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Sunday October 5

15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Giflay - GIF Viewer...

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14:54
NFL deal with Bose bans Beats, other headphone...

Apple-owned designer headphone brand Beats by Dre are taking another hit in the professional sports arena. It was uncovered that a recent deal between Bose and the National Football League (NFL) will ban other headphones on game days as a part of the exclusive league sponsorship. While the ban is in effect for all other headphone manufacturers, Beats argues that their headphones are important to players....



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13:00
Daily Deals for October 5, 2014, featuring the Epic...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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12:00
Adaptxt Keyboard is a capable and free iOS 8 add-on

One of the great things about iOS 8 is the addition of third party keyboards allowing swipe typing, a variety of symbols and foreign language support.

I've already looked at Swype from Nuance (US$0.99) and found it generally superior to the Apple...

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11:40
The best Lightning cable

The Wirecutter:

After measuring the charging speed of 44 cables, then sending the top 11 to our electrical engineer for teardown analysis, the $14 Monoprice 3ft MFi Certified Lightning to USB Charge/Sync Cable is the one we’d buy. It may be a third-party cable, but the Monoprice stood out among competitors by being the only third-party cable that had as good, if not better, internal build-quality compared to Apple’s own cable. Plus, it’s cheaper than Apple’s by $5.

Always good to have an extra cable or two lying around and the price is right for this one.

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11:13
Remembering Steve

Apple:

Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common — from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products — is how they’ve been touched by his passion and creativity. You can view some of these messages below and share your own at rememberingsteve@apple.com.

Classy move, Apple.

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11:00
All the top news and features last week on TUAW you...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Bill Gates: Apple Pay is...

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10:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

HP and Neat partner for home and small office...

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09:38
T-Mobile CEO Legere: Apple’s ‘incredible quality...

In a Geekwire Interview this week, the ever-NSFW but entertaining CEO of T-Mobile spoke on a variety of mobile carrier subjects near and dear to our hearts.  But slightly after 20-minute mark, Legere stepped it up a notch with some Bendgate bashing calling the whole thing horses–t…

On the iPhone 6’s bending problems (Minute 20:15): 

“That is such horses—t. Listen, what the f—k‚ did you need to see? The video of the guy that’s doing this, and if you could have seen his face he probably would have been purple and the veins are coming out of his fingers. And the thing moves a little bit? Are you sh—ing me?”

“This is an amazing supercomputer in your hand. What the f– are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for? Seriously. You know what, those nine people who sat on their phones, first of all, they need jeans that fit them a little better...

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09:30
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Manually control the exposure in the...

In iOS 8, the Camera app has a lot of the same functionality as in iOS 7. In iOS 8, you are able to manually control the exposure levels in the photo. This means you can easily adjust how light or dark the photo is.

To do so open up the Camera app. Then you are going to tap on the focus point. The focus point is the subject point of the picture. When tapping to focus, a yellow square appears around the subject. To adjust the exposure level, tap on the yellow sun and slide it up and down. Sliding the sun up will make the picture lighter, and sliding the sun down will make the picture darker.


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07:49
Review combo: Inateck Bluetooth Audio Receiver and...

Today we’re taking a look at two iOS device accessories from Inateck- the Bluetooth Audio Receiver and 1.2m Micro USB Cable with Apple Lightning Adapter.

Bluetooth Audio Receiver 

Upon initial inspection, the Bluetooth Audio Receiver might not look like it’s capable of much. The entire unit measures only 40x40x11.5mm. However, this device is capable of driving Bluetooth 3.0 audio through any speaker system with a standard 3.5mm connection.

The receiver is very lightweight, and made entirely of plastic. You could easily carry it in your pocket without feeling it at all....

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06:21
∞ 15 year old Google Science Fair finalist, an...

[VIDEO] 15 year old Kenneth Shinozuka lives in New York City with his parents, aunt and grandfather. He’s one smart kid.

Kenneth’s grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s and tended to wander out of their apartment at night, getting out in the streets of New York City, causing a number of accidents, not to mention a lot of worry.

