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Wednesday October 8

04:30
Tanks for everything: World of Tanks Blitz's...

When World of Tanks debuted as a PC game a few years back, it seemed like it would be the kind of ultra-niche hardcore simulation that appealed primarily to die-hards with specialized controllers—and loads of time to spend mastering its nuances. But there was an unexpected twist: It was free to download and play, which was still a relatively new concept, particularly in the hardcore PC space.

Instead of courting a small but vocal fan base, it exploded in popularity due to its accessible business model and game design, making it possible to play a few rounds and have fun without feeling overwhelmed or outgunned—or dig in and really savor the depth of its strategic action. Early this year, developer Wargaming reported having more than 75 million registered users on PC alone, with an Xbox 360 version launching in February to expand its reach further.

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04:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Charge it up!

Charge it up!

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes several new ways to make sure your iPhone and iPad have all the power they need.

BoxWave

It’s been a long time since we heard an iPhone user pine for the wonders of a BlackBerry-style physical keyboard for their phone. Should such people remain, however, the $80 Keyboard Buddy Apple iPhone 6 Case is most assuredly for them. Pre-orders are available starting October 17.

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03:22
Just for fun: Show us your best QuickType poetry

Who knew predictive text could see into your soul? If the new QuickType keyboard had been around when I was in middle school, my output of moody, tortured, nonsensical poetry would have been…OK, only slighty greater than it already was. But with less forced iambic pentameter.

Yes, Apple’s new keyboard in iOS 8, aka QuickType, attempts to guess what you’re typing not just as you tap out letters, but even before. Depending on the context and the words you tend to use (and overuse), sometimes it’s uncannily good at guessing what you’re about to say next. Other times it’s just funny. And if you eschew typing altogether and just pick from the three suggested words to string together sentences—that came from inside the iPhone!—the results can be pretty darn great.

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03:01
Find nearby friends over Bluetooth and send them...

With mobile payments steadily on the popularity uptick, apps that specialize in direct money transfers between friends are fighting to be the one you turn to first.

Square Cash finds people within 250 feet of you and lets you send them money from its main screen just by tapping on the profile name.

Square is keeping its competitive edge—the company rolled out an update to its app Cash on Tuesday, introducing a new feature that connects Cash users via Bluetooth. Dubbed “Nearby Payments,” the app finds other users nearby, allowing you to send or request payments more easily than before.

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02:09
Rumor: Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook Air...

A rumor out of East Asia on Wednesday claims Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display has reached the manufacturing phase, though production will be limited to small batches until a gradual ramp in November.

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01:01
WSJ: was GT Advance's bankruptcy caused by...

Details are still emerging from the surprise bankruptcy filing of Apple sapphire supplier and partner GT Advanced, with new stories of possible stock shenanigans by CEO Thomas Gutierrez and speculation that the bankruptcy was brought on, at least in part, by a withheld payment from Apple. On Monday, the first day of trading following the announcement, the company's stock dropped 93 percent from $11 to around 80 cents; it rose Tuesday to close at $1.21 per share....



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Tuesday October 7

23:26
Munster: Teens still keen for iPhones, iPads, '...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has revealed more of the results of his semi-annual survey of teenaged buyers, which recently showed the iPhone and iPad as continuing to dominate teen buying choices when it came to smartphones and tablets. The latest data unsurprisingly showed that teenagers are lukewarm about the forthcoming Apple Watch....



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23:20
Review: Patriot Supersonic Phoenix USB 3.0 drive

USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little more to them, opting for larger external drives that offer greater capacities, and in some cases faster transfer speeds. One example of a bigger, faster drive is the Patriot Supersonic Phoenix. The drive is offered in a pocket-sized format that is more like a portable hard drive than a USB flash drive. But would the Supersonic Phoenix be something that consumers flock to with its SSD-like features, or should the opt for the smaller thumb drive? Find out in our revi...



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22:00
Reviews: Patriot Supersonic Phoenix USB 3.0 drive

USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little more to them, opting for larger external drives that offer greater capacities, and in some cases faster transfer speeds. One example of a bigger, faster drive is the ......



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20:21
1Password 4.4.3

Maintenance update with several squashed bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 38.8 MB)

 

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20:20
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8

Updates interface elements and provides fixes for running the document and information managers on OS X Yosemite. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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20:15
GT Advanced bankruptcy will not affect Apple Watch...

According to one well-connected analyst, GT Advanced Technologies' filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection raises doubts as to whether sapphire will be used as a protective cover for a next-generation iPhone, as the tech giant is unlikely to source the material from another supplier.

