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Friday October 3

10:49
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-03

It's doom and gloom! Or at least potential security headaches for Mac users. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about code for the BadUSB exploit making it to the Web, and the new iWorm botnet that's targeting Macs around the world.


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10:45
Re/code: Apple’s iPad and OS X Yosemite-focused...

Apple is reportedly set to announce new iPads and more at an event on October 16.

Andrew Cunningham

When it rains, it pours—Apple was silent for most of 2014 before dropping iOS 8, new iPhones, and the Apple Watch announcement on us last month. Now, Re/code says the company plans to hold an iPad-centric event at its town hall campus in Cupertino on October 16. Re/code (formerly AllThingsD) has a stellar track record for predicting Apple event dates, so we're inclined to believe them even though the event is falling on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday (as Apple events usually do).

New iPads will reportedly be the focus of the event, and it's not hard to guess what they'll look...

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10:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: A touch of fashion, a ton...

A touch of fashion, a ton of protection

Fashion and protection both take center stage in this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases.

Ballistic

The Urbanite (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $35) provides durable protection without adding bulk to your handset.

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10:32
Stevie Ray Vaughan

The GRAMMY Museum, based in Los Angeles, will be honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday with FREE admission to its exhibits on October 3, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT. In June, the museum unveiled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, on display through July 2015. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie’s brother, served as a guest curator.

Happy Birthday SRV. You were always one of my favorites.

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10:30
Rumor: Apple will unveil new iPads at an Oct 16 event

Despite the implausible rumor that the next-gen iPad Air may not debut until early 2015, Re/code reports on Friday that Apple will hold another special press event on October 16.

That’s a Thursday, which is not the most common day to have an Apple event, but no matter. Apple declined to officially confirm the information from Re/code’s sources, but the company typically starts inviting the press to these events about a week out, so we should know for sure as soon as next week.

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10:25
Chinese iPhone 6 reservations exceed 4 million

Chinese reservations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already over the 4 million mark, reports Tencent. The devices hit the 2 million mark just a few hours after reservations opened. The new data is said to have been culled directly from companies processing the reservations for carriers and retailers....



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10:13
News: Apple to hold new iPad event Oct. 16

Apple will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16, according to Re/code. The company will unveil “the latest updates to its iPad line” at the event, in addition to new iMacs and the public release of OS X Yosemite. This time around, the event is being held at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino. It’s expected that we’ll see new, faster iPads with Touch ID, possibly with a gold color option....

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10:05
New third-party keyboards for iOS 8: Emoji++ &...

With iOS 8, Apple now allows developers to create alternative keyboards on iPhone and iPad that can be used almost anywhere to replace the system keyboard. We told you about several third-party keyboards for iOS 8 including when the major operating system update was released last month, and a few more interesting third-party keyboards have since been released. The first is an Emoji-only keyboard called Emoji++ that makes finding the right Emoji character much faster, and the second is both a language and symbol keyboard called...

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10:00
INSIDE TRACKS: A stunning smartphone-enabled coffee...

Longtime readers of National Geographic magazine can't help but remember the 1978 story about a young woman named Robyn Davidson who trekked across the Australian outback accompanied by her dog and four camels. As you'd expect from Nat Geo, there...

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09:49
Apple expected to hold iPad & Retina iMac event...

Apple is reportedly planning to hold an event on Thursday, Oct. 16, to showcase the rest of its fall 2014 product lineup, which is expected to include new iPads with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, as well as a 27-inch iMac with Retina display.

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09:44
iPhone Apps: Argus, Instagram, Perfct
09:43
Apple reportedly set to hold iPad/iMac/Yosemite...

Re/code reports that Apple will hold its October event, featuring iPads, on October 16th. According to John Paczkowski, the event will feature updates to Apple’s iPad line, OSX 10.10 Yosemite as well as the new Retina iMacs that we reported on earlier this week. Mac mini updates would be nice too.

The event will also feature Yosemite, assumedly the OS will be released soon after the event, if Apple follows historic patterns.

In contrast to September’s Apple Watch announce/...

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09:41
Apple's iOS 8 update breaks Bluetooth car...

Apple's iOS 8 update released last month has created major problems for users who connect their iPhone to their car's stereo system via Bluetooth, but there are indications that a fix may be on the way with the upcoming iOS 8.1 update.

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09:30
Mayo Clinic rebrands app, adds HealthKit...

Mayo Clinic -- yes, the same Mayo Clinic that helped Apple create the user-friendly Health app -- has updated its own app with HealthKit functionality. The app, which was rebranded as simply "Mayo Clinic" from its previous name "Patient," has been...

