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Wednesday September 10

17:29
Apple Watch uses constant skin contact to validate...

A couple of reports yesterday and today have highlighted a little tidbit of information many have been wondering about the upcoming Apple Watch: How will the device make sure payments via Apple Pay are secure? Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have the convenient Touch ID sensor to validate that your purchases are indeed being done by you, but new information suggests that the Apple Watch is going to accomplish this security in a slightly different way…

Apparently, the Apple Watch is going to use a PIN code to authorize Apple Pay, after which the device will remain authorized as long as it remains on your wrist. It accomplishes this using one or more of the sensors on the back of...

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17:20
ACM 271: Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch Media Event...

Apple's big media event to introduce the iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch was yesterday and that means there's plenty for Jeff and Bryan to talk about today. They offer up their thoughts on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, whether or not the bigger screen sizes really matter, what they think about the Apple Watch, and more.


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17:00
If you don't like the Apple Watch, don't...

Since yesterday's Apple announcement of the Apple Watch (or Watch or just Watch) I have seen a cavalcade of arguments against the device. This is to be expected. I'll grant you, Apple isn't fighting against a bunch of crappy smartphones. This...

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16:52
Apple releases iTunes 12 beta ahead of OS X 10.10...

Apple on Wednesday issued a new iTunes 12 beta for the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system, possibly to address issues issues some users were seeing when trying to install the iOS 8 GM that was released yesterday.

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16:30
Smartwatch Wars: The Apple Watch versus Android Wear...


We'll start off with the biggest difference between the two devices: the home screen. The Apple Watch shows a bunch of app icons, while the 360 shows the time and last notification.

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No one has really figured out what a smartwatch should look like yet, but one thing is for sure: Google and Apple have taken vasty different routes to getting a computer on your wrist. To show just how different, we put together this gallery of similar screens from the Apple Watch and Android Wear. They should be easy enough to tell apart: the Apple Watch is the square one, while the Android Wear screenshots are all from the Moto 360 and therefore (mostly) round.

While we know just about...

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16:17
Apple rolls out new iCloud storage pricing plans,...

Following the unveiling of official pricing tiers for its iCloud storage plans, Apple on Wednesday took the new plans live, offering users up to one terabyte of space for $20 per month.

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16:12
Will Ferrell Calls On Gamers to Launch Cancer Assault


Comedian Will Ferrell on Wednesday announced an effort to battle cancer by giving gamers a chance to participate in a two-hour gaming event with him in San Francisco. Launched on Indiegogo, the initiative aims to raise $375,000 for nonprofit organizations Cancer for College and DonateGames, by encouraging gamers to contribute at least $10. One randomly selected giver will win an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco, including the opportunity to play games with Ferrell on Oct. 26. Cancer for College provides scholarships to cancer survivors.

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16:10
Apple Turns to The Gap for New Marketing Executive

Apple has turned to the fashion industry to boost its executive ranks again, hiring Marcela Aguilar as its new director of global marketing Communications. Ms. Aguilar was lured away from The Gap, where she was that retailer's senior global director-marketing communications.


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16:01
Radio Shack to offer $50 iTunes gift card with...

With nine days to go before the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, retailers are beginning to bring out offers to entice current smartphone owners to cash in or trade in their current device for a discount on the cost of the latest iPhone. Following previous reports of cash-in services locking in prices and giving sellers a month to send in their phones, and Verizon offering free (base model) iPhone 6 units to those trading in a working iPhone 4 or later, Radio Shack is offering both a trade-in and gift card incentive program....



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16:00
Chase begins touting benefits of Apple Pay to its...

With Apple Pay scheduled to roll out sometime this October, The Loop directs us to the fact that JPMorgan Chase has begun touting the benefits of Apple Pay to its broad customer base.

JPMorgan Chase put out a mass mailing this morning trumpeting...

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15:57
Apple reportedly hires Gap executive to fill...

One day after announcing its first wearables product in the Apple Watch, Apple has reportedly hired on another executive from the fashion world to bolster its marketing efforts, tapping Gap's global marketing director Marcela Aguilar to take on the same position at Cupertino.

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15:51
Apple releases new beta of iTunes 12 for OS X...

Apple has released another beta of the upcoming iTunes 12 for users running the OS X Yosemite preview. The update comes after Apple released iOS 8 Golden Master to developers yesterday. Users on Yosemite who want to install iOS 8 GM on their iOS devices will likely have an easier time doing so with this latest iTunes beta. It’s available as a Software Update in the Mac App Store for applicable users.

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15:48
New iCloud plans go live, up to 1 TB of storage...