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20:12
KGI: GTAT bankruptcy unlikely to have impact on...

KGI has published a new report clarifying that the recent announcement that Apple’s sapphire supplier had filed for bankruptcy will likely have no impact on the production of the comapny’s sapphire display-equipped wearable. According to KGI, GT was mainly contracted to create the sapphire crystal displays for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The reason Apple partnered with GT Advanced on the iPhone displays was related to the size of the screens. Because GT was the best equipped to manufacture a display the size of the new iPhone models. However, because the Apple Watch uses a smaller display, other...

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19:54
More evidence of Apple Pay surfaces in latest iOS 8....

An Apple Pay setup screen discovered in the latest iOS 8.1 beta 2 suggests Apple's next iOS update will in fact debut alongside the company's much-anticipated mobile payments system, which uses NFC connectivity to conduct secure transactions via iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

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19:46
Systemd Dev Slams FOSS Culture


The open source community is "quite a sick place to be in," Red Hat engineer and Systemd developer Lennart Poettering said Monday in a post on Google+. "The open source community is full of [assh*les], and I probably more than most others am one of their most favorite targets," Poettering added. "I get hate mail for hacking on open source. People have started multiple 'petitions' .... asking me to stop working. Recently, people started collecting Bitcoins to hire a hitman for me (this really happened!)."

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19:41
Apple Pay setup screen appears in modified version...

Just in case there hadn’t already been enough evidence of Apple Pay support coming to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the iOS 8.1 update, the second beta of the operating system, which was released earlier today, contains the setup screen for the system...

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19:26
Briefly: Cash iOS app updated, ResMed's S+ non-...

Square has released an update for its Cash iOS app, including a new Nearby Payments feature. Cash allows users with a US bank account to send or request money via text message or email, free of charge. Payments are deposited to one's bank account in minutes, using an existing Visa or MasterCard debit card, and payments that are not claimed within 14 days are automatically refunded to the user....



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17:01
Forums: pigment ink vs dye ink printers

This week in the MacNN forums, members debate the the differences between pigment ink and dye ink in printers, after one Mac Enthusiast started a thread trying to determine which kind of ink was ultimately better. Good news coming from the forums on iOS 8 today, as one Professional Poster reports that they have not found any bugs so far in iOS 8.0.2 on an iPhone 6....



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16:59
Apple deals: Macs from $769

Right now at Apple's online store, there is a wide range of refurbished Macs at low prices. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for only $769, after a $130 price break. A $150 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $849....



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16:57
DealNN: UltraWide screen monitors, cheap 4K TVs and...

Newegg.com this week has the LG 21.9-inch UltraWide screen backlight LCD monitor on sale for $250. That's already $100 off the list price of $350, and when coupon code 'AUTMNTIME88' is used at checkout the price drops even further to $210. All together that is around $40 less than the next lowest price. This monitor features a resolution of 2560 x 1080, 5ms response time, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and provides a variety of input options including DVI, HDMI and Display Port. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from LG....



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16:32
Teens 'tepid' on Apple Watch as iPhone and...

According to a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, U.S. teens show steadily increasing demand for iPhone and iPad, but are ho-hum on the prospect of Apple's upcoming Apple Watch.

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16:21
Tonight: watch live as a total lunar eclipse turns...

Wired:

Early tomorrow morning, the moon will pass behind the center of Earth’s shadow and turn a rusty red color. Most people probably won’t be able to see this total lunar eclipse, because it will occur mainly over the Pacific Ocean. But don’t worry. You can watch a live broadcast by the Slooh Community Observatory from multiple locations in Australia and North America or NASA’s broadcast of the event.

Always fun to watch these celestial events.

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16:05
After incorrect report on Apple's use of...

Less than two months ago, Daisuke Wakabayashi of the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "betting $700 million" on a plan to use sapphire screens on its upcoming iPhones. After being proven wrong, the writer now claims that Apple radically reversed its plans just weeks before the new devices went on sale.

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16:00
Easy capitalization using iOS 8's predictive...

One of the features of iOS 8 that we weren't expecting to use on a day-to-day basis was predictive texting. Normally it's faster to just type out the words, but using predictive text -- especially with longer words -- is a simple joy we didn't know...

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15:51
Apple reportedly withheld $139M payment to GT...

As new information about GT Advanced Technologies' dire financial straits slowly comes to light, a report on Tuesday claims Apple held back a $139 million loan installment from its partner sapphire supplier for unknown reasons, possibly leading to the firm's filing for Chapter 11 protection.

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15:07
Walter Isaacson’s ‘The Innovators’ Follows the Tech...

