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15:30
Special TUAW deal: Get a little bit more for your...

Hey TUAW readers, if you're getting rid of your iPhone at the last minute before tomorrow's announcements, here's a special deal you unlock with the code of "TUAW" (no quotes, just use our name!) at iCracked and get $20 added to any trade-in valued...

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15:26
Star Walk 2 review: iPad app makes the night sky...

Macworld:

When Star Walk launched it was one of those “only on the iPad” kind of apps. Since then many have used it as their digital window to space.

Vito Technologies, which built the original, is back with Star Walk 2. While it may not seem like there is much to improve on, the developers have taken the time to find enough enhancements and new features to justify an entirely new app.

Not only has Star Walk been my go to astronomy app, it was the app I always used to “show off” how cool the iPad was. I’ll be buying this version, too.

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15:15
Apple homepage redirecting users to Apple.com/live

As if anyone needed further proof that tomorrow's Apple announcements are going to be huge, Apple's landing page now redirects users to the company's Apple.com/live page which features a countdown timer to tomorrow's event -- which will conveniently...

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15:00
Disk App: Free up storage on your Mac in seconds

I'm a big skeptic when it comes to disk cleaning apps that claim to free up storage on your Mac. My experience in the past has been that the apps are slow, tend to delete files that are required to make your Mac operate properly, they're expensive...

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14:49
Apple may be partnering with merchants on rewards...

Apple is starting a pilot program that will form partnerships with merchants, possibly involving a rewards program for its mobile payment system, sources say. One of the people indicates that the InterContinental Hotels Group is one party involved in talks. The sources also remark, however, that Apple has only just begun hiring towards the project, and that while it could be announced tomorrow, it might be postponed until more partners have been signed and media coverage moves beyond iCloud's celebrity photo leaks....



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14:48
Comcast serving injected JavaScript ads through...

It appears that Comcast decided to serve advertisements to people that connect their devices to the more than 3.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots spread throughout the United States. Ars Technica discovered that the Internet service provider (ISP) has been injecting JavaScript advertisements into websites using the Xfinity Wi-Fi services by altering the data stream when webpages are called....



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14:37
Apple reportedly building out Boston Siri team,...

A report on Monday claims Apple is bolstering its Siri research team in Cambridge, Mass., bringing in new blood and expanding into a larger office as the company weens off Nuance-based technology.

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14:37
Amazon Hacks $200 from Fire Phone - Free Under...

Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone-the company's foray into smartphones-to free, just six weeks after its release. It's also one day before an Apple media event where the company is expected to unveil the next iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: The question becomes whether or not Amazon is making any money at that price, and the answer is probably no. Of course, not making a profit is Amazon's primary business model, so we'll have to see where this goes.


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14:33
Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift...

Today's the last day for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain at $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


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14:30
Rocking All Over The World crowdsources rock history

Rocking All Over the World is a free app for iPhone and iPad that asks you to help crowdsource rock history. Everybody has their own experiences, memories, and pictures from events they've attended. This app asks everyone to share those things to...

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14:21
Apple Reportedly Working on Rewards Program for...

Apple will launch a "pilot program for merchant partnerships," according "multiple sources with knowledge of the program" cited by Bank Innovation. The financial industry magazine said the program could be a rewards program for shoppers tied to the mobile payment system the company is expected to launch during a media event on Tuesday, September 9th.


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14:15
Apple CarPlay ships first in Ferrari sports cars

Apple CarPlay is finally here—in a car that most of us will never drive. 

Ferrari's long-anticipated roll-out of its iPhone-car interface slowly began on Monday, with the delivery of a CarPlay-equipped sports car (the model was unspecified) to an unnamed "client" in Italy. He might have looked something like the gentleman in this clip from a video released by Ferrari today. 

Image: Ferrari

The typical older male Ferrari driver will use Apple CarPlay to make calls, messaging, and navigation safer while driving. 

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14:08
Report claims Apple expanding Boston office working...

According to a report from BetaBoston, Apple’s team in Boston working on its Siri speech recognition technology looks to be expanding as the company reportedly leases a new 13,000 square foot office. The report, which cites real estate sources, says the new office at One Broadway is in the Cambridge Innovation Center where Apple currently has a small team occupying two smaller offices:

The three realtors with whom I spoke all said they didn’t believe a build-out of the space had yet begun. Figuring about 200...

