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Wednesday October 22

08:56
Amazon confirms it’s working on Apple Pay support...

Following our report yesterday that some card types are not yet supported with Apple Pay, today Amazon confirmed in a statement to GeekWire that its working to offer support for its Amazon Rewards Visa Cards.

A Chase spokesman confirmed to GeekWire that Amazon is not supporting Apple Pay initially, but did not provide a reason… But an Amazon spokesman confirmed to GeekWire this evening it is working to enable the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card for use on Apple Pay, although declined to say when it would be available.

Yesterday we noted that some co-branded cards, as well as other card types from business cards to prepaid cards, are not yet supported on Apple Pay through...

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08:55
Briefly: Sky+ mobile app update, UberXL launches in...

British broadcaster Sky has updated its iOS and Android Sky+ apps to allow users to display their photographs from their mobile devices on the television through the Sky+ HD set-top box. The app also includes a new updated homepage, complete with a dedicated Sports section, and a Smart Series Link option that lets the Sky+ box record all current and future seasons of selected programs....



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08:39
News: Apple’s new Maps Connect lets businesses...

Apple has launched Apple Maps Connect, a new online portal to allow local businesses to add or edit their business listings for the Apple Maps service. Targeted at small business owners or their authorized representatives, the service is free and allows users to quickly and easily add content directly into Apple Maps. Users can sign in with their normal Apple ID and password, or can create a new Apple ID if they don’t already have one, or would…

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08:32
AppleInsider 2.0 for iPhone and iPad now available...

AppleInsider today is pleased to announce the release of a major update to its universal iOS application on the App Store, delivering a fresh new look, unified subscription features across the iPhone and iPad, favorites, advance font preferences, offline reading, Instapaper support and more.

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08:30
Modernizing the home screen: How iOS could take cues...

At Apple’s special press event this past September, we witnessed the introduction of several new user interface paradigms, in the form of Apple Watch. Perhaps one of the most interesting was Apple Watch’s entirely new home screen. This is the first departure from the same basic concept of the home screen that Apple demoed in January of 2007 when it debuted the iPhone OS.

Apple clearly thinks that Apple Watch is the future of the company, but is the Apple Watch home screen the future of the iOS home screen? Let’s take a look at how we arrived at where we are today.

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08:15
iOS 8.1 mini-review: Testing Apple Pay, SMS...

CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true});iOS 5, 6, and 7 got many minor updates throughout their life cycles, but each received only one "major" update in their year or so as Apple's newest mobile operating system. iOS 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 were all released several months after the initial release, and each update marked the point where the version became "mature."

Apple is mixing things up with iOS 8. Version 8.1 is here just a month after the initial release, and plentiful evidence shows that both versions 8.2 and 8.3 are already in testing at Cupertino. It's a rapid-fire schedule more in line with iOS 4...

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08:00
A Macworld/iWorld Lament

I can't say I was surprised when IDG World Expo's Paul Kent broke the news to us at TUAW that Macworld/iWorld 2015 was canceled and that the longtime Mac lovefest was on hiatus. It's kind of like having a good friend who has been ill for a long time,...

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07:55
AT&T Wireless Offers iPad Air 2, mini 3 for $100...

AT&T Wireless is offering pre-orders on the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 cellular models for $100 less than MSRP, with shipping times only a few days more than ordering from Apple.

The Mac Observer Spin: For those in the market for a new iPad, this is good news. And with reasonable ship dates this might be even more appealing to some people currently making a buying decision.


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07:51
Apple CEO meets with Chinese official to discuss...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China's Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss man-in-the-middle attacks against iCloud users, according to Reuters and China's state-run Xinhua news agency. Reuters notes that the Chinese government has so far denied allegations of involvement, which in particular tied the attacks to the state firewall used to censor Internet access in the country. As for the meeting, Xinhua says only that the pair shared views on "protection of users' information" and "strengthening cooperation and in information and communication fields."...



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07:45
MasterCard kicks off Apple Pay advertising on TV...

We haven’t seen any TV ads from Apple for Apple Pay since it launched earlier this week on Monday, but that doesn’t mean no one else is advertising the new mobile payment service on television. Apple Pay partner MasterCard has begun airing a new set of MLB World Series-focused ads aggressively promoting Apple Pay and the iPhone 6 in the process. As we noted earlier this week, both MLB stadiums for the World Series will be accepting Apple Pay at the concession stands for each baseball game meaning you got buy your peanuts and cracker jacks using just your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Check out the ads below to spot Apple Pay in action at the baseball stands....

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07:44
MasterCard pushes Apple Pay with new 'Priceless...