Yesterday Apple revealed the finalized pricing for its revamped iCloud plans, but at the time they weren’t available for purchase. Today the plans have officially gone live for all customers. As you can see in the screenshot above, users can now buy up to 1 TB of storage space, which will cost $19.99 per month.

You can upgrade your current iCloud plan through the iCloud settings on your iOS device or Mac running an iCloud-compatible version of its operating system. Since the plans are account-based and not device-based, you’ll have access to all of that storage on all of your other...

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15:23
Intel releases Xeon E5-2600/1600 V3 'Grantley...

Intel made a big announcement this week during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, unveiling the newest processors in the Xeon line-up. The new processors offer a large jump in performance over the previous Xeons, thanks to the new Grantley platform. The new Intel chips increase the number of cores available in a single unit, but are also the first processors to use DDR4 in a server setting....



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15:21
Macworld lays off most staff, will end print edition

Long-standing Apple-themed publication Macworld has laid off much of its staff, and is closing down its print edition, according to blog and Twitter posts, as well as USA Today. Former editor-in-chief Jason Snell mentioned the information in a blog post, and staff from the company including Dan Miller and Roman Loyola have taken to Twitter to deny that Macworld is closing entirely, while acknowledging job cuts. In his post, Snell adds that he's leaving the publication to focus on other projects. Miller says he will be with the company for another month to help with the transition, and mentione...



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15:00
Denon Envaya is a portable Bluetooth speaker with...

Denon is an audio company renowned for producing high-quality, high-end hi-fi equipment. The Envaya (US$199) represents Denon's current offering into the portable speaker market. Having recently reviewed Ultimate Ear's Boom and the pricier (compared...

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14:56
‘Siri, what song is this?’ The iOS 8 GM doesn’t have...

Remember when Apple announced during WWDC that Siri in iOS 8 would be getting several cool new features, including the ability to figure out what song is playing with a music recognition engine powered by Shazam? In the recent GM build of iOS 8, the feature has been removed completely. Apple notes that it should be back in time for the general public release of the OS, however.

In earlier betas, Siri...

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14:55
Apple to reportedly miss internal launch target for...

According to a report on Wednesday, Apple intended to debut the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the important Chinese market on Sept. 9, but those plans have been delayed as the company awaits regulatory approval for the new handsets.

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14:52
T-Mobile pushing Wi-Fi calling with free routers,...

At today's latest "Uncarrier" event, wireless provider T-Mobile has unveiled a series of programs to kick-start Wi-Fi calling across its network. The carrier has revealed that every smartphone it sells going forward will be capable of Wi-Fi calling. Additionally, it is launching an initiative to provide a 802.11AC Wi-Fi router for free to Simple Choice plans and who own a smartphone capable of Wi-Fi calling. Finally, T-Mobile is short-cycling its Jump program, and allowing users not eligible for a yearly upgrade to buy a new Wi-Fi calling-capable device....



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14:22
After 30 years, Macworld is no longer a magazine

Fast Company:

In January of 1984, Apple announced the Macintosh. Among the many things which made the launch memorable was the fact that the brand-new computer was accompanied by a brand-new magazine, IDG’s Macworld. Thanks to a deal hashed out by IDG’s David Bunnell and Apple’s Steve Jobs, the first issue debuted the same day that the Mac did, which means that there’s never been such a thing as a Mac market that wasn’t covered by Macworld.

Sadly, that long run is about to end.

The 800lb gorilla of Mac publishing just became a 4lb chihuahua. Sad day.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:22
T-Mobile announces 'Wi-Fi Unleashed,'...

At a special media event on Wednesday, T-Mobile announced its latest "Un-carrier" initiative in "Wi-Fi Unleashed," which has the company promising Wi-Fi call and text support with every new phone sold.

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14:21
Pols Besieged by Fast, Furious Messages on Internet...


U.S. lawmakers were getting an estimated 1,000 calls a minute from constituents concerned about Net neutrality by noon Pacific Time on Internet Slowdown Day, an online demonstration held on Wed., Sept. 10. "We've set a new record for FCC comments and beat Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction,'" said David Moon of Demand Progress. Father of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Tom Morello of the band Rage Against the Machine, Creative Commons and Union Square Ventures are among the thousands who tweeted their support.

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14:02
Integrated SwiftKey coming to iOS alongside release...

The system-integrated version of SwiftKey's mobile keyboard will be coming to iOS next week with the launch of iOS 8 on September 17th, the developer has confirmed. A SwiftKey iOS app -- Note -- already exists, but is largely self-contained. The new app will take advantage of iOS 8's support for system-wide third-party keyboards....



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14:00
iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? That is the question....

