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Friday September 26

08:40
Apple puts iPhones through the wringer to prove #...

Only nine people complained to Apple about the

iPhone 6 Plus bending in their pockets
, but that’s not going to stop the Internet from joking about #Bendgate. So the company is trying to manage its PR crisis by opening the doors to its super
secret testing facility. Yes, Apple puts its new phones through the ol’ sit-down test.

About 15,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units were tested before the devices began shipping last week. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the more than 10
million phones Apple has sold so far, but the sample devices were run through various scenarios that they might endure day-to-day. Then they were tortured.

To read this...

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08:24
Person responsible for iOS 8.0.1 debacle also linked...

A quality assurance manager responsible for this week's botched iOS 8.0.1 release was also in charge of QA for iOS 6 Maps, sources tell Bloomberg. The man is identified as Josh Williams, who is said to have been removed from the Maps team after the app gave people bad directions and/or mislabeled important scenery. He has however been with Apple since 2000, and has been handling quality issues for iOS since the early days of the iPhone....



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08:17
Apps: Calibre, Beamer, Boom
08:06
Bent iPhone 6 Plus? There’s a Replacement for That

If you're among the massive horde nine people suffering from a bent iPhone 6, Apple will replaces it for you - assuming it hasn't been intentionally twisted out of shape, of course. You'll have to make a trip to your Apple Store's Genius Bar for a visual inspection, and if your 6 Plus is deemed worthy of replacement, you'll head back out the store with a flat iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Of course Apple is replacing bent iPhones. That's the right thing, and the smart thing, to do.


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08:00
The first HealthKit compatible app is FitPort,...

After the seemingly last-second decision to delay HealthKit app support -- which was originally intended to launch alongside iOS 8 -- Apple's iOS 8.0.2 update has officially opened the App Store doors for third parties looking to tap into the new...

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07:47
News: Report: Same manager in charge of iOS 8.0.1...

Apple’s quickly-pulled iOS 8.0.1 update was overseen by the same manager in charge of catching problems with Apple Maps before that program was released, according to Bloomberg. The report claims mid-level manager Josh Williams oversees quality assurance for iOS, and Williams was also in charge of quality control for Apple’s much-maligned Maps release in 2012. A source said Williams was removed from the Maps team “after the software…

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07:31
Conan O’Brien joins in on the bent iPhone 6 ribbing...

Apple’s new iPhones have sold quite well, but their launch hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. From hardware issues to botched software, the Cupertino-based software giant has had a lot on its plate over the past few days and of course critics have been quite vocal about the company’s recent challenges. Recently, late night TV funny man Conan O’Brien joined in on the Apple ribbing by putting together a bogus Samsung ad that offers a solution to troubled iPhone owners.

While Samsung most likely didn’t have anything to do with this gag, we’re pretty sure the company has no issues with mainstream media poking fun at its biggest competitor and with well...

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07:29
BMO sees Apple selling 189M iPhones & 12M...

With high hopes for the newly released iPhone 6, BMO Capital Markets has increased its price target for Apple stock to $110 with a recommendation that investors buy in ahead of a big 2015.

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07:28
Apple working on “Shellshock” fix, says most users...

Apple has responded to concerns about “Shellshock,” a pair of vulnerabilities in versions of the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (bash), issuing a statement that the company is “working to quickly provide a fix” to the vulnerability. However, a company spokesperson said that most Mac OS X users have nothing to fear.

“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to the Apple-focused site iMore. “With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced Unix services.”

Mac OS X uses version 3.2.51.(1) of GNU bash, released in 2007; the current GNU release...

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07:10
880K Creditcards Stolen in TripAdvisor’s Viator Data...

Tripadvisor's Viator service said credit card information for some 880,000 of its users has been compromised in a data breach where customer data for 1.4 million subscribers was taken. Unauthorized charges have been showing up on some subscriber's cards, and Tripadvisor is currently saying it isn't sure how the attackers gained access to the user data.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how many online database breaches are happening, maybe companies need to work on finding a better way to manage our creditcards. Alternately, users can turn to apps like 1Password that auto-fill creditcard information so it's stored locally instead of on a remote -- and potentially hackable -- server.


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07:00
Fastest way to remove the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus'...

Some iPhone owners can't stand the new protruding camera on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Not only does it disrupt the flat aesthetics of the phone, it also makes it impossible to lay the phone flat on a desk and type without wobble. If you are...

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06:49
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Gets It Right This Time

The second try is the charm as Apple releases an iOS 8.0.2 update that offers the fixes in iOS 8.0.1 without disabling cellular service or Touch ID.

