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Thursday September 11

23:02
Apple Store online down in preparation for iPhone 6...

[Update: Pre-orders have begun] The familiar "We'll be back" sign has appeared on the US and other countries' online Apple Stores in advance of the expected 12AM PT Friday opening for pre-orders on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Customers in Australia, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Puerto Rico and of course the US can pre-order the devices, which will appear at retail September 19....



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22:57
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Which one should you buy?

It’s iPhone buying season again and this year we’re faced with a very tough decision. Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at its press event on Sept. 9, 2014 and as many rumors indicated, we now have a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Normally our choice would be narrowed down between color and capacity, but this year it’s much more than that…

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may seem very similar on the outside, but that’s not exactly the case. While the screen sizes may differ between these two models, there are also a few different features...

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21:35
Tim Cook: “This is epic”

USA Today:

“If there was a lot of emotion in my voice today, it’s because we’ve all been waiting for this day for a long time. It felt so great,” Cook, 53, told USA TODAY. “The people at this company are doing the best work of their lives, the best work that Apple has ever done.”

“It’s an incredible opportunity for us to switch people from Android to iOS. So yes, this is epic. It is epic,” he says.

I made mention of this both on Amplified and Your Mac Life yesterday. Cook seemed genuinely excited up on stage.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:32
Briefly: Griffin, Caseit release new iPhone 6 and...

Tech innovations company Griffin Technology has announced its case lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Its family of Identity cases offer drop protection with a variety of aesthetic options, composed of a two-piece design with a protective bumper and low-profile back plate. The cases' bumper combines shock-absorbing rubber and a hard plastic frame, able to protect the iPhone from drops up to 4 feet. Available in a range of colors in Performance, Graphite and All Clear models, pricing starts at $30. Griffin's Survivor cases - available in All-Terrain, Slim and Core models - are designed...

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21:06
Online Apple Store down ahead of iPhone 6, iPhone 6...

Apple's online store was taken down Thursday night as the company braced for what is expected to be a flood of preorders for its recently-announced next-generation handsets, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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20:34
Apple Pay nets favorable transaction fees from banks...

A detailed look at Apple's new Apple Pay mobile and online payments solution reveals the reasoning behind decisions from credit card issuing banks to not only adopt the service, but offer low per-transaction fees.

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20:17
Philips offers 24-bit D/A Lightning-connected...

Audio and video equipment maker Philips has debuted a new headphone set for iOS devices that offers a pair of distinct differences: it features 24-bit digital-to-analog conversion and amplification built right within the headphones, and it uses a Lightning connector rather than a standard 3.5mm connector. The Fidelio M2L headphones are said to the first to use the Lightning connector....



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19:45
This guy’s replies to 9/11 brand Tweets sum up...

AdWeek:

Sean Bonner says, “There’s no way for a brand to “insert themselves into a conversation” about a tragedy like this without it being bad.

“Today (or whatever other tragedy this kind of thing has happened with) isn’t the time for marketing. It isn’t the time for branding or getting people to pay attention to companies. It’s a time for people to interact with each other, and the only respectful thing for brands to do is stay out of it and wait for tomorrow to get back to business.”

I see these kinds of marketing “tributes” all the time in these situations and Bonner and Monteiro are right – if you are a brand, just STFU.

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18:40
Senators Request Security Update From Tim Cook Over...

Two Senate committee chairs have sent a letter to Tim Cook requesting more information about the security situation at Apple, specifically as it concerns iCloud security and measures taken to protect customer data.

The Mac Observer Spin: Hopefully this is an awareness move and not just a move to get attention and look like they're doing something about iCloud security.


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18:21
New rumor claims 12-inch Retina MacBook Air will...


Gold is best

If you’ve just been dying to get your hands on a gold MacBook Air, a new rumor floating around the web is sure to make your day. According to a tech website aptly named A Tech Website, the long-rumored line of 12-inch MacBook Airs that are expected to be released next year will be available not only in the usual...

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18:15
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

MyScript Smart Note...

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18:09
How, when, and where to preorder the iPhone 6

Tonight’s the night. The hour draws near. Put on a pot of coffee and set an alarm. iPhone 6 preorders start at midnight.