The first television commercials spotlighting Apple Pay did not come from Apple itself, but from launch partner MasterCard, which is running baseball-themed ads hyping the launch of the new iPhone 6-based tap-to-pay system.

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07:44
News: Apple reportedly begins in-store sales of iPad...

Following last week’s launch of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the new models are reportedly now available for sale in at least some Apple Retail Stores, and initial shipments have begun arriving for customers who pre-ordered the new models. Unboxing videos have already started appearing from customers in the UK and Australia who have received their pre-ordered devices, and a number of sources are reporting that the new tablets are now available…

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07:17
The tl;dr version of early iMac with Retina 5K...

The early reviews are out for the iMac with Retina 5K display, and the tl;dr version is: if you can afford it, buy it.

Everyone of course agrees that the key market for the machine is video professionals (beating even the base-model Mac Pro in benchmarks), the 5K resolution offering the ability to display full-size 4K video while still leaving enough room for editing tools.

But while the new iMac may be overkill for more mundane tasks, reviewers also agreed that the display is so good that even if you don’t need one, you’ll still want one … ...

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07:00
Fantastical for iOS updated w/ Today view widget,...


Fantastical for iPhone and iPad, the alternative calendar and Reminders app from Flexibits, received a major feature update today for iOS 8 users. If you’re unfamiliar with Fantastical, the ability to turn text input like “Dinner with Tim tomorrow night at 7pm” into a calendar appointment without fiddling with menus and dials is it’s killer feature.

Fantastical for iPhone...

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07:00
First Apple Pay ad (from MasterCard) aired during...

The first nation-wide advertisement (or perhaps mention is more appropriate) for Apple Pay hit the airwaves yesterday during game one of the World Series. The ad was a MasterCard production, with a narrator stating that Apple Pay users are eligible...

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06:55
Apple Launches Maps Connect, Allows Users To Update...

Apple has launched Maps Connect, a way for businesses to maintain the information listed in Apple Maps. Any business owner (or authorized rep) can log in and update information about their business (and while they're at it, show interest in iBeacon.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's a smart move by Apple to let people who are in charge of businesses maintain that information. Hopefully this can help improve the Maps experience.


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06:44
The Next-Gen TV Cable Dilemma


Television manufacturers are moving toward ultra high definition -- also known as "4K" -- which offers four times the resolution of HD. It also offers greater depth of color and faster frame rate. That means more information must travel through the cable from the video source to the TV. The current de facto cable, HDMI, or high-definition multimedia interface, solves some of the old problems of multiple cables, incompatible interfaces and bandwidth issues, but it could it be approaching the end of the line.

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06:41
News: Cook discussing security with top Chinese...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been in recent discussions with a top Chinese government official concerning security, Reuters reports. The meeting comes following a report that Apple users in China have been targeted in a “sophisticated and widespread” attack by hackers looking to access private user data stored in iCloud. The report was released by Chinese web monitoring group Greatfire.org, which has also claimed that the Chinese government…

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06:33
Daily Deal: Adobe KnowHow Photography Course Bundle...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a great bundle of Adobe KnowHow online photography courses for only $29.99—87% off the full price. Providing over 200 lectures and 27 hours of content focused on Photoshop CC and general photography principles, the bundle includes the Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC, EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, and The Art Of Black & White Photography. All of the courses…

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06:25
News: GT and Apple to part ways ‘amicably’

GT Advanced Technologies has signed an agreement with Apple for an “amicable parting of the ways,” The Wall Street Journal reports. GT’s attorney, Luc Despins, told a U.S. Bankruptcy court that as part of the agreement, the two companies have agreed to file a revised explanation for GT’s sudden bankruptcy filing earlier this month — the companies will also withdraw court papers from the public record that outlined what went wrong…

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06:15
Yosemite and iOS 8.1: What photographers need to know

A must read for photographers, but well worth your time, even if the most you do is take the occasional snapshot.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:13
Hacks targeting Chinese iCloud users prompt Apple...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has reportedly traveled to Beijing to meet with the vice premier of China to discuss protecting user data, a meeting prompted by recent hacks targeting iCloud users in the country.

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06:08
Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, died...

Ben Bradlee was a towering figure on journalism, guiding the Washington Post as it challenged the US federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers and was a driving force in uncovering the Watergate scandal that ultimately unseated US President Richard M Nixon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Calvertr: A unique calculator and conversion app

Calvertr (US$2.99) is a clever evolution of the standard calculator and conversions app. As a calculator it is pretty basic, but where it really shines is in its conversion abilities. As a currency converter, for example, it supports 157 different...