Kenneth’s solution won him one of the 15 finalist slots at the 2014 Google Science Fair. Watch the video. Incredible work.

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Saturday October 4

14:49
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics...

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor option and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games--particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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14:00
NFL bans players from wearing Beats headphones on...

It's quite common to see NFL players on the bench or in the locker room wearing Beats headphones, but a new marketing deal the league inked with Bose will prevent players from doing that in the future.

The ban prevents players or coaches from...

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13:06
Verizon, Redbox halting Redbox Instant streaming...

Redbox and Verizon's collaborative effort for online video streaming, Redbox Instant, is shutting down. October 7 marks the service's last day, with refunds issued to current customers on October 10. Any kiosk credits owed may be used before October 7, at 11:59PM. Unaffected by the change is the actual Redbox service, which will continue as before....



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10:57
Deals: 25% off Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, $799 & $...

Discount coupons for an extra 3% off all MacBooks are joined for a few days by $25% off coupons on Otterbox iPhone 6 cases. Meanwhile, the $799 (11-inch) and $899 (13-inch) MacBook Airs have returned in a price match sale that students can use to their advantage to snag the same models for $699 & $799 at Best Buy.

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10:45
NFL bans beats headphones on camera

Re/code:

Bose secured a league sponsorship deal that effectively allows it to elbow Beats — and any other rival headphone manufacturer — off the playing field.

Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

This ban extends to TV interviews conducted during pre-season training camps or practice sessions and on game day — starting before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to post-game interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium. The restriction remains in place until 90 minutes after the play has ended.

Does Bose really think this will make any difference in their sales or market share? Do they think that potential buyers, seeing the headsets on a bunch of “old guys” on the sidelines will make their target audience think, “Oh! I like that look! Gotta...

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10:31
Angry Birds developer Rovio hit with layoffs; 130 to...

In a blog post pointing out some of the issues surrounding Angry Birds purveyor Rovio, the company's outgoing CEO announced that the game maker will shed 130 people in an effort to reduce costs. The layoffs are all in the company's home country of Finland, and represents 16 percent of the company's total workforce....



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10:22
Briefly: AirRadar 3 released for Yosemite, iBank for...

Koingo Software has announced the release of AirRadar 3, a Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for OS X. AirRadar lets users set up a scan frequency to search for available wireless signals, and have new open or closed networks have their name spoken, play alerts, or display notifications. Featuring enhancements that cater to Yosemite, the latest version has been overhauled and includes improved graphing, the ability to join Enterprise networks, 802.11ac support, and more. Users can access more personalization options, and can tag found networks as Favorites or filter them out. Upgrades are free...

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09:12
Google fires back at celeb photo threat, claims...

Google has responded to the letter threatening legal action, should Google not purge the Internet of stolen, and sometimes intimate, photos of celebrities. The search engine has denied that it is intentionally profiting on the scandal, and instead has acted quickly and appropriately to takedown requests by removing "tens of thousands" of images from Google search results....



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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Have your iOS device read text for you

Previously, I discussed how to have your iOS device read text for you in iOS 7, and in iOS 8 it works pretty much the same way – but with some little differences. It is now easier to set up and make text speakable on an iOS device. Before we discuss how to do it, let’s first set up our iOS device so we can do it:

Open up Settings, tap on General and tap on Accessibility.



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09:00
Iris Screen Recorder: A fast way to grab Mac screen...

Whether you're teaching others about how to use their Macs or creating podcasts, you may find that capturing a video of what you're doing with your machine is the best way to show people what's going on. Iris Screen Recorder (free, with US$19.99...

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08:40
Disney axes two Star Wars mobile titles, both less...

Star Wars intellectual property owner Disney has discontinued two iOS apps, one of which was only released this year. Disney has pulled Tiny Death Star as well as Star Wars Assault Team from Google Play and the iOS App Store with no warning to those with a financial stake in the arrangement....