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09:20
Facebook reportedly working on a community-focused...

Facebook is reportedly working on its own health app, but don’t expect the network to follow in Apple’s footsteps by tracking your vitals. Facebook’s health initiative is all about community.

While the app is in the early stages of development, Facebook is reportedly taking a cue from the way people already use the network to discuss health problems. According to Reuters, the network is looking at ideas around community discussions, perhaps similar to its thriving Groups section. The Friday report from Reuters also detailed talks between Facebook and medical experts to build apps around preventative care.

To...

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09:19
App Store users experience errors trying to download...

People trying to use the App Store are currently experiencing a variety of problems, according to complaints. Some are seeing vague error messages, while others are simply unable to finish downloads; many people are unaffected. For those who are impacted, the trouble can interfere with both the iOS and Mac App Stores, and any version of iOS or OS X....



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09:02
News: Users reporting iOS 8 Bluetooth connectivity...

Many users are having issues with Bluetooth connectivity following the update to iOS 8 earlier this month, as noted in a recent report from MacRumors. Reports from numerous users on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors forums indicate problems with connecting not only to car audio systems but also headphones, speakers, headsets, and more. Some have reported that Apple support is aware of the incompatibility issue with “some car/navigation…

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09:00
People respond to Apple's iPhone 1000

With Apple going big and bigger with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is this our inevitable future with the iPhone 1000?

Image Credit: Redditor Michel00 via Imgur...

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08:57
News: Apps of the Week: Post-it Plus, WW2: Sandbox,...

New Apps Post-it Plus (free) — This is a clever little app developed directly by 3M, maker of the iconic Post-it notes, designed to take your Post-its into the digital realm. With this app you can simply take a snapshot of a board filled with up to 50 Post-it notes and then individually rearrange and organize them in any way — you can group them into categories, or even combine notes from multiple sessions. The organized board can be shared with…

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08:56
Eric Schmidt says Google doesn’t harvest data, more...

I think Schmidt underestimates the intelligence of the general public. If you don’t buy a product, you are the product being sold.

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08:32
How the Shinkansen bullet train made Tokyo into the...

The Guardian:

The Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area, composed of four prefectures, became the world’s pre-eminent megalopolis – some 35 million people by 2010, or 27% of Japan’s total population. It isn’t unusual for commuters to spend two hours getting to work every day on trains that exceed 150% of capacity.

When I was in Tokyo, one of the things I wanted to see and take pictures of was the Shinkansen bullet train. It’s a shame we don’t have the population densities to make these trains possible here in North America.

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08:30

This might prove useful.

This week, Apple launched a web-based tool to check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Here, users can go to a web site, enter the device’s IMEI number or serial number and see if the Find My iPhone feature has been located.

The Find My iPhone feature aims to prevent the purchase of stolen or disabled products and can feature an Activation Lock functionality, which prevents activation unless authorized by the user. The Activation Lock was introduced in iOS 7 & is enabled by default in iOS 8.

If you’ve tried the site or have any feedback as to the Activation Lock tool, let us know what you think in the comments.

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08:30
iOS 8's privacy notification not sitting well...

Along with the more headline-grabbing feature additions to iOS 8, Apple tweaked a few smaller items such as the way users are alerted to each app's use of location data. That change isn't going over well with some developers who feel that the alerts...

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08:15
Apple taps Steve Dowling as interim vice president...

It’s been a six month search, but Apple appears to have succeeded Katie Cotton with a new VP of worldwide communications. The new hire comes in the form of Steve Dowling, who, according to re/code, was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook, who has been looking to put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple’s public relations efforts.

Sources stated that a search outside the company proved fruitless and Dowling’s appointment has been framed to employees as an interim one and it’s said that Apple will continue to evaluate worthy outside candidates if one should pop up. Still, given that Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially put Dowling at the top of Apple’s PR organization suggests he could remain there.

The next question on people’s minds is what will Nat...

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08:14
iOS 8.1 expected with Apple Pay support on October...

Apple Pay will indeed launch alongside iOS 8.1, and Apple is currently targeting an October 20th date for the firmware, sources say. The people add that hidden code should allow Apple Pay testing via the 8.1 beta. It's not clear whether that includes NFC functions, or simply online-only transactions. Either way testing will allegedly start early this month, supported by code rolling out to developers....



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08:03
BadUSB Malware Code Released to the World and There...

When the BadUSB was demonstrated at the Black Hat conference earlier this year the code to take advantage of the security flaw wasn't released. Now it's been reverse engineered and the researchers who figured it out have released their code on the Internet, which means exploits can't be far behind.