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14:00
BlueLounge Soba

BlueLounge has introduced Soba ($25), a new cable management system. The total Soba package contains a 10-foot fabric tube, two end caps, three mounting caps, one Y-split cap, five rubber bands, and one zipper tool. Soba can bundle up to three cables in its tubing, and it comes in black or white. The zipper tool is used to easily open the tube and secure the cables — it's not terribly intuitive at first, but there's a guide available on BlueLounge's…

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14:00
The Joy of Tech sums up Apple Event Essentials in...

Tomorrow is the big day. We finally get to see the iPhone 6 and will hopefully also get a peek at the future of Apple's wearable tech. Apple fans will be live blogging, chugging coffee, and refreshing like mad throughout the day feasting on...

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13:56
WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone updated w/ photo...

The latest update to the popular, Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger app for iPhone hit the App Store with a long list of new features for users including the ability to share slow-mo videos from the iPhone 5s and trim clips down right in the app without having to edit the video in the Photos app.

Chatting with photos also received improvements with the ability to add captions and snap and share photos even faster added. Improvements and changes to location sharing, app wallpapers, and new notification tones are included. The latest version also allows users to move chat logs and contact groups away to an archive. Complete list of changes below…...

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13:50
Rumor: Apple to release both 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch...

While no one knows exactly what Apple will announce at its media event tomorrow, the Europeans seem to have a few decent guesses. Per MacRumors, French web site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19th. That has been the...

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13:41
Apple rumored to launch loyalty rewards program...

Apple is reportedly looking to roll out a so-called "iWallet" loyalty program in cooperation with merchants and retailers that could be announced at Tuesday's special media event.



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13:30
War Memory: A Battle To Remember is somewhat...

War Memory: A Battle To Remember ranks among the most literal titles for any game in history. This game, which is free to users of iOS 6.0 (or later) on the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, takes the classic exercise of flipping over panels that display...

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13:20
Star Walk 2 for iOS Suffers a Myriad of User...

Star Walk 2 is the next generation of the venerable sky charting program by Vito Technology that was launched in 2008. This iOS app has been well received throughout the years, but the new release suffers from too many user interface and usability errors, and its does not fare well compared to the competition at the same price.


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13:09
5.5-inch iPhone to launch on Sept. 19 in limited...

The 5.5-inch iPhone -- possibly called the iPhone 6 Plus -- should ship alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 on September 19, says French site iGen. It's indicated however that quantities of the 5.5-inch model will be limited. Past reports have suggested that the phone has experienced production problems, and indeed the device has been seen in far fewer leaks than its 4.7-inch sibling....



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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

Countdown Me [iPhone;...

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12:55
Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS gets offline...

Google just announced a nice update for users of its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS: the ability to download both movies and television shows for offline playback without an internet connection. Google first released the app in January giving iPhone and iPad users access to its movies and TV shows streamed over WiFi. 

Google just announced the feature on Google+ and the updated app should be rolling out to the App Store any minute. Version 1.2.0 also brings bug fixes and improvements to accessibility and stability.

The Google Play...

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12:53
Leaked videos purport to show functioning iPhone 6...

With only a day left before Apple’s much-anticipated media event, an assortment of leaked new videos show off the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset along with a new Passbook icon and a video of the 5.5-inch model’s jumbo 2,915 mAH battery.

The videos, released via French web site Nowhereelse.fr and Chinese web site Miaopai, bring new elements to life about the battery, HomeKit and Health functionalities, near-field communication payment system, the overall look of the device, assorted camera parts and the larger battery, which would provide almost double the capacity of the current 1,560 mAH battery found in the iPhone 5s.

Apple is expected to show off the “iPhone 6,” as well as the anticipated wearable “...

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12:37
Amazon slashes subsidized price on Fire Phone to 99...

With hours to go before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, Amazon slashed the price on its first foray into the smartphone market, the Fire Phone, to just 99 cents with a new two-year service contract.



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12:32
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 14: Server...

A properly set up server should be able to run unattended, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it all the time. A good sysadmin knows to check in on the server on a regular basis, and in this final chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge suggests weekly, monthly, and annual maintenance tasks that will keep your server running smoothly. He also discusses some common issues that tend to crop up, and points to additional resources when you need somewhere to turn for help.

 

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12:32
Chapter 14 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

In the final streamed chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge shares server maintenance tips and points readers to additional resources for OS X Server sysadmins.