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05:57
Apple will sell its billionth iOS device this quarter

I remember thinking, when the iPhone was first announced, what an accomplishment it would be if Apple could sell 10 million of them. A billion iOS devices is simply astonishing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:42
8 seconds of white noise tops Canadian iTunes charts

It was bound to happen eventually. A perfect storm of consumer anticipation, a new album ready for release, and the complexity of the digital music construction process.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Moneyball comes to the NHL with ProPuck Wizard

Billy Beane with the Oakland A's earned the most attention for his early use of analytics in setting up a line-up and running a major league baseball team. Now more and more sports are employing front office personnel with strong statistical and math...

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05:20
Get your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X...

One of the new Continuity features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Instant Hotspot, giving users the ability to automatically connect to the Internet through their iPhone's cellular data connection without the need to touch their phone.

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04:54
iOS 8.1 Jailbreak hits the web via Chinese Pangu...

It wasn’t too long ago when the Pangu jailbreak team took the scene by storm with it’s iOS 7.1.x jailbreak tool release. It was quite unexpected because no on had really heard of Pangu prior to the surprise. Turns out the team was very talented and they’re all set to reach another milestone…

The iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 jailbreak is set to be released by the Pangu team. Initially the team announced the release of a developer version, but later removed the download link. Either way this is great news for jailbreakers, but the developer version does not install Cydia or other common services. Instead, this...

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04:54
Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier in Beijing...

Two days after evidence emerged of a phishing attack on iCloud, allegedly due to the Chinese government firewall redirecting traffic to a fake login page, the Chinese state news agency Xinhuanet is reporting a meeting in Beijing between Tim Cook and Chinese vice premier Ma Kai.

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai and Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday exchanged views on protection of users’ information during their meeting in Zhongnanhai, the central authority’s seat. They also exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields.

The Chinese government censors access to the Internet by deploying a country-wide firewall which blocks certain sites and which can redirect traffic from sites the government dislikes to officially-sanctioned ones...

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04:49
Google Play Music updates Listen Now page, adds...

Google Play Music has been updated for both Android and iOS, with a new look and extra features. While it has received a Material Design-influenced makeover, similar to the leaked Gmail update, the main change users will notice is the inclusion of activity and time-related playlists, something Google has introduced courtesy of its acquisition of Songza in July....



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03:24
How to fix the four most annoying quirks of Yosemite

OS X 10.10 Yosemite is out, and, while there aren’t many surprises in the interface—which Apple has been showing off since June—users are getting their first tastes of the new look and new features. And many of them are finding that there are some annoyances the way Yosemite displays (or doesn’t display) certain things. Here are my top four Yosemite annoyances and how you can fix them.

Banish translucency

I don’t get the whole thing about translucency. It certainly looks cool, and the technology required to render both a translucent menu and what’s behind it is probably quite complex. But what’s the point of translucency? Is it simply, to paraphrase Steve Jobs, when he presented the rotating cube that displayed with Fast User Switching back in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, “Because...

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Tuesday October 21

23:37
RapidWeaver 6 released for OS X


On Tuesday, Realmac Software announced the release of RapidWeaver 6, a major new upgrade to the company’s long-established and hugely-popular website creation app.

The new version includes more than a dozen major new features, is built exclusively for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite, and a 64-bit app for the first time along with the following fixes and changes:

- Built for Mavericks and Yosemite, and 64-bit

- Redesigned user interface, including a Full Screen mode

- Supercharged Publishing (up to 3x faster)

- Five new user interface themes

- New Addons Manager

- Responsive Previews (presets for Desktop, iPhone, iPad. etc)

- New Markdown page type (this feature generates code for you in the background)

- Site-wide code support (HTML, CSS, Javascript)

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22:13
Apple SEC filing reveals executive RSU bonuses,...

In its latest SEC 10-Q filing, Apple has revealed certain company details -- including the fact that it still spends a small fraction of the money other tech firms do on Washington lobbying, and that it continues its practice of awarding its executives restricted stock units (RSUs) that could be worth millions if they stay with the company and it continues to do well. CFO Luca Maestri and Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Dame Angela Ahrendts both received their first executive bonuses as part of the disclosure....



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21:03
∞ Review: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

I picked up my new iPads after the event in Cupertino ended last Thursday where Apple introduced the new products. I’ve been using the new iPads just as I have used the previous generation devices, so I could get a good idea how they function under my normal working conditions. [...]

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20:59
The iPad Air 2 (And a Few Cursory Words Regarding...

The relationship between the iPad and the iPhone, performance-wise, has been hard to predict. I often point out that Apple is a company of annual patterns, often predictable. There’s not much of a pattern with regard to how the iPad and iPhone relate to one another.