Simon & Schuster released Walter Isaacson's new book The Innovators on Tuesday. This book builds on the research begun for his killer biography Steve Jobs, but takes a much broader look at the many innovator who took part in the creation of "tech" as we know it today. He begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byronâs daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. Which, come on, is cool. The book also looks at folks such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. From the publisher: "This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. Itâs also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative." You can buy it on iBooks for US$8.99. Amazon has the hard back for $21.81 and the Kindle version for $8.49.

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15:02
More details on GT Advanced bankruptcy come to light...


Apple’s sapphire processing plant in Mesa, AZ

The Wall Street Journal has cast some more light on recent reports that Apple’s sapphire supplier had declared bankruptcy earlier this week. According to the Journal’s report, Apple withheld a payment of $139 million from GT Advanced, though currently there’s no indication of why this decision was made.

In another interesting revelation, the...

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15:02
The iRest Lapstand for iPad: $35.99

Check out the iRest, a lapstand for your iPad. You can recline and have your iPad supported without holding it, and it fits all iPad versions with or without Apple's Smart Cover. Check out the picture if doesn't yet make sense. iRest retails for $40, but through our deal you can get it for $35.99.


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15:00
nobiggi: A big idea for big phones

Every once in a while we get pitched an accessory that initially sounds ridiculous and then ends up being quite useful. That's the case with nobiggi (US$7.99 or three for $18.99), a small microfiber patch that adheres to the back of your big iPhone...

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14:53
“Wait For Me, Daddy”: Not just a photo anymore, but...

The Province:

Whitey was pictured in the photograph escaping the clutches of his mother Bernice and racing to his father Jack, a rifleman who was leaving for war with the B.C. Regiment (Duke of Connaughts Own Rifles).

The image was captured by Province photographer Claude Dettloff, sent around the world and on Saturday, brought to life again.

A $2 Canadian coin has been minted, postage stamp produced and bronze statue unveiled at Hyack Square, near the original scene.

Not just an iconic Canadian picture but a world famous image made all the more sad when you hear the story of what happened afterwards. Make sure you have a tissue ready if you watch the video.

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14:52
AAA says Apple's Siri causes potentially...

According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands- and eyes-free infotainment and smartphone control systems can be dangerously distracting to drivers. And Apple's iOS 7 version of Siri ranks among the worst.

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14:50
Some Belkin routers not connecting to the Internet,...

Some of accessory manufacturer Belkin's router customers are experiencing connectivity issues, predominantly with older models. For reasons unknown, possibly an automatic firmware update, some Belkin networking products are refusing connection to the Internet, but maintaining local area network connectivity. Some models can be restored, by pointing Domain Name Services to Google's or other providers' services....



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14:37
Eddie Van Halen with the SNL band 1987

EVH is one of the all-time greats. It’s nice to just watching him having fun.

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14:37
AAA ranks Siri as extreme distraction for drivers

Even though Apple's Siri is meant to simplify smartphone commands and in some cases enable hands-free control, it's in fact a severe distraction for drivers, according to a study from the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety. The group studied 45 drivers, asking them to accomplish various tasks using native in-car voice systems as well as Siri. Real and simulated cars were used; for Siri, people were given an iPhone 5 with iOS 7, as well as a microphone. Siri users were asked to make phone calls, send and receive texts, update Facebook and Twitter, and check their calendar. Other voice systems...



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14:36
Briefly: Splot platformer iOS game, Tiggly's...

Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has announced the upcoming release of its new platformed game, Splot. Players follow the story of a blue alien, Splot, who crashes onto an unfamiliar planet along with his adversaries, the Hungry Blobs. Splot sets out to rescue a native population of birds that are being eaten by the Blobs. Playable on three different difficulties though fifty-six levels, gameplay consists of fast-paced platforming with the goal of reaching captured birds before they are eaten....



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14:30
9 Alternative Ways to Carry Your iPhone 6 Plus Other...

The iPhone 6 Plus is a bit larger than Apple customers have been accustomed to. Belt holsters grow enormous. Protective cases have micohectares of plastic. As a result, iPhone 6 Plus owners are looking novel ways to carry this beautiful phablet. John Martellaro looks at a sampling of candidate products.


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14:10
How to Set A Complex iPhone Numeric Passcode That...

Even without Touch ID, it's important to secure the data on your mobile devices. Kelly explains how to set up a "Complex Passcode" that is easy to use but slightly more complex than regular old 4-digit codes.


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14:00
Cycloramic teaches users a DIY phone hack so the app...

