reasons were given for the move, the report speculates that Apple’s acquisition of Beats may have caused Apple or Bose to “end their retail relationship.” It’s notable that Bose now has an exclusive deal with the NFL that prohibits players from wearing other branded headphones during televised interviews, and…

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07:49
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus: A Perfectly-Sized Portable...

Dave Hamilton has kept us all apprised of his decision-making process in choosing his new iPhone model. He's finally settled on the iPhone 6 Plus, but it wasn't nearly as easy a decision as he originally predicted, and he explains why.


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07:39
Rumor: Apple to remove Bose headphones &...

As a patent infringement suit filed by Bose against Beats looms, the longstanding retail partnership between Apple and Bose may be coming to an end, with a new report claiming that the premium audio products will be removed from Apple's retail locations.

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07:37
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07:34
Apple and Google Spark Civil Rights Debate

By not only dramatically enhancing phone encryption, but marketing it as a defense against government snooping, Apple and Google are accelerating an important debate on our civil rights and the role of government in our lives.

 

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07:33
October 16th iPad event to be live-streamed

Apple will indeed run a livestream of its October 16th iPad event, the company has confirmed. Details have been added to the webpage normally reserved for such streams. To watch, people will need to use the iOS or OS X versions of Safari, or else an Apple TV. The event begins at 10AM Pacific time, 1PM Eastern....



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07:30
GT Advanced looking to 'wind down'...

Sapphire crystal maker GT Advanced Technologies has asked the court’s permission to “wind down” operations at its manufacturing plant, less than a year after announcing a high-profile deal to supply the material to Apple, according to re/code (http://tinyurl.com/opcqz89).

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07:30
Instant stardom is yours via Poster Boy

When most people take selfies, they end up in one or both of two places: Facebook and Instagram. Unless one is famous, their selfies will probably not be seen by too many other people, and they certainly won't get national circulation. Until now-kind...

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07:27
∞ The incredible craft of David Fincher

[VIDEO] David Fincher is a phenomenal talent. If all he ever did was direct The Social Network, that’d be enough. But he directed Se7en. And He directed the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And Fight Club. Oh, and the first two episodes of the Netflix series...

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07:26
Apple Watch to be featured on cover of Vogue China

Chinese model Liu Wen in Vogue China's November issue, wearing the Apple Watch on the cover of the magazine, notes MacRumors (www.macrumors.com).

Wen appears to be wearing the 18-karat yellow gold Edition Apple Watch, which features a red Modern Buckle Band. She's also featured wearing other Apple Watch models on a spread inside the magazine.

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch at a Sept. 9 media event. It's expected to go on sale in early 2015, perhaps by February.

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07:23
Apple reportedly removing Bose products from retail...

Bose headphones and audio products could soon get the boot from Apple retail stores, according to a report from MacRumors citing “a reliable source.”

While Apple’s acquisition of Beats would seem like the obvious reason behind replacing the many Bose headphones and speakers currently used with iOS and Mac demo units, the report also claims that Apple will be removing Bose products from store shelves in addition to the demo units.

The reason for the decision is unclear, but Apple did just have a recent run-ins with the company through lawsuits against Beats Electronics. In July news surfaced that...

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07:19
Apple to stream its Oct. 16 event

Apple plans to offer a live stream of its October 16 media event. The company will provide a stream of the event both on its website and through a dedicated channel on the Apple TV.

The Oct. 16 event will begin at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invitation’s tag line says, “it’s been way too long.” Almost certain to be unveiled are Mac OS X Yosemite and new iPad Airs and minis. Other possibilities are a new Mac mini, a revamped Apple TV, a Retina display iMac, a 12-inch iPad Pro and a 12-inch Retina display MacBook Air.

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07:18
HTC Breaks From Pack With Selfie Phone, Blind Cam


HTC on Thursday debuted two new products for photography enthusiasts. One offering, the RE, is an L-shaped camera that doesn't have a viewfinder. The other is a new smartphone, the Desire Eye, which boasts a 13-megapixel front-facing camera for high-resolution selfies. With RE, HTC appears to be targeting the action set that has created a lucrative market for point-of-view camera makers like GoPro. "We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

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07:11
China iPhone 6 and 6 Plus online Apple Store...

From Apple’s press release:

Apple® today announced that iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will be available in China beginning Friday, October 17 from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and an expansive network of retail stores through all three major carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers. With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus provide customers access to 4G/LTE networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom across mainland China. Customers can pre-order iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from the Apple Online Store beginning Friday, October 10. Beginning Tuesday, October 14, customers can reserve...

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07:07
Jan Hooks, long time Saturday Night Live cast member...

Bummer. She was comedy glue, helping hold together some wildly irreverent and complex sketches, giving them a center.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Jony Ive talks design process, Apple Watch, Xiaomi...

Yesterday evening, Apple design chief Jony Ive sat down for a somewhat rare interview at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. BusinessInsider was in attendance covering the festivities and provided a thorough recap of Ive's...

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06:58
Apple Reportedly Preparing to Remove Bose Audio...

Apple is preparing to remove all Bose audio products, both demo and sellable, from its retail environment, according to a reliable source who spoke to MacRumors. The inventory change will begin early next week, with instructions for removal being sent to employees in the coming days.

The reasons behind this removal were not disclosed, but it is very likely tied to to Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics. As part of this deal, Apple obtained the popular Beats headphone division as well as the company's subscription music streaming service. With Beats now featured prominently by Apple, either Bose or Apple may have decided to end their retail relationship.

Bose also has a new sponsorship deal with the National Football League that has seen the league prohibit players from wearing Beats headphones while in the presence of television cameras...

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06:51
Satya Nadella stirs up hornets nest, then apologizes...

[VIDEO] Satya Nadella was speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference on Wednesday. He was asked to offer advice to women who are uncomfortable asking for a raise. His response opened up a viral firestorm of criticism. Take a minute to listen to what Nadella actually said, starting at about 1:33:56 in the video below, then read the rest of this post.

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06:47
Apple to Live Stream Oct 16 Media Event

Apple is hosting a media event on October 16, and like its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in September, this one will be streamed live online. The company is expected to introduce new iPad models, and possibly new Macs, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may be streaming next week's event, just as it did with last month's iPhone launch, but hopefully it won't be exactly like the September event with translators talking over Tim Cook, multiple music tracks playing at the same time, and ongoing feed drops.


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06:41
Daily Deal: Get the AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones for...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the AIAIAI TMA-1 Headphones for only $159—that’s 36% off the regular price. Featuring professional-quality performance combined with a modern design, the TMA-1 have been used on stage and in the studio by some of the world’s most demanding DJs. A group of 25 professional and renowned DJs have collaborated on the design of the TMA-1, resulting in a set of headphones that have been tuned…

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06:34
News: Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced seeking...

Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has asked the court for permission to close its manufacturing plant, Re/code reports. GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week, and Apple said publicly that it was “surprised” by the filing. As noted by the Wall Street Journal and disclosed by court documents, GT failed to produce sapphire for Apple’s iPhone displays. A court hearing on GT’s request to wind…

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06:25
Pixlr 1.0.2 - Easy addition of stunning photographic...

Pixlr makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Whether you're applying a quick fix to your photos or adding your personal touch with effects, overlays, or borders, Pixlr has everything you need to make your moments beautiful. Getting started with Pixlr is free and easy - install the app to discover the magic of Pixlr today.

Features:

  • Powerful features in a simple and easy-to-use interface.
  • Apply quick fixes to your photos with features such as crop, straighten, resize, and more.
  • Auto fix feature balances out colors and adjusts for poor lighting conditions in a simple one-click fix.
  • Easily modify different elements of your photo and adjust its color, contrast, resolution, and texture.
  • Merge two images with the Double Exposure tool.
  • Erase imperfections with heal and red-eye tools.
  • Make your photos pop by adding or removing color from select parts of...

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06:17
iPhone 6 launch led to record accessory sales of $...

The debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wasn't just a boon for Apple's bottom line, as accessory makers also benefitted greatly from the debut of the new, larger iPhone models, according to the latest data from the NPD Group.

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06:00
Apple to live stream October 16th press event

Apple this week sent out invitations to a media event that'll be held October 19 at the company's Town Hall auditorium. Apple may use the event to unveil its next generation iPad lineup, the release date for OS X Yosemite and possibly new iMacs.

As...

