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Tuesday September 30

03:37
Apple Watch is about more than technology: It's...

As he concluded the inaugural iPad event back in January 2010, Steve Jobs summed up Apple’s mission in a single slide. Two street signs were labeled Technology and Liberal Arts, and he explained that Apple operates at the intersection. With Apple Watch, Apple seems to have added a new cross-street: fashion.

Where good looks have always been somewhat secondary to Apple devices usability, the company’s first wearable is all about style, so much so that for its first public appearance Apple chose one of the hippest boutiques in Paris during Fashion Week, not the Apple Store at Carrousel du Louvre.

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03:13
European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal...

In an official preliminary finding published on Tuesday, the European Union's antitrust watchdog said it believes Apple is receiving special treatment from Ireland in the form of tax agreements, a situation that constitutes state aid and could therefore be viewed as illegal.

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03:06
1Password 5 Touches New Heights in iOS 8

The new 1Password 5 app puts password security at your fingertip in iOS 8 through extensions and Touch ID integration. Glenn Fleishman walks you through the new features and explains how to take advantage of them, something that’s not always obvious.

 

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02:23
Apple Will Launch iPhone 6 in China on October 17th...

Apple announced Tuesday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale in China on October 17th. The company had faced regulatory hurdles and scrutiny over security concerns from the Chinese government-according to Reuters, those concerns had been addressed to China's satisfaction.


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02:07
Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time.

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01:29
Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD adds...

While the notoriously cost-conscious PC market hasn’t embraced Thunderbolt technology yet, you can’t buy a brand-new Mac from Apple without it having at least one Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt’s versatility means that Apple can keep its computers slim and the ports to a minimum—with the right cables or adapters, a Thunderbolt port can connect devices that use FireWire 800, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Ethernet.

The problem arises when you need all those connections at the same time. A versatile dock like Belkin’s just-announced Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, while seemingly pricey at $300, could mean the difference between getting along with a MacBook Air (two USB ports and one Thunderbolt) or an iMac (four USB and two...

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00:10
Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in...

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support....



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Monday September 29

23:29
Despite faster A8, higher pixel count of iPhone 6...

With 2.1 million pixels, the Retina HD resolution of iPhone 6 Plus demands a lot more GPU performance than either iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s to render 2D and 3D graphics at its native resolution, resulting in benchmarks with--in some cases--lower frames per second rendering results in native resolution GPU tests.

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22:34
Update: iPhone 6, 6 Plus approved in China, debuts...

[Update: Apple official announcement reveals China debut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus on October 17] The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and will formally debut on October 17, Apple says. According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks....



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20:40
Apple-owned Beats sues man claiming to be brand co-...

According to new court filings, Apple-owned Beats is suing Roam and Jibe Audio founder Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after Lamar posted numerous times on social media and his own company's website that he was a "co-founder" of Beats alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Lamar does have a legitimate connection to the headphone maker, and collects a royalty on certain models of Beats headphones, Beats says in its filing that Lamar has "never had any ownership interest" in the audio products company....



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20:00
Review: ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist worn device that allows the tracking of the wearing through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be better off spending money on something with more features? Find out in our review....



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19:52
Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with...

As some expected, Apple's latest iOS 8.1 beta build contains assets for the upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments service, including hidden settings menus and references to an iPad with Touch ID fingerprint recognition.

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19:51
iPhone 6 finally approved for sale in China...

Earlier this month it was discovered that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would be delayed in China due to regulatory hold ups when Chinese authorities decided that they were not pleased with the current state of security on iOS. According to...

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19:33
Apple Pay settings page and iPad Touch ID references...

According to newly surfaced screenshots of a modified version of the recently released iOS 8.1 beta, it appears that the upcoming iPad line will have some amount of Apple Pay capability and a Touch ID sensor to match. Additionally, screenshots of a hidden Passbook settings page have surfaced showing what it might look like when adding a credit card for use with Apple Pay.

The above screenshots come via Hamza Sood, and include one of the “About Apple Pay and Privacy” page as well. We’ve embedded the full transcript below. As for the screenshot on the left, there’s an option for adding a credit card or debit card, choosing your...

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19:27
Apple's iPhone 6 to arrive in China on Oct. 17...

Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones will hit the important Chinese market on Oct. 10, as the country's regulatory agency in charge of communications issued a license to start devices sales Tuesday local time.

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18:43
Apple's Beats sues Steven Lamar for claiming...

In a recent court filing, Apple-owned Beats brought suit against Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after the audio equipment entrepreneur allegedly misreported his affiliation with the Beats brand in order to boost a new audio enterprise.

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18:18
Apple Watch spotted on display at Colette ahead of...




Several users on Instagram and Twitter have captured photos...

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18:13
Bug in iOS can cause iCloud Drive erasure, report...

A newly-discovered bug in the "Reset All Settings" control in iOS 8 can cause documents stored in the new iCloud Drive to be permanently deleted. The feature is not recommended to be upgraded to until OS X Yosemite has been officially released -- which is expected to happen sometime next month -- but some iOS 8 users who have upgraded prematurely will be at risk of losing files, such as iWork documents stored in the cloud, if they use the "Reset All Settings" troubleshooting feature....



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18:00
Reviews: ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist worn device that allows the tracking of the wearing through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does ......

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17:13
Apple files lawsuit against Steven Lamar for calling...

Earlier this year, Steven Lamar, one of the men behind the Beats line of headphones, brought a claim against Apple for cutting him out of the $3 billion deal to buy out the headphones maker. How the Hollywood Reporter says that Beats (and thus Apple) is suing Lamar for claiming that he co-founded the company.

The company says that by marketing his new line of headphones by promoting himself as a “co-founder” of Beats, Lamar is falsely using the Apple subsidiary’s name for false marketing. Furthermore, the company is claiming that various news reports referring to Lamar as a co-founder are misleading. Apple’s lawyers are demanding...

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17:00
iOS 8.0.2 probably not Apple's finest update

So, how did the update to iOS 8.0.2 that was released last Friday go for you? Apple support boards are getting pretty active with people complaining about the update that was "supposed to fix 8.0.1."

A lot of the issues seem to be centered around...

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16:58
3-In-1 Mobile Lens Kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6+...

We have a adel for you on a 3-in-1 Mobile Lens Kit that works with iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus. It works with many Android devices, too. The kit includes Fish-Eye, Wide Angle, and Macro lenses you attach to your device with an adapter. It retails for $69, but through our deal it's yours for $24.99.


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16:39
Apple reports all iCloud services down for some...

In an update to Apple's online systems status webpage, the company announced ongoing outages of all iCloud services, including account sign-ins, mail, storage and more.

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16:32
Facebook Launches Atlas Ad Network to Sell You...

Facebook announced Atlas Solutions on Monday, an online advertising network that will allow Facebook to profit from your user data in places other than Facebook. With Atlas, Facebook will deliver targeted ads to third party sites and mobile apps, just like Google.


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16:16
Latest iOS 8 bug reportedly causes unwanted deletion...

Adding to Apple's iOS 8 launch troubles, a report on Monday claims the operating system's "Reset All Settings" feature for hardware wiping user preferences also deletes data stored in iCloud Drive.

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16:13
Weather Underground updated with iOS 8 widget...


The popular Weather Underground app has been updated with support for iOS 8’s widgets that sports a lot more data than most weather widgets will give you. The new at-a-glance view in the Notification Center provides a look at current radar images and current weather conditions.

You can grab the free Weather Underground app from the iOS App Store. For even more iOS 8 widgets, check out our recent round-ups of...

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16:13
Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' Unix...

Although nearly all Mac users are unaffected by the issue Apple has made good on its word to quickly fix a serious security flaw in bash, a Unix shell that comes as part of OS X. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, and today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). The flaw, known as "Shellshock," could potentially allow users who have set up advanced Unix services that interact with the web to be vulnerable to remote intrusion....



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16:01
PSA: Some Users Reporting Data Loss with iCloud ‘...

Some users are reporting data loss when using the "Reset All Settings" option in iCloud Drive in iOS 8. That feature is designed to reset preferences, and it expressly states, "No data or media will be deleted," but that's exactly what is happening.


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16:00
Apple patches “Shellshock” Bash bug in OS X 10.9, 10...

The patched Bash shell on a system running OS X 10.9.5.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple has just released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell that we first reported on last week. Bash, which is the default shell for many Unix and Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the Shellshock remote exploit bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users.