We first covered Cycloramic in 2012 thanks to the inventive photography app's clever way of taking hands-free panoramic shots. Users simply placed the iPhone standing up on its flat edges and the app would activate the device's vibration function to...

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13:46
Apple seeds second OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Xcode 6.1...

After issuing the second iOS 8.1 beta on Tuesday, Apple released updated golden master candidates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers for testing ahead of an expected launch later this month.

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13:39
GT Advanced's CEO under fire for stock trade...

The CEO of sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies, Tom Guitierrez, is facing scrutiny for a $160,000 sale of company stock he made on September 8th. The Wall Street Journal reports that the sale came just a day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which some rumors had suggested would use sapphire screen covers. Instead the phones were revealed to be using a variant of Corning Gorilla Glass, and GT's share price fell from $17.38 to around the $11 mark. Yesterday the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, causing shares to plummet below $1. They have since reboun...



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13:36
Apple posts ‘how to build an iOS app in Swift’ video...

Apple drew a lot of attention earlier this year when it debuted its own blog dedicated to updating developers on Swift, its programming language for building Mac and iOS apps first introduced at WWDC in June. The blog has since been used to share updates on the state of Swift as well as technical details about the programming language, but today Apple posted an official video tutorial (embedded below) targeted for new Swift developers on using the language and Xcode to build an app for iOS from scratch....

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13:30
Study finds Siri causes high level of unsafe driver...

A new study from AAA on the potential safety risks of hands-free systems for vehicles warns Apple’s Siri presents a “relatively high” level of distraction. In its tests, AAA ranked use of Siri as a “category 4 level of mental distraction,” which puts it in last place compared to other hands-free voice controlled systems from the big car makers including Ford, Mercedes, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Toyota. It was also the only voice controlled system that resulted in two crashes in the simulator study:

To understand the workload rating associated with interacting with Siri, it is first useful to consider what is not causing the effect. The high level of...

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13:01
NYT Now Offering Unlimited Access For National News...

NYT Now, the free app from the New York Times, will offer free unlimited access to NYT articles for a week in celebration of National News Engagement Day. Regular price for this access is US $8/monthly.

The Mac Observer Spin: I hope this helps get folks interested in "the news" again, but I also hope it goes both ways.


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13:01
First Look: STM Harbour for iPhone 6 Plus

STM has updated its Harbour ($25) case for iPhone 6 Plus. Unlike some past versions of the case, the newest edition of Harbour features full volume control and sleep/wake button coverage. Made up of a matte hard plastic outer shell molded with a rubber inner layer, Harbour features a hinged bottom, allowing for easier port access. The hinge can also act as a stand for the large iPhone. Not only that, but Harbour is also being sold for a mere $25 —…

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13:00
Reflect+ can refresh your photos in amazing ways

Reflect+ (US$1.99) is a simply amazing little app that will take a photo and realistically add other elements, giving you something new and shareable. The app can add water or a beach to a barren landscape, add realistic haze and fog, or 50 other...

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12:30
∞ Hairgate: Bullshit!

So, the next big thing to complain about is here: Hairgate. One of the community articles on 9to5Mac talks about people getting their hair caught in the iPhone 6—I don’t even know what to say about this shit. [...]

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12:30
Explore the world with Wayfare for iPhone

As someone with a serious case of wanderlust, an iPhone and no budget for world travel, Wayfare (free) is a lot of fun. It hooks you up with a user across the globe, and the two of you spend a week sharing photos, comments and culture via fun, simple...

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12:30
News: Google releases News & Weather for iOS

Google has released Google News & Weather, a free new universal iOS app that aims to bring users a complete dashboard of headline and local news stories and information. Boasting coverage from over 65,000 publications, the app allows users to get local news and weather based on their device’s location, and customize their layout with 60 country-specific editions and personalized news sections. Users can easily dig deeper based on individual…

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12:25
Sapphire company CEO sold $160,000 in stock days...

GT's stock rode high on the iPhone rumors for months, but it dropped when the new iPhones launched without sapphire and fell down a hole when it announced the bankruptcy filing.

GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple currently relies on for sapphire in its iOS devices, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. The filing came just a few weeks after Apple announced its new iPhones on September 10—both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were widely expected to use sapphire instead of glass to protect their screens from scratches. This didn't happen, though, and it sent GT's stock price sliding downward even before yesterday's bankruptcy filing pushed it off a cliff.

Now The Wall Street Journal reports that GT CEO Thomas Gutierrez has...

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12:25
Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay...

The center of a connected smart home could soon be the Apple TV, as Apple's latest beta software officially brings HomeKit support to its $99 streaming set-top box.