Remember those days when we were all trying to get the smallest possible cell phone? If you don't, you're probably young. That all went out the window with the introduction of the iPhone and its competitors, since fairly quickly we started seeing a...

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14:00
First Look: X-Doria Engage Folio for iPhone 6 / Dash...

In addition to number of other cases, X-Doria has sent along a few folio-style iPhone cases, including the first case we've seen for iPhone 6 Plus. Engage Folio ($30) for iPhone 6 has a hard, clear plastic back and a faux leather front cover. A card slot is included on the back of the cover. Dash Folio One ($30) for iPhone 6 Plus is similar to Engage Folio, with a few more features — the case uses the front cover as a kickstand, and a magnetic clasp…

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13:54
T-Mobile unveils expanded WiFi calling capabilities...

During its Uncarrier 7.0 event this afternoon, T-Mobile revealed a handful of new announcements as part of its ongoing quest to lead the mobile industry. Firstly, CEO John Legere announced that every phone it sells from here on out will be capable of WiFi calling and texting. The company says that anyone who does not currently have a phone capable of WiFi calling can upgrade to a supported phone with the carrier’s Jump program. As the name implies, WiFi calling and texting allows you to make calls and send texts over your WiFi network, as opposed to over the cellular connection.

T-Mobile calls these changes the “WiFi Unleashed” campaign and says that all of its devices, even low-end phones, will support it. This, of course, includes the recently...

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13:50
Silicon Valley anti-poaching trial to begin April 9...

The full Silicon Valley anti-poaching trial involving Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe has been set. In a court filing today, the trial will begin on April 9, with a case management conference set for November 19. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for December 19, with the judge demanding information on negotiations of a new settlement between the tech giants and the class....



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13:49
Xsan volume disconnects

Forums: Troubleshooting

So, we migrated from Snow Leopard on a 2009 xServe to a Mac Mini running Mavericks Server and Xsan 3.1. We're using a SanLink2 for our fibre channel connection and also for the metadata network.

All went smoothly, except that we discovered that moving largish files from the single volume (about 30TB) will cause that volume to unmount.

The logs look like everything is fine until the following sequence:

[20140910 15:07:47] 0x7fff75b87310 (debug) find_fsm fsm Pool ipaddr 192.168.0.1 port 49177 TestLink failed: getsockopt(SO_ERROR) returned error 61 [errno 61]: Connection refused
[20140910 15:07:49] 0x7fff75b87310 (debug) find_fsm fsm Pool ipaddr 192.168.0.1 port 49177 TestLink failed: getsockopt(SO_ERROR) returned error 61 [errno 61]: Connection refused
[20140910 15:07:50] 0x7fff75b87310 (debug) find_fsm fsm...

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13:37
First Look: X-Doria Scene Grip / Scene Plus /...

We've already received a number of iPhone 6 cases from X-Doria, including the company's Scene Grip ($25), Scene Plus ($30), and Defense 720 ($30). There isn't much difference between these three cases — they're basically rubber bumpers with an attached plastic backing. Scene Plus offers a 3D pattern on the back of its case to justify the $5 price jump from Scene Grip. For that same price, Defense 720 has two pieces — in addition to back and side…

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13:36
Analyst who cried sapphire takes another swing,...

A financial analyst focused almost exclusively on Apple's relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies was supremely confident that the iPhone 6 would feature a sapphire screen cover. That prediction was dead wrong, but it hasn't stopped him from continuing to stand by his sources, and even strangely still hoping for a sapphire-covered iPhone 6.

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13:30
Star Walk Kids is a fun constellation browser for...

Star Walk Kids is a version of the astronomy apps Star Walk and Star Walk 2 - the latter of which TUAW's own Mel Martin called "impressively good looking" - designed specifically for educating kids about the wonders of the stars and the universe. It...

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13:25
Gmail addresses, passwords of nearly 5 million users...

Another credential scare has turned up online, this time for one of the world's largest free email services. The emails and passwords of nearly 4.66 million Gmail users have turned up on a Russian Bitcoin forum, traced backed to English, Russian and Spanish users of the service. It's from where or how the list was collected, but it's said that many of the logins are outdated....



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13:08
OK Go accuses Apple of stealing 'Perspective...

Apple stole the concept behind its "Perspective" ad -- used to introduce yesterday's press event -- from OK Go, says band manager Andy Gershon. The Apple video features a camera tracking around a white room where shapes turn into text when seen from the right angle. OK Go, though, released a video in June for the song "The Writing's On the Wall," based on the same concept. More importantly, Gershon notes that the band met with Apple in April to pitch the concept as a potential collaboration....



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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Amigo Pancho [iOS...

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12:47
Everything you need to know about preordering your...

