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Tuesday September 16

06:44
Arlington County, Virginia to provide MacBook Air...

Arlington County is one of the largest counties in Virginia in terms of population. In a nice win for Apple, the school board announced that every single student in the county will be receiving a brand new MacBook Air. The rollout will start this year, with laptops provided to all 9th graders.

As it turns out, 9th grade is when the Computer Science track starts in Arlington, a good year to make sure that every student has equal access to the technology required to learn programming. The current curriculum is based on older Windows machines.

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06:37
News: Apple’s iPhone 6 NFC chip restricted to Apple...

Apple’s NFC chips in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be restricted to use of the company’s Apple Pay mobile payment system. The information was reportedly confirmed in an email from an Apple spokeswoman to Cult of Mac. While most smartphones with NFC chips allow the use of NFC for a number of possibilities — including easy pairing of Bluetooth devices — that won’t be the case in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple will…

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06:30
Elegently manage your ideas with ClipUp

ClipUp is one of the many apps that takes a page from Pinterest's design and concept, but it has much more to offer in the way of functionality. You have everything you need to manage your ideas, plans and to-dos. Upload photos, take notes, link to...

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06:13
Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

The follow-up to Smoke 2013, Autodesk's Smoke 2015 aims to improve on the original video editing software. While it introduces a new Timeline FX workflow and integrated 3D tracker alongside other new features and performance upgrades, is it enough to make users switch to the latest edition? Read our review of Smoke 2015 to find out....



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06:11
Apple: iPhone 6 NFC Just for Apple Pay

The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be used only for Apple Pay, making it hands-off for third party developers. That means other uses, like proximity-based device pairing, is off the table for now.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's unfortunate Apple chose to block third-party developers from using the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The chip could be used for much more than just credit card payments, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that Apple will open NFC to other developers at some point.


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06:00
Paper by 53 introduces Mix, a community for sharing...

Paper by FiftyThree is getting a whole lot more social today as the popular sketching app for iPad launches Mix, a community platform for sharing creations made in Paper. Mix allows users to share and view other sketches made in Paper on the web or right in the app.

With Mix, Paper uses can follow other creators, adding sketches to your own journal, view iterations of sketches, “star” ideas for viewing in a collection, and open sketches on the web. Probably the best feature of Mix is being able to use someone else’s sketch for inspiration for your own. You can jump right into a sketch found on Mix and add your own ideas and creations.

As part of the debut of Mix, 9to5Mac and FiftyThree will be giving away two...

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05:51
Review: ZeroChroma Folio Slide for iPad mini

Folio-Slide builds upon the VarioSC case-slash-stand we previously loved for iPad minis and iPad Airs. Using a combination of soft TPU and hard plastic, the matte black VarioSC covered almost all of those iPads, adding an incredible flip-out rear stand to their backs. While only modestly thickening the devices, and adding very little weight, ZeroChroma enabled each iPad to stand upright on your choice of reclining angles, supporting a wide variety…

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05:50
I strongly prefer Android, so why did I pre-order an...

Nick Pierno is a longtime Android user. What would make him even consider switching?

It just kinda bums me out how mediocre all my photos and videos are. Not to mention all the missed opportunities from slow autofocus, bad low light sensing, etc. I know, I know.. woe is me. But if I can, I’d like to look back on the next 5 years with a bit more fidelity.

I’ve also been stricken with a bit of a bum rap this past year. I have an illness that has kept me stuck at home and in beds/bathrooms/waiting rooms/etc. a lot more than usual. This results in increased phone use, and of course, battery drain. Well… turns out the Nexus 5, despite being a truly outstanding phone, isn’t a champion of endurance.

There’s a lot more to this piece. Interesting to see how an Android user views the iPhone. One thing that is quite clear is that the move to a larger screen has opened up the potential audience for Apple.

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05:43
Major Chinese business paper claims iPhone 6 won’t...

Bloomberg is quoting a report from the major Chinese business paper 21st Century Business Herald that the iPhone 6 may not go on sale in China this year due to regulatory delays. Apple was unable to confirm a launch date in the country.

Apple may have to wait until next year to get approval for new iPhones in China after failing to reach agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology this month, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today, citing an unidentified person close to Apple.

Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Apple, said she couldn’t provide a date for the China release. “China is a key market for us and we will get here as soon as possible,” Wu...

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05:30
Embrace a lack of productivity by scoring big in...

Nerf Hoops is a free game for iPhone and iPad geared around getting a basketball in a hoop despite all obstacles. Perhaps that's an oversimplification, but that's not a bad thing because as Flappy Bird once demonstrated the simplest games can be the...

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05:29
Opinion: Battery life should dictate Apple Watch...

As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue t...