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12:12
Google rolling out ‘News & Weather’ app for iOS





Google has a new app for iPhone and iPad users called ‘Google News & Weather‘ that presents local news and weather as well as headlines from a variety of categories and sources in one app. Categories for headlines can be added or removed from within the app for customizing the news you want to follow. Previously, Google News &...

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12:00
Play Ms. Pac-Man on iOS in October and help fight...

Want to fight breast cancer using your iPhone or iPad? Bandai Namco is making it as easy as downloading a new in-game map for one of the company's many Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man titles from the App Store in the month of October. The new maze is priced...

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11:59
Review: IK Multimedia iRig MIDI 2

Most obviously, iRig MIDI 2 adds Lightning compatibility and abandons the dongle-style design of its predecessor. Now built as a separate self-contained module that connects to a companion iOS device, it uses an adapter cable with the same seven-pin DIN connector found on many other IK Multimedia accessories. This new design allows iRig MIDI 2 to be used with Lightning devices or Mac/PC computers using included Lightning and USB cables; a Dock Connector…

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11:52
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Is Close, but No Cigar

The Parrot AR Drone is a high-tech, ultra lightweight, remote-controlled quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors). Now an RC quadricopter is pretty cool, but one that streams HD video from its camera to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device in real time, could be very, very cool. Iâve dreamed about owning for one for years, but only found the courage last month to plunk down $299 for the latest and greatest model, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.


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11:47
Second iOS 8.1 beta seeds to developers

Apple is seeding a second beta of iOS 8.1 to developers, users note. The contents of the code are unknown, but it likely builds out upcoming Apple Pay support, references to which were found in the first beta. If recent rumors are true the new beta may enable Apple Pay testing, and prefigure a public launch of v8.1 on or around October 20th....



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11:24
Analyst: Apple Could take GTAT’s Sapphire Furnaces

With GT Advanced Technologies filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, questions about what that means for Apple and its plans for synthetic sapphire glass displays for the Apple Watch and future iPhones. Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso thinks Apple could take possession of the furnaces, take back the factory it leased to GTAT, and buy more sapphire-related IP from the company, too, turning the iPhone and iPad maker into its own glass manufacturer.


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11:16
Square Cash adds location awareness, Amazon Instant...

Users of popular money-sending service Square Cash can now use their iPhone's location services to quickly locate nearby recipients, while fans of Amazon Instant Video will find a number of new user interface enhancements designed to make viewing better.

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11:06
First Look: Odoyo Quad360 and QuadMax for iPhone 6

Odoyo's Quad360 ($TBD) and QuadMax ($TBD) cases have arrived for iPhone 6 in a variety of colors. Quad360 is a one-piece translucent TPU case with proper button coverage and an "X" pattern on the back. QuadMax is a more substantial case — the phone is placed inside a rubber inner layer, then in a partial plastic shell which has a foam rubber backing. Both cases feature more exact camera cutouts than many cases we've seen so far for the iPhone 6.…

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11:00
DODOcase VegTan Slim and Durables Wallets for iPhone...

Are you carrying the extra size of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Then it might be a good idea to read this review, since the two products I'm reviewing here are designed to let you do away with carrying a wallet since they provide that functionality in...

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10:59
Review: Touchfire Case and Keyboard for iPad Air

By contrast with Logitech’s great keyboard and okay case bundle, Touchfire’s Case and Keyboard for iPad Air combines a good case with something that we hesitate to even describe as a “keyboard.” The signature piece in the set is a piece of floppy clear rubber with magnets on the left, right, and bottom edges, meant to be attached to your iPad’s screen as an overlay for the landscape orientation virtual keyboard.  …

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10:48
How-To Make iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Work With Google Voice

Many users of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are finding it impossible to re-link with Google Voice for voicemail. When entering in the classic **004*1[GV-Number]# sequence users are seeing a "Setting Registration Failed" message instead of the happy success note. Fear no longer. Marcel Brown sorted this out and you have two ways you can enable Google Voice on your new phone. First is to call AT&T and have them set up "conditional call forwarding" for you, or you can set up the 3 big use cases all by yourself with some slightly different commands. "234567890" in Marcel's examples would be replaced with your Google Voice number, including area code:

Call Forward if Unanswered: *61*1234567890#
Call Forward if Unreachable: *62*1234567890#
Call Forward if Busy: *67*1234567890#

Set all three of these and you're good to go. To check the status of these enter *#61#, *#62# and *#67# respectively. To deactivate, enter ##61#, ##62# and/or ##67#. Enjoy!...