With two new iPhone models at two different screen sizes launching later this month, preordering the iPhone 6 may be the most difficult decision yet for Apple fans. AppleInsider is here to help with a breakdown of options before preorders begin on Friday, Sept. 12.

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12:42
Apple releases iTunes 11.4 update, includes support...

Like most major Apple announcements, this one came with a new iTunes update.

On Tuesday, Apple released version 11.4 of its iTunes media suite. The new version, a 249.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 8.

iTunes 11.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later.

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

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12:39
Downloadable video of Apple’s September Special Event

For those of you who want a copy of your own, Apple has posted the video of yesterday’s event on their Apple Keynotes podcast page.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Lefties, the Apple Watch is going to work just fine...

If there's one bit of false information that's been spread over the past 24 hours more than anything else, it's the claim that the Apple Watch is hostile to left-handed users. This has popped up on Facebook, Twitter, and even news organizations, and...

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12:29
Mac user creates iPhone 6 size chart to help with...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced and a Mac user has assembled asomewhat nifty pre-order picker to help you choose the right size iPhone handset when the device becomes available for pre-order in a few days.

Per AppleInsider, Jeremy Anticouni assembled a cool PDF that, when printed on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper at 100 percent scale, will display the footprint of Apple’s current iPhone 5S alongside that of the larger 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus.

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12:18
Apple Watch will last “about a day” on a charge, be...

Megan Geuss

Battery life is just one of the many question marks surrounding the Apple Watch announcements yesterday, but early reports indicate that it's not going to be much better than what's already available. Re/code reports that the watch currently lasts "about a day." While Apple is reportedly working to improve that figure before the watch launches in 2015, buyers should expect to charge the watch every night along with their iPhones.

The "hands-on" sessions available to most media representatives were decidedly hands-off, but we're also hearing more details from journalists who were given individual sessions after the show. Yahoo'...

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12:17
A watch guy’s thoughts on the Apple Watch

HODINKEE:

I do not believe it poses any threat to haute horology manufactures, I do think the Apple Watch will be a big problem for low-priced quartz watches, and even some entry-level mechanical watches. In years to come, it could pose a larger threat to higher end brands, too. The reason? Apple got more details right on their watch than the vast majority of Swiss and Asian brands do with similarly priced watches, and those details add up to a really impressive piece of design. It offers so much more functionality than other digitals it’s almost embarrassing. But it’s not perfect, by any means. Read on to hear my thoughts on the Apple Watch, from the perspective of a watch guy.

Great perspective from “the other side of the fence” – how does the Apple Watch fit into the watch market? Thanks to Jared Earle for the link.

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12:10
Apple lowers prices on iCloud drive, lets you buy a...

Today Apple announced a price cut for iCloud storage and a new 1TB tier for power users. Still, the price drops were not as dramatic as some might have hoped, and Apple remains undercut by rivals like Google and Dropbox.

Apple gave details about its price cuts back at its developer conference in June, but today those prices included two higher-tiered plans for people who want 500GB and 1TB of storage on the company's servers. On its website, Apple says that users of iCloud Drive will continue to get 5GB for free, and pricing starts at 20GB for $0.99 per month, 200GB for $3.99 per month, 500 GB at $9.99 per month, and 1TB for $19.99 per month. (Tiers were originally priced at $20 a year for 10GB, $40 a year for 20GB, and $100 a year for 50GB). Critics of Apple's earlier, more limited cloud storage service had long pushed for an updated storage pricing scheme as...

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12:05
Every Important Link From Apple’s 9/9 Event - On One...

Apple provided an enormous amount of information and videos for us on September 9. Here, on one page, are all the important URLs/links related to that event.


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12:02
EA developing games, second screen experiences for...

One thing that Apple didn’t get into during its keynote presentation is any possible gaming experiences that might come with its new Apple Watch wearable. Today, however, EA has announced that it’s already prototyping ideas for wearables like Apple Watch. In a blog post from EA’s Mobile gaming head Frank Gibeau, the company announced announced it has a team working on ideas for gaming on wearables including standalone games and second screen experiences for console and mobile games:

I’m also interested to see more about Apple’s new watch – clearly wearables are intriguing as an...

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12:00
Hands-on first impressions of Apple Pay -- "...

Though not as sexy as new iPhones or Apple's newfangled Watch, Apple's foray into the world of mobile payments with Apple Pay has the potential to be a real game changer. If Apple Pay catches on, Tim Cook's statement that the platform will "forever...

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12:00
Hands (and Wrist) on the New Apple Watch (Video)

Self-professed watch geek Dave Hamilton was in attendance at yesterday's Apple event and had the opportuntity to demo and wear an Apple Watch. He took some time to share his initial reactions of this completely new product line from Apple.