 

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12:30
Squiggle Racer's new world tour mode keeps you...

Squiggle Racer is back with a brand new world tour mode that adds hours of additional gameplay. The app is a deceptively difficult racing game that's wrapped up in an always nostalgic 8-bit design. The simple controls and easy instructions yet...

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12:26
PSA: Apple makes its Store events featuring famous...

Apple isn’t just blowing hot air when they talk about their stores being a vessel to enrich their customers’ lives. Stores play host to summer camp, One to One lessons, Genius Bar troubleshooting appointments, and even special events that explore various art forms.

These events take place at some of Apple’s most prestigious store locations and feature famous actors, musicians, and artists. Past guests include the fashion tycoon Tom Ford, actor Ty Burrell (Modern Family), and platinum selling rap star Kendrick Lamar.

Since these events are only held at a few...

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12:13
Twitter dives into official commerce test with...

Twitter appears to be diving deeper in to the pool of commerce as the social media company announced today that it was beginning a new test of a "buy" button. A previous version of the button appeared in small-batch testing that appeared in June and in a mock-up dating back to January, but it's only now being officially announced by Twitter....



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12:08
Apple Dedicates Home Page to iPhone 6 Countdown

Apple has dedicated its home page-one of the most highly-trafficked properties on the Internet-to counting down the hours and minutes until its September 9th media event. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, its first foray into wearables (a.k.a. "iWatch"), a mobile payment system, and a better look at new features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.


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12:07
China Mobile claims it knows iPhone 6 specs, but so...

Via GforGames, China Mobile is listing specs for the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 on its website. Whilst some of this information is obvious at this point, like screen size, other information is very specific. The site ostensibly claims the iPhone will use a quad-core A8 processor, will have some level of waterproofing and have a screen resolution of 1334×750. It also claims the device will be 7mm thin.

What’s questionable here is whether China Mobile is reporting ‘fact’ or simply guessing. Carriers have a track record of making up specs pages for future...

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12:00
What's in the mysterious white building? [Poll]

C'mon, you're all curious about what's in that mysterious temporary building that Apple built next to the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, the site of tomorrow's Apple event. In today's poll, we want to know what you...

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11:58
TiVo Mega Unabashedly Flaunts Its Enormity


TiVo pulled out all the stops at this year's CEDIA show, which typically features the biggest and flashiest new offerings in the world of home theater. Fifteen years after pioneering the DVR space, the company on Monday announced the TiVo Mega, which boasts 24 terabytes of recording space -- enough to store more than 26,000 hours of standard definition or 4,000 hours of high-definition video. It is aimed at the power user who may never want to delete anything and is willing to fork over $5,000 for the privilege.

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11:52
iTokens: Why it makes sense for Apple's rumored...

Apple is finally expected to announce its entry in the mobile payments arena alongside the "iPhone 6" at a media event on Tuesday in Cupertino, and rumors suggest that the new system will be based around tokenization for enhanced security. AppleInsider took a look at what that means for users.



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11:47
PDFpen Scan+ from Smile: Scan and OCR directly from...

PDFpen Scan+ offers scanning and OCR from your iPhone and iPad. Scan directly from your iPhone or iPad camera. Batch scanning is quick with post-process image editing. Scan cropping is fast and precise. With the new PDFpen Scan+ 1.4, you can automatically upload scans to Dropbox or PDFpen’s iCloud storage. After OCR, preview the results, then copy the text for use elsewhere. Share your scanned PDF, with embedded OCR text, by email or to your favorite cloud service. PDFpen Scan+ works on both your iPhone and your iPad, and it’s available on the App Store.

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11:30
Daily Deals for September 8, 2014, Last Chance To...

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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11:28
5.5-inch iPhone might be called 'iPhone 6 Plus...

The 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the iPhone 6 Plus, says Japanese site Macotakara. The site also suggests that the new iPhone lineup will come with the same color and storage options as the iPhone 5s, and casts doubt on whether there will be a 128GB model as has been rumored elsewhere. Largely discarded rumors once hinted that Apple might drop 16GB has an option, like some other smartphone makers are doing....



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11:14
Jack the Ripper finally revealed

Using cutting-edge techniques, Dr Louhelainen was able to extract 126-year-old DNA from the material and compare it to DNA from descendants of Eddowes and the suspect, with both proving a perfect match.