 

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06:26
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Success Now in Developers Hands

Dave Hamilton has had his iPhone 6 Plus for less than a day, but is liking it so far. He quickly found, however, that this is a new device category for Apple, and not just a larger (or smaller?) version of that which came before it. The size is not the issue. Dave's issue issue is with the apps.


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06:18
The Sky Is Droning


The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday gave the green light for six aerial photo and video production companies to begin using unmanned aircraft systems, also known as "drones." To incorporate the devices in film and TV production, the companies will be required to hold private pilot certificates, keep their drones within line of sight at all times, and restrict flights to a so-called sterile area. An inspection of the aircraft will be required before each flight, and nighttime operations will be prohibited.

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06:14
Apple says most customers not vulnerable to '...

Apple on Friday sought to calm OS X users who feared their computers may be at risk from a widespread vulnerability in popular UNIX command interpreter bash -- which is included in Apple's UNIX-based desktop operating system -- saying that most consumers are not at risk, while advanced users will receive a patch in the coming days.

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06:00
Apple: most users safe from Bash security flaw,...

Red Hat security researchers this week discovered a vulnerability in Bash, a command interpreter or shell that is found in Unix, Linux and OS X. The flaw potentially allows malicious hackers to run arbitrary commands and gain control over a...

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05:46
∞ On iOS 8 and predictive typing

There’s a world of difference between autocorrect and predictive typing. Here’s my take on the huge strides Apple has made with this particular corner of iOS 8.

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05:45
iOS 8: Using (and Disabling!) the New Spotlight...

The search feature has been revamped under iOS 8, and we really like the changes! In this comprehensive Quick Tip, we'll discuss how to invoke Spotlight to find items on your device, what stuff you can now search for, and how to turn off the new "Spotlight Suggestions" if you don't like them.


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05:27
Apps with HealthKit integration start appearing in...




After a series of botched updates, which meant HealthKit apps could not launch alongside iOS 8’s release, Apple has finally started allowing apps that integrate with the Health app into the App Store. The first of many is FitPort, which acts as a replacement dashboard for Health information, with all data being synced back into the Health database.

On opening the app, the Health permissions screen opens which asks users to individually enable access to health...

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04:27
Post-it note app lets you import physical notes into...

It’s hard to think of anything lower-tech than a Post-it note: you write on a sticky square of paper and slap it onto a physical surface. But 3M has just launched a clever iOS app that allows you to photograph a bunch of Post-it notes, tap on-screen to select the ones you want to keep and then organize them on your iPhone or iPad before outputting to apps like PowerPoint.

The Post-it® Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and share with everyone. That way your great ideas don’t stop when the meeting ends.

Getting started is easy. Use the app to capture an image of the Post-it® Notes from your work session. Arrange, refine and organize the notes and ideas on your board anyway you see fit. Then share your organized board with your team and send to your favorite applications —including PowerPoint, Excel, Dropbox and plenty more.

The app recognizes any size Post-it note so...

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04:09
DxO Labs iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera review: Apple...

From the overview page:

Achieving the highest overall DxOMark Mobile score to date of 82 points each, the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tie in first place wresting the coveted top spot from Samsung S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 /Z2 each with 79 points.

I’m new to the DxO review process. They do a nice range of tests. Note that there are 4 sections to the review, with links to the overview page, imaging results, video, and iPhone vs the competition.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:53
The best Notification Center widgets in iOS 8 right...

The feature I’m enjoying the most in iOS 8 is its Notification Center widgets. I was always a little envious of my Android-touting friends who had custom widgets with handy info on one glanceable screen, so I’m thrilled that widgets finally got the iOS treatment. Just a quick swipe down from the top of your iPhone’s screen brings you to a snapshot of all of the need-to-know info from different apps, and you get to pick what widgets show up there.  

Though not all third-party apps are compatible with Notification Center widgets, there are a bunch of outstanding apps that are. Here’s a look at apps that you can install as widgets, right now.

First things first 

Before you download any new apps, take a look at your current Notification Center to see what’s already there. Swipe down from the top of your screen, then tap the Today tab. This is how iOS 8 does widgets—in a uniform, minimalist design that’s easy on the eyes. 

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03:22
Apple will survive its terrible, horrible, no good,...

Apple’s having a tough time. Its annual one-two punch of an iPhone launch plus an iOS upgrade—usually a time for celebration—has been followed this year by a compounding series of embarrassments. Forget that the company sold 10 million phones in three days and moved half of its installed base to a new version of its mobile operating system: it’s still been a rough week for Tim Cook and company.

