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13:19
Last Chance to Register for MacBook Air Giveaway

Today is the last day for you to register for the 11-inch MacBook Air giveaway we have with Stack Social. I love being able to promote this for our readers, because, you know, it's a frakking MacBook Air giveaway. All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal emails, and boom, you're registered for the giveaway. Registration ends tomorrow (September 23rd, 2014), so if you want in, do it now.


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13:13
News: Apple to reportedly shutter Beats Music?

A new report from TechCrunch reveals that Apple may be planning to shut down its Beats Music subscription service. Citing “five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats,” the report notes that a number of engineers from the Beats Music team have already been moved to other projects at Apple such as iTunes. Although it remains unclear when this is expected to happen, all sources point to Apple planning to discontinue…

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13:00
iOS 8-ready: More apps are updated

iOS developers continue to update their apps to take advantage of iOS 8. Here's a list of a few more that you might want to check out.

Wunderlist (our full review here) has been updated with a new "Today" widget for the iOS 8 Notification Center,...

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13:00
Apple may end Beats Music brand, to keep...

Apple on Monday denied rumors that it is planning to shut down the Beats Music subscription service, but a new report claims the company is looking into a branding change to more closely align the property with other first-party offerings.

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12:56
Western Digital My Passport Wireless

Western Digital's My Passport portable hard drives have all been appealingly small and ready to take pretty much anywhere -- except that they've depended on a computer for connectivity and power. Made entirely from plastic, My Passport Wireless ($180-$220) preserves the same compact design but is capable of fully wireless operation. A six-hour rechargeable battery and 802.11n MIMO Wi-Fi enable the 1TB or 2TB hard disk to stream media content to up…

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12:55
Tim Cook Q&A: the full interview on iPhone 6 and...

BusinessWeek:

Tim Cook was jubilant. It was Sept. 10, a day after the introduction of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., and Apple’s chief executive officer couldn’t have been happier about reactions from the audience and the media. Cook sat down for an hour-long chat with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel and Brad Stone.

I love how the interview ended.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:53
Apple workers spotted testing Apple Watch in public

Apple engineers have been spotted wearing the Apple Watch in public, according to various anecdotes on Twitter. "Saw a few Apple employees wearing the iWatch [sic] at a bus stop in mission. All were wearing the sport edition and carrying the iPhone six plus," writes one person. Another person claims to have seen someone wearing a gold model. The two cited incidents both took place in San Francisco, a home base for many Apple workers....



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12:50
Apple says Beats Music service not shutting down,...

According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple plans to shut down the Beats Music streaming service it recently acquired through its acquisition of Beats. The report cites several sources close to the situation including “several prominent employees at Apple and Beats”:

Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.

Update:...

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12:37
Apple's A8-powered iPhone 6 & 6 Plus...

The new silicon at the heart of Apple's recently-released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has increased the company's lead in smartphone application processor performance, according to data released on Monday, with the A8 improving on the already industry-leading 64-bit A7.

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12:30
Waiting on those 6 Plus Cases

As TUAW editor-in-chief Victor Agreda, Jr. put it, my new iPhone 6 Plus is a dropportunity waiting to happen. I've put in an order for a new case to protect my baby (review to follow when it finally shows up.) Until then, I've had to make do,...

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12:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook shares 'optimistic'...

Taking part in the Climate Week NYC kickoff on Monday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed a self-described "optimistic" outlook on his company's ability to affect climate change, saying that he believes that consumers, when given the choice, will do the right thing and buy green products.

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12:00
iPhone 6 slo-mo at 240 fps is awesome; watch wine...

We're so impressed with the new iPhone 6's slo-mo capabilities, we had to share some more examples.

Late last week The Verge posted photos of Iceland taken with the iPhone 6 Plus and the results are nothing short of astounding. If you haven't seen...

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11:44
Strong iPhone 6 Sales Boost Canaccord’s AAPL Target...

Following Apple's announcement that it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones over its launch weekend, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley raised his target price for the company's stock from US$112 up to $115 citing demand for the new models.


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11:30
iPhone 6 tops competition in benchmarks, battery life

Apple's annual iPhone update always brings with it a nice bump in specs, and this year is no different. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech, and the preliminary results show that...

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11:21
China blocks privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo

The privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo is unable to be used in China. Selling itself as a service which does not collect personal information about its users, DuckDuckGo has been inaccessible in the country since earlier this month, and though there is no official explanation from any party, it is believed to be an act of censorship by the Chinese government....



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11:20
News: Report: iOS 8 adoption rate estimated at 30%

Several research and analytics firms have reported that iOS 8 adoption has reached 30% following the first weekend of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, based on in-app analytics reported by Fiksu, Mixpanel, Appsee, and Chitika. While this number is up from the estimated 15% adoption following the initial iOS 8 public release last week, it still falls short of the almost 50% of users that had updated to iOS 7 by this time last year. The higher adoption…

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11:13
Rumor has 12-inch MacBook Air dropping most ports,...

Apple's thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new report claims. The claim comes from the same site that suggested the computer will come in gold, silver, and space gray colors, like the iPhone 6. The new report further indicates that Apple is planning to adopt the reversible USB Type C standard, and might include an adapter with the laptop for the sake of backwards compatibility....