The Mac Observer Spin: The security researchers that posted their BadUSB code online may have the best of intentions, but they may have unleashed what will turn into a major headache for end users, businesses, and governments around the world.


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08:01
iOS 8 lets you easily hide photos and App Store...

Users have can greater control over their privacy with Apple's iOS 8 update, thanks to newly added options to hide individual photos, and to hide App Store purchases directly from an iPhone or iPad.

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08:00
Apple reportedly wants music labels to lower the $10...

Peter Kafka of Re/Code reports that Apple may be actively trying to convince music labels to lower the somewhat-standard US$10/month fee that Beats Music charges for its streaming music service.

Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels...

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07:17
Some users experiencing App Store outages, unable to...

Starting about half an hour ago, the App Store is currently experiencing errors where apps do not finish downloading (or updating). Some users are reporting obtuse error messages, like the one above, whereas others are simply left with paused downloads on their iOS and Mac devices.

Availability likely varies by App Store region, but Twitter reports of App Store issues started around 6.30 Pacific Time. The problems are sporadic and do not necessarily arise on every device, but have been seen to occur across operating system versions: it is not limited to iOS 8 and Yosemite (which is still in beta).

Apple is yet to update its system service status page to acknowledge any issues.

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07:07
The One Apple Watch Thing That Really Matters


While the cellphone nearly killed the wristwatch, the Apple Watch gizmo actually will revive it. In fact, I think the attention that the Apple Watch will bring to our wrists will spark sales of traditional watches. Why? I believe there is a latent desire to have a wristwatch -- to have the convenience of the time on your wrist without the need to pull out your smartphone and ignore the world around you. I think -- hope -- that the Apple Watch actually will lead people to slow down the movement of hand to pocket and pocket to face.

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07:00
Bill Gates: Apple Pay is "fantastic" and a...

Bill Gates yesterday sat down for an insightful interview with Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg where the Microsoft co-founder discussed, amongst other topics, his efforts to leverage the ubiquity of cellphones to help bring affordable and digital banking...

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06:46
Review: Two weeks with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

What can I say about the iPhone 6 that you don’t know or haven’t already assumed? Not much, actually. It’s running iOS 8, has a great camera, thinner design, and a handful of features that make it different from last year’s iPhone.

This year, Apple has bumped up the display size and released two models. We have the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Plus, but if you were paying attention to the rumor mill leading up to the launch, these two models probably weren’t a surprise. That being said, there are still some points I’d like to make about both devices, but instead of creating two reviews, I think it’s safe to combine them so that you...

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06:40
U.S. stock volatility blamed on Apple bears in...

Increasing volatility in the U.S. stock market is being attributed in part to Apple bears on the options market, who have helped to keep America's largest publicly traded company at around the $100-per-share level.

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06:39
News: Apple releases another iTunes 12 beta

Apple has released a new beta for iTunes 12. We took an in-depth look at the first iTunes 12 beta in late July, and we’ll update this story with changes found in the new edition. The latest beta includes a few more cosmetic changes, such as simplifying certain Preferences screens, adding media categories with keyboard shortcuts to the View menu, and improving support for viewing sync settings when multiple iOS devices or iPods are connected....

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06:38
News: Report: Apple asks labels to cut prices for...

Apple is in discussions with major music labels about “a new set of rights and features” — and new pricing — for a revamped Beats Music service, Re/code reports. The company reportedly aims to offer the subscription service for less than its current $10/month rate. It’s noted that talks are still in their initial stages, and getting the labels to cut prices will “require some work on Apple’s part.” A restructuring…

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06:37
Hulu update brings new cleaner design alongside...


In version 4 of its app, Hulu has brought a whole new look to its video streaming app on the iPhone. What matters most is that the app is now optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning videos can use all the pixels of the larger 4.7 and an 5.5 inch displays, which is obviously a vital improvement for video viewing.

A hamburger menu keeps all actions just a couple of taps away. On the other side of the screen, another slide out panel reveals Shows...

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06:30
Daily Deal: Get the RAW Beats rugged speaker for...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the RAW Beats ruggedized speaker for only $39.99—a savings of 50% off the normal price. Designed to be both ultra-portable and durable, the RAW Beats Bluetooth Speaker provides the perfect harmony of big sound and rugged portability. The speaker is waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, and includes a scratch-resistant exterior. Weighing in under a pound, it also houses a built-in microphone that…

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06:27
Deutsche Bank Lowers AAPL Target, Says no Surprises...