Two years ago, when the original iPad Mini debuted, it was roughly a year behind its 9.7-inch sibling, the iPad 4. The original Mini had a non-retina display and A5 system-on-a-chip (SoC). In broad strokes, Apple took an iPad 2 and shrunk it to fit in a much smaller form factor. The iPad 4 had a retina display and an A6 SoC — and double the RAM (1 GB vs. 512 MB), a better camera, etc.

Last year, the new models were roughly all on par CPU/GPU-wise, with the A7 SoC running at about the same speed on all three devices: iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, and iPhone 5S. The Air had one small advantage over the other two devices: it was clocked at 1400 MHz instead of 1300 MHz, which gave it...

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20:29
Cook reveals surprising $17B AAPL stock buyback in Q4

During its conference call to analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that the company had spent $17 billion in the fourth fiscal quarter on further stock buybacks, the largest amount since the March quarter and bringing the total spent across the fiscal year to $45 billion. About half of the money was spent buying shares on the open market rather than through banking partners, an unusual move for a large corporation. The stock came close to another record high on Tuesday, but has yet to crack its $110 all-time (adjusted for both splits and buybacks) share high....



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20:06
Jimmy Iovine talks genesis of Beats and Steve Jobs...

Apple’s Jimmy Iovine was at the first annual Revolt Music Conference this week to accept a “SFTB award” (named after Drake’s lyric “started from the bottom now we here”) for his climb to an executive position in one of the most valuable companies in the world after starting out as an audio engineer in a New York studio.

In the speech, which is embedded above, Iovine recounted once again the story of how he met Dr. Dre and founded Beats Electronics (even though Dre wanted to go into the sneaker business). He also touched on Steve Jobs’ role as his inspiration during that fateful meeting:

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19:12
Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed...

The reviews are in for this year's iPad product refreshes and the results are expectedly positive for the new iPad Air 2, though some question whether Apple did enough to warrant the iPad mini 3's price tag.

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19:10
Early benchmarks show Retina iMac processor's...

Early benchmarks of the new iMacs show the Retina 5K iMac as having high enough performance to beat the 2013 Mac Pro in some tasks, suggesting that in some cases it may be better to buy the new high-end iMac than a base-level Mac Pro. Results for the range, appearing on the 64-bit Geekbench 3 benchmark, has the high-resolution 5K iMac's 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor option dominating the board for single and multi-core performance when compared to previous iMacs, and it manages to also put up a good fight when compared to configurations of last year's Mac Pro....



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18:30
Sapphire manufacturer and Apple agree to part ways “...

Sapphire surfaces like those used on TouchID were not used for the screen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Kārlis Dambrāns

Today, synthetic sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and Apple announced their agreement [PDF] to dissolve their partnership amicably after GTAT filed a surprising bankruptcy claim earlier this month. The proceedings threatened to expose information about Apple's dealings with GTAT, something Apple desperately wanted to hide, as evidenced by court filings from Apple...

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18:25
Roundup: iPad Air 2 reviews are positive, while iPad...

Reviews of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have gone live across the web tonight and, as you may have expected, reviewers and pundits love Apple’s newest tablets. As usual, we’ve rounded up links to the reviews along with some choice quotes. You can find them all below the break:

iPad Air 2

The Verge

Pick up an iPad Air 2 and you’ll immediately understand why Apple pursues that thinness with such single-minded zeal. It’s so, so thin: 18 percent thinner than the older Air, and even slightly lighter. It’s hard to believe...

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18:08
GT Advanced, Apple strike deal to 'amicably...

After much bickering in court during bankruptcy proceedings that took Apple and Wall Street by surprise, former sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has worked out an agreement with the iPhone maker that will let it pursue its plan of winding down operations at its Mesa, Arizona plant and laying off nearly 700 employees. Though Apple had initially said it would work to preserve the jobs involved, the deal instead offers incentives to certain employees to help wind down the plant, and provides a way for GT to pay back the money it owes Apple....



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17:51
GTAT Announces ‘Amicable Parting’ of Ways with Apple

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced an "amicable parting of the ways" with Apple. GTAT announced the deal in court filings, though Apple itself has yet to comment.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple appears to be going to great lengths to keep the terms of its agreement with GTAT-terms the sapphire maker called "oppressive and burdensome"-secret. It would seem that Apple cut this new deal with GTAT solely to keep those documents sealed after the judge overseeing the bankruptcy told Apple he was inclined to unseal everything.


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17:46
Google updates Hangouts for iOS with support for...


Google has released an update to the Hangouts app for iOS that contains support for the larger displays on the latest iPhones. There don’t seem to be any other changes in this version. You can grab the messaging and video calling application for free on the iTunes App Store.