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11:30
Daily Deals for September 10, 2014, featuring The...

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

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

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11:18
Philips debuts headphones that connect via Apple’s...

On Wednesday, Dutch consumer electronics maker Philips and its subsidiary Woox Innovations announced the new Fidelio M2L headphones, which plug directly into the Lightning port on Apple devices. The headphones are the first third-party audio accessory to use the Lightning port, and they may have even beaten Apple to the punch. Apple talked about Lightning-connected headphones at WWDC in June and bought headphone maker Beats earlier in the summer, leading some to speculate that such an accessory was in the works.

In June, Apple expanded its Made for iPhone (MFi) program for third-party accessory developers to include the...

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11:12
Apple cagey about Watch battery life, working on...

Apple has been avoiding talk about the battery life of its first-generation Watch, and with good reason, sources claim. The people say that the company isn't happy with performance, which is currently "about a day" on a single charge. An Apple spokeswoman, Nat Kerris, admits in fact that the company expects people to charge the Watch once a day....



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11:00
How to tell if you're eligible for an iPhone 6...

For those of us in the tech blogging business, yesterday started up yet another round of the "should I or shouldn't I?" questions -- as in "Should I get a new iPhone 6 to replace my iPhone 5s that I bought last year, or wait?" The answer is that...

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10:59
SwiftKey Announces Prediction Engine and Cloud...

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement for Android devices, has announced plans to bring that same technology to iOS. This includes a predictive text engine that learns what you type and helps make text entry easier, and the option to slide between letters instead of tapping.


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10:55
SwiftKey details its upcoming keyboard for iOS 8

SwiftKey has long been known as one of the most popular third-party keyboards for Android, but the company kept no secrets earlier this year in announcing that the app would be making its way to Apple’s platform with the release of iOS 8. Today, the company has shared some more details about its features, and given us a first-look at the swipe-to-type entry method running on the latest build of iOS.

The keyboard, as you’re likely familiar, focuses on a feature called SwiftKey Flow that lets the user swipe to enter text (the company says this feature isn’t coming to iPad just yet, sadly). The product’s other features including autocorrection, next-word prediction, and its ability to learn as you use it, are also present in the iOS version. Much like the new default iOS keyboard, it...

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10:49
IDG shutters Macworld Magazine, much of the...

Pretty much the whole Macworld staff has been let go. Looks like the end. Sad


Roman Loyola (@pinatubo2000) September 10, 2014

A personal announcement: I'm leaving Macworld after 17 years. snellworld.com


Jason Snell (@jsnell) September 10, 2014

International Data Group (IDG) is shutting down Macworld Magazine, the long time Apple periodical according to tweets by staff and conversations I’ve had with personnel.  Dan Miller, Editor, Macworld tweeted the following:

The Macworld.com website will remain open [although as a shell of its former self -ed] with a reduced staff according to Miller, who himself is leaving in...

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10:47
Comcast Ad Tinkering Could Muck Up WiFi Security


Comcast has begun using JavaScript injection to serve ads for its services to devices connected to its publicly accessible Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the U.S. The ads are fleeting, but they can appear roughly every seven minutes. The program reportedly began months ago. "This practice is definitely concerning for multiple reasons," said the Electronic Freedom Foundation's Jeremy Gillula. "The injection could break a Web page -- not to mention, it could also introduce unforeseen security vulnerabilities."

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10:46
Hands on with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus - Which One Should...

Dave Hamilton spent some time with his hands (and pockets!) on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus yesterday and lived to tell the tale. He offers his thoughts about which one he'll be ordering on Friday morning.


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10:34
AppleCare+ plans launch in Australia

As anticipated, Apple has introduced AppleCare+ plans to Australia. Separate plans cover the iPhone, iPad, and iPods. Each plan is priced at A$129, but has different service fees for accidental damage. The iPhone fee is A$99, whereas it's just A$65 for an iPad. iPods are subject to a A$45 fee....



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10:31
Report: Apple Watch battery lasts for roughly one day

While Apple failed to address the Apple Watch’s battery life during Tuesday’s presentation, a source indicated to Re/code that the device’s battery currently lasts for “about a day.” Apple is working to improve the battery ahead of launch, but judging by the comments of Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris, we wouldn’t expect much more. “There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people…

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10:31
News: Daily Deal: Get a Griffin iPhone 6 Identity...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get ready for the iPhone 6 and pick up Griffin’s iPhone 6 Identity Case and screen protector combo for only $29.98—40% off the regular price. Keep your brand new iPhone 6 in mint condition right out of the box with Identity’s dual-material frame that combines shock-absorbing rubber and hard polycarbonate to protect your phone from four-foot drops, scrapes and scratches. The package also includes a 3-pack…

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10:30
YouTube Find: Parody video details Apple's...