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner lowered her target price for Apple's stock from US$105 to $102 because she doesn't see any new product surprises coming from the company. She thinks the company could have trouble beating investor expectations for iPhone sales, and that there won't be any new product announcements before the end of the year.


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06:22
Google's Schmidt says Google encryption...

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has fought back against comments over the company's security and privacy, following comments laid out by Apple CEO Tim Cook. In an interview which touched upon a recent open letter about privacy from Cook, Schmidt claims "Someone didn't brief [Cook] correctly on Google's policies. It's unfortunate for him."...



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06:00
Thousands of Macs infected with OS X botnet malware...

Russian security researchers from anti-virus company Dr Web have discovered a new OS X botnet that has hijacked over 17,000 Macs worldwide. Macs recruited into the botnet are infected with Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware, which is being spread by a...

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05:45
iOS 8: Setting Up Your Medical ID

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the coolest new features of iOS 8-Medical ID. If you configure yours in advance, emergency personnel can access information on your health history, including any allergies or conditions you have or medications you take, all without needing to know your iPhone's passcode. Come on in and learn how it works!


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05:30
Crazy Skydiving falls flat

Dodging obstacles as a parachutist on their way back to the ground in a pixel art environment is the premise for Crazy Skydiving. Set in a very Flappy Bird style of gameplay, Crazy Skydiving emphasizes the punishing nature of difficult games. Crazy...

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05:16
1 million preorders for iPhone 6 in China in six...

Want China Times:

China’s “big three” telecom carriers — China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile — recorded over 1 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus only six hours after they began accepting them for the new phone’s Oct. 10 debut.

Buyers have been able to place their preorders at operators’ online and brick-and-mortar stores as well as their subsidiaries. The total number of preorders could exceed 2 million if they included those sold through distributors such as Suning Appliance and D.Phone.

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05:08
Talking Schmidt: ‘We could all aspire to be a small...

Schmidt loves to talk down Apple at any opportunity, but he is not shy about his admiration of Steve Jobs. At an event last night, in the run up to the release of Schmidt’s book How Google Works, he was asked about who he looks up to. He only said one name.

Via CNET, Schmidt said:

“For me, it’s easy. Steve Jobs,” he said in a quiet, contemplative voice.

“We could all aspire to be a small percentage of Steve,”

“Exceptional people are worth hanging out with,” Schmidt said on Thursday. “Because there is a good chance they are going to change the world.”

Only yesterday was Schmidt dissing Apple for its inferior security and encryption practices, but it’s important to remember that Apple and...

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04:57
European Commission clears Facebook's WhatsApp...

European regulators have given the all-clear on the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp. Four months after Facebook requested the European Commission to review the acquisition over possible antitrust-related issues, the regulator has determined that Facebook and its own Messenger service is not a "close competitor" of WhatsApp, and has authorized the purchase....



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04:51
Rumor tracker

Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. The idea is to track rumors and, ideally, confirm them as true or false.

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04:46
Chinese media reports 4 million iPhone 6...

Yesterday, Chinese iPhone 6 reservations were stated as 2 million in six hours, a rather stunning statistic. Today, an update from the Chinese media press Tencent now says that reservations have topped 4 million. If all these reservations convert into orders, China alone may beat out the iPhone 6’s launch numbers, which — at the time — were considered to be impressive.

What’s more interesting is that Tencent claims it has exact order numbers from one of the main companies offering reservations. This gives some insight into how sales will be split between the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus.

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04:35
Understanding how Apple Pay works

Yoni Heisler does an excellent job of demystifying Apple Pay. Here’s my take on how all this works.

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03:34
Taptic, haptics, and the body fantastic: The real...

The next user interface requires your body. You will literally feel signals chock-full of timely, contextual data delivered from all manner of touchscreens, gadgets and wearables. It’s called haptics, and while it’s been around for years, most notably in game controllers, the Apple Watch is set to deliver this technology to the masses.

Haptic technology—haptics—uses force upon the skin to deliver real-time tactile feedback. These physical sensations are created by tiny motors called actuators. Done right, haptics can mimic the feeling of a pin prick by a wearable that tracks your blood sugar, simulate the plucking of virtual guitar strings on a tablet screen, or re-create the physical recoil of a phaser from your favorite game controller.

To read...

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03:16
Digitimes says iPhone 6 Plus accounting for 60% of...