It’s hard to argue with DNA, but I’m sure there will be lots of explanations coming.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:11
Apple hyping up tomorrow’s event by forwarding...

We’re less than 24 hours away from Apple’s big iPhone 6, iWatch/iBand, and mobile payments event. Apple is continuing to raise hype for the event by forwarding its www.apple.com homepage to the actual live stream page for the event. We’ll know for sure tomorrow, but it seems like Apple believes it has several surprises in store for tomorrow. We’ll have a full news hub with the latest coverage before, during, and after the event tomorrow.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, De Anza College,...

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11:00
The iWatch is dead, long live the iWatch

Up until Apple officially unveils a wearable, this little beauty is a close as any of us have ever gotten to an Apple smartwatch. The 6th generation iPod nano is still a pretty impressive little device, and with the ability to view photos, track...

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10:59
TiVo to release 24TB Mega

TiVo, arguably the Cadillac of DVRs with support for streaming media services, is getting ready to roll out a big rig. The TiVo Mega, slated to ship early next year, will pack 24TB of hard disk space—eight times the storage on the TiVo Roamio Pro, the current top-of-the-line model. Put another way, that’s enough to stash more than three year’s worth of standard-definition television on one DVR.

The price is around $5,000.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:50
College Degree vs. Coding Experience: Which Matters...


Well it was another rough week here in the Linux blogosphere, thanks to the ongoing conflagration over Systemd. Linux Girl hasn't dared shed her flame-retardant cape yet -- just in case -- but was relieved when the conversation took a turn late in the week down at the blogosphere's seedy Broken Windows Lounge. More than a few bloggers were seeking some respite from the flames. "Does learning to code outweigh a degree in computer science?" was the question that got the proverbial ball rolling.

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10:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-08

Apple's big media event tomorrow may have a lot to interest the fashion industry, and it's looking more and more like NFC is finally coming to the iPhone. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's push into the fashion world, and they offer up their ideas on how they think NFC will play into the the company's plans.


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10:37
Universal Audio 1176 hardware vs. 1176 plug-in

For our latest shoot-out we thought we would have some fun and put the Universal Audio 1176LN limiter versus the UAD 1176LN plug-in to see which one you prefer, or maybe if you can’t tell the difference.

I find this stuff fascinating, especially with a company like Universal Audio. They have made some of the best hardware for years, but they also take great pains in making the software indistinguishable from the hardware.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:31
Twitter tests a “buy” button

Today we are beginning to test a new way for you to discover and buy products on Twitter. For a small percentage of U.S. users (that will grow over time), some Tweets from our test partners will feature a “Buy” button, letting you buy directly from the Tweet.

I don’t have a problem with this. We want to cut down the amount of clicks we have to go through to purchase things, so if I can buy directly within the app, why not.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
News: Report: Both iPhone 6 models to launch...

Both the 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 models will launch on Friday, September 19, according to iGen.fr. While the base model’s date is expected, considering past Apple timelines, it’s been unclear as to what the larger iPhone’s release date might be amidst reports of manufacturing delays. A June report did note both iPhones might be released at the same time, but numerous claims as to production issues have called a simultaneous…

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10:29
iCloud users get notification emails about sign-ins...

iCloud users are now getting email notifications whenever an Apple ID signs into iCloud.com for the first time from a new device. Each message includes a date and time stamp, and is meant to warn someone in case the login is actually by a hacker. The update is part of a series of planned security upgrades announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook....



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10:27
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 7.0 and Mailplane 3.3.

 

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10:21
Amazon Fire phone now $0.99

Amazon launched the phone July 25, and it was widely seen as a bit of a flop with slow usage growth, according to market research (Amazon hasn’t released any sales numbers).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:01
First vehicles with Apple’s CarPlay hit the road as...

Vehicles with Apple’s new CarPlay functionality are starting to hit the roads with Ferrari announcing today that it’s delivered its first batch of Ferrari FF models equipped with the new feature.

In Europe, they are bound for Germany, Great Britain, France and Switzerland while others have been dispatched to the United States and Japan… Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer and fun way to use iPhone in your car. An incredibly intuitive system, CarPlay allows you to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with a single word or touch of the central display.

Ferrari adds that the CarPlay feature will also be available on its new Ferrari...

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10:00
TUAW Liveblog of the Apple Event 9/9 starts at 12:45...