But Apple isn’t the only place you can place your order. Big box retailers like Walmart and Best Buy will also take preorders, and of course your friendly carrier stores are eager to help you too. You probably already know what color and capacity you’re after, so now it’s a matter of figuring out where to actually place your order.

Apple

There’s something to be said about going right to the source. Preorders start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday (which is Thursday night, of course, not Friday night), and Apple has a trade-in program if you’d like to get a gift card for your old iPhone, and even offers ...

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17:48
Rumor: Apple to launch 12-inch MacBook Air in 2015...

A sketchy rumor on Thursday claims Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will debut in the middle of 2015, to be available in gold, space gray and silver colors identical to those offered with the iPhone.

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17:16
Next-generation Apple Watch rumored to boast more...

The Apple Watch won't hit stores until next year, but a report on Thursday is already saying the next iteration will come packed with more sensors and fitness-oriented functionality.

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17:00
X-Doria iPhone 6/6 Plus case review and giveaway

This is a first for TUAW -- we'll actually be giving away some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases before the new larger iPhones are in the hands of readers. These cases from X-Doria arrived at TUAW Labs just after the Apple announcements on September 9. I...

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16:14
Walmart to cut $20 off iPhone 6 price, offers...

Walmart, as is its custom, is planning to offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at a slight discount from other merchants. The company is reported to be taking $20 off the standard price, lowering the cost to $179 for a base model iPhone 6, or $279 for a base-model iPhone 6 Plus (both with new two-year contract). Those who pre-order from Walmart starting tomorrow will also get a $15 e-gift card....



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16:13
Apple's capacious iPhone 6 models to drive...

Based on unlocked iPhone price checks, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's latest handsets will see higher sustained ASPs thanks to upgraded storage capacities and the new top-end iPhone 6 Plus model.

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16:07
Reuters: Some future model of the Apple Watch will...

Reuters has some big news about future generations of the Apple Watch: according to people familiar with Apple’s plans, the device will eventually get more health-releated sensors. Which generation we can expect to see these sensors or what types of data they’ll collect wasn’t exactly specified, but the company is definitely planning to include additional capabilities in future upgrades.

Of course, this isn’t exactly the most shocking or unexpected news. It would be hard to believe that Apple had hired a group of...

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16:00
Here is every watch face shown during the Apple...

With all the attention given to the Apple Watch's functionality during this week's announcement event, it's little wonder that the device's customizable watch face was barely reported on. However, the sheer number of options demonstrated during the...

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15:57
Simon Pierro Does iPad Magic Using LEGO

Remember Simon Pierro? He's a magician who uses an iPad in his act. He's amazing, and he has a new video out where he is set up a LEGO store using real-world LEGOs for his iPad magic. I'm not sure which I enjoy most-Simon Pierro's abilities and incredibly fast hands or the awe on the children's faces as he works his magic. It's good stuff!


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15:30
Apple is offering existing iCloud users a partial...

On the heels of Apple's new pricing for iCloud storage, existing iCloud users have begun receiving emails announcing they have received an upgrade and refunded to put them in line with new customers. Users who were on the 20GB plan saw their cost...

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15:19
iPhone 6: First impressions after using Apple's...

Apple's eighth iPhone event introduced two new larger-screened, larger-capacity new phones, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with a continuation two of the world's top selling models, iPhone 5c and 5s, now at a reduced price.

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15:07
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Limefuel...

Today is your last chance to pick up your Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for only $34.99 in our iLounge Deal. Equipped with 15000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel Lite is designed for portability, weighing only 12 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack,…

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15:00
Inateck BP2001: The little Bluetooth speaker that...

I'll soon be reviewing a rather pricy speaker from another hardware vendor, so today I'm going to look at a less expensive solution from Inateck. The BP2001 10W Bluetooth Stereo Speaker (US$59.99 MSRP, available for $25.99 on Amazon) is affordable...

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14:59
Square Enix to start smartphone game rental service...

Japanese video game publisher Square Enix announced a new initiative this week, putting some of its most popular games in the hands of mobile device users. The new program, called Dive In, allows users to rent Square Enix titles through a dedicated application and play them on through their Android or iOS tablets and smartphones....