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05:50
Withing’s Health Mate Adds HealthKit Support

Withings just updated its Health Mate app for the iPhone with support for iOS 8's HealthKit, so now you can load up Apple's Health app with data from your Pulse, Smart Scale, Aura, and more. Health Mate was already a great app for tracking your health and fitness activities, and now it's even more useful. Check out our growing list of HealthKit-compatible apps.


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05:32
Jony Ive Admired Steve Jobs for his Incredible Focus

Yesterday Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter interviewed Jony Ive at a San Francisco event called the New Establishment Summit – The Age of Innovation. Carter first asked Ive about what life lessons he took away working with Steve Jobs. The first thing that I've revealed was that Steve Jobs had incredible focus. "Steve was the most remarkably focused person that...

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05:30
Describe Five: A party that's fun while it lasts

Players describe words on a card to other players in a party game that feels like charades but you can use words and you can make up your own rules called Describe Five (free with in app purchases).The game has two modes: casual and competitive. In...

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04:56
Kool Tools: Razer DeathAdder Chroma

Razer (www.razerzone.com) has launched the US$69.99 Razer DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.
 
The Razer DeathAdder Chroma features the ergonomic design of its precursor. It's equipped with a 10,000 DPI optical sensor that's purportedly able to track lift-off distance as precise as 1 mm on most surfaces, including glass table tops. The upgraded sensor is capable of mouse movement speeds up to 200 inches per second with 50 G acceleration.
 

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04:54
Connected gaming console owners frequently access...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows 46% of U.S. broadband households have a game console connected to the Internet and over one-quarter (28%) use the connected gaming console as their primary connected CE device. Among these primary console users, roughly three-quarters use the gaming console to access non-gaming content online at least weekly, and nearly 40% access such content for more than 10 hours per week.

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04:46
FunBITS: Manual Gives You Total iPhone Camera Control

Are you a serious photographer who’s frustrated by the limitations of the iPhone’s camera? A new app opens up more of its potential, but it can’t work magic.

 

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04:45
Apple fans vs Windows fans: BMW & Mercedes vs...

Business Insider asked analytics company Ranker to churn through 20 million data correlations to identify the biggest differences of opinion between Apple and Microsoft fans. Apple fans were found to be more likely to like BMW, Mercedes, Gap and Starbucks; to dislike Samsung (no surprise there); to prefer Breaking Bad to Married With Children; and The Godfather to Pulp Fiction.

The rest of the infographic below.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Apple vs Windows, Microsoft, Ranker...

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04:18
Keylogger for Mac adds in-app "All Activity...

WideStep Security Software (http://www.widestep.com) has announced Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.4, an update to the keystroke recorder software. Elite It allows invisible recording of most keystrokes, email, chats and websites visited, along with screen captures.

Version 1.4 brings a new in-app "All Activity" view that combines keystrokes, chat logs and website history. The new release also brings automatic log backup and recovery for Pro users.

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04:16
Facebook rolls out new collage design to put your...

If you’ve looked at the Facebook app on your phone today, you may have noticed a different layout in your photos section. Facebook quietly rolled out a new photo collage view to its iOS and Android apps on Thursday, so instead of seeing photos laid out as a uniform grid, photos with the most likes are highlighted and displayed a bit larger.

Photos with the most likes get the all-star treatment with this new design tweak. 

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04:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Functionally trendy

Functionally trendy

In this week’s round up of new iPhone cases, you’ll find a mashup of the conventional and the functional, accompanied by fashionable colors and gorgeous patterns.

Ballistic

The Jewel (iPhone 6; $20) stylishly protects your handset from daily hazards without adding significant bulk.

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03:47
GT Advanced closed court hearing was to seek...

The motion GT Advanced filed earlier for a closed hearing was to seek court permission to close its sapphire manufacturing plant, reports Re/code.

Sapphire crystal maker GT Advanced Technologies, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week, has asked the court’s permission to “wind down” operations at its manufacturing plant, less than a year after announcing a high-profile deal to supply the material to Apple.

As we noted earlier, the reason for the company’s failure appears to be that it was unable to meet Apple’s requirements for sapphire displays for the iPhone 6, though it remains unclear whether this was a quality issue or an inability to...

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03:41
Swarm’s Notification Center update makes it slightly...

I’m still mourning the unbundling of Swarm from Foursquare, but Thursday’s Swarm update eases the pain a tiny bit. Foursquare made Swarm compatible with iOS 8’s Notification Center, so now users can check in to a place through the app’s widget. The widget also tells you which of your friends are nearby.

If you’ve already downloaded Swarm, just swipe down from the top of your iPhone’s screen and tap the Today tab in Notification Center. Scroll down, hit Edit, and then add Swarm to your list of apps to include in your Today widget list. Swarm’s widget displays a check-in button next to your current location, as well as which of your friends are within a half-mile from you.

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03:21
Apple to live stream Oct. 16 iPad event on Web and...

Apple on Friday announced through its website plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on Oct. 16, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.

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01:53
Apple will stream its October 16 event, featuring...

Apple has confirmed on its website that the October event will be streamed. The URL is ‘apple.com/live’, so it seems that Apple is using the same video/blog platform that it first used for the iPhone 6/Apple Watch event in September. As the event progressed, Apple added tweets, product information and photos to the timeline below the main video.

Let’s hope the stream doesn’t also experience the same issues as the September event this time around, which made the event unwatchable for many people.

In terms of expectations for the event, reports indicate that Apple will announce new iPads, including a new thinner iPad Air including Touch ID and, perhaps, a less...

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00:58
WSJ claims GT Advanced collapse came from iPhone 6...

More details continue to be dug up in the unexpected filing of bankruptcy by Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies, with the Wall Street Journal reporting for the first time that the failure of the company in meeting Apple's contract requirements stems directly from a failure to deliver sapphire glass in quantities intended to be used for the iPhone 6 line. The paper does not clarify if the sapphire glass was not up to par, or the company simply couldn't make enough to meet demand....



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00:29
Opinion: Why you might want to opt for the iPhone 6...

Apple has certainly made life difficult for would be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers. This year, it revealed not one, but two high-end iPhones that are both highly desirable making it the first time buyers have been faced with such a choice. Unsurprisingly, early tracking data from Mixpanel shows that the iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus at a ratio of about 4.5:1. However, there are a few compelling reasons that you might want to consider before you choose the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 6 Plus....



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Thursday October 9

23:25
Review: Polk Audio 4 Shot headset

Sound quality and design are two of the biggest areas of focus for manufacturers when coming up with a new gaming headset. Depending on the brand, some headsets lean toward universal use and good looks, while others try to focus more on the quality of sound. Polk Audio, a company with a long pedigree in consumer audio, has stepped into the gaming market to try its hand at balancing looks and sound with the 4 Shot. But is the headset a one-trick pony, or does it manage to offer everything consumers want? Find out in our review....



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23:19
Apple Watch to grace front cover of November issue...

The Apple Watch will be prominently featured on the front cover of Vogue China's November issue, worn by top model Liu Wen and accompanied by a feature spread on the forthcoming wearable device. The magazine will hit stands in China on October 17, the same day as pre-orders open for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were delayed by regulatory snafus. Liu had previously hinted at the collaboration with Apple, tweeting a picture from the recent Colette event and referring to it as her "second" meeting with the watch....

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21:40
Apple releases third GM candidate build for OS X...

Apple has again updated its "Golden Master" candidate of OS X 10.10 Yosemite in a developer-only release, the third such build. Apple had already seeded a second GM candidate just two days ago, with the first one coming exactly a week before that. The new version, build 14A388a, is exactly two nightly builds up from the previous version. There were no new release notes to indicate what was changed, suggesting that the new GM candidate contains a fix for a recently-discovered issue....



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21:12
NFL star Kaepernick fined $10,000 for wearing Beats...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for breaking a league rule about wearing unsponsored products when conducting interviews within 90 minutes following a game. Kaepernick was wearing a pair of pink Beats headphones -- which he later tweeted was in support of breast cancer awareness -- during a press conference following a game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The NFL signed an exclusive deal with Bose back in March, and only that brand of headphones are supposed to be seen....



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20:59
OS X Yosemite 10.10 GM3 - Golden Master candidate of...

Note: This is a Golden Master candidate release. You must be a registered Apple Mac Developer to download this update. You can also sign up for the free OS X Beta Program to download and preview public beta releases.

OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac.

An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it.

Redesigned interface.
With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new...

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20:46
Withings’ Health Mate app adds HealthKit support,...