Tomorrow's going to be, in the words of Star Trek's Mr. Spock, "fascinating". Nobody really has any idea what Tim Cook and friends are going to announce, although we're pretty sure that something that looks, feels and works like an iPhone should be...

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09:52
5.5" 'iPhone 6' said to launch in...

Apple fans clamoring for the anticipated 5.5-inch version of Apple's "iPhone 6" may not have to wait long, as a new report claims that the "phablet" model will launch alongside the 4.7-inch version on Sept. 19, though quantities could be limited at launch



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09:49
News: New iPhone names: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

A new report claims that Apple will name its new iPhones the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The 4.7” model would get the regular iPhone 6 name, while iPhone 6 Plus would be the 5.5” model, according to Macotakara. It’s also noted that the lineup will feature the same colors as the 5s, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options — whether there’s an 128GB model is unknown. While the report’s accuracy is unclear, we first suggested…

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09:48
Apps: Parallels Desktop, Sibelius, Mailplane
09:47
Zoom iQ6 XY Stereo Microphone for iPhone + iPad

Zoom's iQ5 brought a higher-quality stereo microphone solution to Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches -- at least, ones without cases. Now there's iQ6 ($100), which for the same price adds case compatibility and separately swiveling unidirectional condenser microphones to a package that's similar to iQ5 in size. Mostly made from silver plastic, iQ6 has two metal microphones on its front, each capable of being turned to transform a…

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09:45
What to expect at Apple’s big September 9 event

The iPhone 5S (left) compared to what is allegedly the front glass from the next iPhone.

Marques Brownlee

After a year of minimalistic updates and the resurrection of old products, Apple is finally ready to make its first big hardware announcements of 2014...

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09:37
Report claims that both 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6...

iGen.fr, who has proved reliable in the past with Apple launch dates, is now claiming that sources informed the site that the new iPhones will launch on the 19th. This is generally to be expected, following historical patterns. Apple traditionally puts new iPhones on sale the Friday the week after the announcement. This year, everyone seems convinced that the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will be on sale then.

The release schedule of the 5.5 inch model is less clear. Some, citing supply constraints, have said that the 5.5 inch model (most recently dubbed the iPhone 6 Plus) will not launch for a couple more months. However, a consensus on this has not really been reached....

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09:19
Rumor: Apple's next-gen handsets will be named...

With Apple widely expected to introduce the "iPhone 6" in two different screen sizes on Tuesday, a new rumor claims the 4.7-inch model will be given the basic moniker, while the larger 5.5-inch variant will allegedly be known as the "iPhone 6 Plus."



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09:10
Liveblog: Apple talks iPhone, iOS, and wearables...

Apple's next event is nearly upon us.

Apple

Apple has had a very quiet 2014. Aside from its announcements at WWDC, it hasn't made any major product introductions, and even WWDC was mostly previews of things that would be released in the fall.

That's all set to change tomorrow morning, when Apple takes the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in its hometown of Cupertino, CA. We've already talked at length about what to expect from the company, but the short list includes at least one new, larger iPhone, the public release date for iOS 8, and the...

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09:08
Macotakara: 4.7-inch iPhone called ‘iPhone 6′, 5.5-...

While we seem to know all about the features in the new iPhone and the new design, something still left up in the Air are the names of the new phones. While some have long-referred to the new devices as the “iPhone 6″ or the “iPhone Air,” no outright claims have been made about the names until a new report today. According to Macotakara, the 4.7-inch model will be known as “iPhone 6″ while the 5.5-inch version will be called the “iPhone 6 Plus.” Apple has not used the “Plus” suffix for a product since the “Mac Plus“, so that would be a first for an iOS device....

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09:07
Adam Levine tweets from an iPhone less than a week...

Apparently his iPhone has escaped the ‘ceremonial burning’

Indeed.

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09:02
Creative Cloud video apps update with Retina/HiDPI...

Adobe has announced updates to the slate of video production apps on Creative Cloud. Perhaps the most significant is support for Retina/HiDPI resolutions in OS X and Windows. Adobe has also added support for AJA RAW files though, and improved performance, particularly in Masking and Tracking, and (via GPU acceleration) when viewing 4K and UltraHD footage taken from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW, and RED R3D files....