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14:30
Panic's Transmit file manager coming to iOS

Panic will be bringing its Transmit file manager to iOS with the release of iOS 8, according to an announcement. The new app is currently in beta, and will be able to handle both FTP and local files. iOS 8 is essential because the app will make heavy use of Extensions; separate apps will be able to save files to a local Transmit folder, or else use Transmit to upload to FTP/SFTP, WebDAV, and Amazon S3 servers....



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14:09
Register for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We have a killer giveaway for you called the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway. That's because it's an epic iPhone 6 giveaway. Cool, right? All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal notifications, and you're entered to win. In two months, our friends at Stack Social will choose a winner, and-if you register-it could be you. If you're really keen to win, you can get additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!


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14:04
Apple to offer in-store iPhone 6 pickups for online...

Departing from its usual product launch operations, Apple will have iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models waiting at brick-and-mortar stores on Sept. 19 for customers placing preorders online.

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14:00
Caption This: The Eddy and Walt show

Of all the things I during Apple's iPhone 6 & Apple Watch event, the thing that interested me most was Eddy Cue's lovely pink shirt. Ok, that was a lie, but I still think it's pretty fantastic. This photo -- snapped by Gilipollastv on Flickr --...

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14:00
How to Type an Apple Symbol in iOS

Now that we have Apple Pay and the Apple Watch it looks like Apple may be moving away from their â90s âiâ branding to a more modern and corporate branded âAppleâ naming scheme. On the Mac there is an easy keyboard shortcut to type that Apple symbol, but how can you do it on iOS? Adam Christianson has the answer.


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13:41
Apple MFi summit coming Nov. 12-14; Joswiak goes to...

Apple will hold its annual Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad summit between November 12th and 14th this year in Shenzhen, China, according to an announcement. The event is intended to brief accessory and peripheral manufacturers. This year Apple says that sessions will concentrate on HomeKit, iBeacon, AirPlay, and in-app purchases....



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13:39
Apple's New iPhones: Ho-Hum and Controversial...


Apple's new iPhones didn't take center stage at its product launch this week. "The fact that they are ho-hum is interesting in itself," said Nick Spencer, a senior practice director at ABI Research. "Apple is now a company that follows rather than leads." Apple is "at least 18 months late with a large screen device," he pointed out. Further, its Apple Pay mobile payment feature is "not exactly new, although Apple may perform the characteristic trick of perfecting it so the consumer actually adopts it -- not a trivial achievement."

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13:30
Apple Pay’s Success Could Hinge on Who Pays...

On Tuesday Apple rolled out its iPhone-based payment system called Apple Pay. This sounds like a great thing, and that could very well prove true, but it's ultimate success could hinge on who ends up paying the transaction fees.


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13:30
TuneMob syncs multiple devices to play surround...

Very often, people have a lot of music on their iOS device that they'd like to play at a get-together or party. Unfortunately, the speakers on iOS devices are designed for personal use and therefore typically aren't loud enough to satisfy a group of...

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13:00
How to save money when purchasing an iPhone 6 or...

Want to purchase an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and save some money at the same time? Customers who are looking for the best deals, should bypass the Apple Store and visit third-party retailers like Walmart or Radio Shack. Several retailers this week...

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12:50
Goodbye to Macworld, but Not to Those Who Made it...

Macworld has shuttered its print magazine and laid off most of its staff. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous shares some of the details and looks back at the magazine that was born with the Mac and the people who made it worth reading for over 30 years.


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12:46
With new cameras, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple added numerous features designed to make life better for users. Photographers are no exception, getting goodies like phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization --?AppleInsider took a look at all of the imaging upgrades coming to the next-generation handsets.

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12:45
Will you be able to use the new VoLTE service on...

VoLTE is coming to Apple iPhones for the first time with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- maybe not right away, but the service will roll out as time passes.

VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE, and it brings together voice and data together in the...

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12:39
Apple to offer in-store pickup option for iPhone 6...

Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 will start at 12:01 a.m. PDT and will be available to purchase in Apple Stores on Sept. 19th, 2014, but what isn’t widely known is that it looks like Apple is kicking off Personal Pickup availability starting with preorders as well. This means that you’ll be able to preorder an iPhone 6 and select a store in your area and pick it up on launch day….

We’ve independently confirmed this news with several Apple Stores and Apple’s online chat. The option to pickup an iPhone in store will be available during the checkout process and...