First, an iOS 8 bug prevented any of the health and fitness apps that were ready to launch with HealthKit integration from hitting the App Store. Health is a major initiative for Apple, so the hiccup was a big one. Then, once the iPhone 6 Plus began shipping, some buyers reported their phones were bending when put under pressure. Now,...

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03:06
Apple turns on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales in 22 more...

From the original press release, here’s the current list of countries:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning this Friday, September 19 and in more than 20 additional countries beginning on Friday, September 26 including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

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02:54
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2, addresses cellular network...

iOS 8.0.2 fixes a number of issues including the issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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00:34
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus roll out to 22 more...

While buyers in China impatiently wait for their government to move the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a complicated regulatory process that prevented the new smartphones from being in the first wave of countries offering it, Apple is moving ahead with its expansion of retail sales to another 22 countries beginning today. The US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK saw long lineups and record demand on September 19, a phenomenon that is likely to be repeated....



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Thursday September 25

22:38
Apple extends iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rollout to 22 new...

Following Apple's record-breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch last week that resulted in stock-outs at many worldwide Apple Stores, the company will open sales of its latest handsets to an additional 22 countries on Friday.

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22:06
Follow-up: most Mac users 'not at risk'...

An Apple spokesperson has reassured Mac users that the "vast majority" of users are not at risk from a serious bug discovered in the UNIX shell Bash that some researchers have called "potentially bigger than the Heartbleed vulnerability." Apple says that only those who have configured "advanced UNIX services" using the Terminal in OS X could be a risk of the flaw -- which would mean that nearly all OS X users would be unaffected. Nevertheless, the company is said to be working on a fix....



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21:57
Review: Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can suit a specific task. From everyday storage that goes on a keychain to super secure drives that require a thumb scan to access data, there's room for all kinds of devices. For buyers looking for something that can be used on both their Android smartphones and computers, Patriot offers a storage solution with the Stellar Boost XT USB drive. But will users find the micro-USB capable drive useful for transferring to and from their phones, or will it end up being a...



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21:00
Apple Gives Away ‘John Paul George Ringo’ EP

Apple offered iTunes customers another album for free Thursday night, though the company hadnled it a tad differently from the Great Apple-U2 Tyranny of 2014. It's a 4-song EP called 4: John Paul George Ringo, with one song from each Beatles member's solo career. For you younguns, The Beatles are a band even older than U2. The EP contains "Love," by John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, "Call Me Back Again," by Wings (Paul McCartney's band), "Let It Down," by George Harrison, and "Walk With You," by Ringo Starr. It's free for a limited time, but you'll have to go and download it from iTunes yourself.


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20:32
Samsung using 3D V-NAND to produce 3.2TB SSD for...

Samsung had upped the limits on its solid state drives (SSD) today, announcing a new 3.2TB drive for enterprise operations. The company announced that it was putting the SM1715 into mass production, a non-volatile memory express (NVMe) PCIe SSD that is capable of reads up to 3,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential writes up to 2,200MB/s....



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20:00
Reviews: Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can suit a specific task. From everyday storage that goes on a keychain to super secure drives that require a thumb scan to access data, there's room for all kinds of devices. For buyers looking for something that can be used on both their Android smartphones and comp ......

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19:45
How to patch OS X for the bash/Shellshock...

There's a big bad bash bug out in the Unix world called Shellshock, and it is pretty serious. Bash is a ubiquitous bit of software; a command interpreter, or "shell," that provides a basic text-on-a-green-screen interface to POSIX/UNIX and Unix-like...

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19:33
News: Apple releases iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 tonight, just one day after releasing and pulling iOS 8.0.1, which was immediately received with complaints of cellular and Touch ID issues from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2 resolves those problems, and also allows HealthKit apps to be available on the App Store, among other fixes....

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19:24
Fixed iOS 8.0.2 now live; bent iPhone 6 Pluses may...

[Updated: iOS 8.0.2 is now available, and Apple issues apology] The promised fix for iOS 8.0.1 will come in the form of an v8.0.2 download "as soon as it's ready in the next few days," according to a new Apple support document. In the meantime, the webpage offers instructions on how to downgrade to iOS 8.0 using iTunes and direct download links for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions of the firmware. The Health app won't work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update," the company continues....



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19:22
How much does it cost to charge the iPhone 6 for a...


via Opower

Some new numbers from the Opower blog have revealed how much you can expect to spend when charging your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. At average U.S. energy prices, the cost comes in at a mere $.47 per year for the smaller 4.7-inch device. The 5.5-inch model will run a little extra due to its larger battery, coming in at just over half a dollar for a total of $.52 per year on average. As you might expect, this year’s larger devices will cost a little more than the smaller iPhone 5, which cost only...

