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Thursday September 25

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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14:38
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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14:30
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...

BoingBoing

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.

Apps Now Free

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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13:00
Don't Panic: Transmit for iOS is here for your...

There are some apps that 98 percent of the general population would never take a look at, but are critical for the other 2 percent. That's the case with this new FTP client from Panic Software. Transmit for iOS ($9.99 for a limited time) is the...

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12:54
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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12:48
First Look: Urban Armor Gear Composite Case for...

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.

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

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12:30
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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12:28
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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12:16
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

Forums: Troubleshooting

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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12:02
Mac: NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad
12:00
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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11:42
Instagram’s Hyperlapse hurriedly adds time-lapse...

Apple’s pair of new iPhones and upgraded iOS have had a rocky launch, but there’s zero cause for complaint with the photography features in iOS 8 and the cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. One of the coolest iOS 8 camera tricks is Time-lapse mode, which directly competes with Instagram’s new iOS app Hyperlapse. Clearly, Instagram has to step it up.

A Thursday update for Hyperlapse lets you use your front-facing camera to shoot time-lapse videos—wow, just like iOS 8, which lets all iPhone owners shoot front-facing time-lapse videos. Frameographer, another time-lapse video app, has...

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11:30
Daily Deals for September 25, 2014, featuring...

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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11:06
Apple responds to iPhone 6 Bendgate controversy,...

Apple has officially issued a statement regarding the iPhone 6 bending controversy saying the issue is rare during real world use and that it’s only received complaints from 9 customers (via CNBC). Apple adds, according to the reports, that the “new iPhones feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry.” Apple also commented that bending is “extremely rare” during normal use and that it performs a number of strength and durability tests (as you’d expect) before it ships new devices (via WSJ):

Since going on sale Friday, Apple said only nine customers have contacted the company about a bent iPhone 6 Plus—the larger and more expensive of its two new iPhones. Apple said both...

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11:05
Rumor puts 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015 with A8X...

Apple's alleged 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" could ship in early 2015, and with a new A8X processor, claims Taiwan's TechNews. The site doesn't have any more details, but based on Apple's past "X" processors, the A8X would probably be a version of the A8 -- used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus -- with superior graphics processing. Apple introduced the concept with the A5X, which used the extra power to support its first-ever Retina iPad....



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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Unbreakable smart door locks...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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10:59
Briefly: Adaptxt iOS 8 keyboard app, Typinator 6.2...

KeyPoint Technologies has released its Adaptxt keyboard app for iOS 8. Previously only available for Android, the new keyboard allows Apple users to customize their iPhone and iPad keyboards to their exact preferences, with over 90 languages and 40 specialized dictionaries to access. Auto-correction includes user controls such as dismiss and undo functionalities; and other customizable settings options include auto-capitalization, sound, visual and vibration feedback and special character bubbles. Users can use gesture text shortcuts to enter large amounts of text by gliding over one letter. F...



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10:56
Steve Ballmer's loyalty to Microsoft will force...

Though Steve Ballmer is no longer CEO of Microsoft or even on its board of directors, he's still fiercely loyal to the company he led, which is why he will have his basketball team, Los Angeles Clippers, ditch their use of Apple's iPad.

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10:52
Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could...

The recently disclosed bug in bash was bad enough as a theoretical exploit; now, reports Ars Technica, it could already be being used to launch real attacks. In a blog post yesterday, Robert Graham of Errata Security noted that someone is already using a massive Internet scan to locate vulnerable servers for attack. In a brief scan, he found over 3,000 servers that were vulnerable "just on port 80"—the Internet Protocol port used for normal Web Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) requests. And his scan broke after a short period, meaning that there could be vast numbers of other servers vulnerable. A Google search by Ars using advanced search parameters yielded over two billion web pages that at least partially fit the profile for the Shellshock exploit. More bad news: "[T]he initial fix for the issue still left Bash vulnerable to attack, according to a new US CERT National Vulnerability Database entry." And CNET is not the only one to say that Shellshock, which can affect Macs...