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05:00
Soft Super-Suit Could Make Soldiers Stronger


A new, flexible robotic suit funded by the U.S. military's DARPA could enable soldiers to walk longer distances with less fatigue and also improve mobility for disabled civilians. Called the "Soft Exosuit," the biologically inspired device is made of flexible textiles woven together into a piece of smart clothing that is pulled on like a pair of pants and intended to be worn under a soldier's regular gear. The suit mimics the action of the wearer's leg muscles and tendons when walking and provides small, carefully timed assistance.

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04:46
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, a wireless ultra-...

Moving to a paperless life three years ago was an immensely liberating experience. Not only did I free up space by getting rid of a filing cabinet, but I had fast, easy access to all my paperwork no matter where I happened to be. Documents I need access to on the move are stored on my iPhone and iPad. Virtually all that is left in paper form is my passport and driving license.

One key aspect of living paperlessly is scanning any paper documents as soon as they arrive, which is done using a Fujitsu ScanSnap portable scanner. Portability wasn’t the driver for me – I just loved the tiny footprint, allowing me to keep it on my desk permanently while losing next to no desk-space.

Fujitsu has today launched an updated model, this one offering wifi as well as wired scanning, including direct to iPhone and iPad. I’ve been trying it out for the past couple of weeks so that I...

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04:14
Apple limiting developer access to NFC initially, as...

It’s been reported that Apple will not make access to the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 generally available to developers in the first year. A new report says that an Apple spokesperson has confirmed that the chip is for use with Apple Pay only. But that’s likely only temporary…

During the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple specifically referenced using NFC to unlock hotel doors at Starwood resorts – expected to be seen in the spring – suggesting only that Apple will initially be selective in granting access to the chip.

This doesn’t mean other developers won’t be able to access the chip in future. Touch ID was initially limited to unlocking the phone and authorizing iTunes purchases before...

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04:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Six-y thoughts

Six-y Thoughts

Most of the leading makers of iOS accessories aren't quite ready to ship items to go with your new iPhone 6—but some are ready to talk about the items they'll soon be selling to accommodate Apple's latest. Plus, we even have a few accessories ready to be used right now.

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The $35 togoDock is billed as “the world's first magnetically-integrated portable dock and charge cable.” The idea? To “turn just about any surface into a portable iPhone dock.” It comes with a Lightning and USB connector, has embedded magnets to dock the iPhone in place, and a disc mount so that a mount can be created anywhere—as long as it's on a vertical or horizontal surface.

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02:09
Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI...

In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions.

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01:28
Apple to limit iPhone 6 NFC to Apple Pay, restrict...

According to a report on Monday, Apple is restricting developer access to the NFC module found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, limiting the component to first-party Apple Pay services only.

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00:31
Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

snydeq writes: Faster innovation, better security, new markets — the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit, writes Peter Wayner. "In recent years, creators of programming languages have gone out of their way to get their code running on as many different computers as possible. This has meant open-sourcing their tools and doing everything they could to evangelize their work. Apple has never followed the same path as everyone else. The best course may be to open up Swift to everyone, but that doesn't mean Apple will. Nor should we assume that giving us something for free is in Apple's or (gasp) our best interests. The question of open-sourcing a language like Swift is trickier than it looks."

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Monday September 15

23:37
Free iTunes U2 album now up to 'record-breaking...

Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift, Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired....



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21:50
Cook: Consumers 'are not our product,'...

During more of the interview for PBS' "Charlie Rose" show, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the thorny issue of user privacy, with Cook coming out strongly differentiating Apple from other companies, noting that Apple "tries not to collect data." Cook said he believes users "have a right to privacy," and used the issue to reiterate that Apple was not cooperating with US government spying programs....



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21:01
Smart driving assistant Automatic partnering with...

Automatic Labs and Ford Motors are announcing today a new partnership to bring the Automatic Link accessory to more people and add more functionality to the platform. Ford Motors and Automatic Labs will work together to develop features to both the Automatic platform and Ford Sync, the automaker’s in-car infotainment system.

By integrating with Ford’s Sync platform, for example, Automatic users will be able to connect the in-car Sync button to the popular If This Then That automatic service. This turns the push-to-talk button into a one push button for a variety of programmable automation tasks in the car. The two companies say more enhancements will roll out soon through the partnership....

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20:13
Epson debuts new PowerLite Home Cinema, Pro Cinema...

Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000....



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19:30
T-Mobile confirms it will upgrade 'Test Drive...

US carrier T-Mobile is still running its "Test Drive" promotion, which offers to send a no-obligation iPhone 5s and a week's worth of access to non-customers to help them evaluate if they want to switch networks. On Monday, the carrier acknowledged that it will be upgrading the "test drive" iPhones to iOS 8 beginning just days after its debut on September 17. The company also said it will eventually move to the iPhone 6 as its default model for the "test drive" promotion, pending sufficient availability....