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08:21
Bose signs NFL deal blocking official Beats...

High end headphone manufacturer Bose has secured a deal with the National Football League in which it will be the sole headphone worn during official interviews and on screen appearances, according to Re/Code:

The professional athlete still can hear whatever he wants, but Kaepernick and other NFL players must remove their Beats headphones around the television cameras. Bose secured a league sponsorship deal that effectively allows it to elbow Beats — and any other rival headphone manufacturer — off the playing field. Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or...

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07:16
External Link: Vogue Profiles Jony Ive

Another sign of Apple’s push into the fashion world: Vogue magazine has published an in-depth profile of Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design. Interestingly, Vogue got to look at the Apple Watch weeks before it was announced. The article details Ive’s upbringing, education, and his design philosophies. “I think what we sincerely try to do is create objects and products and ideas that are new and innovative,” Ive said, “but at the same time there is a slightly peculiar familiarity to them.”

 

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07:08
How Megadeth, back in 1994, helped the record...

Back in 1994, the internet was still a wide open frontier. WebCrawler was the state of the art in search engines. It was able to index the complete text of every site on the web. Excite, the first real portal site, was just getting started. And the music industry had no concept of what was coming.

Great read.

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07:05
Apple brings iAd to nine more European countries,...

Apple has announced that iAd is now available in nine additional countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. This means iAd is now available in a total of twenty-five countries spanning North America, Europe and Asia.

Apple says that it continues to support iAd to help developers make more money. It’s not a stretch to say that the initiative has not met expectations and now primarily serves commercials for iTunes Radio. Developers using the program have anecdotally reported poor fill rates versus iAd’s competitors.

However, the addition of new countries shows that Apple has not abandoned the project. On a...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Protection for every taste

Protection for every taste

New iPad models may be just around the corner, but there are still plenty of great options for your current tablet, as this week’s roundup of new cases shows.

Ali Express

The Leather Smart (iPad Air; $15) protects your tablet in a trendy checkered pattern—and best of all, it won’t break the bank.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Caturday: Merry amidst the Mac mess

When you're a kitten and have just worn yourself out running around on Dad's keyboard for 20 minutes, there's nothing more relaxing to do than prop your fuzzy head up against a podcasting microphone and take a quick nap. Oh, and be sure to push...

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06:58
Marriott fined $600,000 for blocking its customers’...

This is unconscionable.

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05:59
States launching independent investigation of JP...

Despite JP Morgan Chase claiming that they aren't seeing enhanced fraud activity, two states have launched an investigation of the event that caused the reveal of 76 million household's information, with the promise of more to come. A recent regulatory filing showed the leak, with customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses stolen -- the bank claims no financial information was stolen....



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05:30
Pick your battles wisely in Weapons Throwing RPG

Weapons Throwing RPG is a retro style RPG. The graphics and music have an anime design that is adorable and fun. The music sounds similar to that of other games from the 90s 16-bit era. It is an easy game to figure out and pretty simple to play....

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05:00
Next Fashion Trend: Phabulous Phony Pockets?


"Is that a phablet in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" That may be the modern-day equivalent of the famous quip, thanks to the arrival of Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. With its increased size and flexibility, the device not only has kicked off the "Bendgate" scandal, but also may be helping to start a new fashion trend. American Eagle, Levi's, L.L.Bean, J.Crew, Lee Jeans and Uniqlo are among the brands that have admitted they're now reconsidering pocket size in light of the growing phablet trend.

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Friday October 3

16:10
iOS 8: Notification Per Email Thread

Ever see a little bell appear and disappear on your mobile email? You aren't imagining things. Kelly has seen it too, and she explains what it is and how it works.


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13:30
How the Apple Watch Already Has Success Designed in

When a new product category arrives from Apple, like the Apple Watch, it can be hard to size up the future prospects. Some observers only have a dim idea about how customers will embrace and exploit the product, and they don't yet see how Apple works to design success into the very DNA of any new product. In time, however, it all becomes clear, and the naysayers seldom turn out to be right.