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10:45
Refurbished 2013 Mac Pro models now available on...

After first showing off the latest Mac Pro at WWDC 2013 and launching the professional-class desktop computer last December, Apple’s certified refurbished online store is now carrying discounted models for the first time.

The 2013 Mac Pro, which is the only Mac computer manufactured in the United States, ordinarily starts at $2,999 for the base model configuration, but customers looking to save on that cost can now get the same configuration for $450 less at $2,549. A variety of other configurations are available in refurbished models with discounted price tags ranging up to $7,479…...

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10:44
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-25

There's a new security threat in town going by the name Shellshock, and it has the potential to cause some big headaches for Unix and Linux-based systems, including Mac OS X. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into how Shellshock works, what it can potentially do, and how it impacts Mac users on personal and public networks.


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10:30
Welcome to our planet, where things are not...

First of all: Welcome to the planet. We have many things here, but only a few of them are indestructible. Our human brains have figured out clever ways to modify even our most durable natural mineral -- diamond -- but not how to make every product...

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10:23
Instagram’s Hyperlapse video shooter adds support...



Last month Instagram launched a new video shooting app for iPhone and iPad that combines effects like time-lapse and cinema stabilization called Hyperlapse. Today Instagram is introducing what they call the “selfielapse” by adding support for shooting Hyperlapse videos with the front facing camera on your device using the same...

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10:04
Pre-orders commence for $200 Seek Thermal Camera for...

A camera add-on for mobile devices has opened to pre-orders, one which adds thermal imaging abilities to smartphones. The Seek Thermal Camera uses a 206x156-resolution sensor capable of detecting heat in the range of -40 centigrade to 330 centigrade, with the user able to switch between a normal image feed and a thermal version with a quick swipe....



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10:00
Developer claims Apple was warned of iCloud security...

A software developer in London warned Apple of iCloud's vulnerability to a brute-force attack months before the service was implicated in the leaks of hundreds of explicit photos and videos of celebrities. As reported by The Daily Dot, Ibrahim Balic...

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09:50
New LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer wants team to...

Steve Ballmer may have retired as Microsoft’s CEO back in February and resigned from the company’s board last month, but rest assured that the raging businessman is still loyal to the Redmond-based software giant. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, Ballmer recently purchased the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and one of his first acts as the team’s new owner is to have the organization cutdown its use of Apple products.

“Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer recently told Reuters. “And Doc [Rivers] kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of...

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09:39
iPhone 6, 6 Plus take lead in Japanese smartphone...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are commanding the Japanese smartphone market just a week into their availability, according to BCN sales rankings cited by Forbes. The 6 was the most popular phone overall, taking eight out of the top 10 spots, and even then the iPhone 5s claimed 5th and 8th places. The 6 Plus reached no higher than 11th, but still took five out of the next seven spots....



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09:36
1Password iOS beta previews upcoming iPhone 6/6 Plus...

The popular password and data management app 1Password was ready on day one with a powerful, systemwide extension for accessing your vault and Touch ID support for unlocking the app with your fingerprint. The latest beta version sent to testers today promises one more useful feature its users will appreciate: iPhone 6 optimization.

The new version of 1Password currently being tested by beta users no longer relies on zoomed scaling on the larger display devices and takes advantage of the new screen sizes more efficiently. iPhone 6 Plus users have shared that the new version supports the new iPad-like split-view introduced to certain Apple apps as well.

1Password recently changed its pricing model...

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09:30
This dog has no patience for your stupid iPad games

Everyone's gotten a little bit heated over a rough game of Candy Crush Saga, but if you think your iOS gaming temper is bad then you've never met Violet. Violet is a greyhound that loves her iPad, but doesn't take kindly to being bested by a game...