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19:29
Sprint revamps prepaid program, now available in...

Today, a new series of tiered offerings for prepaid cellular plans were announced by Sprint. Inspired by the changing needs of wireless consumers and the need to be competitive against AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering plans in a different way than was announce earlier in the year. Plans have been simplified to three different base plans, giving consumers the amount of data they need....



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18:15
Crowdfunding Critic: Mass Fidelity Core wireless...

Welcome to another edition of the Crowdfunding Critic, an article series where Electronista and MacNN staff look at some interesting projects being crowdfunded through sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. While we believe these devices to be appealing or useful at some level, please note that the article isn't an endorsement of the project or campaign. With any crowdfunding campaign, there are inherent risks involved. As such, we ask our readers to research the items they may be contributing to since it's an investment. In this week's edition, we take a look at The Core wireless speaker syste...



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18:00
Health trials using Apple's HealthKit about to...

Apple's HealthKit is one of the most exciting aspects of iOS 8, but when it launches, the app's focus will be mainly on fitness rather than longterm health. HealthKit still has a long way to go before its full potential is realized, but work is...

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17:34
Apple joins data-security industry group ahead of...

Apple is now a member of a non-profit trade association made up of mostly financial institutions, cellular carriers and software and hardware developers devoted to improving security in applications, transactions, data and cryptography. The group, GlobalPlatform says its objective is to "create a standardized infrastructure that accelerates the deployment" of secure software and data, "protecting them from physical or software attacks." Most of Apple's carrier and financial partners in Apple Pay are also members....



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17:29
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money

Apple CEO Tim Cook has some advice for those concerned about privacy and your data: follow the money. In an interview with Charlie Rose posted to YouTube on Monday (embedded below the fold), Mr. Cook made an impassioned argument that Apple makes its profit from selling goods, rather than selling you.


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17:00
iOS 8's Favorites & Recents: A fast way to...

In our countdown to September 17 -- the day iOS 8 will be released to the public -- we've been covering a lot of the features of the new mobile operating system. One of my personal favorites so far is "Favorites and Recents", a fast and easy way to...

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16:30
Sir, I don't think we service that device any...

In the age of Retina displays and App Stores, Apple's MessagePad -- lovingly referred to as the "Newton," after its OS -- isn't a terribly capable device. It was axed from the company's lineup shortly after Steve Jobs returned to the company, but...

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16:24
Tim Cook talks consumer privacy, diversity and Apple...

In the second segment of a two-part interview with Charlie Rose, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses privacy issues, workplace diversity, Apple's driving philosophy and the company's tie-up with rock band U2.

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16:15
Tim Cook talks privacy in part two of Charlie Rose...

The first clip of part two of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose has posted tonight with a segment on Apple and privacy. In the interview, Cook discussed the privacy of user data using Apple services as Apple has mentioned in the past.

We’re not reading your email, we’re not reading your iMessages. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have the key.

Cook also discussed how Apple’s approach to Apple Pay, its new mobile payment system, emphasizing that Apple is in the business of selling iPhones, not user information like other companies. Cook commented strongly that he is “offended” by the practices of some other companies. The shot at...

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16:00
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

Province [iPad; Now...

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15:38
Apple likely using six-core GPU in A8 SoC for iPhone...

An analysis of the claims of Apple and leaked benchmarks with regards to the graphics performance and technologies in the new A8 chip that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus indicates that Apple has likely moved to a new PowerVR GPU. The most likely candidate is the six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650 made by Imagination. Apple is also likely using a revised version of the Cyclone architecture, first used in the A7, to manage graphics processing....



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15:38
Amazon Offers 16GB iPad Air for $427

Amazon is offering Apple's 16GB iPad Air for US$427.25, a 14 percent discount of the $499 list. Apple is expected to update its iPad line in the next few weeks-which is no doubt why Amazon is discounting them now-but if you need to buy a new iPad, this is one of the best prices I've seen. There aren't many left as of this writing, so grab one while you can.


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15:30
Connnecticut AG asks Apple CEO Tim Cook to address...

Connecticut's Attorney General, George Jepsen, has issued a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, asking the company to explain how the Apple Watch will collect and store data. Jepsen asks, for instance, "whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded," and "if and how Apple will review application privacy policies to ensure that users' health information is safeguarded." Other concerns include consent, the specific types of data the watch and its apps will collect, and guideline...



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15:30
Never forget important events with Birthday Board...

Let's be honest with ourselves. We'd forget 90% of our loved ones' birthdays if it wasn't for Facebook. If you are like me and you don't check Facebook every day, you're probably still forgetting 50% them. Birthday Board Premium, US$1.99 in the App...

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15:24
Apple begins shipping iPhone 6 Plus units out of...