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13:24
39 Professionally-Designed WordPress Themes for $39

Got a WordPress blog? Finding the right theme can be a pain, but our friends at StackSocial have put together a heckuva deal called the Creative Market Wordpress Bundle. It's 39 WordPress themes from ten different designers for $39. Let me do some math just to be sure-you got 39...and then 10...bring the four...oh, and make sure to carry the 1-yep, that's a buck a piece. Check 'em out. If you like the deal, tell your friends.


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13:08
18K Macs Hit with iWorm Botnet

Over 18,000 Macs around the world have been hit with a new malware threat called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, or iWorm, that could let hackers steal data or use victim's computers in denial of service attacks on other servers. iWorm also uses Reddit.com as part of its system, although Reddit itself hasn't been hacked.


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12:52
Mac: Serif Labs’ Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer ($50) from Serif Labs is new professional graphic design software for Mac which many are already calling a true competitor to Adobe Illustrator. Serif Labs claims Affinity Designer is “the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available.” Notably, there’s no subscription fee for Affinity Designer, and the Affinity team claims it will be adding new features for free “at least for the…

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12:39
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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11:57
Apple Will Reportedly Announce New iPads and iMacs...

Apple will hold its next major media event on October 16th, according to unnamed sources cited by Re/code's John Packowski. The event will be held in Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, CA, and it will be centered around new iPads and iMac models.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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06:39
News: Apple releases another iTunes 12 beta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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05:45
iOS 8: Setting Up Your Medical ID

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


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Thursday October 2

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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12:47
Mac: Twitter, Inc. Twitter 3.1

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

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

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


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11:31
First Look: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($80) from Wacom is the updated version of last year's Creative Stylus (review). With a welcome $20 drop in price, Creative Stylus 2 also offers a thinner, firmer tip than its predecessor, and the stylus is also a bit longer now — 5.6" long, versus 5.25". The stylus still offers Bluetooth 4 connectivity, palm rejection, and 2,048 different pressure levels; it feels lighter than before, but still well-built. Wacom claims…

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10:52
GoBuddy+ a iOS Charging Cable, Bottle Opener, Keyfob...

Kanex has released a clever product called GoBuddy+. This is a Lightning charging and sync cable for your iPhone or iPad built into a keyfob that also serves as a bottle opener. Come on, how cool is that? It's $24.95, it comes in black or white, and they make a version with a micro USB connector instead of Lightning for Android folks.


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10:24
News: Apple names Steve Dowling new interim head of...

Apple has appointed Steve Dowling as its new interim head of public relations for the company, Re/Code reports. A long-time member of Apple’s PR team, Dowling has been chosen to lead corporation communications following the retirement of Apple VP Katie Cotton earlier this year. Although a June report indicated that Apple had been looking for a “high-profile external candidate” to fill the position, it seems the company has decided…

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10:17
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-02

So Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 has a big gap between the display and phone body, but is that worth the media's attention? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the media reacts to Apple design issues versus Samsung design issues, plus they have plenty to say about iTunes 12 beta and the features Apple is apparently cutting.


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08:11
News: Apple patent application outlines Apple TV...

Apple has filed a patent application titled “Browsing remote content using a native user interface,” describing ways in which an iOS application could serve as a second screen controller for an Apple TV. In contrast to Apple’s existing Remote app, this design would present the user with a more full-featured Apple TV or iTunes interface. The specific interface would be determined by the Apple TV and simply rendered by the iOS application…

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07:57
Report Claims Apple Pay Coming with iOS 8.1 on Oct 20

Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple promised Apple Pay would be available as a free update some time in October, so we know it's on the way. The real question is whether or not this latest report accurately pegged October 20 as the launch date.


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07:44
Daily Deal: Adjustable Universal Car Mount, $14

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a universal car mount for your iPhone for only $14. Equipped with 360-degree rotation capabilities, this universal car mount can adapt to hold a wide variety of cell phone types, including all iPhone models.

Get your adjustable universal car mount now for only $14...