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17:25
Apple launches new service allowing local businesses...

Apple has launched a new web service called Maps Connect that allows small business owners to manage their listings on Apple Maps along with a tool for setting up indoor positioning in select areas. Companies can enter their own listings and verify via a phone call or email address.

The iBeacon-powered indoor mapping tool allows businesses to setup interior views of their businesses on Apple Maps to help guide users through their venues. This tool is currently limited only to locations...

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17:06
Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local...

In a continued effort to make Apple Maps more accurate, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Web portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly into the mapping services.

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16:49
Apple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new...

New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple's triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

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16:34
First iPad Air 2 deliveries begin in Australia


The iPad Air 2 only recently started shipping with delivery dates of October 22nd and 23rd, and it appears the first devices have been delivered to Australian owners over the past few hours, as several 9to5Mac readers have tipped us. At least one device in the wild...

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16:31
Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus...

Eight Apple executives last week were awarded identical bonuses in the form of conditional RSUs worth over $19.6 million at the stock's current price, according to a U.S. SEC filing.

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16:19
iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6 compared: is Google’s...


TechCrunch

TechCrunch went hands-on with Google’s newest smartphone, the Nexus 6, and took some time to compare it to the iPhone 6 Plus. In the photo above, you’ll see that the two phones share near identical dimensions, though the Nexus still manages to pack a larger 6.22-inch display space into the same body.

The Nexus is actually a bit bigger than it looks in the photo, though the perspective makes it a little hard to tell. When compared spec-for-spec, the Nexus comes in at 6mm taller, 5mm wider, and 3mm thicker than the iPhone. It’s not a huge difference, but the Nexus display is still noticeably bigger than the iPhone 5.5-inch screen. How?

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16:08
Google Takes a Flyer on Magic Leap


Magic Leap on Tuesday announced that Google was the lead investor in a $542 million round of funding for its secret endeavors. Also participating in the financing round were Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment, KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz and Obvious Ventures. Details are scarce about Magic Leap's forthcoming products, but they are likely proprietary wearable technology. Magic Leap is said to be developing an eyeglasses-like device that can project computer-generated images over real-life settings.

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16:00
Apple Pay works in overseas (if you pretend you...

Beau Giles is a web developer and blogger based out of Sydney, Australia who wanted to know if he'd be able to use the new Apple Pay system in his home country's NFC payment points. After a little bit of expiring he discovered that Apple Pay does...

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15:50
How I Came to Own and Sell a TAM Probably Owned by...

This story starts several years ago. I want to say 2004, but I don't remember for sure. A friend of a friend worked at Apple, and he heard I was looking for a TAM. It turns out it was probably owned by Jony Ive, and this is how I found out.


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15:22
Briefly: Alpine Headphones, iDevices iShower2

A new set of consumer headphones was released by Alpine Electronics that sets out to bring the concert experience to users in order to "feel their music." The patented TKR3 full frequency immersion technology attempts to recreate the sensation of a live show with a "unique sound field expansion." The Bluetooth headphones feature 40mm drivers, programmable audio processing, powered digital amplifiers, and a lithium battery for up to 10 hours of play. The Alpine Headphones can be used with the Alpine Level Play app for iOS, which creates playlists based on the "energy level" of the songs on the...



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15:19
Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3,...

According to a recently filed disclosure, Apple spent a little over $1 million over the third quarter on lobbying issues like consumer health data, safe driving, e-books and data privacy, among others.

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15:04
Triple-core iPad Air 2 pegged as 55% faster than any...

Geekbench results for the iMac with Retina 5K Display have hit the web and show that when it comes to 64-bit processing, the 4.0 GHz model of the new all-in-one comes out ahead of the lowest-end (3.7 GHz) Mac Pro. Of course, the rest of the Mac Pro family handily beats the iMac in the same category.

The extra power is almost certainly dedicating to keeping things running smoothly on the impressive new 5K display.

Meanwhile, on the mobile side, new...

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15:00
Early iPad Air 2 benchmark suggests tri-core CPU,...

The iPad Air 2 in profile. Its new A8X chip is stacking up pretty well.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple's iPad Air 2 contains a new chip called the A8X, an SoC that's faster than the A7 in the original iPad Air or the iPad Mini 2 and 3 and the A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple would only say that the chip's CPU is about 40 percent faster than the A7 and that it has a GPU that's 2.5 times faster.

We haven't gotten our hands on an iPad Air 2 review unit yet, so we haven't been able to test out these claims. A test from Primate Labs' Geekbench Results Browser sheds an interesting light on the subject, though: the result in question shows a three-core processor with 2GB of RAM, double the memory of any previous iOS device. Assuming the scores are accurate, the A8X could outdo the A7 in some tasks by as much as 66 percent.