We can confirm via several different people who ordered the device—including some of the 9to5Mac staff—that Apple has begun shipping iPhone 6 Plus units to customers. As expected, looking up these shipments with their UPS tracking numbers (or, in this case, reference number) reveals expected delivery dates of September 19th, the very same day that the phone is expected to start appearing in stores across the US.

This comes following the surfacing of actual working units of Apple’s new flagship in China and Vietnam earlier today, just days short of the device’s official US release date (via Dan Tri). Supposedly, a reporter for the Associated Press spotted the devices and managed to confirm...

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15:11
PayPal questions Apple Pay security in new ad, uses...

Ahead of Apple's Apple Pay release, mobile and online payments stalwart PayPal on Monday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times, warning consumers of Apple's security practices by alluding to the recent leak of photos stolen from celebrity iCloud accounts.

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15:08
Apple Offers U2 Removal Tool for People Angry about...

Apple on Monday released SOI Removal, a one-click tool for removing Songs of Innocence, the free U2 album the company gave its customers. This was necessary, apparently, because a vocal number of entitled, narcissistic gits found whinging about free music easier than ignoring it, hiding it, or...gasp...not downloading it.


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15:00
Reviews: Autodesk Smoke 2015

Since May of this year, Autodesk has been shipping the highly anticipated update to its high-end post-production video editing suite, Smoke 2015 for Mac (Smoke 2015 Extension 1 will be released on October 22). The latest edition features improved integration with Final Cut Pro X, a new Timeline FX workflow, integrated 3D tracker and support for UltraStudio Thunderbolt devices, to name a few. Not o ......

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14:58
Is It Time to Cleave Linux in Two?


Fires may be easy to start, but putting them out is a different matter. Case in point: the Systemd inferno. What started a few weeks ago as a relatively straightforward controversy over an oft-debated technology Visit the VMware Tech Center has now virtually blown up in Linux fans' faces. The latest flareup? None other than the suggestion that Linux be split in two. "I'd argue that to some degree it has already happened," began Google+ blogger Kevin O'Brien. "RHEL is very big in data centers, but who runs it as a desktop?"

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14:31
With eye on Apple Pay, Apple joins secure chip...

Ahead of the iPhone 6 debut, Apple's first device to incorporate NFC and Apple Pay, the company has become a full paying member of GlobalPlatform, an association looking to standardize infrastructure relating to secure applications and smart chip technology.

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14:30
Stay adorably in tempo with Petronome

Petronome is a free app that offers itself as a standard metronome with animal noises instead of the typical click sounds. This app seems to target children studying music because the noises are very playful. The incentive to download this app as a...

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14:27
PayPal takes a swipe at Apple Pay security over...

PayPal appears to be calling out Apple and its newly announced mobile payment service Apple Pay with an ad appearing in The New York Times print edition (via Pando Daily) indirectly reminding people of last month’s disastrous iCloud photo leak when a list of celebrities found their personal photos an intimate situations published on the web. The ad reads “We the people want our money safer than our selfies,” but PayPal isn’t without its own security issue ...

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14:22
The promise of the air bag

Retro Report:

How did cars become “computers on wheels,” so automated that some are about to start driving themselves? The story begins forty-five years ago with a quest to make cars safer and the battle over the air bag.

The piece starts off talking about the fight to get air bags into cars but ends with some chilling thoughts on “cars of the future” and how they will collect, collate and disseminate data.

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14:10
iPhone 6, 6 Plus spotted in public in China, Vietnam

Photos from websites in China and Vietnam show what are claimed to be completed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, even though the products are only officially shipping on Friday. In Vietnam the devices are said to have been spotted in a Red River restaurant by an Associated Press reporter. To gauge their authenticity, the reporter tested apps like Messages and Siri. Chinese images of the phones stem from people on MacX's forums....



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14:00
How do launch numbers for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy...

Some rivalries will never die -- chocolate vs peanut butter, Yankees vs Red Sox, and iPhone vs Android, just to name a few. With the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, many Android users took to the Internet to loudly exclaim how...

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13:57
It costs 1.6 cents to make one penny because of the...

Quartz:

It now costs 1.6 cents to produce each US one cent coin due to the high price of zinc, which makes up 97% of each coin, according to the Wall Street Journal. President Obama has proposed phasing out pennies and nickels (5-cent pieces) on numerous occasions, including in the 2015 budget, but Congress has yet to bite.

It’s one of those things we all know but inertia seems to keep America from getting rid of this useless coin.

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13:52
Stanford, Duke University Start Apple HealthKit...

Stanford University Hospital and Duke University are both ramping up for patient trials for Apple's HealthKit platform in iOS 8, and they're working with medical device makers to link health data into HealthKit so it can be transmitted to doctors. Stanford is testing HealthKit-based technology with pediatric patients who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, and Duke University is tracking weight and blood pressure for cancer and heart disease patients.