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09:28
Apple’s new icons for Yosemite’s Mac App Store

Apple made a minor over-the-air change to the Mac App Store today on OS X Yosemite. The company updated the icons to be more in line with the new design aesthetic. The top bar is the new version, while the bottom is the old one that can still be seen on OS X Mavericks. The new icons also better match up with those on the iOS version. Apple will launch Yosemite next month for free. 

 

 

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09:22
Rumor: Apple’s upcoming “iPad Pro” model could...

The iPad Pro rumors are coming in.

And they’re pointing to some interesting stuff.

Per G for Games and MacRumors, Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is rumored to be landing as soon as early 2015, reports suggesting that the tablet will feature an improved A8X processor. Similar to Apple’s previous A5X and A6X processors, the A8X would presumably be an graphics-enhanced version of Apple’s current A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple’s shift away from using an “X” version of its base iOS device chip last year, opting to power the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, albeit clocked slightly faster on the iPad Air. But with a higher-...

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09:14
Angry Birds Transformers soft launched in New...

After months of teasing, Angry Birds Transformers is now available in select parts of the world. Gamers in New Zealand and Finland can now sample Rovio’s mashup of fowl and robots, with Canada and Australia set to follow soon afterwards. In addition to a soft launch for its new title, Rovio released a new gameplay trailer, revealing that this won’t be your typical Angry Birds title.

Instead of the standard slingshot-powered shenanigans, Angry Birds Transformers is a 2D side-scrolling shoot ‘em up game where feathery Autobirds blast their way through several background enemies, including Deceptihogs. Set to the soundtrack of cheesy 80’s music, the game’s...

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09:00
​Developer warns against using in-app browsers due...

Well-known Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry is warning iOS device owners about the risks of using in-app browsers to enter sensitive information such as account login credentials. Users commonly encounter these browsers in social media apps...

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08:57
Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 update within “a few days...

Apple will release iOS 8.0.2, just give it a few days.

According to The Verge, following Apple’s submission and retraction of its iOS 8.0.1 mobile operating system update on Wednesday due to Touch ID and cellular connectivity concerns, the company has said that it has identified the cause of these bugs and is planning to release a newer iOS 8.0.2 version with a patch in the coming days, according to a support document posted to the company’s website.

The company offered the following comment on a recently posted support page:

“We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions...

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08:55
Apple knew of iCloud API weakness months before...

A London-based security researcher made multiple reports to Apple that the company's iCloud service was vulnerable to brute-force password attacks months before the revelations that celebrities' iCloud backups were mined for intimate photos and videos. The Daily Dot reports that Ibrahim Balic sent descriptions of the vulnerability to Apple in March in addition to filing a report that the system leaked user data that could be used to mount such attacks. Balic attempted to reach out both via e-mail and through the company's Web-based bug reporting system.

In an e-mail dated March 26, Balic told an Apple employee:

I found a new issue regarding on Apple accounts (sic)...By the brute force attack method I can try over 20,000 + times passwords on any accounts. I think account lockout should probably be applied. I'm attaching a screen shot for you. I found the same issue with Google and I...

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08:30
Apple: iOS 8.0.1 Fix Coming in the Next Few Days

Following Wednesday's release and subsequent retraction of iOS 8.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple has said that an iOS 8.0.2 is coming "in the next few days." The 8.0.1 update added Health app support, but also killed cell service and Touch ID support on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple addressing the call-free iPhone problem from the iOS 8.0.1 updater, although it would've been better if the problem hadn't been there at all.


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08:20
Review: Apple iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Leather and...

Basically a real leather shell, the Leather Case is similar to Apple’s prior-generation leather iPhone 5s Case, only at a higher price, while leaving the bottom of each phone completely exposed. Microfiber on the inside keeps your device from getting scratched during insertion and removal. Five color options include Olive Brown, Black, Midnight Blue, Soft Pink, and (PRODUCT) RED exteriors. Each case is thin enough not to radically change the…

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08:18
Increase the chances of recovering your lost iPhone...