A day after Fitbit announces it has no plans to develop iOS 8 Health app integration, Withings Health Mate app adds HealthKit support. Withings, the makers of the...

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19:06
Cylon Linux Gives GNOME Fans Glamour Galore


Cylon Linux Delivers GNOME Design with Glamour Galore Jack M. Germain Cylon is a classic Linux distro preconfigured with lots of tweaks -- kind of a Unity-less Ubuntu with bling. Cylon runs the classic GNOME 3 desktop on almost any hardware configuration made since 2007, but it is more suited to seasoned Linux users. Newcomers to Linux may not make an easy transition. Still, Cylon Linux is highly usable out of the box. With its installed software, there's little need for supplemental installations.

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19:00
Niners QB Colin Kaepernick fined $10,000 for wearing...

On account of a new marketing deal with Bose, the NFL last week banned players from donning Beats headphones during televised interviews, on the field, and even during pre and post-game situations where television cameras might be around. Further,...

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19:00
U2's Songs of Innocence was downloaded by 26...

Apple is finally releasing numbers about the notorious U2 album that supposedly no one wanted. In a report to Billboard Apple claims over 26 million people downloaded the complete Songs of Innocence album out of the 500 million people for whom the...

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18:34
We're hiring: paid mobile app reviewer position...

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



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18:19
Apple's Jony Ive talks iPhone, Apple Watch and...

During a panel at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive offered up stories about his time at the company in a rare one-on-one interview, at one point revealing that he does not see copying as flattery, but theft.

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18:10
Facebook DNA

Om Malik:

The combination of Facebook and anonymity is as awkward as the marriage of Michael Jackson and Lisa Presley — farcical, comic and an act undertaken for the express purpose of deceit. Anonymity and privacy are not part of Facebook’s DNA.

Boom!

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18:05
Admin console

 October 9, 2014 6:05:00 PM PDT

The problem with Admin console should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

 October 9, 2014 5:11:00 PM PDT

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by October 9, 2014 6:11:00 PM PDT with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

Please note that the Google Admin app for Android and iOS will still work as normal, and can be used to perform some tasks while the Admin console is unavailable.

 October 9, 2014 4:11:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.

Users are seeing the Admin console refresh continuously on loading.

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18:00
News Republic challenging established iOS news apps

News Republic is the new kid on the block, challenging Flipboard, Zite and other popular news readers/aggregators. The app claims to have an advanced algorithm with semantic and learning intelligence, reviewing millions of news items to create a news...

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17:55
Jony Ive on design and Xiaomi stealing Apple’s ideas

Kyle Russell has a nice article about Jony Ive’s panel at the Vanity Fair Summit talking about design. It’s a very interesting process. Then someone asked Jony about Xiaomi:

When a member of the audience came up to ask a question about Xiaomi and their unofficial tagline of “the Apple of China,” Ive was very straightforward with his response: “I’ll stand a little bit harsh, I don’t see it as flattery. When you’re doing something for the first time, you don’t know it’s gonna work, you spend 7 or 8 years working on something, and then it’s copied. I think it is really straightforward. It is theft and it is lazy. I don’t think it is ok at all.”

Fucking right!

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17:55
Apple to Live Stream Upcoming October 16 iPad Event

Apple has plans to offer a live stream of its October 16 event, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors. As with its September 9 iPhone event, Apple will likely offer a stream of the event both on its website and through a dedicated channel on the Apple TV.

Invitations for the October 16 event, which will be held at the Town Hall auditorium on the company's Cupertino campus at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, went out earlier this week with the tagline "It's been way too long."

At the event, Apple is expected to introduce an updated iPad Air and possibly a new Retina iPad mini, as well as updated iMacs with a 27-inch model that has a high-resolution Retina display. OS X Yosemite is also likely to be previewed one more time before its public launch, and updated Mac minis, which are rumored to be in the works, might possibly see an announcement at the event.

In addition to Apple'...

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17:41
The greatest beards in history

Much respect bearded ones.

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17:37
Jony Ive Details Apple Design Process, iPhone 6...

Apple's head of design Jony Ive today gave a live interview at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. In the interview, which BusinessInsider attended, Ive gave some rare insight into the design process at Apple and some of the design choices the team made with the iPhone 6.

According to Ive, he has a great design team that's quite small, numbering 16 or 17 employees. During a typical day, Ive says that designers gather around tables like those in the Apple Store to draw. The team meets three or four times a week.

One of the major advantages of being part of a design team that's been together so long is that it's given them time to develop a design process. Ideas, Ive says, don't really come along until the design team has created a physical object from their drawings. "It really galvanizes and focuses our...

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17:36
Amazon set to open first retail location

The site, set to open in time for the holiday-shopping season on Manhattan’s busy 34th Street, would mark an experiment by Amazon AMZN, -2.27% to connect with customers in the physical world. Amazon has built its business on competitive pricing and fast shipping. Until now, though, it couldn’t compete with the immediacy of a traditional store.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure this makes sense to me. Amazon has a strong brand, but this doesn’t seem to do anything to strengthen its core business.

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17:28
Jony Ive takes the stage at Vanity Fair’s New...


Image via Steve Kovach

Jony Ive appeared live today at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit and talked about Apple’s design team, principles, and process. For example, the executive revealed that Apple’s core design team is made up of only about 16 people, and the company almost gave up on the first-generation iPhone because they weren’t sure they could get a touch interface working.

According to Business Insider, Ive said that no one has ever voluntarily left his small design team, which is a pretty fantastic track record. He also said that the rounded edges on the...

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17:27
Apple Watch Will Make Editorial Debut in Vogue China...

Apple is letting the fashion world enjoy the editorial debut for Apple Watch. The Business of Fashion (BoF) reported that Vogue China got early access to the device, and will feature it on the cover of the November issue on the arm of supermodel Liu Wen.

The Mac Observer Spin: I think the watch and technology worlds don't get Apple Watch yet, each for different reasons. Apple is positioning this device obliquely to anything most of us thought about before it was announced.


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17:23
Six Things Apple Will Announce October 16th

Apple has officially invited press to an event on October 16. Kelly has some ideas about what should be on the agenda and why.


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17:14
GT Advanced Asks Court for Permission to 'Wind...

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week, Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced has asked for the court's permission to "wind down" operations at its Mesa, Arizona manufacturing plant, reports Re/code and The Wall Street Journal.

GT is said to be filing motions to get expedited hearings to cease certain operations and get out of both contracts and leases connected to those operations.

The facility, which was purchased and outfitted by Apple and run by GT Advanced, has operated for less than a year. Approximately 700 employees are employed at the manufacturing plant, where GT Advanced was rumored to be creating sapphire for use in...

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17:06
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced seeks to '...

New details of Apple sapphire partner supplier GT Advanced revealed on Thursday, with one report saying the sapphire maker asked the court for permission to "wind down" operations at its manufacturing plant.

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17:00
Why Apple Pay is poised to succeed where others...

The notion of using smartphones to make mobile payments is nothing new. Google Wallet launched all the way back in 2011. But Apple, in classic fashion, is joining the party late and may very well end up succeeding where many others have failed. In...

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16:50
Apple Watch to be highlight of Vogue China magazine...

It was revealed on Thursday that the unreleased Apple Watch will grace the cover of Vogue China's November issue as worn by supermodel Liu Wen, marking the first time Apple's wearable will be featured in a major fashion-focused magazine.

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16:45
U2's 'Songs of Innocence' has now...

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue revealed on Thursday that the U2 album Apple bought and gave away to its users for free, Songs of Innocence, has now been deliberately downloaded by users more than 26 million times, with another 65 million users having listened to at least one of the songs from it either through iTunes Radio, Beats Music or on iTunes. This figure, Cue said, was a little shy of double the sum total of all U2 music bought from iTunes since 2003....



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16:30
Become a hero with Alexia Crow and the Cave of Heroes

The more apps I review, the more I become convinced that games with puzzle aspects are virtually a mainstay for iPhone and iPad users. If that trend is anything near accurate, then Alexia Crow and The Cave of Heroes will likely skyrocket in...

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16:24
Apple Watch set to appear on the cover of Vogue...

Apple’s upcoming wearable will appear on the cover of Vogue China’s November issue according to Business of Fashion. Several styles of the device will be worn by supermodel Liu Wen. This comes just a few weeks after Apple’s one-day-only special showing of the Apple Watch during Paris Fashion Week, proving that the company is taking a much more direct approach to the fashion world.