The Mac Observer Spin: Hospitals and major health clinics tend to move relatively slowly when adopting new technology to make sure it's safe and accurate, so don't expect to see HealthKit become an overnight success. That said, if Apple can keep the interest of medical centers associated with big names like Stanford and Duke, it could become the name in remote personal medical data collection.

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13:33
News: Apple names Apple Watch execs, now hiring...

With the unveiling of the Apple Watch last week, Apple has announced new executive appointments to the Apple Watch team, as well as putting out a job listing for Apple Watch software engineers. Stan Ng, former Senior Director of iPhone Product Marketing, has been promoted to VP of Product Marketing for Apple Watch, while Dr. Michael O’Reilly has been named VP of Medical Technology. Stan Ng has been with Apple in various senior marketing roles…

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13:31
Medical Trials to Test Usefulness of Apple's...


Stanford and Duke Universities reportedly will use Apple's HealthKit in medical trials.
Doctors at Stanford are working with Apple to let physicians track blood sugar levels for children with diabetes, while Duke is developing a pilot program to track blood pressure, weight and other measurements for patients with cancer or heart disease. The programs will roll out in a few weeks. "Mobile devices can increase healthcare effectiveness and lower healthcare costs," said Ezra Gottheil, a principal analyst at Technology Business Research.

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13:30
Gunspell: Gunning for your device with magic

Gunspell is an RPG where players must match three or more tiles to battle enemies in turn based combat. Players try to match tiles during 30 second turns and if they miss a chance to attack, enemies usually take full advantage of this. There are...

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13:27
Apple joins secure chip standards and NFC group...

Ahead of Apple’s entry into the mobile payment space next month with the release of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, Apple has joined the GlobalPlatform, the non-profit association focused on standards for secure chip technology across various industries, as a full member.

Existing members of GlobalPlatform include various Apple partners and competitors alike with carriers AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon being members as well as handset makers Samsung and BlackBerry. More importantly, Apple Pay partners American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are also members; Discover, which is not yet an Apple Pay partner but has ...

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13:22
Briefly: FotoMagico adds 4K, Algoriddim's Djay...

Boinx Software has announced the release of an update for its slideshow creation tool, FotoMagico. Now optimized for the production of 4K video, FotoMagico v4.5 can now better accommodate later versions of OS X, from Mountain Lion to the upcoming Yosemite. Users can quickly preview special scaling animations when using 4K clips, and overall software performance and stability is improved. Priced at $100, FotoMagico v4.5 is available as a free update for existing v4 users....



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13:22
Apple creates custom tool for removing U2 album from...

Responding to complaints, Apple has created a special web tool for removing U2's Songs of Innocence album from an iTunes account. Users must sign in with an Apple ID, and the company cautions that once the album is removed, people must purchase it if they want it again. The record is still free until October 13th....



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13:14
A closer look at the space shuttle that never got to...

Ars Technica:

The space shuttle Enterprise has been ensconced aboard the USS Intrepid for just over two years. It sits in a silent warehouse, dramatically lit so it appears to be cruising in a dark vacuum. Tourists can wander around or under it at the exhibit; they can even walk up some stairs and get nose-to-nose with the Enterprise, staring down its long axis through a thick layer of glass.

While the whole thing evokes space exploration, the Enterprise has never actually made it out of Earth’s atmosphere.

I saw the Enterprise at The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution years ago and, even though I’m not a Star Trek geek, I was sad a ship named “Enterprise” never made it into space.

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13:09
Apple names Apple Watch Marketing and Medical VPs as...

Apple has now named new Marketing and Medical VPs for its Apple Watch team following the product’s official unveiling earlier this month. The company has also today posted its first job listing seeking software engineers for the Apple Watch team on its website. 

Longtime Apple marketing executive Stan Ng gets a promotion from his previous role as Senior iPhone Product Marketing to VP of Product Marketing for Apple Watch. Ng has held various executive roles since 1999 and previously served as Sr. Director iPhone Product Marketing and before that of iPod Product Marketing.

Apple has also named Michael O’Reilly Vice President of Medical Technology at Apple after officially unveiling the health-focused Watch product during its event earlier this month. We...

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13:00
iOS 8 Mail: Drafts and notifications

Here are a couple more cool new features that you can expect to see in iOS 8 Mail. iOS 8 will be available for download on Wednesday, September 17, so checking our series of iOS 8 new feature articles is a good way to get up to speed on what to...

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12:58
Apple’s brand value

Two out of three brand companies that measure brand value put Apple in the No. 1 position.

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12:48
Designing Web site text

Text can be beautiful, simple, wild, engaging, exciting and a wide number of other things. It can stir emotion and helps users understand your message. Type can be a wide number of things but one thing is common – it must be readable.