This Apple Watch (Parody) video from JacksFilms takes on the Watch hype not even a day after the smartwatch was announced. So what do you think of this "A Pleasantly Plump Little Electronic Watch Android's Terrible Come Here" device?

[Via BGR]...

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10:20
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-10

Apple seems to be moving away from its "i" prefix for new products, and that may be a sign that CEO Tim Cook is putting his own mark on the company. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why the i-name scheme is fading away, and they take a look at why Apple Pay doesn't pose the same potential security risks as iCloud.


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10:00
Band accuses Apple of ripping off their music video...

There was a lot to see during yesterday's epic Apple event, and it all started with a very cool video called "Perspective." The 2-minute clip is a pretty standard event-opening video for Apple, stating some principles the company believes in and...

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09:55
Apps: Ember, Geekbench, Tower
09:31
iPhone 6 & Apple Watch reveals lived up to the...

With the redesigned iPhone 6 expected to set new sales records this holiday season, the impending launch of the Apple Pay mobile wallet service expected to catch on with consumers, and next year's debut of the Apple Watch, analysts on Wall Street were largely satisfied with Apple's announcements this week.

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09:30
Kunin - Ninja in Training: high flying, sword...

Released today for iPhone and iPad users is the newest member of the "ninja cutting things up" family of games, Kunin - Ninja in Training. In the game, our little ninja perches on a single stalk of bamboo in the middle of a misty lagoon, while unseen...

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09:21
Where to buy the last iPod classics as Apple stops...

Now that the iPod classic, the last of Apple’s legacy clickwheel iPods, is no longer for sale from Apple, this might be your last chance to get your hands on the device. While you can’t get one from Apple, there are still a few spots to purchase remaining stock:

Walmart:

$239 160GB (Black)   $249 160GB (Silver)

Best Buy:

$239 160GB (Black)   $249 160GB (Silver)

Groupon:

$245 160GB (Black or Silver)

Amazon:

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09:19
Apple Pay to support Discover cards, collect fees...

Discover card holders will be able to make use of Apple Pay at some point, according to a Twitter post by the company. "We are in discussions with Apple to add Discover cards to Apple Pay in the future," the post reads. When Apple Pay was announced yesterday, only Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards were mentioned. The service will also support debit cards....



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09:10
∞ Chase sends out mass Apple Pay mailing

JPMorgan Chase put out a mass mailing this morning trumpeting their newly announced Apple Pay partnership.

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09:09
How Apple makes money from Apple Pay

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. will reap fees from banks when consumers use an iPhone in place of credit and debit cards for purchases, a deal that gives the handset maker a cut of the growing market for mobile payments, according to three people with knowledge of the arrangement.

Game changer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:04
Sprint unveils iPhone for Life Plan

Sprint is certainly aggressive.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Sprint announces new 'IPhone for Life'...

Following Apple's iPhone 6 announcement, US wireless carrier Sprint took the wraps off its new wireless service plan that'll allow subscribers to get a new iPhone every two years. The new "iPhone for Life" plan costs US$70 per month and includes...

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08:58
Macworld Lays Off Staffers, Closes Print Edition

Sad news: According to Macworld editors, IDG has shuttered the print edition of Macworld and laid off most of the staff. The macworld.com Web site will continue. Our condolences to the many fine editors and writers who are now looking for work.

 

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08:54
Apple reportedly ‘not happy’ with one day Watch...

 

Re/code is reporting that Apple is currently seeing about a day’s worth of battery life. The company was notably sheepish to mention anything specific, but internally Re/code says Apple’s current marketing strategy is that users charge it over night to get full use during daylight hours.

Interestingly, the report notes that Apple is unhappy with current performance and the situation is very much still in flux. Apparently, Apple is doing many different things to improve battery longevity, by the time the device launches in ‘early 2015′.

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08:51
Apple Watch users will need to recharge nightly,...

Though Apple was mum about battery life for its forthcoming wrist-worn accessory when it was announced on Tuesday, the company has since said that it expects people to charge it nightly, suggesting the battery life will offer about one day of operation.

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08:49
News: Apple announces App Bundles, Previews,...

Apple has introduced three new features for iOS Developers allowing them to more easily distribute, test, and promote their apps on the App Store. App Store Bundles will allow developers to bundle up to 10 of their apps into a single-priced bundle that users can purchase together at a reduced price. App Bundles can be purchased with a single tap, and all of the apps will appear individually on the customer’s device. A “Complete My Bundle”…

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08:32
Analyst: Apple’s iPhone 6 to Drive Record Sales

Get ready for record breaking iPhone 6 sales. That's what Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley is expecting in part because he thinks many iPhone owners skipped the iPhone 5 and 5S cycle in anticipation of this year's models.