When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgraded the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2....

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16:00
This student's fake Apple ad is just as...

Apple advertisements have their own voice, a mixture of whimsy and technical flourish that makes each one compelling in its own way. Sometimes they're moving, often they're funny, but they're always visually striking. Because the visual elements...

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15:59
Consumer Reports puts iPhone 6 handsets through bend...

The Internet has exploded with images and videos of bent iPhone 6 Plus handsets as well as a viral video of someone deforming the handset with his bare hands. And, with that, Consumer Reports sprang into scientific action to perform actual tests that seem to indicate that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets may be tougher than currently rumored.

Per Consumer Reports, the publication used what’s called a “three-point flexural test,” in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, then force is applied at a third point on the top—you can see the testing for yourself in our video. The group applied and measured the force using a high-precision Instron compression test machine. Along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we tested the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One (M8), and for those wondering about their old iPhones, they tested the...

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15:41
Opinion: Why the iPhone 6 camera is only 8 megapixels

By Bob Snow

The iPhone 6 camera has the same 8 megapixel count as the 5s and this has spec-happy geeks bashing the phone. There are compelling reasons for going lower and I will try to lay them out.

Small sensors can suffer when they have a high pixel density. The sites that gather light become very small and they typically sacrifice low light performance. Low light performance gets traded off for higher resolution and even this becomes an issue with small sensors. No matter how high the resolution of the sensor, lens resolution comes into play much more when the sensor is small. If the sensor is small enough, the lens will not have nearly enough resolving power to take advantage of all the pixels. You need a bigger sensor for that. The image can only be as sharp as the light coming from the lens and that will most likely be the limiting factor. Think of a tiny sensor with a trillion pixels. Lens resolution will be the limiting factor.

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15:31
Apple issues first iOS 8.1, Apple TV and Xcode 6.1...

Following last week's two iOS 8 bug fixes, Apple on Monday seeded the first beta of the iOS 8.1 maintenance update to developers, potentially with assets to enable Apple Pay mobile payments service.

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15:30
Raise an army in Rise of Rome

Commanding armies, building a city, and employing strategies to complete a variety of quests are a big part of the action in Rise of Rome. On the quest to create a strong roman empire, players can upgrade their city for defense and upgrade their army...

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15:26
Apple’s bad month gets worse with iOS bug that could...

Apple is having a bad month. Sure, the company launched two new iPhones, introduced the world to their first wearable device, and debuted a brand-new NFC payment system, but for everything that went right something somewhere also seems to...

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15:23
First beta version iOS 8.1 hits Apple’s developer...

Apple has just released iOS 8.1 beta 1 on its developer center. The update has a build number of 12B401. As we reportedly earlier, the company is also working on iOS 8.2 and 8.3 for release in the future. The release is available for all iOS 8-compatible devices, including the Apple TV.

We’ll keep this article updated with any new changes discovered in the beta. The release notes are below.

Notes and Known Issues
The following issues relate to...

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15:23
MDC locking up. XSAN 3.1 OSX 10.9.4, MDC Mac Mini

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: MDCMavericksMac Mini

XSAN configuration went well. System appears to work well for about a week, then MDC1 will usually freeze up. It appears to fail over to MDC2, but XSAN admin and cvadmin still list MDC1 as hosting. This is usually discovered by clients losing access to volume. It requires a hard shutdown of MDC1 and sometimes MDC2 and reboot of storage to get back. The log files are usually lost in the Hard Boot. Once restarted, everything works ok again for about a week then freezes again.

Any thoughts?

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15:14
Laurene Powell Jobs 28th Wealthiest American, 4th...

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is the 28th wealthiest person in America, and the 4th richest woman. According to Forbes magazine's newest wealth ranking, Mrs. Powell Jobs is worth some $16.6 billion, less than the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sheldon Adelson, and Sergey Brin, but more than roughly 313.9 million other people.


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15:11
Opinion: Flexibility Under Stress

By Bob Snow

The new iPhone 6 Plus appears to have a problem. There have been a number of reports of the Plus deforming under a relatively normal mode of use. The phone, when placed in a front pocket for a length of time and stressed, can bend and not return to its original flat form. This is not a problem that can be simply dismissed, nor is it the end of the world. Apple knows how to benefit from the emotion and hype in the lead up to such an important introduction. The downside is that any negative publicity about the product gets similarly amplified. Take a deep breath and let’s look at the ramifications.