I hate going to a Web site and struggling to read the text. Sometimes trying to be cute just makes the site unreadable.

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12:44
Apple seeds third public, eighth developer previews...

Apple has released a third public beta of OS X Yosemite, as well as an eighth developer preview. Both are available through the Mac App Store; for the former people must be participants in the AppleSeed program, and for the latter users must be registered developers. So far, any changes beyond bugfixes have yet to be discovered....



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12:39
Guy Oseary on U2′s $100 million deal with Apple

Billboard:

With lead single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” set to be featured in a massive media campaign from Apple, valued at $100 million by multiple sources, U2 has already scored arguably the biggest launch in music history. And it’s one that’s already fraught with a little controversy, from angry retailers to Grammy and SoundScan guidelines.

Oseary (U2′s manager) rang Billboard on Sept. 11 to address the many questions about the launch, and what’s next (another album?) from this landmark deal with Apple.

For a band that many (not me) consider to be irrelevant to today’s music, this campaign is a concerted effort to market and reinvent what was once called “The World’s Greatest Band”.

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12:34
Do you want to remove Songs of Innocence from your...

Apple:

If you would like U2’s Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase. If you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again. The album is free to everyone until October 13, 2014 and will be available for purchase after that date.

Here you go.

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12:30
Apple launches a special page just to help you...

During the iPhone 6 announcement event Apple announced a special surprise for every iTunes user -- a free copy of U2's new album before it was available outside iTunes. It was supposed to make people happy and excited, but many users were upset to...

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12:15
Daily Deals for September 15, 2014, featuring last...

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.

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12:05
Apple sends OS X Yosemite Public Beta 3 out to...

New month, new beta.

Andrew Cunningham

Good news for the brave OS X Yosemite beta testers out there: Apple has just released Public Beta 3, a new build that makes various tweaks and additions while fixing bugs and improving stability. Apple has declined to provide specific release notes for the update, but at first blush it doesn't seem to change as much as Public Beta 2 did last month.

Apple continues to push new Yosemite betas to its public testers at the rate of about one per month—that's one public beta build for every two developer beta builds. Today's public beta was released alongside Developer Preview 8, and both should include most of the same fixes and improvements (plus the new stuff that came with Developer Preview 7).

In addition to the new design and features in Yosemite, users of the public beta will be able to take...

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12:00
Apple will reportedly receive .15% from all Apple...

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple will receive a small percentage from each transaction consumers complete with Apple Pay, the company's recently announced mobile payment platform. So more than just a means to drive iPhone sales, Apple Pay...

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11:35
Don’t buy the Apple Watch version 1.0

Whatever the first-gen Apple Watches do, they won't do it as well as subsequent versions.

Andrew Cunningham

We've all had about a week to think about the Apple Watch, which is all we can really do with it between now and when it launches in early 2015. There have been plenty of strident pieces written about it since the announcement, and as usual it's pretty easy to find one that reinforces whatever opinion it is that you already have. It's terrible! It's perfect! It's totally ...

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11:30
Apple edits its company description following Apple...

Besides the news about iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-order numbers, Apple’s press release this morning introduced Apple’s new company description/mission statement. Apple tweaks this from time-to-time based on new product introductions. With Apple Pay and Apple Watch incoming, Apple has edited this company description. Here’s the new one:

Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, defined the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad and has announced Apple Watch, its most personal device ever. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, continues the rapid pace of innovation of mobile software with iOS and integrated services including Apple Pay and iCloud....

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11:30
Wheelio is a brilliant, must-have companion to...

Most people mentally tie photo filters to Instagram. It's not what invented them, but it's what popularized them because every photo someone posts gets to have a unique touch. After a while though, the same filters eventually become stale. If that...

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11:29
Stanford, Duke to start medical trials using Apple...

In the next few weeks, two major US hospitals -- linked with Stanford University and Duke University, respectively -- are embarking on medical trials using Apple's HealthKit platform, according to Reuters. Doctors at Stanford say they're working with Apple on tracking blood sugar for children with diabetes. Duke, meanwhile, is planning a pilot to track blood pressure, weight, and other statistics for patients with cancer or heart diseases....



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11:20
Apple puts up support page to get U2 album out of...

Many iTunes users would prefer U2 to back up out of their phones.

After angering some customers by sticking a free U2 album in their iTunes accounts, Apple has put up a support page with instructions on how to get the album out of their libraries. Removing the album requires navigating to a special itunes.com URL and confirming the removal with an Apple ID and password.

Apple gave away the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence, as a kicker to its most recent announcement event for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. But Apple didn't just...

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11:20
Apple releases new OS X Yosemite betas for...

With the next version of Apple's flagship desktop operating system nearing release, new preview versions of OS X Yosemite were seeded to both registered Mac developers as well as participants of the public beta program.