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10:43
You are not your browser history

Floodwatch:

Floodwatch is a Chrome extension that tracks the ads you see as you browse the internet. It offers tools to help you understand both the volume and the types of ads you’re being served during the course of normal browsing, with the goal of increasing awareness of how advertisers track your browsing behavior, build their version of your online identity, and target their ads to you as an individual.

I’m going to install and use this for a month. I bet the data it collects will appall me.

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10:37
Plastc launches physical credit card substitute...

Gadget company Plastc announced its first product -- the Plastc Card. The Plastc Card consolidates many physical magnetic strip cards into one device -- including credit, debit, loyalty, gift, and access cards. Working in tandem with a Plastc Wallet app for iPhone and Android, the company claims that its device provides more security than traditional cards as well as other digital wallets....



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10:34
Big time: 9 apps that take advantage of the iPhone 6...

Living large

Image by Apple

Feel like stretching out those fingers a little? The new iPhone 6 Plus stands 6.22 inches tall and uses a 5.5-inch display that can give your digits a nice workout. Fortunately, several new apps do more than just stretch out to the new screen size—they sport refined interfaces and gestures that really take advantage of the wide open real estate.

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10:30
With increased smartphone competition, Samsung'...

Samsung has indicated that their upcoming earnings report will not be greeted enthusiastically by investors. The Korean tech giant yesterday said that its operating profit during the most recent quarter likely dropped by about 57-60% compared to the...

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-07

What happens now that GT Advanced Technologies has filed for bankruptcy protection? One analyst thinks Apple could take the factory and furnaces. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on whether or not Apple wants to get into the sapphire glass manufacturing business, and they also look at Adobe's new push into mobile apps for designers.


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10:27
New Apple retail stores opening in the US and Italy...

Apple is opening three new retail stores this weekend including one new store near Venice, Italy and two stores in the US.

We originally reported in June that the new stores were coming alongside others in China, Italy and the US as new retail chief Angela Ahrendts implements organizational restructuring for Apple retail.

Apple has now announced the upcoming grand openings on its website for three of the stores opening this Saturday. The new Italy store is located in the Centro commerciale Nave de Vero shopping centre in Marghera near Venice (via setteBIT).

Also opening this Saturday are two new stores in the US including one in Trumbull,...

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10:21
Apple issues second beta of iOS 8.1, new Xcode...

The second beta of iOS 8.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was supplied to developers on Tuesday, as Apple prepares for an anticipated public launch, presumably with Apple Pay, later this month.

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10:15
The Week in Mac Apps: A world of time, space, and...

A world of time, space, and location

In this week’s roundup of Mac apps, you’ll find an app that shows you the world, one that helps you track your location inside it, and one that makes sure you don’t accidentally wake up your coworkers in the wee hours of the morning.

Adze 1.4.4

Developer Sam Birch’s $20 Adze (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage and edit geolocation files with a handy graphical interface.

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10:08
GT Advanced CEO faces scrutiny for selling stock...

The day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with glass screen covers, the CEO of GT Advanced Technologies sold $160,000 worth of his now-struggling company's stock, shares of which subsequently tanked due to the lack of a sapphire cover on the latest iPhones.

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10:00
Morgan Stanley is totes in love with Apple Pay

With Apple Pay slated to launch this month, all eyes are on Apple to see if it can shake the curse of NFC payment systems and break through to mass adoption. We won't know if it succeeds for a while, but Morgan Stanley's Craig Hettenbach certainly...

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09:25
iPhone Apps: MindNode, Amazon Instant Video,...
09:08
AT&T warns of customer data breach instigated by...

AT&T has admitted that it has suffered a data breach, and is warning customers about the intrusion. The communications provider has written to the Vermont attorney general about the breach, which took place in August, though unlike similar breaches at Home Depot, Target, and itself, this was instigated by an employee rather than an outside force....



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09:06
Three theories why iOS 8 adoption is slow on the...

Nearly three weeks after Apple rolled out its latest mobile operating system, the company says less than half of visits to its App Store come from devices with iOS 8 installed. Just 47 percent have upgraded, while 47 percent are still running iOS 7 (and 6 percent are clinging to even earlier versions). These figures are unusual: Apple’s OS adoption rate is famously fast. So why are people holding on to iOS 7?

At first, the rate of iOS installs skyrocketed —up to 46 percent in just six days. In the next two weeks, that number ticked up just 1 percent. iOS 8 still has time to challenge iOS 7’s adoption rate, which hit 75 percent after three months and became Apple’s fastest-growing mobile OS, but it seems like slow going so far.