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12:30
Tim Cook: iPhone 6 to usher in "the mother of...

Though much of the focus this week is understandably centered on Apple's new Watch, the two new iPhone 6 models Apple introduced this past Tuesday are more than noteworthy in their own right.

Aside from the obvious change in design -- bigger screens...

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12:15
Daily Deals for September 11, 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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12:15
News: Apple upgrades current iCloud users to new...

Following this week’s announcement of iOS 8, Apple has sent out notifications to existing paid iCloud storage customers notifying them of new, reduced prices for their existing storage plans, along with pro-rated refunds for the balance of the reduced plan price. Customers who have already purchased iCloud Storage under the old annual pricing model retain whatever storage capacity they purchased, at a price now reduced to the next-lowest tier…

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12:10
News: Report: Apple to use digital queue system at...

Apple is reportedly changing the way it runs its in-store launch system for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Stores will be moving on from the old paper card system in favor of a new digital queue system called Reservation Pass, 9to5Mac reports. The system will sync with inventory information to ensure Apple hands out the proper amount of product reservations — reservation cards will be sent to customers via email or SMS. Notably, receiving a…

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12:04
News: iPhone 6 release delayed in China, pre-orders...

Apple has informed Chinese mobile providers that it won’t release the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country on the expected date of Sept. 19, The New York Times reports. The company offered no explanation for the delay, but it’s reported that the phones may have not yet been approved for sale by Chinese regulators. A manager at China Telecom was apparently told by an Apple rep that some details were not ready. “Apple completely…

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12:00
How far away is your iPhone? [Poll]

Apple's Watch will apparently work as a magical device only when it's within about 50 feet of your iPhone, which for some odd reason seems to have a lot of people really concerned. Come on, folks -- most current smart watches require a phone to be in...

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11:46
T-Mobile’s John Legere delivers Un-carrier 7 keynote

Even though you have to sign-up to watch this keynote, I would recommend you do it. I was at the event yesterday and I just love Legere. He’s crazy as a bag of hammers, but he speaks bluntly and honestly about today’s carrier market. If you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the press release.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:42
Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake...

The unveiling of Apple's iPhone 6 handsets has unsurprisingly fueled a flood of trade-in requests from previous-generation iPhone owners lured by the new devices' larger displays and bonus features. But they're not the only ones preparing to make the jump -- many owners of smartphones from Apple's chief rival Samsung are also eager to upgrade their experience.

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11:38
iPhone 6 preorders to begin at 12:01AM Pacific on...

(Updated with in-store pickup news) In the US, online preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will begin at 12:01AM Pacific time Friday morning. While Apple has yet to announce an exact hour, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have, and traditionally Apple has opened up preorders at the same time. Other vendors, like T-Mobile, are referencing a broad September 12th window....



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11:30
Google Hangouts gets a facelift, adds Google voice...

Google Voice and Hangouts have coexisted for a while, and while Google has pushed Hangouts as its primary messaging and chat platform, news on Voice has slowed to a trickle. Now, as TechCrunch reports, Google is revamping its Hangouts app to include...

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11:19
Eulogy for the iPod classic

The iPod Classic is dead, but its legacy lives on, with the 128 GB iPhone 6 carrying the torch of putting massive amounts of music in your pocket and the reincarnation of the click wheel in the Apple Watch’s digital crown.

 

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11:17
Apple announces updated iCloud pricing tiers, offers...

The new iCloud pricing tiers have arrived.

On Wednesday, Apple put its new iCloud pricing tiers into effect, announcing the changes on its web site and offering users up to one terabyte of space for US$19.99 per month.

The new tiers range from 5GB to 1TB of online storage space and can be purchased now via the iCloud settings menu on any connected iOS device.

The company is carrying over the free 5GB tier with an option for 20GB of space for 99 cents per month, 200GB for US$3.99 per month, 500GB for US$9.99 per month and 1TB for US$19.99 per month.

As previously reported, Apple is carrying over the free 5GB tier that will join options 20GB for 99 cents per month, 200GB for $3.99 per month, 500GB for $9.99 per month and 1TB for $19.99 per...

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11:15
Where and when to pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone...

Apple is preparing to open pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, September 12. Unlike previous years when everyone flocked to Apple to secure their phone, pre-ordering now is available from Apple, wireless carriers and a variety of...