Vogue China EiC Angelica Cheung reportedly met with Tim Cook and Jony Ive prior to the official reveal of the...

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16:24
Apple Watch to be Featured in November Issue of...

Earlier this month, Chinese model Liu Wen hinted that she might be involved in a fashion-oriented advertising campaign for the Apple Watch. As it turns out, Liu Wen will be featured in Vogue China's November issue, wearing the Apple Watch on the cover of the magazine.

Wen appears to be wearing the 18-karat yellow gold Edition Apple Watch, which features a red Modern Buckle Band. She's also featured wearing other Apple Watch models on a spread inside the magazine.

In an interview with The Business of Fashion, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung has revealed the details behind the partnership between Vogue and Apple that led to the device being featured on the popular magazine's cover. According to Cheung, she met with Apple CEO...

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16:10
Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 3 to...

After releasing a second build of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM candidate earlier this week, Apple on Thursday issued a third seed to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this month.

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16:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

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16:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

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16:00
Animals vs. Mutants is cute, mutant-smashing fun

After just a few minutes of playing, my 9-year-old proclaimed Animals vs. Mutants (universal, free with in-app purchases) "awesome." So there you go.

Animals vs. Mutants (or "AVM" as I'm calling it) is a cute combat game in which you and an...

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15:57
NFL fines 49ers quarterback $10,000 for wearing...

The National Football League fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing a pair Beats headphones, which bucks the league's rule against promoting unsponsored products.

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15:52
Apple Releases Third OS X Yosemite Golden Master...

Apple today released a third golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, just two days after releasing the second candidate golden master and the fifth public beta. The first golden master candidate was seeded to developers on September 30.

The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Developer Center.

OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages...

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15:52
Apple releases third OS X Yosemite GM candidate...

Just a few days after the second golden master candidate, Apple has seeded a third version of OS X Yosemite to developers. Sources say that Apple has planned to finalize the code for Yosemite tomorrow ahead of a ship date around next week’s October 16th media event. The update is available in Software Update on the Mac App Store and on the developer center.

 

@markgurman some changes have been made to Keychain Access and drivers...

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15:30
Improve your big game planning with Tailgating

To many fans, the tailgating parties before and after the game are almost as important as the game itself. Now with Tailgating, you can make your game day parties easier to organize and make sure everyone has a good time. This free universal app...

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15:18
WSJ: Apple deal with GT Advanced broke down over...

The Wall Street Journal has published new information about the breakdown of a deal between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc. that led the latter to file for bankruptcy earlier this week. As was previously noted, Apple withheld a $139 million payment from the sapphire supplier, though the exact reasoning was unclear.

In a research note released yesterday, KGI...

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15:01
San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Fined $10k for...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 for wearing Apple's Beats by Dre headphones following a ban on the brand after the NFL signed an exclusive deal with Bose.

Kaepernick opted to wear bright pink Beats by Dre headphones following last Sunday's game against the Chiefs, in order to "pay homage to Breast Cancer Awareness." Kaepernick declined to say whether Beats paid his fine, saying "I'm going to let that be unanswered."

Kaepernick, along with a number of other high-profile NFL players, has an endorsement deal with Beats. Last year, he starred in a popular Beats ad that depicted him tuning out the negative comments and boos of opposing fans by wearing Beats noise-canceling headphones.

Bose and the NFL signed a sponsorship agreement...

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15:00
Edinburgh Apple Store finally opening after being...

Good things come to those who wait. Fours years after being announced, Edinburgh, Scotland is getting an Apple store. The long delayed location will open on October 18, according to a banner posted outside of the store.

MACNN is reporting the...

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14:55
USAA support for Apple Pay coming on November 7

USAA will begin supporting Apple Pay on November 7, says the bank's assistant VP, Vikram Parekh. Customers will be able to enter MasterCard and Visa cards into their iPhones. The announcement marks the first time a financial institution has given a specific timeline for Apple Pay....



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14:49
Icahn talks increased AAPL buyback proposal, valuing...

After publishing an open letter to Tim Cook earlier today once again requesting Apple to increase its share buyback program, high-profile investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn went on CNBC for an interview to discuss the specifics. Icahn and associates not only discuss the proposal requesting Apple make a tender offer for a larger buyback of shares, but also some of Icahn’s other forecasts and his statement that Apple should be trading at $203 per share, which would put the company at a value somewhere in the neighbourhood of $1 trillion making it the first to do so.

In his letter, Icahn said “our forecasted growth for FY 2016 and FY 2017 more than adequately justifies using a P/E multiple of 19x our FY 2015 forecast, which along with net cash values Apple at $203 per share today.” In...

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14:39
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick fined $10,000 for...


Image via Paul Gutierrez

SF 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing a pair of pink Beats by Dre headphones (presumably for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) during a post-game press conference on Sunday. The National Football League recently signed an agreement with Bose that barred players and staff from wearing any other brand of headphones...

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14:35
Banks to take on fraud liability in Apple Pay deal,...

On Thursday, four banks offering support for Apple Pay commented on Apple's first foray into mobile payments, confirming that liability for fraudulent activity will ultimately fall on their shoulders for both online and physical transactions.

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14:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Weather Dial - A...

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14:10
Apple didn't make it into the Top Five Global...

An IDC report published yesterday revealed the top five Global PC vendors for Q3 2014. It showed that Apple had inched past Asus for fifth spot with 4.9 million units. Unfortunately Gartner's top five PC vendor list came out hours later clearly showing that Asus had actually won fifth spot by shipping 5.7 million units. Chuck Jones...

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14:00
Daily Deals for October 9, 2014, featuring GoodSync...

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

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

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13:54
The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp...

We have a new developer training bundle for you today called The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp. It's designed to give you in-depth training on iOS 8, Swift and Xcode 6. Over the course of 24 courses with 80 hours of content, you'll be guided through building 70 different working apps. This collection of courses retails for $2,956, but through our deal, it's yours for $99. If you want to learn how to make iOS apps, this is a good place to start.


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13:53
Lenovo Product Engineer Ashton Kutcher 'Not...

Lenovo today launched the Yoga Tablet 2, which comes equipped with either Android or Windows 8. Available in three different sizes ranging from 8 to 13 inches, the tablets are priced from $249 to $499. On the smaller end, the 8 and 10 inch tablets (Windows or Android) have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, while the larger 13-inch Pro version (Android only) has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440.

The tablets come equipped with a 180-degree kickstand and the 13-inch Pro model comes equipped with a built-in pico projector that can project an image up to 50 inches on a wall as its defining feature. The tablets and two new two-in-one Yoga laptops have been created by Lenovo in conjunction with Ashton Kutcher, a "product engineer" at the company. Along with serving as one of Lenovo's product engineers, Kutcher also famously...

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13:52
Apple says U2's 'Songs of Innocence'...

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Thursday said U2's "Songs of Innocence," which was offered for free to iTunes users, has been downloaded 26 million times since its release on Sept. 9.

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13:50
There’s more than one reason why iOS 8’s growth has...

Apple

If you follow Apple news closely, at some point in the last week you've probably seen the graph above. It's from Apple's Developer Support page, and the company calculates the figure by looking at the iOS versions of devices accessing the App Store. Like Google's analogous developer dashboard for Android, it's meant to give developers a broad look at OS usage so they can use that data to determine which OSes to support with their apps.

The problem with the graph above isn't that it shows iOS 8 and iOS 7 with the same amount of share, but that the number for iOS 8 has climbed just a single percentage point since the last measurement was taken on September 21. Apple's data mirrors what a number of other independent firms have been claiming virtually since launch day—...

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13:46
Dragon Dictate 4.0.5 - Premium voice recognition...

With Dragon Dictate speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Far more than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more - quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Open and close or navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase.

Ignite Productivity with Fast, Accurate Dictation

Say words and watch them appear on your computer screen -- three times faster than typing -- with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the box. Correcting or revising your dictated text is simple with a new, more powerful correction interface that lets you quickly edit words or phrases. Dragon Dictate adapts to your voice and the words you use to deliver better recognition results over time. You...

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13:44
Thync Scores $13M for Foggy Brain Project


Thync on Wednesday announced it had raised US$13 million in funding from "top-tier" investors, including lead investor Khosla Ventures. Thync's product, possibly called the "Vibe," is a wearable device that purportedly uses neurosignaling to modify a user's state of mind in relation to energy, calm and focus. Thync's claims have raised some eyebrows. The company has not published any peer-reviewed papers or other scientific research on the technology currently in use. It's been vague about both the technology and its backers.