The Mac Observer Spin: Expecting high iPhone 6 sales seems like an easy bet considering how much interest there was going into yesterday's media event. We'll probably see tight inventory for the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but hopefully the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be easier to get ahold of.


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08:30
Business side of Apple's exclusive launch of U2...

As part of its iPhone and Watch unveiling, Apple also released U2's "Songs of Innocence" album for free to all its iTunes users. Though U2 will benefit from Apple's promotion of its latest release, the band is not giving its album away for free....

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08:10
Apple acquisition of Path 'essentially a done...

Apple is poised to announce an acquisition of the Path social network, says a source claimed to be within Apple's engineering team. "It's almost done, if not signed already, but it's essentially a done deal," the person observes. The source adds that Apple is interested in more than just talent, and wants Path to be incorporated partly or wholly into its Messages app....



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08:00
Flickr Find: An office meant for daydreaming

With ribbon windows and reflective glass desks, it's a wonder how iBSSR gets any work accomplished in his office. Even with a gorgeous iMac, it would be hard not to daydream while looking at these extremely impressive surroundings.

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07:56
As expected, AppleCare+ arrives Down Under

 

As expected, Apple, alongside the new iPhones, has expanded the AppleCare+ Protection Plan service to Australia. Apple has been training its support staff and retail employees in Australia on AppleCare+ over the course of the past week. Unlike the previously standard plan, AppleCare+ provides support for up to two instances of accidental damage. Apple revamped its AppleCare offerings earlier this year. Apple has posted a legal-jargon-filled note on its Support website about the new...

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07:42
News: More on Apple Watch: Edition charger, iPhone...

More information on Apple Watch has surfaced after the product’s debut on Tuesday. A Yahoo Tech report reveals a number of details, including the fact that Apple Watch is water resistant, but not waterproof — you shouldn’t wear it in the pool or the shower. You can make phone calls from your wrist, using a wireless connection to your iPhone. Watch apps are loaded from the iPhone, and the watch has a feature referred to as “Ping…

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07:30
Sound Circle won't let you sleep

I love napping. I could make excuses about it making me more productive and alert, but the simple fact is that naps and sleeping are a great personal pleasure. It's not easy to nap just everywhere and at anytime. I find that "white noise" and...

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07:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: iPhone 6 cases debut

iPhone 6 cases are here!

With a whole new set of Apple gear just announced, this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a selection of protective accessories made just for those new handsets.

BuQu Tech

The PowerArmour (iPhone 6; $80) protects your new handset from drops and impacts while doubling its battery life with a built-in power pack.

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07:24
Apple to collect swipe fees from banks for Apple Pay...

Apple's new Apple Pay system has the potential to become a huge revenue driver, as the iPhone maker has reportedly reached agreements with its partner banks to take a cut of the revenue earned from so-called "swipe fees" when consumers make purchases through the platform.

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07:23
LaCie refreshes d2 drive line with Thunderbolt 2,...

Seagate's LaCie today announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all–aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable with a SSD daughterboard, which boosts speeds up to 1150 MB/s when the SSD is accessed....



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07:23
Apple Launches New iCloud Pricing with 1TB Storage...

Apple announced new iCloud storage pricing was coming during its WWDC keynote presentation earlier this year, and for the first time we get to see just how much the company thinks a terabyte of online storage is worth. Users who need a full TB of iCloud storage will be paying US$19.99 a month, or twice what Dropbox users pay for the same amount.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see iCloud get 500GB and 1TB storage options. Whether or not Apple's users see those as reasonably priced options remains to be seen considering Dropbox's 1TB option costs half as much.


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07:14
Your iPhone 5s/5c is officially old hat: Apple...

There’s a pretty good chance that you’re now looking at your iPhone 5c/5s with anger and disgust thanks to yesterday’s iPhone 6 announcement. The good news is that Apple will now accept these models for trade as part of its in-store Reuse and Recycle program. You’ll have to have an Apple Store employee run a trade-in quote on their EasyPay device for a specific value, but you can get a ballpark figure for your device by comparing it to the $310 we know a 16GB iPhone 5s (AT&T locked) is worth.

Although trading your iPhone in at an Apple store is extremely convenient, you should refer to our iPhone 6 trade-in guide if you’re looking to get the most money back. If you have an older iPhone (4/4s) and Verizon is your carrier of choice, then you’ll most...

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07:10
Fear not lefties, Apple Watch is reversible for left...