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15:00
Cirqle for iPhone offers social photo sharing

Social and photography are two very crowded markets in the App Store. Getting noticed is the first trick; gathering a following is the next. The developers of Cirqle for iPhone (free) are hoping their combination of communal photo streams, or...

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14:46
9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 64GB iOS Flash Drive $68...

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:

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS Flash Drive: 64GB for $68 (Reg. $100) and 32GB for...

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14:45
GT Advanced reaches deal to part ways w/ Apple, will...

Following a report last week that Apple was seeking to keep its involvement in its sapphire supplier GT Advanced’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing secret, today Bloomberg reports that GT Advanced and Apple have reached an agreement that will allow the two companies to part ways. Lawyers for GT Advanced said the deal “will save millions of dollars and solve most issues” and be an “amicable parting of ways,” according to the report. 

GT Advanced Technologies (Nasdaq: GTAT) (OTCBB: GTATQ) attorney says consensual accord with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) reached. The lawyer calls it an...

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14:39
GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will...

As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

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14:24
Rumor: A8X processors allegedly feature three cores...

While Apple has yet to reveal the exact specifications of its A8X processor, it seems to feature some sexy tech traits. Per AppleInsider and Gizmobic, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

The purported details on the A8X chip claimed to show a new “iPad5,4″ model. Based on Apple’s IPSW files available to developers, that model would be a LTE-capable iPad Air 2.

A separate test focused on RAM speed also appears to show that the iPad Air 2 has a full 2 gigabytes of RAM. In contrast, the A8 CPU found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a dual-core processor with 1 gigabyte of RAM.

The benchmarks published represent an out-of-date testing tool...

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14:20
Apple says it's aware of Chinese iCloud hijacks...

Apple is aware of "intermittent organized network attacks" against people trying to sign into iCloud.com, says Dow Jones. It insists however that iCloud servers haven't been breached, and that people using iOS or the latest version of OS X -- Yosemite -- should be unaffected. The company doesn't specifically mention China, which is where the browser hijacks are taking place....



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14:15
Apple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4...

During its fiscal Q4 ending in September, Apple spent an incredible $17 billion to buy up its own stock, increasingly doing so on its own without outside bankers' assistance. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent an astounding $45 billion to repurchase its stock from fleeing investors at incredible discounts.

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14:11
Briefly: Civilization Beyond Earth data, Total War:...

The latest installment of the Civilization franchise from developer Firaxis Civilization: Beyond Earth, today has a slightly narrowed release date for OS X as well as declared hardware and OS requirements. While the PC release is imminent on October 24, the Mac version will ship in time for holiday 2014. Civilization: Beyond Earth, will require OS X 10.10 Yosemite, an Intel Core i3 processor or greater, running at 2.2GHz or more, and 4GB of RAM. Minimum GPU specs are the Nvidia GeForce 640M, ATI Radeon HD 5750, or Intel Iris Graphics with 256 MB....



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14:03
Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in...

With the Apple Pay launch complete in the U.S., Apple may now turn its sights toward launching a new store loyalty rewards program in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.

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Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From The Best for $...

We have a training package for photographers today called Adobe Know-How. It contains more than 200 lectures with over 27 hours of content, and it's designed to teach both photography techniques and Photoshop CC skills. Courses include EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, The Art Of Black & White Photography, Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, and Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC: A Definitive Course. All that for $29.99. There's more information on the deal page.


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14:00
T-Mobile offering iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 for $0...

T-Mobile has announced it will begin to take pre-orders of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 starting on Wednesday, October 22. Using T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan T-Mobile customers will be able to get a 16GB model of either device for $0 down and...

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13:49
Apple Pay loyalty program may be coming in time for...

A loyalty program for Apple Pay may be ready to go in time for the holidays, says Bank Innovation. Some retail sources had previously suggested this was unlikely, in part because of doubt about the prospects of a large shift in customer behavior happening right before the holiday season. Real-world market demand may be pushing up the timetable for a loyalty offering, however....



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13:49
How To Get Ready For iOS 8.1 [Update]

If you're brave and intrepid, you probably already installed iOS 8.1. If you're the more cautious type, Kelly Guimont put together a quick guide for preparing your iOS devices for the new operating system to ensure a smooth upgrade.


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13:06
Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to hold larger 6-inch phones. In our review we thoroughly put the Airframe + to the test to see what exactly it is that puts the "plus" in this portable car mount....