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18:27
Pale Moon Shines for Classic Firefox Fans


The Pale Moon Web browser project gets rid of a problem that many Mozilla Firefox users would like to solve. The Pale Moon browser is a fork of Mozilla's official browser developed by Moonchild Productions. It provides users with access to all of their favorite Firefox extensions but eliminates the Australis interface, which some dislike. Firefox debuted the new user interface in late April in the Firefox 29 release. That interface redesign was the first major UI overhaul since Firefox 4 was released in March 2011.

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18:00
Apple opens the door to its secret iPhone testing...

Photo Credit: The Verge

If there's a benefit to media uproars similar to what we're seeing now with the whole "bent iPhones" saga, it's that Apple is forced to lift up their curtains of secrecy ever so slightly. Earlier today, Apple addressed...

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17:52
iOS 8.0.2 released to fix TouchID, cell network woes...

Patch notes! We considered rewriting them in Comic Sans for funsies, but cooler heads prevailed.

On Thursday evening, Apple gave its first major iOS 8 update another shot—only this time without the major bugs in yesterday's attempt. Upon installation, iOS 8.0.1 left many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users with non-functioning cellular service and TouchID buttons. Apple told CNBC that 40,000 people were affected by the problems, and the update was quickly pulled.

iOS 8.0.2 is now available for all compatible iDevices, and its patch notes look remarkably like those from 8.0.1, with one major update: "Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus." Otherwise, the good stuff we'd hoped for yesterday, including...

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17:52
Apple quality control manager responsible for iOS 8....

According to a new report, the quality assurance manager in charge of Apple's buggy iOS 8.0.1 update was also leading a team accountable for the much maligned Maps app launched with iOS 6 two years ago.

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17:37
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2

Well, there you go. I'm installing it on my iPhone 6 right now and will report back.
Update: Everything seems to be in order! Now we can go back to complaining about physics.

Apple has apologized for the inconvenience 8.0.1 caused....

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17:36
Apple quickly issues iOS 8.0.2 update

Late Thursday, Apple issued the iOS 8.0.2 update, which follows quickly on the heels of the flawed-and-quickly-pulled 8.0.1 update that disabled Touch ID and cellular capabilities on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This latest update not only addresses these issues but reinstates the improvements and fixes initially found in iOS 8.0.1. They include:

Addresses an issue where third-party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.

Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.

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17:34
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Fixes iOS 8.0.1 and...

Apple released iOS 8.0.2 Thursday evening. The update fixes an issue with iOS 8.0.1 that kept many users from making phone calls. It also fixes a HealthKit but, "so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store."


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17:33
Apple posts iOS 8.0.2 update, chases down Touch ID,...

This may avert another 24 hours of iOS update crisis.

Per MacRumors, Apple on Thursday released iOS 8.0.2.

The update, which is available as an over-the-air update or via iTunes, includes the bug fixes that were included in the original iOS 8.0.1 update as well as repairs Touch ID and cellular services.

After installing iOS 8.0.1 yesterday, many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users found that their cellular service was disabled and that Touch ID was non-functional. Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update approximately an hour and fifteen minutes after it was first released, but not before numerous iPhone users were able to download the software. The company announced an investigation in the afternoon, and in the evening, released a support document saying iOS 8.0.2 was in the works and directing users...

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17:25
Briefly: Maxupgrades 1TB SSD for Retina MacBook Pro...

Macintosh upgrade purveyor Maxupgrades has boosted its expansion SSD line for the Retina Macbook Pro ad compatible iMac models. Newly released are 1TB versions of its Blade SSD for the 2012 and early 2013 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro plus the 21- and 27-inch 2012 iMacs, based on the Samsung 840 EVO SSD. The new model retails for $479 and is capable of sequential reads of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of 520Mb/s, with up to 98,000 operations per second read....



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17:20
Steve Ballmer Plans to Take iPads Away from Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows he messed up mobile while at Microsoft, according to Reuters, but he won't let that get in the way of taking the better mobile device away from his new basketball team. In a profile on Mr. Ballmer and the L.A. Clippers, Mr. Ballmer said that the team's iPads are out, but not until the off season.


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17:10
Apple issues iOS 8.0.2 with fixes for iOS 8.0.1...

One day following the botched iOS 8.0.1 update release, Apple on Thursday issued iOS 8.0.2, essentially a fix for the prior fix targeting issues with the HealthKit framework for connected wellness apps and devices.