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11:15
The Real Reason Apple’s Tim Cook Has Been...

The influence of the entertainment industry is underappreciated. Strong leaders, for the sake of drama, are always depicted as extroverts-gregarious and flamboyant. Regrettably, that may have led the media to incorrectly diagnose Tim Cook in the comparison to Steve Jobs. John Martellaro explains why observers got Tim Cook all wrong. Very wrong.


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11:02
First iPhone shipments arriving on U.S. soil via...

The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units have landed on U.S. soil.

Per iPhone in Canada and MacRumors, the first cargo pallets have been transported to Chicago in two “special cargo” batches from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport via China Southern Airlines.

Shipping manifests show the cargo weighed a total of 93 tons and was broken into two parcels, one weighing 14.5 tons on September 6 and a second one weighing 78.5 tons on September 10th. Previous rumors indicated that shipments would be beginning late last week as Apple begins staging units...

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Nano edition

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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10:45
iPhone 6 launch may see 'Reservation Pass...

For the launch of the iPhone 6 on September 19th, Apple Stores will use a new system called Reservation Pass, a report says. During past Apple product launches, people in line have typically been given paper cards specifying the particular model they asked for. This let stores keep rough track of inventory while ensuring that people wouldn't waste their time if a model happened to be sold out....



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10:39
For London’s cabbies, the world’s hardest geography...

National Geographic:

The Knowledge of London is a real-time, street-level test of memorization skills so intense that it physically alters the brains of those who pass it.

To qualify for that elusive green badge, you need to learn by heart all 320 sample runs that are listed in the Blue Book, the would-be cabbie’s bible. You will also have to commit to memory the 25,000 streets, roads, avenues, courts, lanes, crescents, places, mews, yards, hills, and alleys that lie within a six-mile radius of Charing Cross.

I am severely directionally challenged and couldn’t complete The Knowledge on pain of death but reading about the process they have to go through is fascinating.

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10:36
BlackBerry buys virtual SIM startup Movirtu, will...

BlackBerry has announced that it has acquired Movirtu, a UK-based startup pioneering virtual-SIM technology, allowing a single device to have multiple phone numbers associated with it. The buy would bring technology for a "bring-your-own-device" user to have one device spanning a business number with associated apps and contacts, and a personal contact number on the same phone without juggling multiple SIM cards....



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10:35
iPhone 6 Pre-order Kick Off Sept 12 at 12:01AM...

Apple promised pre-orders for the ,iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus would start on Friday, September 12, but didn't say exactly what time. Thanks to Apple's carrier partners, we know that time is 12:01AM pacific time, which means there will be a lot of people up early Friday morning placing orders.


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10:30
iPhone 6 launch in China delayed pending regulatory...

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will hit store shelves in 10 countries around the world come September 19. Notably, and surprisingly, China won't be one of them.

According to a recent piece in the New York Times, Apple's new iPhone models for some...

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10:16
Here’s how Apple will convince you to buy a...

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New York magazine:

It will start with a friend. A friend who lives in San Francisco, maybe. Or who works as a venture capitalist. Or who recently had a birthday.

And then, sometime around June, you’ll get an unexpected infusion of cash — a security deposit you forgot you’d paid, or a few hundred dollars from your tax return. And you’ll find yourself on Apple.com late at night, admiring the watch, wondering if the $349 you’d spend would ever really be worth it.

What the hell, you’ll say. Add to cart.

It won’t work this way for most people but this will be a process very similar to what many have gone through in the past with Apple products and certainly will with the Apple Watch.

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10:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-11

TMO's Dave Hamilton had the chance to go hands on with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so today he joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his first impressions and which model he's buy. Dave also squares off with Bryan Chaffin to debate whether or not Apple Pay really will be the jump start the NFC-based mobile payment market needs.


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10:01
Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic...