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13:04
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Apple's initial release of iOS 8 last month got off to a somewhat rocky start, with problems related to HealthKit apps, Bluetooth connectivity issues, App Store problems with some of the new app extension features, and a maintenance update that rendered many users' iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices all but completely useless. In addition, Apple held back at least two features that were originally supposed to be delivered with iOS 8, choosing to instead…

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13:00
What's Apple doing with the iPad Mini 3?

To say that Apple glossed over the iPad Mini 3 last week would be putting it mildly. All told, Apple spent exactly 35 seconds discussing the device. And with good reason, the iPad Mini 3 is essentially the same device as the iPad Mini 2, the lone...

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12:55
$10K Will Get You a Clunky, Slow Hoverboard That...


The designers behind the Hendo Hoverboard on Tuesday took to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help launch a prototype and bring it to actual production. The funding period for this project will run from Tuesday through Dec. 15. The team has set a Kickstarter goal of $250,000 and already raised in excess of $100,000 in the opening hours. Early investors can get on board -- literally -- and be among one of the first 10 people to actually get a production model for a pledge of $10,000 or more.

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12:44
Apple begins shipping early preorders for iPad Air 2...

Apple is beginning to ship the earliest preorders of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 bought at its online store, accounts say. Notifications are being sent out today. Some orders are scheduled to ship on October 23rd specifically, while other people have been given a broader 23rd-27th timeframe....



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12:37
Vine gets an iOS 8 update as its stars head off to...

Vine’s last major iOS update finally let you upload clips from your Camera Roll, which was a major functional improvement. The video-sharing app, which lets you shoot six-second loops, dropped version 3.0 on Tuesday: An iOS 8 update that takes full advantage of Apple’s new tools.

Vine's latest update fills up larger iPhone displays with more clips.

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12:32
Extensive releases Suitcase Fusion 6, with Yosemite...

Extensis today released a major update to its Suitcase Fusion 6 font manager. The new version brings full OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 integration, font library synchronization with Dropbox or Google Drive accounts, as well as continuing bug fixes and speed enhancements....



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12:18
Definitive guide to beer glasses

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A nicely crafted beer is a thing of beauty, but if you’re pouring it into just any old grimy pint glass, you’re not letting that brew reach its true potential. The right glass is key to getting every last boozy drop of pleasure.​

A lot of people don’t realize that the shape of the glass you drink your beer out of can affect the way it tastes. In general, beer glasses are designed to enhance the kinds of beers inside. Always drives me nuts when I go to a bar and ask for a specialized beer and it comes in the “wrong” glass.

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12:16
Apple Pay already works internationally, but only...

Though Apple Pay is only advertised to work in the U.S. at the moment, users have found that the tap-to-pay functionality found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is in fact operational with compatible terminals internationally, as long as the device is set up properly with American credit cards.

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12:00
First Look: Incipio Performance Armband for iPhone 6

Incipio has brought its Performance Armband ($30) — last seen for iPhone 5 — to iPhone 6, with a reduced price. It's the first athletic accessory we've seen made specifically for either of Apple's new iPhones. Like the last version of the armband, Performance for iPhone 6 uses water-resistant materials and includes a small slot for holding a house key. An opening at the bottom of the iPhone compartment allows access to the phone's headphone port.…

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12:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

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Pro Reader - PDF, DJVU,...

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12:00
Reviews: Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to ......

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11:59
Chuck La Tournous and Chris Breen to Speak at NJMUG’...

TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous will speak at the New Jersey Macintosh User Group's (NJMUG) 30th Anniversary tonight. Macworld Senior Editor Chris Breen will be the featured speaker for the event. The group will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a special meeting at the Meadowlands Quality Inn in Lyndhurst, NJ from 7-10 p.m.


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11:46
First Look: Incipio Stowaway Advance for iPhone 6...

Based upon earlier cases for the iPhone 4 and 5, Incipio's new Stowaway Advance for iPhone 6 Plus ($35) combines a curvy, co-molded rubber and plastic case with a small rear compartment designed to hold credit cards or cash. Film is included to protect the iPhone's metal back from getting scratched, and the compartment has a kickstand in the center which can flip out to position the iPhone 6 Plus for video viewing without compromising the cards held…

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11:34
Notes on Xsan4 By wrstuden

Notes on Xsan 4
As others have noted, Xsan 4's administration model is notably different from the model in all previous versions of Xsan. Here are some notes I have on the changes.

We have coined a new term, "Activation." "Upgrade" and "Migration" are two ways of taking the base operating system and configuration from a previous OS to Yosemite. "Promotion" is the act of updating Server.app to Server 4.0. We coined a corresponding term, "Activation," to describe taking an Xsan 3 or 2 configuration and moving it into Xsan 4. SAN Activation happens after Upgrade or Migration and also after Server Promotion. Activation happens first on the previous Xsan Primary MDC, and then happens on the other MDCs.