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06:52
WiLAN Hit with Another Loss in Apple Patent Fight

Patent holding company WiLAN took it on the chin yet again in its courtroom fight with Apple when a U.S. Federal Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that its LTE-related patent infringement claims were invalid. The ruling was part of a summary judgement Apple requested related to patents 8,315,640 and 8,311,040.

The Mac Observer Spin: Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.


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06:37
News: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers support CarPlay...

Pioneer has announced that a new firmware update enables Apple CarPlay in five of its NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, as it becomes the first company to make an aftermarket CarPlay system available. While the company initially said CarPlay compatibility would be available in “early summer” this year, Pioneer has still beaten nearly everyone else to CarPlay inclusion, including Apple’s automotive partners — Apple quietly changed…

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05:58
Apple Releases iPhone Activation Lock Status Checker

Buying a used iPhone or iPad isn't a big deal, unless Find My iPhone's Activation Lock feature is enabled. Now Apple has a Web-based tool to let you check Activation Lock status on a used iOS device before you buy it.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's Activation Lock Status tool will come in handy if you're looking at buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Now you don't need to worry about getting burned when buying a device only to find out Find My iPhone is still active and you can't set it up as yours.


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Wednesday October 1

17:40
ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value,...

What happens when you add 8 and 1? You get Windows 10, plus Jeff and Bryan trying sorting out exactly how Microsoft comes up with its product version numbers. The also have plenty to say about privacy, law enforcement lamenting iOS 8's smartphone encryption, the role of social networks in government protests, and the dangers of state-sponsored iPhone malware.


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14:25
iOS 8: News In Notification Center

We've already heard about science apps using Notification Center, now we are seeing some news apps that want to keep you informed from your lock screen. Some are free, some are limited unless you have a subscription. Kelly shows you a few of the notable apps fixing to inform you without even unlocking your iPhone.


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13:19
The Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle

Here's something pretty darned cool: 47,792 people have bought our Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle. That's a lot of people on their path to programming, and it's a pleasure to be a part of it. The way it works is this: pay what you want. If it's below the average price, you get Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3. If you pay the average price or more, you also get six other developer course, including Python, Apple's Xcode, PHP, and more. The average price? Only $15.01 as of this price. But, you have an incentive to pay more, because 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities, you choose: Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, Creative Commons. If you've wanted


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13:11
Waterfield Spinn Pouch Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

The new Waterfield Spinn pouch case for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is made of full grain leather, features an ultrasuede lining and comes in three rustic colors. Notable is the option to have it custom built for a bare iPhone or one with a very slim or Apple case. A belt loop is optional.


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‘Someone’ Targets Hong Kong Protesters Using...

A "Chinese-speaking entity" has targeted Hong Kong protestors using jailbroken iPhones with a trojan horse malware attack. According to security research firm Lacoon, that unknown entity has launched an attack through social media channels called Xsser mRAT that gets victims to install the malware by claiming to be software to help protestors organize.


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12:02
News: Logitech debuts Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air

Logitech has debuted its new Type+ keyboard case ($100) for iPad Air. Featuring an improved Bluetooth keyboard, Type+ provides a laptop-style typing experience and layout for iPad Air users while providing thin two-sided protection. The new keyboard design optimizes the distance between the keys and includes a dedicated row of iOS shortcut keys for quick access to iOS specific functions. The keyboard also automatically turns on and wakes your iPad…

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11:55
iOS 8: Make Cellular Phone Calls from Your iPad...

If you have a modern iPhone and iPad running iOS 8, you can make a voice phone call from your iPad, using your iPhone's cellular connection without ever touching the iPhone. John Martellaro explains how to do it with the iOS 8 Handoff feature.


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11:01
New Aerial Shot Shows Apple Campus Construction...

Construction on Apple's new spaceship campus is well underway and even in its current state is something to behold. Thanks to some slick drone flying, we can see just how far along the project is, and it's looking pretty cool.