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09:00
GameStop will soon offer Cricket Wireless 4G service

Popular game retailer and reseller GameStop will soon offer no-contract wireless service to customers in the United States, expanding the company's reach into mobile. 2,800 GameStop stores in the U.S. will begin offering both phones and 4G service...

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09:00
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

We’ve extended our iLounge Deal on The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course to give you one last chance to pre-order this great package for only $79! At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order…

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08:57
Apple now emailing users when iCloud accessed via Web

In the wake of last week’s theft of celebrity photos, Apple has started beefing up security for its iCloud service. The move, part of improvements also promised by Apple CEO Tim Cook last week, comes just a day before one of the company’s biggest events of the year.

On the Web, iCloud's advanced account settings allow you to log out all currently logged in sessions.

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08:25
Spigen Capsule, Neo Hybrid / EX + Ultra Hybrid for...

Another collection of new Spigen cases for the 4.7" iPhone 6 has arrived, again including variations on previously-introduced models for earlier devices. Capsule ($15) is a soft TPU plastic case that wraps around the iPhone 6, covering virtually all of its body save for the screen, bottom ports, and side ringer switch. Ultra Hybrid ($25) combines a clear hard plastic back with an opaque edge in your choice of colors, achieving the same protection…

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08:24
8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

Apple's big media event is set to start tomorrow, September 9, at 10 AM pacific time. What can you expect to see when CEO Tim Coom and company takes the stage? Read on to see some of The Mac Observer's predictions.


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08:22
Spigen Slim Armor / S + Tough Armor / S for iPhone 6

Continuing its bet that Apple's upcoming 4.7" iPhone will match previously-leaked dimensions, Spigen has released Slim Armor ($30), Slim Armor S ($30), Tough Armor ($35), and Tough Armor S ($35) for iPhone 6. The four cases are highly similar to one another, as each version includes hard and soft plastic layers that come together to cover most of the new iPhone's body. Slim Armor has soft corner curves versus Tough Armor's more angular edges, as the…

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08:19
Apple now emails users whenever their iCloud account...

As part of its efforts to beef up iCloud security and prevent unauthorized access, Apple now by default sends users an email when someone has logged into their iCloud account through a traditional Web browser.



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08:00
If Apple announces a wearable that's not...

It'll be genius*. In no small part because, as of right now, no one has reported seeing a single millimeter of the device. If Apple shows off what it has been cooking but delays manufacture until later this year, it will also be one of the bigger...

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07:58
Leak, schematics may offer first glimpse at iWatch...

A poster on Reddit is claiming to have obtained both CAD schematics and some specific details about the iWatch. The schematics include elements like a rectangular shell, a speaker assembly, and a round PCB. As features go, the person says the watch will have a flexible multitouch screen that will "add a new dimension to the UI," and that it will support Siri input via a built-in microphone. The device will allegedly forego physical ports in favor of wireless sync, contributing in part to its being waterproof to a depth of 20m....



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07:50
Apple now sending email notifications when users...

Apple is now sending emails to users when they log in to iCloud.com. This is part of Apple’s latest security upgrades to iCloud, which Tim Cook announced late last week. In the interview, Cook said Apple planned to launch the feature within two weeks, but obviously it has been deployed much sooner. The notification is supposed to act as a warning for users, to detect account infiltrations as early as possible. Supposedly, these emails will only be sent once, the first time an account logs in to a particular device, so it shouldn’t spam your inbox with login notifications.

The change comes...

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07:39
First look: Metawatch's iPhone-connected Meta...

With Apple expected to announce its entrance into the wearable devices market on Tuesday, established smartwatch maker Metawatch is looking to differentiate itself from the rest of the herd with the new Meta M1.



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07:32
News: iWatch schematics reveal boxy body?

A Reddit user has posted (via 9to5Mac) alleged schematics of Apple’s iWatch, showing what appears to be a rounded rectangular body and circular bottom sensor opening. The renderings are consistent with Apple designs, although the chassis is nowhere near as futuristic as has been postulated over the last year or so. While there’s no definitive proof that these images represent the iWatch, the detailed schematics are marked with the name…

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07:13
Apple's NFC payment system to use tokenization...

Apple's NFC-based mobile payments system will use tokenization, sources claim. The technology involves substituting debit and credit card numbers with complex, one-time codes. In theory this ensures that even if transaction data is intercepted, it can't be used again. Tokens also have potential beyond payments, extending to areas like transit passes or physical security....