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17:05
Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100: Room-filling,...

If the recent glut of Bluetooth speaker reviews on TUAW is any indication, it might be time to change our name to "The Unofficial Bluetooth Speaker Weblog". We've reviewed quite a few low-end Bluetooth speakers, including the surprisingly good $26...

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17:02
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 to address cellular and...

Apple has finally released iOS 8.0.2 to address the issues discovered in yesterday’s 8.0.2 update on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new release includes all of the HealthKit and keyboard fixes, among others, as well as the ability to actually make phone calls and connect to a cellular data network.

Apple said yesterday that the update was coming “in a few days” and instructed users to downgrade to...

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17:00
Apple offers video tour of iPhone testing facility

Continuing to fight back against claims that the iPhone 6 Plus is structurally unsound and prone to bending in people's pockets, Apple has given some tech reporters a tour of the iPhone quality testing lab, showing that it does and did test the new iPhone to simulate situations like those seen in videos to aggravate or cause bending. The original instigator of the furor has noted that his iPhone 6 Plus was slightly bent right out of the box -- opening up the possibility that some batches, rather than the phone itself, could have structural issues....

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16:54
The quality assurance manager responsible for iOS 8....

Bloomberg has uncovered details of what went wrong at Apple and who is to blame for the botched release of the iOS 8.0.1 update yesterday, citing sources who point to a quality assurance manager in charge of overseeing iOS updates who also managed QA for the Apple Maps project before its launch. To quote Bloomberg:

The same person at Apple was in charge of catching problems before both products were released. Josh [redacted], the mid-level manager overseeing...

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16:40
FBI Cranky at Apple for Securing iOS, Only Has...

The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.


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16:35
FBI Director Comey worried Apple, Google encryption...

Addressing reporters in Washington today, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey voiced his concerns over the recent shifts in security policy for Android and iOS 8. Specifically, Comey believes that the new security encryption measures that cannot be bypassed for law enforcement puts consumers before possible emergency situations....



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16:30
Log anxiety attacks, take control of them with Worry...

Worry Watch is an app that acts as a journal for tracking moments of worry, anxiety or panic. You log moments throughout your day when you're feeling anxious or nervous and what the outcome eventually was. Overtime, the app shows you a break-down of...

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16:17
Apple Redoubles Efforts to Fix iOS 8 Glitches


Apple on Thursday announced it's preparing iOS 8.0.2 -- which will include a fix for problems triggered by iOS 8.0.1 -- and plans to release it in the next few days. In a rare move, Apple on Wednesday suspended downloads of iOS 8.0.1, which aimed to fix problems uncovered after the launch of iOS 8. What's more, it recommended a downgrade for owners of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus who lost their cellular service and use of their phone's Touch ID fingerprint reader due to the flawed iOS 8.0.1 update.

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16:14
FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

An anonymous reader writes The FBI is concerned about moves by Apple and Google to include encryption on smartphones. "I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the contents," FBI Director James Comey told reporters. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law." From the article: "Comey cited child-kidnapping and terrorism cases as two examples of situations where quick access by authorities to information on cellphones can save lives. Comey did not cite specific past cases that would have been more difficult for the FBI to investigate under the new policies, which only involve physical access to a suspect's or victim's phone when the owner is unable or unwilling to unlock it for authorities."

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16:00
WeatherPro adds widgets and more for iOS

WeatherPro has always been a top-flight weather app, and the latest iOS update adds some nice features like widgets, worldwide webcams and customizable info.

The US$1.99 app comes from the MeteoGroup in Germany, but I find their U.S. coverage...

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15:49
Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6

The Verge:

A few blocks away from Apple’s bustling campus in Cupertino is a rather nondescript building. Inside is absolutely the last place on earth you’d want to be if you were an iPhone. It’s here where Apple subjects its newest models to the kinds of things they might run into in the real world: drops, pressure, twisting, tapping. Basically all the things that could turn your shiny gadget into a small pile of metal and glass.

I got a tour of this part of Apple’s operation many years ago and was very surprised to see just how much stress testing Apple did in-house on everything.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:40
Apple takes press on tour of iPhone test facility to...

Shortly after releasing a statement regarding iPhone 6 Plus bending issues, Apple on Thursday invited journalists to take a tour of its normally off-limits "torture test" building, where the latest models are exposed to a battery of durability assessments.