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10:47
Article: The Early Guide To Apple Watch Apps

Apple is marketing the upcoming Apple Watch as a fashion, fitness, and functional accessory—something to wear, work out with, and use to do everyday tasks. Ever since the Watch was shown last month, iLounge’s editors have been discussing what truly makes it different from the earlier sixth-generation iPod nano, the device that obviously inspired Apple Watch’s basic look and feel. Putting aside Apple Watch’s enhanced fashion…

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10:40
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Dr. Mac’s Final Showdown

Iâm now on my tenth day of carrying both new iPhones - one in each front pocket of jeans or shorts - wherever I go. As I reported last week, Iâm about to replace my year-old iPhone 5s with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now, after ten days of careful consideration, I believe Iâve got it all figured out. I wonât keep you in suspense: Iâm getting...


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10:23
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-01

Word on the street is that a gold iPad is coming this month, and a 12.9-inch iPad is coming next year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a gold iPad is a good idea (spoiler: Jeff and Kelly think John is wrong), and talk about what a bigger screen iPad could mean for tablet users.


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08:02
Report Claims Gold iPad Coming Soon

Apple is reportedly ready to introduce a gold iPad as part of its product lineup along side its silver and Space Gray versions. If so, the iPad's color options will match up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The Mac Observer Spin: Gold iPads sounds pretty garish, but to be fair, I said the same about gold iPhones and they sell really well.


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07:31
Evercore Raises AAPL Target on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

Evercore Partner analyst Rob Cihra raised his target price for Apple's stock to US$125 in response to stronger than expected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. He now expects Apple to sell 39 million new iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and 65 million units during the December quarter.

The Mac Observer Spin: Analysts seem pleased with iPhone 6 demand, but it looks like they won't be really happy until they see new iPads ship.


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07:03
Apple Tells Developers to Submit their OS X Yosemite...

Apple is signaling we're much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it's time to start submitting their app updates now. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates - which has also happened.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering iCloud Drive is essentially hobbled for most iOS 8 users without OS X Yosemite, this launch can't come soon enough.


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06:40
Daily Deal: Get the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for only...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for only $74.99—that’s almost half off the regular price. A self-stabilizing, remote-controlled quad-copter, Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 features an aerial camera for videography and photography with a swiveling lens to capture from any angle. Designed for stunt flying, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee and its self-righting algorithm and sensors will stabilize…

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06:19
News: Upcoming iPad Air to have gold color option

Apple will add a new gold color option to its newest iPad Air likely to be unveiled this month, Bloomberg reports. The gold color, which has been an iPhone color option since last year’s iPhone 5s, is reportedly being added to the lineup to boost sales. Interestingly, the report makes no mention of whether the next iPad mini will also come in gold. Apple declined comment....

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06:18
iTunes Store Adds City of Hope Donation Page for...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Apple is hosting a special donation page on the iTunes Store for the City of Hope cancer and diabetes research and treatment organization. You can make donations through your iTunes Store account ranging from US$5 up to $200.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's great to see Apple making it easy to share a little during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Your donations could have a real impact on someone you know.


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05:40
iOS 8: Requesting the Desktop Version of Websites

There's a great new way to browse the Web on your iOS device, especially if you don't like the mobile versions of certain sites. With just a tap or two, Safari can ask websites to show you the desktop version instead, which can be incredibly handy! Melissa Holt's got the lowdown in this Quick Tip.


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21:37
Apple Reduces Screen Size in Apple Watch Video to...

Apple republished the Apple Watch video to YouTube with a couple of changes. The first is that the screen size in the renderings of the device is smaller in the new video-that makes the video match the way the device has looked all along on its website. The second change noticed so far is that the Glance screenshot has been altered.


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16:17
Samsung Calls Galaxy Note 4 Screen Gap a Feature,...

What do you get when your brand new tablet phone has a noticeable gap between the display and body? In the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, you get a feature and not a flaw, and it's a feature that's going to grow over time.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple gets hammered by the media over a few customers complaining about bent iPhones. Samsung ships a smartphone with a screen that doesn't fit flush against the device's body: crickets.