A new report by Digitimes says that, contrary to public opinion, the iPhone 6 Plus is receiving more orders after beating initial demand expectations. The report says 60% of iPhone production is iPhone 6 Plus units, which may be interpreted as the iPhone 6 Plus being the more popular model. It also says that Foxconn is responsible for iPhone 6 Plus supply, whereas Pegatron is taking up iPhone 6 output.

However, Digitimes doesn’t have the best track record and this information sort of defies other evidence. Firstly, it is important to note that production does not correlate proportionally to demand. It was well publicised that the iPhone 6 Plus was supply-constrained in the runup to release. The burst of iPhone 6 Plus production now may simply be restoring the balance, clearing the backlog of orders.

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03:00
You Should Play: Fotonica brings a new thrilling...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

The floating, suddenly appearing rings are only there to distract you. Focus on the path ahead!

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02:27
Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

An anonymous reader writes Apple bought Siri in 2010, but its core technology is owned by Nuance, maker of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Now Samsung is looking to buy Nuance. From the article: "This past June, Nuance and Samsung began merger talks, but nothing came of it. At the time, the two companies said talks had 'slowed' due to 'complexities.' But they didn't say it was dead. Guess what? The talks are back on. The first hint came in June, after the company missed the quarterly projections. The Wall Street Journal then brought up the talks with Samsung and also noted the company had taken financial steps that could indicate a buyout was imminent. The company’s earnings report for June stated that Nuance was redeeming $250 million in 2027 convertible notes. By calling back the debt, that would save the future acquirer around $50 million from a debt-to-share conversion."

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Thursday October 2

22:50
Apple asking labels for lower streaming rates,...

Apple is asking the major music labels to adjust their agreements with the iPhone maker to allow to go ahead with a planned revision of the subscription-based Beats Music service that may well portend a lowering of the monthly cost. The company apparently plans to introduce changes to the service next year, and wants to obtain new rights and features at a lower price as part of what it has in mind. Streaming services have recently gained in popularity at around the $10 per month mark, which is what Beats Music charges....



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22:26
Watch rare footage of the Senators beating the...

Washington Post:

When eight cans of nitrate film arrived at the Library of Congress in August, a staffer began a routine inspection to see what sort of physical condition the film was in. Without even watching the footage, she quickly noticed a headline screaming out from one of the newsreels: “SENATORS WIN WORLD SERIES,” it said. “40,000 frantic fans see American Leaguers take 12-inning deciding game, 4 to 3.”

And when archivists from the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation watched the reel, they found nearly four minutes of footage from that 1924 World Series, footage that somehow had remained in nearly perfect condition for 90 years. Bucky Harris hitting a home run, Walter Johnson pitching four innings of scoreless relief, Muddy Ruel scoring the winning run, fans storming Griffith Stadium’s field: It was all there, and it was all glorious.

Fascinating to see how much, and how little, the game has changed since this was shot.

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22:19
Tweetbot 3.5: iPhone 6 support, interactive...

Macstories:

From a visual perspective, Tweetbot 3.5 looks and works the same, keeping the foundation that Tapbots introduced with Tweetbot 3 last year. The app hasn’t changed considerably – it has evolved in expected ways and within the limitations imposed by Twitter’s API for third-party apps.

Glad to see this update to my favourite iPhone Twitter client. Can’t wait for the updated iPad version, too.

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20:39
Apple updates iTunes 12 beta for OS X Yosemite...

On Thursday, Apple released an updated version of the beta for iTunes 12, intended for developers and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Public Beta testers. The update follows on the heels of Monday's Golden Master candidate for Yosemite. The iTunes update makes very minor changes to version 12, including some refinement on vertical alignment in the top bar, a handful of revised icons and other minor tweaks. The forthcoming final release will include support for Family Sharing, and an overall new look....



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19:58
JPMorgan Chase breach outlined in SEC filing, 76M...

A filing made with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday revealed new information on the scope of the breach that JPMorgan Chase witnessed earlier in the summer. In July the company, along with at least four other financial institutions, discovered an attack by hackers that reportedly resulted in gigabytes of data stolen after they gained high-level access to 90 of JPMorgan Chase's servers worldwide....



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19:48
Eric Schmidt says Google 'far more secure...

Google Executive Chairman Eric Shmidt on Thursday responded to comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook referring to the Internet search giant's privacy policies, saying Cook is misinformed and that Google's systems are "far more secure" than anything Apple has.

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19:14
Briefly: Twitter for Mac update, Spotify now...

Twitter for Mac has received an update today, adding new photo features for OS X users. The app allows users to access the social media platform outside of a web browser. Twitter for Mac v3.1 includes the new ability to view and post Tweets with up to four photos at a time, with an image preview for each available for viewing the full photo. Photos can now be shared privately in the Messages section. Various performance improvements and bug fixes are also available in the latest version. Free to download, Twitter for Mac is available through the App Store....