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15:33
Apple provides a look inside its iPhone stress-...

via The Verge

After a few YouTube videos hit the web claiming that the iPhone 6 Plus could be easily bent out shape in a user’s pocket, Apple addressed the issue by stating that the device was designed to meet its quality requirements and that only a handful of owners had complained about any issues. To further prove its commitment to building solid devices, Apple gave journalists access to the lab where it tests the build quality of its iPhones.

In a tour of the facility guided by SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio, reporters...

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15:30
Biggest first: Tap big or go home

Biggest first is a fast-paced game that tests players' reactions through their ability to tap the biggest circle on the screen and then tap the remaining circles by size from biggest to smallest. But there is a catch, the circles change size by...

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15:21
Bash Shellshock Bug Patched but Not Pummeled


Researchers on Thursday discovered proof-of-concept code that could take advantage of unpatched computer systems, and found evidence of attacks exploiting the BASH Shellshock bug in the wild. Shellshock, revealed Wednesday, could become a major threat to Linux/Unix and Apple operating systems if published patches to BASH are not applied before an attacker cashes in. However, there's some concern that the current patches may not be complete. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team on Thursday issued a warning about the vulnerability.

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15:16
iOS 8: Using Handoff on Mobile Devices

Handoff was a promised feature of iOS 8. Now that it's been released, Kelly shows how Handoff can make mobile workflows even more efficient.


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15:00
Angry Birds Transformers' trailer is ridiculous...

It would be easy to believe that we've reached the point of cultural saturation for Angry Birds thanks to its seemingly limitless supply of spinoffs. How many possible more Angry Birds games can the market possibly support? The answer is "at least...

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14:58
Phones 4U customers unlikely to receive iPhone 6...

Customers of UK retailer Phones 4U may not receive a refund for their pre-ordered iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. PWC, the administrators of the failed retail chain, has effectively reversed an earlier decision to allow for refunds to proceed, with affected customers now extremely unlikely to receive a refund directly from the company at all....



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14:52
That didn’t take long – Samsung squanders its moment...

You knew this was coming. This ad is breathtakingly arrogant.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:46
∞ Apple’s statement on the iPhone 6 bending

Here is a statement Apple provided to me today about the iPhone bending:

“Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength. They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability. We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use.

With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine...

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14:43
Mac mini may finally get update in October, rumor...

Apple is planning an imminent refresh of the Mac mini, possibly as soon as October, a source claims. It's unknown what changes the computer might have, but the Mini line has gone without an update since 2012. Even the long-neglected Mac Pro received a redesign in late 2013, making the Mini the only Mac line that hasn't been upgraded in over a year....



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FBI director says iOS and Android privacy features...

FBI Director James Comey on Thursday responded to the latest attempts from Apple and Google to lock down their respective mobile operating systems, saying he is "very concerned" that the new systems limit or prohibit deemed lawful government access.

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Bestie simplifies shopping with a Pinterest-esque...

Bestie is a shopping app that provides a Pinterest-esque approach to shopping and sharing. Bestie is a free app, which requires iOS 6 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad and is optimized for iPhone 5. At its heart is the...

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14:20
Apple: “Only nine customers” have complained about...

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As reports and videos about the bendability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to accumulate, Apple issued a response on Thursday that detailed the stress-test rigors its phones endure before shipping to market. Additionally, the company announced that in the new iPhones' first six days on the market, "only nine customers" had reported bent phone issues directly to Apple.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple called the bending cases "extremely rare," then described the five-step testing process that its newest models, made of "a custom grade of anodized aluminum" along with "stainless steel and titanium...

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14:15
Briefly: Turtle Beach Ear Force 500P, Metal Gear...

Turtle Beach announced another new headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound technology, the wireless Ear Force Stealth 500P. Like the recently released Z60, the DTS technology allows the company to control the surround sound, moving it to the center of a use's body instead of several feet away. The headset comes with modes for games, movies, music and stereo. Additionally, four equalizer modes were created to be used with the surround modes. The Ear Force Stealth 500P comes with a wireless transmitter, about the size of a memory stick, to plug into a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. Batt...



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14:00
Consumer Reports says it's testing iPhone 6, 6...

Consumer Reports is in the process of testing the bending limits of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to an official post. To run the tests the publication is using a machine capable of up to 1,000 pounds of force, something it previously used to test the intentionally pliable LG G Flex. The new iPhones are supposed to remain rigid, but the 6 Plus, at least, is bending in some owners' pockets after having been in there for just a few hours....



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14:00
Apple says only 9 customers have complained about...

Jon Fort of CNBC is reporting that Apple has responded to inquires regarding all those reports of people forcefully -- and accidentally -- bending their iPhone 6 Plus models. As one might expect, the story -- which has needlessly taken on a life of...