Apple relies on profits from phone sales more than any other product line, and the Plus is a costly and very personal product from the perspective of the consumer. There is a lot riding on this, but it could be much worse. I don’t think the problem will effect the 4.7-inch phone,...

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15:00
Hands-on with the Tintag rechargeable item tracker

As part of our continuing coverage of the world of connected devices and of crowdsourced projects, I see a lot of item tracking devices. These are usually little Bluetooth tags that connect to something you want to keep track of - keys, backpacks,...

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14:45
Apple Releases Shellshock Security Update for...

Apple released security updates for Bash in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Monday afternoon to address the Shellshock flaw that became big news last week. Bash is a command line shell for OS X's UNIX underpinnings, and Shellshock could potentially give attackers an exploit to gain access to servers and user's computers.


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14:36
Apple releases bash patch to plug 'Shellshock...

As promised, Apple on Monday issued OS X bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion, targeting the recently discovered "Shellshock" security flaw originating in the bash UNIX shell.

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14:32
Apple releases OS X bash update 1.0 addressing...

Apple has just released a new download for users on OS X Mavericks to address the recently-discovered “Shellshock” bug. Apple previously noted that that only a few Macs were actually impacted by the bug and that most users were protected by default. The company promised to release an update shortly to address those who had manually configured their computers in a way that left them exposed.

For users on older versions of OS X, the Mavericks fix will not work. To secure those systems, there are separate downloads...

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14:30
Share videos easily with RealPlayer Cloud

I'm old enough to remember when Real Video was the only game in town for streaming video. Once upon a time, everyone had some version of real on their computer. Then it went out of fashion or was overtaken by others, perhaps YouTube? I honestly do...

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14:26
Video shows two kids deliberately bending iPhones at...

A new video circulating on the Internet shows two kids -- identifying themselves as Kylie and Danny -- going into an Apple Store and trying to bend the iPhone 6 Plus. The pair succeed several times, causing the phones' metal frames to warp and pop out their displays. Thousands of dollars' worth of hardware is believed to have been damaged, but Kylie suggests that "it's Apple fault" for poor design....



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14:00
HP and Neat partner for home and small office...

HP has been manufacturing all-in-one printers with scanners for years, and Neat has made a name for itself with smart scanners and organization software. Today, the two companies have announced a partnership of sorts, with the new HP OfficeJet 8040...

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13:58
How to Use iOS 8’s Photos Extensions

iOS 8 Extensions open the door for iPhone and iPad apps to share data and features, and that creates new potential for Apple's own Photos app and image editing. Third party image editing apps can now share their filters with the Photos app, but you need to know how to enable them first - which is fairly easy to do.


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13:53
Meet Ello, the Social Network Where You Are Not The...

There's been a lot of curiosity surrounding Ello, a new social network. Want to know what it is, or how it's different from what you already have? Kelly walks you through it.


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13:30
iLands is a decent substitute sandbox game

iLands is a free game for iPhone and iPad that's available for iOS 4.3 or later. However, iLands Premium is available as an in-app purchase for (US $3.99.) If you're not wanting to drop $6.99 for Minecraft - Pocket Edition, then this is your game....

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13:27
Gird your wallet: Apple reportedly has a Retina iMac...

Apple clearly wants to bankrupt you, if rumors of a 27-inch Retina iMac scheduled to launch with OS X Yosemite this year are true.

iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks already have
super high-resolution Retina displays, but when Apple refreshed its iMac line in June, adding a new, cheaper model, it seemed like Retina on the desktop wasn’t
in the cards this year. According to 9to5Mac, we could see a Retina
iMac as soon as next month. But...

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13:25
4 Science Oriented Apps that Support iOS 8...

iOS 8 supports widgets in the Notification Center. Apps that are properly built will be visible there and support a subset of the app's full features, often for quick reference. Here are four science oriented apps that integrate with Notification Center.


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13:00
RadarBox24 is like an aircraft radar station in your...

RadarBox24 (free) is a slick iOS app that displays a zoomable map showing airlines flights that are currently en route. Zoom in and you see representations of the planes moving along their routes. The aircraft location information comes from the...