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13:30
Apple now says 81 million customers ‘experienced’...

Apple’s controversial U2 album giveaway is about to wrap up as the record is only scheduled to be free through October 13th, and the company is sharing some numbers about the promotion to celebrate.

Apple SVP of Internet Software & Services Eddy Cue told Billboard that more than 81 million customers ‘experienced songs’ from U2’s Songs of Innocence album either through plays or streams over iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music where the album was exclusively available to users. The Apple exec added that 26 million full downloads of the album were...

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13:30
NuMac BluDrive Plus combines Blu-ray drive, 2TB of...

NuMac has announced the BluDrive Plus, an unusual new Blu-ray drive for Macs. Merged with it is 2TB of onboard storage, rated at 100MBs (for both reading and writing), which can be accessed via a separate USB 3.0 port. The Blu-ray component relies on its own USB connection....



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13:30
Walking War Robots: War of the robots

Giant robots engage in intense online multiplayer battles to control and change beacons to their team's color in Walking War Robots (free with in app purchases). Players can unlock up to eight robots to battle with and 13 different weapon types which...

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13:10
Apple Pay launch partner USAA says support arriving...

When Apple unveiled its new Apple Pay payment service during its iPhone event last month, it said the new feature would arrive for users in the US sometime in October. While there hasn’t been a firm date announced for the launch, at least one of Apple’s early bank partners has apparently confirmed a release date. DailyDot reports that USAA said Apple Pay would become available for its Visa and MasterCard customers on November 7:

Parekh says USAA will offer Apple Pay beginning on “Nov. 7 for USAA MasterCard and USAA Visa cards,” which is the first official date for an Apple Pay release thus far.

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13:10
iTunes Users Downloaded U2's 'Songs of...

U2's partnership with Apple that saw its latest album, "Songs of Innocence" distributed for free to iTunes users appears to have been a wild success, with the album reaching more than 81 million Apple customers across iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music.

Eddy Cue, Apple's iTunes chief, told Billboard that the album had been downloaded in its entirety more than 26 million times since its September 9 release, and that more than 81 million customers had "experienced songs" from the album.

"To help put this into perspective," [Cue] says, "prior to this, 14 million customers had purchased music from U2 since the opening of the iTunes Store in 2003."During Apple's September 9 keynote event, Bono took the stage with Tim Cook to announce that the "Songs of Innocence" album would be available at no cost to 500 million iTunes...

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13:05
Banks Confident in Apple Pay Security, Assume...

Apple's new Apple Pay payment system has been designed to be ultra secure, taking advantage of existing NFC tokenization specifications to keep user payment information safe. Apple uses tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both one-time use security codes and Touch ID.

Ahead of the launch of Apple Pay, The Daily Dot has spoken to several different banks working with Apple on the payments service, including Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, Chase, and PNC, to get their thoughts on its security.

According to Navy Federal VP of credit cards Randy Hopper, the bank was "very excited" to see what Apple had developed, because it is "convenient, secure, and private." Apple's use of tokenization "addresses all points of weakness across...

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13:00
Mac-ception

Sometimes you can't help but feel like you're just living inside your computer on a daily basis. Paul McCoubrie captured that feeling perfectly with this picture.

[Photo credit: Paul McCoubrie]...

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12:54
GT Advanced says confidentiality prevents sharing...

A confidentiality agreement prevents GT Advanced from revealing the cause of its bankruptcy, or its plans to recover, according to a lawyer for the company. Reuters reports that Paul Hastings lawyer Luc Despins made the statement to a judge earlier today in a New Hampshire court. GT has moreover asked the court to close hearings to the public, and seal documents referring to a third party, since those would also violate confidentiality terms and potentially cost the company up to $50 million per infraction....



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12:53
Rise and shine: What kids all around the world eat...

New York Times Magazine:

Americans tend to lack imagination when it comes to breakfast. The vast majority of us, surveys say, start our days with cold cereal — and those of us with children are more likely to buy the kinds with the most sugar. Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.

Really interesting to read about the variety of foods these kids eat and a lot of it is food most of us have never even heard of. But the pictures are even better. The kids are so cute.

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12:42
Amazon to open first retail store in Manhattan,...

Amazon's growing competition with Apple will soon expand to the retail space, as the online storefront reportedly plans to go brick-and-mortar this fall with its first-ever physical store, set to be built in across from the Empire State Building in time for the holiday shopping season.

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12:39
First Look: IK Multimedia iRig PADS MIDI Groove...

The latest addition to IK Multimedia's popular music accessory lineup for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is iRig PADS ($150), a 16-pad MIDI controller that works to send commands and signal changes to any Core MIDI iOS app, such as Apple's GarageBand or IK Multimedia's SampleTank. iRig PADS features a four-by-four grid of sixteen velocity-sensitive and backlit multi-color rubber pads, along with a collection of additional knob, pushbutton, slider,…

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12:35
Review: Uniq Aircraft Clear for iPhone 6

Coverage isn’t the main selling point of Aircraft Clear — the aluminum bumper covers the volume controls and sleep/wake button, and offers bottom port cutouts, but there’s really no lip to speak of on the front edges for protection. The fit isn’t perfect either, as a thin layer of felt can be found inside the bumper — it may protect the device from the bumper, but it also tends to make the volume controls dip slightly inward.…

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12:15
Supply Chain Says MS Surface Pro 3 Tablet is Dead,...

DigiTimes says, based on supply chain reports, that Microsoft is planning to cancel the Surface Pro 3 tablet. Cited were poor expected sales, "unlikely to surpass one millon units," and Microsoft's unaggressive pursuit of a next-generation model.
John Martellaro evaluates the situation.


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12:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Dock $240,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Belkin 20% off sitewide: Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Mac $240, WeMo LED starter set ...

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12:00
Skype for OS X gets updated with redesign, improved...

Skype has just launched its redesigned Mac client, introducing a new look that fits with the aesthetics of the upcoming OS X Yosemite. If you've been using the recently updated iPhone or iPad versions of the service you'll recognize the some of the...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Gameboy style, video editors,...

Gameboy style!

Gaming nostalgia is always popular on iOS, but can a new Gameboy-style game generate the same enthusiasm as its 8-bit cousins?

Adobe Premiere Clip

This free, easy video editor for iOS connects to your Adobe Creative Cloud account so you can pluck video files directly from your device or grab them from cloud storage to create your perfect movie. It includes Instagram-style color filters, audio mixing tools, and other effects so that you can create a short, professional-looking video on the spot.

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11:54
In response to Icahn, Apple reiterates plans to...

After activist investor Carl Icahn published a letter Thursday asking Apple to increase its share buyback efforts once again, the company responded with a statement indicating it's in no rush to make any changes.

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11:40
The iPhone 6 Plus is great for gaming… if you have...

When I first heard about the iPhone 6 Plus during Apple's announcement last month, my mind immediately jumped to the 3DS XL. That 2012 update to the portable platform made 3DS games both more comfortable to look at and the system itself much more comfortable to hold in adult-sized hands. The super-sized iPhone 6 Plus does the same thing for what has become one of the most popular gaming platforms ever, giving new life to games that could feel a bit cramped on smaller iPhone screens.

Apple isn't the first to discover the mobile gaming potential of a bigger screen, of course—Android and Windows Phones have sported displays as big or bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus for years. While those platforms are...

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11:30
Weather Wow probably won't 'wow' you

Weather Wow (free with in-app purchases) has a nice GUI but that's about it. Pop up ads, sometimes full screen, mar the work that went into the graphic niceties.

Weather Wow lets you set other cities besides your own location, but the default...

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11:29
Autodesk releases all-new SketchBook app for iPhone...



Autodesk today released a new version of its popular Sketchbook painting and drawing app that introduces a single app for both tablets and smartphones alongside new features. Launching today on both iOS and Android the new SketchBook app has a streamlined UI and a number of new features and improvements over previous versions of the app. The company highlighted a few of the new features:

-Layer blending modes including glow and soft glow
-Selection tools for manipulating, transforming, and drawing within specific parts of the image
-All new brushes, including a set of...

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11:16
The scary side of Touch ID

In this, the inaugural Private i column, I want to freak you out just a little bit. In the coming weeks, this column will help Mac and iOS users understand the implications of the latest security exploits, privacy hacks, and encryption options, and how to protect themselves or take advantage of them, as the case may be.