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07:06
ExtraBITS for 8 September 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, we have details on how to watch Apple’s September 9th product announcement, along with information about your personal Apple support page and a list of mistakes that cause iOS apps to be rejected. In other news, Twitpic is shutting down after 6 years, and Verizon is settling with the FCC over privacy violations.

 

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07:02
Leaked CAD Renderings Claim to Show iWatch Design

What looks like a set of CAD renderings for Apple's rumored iWatch have surfaced, showing the body design, biometric sensor panel, and more. The device is expected to be announced at the iPhone and iPad maker's special media event on Tuesday, September 9, along with the iPhone 6.

The Mac Observer Spin: If the CAD renderings are legit, Apple is designing a smart watch that looks a lot like the square iPod nano. That doesn't seem as sleek or sexy as a round design, but maybe that's what Apple needs to fit all of the components in the case. Regardless of what form factor the iWatch takes, it's clear there's a lot of pent up interest in Apple's entrance into the wearable tech market.


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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Not a creature was stirring...

Gadget nerds, bloggers, rumormongers, analysts, tech pundits, Samsung's design and engineering teams... all eyes in the tech world will be on Apple this week.

It's the eve of Apple's long-awaited Fall 2014 event. All of my friends, even the...

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06:59
Adobe updates Creative Cloud video apps w/ HiDPI...


Adobe is announcing a number of updates across for its Creative Cloud desktop apps today with the highlight being a refreshed UI across almost all of its video products. One thing in specific for Mac users caught our eye, however, and that’s HiDPI support for Macs...

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06:55
Celebrities Are Fools to Use Apple Products


"Celebrities are stupid" seems to be the message Apple delivered last week as it attempted to recover from the release of an impressive number of nude pictures of celebrities on the Web. Fans of BlackBerry, which used to be the preferred platform for celebrities, had a field day over this. I've often pointed out both that Apple has the most loyal customer base and that without Jobs, it seems clear it has no clue how to protect it. You don't throw your most valuable customers under the bus.

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06:49
∞ iWatch speculation

Two iWatch speculation essays with some added Loop commentary.

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06:34
News: Latest iPhone 6 roundup: videos, battery,...

A number of recent iPhone 6 reports have surfaced in recent days, with little time left before Apple is set to unveil its newest smartphone tomorrow. YouTube user PhoneEvaluation posted a video review of the alleged iPhone 6: in it, a man compares the device to the iPhone 5s, and shows a number of the new phone’s well-documented design features and physical details. More short videos allegedly showing Apple’s latest phone in action have…

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06:31
External Link: Watch Apple’s September 9th...

Apple’s next big media event is set for 9 September 2014 at 10 AM PDT, and you can watch it live in Safari for Mac and iOS (or likely any other Web browser) or in the Apple TV’s Apple Events app. If you’re busy at that time, the recording usually remains available afterwards. Apple is expected to announce new iPhone models, and other possibilities include updated iPads, the much-rumored smartwatch, and a Apple TV refresh. And, although we’d be surprised to see it mentioned during this event, the Mac mini is long overdue for an update.

 

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06:22
More videos claim to show functioning 4.7"...

With just over a day to go before Apple's highly anticipated media event, a slew of new videos from China claim to again show off functioning 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" units, complete with a new credit card toting Passbook icon. And yet another video offers a peek at a 2,915 mAh battery expected to power the jumbo-sized 5.5-inch iPhone.



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06:16
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple, NFC, and payment systems

Jean-Louis Gassée weighs in on the potential for Apple to introduce an iPhone 6 with some form of payment system tomorrow.

If Apple does introduce the ability to use a near field communication enabled iPhone 6 as part of a larger payment system, will a transaction fee be part of the model, or will the added value to the ecosystem be enough?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
Alleged leak of iWatch component drawings &...


A set of images have appeared online today (via Reddit) allegedly showing CAD drawings for various components of Apple’s yet to be announced wearable product. The images, which include a watermark from one of Apple’s longtime manufacturing partners Quanta, show various mic and speaker components that look to be right for a watch-like device, but the poster adds more details in a description of the photos. According to the leak, Apple’s wearable will have a mic, speaker, Siri, and a “flexible, multi-touch screen will add a new dimension to the UI.” It’s also worth noting that Quanta was one of Apple’s...