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11:15
Knomad Portable Organizer for iPad mini Holds All...

Knomoâs Knomad Mini Portable Organizer is a classy, sturdy, and useful accessory case for anyone who needs âstuffâ when using their iPad mini away from home. Best of all it can hold an iPad mini with its Smart Cover in place and even has room for a slim charger.


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11:13
Apple makes it super simple to get rid of its U2...

U2 is no longer the kind of band that generates controversy or inspires strong feelings one way or another. That’s Miley Cyrus territory. But Apple’s giveaway of the band’s new album, Songs of Innocence, is causing such a backlash that the company is making it as easy as possible to get rid of its gift.

Who knew free music could be so polarizing?

We showed you how to hide the album, which was the only way to remove it given that once you buy tracks—or they’re gifted to you—you own them forever. But Apple on Monday launched a support page with a direct link that lets you banish the existence of Songs of Innocence from your devices. That’s harsh.

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11:03
Blockbuster start for iPhone 6 suggests Apple on...

With 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units presold in their first 24 hours of availability, investors on Wall Street are increasingly optimistic about the success of Apple's next-generation handsets, with predictions for the upcoming holiday edging higher to 60 million sales in a single quarter.

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11:00
64/128GB iPhone 6/6 Plus come with pre-installed...

Waiting for your 64GB or 128GB iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 to show up on Friday? Apple's going to have a little surprise loaded on the device when you get it -- the iWork and iLife apps, which are of course a free download anyway, will come...

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11:00
First Look: OtterBox Symmetry Series Case for iPhone...

Following a number of other companies, OtterBox has already introduced cases for the iPhone 6 before the device officially hits the market. The Symmetry ($40-$45) line has come to iPhone 6, with the same plastic-and-rubber one-piece design and shock absorbing interior found in the case's previous iteration. It remains one of the slimmest OtterBox cases for iPhone, with different graphic designs at different price points....

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10:54
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-15

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders topped 4 million units last Friday and anyone ordering a new iPhone now is facing days -- or even weeks -- before their new smartphone will ship. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet today to talk about the company's record breaking pre-order numbers, and they take a look at Walmart's decision to skip iOS 8's Apple Pay mobile payment platform.


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10:52
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 8 and...

This morning, Apple has released a pair of OS X Yosemite beta updates. The first is OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 8 for registered developers. That update is available via the Mac App Store. The Cupertino-based company has also released OS X Yosemite Public Beta 3, which is the third release for end users that are part of Apple’s AppleSeed customer software seeding program. That update is, too, available on the Mac App Store for applicable users. We’ll be updating this post with new changes as they are discovered. OS X Yosemite is expected to ship in October, according to sources.

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10:52
Apple creates dedicated portal for users to remove...

With hordes of iTunes customers loudly voicing their displeasure at having received 22-time Grammy-award-winning rock group U2's latest album for free in recent days, Apple responded to the cacophony on Monday with a new single-purpose web portal that will allow disgruntled users to remove the album from their iTunes accounts.

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10:51
News: Apple posts removal guide for U2’s Songs of...

Following last week’s iTunes exclusive release of U2’s new Songs of Innocence album, the company has now posted a new support article for users looking to remove the album from their iTunes libraries. During Apple’s iPhone event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 frontman Bono jointly announced that the album would be distributed free to all iTunes customers, and took the unprecedented move of not only making the album available for free…

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10:35
Apple creates tool for removing free U2 album from...

Tim Cook and U2 announced that the band’s new album “Songs of Innocence” would be automatically gifted to Apple’s over 500 million iTunes users last week following the announcement of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but many iTunes users were not happy with seeing music from U2 added to their iTunes libraries (even for free).

While iTunes supports a way to “hide” previous purchases, the complaints and confusion apparently grew loud enough to warrant a dedicated support site for permanently removing the free U2 album from iTunes purchase history. Apple says once you remove the free album from your iTunes...

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10:28
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10.0.2, TextExpander 4.3.3, Marked 2.4.1, and iTunes 11.4.

 

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10:25
iLife, iWork apps to come preinstalled on 64 and...

People picking up a 64 or 128GB iPhone 6/6 Plus later this week will find several of Apple's iLife and iWork apps pre-installed, a leaked internal Apple training document reveals. The company specifically lists iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. "These apps are also available as a free download from the App Store for the 16GB models," Apple writes....



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10:23
News: Apple medical trials will provide HealthKit...