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19:11
Apple expands matching-donations program, has raised...

In the span of three years, Apple's matching-donation program -- which encourages employee giving to recognized charities by matching their donation -- has raised more than $50 million. On Thursday, Apple notified employees that it would expand the program worldwide, and will begin donating money to charities where employees volunteer at a rate of $25 per hour. The expansion will bring the program to nearly all countries where Apple has a presence, the company said....



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18:34
Elementary OS 'Freya' Is Worth the Wait


Elementary OS is a new style Linux distro that wraps its own sophisticated desktop design around a solid Ubuntu core. This distro first appeared in 2011. Its developers released the second major version, Elementary OS Luna, last year. The latest weeks-old beta release of what will be the third major version, called "Freya," shows that Elementary OS continues to offer Linux users a dependable alternative to popular desktop options. Despite its name, Elementary OS is anything but rudimentary.

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17:32
PayPal cut out of Apple Pay talks because of Samsung...

The publication claims former PayPal president David Marcus was against the Samsung partnership as it would hinder future operations with Apple, but eBay CEO John Donahoe forced PayPal to accept. The dynamic just got more interesting with news today that PayPal will be spun off from eBay in 2015, possibly opening the door to policy changes and realigned alliances.

M O R O N S

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17:21
Tom Morello sure can be a dick

Tom’s version doesn’t do much to change my mind.

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17:13
Apple designer Marc Newson designs Heineken beer...

In his first interview since joining Apple, industrial designer Marc Newson discusses his latest product – a domestic draft beer machine he says is the equivalent to a Nespresso coffee maker for beer lovers.

Sweet mother of God, I must have this!

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17:10
Tim Cook names Steve Dowling interim head of Apple PR

After nearly six months of searching and deliberation, Apple appears to have settled on a successor to Katie Cotton, its former VP of worldwide corporate communications — and it’s not former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. It’s Apple comms veteran Steve Dowling. Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook, who has been looking to put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple’s public relations efforts.

Personally, I think this is the first step to Dowling getting the position full time.

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17:08
Looking to revamp Beats Music at a lower rate, Apple...

Last month Apple was rumored to be looking for a way to shut down the current version of the Beats Music streaming service that it acquired as part of the Beats Electronics deal, though the claim of a shutdown was quickly shot down in favor of an upcoming rebranding effort.

Today Re/code has revealed a bit...

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17:06
Samsung riffs on iPhone 6 'Bendgate' woes...

True to form, Samsung on Thursday released a commercial touting the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet by capitalizing on negative reports criticizing Apple's latest iPhone 6 models for being too "bendy."

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16:36
Apple in talks with music labels to reduce Beats...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple is in talks with major music labels over content licensing price cuts to be applied to Beats Music, which could result in subscription fee drops some time next year.

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16:35
Apple Taps Steve Dowling as Interim Head of PR

Apple reportedly turned to Steve Dowling, a veteran in the company's public relations department, to be the interim head. Mr. Dowling will be replacing Katie Cotton, Apple's legendary PR boss, who left the company earlier this year.


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16:26
How to Use Apple Support Profile, and Why You Should

Apple has rolled out another useful consumer tool, particularly if you treat Apple products like Pokemon. With the Apple Support Profile, you can find out all manner of things about hardware registered to an Apple ID, making it a great resource for people who need to track a lot of devices.


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16:22
Speed test on flagship phones shows off iPhone 6...

Though it has often been said that "specs aren't everything" when it comes to buying electronic devices, many consumers are still swayed by things like RAM or processing speed alone when considering device purchases. A new speed test by enthusiast site PhoneBuff, however, may convince many buyers to re-think the importance of the spec sheet. The new iPhone 6 was tested against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), and won the race handily....



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16:02
The UI/UX Designer Training Bundle: $34

We have a deal today for a bundle of training courses aimed at user interface designers. Called The UI/UX Designer Bundle, it includes Learn iPhone App Interface Design From Scratch, User Experience By The Numbers, Optimize Your Digital Products With User Testing, Put Your Customers First: Be A UX Champion, Build Habit-Forming Products, and User Experience Design Fundamentals. That's more than 167 hours of training for just $34, a huge discount from the $692 retail priace.