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15:04
iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps: TMO’s Growing List

The list of iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible apps is growing, so The Mac Observer keeps adding more to our list. Apps for tracking your fitness activities, diet, overall health and more are ready and waiting for you to try out. All you need is an iPhone with iOS 8.0.2 installed and an interest in tracking your health and fitness. Read on to see if there's an app for you.


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14:14
Apple Releases New Printer Drivers for HP and 7...

Apple released new printer drivers for eight different manufacturers, including HP, Ricoh, Gestetner, Infotec, and others.


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13:55
Mac: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD With Cable

Belkin’s back in the Mac peripheral management game with the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable ($300). This new dock lets users plug in up to eight devices to take advantage of fast Thunderbolt 2 technology: this time, it transfers files at up to 20 Gbps, doubling the performance of Belkin’s last Thunderbolt dock, and quadrupling the speed of USB 3.0. A slim, lightweight dock with a brushed aluminum body, Belkin’s new dock…

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13:51
iOS 8: How to Enable Notification Center Widgets

Notification Center widgets seem handy, but how do you turn them on? Kelly walks you through it.


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13:40
iLuv Vyneer Case for iPhone 6: Fashion, Protection...

Some iPhone cases are designed for robust protection, but others can meet the needs of the average user in a fairly benign environment. The iLuv Vyneer for iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) is the latter: an excellent case that affords protection with style. And it lets the color of the iPhone shine through.


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13:33
Microsoft Math: Add 1 to Windows 8 and You Get...

Microsoft unveiled its grand plan for moving past the Windows 8 legacy, which is to skip a number and go straight to Windows 10. Hey, wow. It's just like OS X 10.10 Yosemite! Imagine that?


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13:12
First Look: Tech21 Classic Shell for iPhone 6

Tech21's Classic Shell ($35) for iPhone 6 looks to be a fairly typical TPU case with coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls. However, Tech21 boasts "impactology," stating that its "D30 impact material" absorbs and dissipates shock away from the phone when dropped. For what it's worth, the device does have slightly thicker side coverage than many similar cases. The Classic Shell we received is gray and translucent, with a slightly reddish-orange…

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12:38
Propellerhead Ships Reason 8 with Emphasis on Drag...

Propellerhead announced the release of Reason 8 on Tuesday. The company's emphasis for this update was to streamline the work flow for musicians, desktop producers, and DJs when creating new music, with an emphasis on a new drag and drop workflow.


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11:24
The Free Mac Developer Toolkit - 4 Dev Apps for Free

Okie dokie, Mac developers, we have some freebies for you today in the form of the Free Mac Developer Toolkit. This is a bundle of four developer-oriented apps you can get for free. Free, I say! Yummy FTP, CodePad, Graphical HTTP Client, and DevBox. Even if you're not a developer, you should probably snake this deal just to have an FTP client in your Applications folder. This is a new deal, so you have 25 days to grab it, but don't dawdle lest you forget.


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11:18
News: Apple Q4 earnings call coming October 20

Apple has announced that it will release its Q4 financial results on Monday, October 20. The company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day. For the third quarter, Apple previously provided guidance for Q4 of revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion, and gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent. As always, iLounge will provide live coverage of the results.

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10:29
Apple Will Hold Q4 Conference Call on October 20th

Apple announced Tuesday that its fiscal 4th quarter conference call with analysts will be held October 20th, 2014. The event takes place at 5:00 PM ET, one hour after the markets close.


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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-30

There's a new social network in town named Ello and it's hoping to take on Facebook. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at what's up with Ello and its promise that we aren't the product. They also share some iOS 8 extensions they're excited about for photography and productivity.


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08:54
4 Cool iOS 8 Photo Extension Apps

iOS 8 opened the door for developers to share features with other apps and one place that really shines is Photos. Developers are updating their apps to take advantage of iOS 8's new Extensions feature, and we put together a list of some of our early favorites for working with your photos.


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