Two major U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with Apple’s new HealthKit framework, Reuters reports. The trials will involve diabetics and chronic disease patients, and are expected to provide some insight into how HealthKit will work on iPhones in actual practice. Doctors at Stanford University Hospital indicated that they are working with Apple to facilitate tracking of blood sugar levels for children with diabetes. Young patients…

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10:15
ExtraBITS for 15 September 2014

Last week showered us with Apple news, and Adam Engst joined The Tech Night Owl Live podcast to make sense of it all, including Apple’s new products and the inglorious end of Macworld’s print edition. Apple CEO Tim Cook had an interview of his own with Charlie Rose, where he shared some juicy tidbits about Apple. Microsoft bought the makers of the hit game Minecraft for a whopping $2.5 billion, putting the future of the game into question. Finally, we have an insider look at Apple’s deal to distribute U2’s latest album and a watch guy’s take on the Apple Watch.

 

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10:03
Verizon offers two-month early upgrades alongside...

To go along with the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Verizon is allowing early upgrades for any customers eligible for an upgrade over the next two months. That means that customers eligible for an upgrade on or before November 15 2014 will be able to upgrade immediately to a new device, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Here’s details on the promo straight from Verizon:

As a special thank you to our existing customers, all Verizon customers who would be eligible to upgrade on or before November 15th have had their upgrade dates changed to become upgrade eligible immediately.  These customers can now upgrade to any device currently in our lineup, with new two year contract. Customers should check My Verizon to confirm upgrade eligibility.  

Other...

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10:00
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders break record, top 4...

The iPhone 5S (left) next to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Which size is the one for you?

Megan Geuss

On Monday, Apple confirmed that its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order numbers broke records for the smartphone line, as they combined to rack up over four million purchases in the first 24 hours they were on sale. As we reported—and Apple's announcement confirmed—many of those pre-orders won't ship to customers until October.

The pre-orders, which started early Friday morning in nine nations, handily surpassed the first-day numbers of the iPhone 5; that model received...

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10:00
Microsoft buys Minecraft studio Mojang, but promises...

Everyone's favorite sandbox game, Minecraft, is now officially owned by Microsoft thanks to a $2.5 billion deal the company made to purchase developer Mojang. The buy will see Microsoft take control of a game that is published -- and extremely...

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09:55
News: Daily Deal: Get Dragon Dictate for Mac for 50...

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

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09:54
External Link: Adam Engst Revisits Apple...

On The Tech Night Owl Live podcast, Adam Engst joins host Gene Steinberg to talk through Apple’s major announcements — the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and Apple Pay — along with the demise of the print edition of Macworld.

 

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09:36
iPhone 6, 6 Plus online pre-orders slip slip to...

It comes down to supply and demand.

And apparently Apple didn’t have a large enough supply to meet pre-order demand.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple’s new iPhone 6 pre-orders have slipped from delivering on September 19th to a seven to ten day shipping delay. The delay means anyone who didn’t manage to pre-order their iPhone 6 before inventory ran out will have to wait about a week before seeing theirs, or stand in line this Friday morning at an Apple Store or one of the company’s retail partners.

The iPhone 6 is Apple’s new 4.7-inch smartphone. It ships with either 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB storage, an Apple-designed...

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09:30
Kinetics: pretty puzzler without much grit

On first looks, Kinetics from Evro Studio (free, paid level pack IAPs) should have been exactly the kind of puzzler game I love. It consists of a series of challenge packs you work through by connecting colored boxes to each other. Gameplay includes...

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09:10
Phones 4U goes into administration, cancels iPhone 6...

UK retailer Phones 4U has gone into administrative protection, following a decision by network operator EE not to renew a contract ending in September 2015. The company now lacks any network partners, as earlier this month Vodafone said it would skip extending its own contract. All of Phones 4U's 550 stores are shut today, and will only reopen if and when administrators decide business can resume. The situation could endanger the jobs of some 5,596 workers....



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09:01
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Retina iPad mini from $275,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

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09:00
Samsung calls the iPhone 6 Plus a Galaxy Note...

Following Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung is kicking its advertising into high gear, mocking Apple's new devices at every turn. The latest promo, titled "Then and Now," berates Apple for following in Samsung's footsteps by...

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08:58
A8 processor headed for iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets...

Apple’s come a long way with its iPhone processors.

And, according to reports, the new A8 processor is more than 84 times faster than the processor found in the first-yen iPhone back in 2007.

Per a hearty investigation by AnandTech and AppleInsider, the A8 processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets is likely equipped with Imagination’s six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650. The GX6650 is the only PowerVR part that could both match Apple’s claimed performance improvements and supports ARM’s Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression, which Apple developer documents...

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08:54
News: iLife and iWork apps to be pre-installed on 64...

Apple’s iLife and iWork iOS apps will come pre-installed on the 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, 9to5Mac has discovered. The apps include iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. iPhoto isn’t included, as Apple is getting rid of it — the app won’t even load on iOS 8 devices. New 16GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units won’t come with the apps, but they can be downloaded from the App Store for free,…

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