SternisheFan points out an article that walks us through the process of using forensic tools to grab data from iPhones and iCloud using forensic tools thought to have been employed in the recent celebrity photo leak. There are a number of ways to break into these devices and services depending on what kind of weakness an attacker has found. For example, if the attacked has possession of a target's iPhone, a simple command-line toolkit from Elcomsoft uses a jailbreak to bypass the iPhone's security. A different tool can extract iCloud data with access to a computer that has a local backup of a phone's data, or access to a computer that simply has stored credentials. The discusses also details a method for spoofing device identification to convince iCloud to restore data to a device mimicking the target's phone. The author concludes, "Apple could go a long way toward protecting customer privacy just by adding a second credential to encrypt stored iCloud data. An encryption password...

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10:00
Rumor Roundup: iPhone 6 and 'iWatch'...

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have both been unveiled to the public. And lo, the rumor bloggers wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.

As is customary, I've done a post-event roundup of the rumors. However, I went fully overboard this...

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09:50
Sept. 26th to mark second wave of international...

The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26th, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27th....



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09:46
Recent iCloud subscribers receiving partial refunds...

Apple is offering partial refunds to recent iCloud subscribers as it drops the price of its cloud storage plans.

The refunds were first reported by Circa editor Nicholas Deleon, who received an e-mail from Apple about refunds to his personal iCloud account. Deleon had been paying $40 per year for 25 GB of storage, but will start paying $12 per year on October 10. To cover the price difference between now and then, Apple is giving Deleon a prorated refund of $2.38.

Apple's iCloud storage plans previously included 5 GB of free data and cost $20 per year for an extra 10 GB, $40 per year for 20 GB, and $100 per year for 50 GB.

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09:35
Apple schedules MFi summit for Nov 12-14 in China to...

Apple has announced this year’s summit for its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod accessory program will take place Nov. 12-14 in China. The event will focus on briefing accessory manufacturers on HomeKit, iBeacon, and other new technologies coming in iOS 8. 

Apple certainly has a lot to brief accessory makers on this year. Earlier this year we were first to report on Apple’s plans to allow headphone manufacturers to use its Lightning connector for sending audio and other unique features, while iOS 8 launching this fall with the new iPhones introduces HomeKit, Health, and a ton of new...

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09:34
∞ Apple Watch: The Musical

This guy has actually done a pretty good job on this video. It’s very amusing.

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09:30
Infographic hilariously compares two-year-old Nexus...

As spotted by Business Insider, Android fan and Ars Technica Reviews Editor Ron Amadeo created this amusing infographic that compares Apple's latest iPhone 6 with the Nexus 4. The image not-so-subtly implies Apple's hardware is years behind Google's...

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09:23
Apple exec Greg Joswiak to be interviewed at Code/...

In a rare public interview, Apple Vice President Greg Joswiak will appear onstage at the Code/Mobile conference in late October, where he will discuss his company's fall 2014 lineup, set to include the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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09:02
9to5Toys Last Call: TP-LINK WiFi extender $20, 2-...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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09:00
Review: Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price to gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but rarely both. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot drive in a production for a while now. How did it fare in day-to-day operations? Check our our review and find out....



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09:00
Samsung ads attack Apple's Watch, iPhone 6,...

Well you've got to give props to Samsung, if only for being quick to the punch. Barely a day after Apple's iPhone and Watch media event, Samsung Mobile began posting a series of web ads mocking Apple's recent product announcements from all...

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08:50
iPhone Apps: Tab Pro, iBank for iPad, Things
08:48
Apple VP Greg Joswiak to attend Code/Mobile...

Re/code announced today that Apple VP Greg Joswiak will be attending its inaugural Code/Mobile conference next month to talk about Apple’s new products announced earlier this week including the new iPhone 6 models, the new iOS 8, and the company’s mobile payment system due out next month called Apple Pay.

“Joz,” as he is called, is a veteran of Apple who manages both product marketing and product management for both iPhone and iPod hardware, as well as iOS. He usually keeps himself quite busy behind the...

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08:43
iPhone 6 on US Cellular, C Spire Sept. 19; other...

Two American regional carriers, US Cellular and C Spire, have announced plans to sell the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on September 19th -- the same day as nationals AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Other regionals will only begin offering the device on September 26th, including Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Silver State Communications, Strata, and Syringa Wireless. Some will reveal their plans soon, including GCI, nTelos, Carolina West Wireless, Chariton, Consumer Cellular, Illinois Valley Cellular, and Thumb Cellular....