But I want to start with Touch ID and why it’s a technology that needs more discussion as its use as an identity validation has broadened to other apps in iOS 8.

Apple

Fingerprint-based identification isn’t new, nor are biometric markers for authentication, like scanning one’s optic nerve or handprint or blood-vessel pattern or the like. They’re the thing of sci-fi movies made thoroughly real, routine, and boring with modern technology. Prior to the addition of Touch ID to the iPhone 5s, however, the fast majority of biometric ID was at fixed locations, like the entrance to a...

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11:10
Skype for Mac 7.0 gets new look, simultaneous...

Microsoft-owned Skype has released Skype for Mac 7.0. The software brings with it a major redesign, matching the look of OS X Yosemite, and borrowing interface cues from a recent iPhone app update. The most significant change, however, may be a split-screen view during voice and video calls that lets people see and send instant messages at the same time....



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11:10
Icahn to Apple: Buy Back More Shares

Apple has US$133 billion in cash and big-name investor Carl Icahn thinks it's time for the iPhone and iPad maker to use some of that money to buy back more stock. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mr. Icahn said he thinks the company's stock is currently sitting at about half its value, and that's an opportunity not to be passed up.

The Mac Observer Spin: Carl Icahn is right about this being a good time for Apple to buy back more of its stock, but don't think his open letter is an altruistic move. This is all about business and increasing his own profit. That's just how business works.


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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: A hybrid smartcam, a robot to...

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

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10:51
From Inside the Cloud: What controls do we provide...

Asaf Kashi is the group program manager in the Office 365 Information Protection team.

In our last few posts in our From Inside the Cloud series, my colleagues and lead engineers, Perry Clarke, Vivek Sharma and Kamal Janardhan shared insider overviews on how we design and run various aspects of security, privacy and compliance in Office 365.  Today, I would like to share an overview of the controls you have within Office 365 to protect your data in transit.

As I explain in today’s three-minute video—we protect your data in transit on two levels. First  by encrypting all data in transit at the service level and second, by providing solutions you can use for detection and proactive prevention of the data going out to unintended recipients in the first place. Let me explain.

How your data is protected in transit

At the service level, we encrypt all data between your users and the Office 365 service using Transport Layer Security (TLS) that...

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10:43
Philips televisions bundled with Apple TV go on sale...

Philips has started to offer a new range of televisions in India, with the sets being made available bundled with the Apple TV. The collection, which will start from Rs 29,990 ($490) for the base model, will apparently include the Apple set-top box to provide smart TV functionality, as Philips attempts to cash in on holiday season sales in the country....



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10:35
Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Maximum...

Griffinâs Survivor All-Terrain cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 plus have all the expected features of a high-protection product. Both cases support the ability to use the fingerprint scan option, Touch ID, through the protective cover. Best of all, the iPhone is easy to insert or remove.


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10:34
Briefly: Google News & Weather for iOS, Trilogy...

Google has released its News and Weather app for iOS, offering iPhone and iPad users a personalized news interface. Originally released for Android last month, users can access news coverage from sixty-five thousand publications by way of simple swipe-access to various categories. The layout is highly customizable, with option to choose from sixty country-specific editions and news sections such as Hollywood, NASA, Fashion, and more. To view more in-depth content, users can tap any story to view a full story. Free to download, Google News and Weather requires iOS 7.0 or later to run....



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10:32
The Magazine shuts down

It’s very sad. Glenn is a great guy and friend, but I understand the issues of being an independent publisher on Apple’s Newsstand—it’s not fun. Apple should just admit that they don’t give a shit about digital magazines and be done with it.

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10:32
News: GT unable to disclose bankruptcy details due...

Following its bankruptcy filing earlier this week, GT Advanced Technologies has asked for non-disclosure in its pending bankruptcy proceedings, stating that it cannot disclose the details surrounding its Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to “an unspecified confidentiality agreement.” A lawyer for the company told a U.S. Bankruptcy judge that the agreement in question prevented the company from disclosing the cause of the bankruptcy, or any plans…

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10:29
Google launches Primer mobile app to help startups...

Today, Google launched a new mobile app for startups called Primer, an interactive tool that helps companies with their marketing needs. Available now on iOS, the software cranks out five minute lesson plans for subjects like Content Marketing, PR & Media and Search Advertising. A simplified experience, Primer is packed with case studies, insider tips and quizzes designed to make marketing easier.

Google created Primer as a way to make it easier for businesses to be successful at marketing. We realize that some of the Google ad-tech products which connect businesses to customers also widen the...

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10:27
Long-delayed Edinburgh Apple Store to open on...

Apple will finally open a long-awaited store in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 18th, according to an official banner outside the shop. Efforts to build an Edinburgh outlet date back to at least 2010. Once a location on Princes Street was secured, the company then spent over a year in construction. This was followed by another nine-month delay as it worked to finalize the store's design....



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09:57
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-09

Confused about Apple's whole third-party password thing for iCloud? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what you need to know about iCloud's new password requirements for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, plus they take a look at Carl Icahn's open letter to Tim Cook pushing for more Apple stock buybacks.


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09:55
Skype 7.0.0.653 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.0.0.653: Features:

  • Design refresh of the chat and calling experience
  • ...

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09:45
GT Argues Inability to Disclose Bankruptcy Details,...

GT Advanced Technologies today appeared in a New Hampshire courtroom, asking for non-disclosure in its pending bankruptcy proceedings. According to Reuters, a lawyer for the company told the court that a confidentiality agreement prevented it from disclosing the details surrounding its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Luc Despins of Paul Hastings told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry Boroff an unspecified confidentiality agreement prevented GT from disclosing the cause of its bankruptcy, or its plan for dealing with the situation. He also acknowledged the 90 percent drop in the company’s stock price in the first three trading days of this week. GT further asked the court to seal select documents referencing a third-party, noting that the disclosure would violate existing confidentially agreements. The publication of these documents could prove costly to the sapphire maker with...

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09:27
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0

Major update to the popular backup utility with a redesigned interface and several added features. ($39.99 new, $19.99 upgrade from version 3.5.x, 11.0 MB)

 

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09:24
Pangea Audio introduces Apple certified Lightning to...

Pangea Audio (www.pangeaaudio.com) has introduced MFI-tested, Apple-certified Lightning cables for use with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5/5S/5C, iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina and all Lightning-equipped Apple devices.
 
Pangea Lightning cables are an five-feet in length—42% longer than Apple’s standard Lightning cable. They feature "superior shielding, robust 27-gauge signal conductors, heavy-duty 21-gauge power conductors and Apple’s newest, thinnest C48 Lightning connector on one end, with a USB 'A' connector on the other end," says Pangea cable designer Jay Victor.

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09:24
Skype for Mac 7.0 launches with new mobile-inspired...

Microsoft on Thursday launched a redesigned version 7.0 of its popular Skype chat application for Mac OS X, making it a 64-bit application, introducing a new file transfer presentation with inline images, and much more.

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09:00
Register now for upcoming Access events

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access or know someone who is? Interested in expanding your knowledge about the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve Access desktop applications? There are two upcoming events that you might consider attending to gain knowledge on Microsoft Access and Access Services from seasoned professionals.

J Street Technology is organizing another one-day conference on Access.

Join us Thursday, November 6th in Redmond, WA for another Access Day event. The conference will be held on Microsoft’s main campus this year.

This upcoming Access Day event will once again feature internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, professional Access developers, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.

Access Day will include sessions by Luke Chung, Andy Tabisz, Tim Getsch, Jeff Conrad and Armen...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 019 with...

In episode 19, Jeremy Thake chats to Waldek Mastykarz, a SharePoint MVP, about the new Office Graph API Preview and the Graph Query language.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP19_WaldekMastykarz.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Carl Icahn's open letter to Tim Cook

Activist shareholder and invstor Carl Icahn is back at work poking at Apple, this time in a letter to Tim Cook published on the Shareholders' Square Table website. The short version? "Dear Tim, Remember all of those shares of Apple stock I bought?...

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08:59
External Link: Adam Engst Joins Pebbled Panel on...

The forthcoming Apple Watch may have sucked a lot of the air out of the wearable industry, but Adam Engst, Jason Snell, and Andy Ihnatko all have Pebble smartwatches (and Andy has quite a few other models as well). In this episode of MacNotables, they talk about what the Pebble does well, what other smartwatches need to do, and how it all relates to Apple’s announcement.