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12:59
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29...

Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 3.2.1, Evernote 5.6, SpamSieve 2.9.16, Sandvox 2.9, PopChar X 6.7, and Typinator 6.2.

 

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12:59
ExtraBITS for 29 September 2014

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS links, we look at the viability of Mac OS 9 in 2014, why old security vulnerabilities just won’t die, and Apple’s iPhone stress-testing process.

 

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12:58
Tracking shows iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 already in...

Apple is already testing iOS 8.1, 8.2, and even 8.3, sources say. The information has also reportedly been verified through website analytics, showing visits by devices with the firmware. Hits from v8.1 devices are said to have registered before 8.0 launched on September 17, but 8.2 and 8.3 traffic only began escalating post-launch....



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12:47
First Look: SwitchEasy 0.35, LifePocket + Numbers...

Three new cases from SwitchEasy represent a fairly wide array of different protective options for the iPhone 6. First up is 0.35 ($15), a 0.35mm thick layer of soft plastic sold in five colors. It just barely qualifies as a case thanks to the top, side, and back coverage, providing anti-scratch coverage but probably no help in the event of a drop; the bottom and screen are left entirely open. Next is LifePocket ($40), a wallet case with a nylon exterior,…

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12:38
Apple Updates Bash for the Shellshock Vulnerability

Apple has released patches for the Bash vulnerability Shellshock, and although they’re not yet available in Software Update, you can download and install them manually for Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. In our testing, the patch seems to work.

 

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12:38
Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Nerval's Lobster writes Apple touts the Swift programming language as easy to use, thanks in large part to features such as Interface Builder, a visual designer provided in Xcode that allows a developer to visually design storyboards. In theory, this simplifies the process of designing both screens and the connections between screens, as it needs no code and offers an easy-to-read visual map of an app's navigation. But is Swift really so easy (or at least as easy as anything else in a developer's workflow)? This new walkthrough of Interface Builder (via Dice) shows that it's indeed simple to build an app with these custom tools... so long as the app itself is simple. Development novices who were hoping that Apple had created a way to build complex apps with a limited amount of actual coding might have to spend a bit more time learning the basics before embarking on the big project of their dreams.

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12:30
Vanishh Pro fails to keep promise of self-...

Vanishh Pro is an email security tool that automatically deletes the email on the receiver's end after a predetermined amount of time passes from first opening it. This ensures that the email doesn't fall into the wrong hands or receivers don't save...

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12:00
Why the Apple Watch will never cannibalize iPhone...

Recently, some smart industry observers have discussed the idea that the Apple Watch will one day feature cellular connectivity and actually become so compelling as to cannibalize iPhone sales.

The always insightful Ben Thompson of Stratechery, in...

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11:57
Kindle & Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 6...




The list of updated apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is still somewhat small since developers only learned of the new iPhone display resolutions earlier this month. The Kindle iPhone app from Amazon is joining that short list today, though, with a new version optimized for the iPhone 6.

That means that like iBooks, text you read in Kindle’s iPhone app won’t be fuzzy or scaled up. If you prefer the zoomed up version, however, iPhone 6...

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11:50
You’re an asshole

In the wake of the uproar that followed last week’s purported iPhone 6 Plus pliability problem, some people have apparently taken it upon themselves to go into Apple Stores and bend iPhones. And while it pains us that this even needs to be said, guys, please: Breaking private property doesn’t prove anything. Except that you’re an asshole.

That sums it up for me.

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11:41
CloudFlare rolls out free SSL website encryption to...

CloudFlare is pushing its users toward security in a good way, as it is adding secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to all of its customer accounts starting today. Where the company says that only around two million sites supported encrypted connections yesterday, CloudFlare believes it will double that number by the end of the day. The SSL encryption is being adding to all accounts, even free users....



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11:41
Waze for Apple's iOS adds Waze Places...

Social navigation app Waze on Monday added a new Waze Places point-of-interest feature, extending its crowdsourced data model from traffic information to data on business and other popular destinations.

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11:30
Game developers praise iOS, not put off by multiple...

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple now has a trio of smartphone screen sizes available for the first time in its history, which means a bit more work for game developers. But in speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, many devs made it clear...