Lefties fear not, Apple has now confirmed that its new Apple Watch wearable will indeed be reversible for users that prefer the watch on their right wrist.

When Apple unveiled the device and focused a lot of time on the “Digital Crown” dial used for many navigation features on the watch, left-handed individuals were left wondering whether or not the device could be flipped around (with the UI reorienting itself) to wear on the right wrist and still have access to the digital crown and single button using their left hand. That’s because simply moving the watch to the right wrist without any changes would result in reaching over (and blocking) the display with your left hand...

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07:07
Swift programming language reaches GM status for iOS

The Swift programming language has attained gold master status for iOS, Apple has announced. "You can now submit your apps that use Swift to the App Store. Whether your app uses Swift for a small feature or a complete application, now is the time to share your app with the world. It's your turn to excite everyone with your new creations," the company adds....



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07:00
Botnet Twists the Knife in iCloud Security


Hot on the heels of hackers stealing celebrities' nude photos from their iCloud accounts and posting them on the Web comes news that iCloud users are being targeted again -- this time by a botnet. The Kelihos botnet is sending emails purporting to be from Apple, informing targets they have purchased the film Lane Splitter through their iTunes account using a PC or other device not previously linked to their Apple ID, Symantec reported. It asks them to provide the ID information.

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07:00
Why Apple's live video stream was a complete...

Apple's media event offered no shortage of exciting announcements, but folks hoping to catch the product unveilings live as they happened via Apple's very own livestream were left sorely disappointed.

To be blunt, Apple's effort to livestream...

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06:50
News: Philips debuts first Lightning connector...

Philips has debuted the first Lightning connector headphones, Fidelio M2L. According to Pocket-lint, Philips claims the headphones can deliver high-quality 24-bit audio using built-in DAC and amplification. The Fidelio M2L headphones use two 40mm speaker drivers and are said to offer noise isolated audio with dynamic bass. Philips’ Fidelio M2L will be available in December for €250 (about $323)....

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06:43
Apple Releases New iCloud Storage Plans

Apple has radically increased the amount of iCloud storage available to purchase and dropped the price per gigabyte. But as welcome as these changes are, they still pale in comparison to offers from Dropbox and Google Drive.

 

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06:30
It's dragon popping time in Dragon Poppers

Dragon Poppers is a puzzle game where you try to clear the board of dragons by setting off a chain reaction eliminating other dragons in a horizontal and vertical pattern. The game starts out with 105 levels in the first pack, but there are over 800...

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06:27
Fujifilm gives X-T1 a graphite silver makeover, adds...

Fujifilm has launched a second retro-inspired camera, as a marginally-upgraded version of the X-T1 from January. The X-T1 Graphite Silver adds a triple-layer coating to the camera, giving it a graphite appearance to its weather-sealed magnesium body, with the external alterations also accompanied by a number of internal improvements on the original model....



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06:24
Jay Carney joining CNN after reportedly being...

Former White House Press Secretary for the Obama Administration Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commenter, Politico reports. The announcement was made by the cable network and Carney today.

“I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” Carney said in a statement.

Carney’s move to CNN surely means the end to reports that the former White House Press Secretary is in the running for Apple’s top PR spot vacated by now-retired Katie Cotton. Re/code reported earlier this year that Carney was among the top candidates in the running for...

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06:24
Printable iPhone 6 pre-order picker can help you...

If you weren't among the chosen few who got to handle Apple's new iPhones at the company's special event Tuesday, blindly choosing the right size iPhone 6 to pre-order later this week could prove stressful. But a new printable iPhone pre-order picker may offer a helping hand.

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06:22
News: Apple to get a cut from payments made via...

As part of its new payments system, Apple will be collecting fees from banks, Bloomberg reports. A number of banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, and Citigroup have all agreed to integrate their cards into the system, and Apple has apparently reached individual deals with various banks to collect a fee for each transaction made through Apple Pay. Neither Apple nor any of the key banks have commented on the specific arrangements,…

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06:19
First headphones to use Lightning port announced –...

When Apple quietly created a new MFi spec for headphones, allowing them to connect via the Lightning port rather than the headphone jack to deliver higher-quality audio, everyone expected Apple-owned Beats to be first to take advantage of it. But instead Philips has, ah, beaten them to it … 

The Philips Fidelio M2L uses a built-in 24-bit digital-analogue converter and amplifier to provide higher-quality audio than delivered by the iPhone’s own DAC chip. Philips also says that the Lightning connection...

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06:12
How to Get Your Free U2 Album

Apple announced that it’s giving away a free copy of U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” to every iTunes customer. Here’s how to claim yours before time runs out on 13 October 2014.

 

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