A new and potentially crucial feature in iOS 8 allows an iPhone or iPad to send out its last-known location just before the device's battery dies, increasing the chances that a user might be able to recover their lost Apple product.

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08:14
IK Multimedia ships iRig Pads, cross-platform MIDI...

Music hardware and software company IK Multimedia has announced that it is shipping iRig Pads, a portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as OS X and Windows. The 16-button device is fully MIDI class-compliant, which makes it compatible with virtually any MIDI app on any platform....



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08:06
NPD data: Back-to-school Mac sales up 16 percent,...

Data from the NPD group indicates that MacBook sales grew 16 percent year-on-year during the 10-week back-to-school period, measured from 4th July to Labor Day week. The most significant sales were seen during the last three weeks of the period, where sales were up 27 percent.

Overall Mac back-to-school market share climbed from 24.2% last year to 26.8% this year, while Windows fell from 72.3% to 64.8%. The most dramatic growth, though, was seen in low-cost Chrome OS devices, up from 0.2% in 2012 to 3.3% last year and 4.5% now.

It’s interesting to see Mac sales continue to climb despite competition from low-cost notebooks. IDC data last month showed that iOS market share...

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08:00
Indie music video uses fourteen different Apple...

Ukrainian indie band Brunettes Shoot Blondes created a clever music video that uses fourteen different Apple screens to tell the story of their latest song, Knock Knock. Featured as a Vimeo staff pick, the video uses MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and even...

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07:58
Rumor: Apple's 12.9" 'iPad Pro'...

If Apple does launch a new, larger iPad with a 12.9-inch display this year, a new report from the Republic of China suggests that the device could ship with an upgraded "A8X" variant of the A8 introduced alongside the iPhone 6 series, while the next-generation iPad Air might double the RAM of its predecessor.

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07:53
Anti-Amazon author group petitioning DOJ to examine...

Amazon's battle with publisher Hachette is continuing, with authors still being affected by the issue. The Authors United group, who previously took out an ad in newspapers decrying treatment by Amazon is planning to send a letter to the head of the US Justice Department's antitrust division, asking them to look into the matter. Authors attached to the letter include Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson, John Grisham, Jennifer Egan, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt, Joseph O'Neill, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, Barbara Kingsolver, Clive Cussler, Anita Shreve and P...



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07:40
Apple offers workaround for iPhones borked by iOS 8....

Apple intended Wednesday’s iOS update to fix a few major problems in the latest version of its mobile operating system, but instead saw an entire category of iPhones disabled by the release. The company quickly pulled iOS 8.0.1 after iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners reported problems with cellular connectivity and Touch ID.

Late Wednesday, Apple posted a workaround for people still struggling to fix their phones. You’ll need to connect your device to your computer to revert to iOS 8, because iCloud backups will send you back to iOS 7. Only iTunes can save you now.

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07:10
∞ The power of friction

[VIDEO] Bet you’ve never seen this sort of welding before. It’s called friction welding.

Technically, because no melt occurs, friction welding is not actually a welding process in the traditional sense, but a forging technique. However, due to the similarities between these techniques and traditional welding, the term has become common. Friction welding is used with metals and thermoplastics in a wide variety of aviation and automotive applications.

So very cool. Science! [h/t Daniel Mark]

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07:10
Apple allegedly informed of iCloud flaw six months...

According to emails between Apple and a security researcher, the brute force method of attack on iCloud passwords was clear to the Cupertino manufacturer since March 26 of this year, well before the attack on celebrity accounts. A lengthy email chain, made public in recent days documents communications between the researcher and Apple, as well as Apple's continued requests to Ibrahim Balic for more information on the exploit....



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07:01
Bash Bug vulnerability affects most Unix installs,...

There’s a new vulnerability that impacts most Unix installs, including many embedded systems (devices that run Unix but don’t expose the OS interface) as well as OS X, the operating system at the heart of all modern Macs.