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11:04
iHealth’s nine iPhone-connected healthcare...


iHealth, maker of various iPhone connected healthcare accessories, today announced that its iOS apps are being updated with HealthKit integration. That means that the users of the company’s Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors, Blood Glucose Meters, Wireless Scale, and other health tracking accessories will be able to sync data with the new iOS 8 Health app.

As for what exactly you’ll be able to track in the Health app, the company...

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11:00
Gigaom's Kevin C. Tofel gushes over the iPhone 6

It's not surprising for those of us who write about nothing but Apple products to get excited over a new iPhone, but what about an online journalist who is equally at home in iOS and Android worlds, often buying both an iPhone and an Android phone...

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10:51
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-29

The bendy iPhone 6 thing is a big enough deal that even Consumer Reports is weighing in on the action. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about CR's findings and how much of an issue they think the bendable smartphone thing really is, plus they they share what they'd like to see linked into Apple's Health app.


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10:48
Colette, Apple to hold Apple Watch event on...

Apple and a Parisian fashion boutique, Colette, are planning a "one day only experience" on September 30th, according to the latter's website. The event will run from 11AM to 7PM at Colette's storefront on Rue Saint-Honoré. Although neither company has said so explicitly, it appears to involve the Apple Watch, since Apple has adopted a fashion angle to marketing the product and the logo for the event resembles the Watch's homescreen....



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10:30
Apple disables downgrades from iOS 8 to iOS 7

So, you've upgraded to iOS 8 and now you're having second thoughts? Well, I'm sorry to tell you, but you no longer have the option of downgrading your device back to iOS 7. This sad news comes to you from developer Steven Troughton-Smith (via...

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10:00
Rumor has 27-inch Retina iMac announcement in October

Apple is planning to unveil a 27-inch iMac with a 5120x2880 Retina display at its October press event, a new report claims, citing an anonymous source. The computer will allegedly make a switch from NVIDIA video cards to AMD, and offer a 4GHz Intel i7-4790K Haswell CPU as one configuration option. The 21.5-inch iMac isn't expected to make the jump to Retina graphics, at least not until Intel Broadwell processors launch, which is most likely in early 2015....



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10:00
Stupid kids try to bend iPhones at an Apple Store,...

Have you ever heard the saying "The criminal mind always sets its own traps"? A pair of hilariously stupid kids decided to film themselves walking into an Apple Store for the sole purpose of breaking iPhones. After spending a good amount of time...

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09:45
External Link: Using Mac OS 9 in 2014

Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica was challenged by his coworkers to use Mac OS 9 for a few days. Armed with a 2002 PowerBook G4, Cunningham set out to do his job with the now 12-year-old Mac OS 9.2.2… and found that he could get nothing done. However, he discovered that it was a nice setup for classic games that no longer run on modern Apple devices.

 

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09:45
References to iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 showing up in...

iOS 8 development continues apace.

Andrew Cunningham

iOS 8 has been in the hands of the public for about a week and a half, and the OS has already received a pair of minor updates. One fixed a handful of small issues in the initial release; another fixed the major bugs introduced in the first update. But we're already seeing evidence that Apple is working on some larger updates to the operating system, namely versions 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3.

9to5Mac first pointed out evidence of these new iOS versions this morning, found in its own analytics...

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09:22
iOS 8 Roundup: Apps updated for Health (running list)

 

Over the weekend Apple shared a short list of HealthKit apps that work with the new Health app on iOS 8 after a few apps hit the App Store on Friday with HealthKit support included. Several more iPhone apps using HealthKit to share data with Apple’s Health app on iOS 8 have become available and more are anticipated from some big names shortly. We’ll continue to update the list below over the next few weeks with iPhone apps and accessories with HealthKit and Health support to give you a comprehensive list of apps that can put your Health app to better use....

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Pebble smart watch $100,...

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Pebble Smart Watch for Apple and Android $100 (Reg. $150), Moto 360 Stone Leather: $250

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09:05
Apple & Colette plan Fashion Week event in Paris...

An invitation that appeared Monday morning on the website of famous Parisian concept store Colette suggests that Apple may show off its new smart watch during Fashion Week in Paris at an event set to run between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

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09:04
Apple’s design team headed to Paris Fashion Week,...