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06:00
Where To? updated with loads of new features

Where To? (currently on sale for US$1.99) has always been one of my favorite points of interest (POI) apps. The older version I fell in love with has now been put to rest and a completely rewritten version has hit the App Store with many desirable...

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05:59
Vague schematics & details hint at mic, speaker...

A set of screenshots posted to social sharing site Reddit on Monday purport to show engineering drawings of parts destined for Apple's upcoming wearable device -- including a speaker assembly, rectangular case, and round PCB --?while the poster claims the device will be waterproof and ship in eight different SKUs.



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05:58
Rumor Claims Apple Placing NFC Sensors in Disney...

Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

The Mac Observer Spin: As we get closer to tomorrow's media event, it seems even more certain that Apple is finally embracing NFC. What we don't know yet is if it'll be in the iPhone, iWatch, or both.


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05:47
One third of Americans have improved their online...

A YouGov survey of more than 1,000 American consumers commissioned by security company Tresorit found that just over a third of them have taken steps to beef-up their online security in response to the iCloud hacks.

The most common response was to change passwords for stronger ones, with 13 percent creating different passwords for each online service and 6 percent enabling two-step verification … 

The celebrity nudes obtained from iCloud appear to have been accessed as a result of conventional attacks rather than anything iCloud-specific, an ...

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05:41
Hands on: Blue Mikey Digital add-on microphone

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some time made a Mikey clip-in microphone for 30-pin iOS devices that significantly enhanced the sound quality of recordings. The company has now brought out a new model - the Mikey Digital - designed for Lightning-based devices, and introduced a few new tricks in the process. While not the equal of Blue's more expensive desktop mics, it is a godsend for on-the-go recording....



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05:34
Spotify brings video advertising, sponsored sessions...

Spotify will soon be showing video-based advertising to listeners of its free service. The streaming music company has revealed it will start airing the videos to its free users shortly, with both desktop and mobile app users set to see the clips, though marketers will have a few options for how their advertizing efforts get utilized by the service....



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05:20
Video from IFA: Fraunhofer brings 4K TV to tablets

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05:10
Spotify app to offer 30 mins of ad-free listening if...

Spotify currently offers you a choice: pay ten bucks a month to listen without ads, or listen for free but have your music interrupted by audio ads. Those using the iOS or Android app will be offered a third option later this year: watch a 15-30 second video ad in return for 30 minutes of ad-free listening.

Known as Sponsored Sessions, the idea is that advertisers get the ability to run video ads for the first time, while the experience is made relatively painless for consumers by guaranteeing 30 minutes of uninterrupted listening afterwards.

Spotify began pitching the option to advertisers back in June, and Ad Age reports that a number of major advertisers have now signed-up.

Spotify will start testing the video ads in the fourth quarter with a limited...

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04:40
With one day to go, a flurry of additional iPhone 6...

In the final run-up to the official launch of the iPhone 6, we’ve been seeing a number of videos of what appear to be the real thing. With just one day to go, Miaopai has just posted no fewer than 17 short videos claiming to show the Chinese version of the iPhone 6 in use.

We don’t learn anything from them we didn’t already know, but they do give a sense of that the size of the 4.7-inch phone is like to use in practice.

French site NWE has also re-posted video of what it says is the battery from...

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03:49
Sprint extends LTE network by partnering with rural...

Sprint has expanded the area its LTE service operates in, by working with smaller carriers. The company has increased the number of carriers included within its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program by 15, with the program's 27 carriers expanding Sprint's service in 27 states, over 565,000 square miles, and to more than 38 million people....



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Sunday September 7

21:48
Apple reportedly planning to implement tokenization...

We may finally have a reason for why Apple Stores and some other stores are installing new NFC payment...

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21:00
Geekbench 3.2

I'm excited to announce that Geekbench 3.2, the latest version of our popular cross-platform benchmark, is now available for download.

The most visible change in Geekbench 3.2 is the redesigned result view. The redesign both improves the legibility and increases the information density of the benchmark results, especially on mobile devices.

Geekbench 3.2 also adds support for 32-bit ARMv8 processors on Android. Geekbench has been recompiled to take advantage of the new instruction set, and the AES and SHA-1 workloads have been updated to use the new cryptography instructions. When Android devices with ARMv8 processors arrive in the fall Geekbench 3.2 will be able to measure their full performance potential.

Geekbench 3.2 is a free upgrade for all Geekbench 3 users.

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