The issue is a flaw in the Bash shell that allows you to redefine a shell variable from the command line.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Debunked by Apple itself

Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage (AppleInsider)

Source: Some analyst

Chance it's true: 30 percent, at most

Some analyst repeats the same stuff some other analyst spewed a couple weeks ago. For some reason, this is...

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06:55
News: Report: Apple was aware of iCloud security...

Apple was informed of an iCloud security vulnerability that could lead to compromised user data as early as March 2014, a new report indicates. E-mails obtained by The Daily Dot reveal that London-based software developer Ibrahim Balic informed Apple on March 26 that he had successfully bypassed a “brute-force” security prevention measure, effectively allowing him to try over 20,000 password combinations on any iCloud account. Balic also…

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06:48
News: Bent iPhones may qualify for warranty...

Following reports earlier this week that iPhone 6 Plus users were experiencing problems with iPhones bending in their pockets, Apple Support has responded to an inquiry from The Next Web indicating that bent iPhones could be replaced under warranty if they pass a “Visual Mechanical Inspection” test, but that it is ultimately up to the Genius at any given Apple Store as to whether the device would qualify for a replacement or not. The Apple…

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06:42
The Dark Side of Apple Design: From Antennagate to...


When Apple -- which is clearly one of the world's best companies at design -- makes a misstep, it's amplified by a wild combination of user dismay and hater glee. Because there are millions of users and many haters, a design flaw can turn into an instant public relations tornado. Enter Bendgate, featuring the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Reports have hit the Internet that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users had managed to bend their thin, shiny new iPhones while wearing something as rare as a pair of jeans and putting the iPhone inside a front pocket.

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06:41
Apple creates iOS 8.0.1 support page

From Apple’s 8.0.1 support page:

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

The support page walks you through the process of reverting from 8.0.1 back to 8.0 and closes with this comment:

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.

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06:38
Daily Deal: Another chance to get three years of VPN...

We’ve extended our offer to give you another chance to grab VPN Unlimited Premium for only $19 in our iLounge Deals—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web…

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06:29
Researcher accuses Apple of ignoring iCloud brute-...

A security researcher who discovered a brute-force attack against Apple's iCloud service in March -- similar to the "iBrute" vulnerability that surfaced in conjunction with the celebrity photo hacking scandal earlier this month -- says that the company refused to address the flaw for months after he reported it.

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06:27
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now available on Mac

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a spinoff in the popular Metal Gear franchise that was originally released for consoles in 2013, is today arriving for Mac users. Unlike most previous installments in the series, Revengeance replaces the game’s usual stealth-based gameplay for a sword-slashing cyborg ninja named Raiden. It’s technically part of the Metal Series and universe, but the incredibly unique hack and slash gameplay mechanics in this title are quite the departure from what Metal...

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06:24
News: Apple offers instructions on downgrading from...

Apple has released a new support document that instructs users on how to downgrade from iOS 8.0.1 back to iOS 8. The document is called “Loss of cellular service or ability to use Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1 on iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.” iOS 8.0.1 was pulled only hours after it was released on Wednesday, after many users reported losing cellular service and the ability to use Touch ID on the the company’s newest iPhones.…

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06:11
∞ VIDEO: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt addresses...

[VIDEO] This 15 minute interview starts with some softball questions, but gets to the heart of the matter at about 4:19 when they bring in a clip from Digicel founder Denis O’Brien who accuses Google of not being a good partner, likening Google and Facebook to selfish party guests.

Schmidt is also pressed about his take on seeing the huge lines for the iPhone 6 rollout and the discussion turns to Google’s brutal competition with Apple. Fascinating to watch.

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06:06
Shellshock Flaw Poses Big Security Threat for Mac,...

Move over, Heartbleed, because here comes Shellshock. This security threat has the potential to be even bigger than Heartbleed because of the way it lets attackers remotely access victim's computers through the Bash command line shell for Unix and Linux, plus it potentially affects Mac OS X and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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06:00
Apple posts support document for iOS 8.01, promises...