 

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08:57
New Icahn letter calls for even more Apple share...

(Updated with Apple response) Following up on yesterday's Twitter post, Carl Icahn has published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, urging him to ask the Board of Directors to "accelerate and increase the magnitude of share repurchases" through a tender offer. He argues that Apple shares are trading at half of their actual value, pointing to personal estimates for Apple's growth in fiscal 2016 and 2017 should value Apple at $203 today. In real-world trading, Apple stocks are currently worth over $101.50....



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08:48
Daily Deal: Get Dragon Dictate for Mac for only $99....

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 for $99.99—that’s 50% off the normal price. Providing fast, accurate speech recognition and versatile transcription, Dragon Dictate for Mac lets you dictate and edit documents, send email, transcribe voice memos, and more using just your voice. You can also accurately transcribe an audio file of any single speaker’s voice from podcasts or pre-recorded audio files,…

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08:45
Shootout: How does a high-end smartphone camera...

Hotas Warthog image taken with the pricey Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Lee Hutchinson

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Our recent review of the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog joystick-and-throttle combo was notable not only for the really cool, really expensive piece of gaming equipment it featured, but also for the much-more-expensive full-frame DSLR used to take the article’s pictures: a $3,400 Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

This is a fair amount of scratch to lay down for a camera, especially when the Internet is full of examples of pro photographers going the opposite direction, ditching bags of expensive gear ...

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08:45
Skype launches redesigned Mac app ahead of OS X...

Skype today has begun rolling out a redesigned version of its Mac client, bringing an enhanced look that better fits the upcoming design aesthetic of OS X Yosemite. The new design also brings the Mac app more in line with the recently redesigned iPhone and iPod touch version of Skype. The new look’s most significant new feature fixes a common #FirstWorldProblem: having to figure out how to send someone an instant message during a voice or video call. Now, the new Skype 7.0 update brings the split-screen view shown above. Improved multi-person video calls, easier sharing, and chat syncing across devices rounds out the update. Skype 7.0 for Mac is a free download from the Skype website...

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08:38
Rumor: Apple to delay 12.9-inch iPad production...

You might have to wait a little bit longer for the rumored 12.9-inch iPad.

Specifically, you might have to wait until early 2015.

Per iMore and the Wall Street Journal, a new report suggests meeting demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s priority right now.

“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.”

An iPad Pro at 12.9-inches would likely...

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08:30
Retail analyst blame sales lull on iPhone 6

The launch of a new iPhone always has a ripple effect across the electronics industry, and while analysts pontificate about the iPhone 6 launch affecting sales of competing smartphones and even Apple's own tablets, retailers are claiming they've been...

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08:19
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn urges Tim Cook to...

Apple has plenty of cash on hand and the potential to generate huge revenues over the next few years, so billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants the company to spread the wealth.

Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday asking the company to speed up its share buyback program because Apple is “dramatically undervalued,” according to his analysis. If Apple takes advantage of its low stock price (lower than what Icahn expects it to be in the future) to buy back shares, investors who hold on to their stock stand to reap huge benefits when the market decides Apple’s worth more—way more.

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08:14
First Look: Uniq Executif and Lolita for iPhone 6

Uniq has introduced two new folio-style cases for iPhone 6, Executif ($30) and Lolita ($30). According to Uniq, Executif is made from genuine leather despite its surprisingly low price, and contains two slots for holding cards in the inner flap. Typical of many folio cases, the plastic shell that houses the phone provides little top or bottom coverage. Lolita is the same price but makes no genuine leather claims — the faux-leather case includes…

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08:12
Apple confirms October 16th media event, is expected...

Apple will be showing the forthcoming goods in a week’s time.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in “mid-October.”

The invitations are titled “It’s been way too long,” which is sort of anyone’s guess as to the theme of the event.

It will be held on Apple’s campus in the small Town Hall Auditorium at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.

Stay tuned for additional degas as they become available.

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08:00
Barograph uses the new iPhone pressure sensor

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus each have a sensor that gives readings for barometric pressure. Barograph (free), displays real-time pressure data from that sensor. Weather watchers will know dropping pressure usually means bad weather is coming, rising...

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08:00
Calc One: A capable, free and smart iPad calculator...

I'm not sure why Apple never put its Calculator app into the standard iPad software build, but the absence has opened the door for several enterprising developers to close the feature gap.

One nice new offering is Calc One, which was built...

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07:57
'Final' will allow iPhone users to easily...

Focused on security and convenience, the newly announced "Final" creates a unique credit card number for each retailer a customer does business with, and allows users to easily generate a new number using either their iPhone or a traditional, physical card.

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07:39
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced asks bankruptcy...

As it makes its way through the bankruptcy process, GT Advanced Technologies is hoping to keep as much of the proceedings out of the public eye as it can, asking the court for a private hearing, and also to keep confidential documents sealed.

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07:33
12.9-inch iPad production likely starting in 2015,...

Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but production of the tablet probably won't start until 2015, say supply chain sources in contact with the Wall Street Journal. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," one source says. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now."...



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07:31
Samsung officially announces 3D V-NAND 128Gb flash...

Samsung today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, for use in solid state drives (SSD). The 3-bit V-NAND is Samsung's latest second generation V-NAND device, which utilizes 32 vertically stacked cell layers per NAND memory chip. Each chip provides 128Gb of memory storage, at a lower cost per die than older technologies....



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07:30
Vienna 3.0.0 RC 6 :52f5428: - RSS and Atom...

Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are free and available for download.

A summary of some of its features:

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar.
  • Built-in tabbed browser.
  • Global search of all retrieved articles.
  • Automatic detection of newsfeeds on Web pages.
  • Smart folders for organising related feed articles.
  • Custom article display styles.
  • Three separate reading layouts.
  • Blogging integration.
  • Support for downloading enclosures in articles
  • Filter the displayed articles.
  • Manual reordering of the subscription list.
  • Full AppleScript support....

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07:20
Apple Named World’s Most Valuable Brand, Again

Interbrand has ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand for the second year in a row with a valuation at US$118.863 billion. Apple's value increased by 21 percent compared to last year's Best Global Brands report at $98.3 billion, and has the iPhone and iPad maker ranked above Google, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Microsoft.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is the second year in a row Interbrand ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand. It's also the first time four of the top five companies were tech-related, and the first time the top two companies were each valued over $100 billion. Seems the iPhone is doing well for Apple.


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07:14
External Link: Nine Lessons from The Magazine

Our own Glenn Fleishman is putting an end to his publication, The Magazine, after two years. He’s outlined nine hard-learned lessons to Cult of Mac that prospective publishers would be wise to read. Many of The Magazine’s faults were set in stone from the beginning: being reliant on Apple’s ecosystem and its Newsstand feature in iOS, the latter of which was changed for the worse in iOS 8, which limited its exposure.

 

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07:10
Game building tool company Unity Technologies may be...

According to sources familiar with the matter, cross-platform game development tool Unity's developers are having continuing discussions with possible buyers for the company. The biggest name attached to the development company's discussions is allegedly Google, with Microsoft and Amazon having made offers as early as 2013....



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07:01
Carl Icahn forecasts UltraHD Apple TV set in FY 2016

Included in activist shareholder and investor Carl Icahn’s open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook requesting an increased stock buyback from the company is somewhat of a prediction about when Apple might release an actual Apple TV set, not just an updated set-top box. Icahn sees fiscal year 2016 as an opportunity for Apple to enter the home television market citing an upgrade cycle due to UltraHD displays.

As we highlighted in our previous letter, we believe UltraHD’s (ultra-high-definition television) superior picture quality in comparison to regular HD will drive a major TV replacement cycle as the price gap between them narrows. It should also be noted that Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, has referenced UltraHD as a major catalyst for Netflix going forward, and while this...

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07:00
Weebly website builder comes to iPad with...

 

Weebly, one of the more popular web-based, drag-and-drop solutions for creating websites, has made its way to the iPad for the first time. The app, which was demonstrated to us earlier this week, is a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for creating, editing, and managing websites right from the iPad. The video below shows a little bit more about the app:

The iPad app syncs with your work on the web and also interacts with the companion iPhone and iPod touch application. Weebly wouldn’t comment on the possibility of a full blown editing solution for the iPhone, only saying that the different devices are geared toward different use cases....

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07:00
Apple's 'Way Too Long' Invite Lands...