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13:52
Apple rumored to debut new Mac mini in October...

A report on Thursday cites inside sources as saying Apple is preparing to launch a new Mac mini in the near future, possibly as soon as October to coincide with the usual iPad refresh cycle.

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13:51
NewerTech Announces Wireless Aluminum Numeric Keypad...

Praise be to NewerTech! The company announced Thursday the NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad, a companion numeric keypad that goes with, matches, and attaches to Apple's Bluetooth keyboard.


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13:34
FBI director says officials have been in talks with...

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey expressed his concern today over Apple and Google’s decision to encrypt information stored on smartphones, the Huffington Post reports, adding that FBI officials are pushing both companies to change their policies in order to allow law enforcement officials to access data in certain instances.

“I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law,” Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington. “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

In the case of the iPhone maker, Apple CEO Tim Cook used the company’s privacy stance as a major marketing point on a number of occasions over the...

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13:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Azkend 2 - The World...

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13:13
Report claims rumored refreshed Mac mini could...

Following rumors of a possible Mac mini refresh earlier this year and references on Apple’s own website, a new report says Apple could introduce an update to the product as early as next month. MacRumors cites a source that has provided accurate tips in the past claiming the new Mac mini could launch alongside new iPads and OS X Yosemite expected at an event in October....

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13:02
Only nine complaints about bending iPhone 6 units,...

Apple has issued a statement regarding the escalating "bendgate" controversy surrounding the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to CNBC reporter Jon Fortt. The company says that it has only received complaints from nine customers so far, and adds that the new iPhones "feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry." So far it hasn't announced plans to deal with the complaints, even though an AppleCare representative has hinted that it may be possible to get warranty replacements....



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The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course: $89

We have a new developer training bundle for you today, the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course. This is a $998 package of developer training courses you can get for $89. It has some 350 videos and 36 hours of content. In addition to teaching you what's new in iOS 8 and Xcode 6, you'll also learn Swift, Apple's new programming language. No programming experience is necessary. As a bonus, this deal also includes the Complete iOS 7 Course.


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12:48
Apple tries to close iPhone 6 Plus 'bend-gate...

Apple on Thursday responded to the the flood of criticism leveled at the supposed ease with which the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus bends during normal use, saying that just nine customers have complained about such an issue, while fashion-conscious consumers have once again proven that Apple can't please everyone.

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Urban Armor Gear's Composite Case ($35) for iPhone 6 is a co-molded plastic and rubber case with coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls, and what feels like a solid amount of protection for a lightweight case. As with prior versions of the case, skid pads line the top and bottom. This time around, UAG has curiously left two small rectangular holes in the back of case, revealing tiny portions of the Apple logo and "iPhone" wording on…

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12:45
Polar M400 GPS watch launches, ships at end of...

Polar has launched an activity tracker with a large smartwatch-style display. The Polar M400 GPS watch has a 128x128-resolution display in a black or white strap, with the device able to monitor daily activities as well as providing more enhanced functionality when the user is exercising, such as running or cycling, with the GPS able to provide information about distance, speed, and altitude changes....



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12:33
NewerTech releases Apple Keyboard-matching 28-key...

Accessory manufacturer NewerTech has announced that it is now shipping the NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad. The new input peripheral is a Bluetooth 28-key numeric keypad, designed to complement the aluminum Apple Keyboard, and includes a bracket to clip to the end, for a single unit....



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12:30
Don't bend it that way: Apple says only nine...

Apple, responding to Bendgate, Bendghazi, or whatever you wish to call the issue of seemingly-bendable iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, claims the problem isn't nearly as widespread as the Internet hullabaloo would suggest. Apple told the Wall Street Journal a mere nine people have come in with bending complaints since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’s launch last Friday.

An Apple spokeswoman told the Journal that both phones underwent multiple ‘real-life’ durability and strength tests before hitting production. “With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare,” she said.

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Dear App Store review team, you are horrible at your...

I've written about App Store name exploits before, but this one really takes the cake. Pointed out by Nik Fletcher on Twitter, the title of this app references no less than 23 different popular IPs. How anything like this could possibly find its way...

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Does Size Matter: My Weekend with iPhone 6 and...

Last Friday I got an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus for review; by mid-afternoon I had both fully charged, synced, and ready to rock. Sure I felt dorky with an iPhone in each hand all weekend, but it was worth it, gentle reader, to bring you this early hands-on report. But even more importantly, it was worth it to help me solve a first-world problem: Which iPhone 6 should I buy?