Wednesday's release of iOS 8.01 was unfortunately not Apple's best work. Many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded the update quickly discovered that their cellular connection was no longer active and that Touch ID stopped working...

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05:37
In-depth review: Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple's "phablet" is finally here. Years after the likes of Samsung popularized the smartphone/tablet hybrid device, Apple last week launched its first take on a huge-screened device with the iPhone 6 Plus, and AppleInsider has gone hands-on to see if it was worth the wait.

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05:37
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Review Part 1

While every new iPhone launch is among the most anticipated smartphone launches each year, there can be little doubt that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was the most eagerly anticipated in recent times. The interest centered in large part on a substantial increase in display size putting the iPhone more in line with its competition. However, as Apple is quick to highlight, there is a lot more to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than their display sizes. It has worked hard to improve the iPhone across the board in order to make it a true generational leap in other key areas. In Part 1 of o...



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05:34
Apple aware of iCloud brute-force vulnerability six...

The software developer credited by Apple for discovering last year’s developer center flaw says that he informed Apple of an iCloud weakness that may have been used to obtain celebrity nudes more than six months before the photos were accessed.

The Daily Dot reports that Ibrahim Balic advised Apple in March of a Find My Phone weakness...

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05:30
Predict and win with Champions League Predictor

The first set of matches in this year's UEFA Champions League competition are underway across Europe. Now you can keep on top of all the action and by predicting the outcome of the upcoming games earn the crown as the top predictor by using the new...

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05:01
Apple says some bent iPhone 6/Plus phones will be...

An Apple support representative has told TNW that iPhone 6/Plus phones that have experienced warping in normal use would qualify for replacement under warranty if they pass a test known as “a visual mechanical inspection.” It should be noted that this is simply one AppleCare rep speaking, and not an official statement by Apple.

That is 100 percent up to the Genius you speak with at the store. There is a test called a Visual Mechanical Inspection that the device will have to pass. If it is within the guidelines, they will be able to cover it. If not, the replacement would be a paid one.

Apple was not able to provide any information on what the test involves, though one commentator below suggests that it is simply comparing the phone to a set of reference photos used to distinguish phones damaged by misuse...

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05:00
After September, Still Apple Watching and Waiting

Jeff Porten came away from the Apple keynote feeling uncharacteristically unimpressed, so he shares his thoughts about what he doesn’t quite get about Apple’s direction.

 

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04:58
Bash vulnerability 'Shellshock' affects...

A new bug may have a greater potential for harm than April's Heartbleed vulnerability, according to reports. The "Shellshock" vulnerability in Bash, a Unix shell typically used in Linux systems as well as in OS X, apparently allows for code held in environment variables to be executed within the shell as soon as it is invoked, potentially allowing for the control of affected systems to be taken over by another user....



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04:18
‘Shell Shock’ command line vulnerability present in...

A vulnerability in Bash, the software used to control the command shell in many flavors of Unix, has been shown to be present in OS X – with some security researchers saying that the flaw could pose a bigger threat than the Heartbleed vulnerabilty discovered last year (which affected many Unix systems but not OS X).

The Bash vulnerability being referred to by some as ‘Shell Shock’ allows an attacker to run a wide range of malicious code remotely. It was discovered by security researchers at RedHat, and is described in detail in a blog post.

There are conflicting reports as to the extent to which Mac users are at risk … ...

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21:46
Apple publishes new support article with...

Earlier today Apple released what would quickly be revealed to be an extremely broken update for iOS 8 that resulted in a complete loss of cellular connectivity and Touch ID support on its newest line of iPhones. Now, nearly twelve hours after the update went live, the company has published a new help document for users stranded on the faulty operating system.

The document lists the steps for restoring a device back to iOS 8.0 with links to download the appropriate IPSW file....

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21:44
Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 in a 'few days,...

After releasing and subsequently pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update earlier today, Apple late Wednesday instructed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users affected by cellular and Touch ID issues to downgrade back to iOS 8.0 while the company prepares a fix.

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