Xsan 4 no longer directly manages clients. We ran into too many issues where SAN operations would fail because one client was off-line. To address this, Xsan 4 uses ldap to store the SAN configuration. Now instead of having Xsan Admin update (push) the configuration...

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11:29
You can now sign into the iOS iTunes Connect app...


Apple has released a nice update for the developer-focused iTunes Connect app today. Besides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support (finally), developers can now login to the app using the Touch ID fingerprint reader on the iPhone and new iPads. This should make it even quicker for developers to check their app submission status and upload new information to their iTunes Store pages. The update is free… on the App Store.

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11:24
Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read...

This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, donât install either until you read what I have to say.


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11:19
Razer Nabu fitness tracker passes through FCC, could...

Razer's Nabu connected wristband is getting closer to launch, after finally receiving approval from the FCC. The wearable, which first surfaced at the start of the year before undergoing public beta testing and being subject to delays over hypoallergenic testing, is tantalizingly close to meeting a supposed October launch time, which could allow Razer to capitalize on holiday sales in an increasingly congested market....



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11:12
Alleged iPad Air 2 benchmark shows A8X CPU has three...

Though Apple hasn't revealed the exact specifications of the beefed-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

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11:06
T-Mobile to start preorders for iPad Air 2, iPad...

T-Mobile's US branch has announced that it will start offering preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on Wednesday. While the hardware available to preorder since last Friday already supports T-Mobile, ordering directly from the carrier opens up financing options. 16GB LTE models can be had for no down payment on a two-year contract, monthly fees being approximately $26 for the Air 2 and $22 for the Mini 3. That's on top of a mandatory Simple Choice data plan....



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11:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-21

Apple launched Apple Pay, and there are a couple of ways to set it up. We walk you through it all. We can also send and receive SMS text messages from our Macs and iPads (in addition to iMessages), and we walk you through setting that up. Then we spent some time wondering why in the heck Apple didn't turn it on by default, though taking phone calls on your Mac was.


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11:03
Apple responds to iCloud network attacks with guide...

Following the recent attack by Chinese institutions on iCloud.com to attempt to steal account information, Apple has posted a new how-to article about verifying the page you visit when you type iCloud.com into your web browser is the genuine Apple site.

The page doesn’t offer a fix per se, but walks through how to check the certificates of the page in Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

In Safari, you can verify you are on the correct page by checking that the URL bar highlights green next to the words ‘Apple Inc’. Chrome looks...

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11:00
MLB announces that Apple Pay will work at both World...

Major League Baseball in recent years has been particularly receptive to new technologies, as evidenced by its forward thinking MLB.com At Bat app and its early support of digital ticketing via Apple's Passbook app.

So with the World Series starting...

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10:24
Forums: All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

One headline on MacNN this week has caused a bit of a stir in the forums when Mac Elite "WizOSX" pointed out that Apple has announced that all iOS apps must support 64-bit code by February of 2015. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is having trouble playing video with their Windows notebook computer and is wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to handle it better....



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10:23
Apple deals: 17-inch iMacs from $1,399

Apple's online store has been slashing prices on refurbished 27-inch iMac models in the wake of last weeks unveiling of their current generation 5K model. The 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive is now $1,399 after a $400 discount. A $310 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,489....



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10:21
DealNN: $120 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro

Right now at B&H get the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook on sale for $1,280. That's a savings of $120 off their regular price of $1,400, and it is $109 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Also provided are a free gift of LoJack or Parallels. This MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple....



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10:04
News: Apple Pay can be used internationally with U.S...

Following yesterday’s roll-out of Apple Pay in the U.S., a number of users are reporting that the service also works with standard NFC terminals in other countries, provided of course that the user has registered a credit card or debit card from a participating U.S. bank. NFC terminals that accept VISA payWave or MasterCard PayPass cards will also apparently accept payments from an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus setup for Apple Pay with a U.S. card. Although…

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10:00
Apple just sold more Macs than iPods for the first...

The iPad and iPhone are both selling extremely well these days, but Apple's other portable, the iPod, is having a rough go of things. Being replaced by smartphones as the default mobile music player of choice, the iPod dipped to under 15 million...

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09:59
Hackers targeting Apple iCloud users in mainland...

Hackers have reportedly begun targeting iCloud users in mainland China, utilizing a so-called "man-in-the-middle" approach in an attempt to steal user information, with one group accusing the Chinese government itself of perpetrating the attack.

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