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16:01
EFF Raises Alarm Over ComputerCOP's Spying Ways


ComputerCOP software, a parental monitoring application that long has been recommended and distributed by law enforcement agencies, is little more than spyware with significant potential for abuse, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported Wednesday. The software includes a keylogger that could expose a family's personal information by transmitting what's typed to third-party servers without encryption, the EFF said. Products such as ComputerCOP can have a dark side, said technology attorney Raymond Van Dyke.

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16:00
Apple reportedly names Steve Dowling as interim PR...

Apple has temporarily promoted PR rep Steve Dowling to replace the recently departed Katie Cotton, according to a report today from Re/Code.

Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week...

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15:56
Leonardo DiCaprio no longer in talks to play Steve...

Leonardo DiCaprio, who was previously in talks to play the lead role in director Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, has reportedly turned down the offer and will instead take an extended hiatus from acting.

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15:47
Leonardo DiCaprio drops out of Steve Jobs role in...


DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has decided not to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed biopic after all, according to the Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was first reported as being considered for the role back in April, with Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct.

The Aaron Sorkin-penned film has...

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15:28
Apple Shrinks Market for Stolen iPhones


Apple on Thursday closed a gap in its efforts to combat mobile device theft with the announcement of a service for checking the Activation Lock status of its iPhone, iPad and iPod product lines. The Find My iPhone Activation Lock requires that an owner's Apple ID and passcode be entered into an iOS device before Find My iPhone can be turned off or the device can be erased or reactivated. Find My iPhone also allows an owner to locate a device using its location services.

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15:15
iOS 8 third party keyboards explained and reviewed

TidBITS:

One of the most intriguing features of iOS 8 is how Apple opened it up to third-party keyboards. Google’s Android mobile operating system has allowed developers to create custom system keyboards for years, which has led to interesting experiments, like Swype, which lets you draw on the keyboard to spell out words.

Now, keyboards like Swype are available for iOS 8, but how you enable and use them isn’t always obvious. Also of concern is how these third-party keyboards, some of which connect to the Internet, impact your privacy.

I have little to no interest in third party keyboards but I know a lot of you do. TidBITS does their usual good job of how to set up and use them and what to watch out for.

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15:00
Another TUAW iPhone 6 case giveaway extravaganza!

Help me, I'm drowning in iPhone 6 cases! We're still not seeing a lot of iPhone 6 Plus cases - I think the larger iPhone caught a lot of manufacturers off guard - but the iPhone 6 case market seems to be very healthy, thank you. So once again, we're...

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14:41
Apple seeds iTunes 12 beta 3 to developers ahead of...

Apple on Thursday issued the third beta build of iTunes 12 to developers and members of its Apple Seed program, bringing minor tweaks and backend enhancements to the stalwart media app.

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14:35
LG Electronics releases curved, 21:9 ratio...

LG Electronics announced this week that it's bringing it first curved LED computer monitor to the United States this week. The LG Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97) offers an LED backlight, in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG states that the 34UC97 is built as a desktop replacement for dual monitor set-ups....



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14:35
LG Electronics releases curved, 21:9 ratio...

LG Electronics announced this week that it's bringing it first curved LED computer monitor to the United States this week. The LG Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97) offers an LED backlight, in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG states that the 34UC97 is built as a desktop replacement for dual monitor set-ups....



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14:33
Today in Twitter: Updates for Twitter for Mac and...

It’s a busy day for Twitter clients. Twitter’s own desktop client for Mac was updated to a version 3.1 on Thursday to introduce a couple of nifty new photo-centric features, allowing up to four photos per tweet and letting users share photos privately in in direct messages.

On the mobile side, popular third-party Twitter app Tweetbot 3 got updated to version 3.5 on Wednesday to get the iOS 8 treatment. The app is now optimized for iOS 8 as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and also features interactive notifications for iOS 8 users.

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14:30
Nimble-fingered strategists will love Light 'em...

It would seem there is a never-ending influx of strategy and puzzle-related games coming down the App Store pike, and for good reason. There is a burgeoning group of fans waiting to try them, critique them, and talk about them to their friends and on...

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14:16
Apple releases fourth beta of iTunes 12 to...

Apple has pushed out the fourth pre-release version of iTunes 12 to users running the developer preview or public beta of OS X Yosemite. The update weighs in at 214 MB, but the seed notes don’t list anything new in this build. There do appear to be some new icons in the preferences screen, but for the most part it’s the same as the other betas we’ve seen.

 

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14:00
Notes Plus is a terrific note taker for iPad

Notes Plus (iPad only, US$9.99) is an app for taking notes. It sounds simple enough, and you'd expect that it's certainly a needed app for people who are drawing, scribbling and writing down anything from lecture notes to making diagrams or...