Is that Jony Ive and Marc Newson at the top right?

Following a report earlier today that Apple and French fashion retailer Colette were teasing a one day in-store experience, there’s now more evidence the collaboration might be for Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch. It appears that Apple’s design team could also be headed to the event or at least to the same city, lending more weight to the idea that Apple Watch is about to get some stage time during Paris Fashion Week.

The images above and below were posted to Instagram by designer Mikael Silvanto, an Industrial Designer at Apple that’s been with the company...

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09:00
The pre-history of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue...

When it comes to Apple's retail stores, probably the most iconic is the one in the plaza of the GM Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The store's signature architectural feature -- a 32-foot glass cube emblazoned with a glowing Apple logo --...

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08:45
News: Report: iOS 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 in simultaneous...

Apple is currently working on iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 at the same time, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that such a move away from Apple’s normal development cycle might show that the company won’t tie annual major iOS releases to typical fall hardware releases. Otherwise, Apple may be accelerating its iOS point release development while keeping iOS 9 for release next fall. It’s possible that the upcoming releases of 8.1, 8.2,…

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08:33
Waze app now automatically remembers where you park

Waze, the maps and navigation app acquired by Google last year, today gets an update that introduces a few new features to help improve navigation through user feedback.

First up, the app will now automatically remember and save where you park when using it to navigate to your destination: ”Your parking location will be saved automatically. Plus, you’ll help Waze learn where to find parking & how much time to account.”

Other new features included in today’s version 3.9 update: the ability to “easily add or edit places, business or residential” as well options for...

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08:28
Apple pulls Launcher from App Store for 'misuse...

Apple has removed an app called Launcher from the App Store, citing "misuse" of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets, says developer Cromulent Labs. The app lets users create create shortcuts for various tasks, such as calling a specific person via phone or FaceTime, navigating to a location, or simply opening an app. These shortcuts then appear in a widget....



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08:24
Apple developing iOS 8.1, 8.2, & 8.3 in shift...

Starting with iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has released a major new iOS version each fall and a notable follow-up update early in the following year. For example, iOS 6 launched in September 2012 and was updated to iOS 6.1 in January, and iOS 7, which was launched in September 2013, was updated to iOS 7.1 with CarPlay and interface improvements in March 2014. But starting with the recently released iOS 8, it appears that Apple has a different development schedule for 2015 and perhaps beyond. According to sources, Apple is already hard at work on three major follow-up versions to iOS 8: iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3.

iOS 8.2 visits to 9to5Mac

We’ve confirmed that these major new versions are in development via two means. First, a developer of a major hardware-connected iOS...

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08:12
UK carrier O2 launches direct carrier billing for...

As part of its Charge to Mobile carrier billing service, UK carrier O2 just let us know that it will now allow customers to purchase iTunes credit using the same method. That means customers of the carrier can now purchase iTunes codes charged directly to their wireless service bill that can be used to purchase apps, music and other iTunes and App Store content.

This alternative method of payment, known as Charge to Mobile, is growing rapidly, with over 100 merchants already using it in the UK through O2’s online and mobile channels. Charge to Mobile is a fast and seamless way for customers to pay for digital content and is fast establishing itself as a popular method of payment. To date over 10 million transactions have been made by O2 customers alone.

For...

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08:12
iOS 8 Rollbacks Shut Down, Apple Stops Signing iOS 7...

If you made the move to iOS 8 but now are suffering from upgrader remorse, you're out of luck because Apple has stopped signing iOS 7.1.2. In muggle speak that means Apple won't let you downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 any more.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you were on the fence about whether or not to keep iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad, Apple took care of that decision for you. At least Apple waited longer than usual before shutting down the option to roll back to iOS 7.1.2.


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08:00
Circa News is updated and improved

We last took a look at Circa for iPhone (free) a couple of years ago. Since then this curated news app has added new features and gives you some personalization.

There are plenty of news apps out there. Circa's claim to fame is that news editors...

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07:55
First Look: Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Core, and...

Griffin has brought its expanded Survivor line — first seen for iPhone 5c — to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though a few of the names have changed again. The company's multi-layer Survivor case is now Survivor All-Terrain ($50-$60). The ultra-protective case houses an iPhone inside its polycarbonate shell, then surrounds it with a soft silicone outer layer. Screen and Touch ID protection is also built in, and the bottom ports and sleep/wake button…

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07:34
GoPro introduces Hero4 Black, Silver, entry-level...

GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera....



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07:07
Jawbone’s UP app adds HealthKit support, no longer...




Now that Apple has announced its entry into the fitness-tracking wearable space with the Apple Watch, Jawbone, the makers of the UP and UP24 activity trackers, has introduced a version of its...

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07:04
First Look: Griffin Identity, Reveal cases for...

Griffin's Identity ($30-$40) is a two-piece case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Identity differs in price based on colors and textures, and Identity Performance also protects the front of the phone. The standard plastic and rubber Identity case which we received provides back and side protection, including coverage of the iPhone's volume controls and sleep/wake button. Griffin claims the slim Identity case can protect against 4' drops, while its…

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07:02
Daily Deal: Get The Mammoth Xcode & Swift...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle for only $89—that’s 82% off. With over 65 hours of content, this bundle can take you from a total beginner to an iOS app developer. You’ll produce 20 App Store-ready apps for iOS 7 and 20 apps for iOS 8 as you progress through the lessons, learning app development skills as quickly as possible as you go along. This course covers all the bases,…

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07:00
How to Tap Into iOS 8's Best New Communication...


Apple's iOS 8 is a free upgrade for iPhone owners who have an iPhone 4s up to the new behemoth iPhone 6 Plus. On the surface, iOS 8 looks a lot like iOS 7, but when you begin tapping down into it, there are dozens of new features and tweaks. Most everyone can find a few new features they can put to work to make their iPhones better than ever. Some are handy, some have "finally" arrived, and some are just plain cool. Here's your guide to the most useful and welcome iOS 8 changes to messages, keyboard, contacts and email functionality.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: One million yeaaaaars dungeon

Rumored 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' May Include More Powerful A8X Processor (MacRumors)

Source: Taiwanese website

Chance it's true: 30 percent

The standard disclaimer for Taiwanese sources applies: their track record isn't great, so it's usually not...

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06:55
Apple rumored to launch 27" iMac with 5K Retina...

Apple's big-screen iMac will get a doubled-resolution Retina display with a forthcoming update expected to be unveiled at the company's anticipated October media event, a new report claims.

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06:42
Retina iMacs with OS X Yosemite in late testing...

A new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to our sources who have used the future desktop computer. While the machine will sport a thin profile similar to that of the current design, which was introduced in 2012, it will be packed with new internals such as faster processors and improved WiFi antennas. The fact that the iMac is in late testing indicates that Apple could be preparing to launch it alongside OS X Yosemite this fall…

The Retina iMac will mark Apple’s first foray into Retina desktop computers. Apple first launched the Retina display with the iPhone 4 in 2010, expanded it to the iPad in early 2012, and brought the screen to the Mac with...

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06:29
Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more...

The flexible AMOLED display found in Apple's new smart watch is believed to be among the most-costly mobile device displays available, according to a new report, with the 1.5-inch units thought to cost more than half as much as the 4.7-inch LCD in the new iPhone 6.

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06:02
News: French fashion retailer Colette to hold in-...

Paris-based fashion retailer Colette is teasing a “one day only experience” with Apple, to be held September 30th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time. While no other details are available, it seems plausible that this may involve the recently-debuted Apple Watch, particularly since Apple has been working with the fashion industry to style and position the device as a fashion accessory. The invitation image clearly resembles the Apple Watch…

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06:01
iPhone 6 Plus not so Bendy After All, Says Consumer...

Just how bendable is the iPhone 6 Plus? Consumer Reports says not very, and that smartphones from Apple's competitors are actually easier to bend. The independent product testing company pitted both new iPhone 6 models against smartphones from Samsung LG, and HTC and found the competition flexed and deformed easier, which sits in contrast to online videos claiming to show an iPhone 6 Plus bending in someone's hands.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you really want to bend or break something, you can find a way to make that happen. Apple's new iPhones don't seem to be any easier to bend than competing smartphones, but it seems the media is always looking for something to latch onto.


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05:51
∞ Music video animation makes its way across...

[VIDEO] This is an incredibly creative video for the song Knock Knock, by Brunettes Shoot Blondes. I would love to know how they made this.

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