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09:00
Apple readies new, non-floating Apple Store in...

Apple is set to unveil a new, one-of-a-kind retail store in Venice, Italy that will be filled wall-to-wall with all manner of unknown goodies. The store, which cannot float and therefore will not be accessible via gondola, is located at the Nave de...

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08:48
Square’s Cash iOS app adds ‘Nearby Payments’ for...

Cash, the app launched by payments company Square last year for personal money transfers, today updated with a new way to send money on iOS 8 over Bluetooth LE. The feature is called Nearby Payments and allows users to send and receive payments by using Bluetooth to find and connect with nearby users. That’s opposed to the previous methods the app already offered including sending payments via text message and email. In case you’re wondering why it’s iOS 8 only:

https://twitter.com/sqsupport/status/519522346495778816

Square notes that users will be able to select preferences for nearby visibility to allow either everyone or only contacts to see their availability. Today’s update to version 2.1 also includes the ability to “...

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08:39
Apple receives patent for device that could send...

One day, you will send data by bending certain materials in the right direction.

Per AppleInsider and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.

As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s U.S Patent No. 8,855,727 for a “Mobile electronic device with an adaptively responsive flexible display” describes a...

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08:37
iOS 8 adoption stalling at 47 percent, new Apple...

iOS 8 adoption has slowed dramatically, having only gained a single percentage point between September 21st and October 5th, according to new App Store tracking data from Apple. iOS 8 and iOS 7 are now in equal use. In fact, use of pre-iOS 7 firmware has somehow increased from 5 to 6 percent, even though Apple no longer supports it on any substantial level....



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08:30
Daily Deals for October 7, 2014, featuring Dragon...

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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08:22
Amazon also facing tax showdown with European Union...

Similar to Apple's arrangement in Ireland, Amazon has a special, and legal, tax arrangement with Luxembourg. Amazon's, like Apple's, is now under fire by the European Commission for corporate tax avoidance. The European Commission is claiming that despite its legality, a favorable tax rate deal with Amazon's own patent holding company in Luxembourg violates European Union rules on state aid for corporations....



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08:20
Plastc unveils new iOS-connected payment card with e...

Silicon Valley startup Plastc on Tuesday unveiled a new, iOS-connected smart payment card with a number of innovative features -- including built-in, programmable NFC and RFID --?less than a month before Apple is expected to unleash Apple Pay, its own bid to eliminate the plastic in consumers' wallets.

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08:17
Rumor: Apple working on 12.9-inch iPad, will...

Apple could be coming out with a nigh-on-jumbo-sized iPad.

And it could run its own unique operating system.

Per MacRumors and DigiTimes, sources have indicated that Apple has two 12.9-inch iPad prototypes in development, with one model being a “2-in-1 device” that utilizes elements from both operating systems while the other resembles previous iPads. The report also notes that the 12.9-inch iPad isn’t expected to go into mass production until 2015.

The idea of Apple combining both OS X and iOS into one platform has been a popular subject for quite some time, as both have begun to share design principles and features. Notably, J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz predicted earlier this year...

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08:10
Steve Jobs Biographer Walter Isaacson is back with...

I listened to an NPR interview with Walter Isaacson yesterday where he excerpted some fascinating tales from his latest book called The Innovators which goes on sale today

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that...

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08:02
The definitive West Wing

If you are, or ever were, a fan of Aaron Sorkin and The West Wing, this oral history is a must read. Delicious.

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08:00
Cupertino publishes official aerial photograph of...

The City of Cupertino California recently updated Apple's public Campus 2 project page with current project status information and a new aerial photograph showcasing the work being done on the site. Construction is occurring at a rapid pace with the...

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07:47
Elton John creates song on the fly from oven...

[VIDEO] Elton was on a chat show and was challenged to create a song, on the spot, from a set of oven instructions. Genius.

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07:43
Review: Flote Orbit Tablet Stand

Orbit arrives in three pieces: a solid steel base that feels like it weighs nearly 20 pounds, a thick metal arm with a Philips head screw at one end and a concave magnet at the other, and a spring-loaded cradle with a ball on the back and rubber pads on its four fingers. Assembly is as simple as unscrewing the screw with a self-supplied screwdriver, sticking the bottom of the arm into the base, reattaching the screw and a washer plate under the base,…

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07:41
Daily Deal: iRest For iPad for $35.99

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the iRest stand for your iPad for $35.99. Specifically designed to make using your iPad even more flawless, this elegantly designed stand can be placed on a desk, table, or even on your lap while kicking back on the sofa. iRest is designed with a clean aluminum finish and a simple yet solid build and has a 60-degree adjustable reading angle to provide for comfortable viewing of your iPad’s screen.…

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07:40
Samsung earnings expectations plummet

AP Wire:

The steep decline in income, likely the widest fall in Samsung’s earnings history, shows how the company’s quick rise to the world’s top smartphone maker with the Galaxy phones faces what might be its biggest challenge. Its struggle is apparent in both the high-end phone segment where it competes with Apple Inc. and the low-end segment where it faces rising competition from the likes of China’s Xiaomi and Lenovo.