Apple's pretty much annual October new product media event usually is preceded by a cute invitation sent to journalists. The invitation typically includes a phrase or graphic element that provides a vague clue to the secret agenda of the event.
Presumably, this is to drum up excitement and speculation, in addition to creating an ah-ha moment when the audience understands the connection between the invitation and the actual announcement. This year, Apple's hint is this: "It's been way too long." That is the worst teaser I've ever heard.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Digitimes nonsense factories

Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files for bankruptcy (9to5 Mac)

Just so we're clear, a company was rumored to provide sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, and those rumors later turned out to be false, and as a direct result, this company...

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06:58
Briefly: Google Chromecast backdrops, Honeywell...

Google is starting to enable customizable backdrops for the Chromecast, a feature it first revealed in June. Rolling out from today, owners of the streaming dongle can customize the image feed from the Chromecast app for Android and iOS, including photo albums from Google+, artwork from the Google Cultural Institute, and news images from various publications. More information about an image on display can be brought up by asking the Google search app "What's on my Chromecast?" on any other mobile device on the same network....



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06:54
Interbrand Lists Apple as the Top Global Brand, Again

Interbrand has just released its 15th annual Best Global Brands report, the definitive guide to the world's most valuable brands. For the second year in a row, Apple claims the top position.

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06:37
Philips TVs bundled with Apple TV launch in India as...

Philips on Thursday announced a new lineup of television sets for India that are reportedly bundled with Apple TV set-top boxes in an apparent "partnership" that, if in fact authorized by Apple, would be the first time ever for such a promotion [updated].

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06:33
Carl Icahn Asks for Accelerated Stock Repurchase...

In a letter addressed to Tim Cook today, activist investor Carl Icahn praises Apple for its innovation, while again asking the company to accelerate its stock repurchase program. Icahn previously pressured Apple to increase its stock buyback program to as much as $150 billion, but dropped that bid following Apple's decision to repurchase $14 billion shares in February of this year.

Icahn continues to note that Apple is "dramatically undervalued in today’s market" with its shares trading at half of Icahn's estimated $203 value. This valuation is likely to change as Apple's new product lineup chips away at Android's market share. While we recognize and applaud the company’s...

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06:27
News: WSJ: Larger iPad production to be delayed

Apple is pushing back mass production for its planned larger iPad into early 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources said the company was prepared to start production this December, but overwhelming demand for the new iPhones has become the top priority. A previous report also claimed that the device would enter production in the first quarter of 2015. It’s still expected that the new iPad — often referred to as “iPad Pro”…

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06:21
Apple’s iCloud App-specific Password Requirement...

If you enabled two-step verification for your iCloud account and you're using your Apple ID to sign in to third-party apps, it's time to start using app-specific passwords. Apple set the requirement to use app-specific passwords starting on October 9, which just so happens to be today.


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06:18
Carl Icahn posts his letter

Yesterday, investor Carl Icahn tweeted a promise to post an open letter to Tim Cook. Today, he posted that letter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:07
Tuck me in

[VIDEO] A one minute movie, based on a short (and I mean teeny) story suggestion from Reddit, winner of the Filminute International Film Festival. Something about this just grabbed me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:03
Investor Carl Icahn posts open letter to Apple CEO...

Carl Icahn has posted an open letter (http://bit.ly/1pUEl6O) to Apple CEO Tim Cook The investor calls on the company to accelerate its pace of share buybacks and makes the case that shares of AAPL are worth $203 based on projected FY16 and FY17 earnings.

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06:00
Apple ranked the most valuable brand ahead of rival...

Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, according to the 15th annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report. In the recently released 2014 list, Apple retained the top spot for the second straight year with a value of US$118.9 billion. This...

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05:59
Carl Icahn says Apple should buy more of its '...

Activist investor Carl Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday, revealing that he thinks shares of the company are "dramatically undervalued," presenting it with an opportunity to buy back even more of its own shares at a tremendous discount via a tender offer.

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05:57
OmniFocus 2.0.3 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.0.3:

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility issues with the Clip-o-Tron: it will no longer try to capture the full content of a selected message on Yosemite, only the subject and a link and any selected text. (OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility also requires the new Clip-o-Tron Installer v1.0.1.)
  • ...

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05:55
Carl Icahn publishes open letter to Tim Cook,...

High-profile investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn has published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook urging him to once again increase its share repurchase program for stock holders. Citing strong iPhone 6 sales and predicting the larger devices will help Apple gain marketshare from Android, Icahn is requesting Cook and Apple’s board make a tender offer to increase its current rate of share repurchases. Icahn said he thinks Apple remains “dramatically undervalued in today’s market,” but didn’t suggest a specific number for the increased buybacks:

Therefore, given the persistently excessive liquidity of $...

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05:53
Installer shows off Siri, CarPlay integration

Josh Carr (really, that’s his name!) does an incredibly detailed walkthrough of one of Pioneer’s new in dash CarPlay compatible receivers. Great job.

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05:40
iOS 8: Hiding Your Current Email Drafts

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss the convenient new way to store and access email drafts under iOS 8. This small interface change will really make your message composing much simpler, especially if you need to refer to another email while you're writing. Come on in and get acquainted with this feature!


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05:38
The iPhone 6 Demand is so hot that the 12.9 inch...

It's all about the iPhone 6 Stupid: According to a new report today, Apple suppliers are struggling to meet the strong demand for the new iPhones and have pushed back their plans to start producing the 12.9 inch iPad in December.

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05:30
IDC miscounts Macs again, awards Apple fifth place...

IDC doesn't like counting iPads among its global PC figures, but it doesn't seem to like counting Macs either, given its back-to-back quarterly undercounting of Apple's computer sales.

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05:30
Win a trip to the Stanley Cup with NHL Hat Trick...

So you are a big hockey fan and think you know a lot of about the National Hockey League. Now you have a chance to prove it by downloading and playing the NHL Hat Trick Challenge. This free universal app require iOS 6.0 or later and offers users a...

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05:29
Vogue profile piece on Jony Ive

A lot has been written about Jony Ive, much of it biographical and centered on his design milestones. This piece is different. It paints a picture of Ive, does a better job capturing his spirit.

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05:26
12-inch Retina MacBook production starts in December...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple had wanted to start mass production of a new larger iPad in December 2014. However, Apple has apparently sent instructions to suppliers to hold on this product. This is because suppliers are still struggling to meet iPhone 6 Plus demand. The Journal reports that iPhone 6 Plus production is “unsatisfactory”.

“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger...

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05:20
MAXON says Cineware 2.0, Cinema 4D Lite 16 are...

MAXON (www.maxon.net) says MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 are now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) .

The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities. With After Effects CC, creative professionals benefit from the integration provided by Cineware that establishes a direct connection between Cinema 4D and After Effects, according to MAXON.

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05:17
The empire reboots

This Vanity Fair interview with Bill Gates and Satya Nadella for their upcoming November issue does a good job capturing both men’s personalities and, even more importantly, offers a sense of the nature of the challenge facing Microsoft 2.0.

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04:34
Apple Files Apple Pay Patent Regarding Failed...

Today the US Patent Office has revealed another Apple Pay patent. This time the focus of the invention is on the user device being configured to automatically reattempt failed transactions.

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04:27
Survey: mobile device security is sacrificed for...

While mobile devices are an integral part of the workplace, the cyber security practices and budgets in most organizations are not keeping pace with the growing number of devices that must be managed and kept secure. According to a new survey issued by Raytheon Company (http://www.raytheon.com), 52% of organizations and employees frequently sacrifice security practices to realize the efficiency benefits of mobile connectivity.

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04:19
Kool Tools: Casio G-SHOCK

Casio G-SHOCK (http://bit.ly/1yp9CIe) has released the G'Mix Rotary Switch BLE, GBA400, designed with a new rotary switch designed to enhance the music listening experience. The G-SHOCK GBA-400 watch offers a variety of ways to enjoy music by pairing with a smartphone, such as setting audio controls, adding live effects that simulate concert sound and identifying the names of songs from music playing nearby.

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04:03
AppDelete is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete) has released AppDelete 4.1.4, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.4 sports a new user interface and is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

AppDelete 4.1.4 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available.

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04:01
Synchro Soft announces Oxygen XML Editor 16.1

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has rolled out version 16.1 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products (http://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html) containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

oXygen XML Editor 16.1 adds improvements to both the XML development and XML authoring functionality. Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. A 30-day demo version can be downloaded.

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