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13:30
Banca is the most beautiful currency converter for...

Banca is a currency converter available universally for iPhone and iPad. It supports a virtually endless list of currencies and converts amounts on the fly. It's also highly customizable with various theme and font options, plus the ability to add or...

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13:18
Apple Reportedly Blacklists German Magazine for...

German tech magazine Computer Bild accused Apple of blacklisting the publication in retaliation for an iPhone 6 Plus bend video. If true, it seems like a silly move on Apple's part, and Bryan Chaffin hopes it was a kneejerk mistake.


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13:14
Source code for critical USB firmware exploit posted...

Security researchers Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson have published source code for a theoretically unpatchable USB firmware bug called "BadUSB." First revealed at at the Black Hat security conference in July, the two researchers who reverse engineered the original finding say that they did it for the public good, and "so people can defend against it." More severe exploits are possible using this method, but Caudill and Wilson are hesitant to release them, fearing more dangerous exploits....



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13:11
Briefly: Google+ adds Audience setting, iLuv's...

Google's social network Google+ has added a new privacy feature, allowing its users to limit who views their content based on age and location. The new section, found within Profile Settings, is called Audience; here an age limit can be selected on content viewing, and users can also select what countries the content can be viewed from. Varying age restrictions can be chosen for each country if desired....



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13:08
Talking Schmidt: Google ‘far more secure &...

There’s been an awful lot of Schmidt talk lately with the Google chairman’s new book How Google Works available for your reading and analysis, and Eric Schmidt continued his defense of Google after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent comments contrasting the two competitors on privacy. “Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policy,” Schmidt told CNN adding that Google’s systems “are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else including Apple.” Schmidt did credit Cook for correctly pointing out...

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13:00
The Mac II Book

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this isn't an officially licensed Apple product. I have to admit, my favorite feature is the fact, while it's a laptop, it has a built-in wired mouse. Now that's some serious innovation! Think different, after...

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12:48
Steve Dowling takes over as interim Apple PR head

Apple has appointed an internal candidate -- experienced PR man Steve Dowling -- as its interim PR head, the company has confirmed Sources say the decision was made last week, following almost six months of failed searching for exterior options. While Dowling could conceivably hold the position, his appointment has reportedly been characterized as temporary to workers, and the sources say Apple will continue to consider outside candidates....



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12:47
Mac: Twitter, Inc. Twitter 3.1

Although Twitter is quick to roll out new features to its mobile apps, the Mac version seems to get updated with much less frequency, so it’s somewhat noteworthy when an update appears on the Mac App Store. Twitter 3.1 adds two new features that came to the iOS app almost a year ago: the ability to attach photos in Direct Messages and include up to four photos in a single tweet....

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12:30
Have a swinging time with Cloud Knights

The premise of Cloud Knights is simple, players control a knight who must defeat the enemy and occasionally protect another knight. However, Cloud Knights features a control scheme where the knight uses swinging his weapon as his only means of...

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12:25
iOS 8: Apple Moves Setting for Notification Center...

In iOS 7, you specified whether Notifications could be displayed on the Lock Screen in the Notification Center. If you did, there was a small white bar at the top of the Lock Screen. In iOS 8, Apple has consolidated that setting, along with others, in the Setting called Touch ID & Passcode.


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12:00
Patent litigant Unwired Planet seeking uncut Apple...

Patent licensing firm, and non-practicing entity Unwired Planet (formerly known as Openwave) is demanding that Apple produce the damages reports it filed in 2012's Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trial. Unwired Planet's attorneys claim in a filing that the documents produced in the trial will prove how its patents that it claims are abused in iCloud, iPhones, iPads, and Siri drive sales of Apple hardware. Apple is fighting the filing, saying that not only is its confidential data at stake, and not relevant to this issue, but Samsung's data is at risk as well....



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12:00
Apple Pay: An in-depth look at what's behind...

With Apple Pay slated to go live later this month, one can soon expect to see an avalanche of fear mongering from pundits who, like PayPal, will question the wisdom of trusting Apple with user credit card information.

The reality, though, is that...

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11:55
Apple overhauls employee benefits with longer...

Apple on Thursday announced to employees in a company-wide memo that it is expanding workers' benefits, including longer parental leave, an expanded donation matching program, subsidized student loan refinancing, and education reimbursement for all classes.

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11:53
iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards Explained and Reviewed

Confused by third-party keyboards in iOS 8? Josh Centers explains how they work, how to set them up, and how Apple can improve them before sharing his favorite replacement and utility keyboards.

 

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