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DirecTV shareholders vote overwhelmingly in favor of...

As part of the process towards a purchase by AT&T, DirecTV shareholders have voted nearly unanimously in favor of the acquisition. Votes representing 77 percent of all outstanding shares have been cast, with 99 percent of them in favor of proceeding with the merger. Discussion amongst US regulatory bodies is continuing, but the shareholder vote was potentially a major issue, now overcome....



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12:05
Xsan 10.9.4 does not add clients 10.8.5

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Good Evening brave Xsan deployers

Last year i built an Xsan of 120 TB in 3x volumes, 2x 10.9.1 servers with 6x clients 10.8.5, working flawless (except for the random failover issue)

Two months ago, i upgraded both the MDC servers at 10.9.4 to get rid of the famous bug (finally !!! ), and added a MacPro 2013 with 10.9.4. No problem so far.

Today, i reinitialised one of the clients with 10.8.5 for some issues with Adobe suite, after removing it from the Xsan system regularly But now, after putting back everything where it was (Name, IP, DNS, and activating the Xsan client), The computer does not appear in the list of the Xsan Admin when i want to add it, no matter what i do.

The DNS respond with absolute perfection on both public and metadata network
The LUN are perfectly seen in the Disk Utility
Already...

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12:05
We Got Our Bigger iPhones - Hooray! So How do we...

Back in the early days of the iPhone, it was a fairly small device that easily fit in a shirt pocket or jeans pocket.
Today, the power of the iPhone and the demands we make of it virtually require a larger display. So how do we carry it?
John Martellaro looks at a classic SciFi concept.


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12:04
Apple posts job for Product Design Structural...

At Apple’s Reliability Testing Lab the iPhone’s Multi‑Touch display is twisted and bowed.

With the iPhone 6 bending controversy heating up and Apple PR masterfully debunking the non-issue earlier today, it should come as no surprise that Apple does a lot of durability testing on its new devices before shipping. However, the team responsible for that testing– Apple’s Product Design Structural Analysis team for iPhone and iPod– needs some help.

Today the company posted a job listing seeking engineers to stress...

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Mac: NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad
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New study says charging the iPhone 6 only costs 47...

If you plan your charging schedule right keeping your iPhone 6 powered will only cost you US$0.47 a year. That calculation comes from Opower, a developer of software for utility companies. According to CNN Money the software provider has released a...

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11:58
Consumer Reports devising authoritative test for...

Not sure what to believe about recent claims that the iPhone 6 Plus has a malleability issue? Consumer Reports says it is in the process of undergoing authoritative testing to find its own answer to the question of whether or not the larger iPhone has a bending problem.

According to their post, Consumer Report will critically test the new iPhones against other popular smartphones using their “sophisticated machinery” which can apply up to 1,000 pounds of force previously used to test the LG G Flex and determine whether or not the iPhone 6...

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11:56
First Look: Speck CandyShell, Card, Grip + Inked...

Speck has introduced the newest versions of its long-heralded CandyShell line for iPhone 6. There's the classic CandyShell ($35); CandyShell Grip ($35), which offers a raised pattern for more grip; CandyShell Card ($40), which adds a slot to the back of the case that can hold up to three cards; and CandyShell Inked ($40) — basically a CandyShell with graphics on the back. All of the cases retain the traditional CandyShell co-molded plastic and rubber…

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11:56
First Look: JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

JBL's breakthrough 2012 speaker Flip begat a fancier mid-2013 follow-up called Charge, possessing nearly identical sonic performance plus a larger battery that could double as an iPhone or iPod charger. Now JBL has a sequel called Charge 2 ($150), which evolves the industrial design a lot and the feature set a little. Charge 2 preserves its predecessor's 12-hour promised battery life and rear USB port for outbound power, now promising iPad-ready 2.1-Amp…

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11:56
Apple: Only Nine People Have Complained about Bent...

Apple said on Thursday that only nine customers have complained about bent iPhone 6 or 6 Plus devices, and that "With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare." The company has gone on its equivalent of a full-court press, offering the statement to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Re/code, and other mainstream outlets at once.


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11:48
News: Apple says only 9 customers have complained...

Apple has issued an official response to the controversy surrounding alleged problems with iPhone 6 units bending during normal use, stating that it has received complains from only nine customers, and that the iPhones “feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations.” ALERT: Apple says only 9 customers have complained to the company about bent iPhones. (via @jonfortt)— CNBC Tech (@CNBCtech) September 25, 2014 Apple:…

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