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08:30
Freaking Shapes: Fitting a square peg in a round hole

Freaking Shapes is a fast-paced game that tests your reflexes with the old does this shape fit into this hole concept we were taught as children. Freaking Shapes has a short time limit for players to make decisions as to whether the shape on the left...

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08:26
Apple Watch tidbits: One-day battery life, but a...

Some extra details on the Apple Watch have trickled out over the past couple days, filling in a couple of the blanks in Apple's big announcement.

One of the bigger lingering questions was what to expect for battery life, as Apple made no mention of it during the press event. But speaking to Re/code, Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris confirm that users should get used to a nightly charge.

“We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging,” Kerris said.

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08:00
Apple may use electronic reservation system for...

Apple may be streamlining the wait for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19 with a new electronic reservation system that'll minimize a customer's line waiting time. According to training documents obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple is replacing...

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07:57
Apple Watch relies on PIN, constant skin contact to...

The Apple Watch will use a unique system to authorize NFC mobile payments, reports say. Normally Apple Pay is authorized via Touch ID, but there's no such sensor on the Watch. Instead, when someone puts on the device for the day, they'll have to enter a PIN to authorize transactions. The sensors on the bottom of the watch can detect skin contact, and once that's lost, a person will have to re-enter their PIN....



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07:45
Apple’s second wave of iPhone 6 sales starts Sept....

When Apple announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models earlier this week, it only provided preorder and shipping info for a handful of initially launch countries. The company has now confirmed a second wave of iPhone 6 launches for a long list of countries will kick off on September 26.

Many of Apple’s websites abroad are now listing the September 26 order date. Here’s 15+ countries we’ve found so far:

Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Luxembourg, Russia, Austria, Turkey, Finland, Taiwan, Belgium, Portugal

Additionally, Apple’s site for the United Arab...

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07:30
Track college football playoffs with ESPN...

Major college football entered a new era this fall with the end of the BCS and the launching of an actual playoff to determine college football's real champion. Now ESPN has launched an app that provides users with just about all the information they...

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07:17
Millions of Gmail Users Victims of Latest Password...


About 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords have been published on a Russian bitcoin security forum as a text file. Sixty percent of the 4.93 million credentials in the file were valid, claimed the poster, who used the online handle "tvskit." The information reportedly was dumped on several Russian cybercrime forums and shared through a variety of peer-to-peer services. "I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the accounts were breached using some sort of phishing attack targeting Google users," said SilverSky's Christopher Martincavage.

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07:16
Most analysts satisfied with Apple’s announcements,...

Big-name analysts seemed satisfied with what they saw and heard during Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay, reports Forbes. Summarising investor notes from a dozen major companies, Chuck Jones found the general feeling was that Apple had delivered what was expected.

The overall average of AAPL stock price targets was $109, against the current price of just over $100. Analysts pointed to a range of factors in forming their views, among them … ...

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07:10
Nearly 5 Million Gmail Passwords Dumped to the...

Over 4.9 million Gmail user names and passwords were posted on a Russian Bitcoin forum earlier this week, posing a potential security headache for a lot of people. Google said there wasn't any data breach, which means the logins were likely culled from other sites.

The Mac Observer Spin: Posting user names and pasword lists online is a pretty crappy thing to do and sometimes the Internet is a pretty crappy place. This Gmail password leak is a great reminder to avoid using the same login information on more than one site.


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07:00
More Apple Watch details emerge regarding battery...

Tim Cook and co. zoomed through Tuesday's iPhone announcements with unprecedented speed, with nary a mention of sales figures and mobile OS adoption rates. After all, they were understandably all too eager to get to the main event of the evening --...

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07:00
Reviews: Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price to gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but rarely both. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot ......

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06:59
The origin of the iPhone 6’s new milky way wallpaper...

For most people, the decision of which wallpaper to choose for your iPhone is just a matter of going through your photo library to find the right picture. For Espen Haagensen, however, the process just became a whole lot easier. Starting September 17th, a photo of the Milky Way he captured while in Norway will become the default wallpaper in iOS 8, software that will be downloaded hundreds of millions of times by users all around the world.

Two days later, on September 19th, countless iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units will begin shipping out to customers, all preloaded with the same shot. I talked to Espen about the photo’s origins and how it feels to be so prominently featured by Apple.