This has been coming for a while now, but there’s no proof like watching earnings projections fall by half in a very short time.

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07:32
iOS 8 adoption rate stagnation

On September 23rd, Apple reported an adoption rate of 46% for iOS 8.

As of October 5th (this past Sunday), Apple’s official numbers show that, in the ensuing weeks, the adoption rate crept up to only 47%. Interestingly, the iOS 7 rate went down from 49% to 47% (as you might expect), but the pre-iOS 7 adoption number actually increased from 5% to 6%.

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07:30
Gist adds iPhone 6 support to its news summarizing...

Plenty of people struggle with balance, even it when it comes to something as simple as reading the news. Sometimes with a busy schedule, news just falls out of our top priorities because the articles are too long to sit down and read. Allow Gist to...

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07:09
New Italian Apple Store opening near Venice on...

On Saturday at 10AM local time, Apple is opening a new Italian store in Marghera, near Venice, according to the company's website. The outlet will be based in the Nave de Vero shopping center, which has over 100 stores spanning several floors. Apple's usual black construction facade went up in the mall earlier this year....



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07:00
Flickr Find: iPhone 6 plus plus plus plus plus

Flickr member Nomad soldier went beyond a basic shot of the iPhone 6 Plus by adding some infinite photo-inspired creativity to this tabletop photograph.

Did you know that TUAW has a Flickr pool? And that we encourage readers to submit their own...

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06:59
Plastc Aims to be Your One-card Digital Wallet

Coin may have kickstarted the digital card to store all your creditcards, but Plastc thinks it has what it takes to leapfrog past its competitor and win a place in out wallets. With Coin months behind schedule, and its lack of chip and PIN support, Plastc could have a leg up in the all-in-one card game - assuming Apple doesn't run over both companies when it launches Apple Pay later this month.


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06:48
Ex-Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie creates messaging iPhone...



Ray Ozzie, who used to be Microsoft’s Chief Technical Officer and Chief Software Architect, has come out with a new app for the iPhone. In an extensive profile, Steven Levy explains the premise behind the app, dubbed Talko. You can read the full overview on Medium. The app has been in development for more than two years.

A new take on phone calls, the app shows if your recipient is currently walking or driving — giving a hint at attentiveness of the speaker before the conversation even begins. It’s a nice use of the Apple M7 and M8 coprocessors. Any voice communication is archived into the growing thread … to...

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06:31
Even before launch, Apple Pay the 'player to...

Though Apple Pay isn't even available to consumers yet, investment firm Morgan Stanley expects that Apple's mobile wallet service will become the industry standard and help drive wider adoption of NFC-based payment systems.

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06:30
Beautifully chronicle and share your life with...

On the surface, StoryPress looks like any other photo journal app, but its unique mix of audio, visual and written storytelling is far more captivating.

The oral traditions of storytelling are a lost art. These days, we tell all of our stories on...

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06:20
iPhone-connected ‘Ambi Climate’ makes your existing...

We’ve already seen a few companies working to turn our current household appliances– everything from thermostats to crockpots– into smart devices controllable with our smartphones. The latest is a new crowd funding project looking to raise funds for a device that will make any window air conditioner an iPhone-connected device with temperature and other predictive climate control features.

Dubbed “Ambi Climate”, the small device pairs with existing air conditioners that use infrared remote-controls.  That includes window, split, freestanding or central AC units.

The app (which will be available for both iOS and Android)...

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06:00
Apple's App Store metrics suggest iOS 8...

According to App Store distribution metrics provided by Apple, the adoption rate of iOS 8 by iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users has stalled, climbing only 1 percent in the weeks since launch. iOS 8 adoption currently sits at 47 percent, up from 46...

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05:45
iOS 8: Using and Disabling QuickType

In this Quick Tip on QuickType, we'll discuss how Apple's new system of predictive text behaves, how to dismiss it from your screen, and how to turn it completely off if you so desire. So if those suggested words marching across your on-screen keyboards upset you, we've got the fix.


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