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06:45
Reverse engineering the Apple Watch dimensions

I love a good engineering effort. Paul Sprangers uses known numbers and some images from the Apple Watch site to build a more complete picture of the various Apple Watch dimensions. Be sure to read the comments, too.

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06:41
How to hide the free U2 album from your iTunes...

A nice tip, just in case U2 is not your cup of tea.

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06:40
A panoramic visual guide to plus-sized iPhones and...


Smartphone sizes, from tiny to ludicrous. Click to embiggen! At 100 percent, the devices here should be pretty close to actual size on most monitors. Aurich Lawson

It’s nearing the end of the year, and that means new iPhones are afoot. Apple has stuck to a September or October release date for its latest smartphones since 2011, and the most noteworthy thing about this year’s Apple harvest is that the iPhones are bigger—like, almost Galaxy Note-style bigger, at the top end.

From 2007 to late 2012, iPhones all had a single display size: 3.5 inches. The exterior and interior were revised a number...

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06:39
Release of iPhone 6 delayed in China

On Wednesday, Apple told China’s three big state-owned mobile service providers that it would not release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in mainland China on Sept. 19, when sales start elsewhere. The carriers had already booked advertising campaigns for the phones.

Last year, Apple released both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in China on the same day it was released in the US. It’s not clear how long the lag will be for the iPhone 6 release.

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06:34
∞ Samsung releases new set of tin-eared ads

[VIDEO] These new ads are unfocused and mean-spirited. I’m struggling to make sense of them. Where’s the clever?

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06:34
Apple exploring new ways of melting and feeding...

Apple is still working to perfect methods of manufacturing Liquidmetal parts, according to a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the company moving on to processes for melting the unique metal alloy and feeding it to casting and processing equipment.

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06:30
Touch Racing 2 is a lot of fun to play

Touch Racing 2 is a free game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It requires iOS 5.0 or later, and is optimized for iPhone 5. Touch Racing 2 gives you the option to participate in speedcar, offroad, and boat ladder races against seven other computer...

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06:25
Sketchy supply-chain report says production gearing-...

DigiTimes is citing supply-chain sources as stating that Apple is gearing-up its iPhone 6 production plans for an anticipated 80 million sales by year-end. If achieved, it would represent 33 percent year-on-year growth.

Makers in the iPhone supply chain are preparing parts and components for production of up to 80 million units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before year-end 2014, according to sources at Taiwan-based iPhone supply chain.

As ever with DigiTimes, the number should be taken with a large dose of salt: while manufacturers will be aware of their own order-books from Apple, and thus have some degree of insight into the company’s expectations for early sales, it’s a stretch to extrapolate from that to sales targets up to the end of the year.

We won’t have too long to wait for a good indication of how well...

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06:15
External Link: The Apple Watch from a Watch Guy’s...

Many tech watchers and pundits have weighed in on the recently announced Apple Watch, but almost all the talk has been about it as an interactive device, focusing on features and capabilities. Benjamin Clymer has a different take: the founder of HODINKEE, a publication devoted to wristwatches and wristwatch aficionados, evaluated the Apple Watch, not surprisingly, as a wristwatch. His opinion: “[…] though I do not believe it poses any threat to haute horology manufactures, I do think the Apple Watch will be a big problem for low-priced quartz watches, and even some entry-level mechanical watches. In years to come, it could pose a larger threat to higher end brands, too.” A fascinating look at the watch market and the Apple Watch’s place in it.

 

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06:01
Apple Refunds New iCloud Price Difference to Current...

Current iCloud customers received a welcome email from Apple Wednesday evening telling them the rates they're paying for extra storage have been adjusted to be in line with the new lower prices. Apple also said customers are receiving refunds for the difference in what they already paid for their annual subscription.


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06:00
EA announces upcoming SimCity BuildIt for iOS

EA has announced that it will bring a new version of its popular SimCity franchise to iOS. The SimCity BuildIt game keeps the same city planner theme of earlier titles, but is designed from the ground up for gaming on the go.

The choices you make...

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05:57
How to back up and prepare your old iPhone for sale...

With preorders for Apple's next-generation iPhone beginning tonight, AppleInsider takes a look at the precautions iPhone owners planning to sell or trade their old handset for a brand-new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus need to take before divesting themselves of their pass? device.

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