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11:05
Apple releases Mail app update for OS X Yosemite...

Apple today has released an update to OS X Yosemite’s official Mail application via Software Update in the Mac App Store. It’s available for both developers and customers on the public beta. Apple says that the update fixes an issue related to users being unable to compose messages. It’s interesting that Apple issued this update as a standalone fix versus an entirely new developer preview. Apple released new developer and public betas for Yosemite last week. The final OS is expected to ship in late October.

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11:01
∞ USA, Canada “iPhone Availability” pages

Haven’t picked up a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet? Apple has posted these to help you see if there are even any in your neighbourhood.

Canada iPhone 6 Availabilty page

USA iPhone 6 Availabilty page

For the USA page, you’ll have to make your choice of iPhone and then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the link for “Available for pickup: Check availability”. If you know of similar links for other countries, please post them in the comments section.

Thanks to Sly Marton for the Canada link and...

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11:00
Three days with the iPhone 6 Plus

I've now had enough time with the iPhone 6 Plus to really get a feel for the device, so I thought I'd follow up Friday's "quick look" with a more detailed look at what's to like or dislike about the big new iPhone.

Battery Life

The folks at iFixit...

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10:55
Tim Cook says new Apple ‘Spaceship’ HQ will be the...

As we shared this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook today participated in the Climate Week NYC environment-focused conference to speak on behalf of Apple and the company’s efforts on preserving the planet. During his interview, Cook stated that Apple’s new headquarters will be what he thinks is the greenest building on the planet:

“We’re building a new headquarters that will, I think, be the greenest building on the planet. It’ll be a center for innovation, and it’s something clearly our employees want and we want.

Cook’s comments came in the context of discussing Apple’s efforts to monitor the environmental impact of the supply chain behind Apple’s products, not just Apple-operated facilities and improving the carbon footprint of other facilities. Cook echoed past comments by saying that Apple will focus on the...

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10:43
iPhone 6 Plus display called ‘best ever’ but…

DisplayMate has put the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through its usual rigorous display quality tests today, giving us a look at how the displays have improved and the differences between the two models.

The iPhone 6 Plus gets particularly high praise in the report with DisplayMate calling it “the Best performing Smartphone LCD” it’s ever tested. For the iPhone 6, however, that means not as great of a showing thanks to the display’s lower resolution and pixel density:

…it is particularly important to have as many pixels as possible when digitally rescaling images from their native resolution to the display that they are being viewed on. Most images require rescaling and most rescaled images (from either higher or lower resolutions)...

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10:39
Marriott Plays With Sensory-Rich Virtual Reality...


Marriott Hotels last week introduced a new vacation opportunity: instant teleportation from New York City to the beaches of Hawaii or downtown London -- no uncomfortable airplane trip required. The journeys are virtual, using 4D sensory technology based on Oculus Rift. Travel enthusiasts are able to see, hear and even feel what it's like to be present in locales halfway across the globe by stepping into a Teleporter -- a phone booth-style structure equipped with the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset, wireless headphones and a suite of on-board 4D sensory elements.

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10:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-22

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales hit record numbers for Apple over the weekend. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the iPhone 6 launch, share some of their first impressions on Apple's latest iPhone models, look at some of their favorite features, and talk about the fix to get AT&T's MicroCell to see your new iPhone.


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10:33
Next-gen USB 3.1 Type-C connector will support...

The new USB 3.0 reversible Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort Alternate Mode with screen resolutions of "4K and beyond," the standards setting group behind the technology announced on Monday.

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10:30
iOS 8 app switcher good. Recent contacts bad.

While many people may love the "recent contacts" feature in the iOS 8 app switching jump screen, I personally don't. Showing a bunch of names and faces each time I want to move from app-to-app isn't my cup of tea as I find it visually...

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10:28
Apple engineers apparently already testing the Apple...


*Actors, not actual Apple employees

The Apple Watch is only shipping early next year, after being announced earlier this month, and Apple engineers are reportedly already sporting the wearable in the wild. According to reports on Twitter, Apple engineers have been spotted with the sport model at their usual bus stops en route to work:

Saw a few Apple employees wearing the iWatch at a bus stop in mission. All were wearing the sport edition and carrying the iPhone six plus.

— Rohit J (@rohitjenveja) September 22, 2014

Of course, they were carrying the new iPhones, too. We’ll know how the...

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10:15
Daily Deals for September 22, 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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10:00
Screenshot shows the immensity of the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is an enormous phone, and this screenshot posted on Twitter by Brian Henderson puts Apple's 'bigger than bigger' tagline into perspective.

"Screenshot from the original iPhone compared to a screenshot from an iPhone 6 Plus. Crazy"...

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09:55
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22...

Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and Airfoil 4.8.9, Security Update 2014-004 (Lion and Mountain Lion), Safari 6.2 and 7.1, BusyCal 2.6, and TunnelBear 2.4.2.

 

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09:55
ExtraBITS for 22 September 2014

Tim Cook features heavily in ExtraBITS this week, with the second part of his interview with Charlie Rose along with another interview in Bloomberg Businessweek. Also, some bad news for tinkerers: the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 is only for Apple Pay, at least for now.

 

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09:49
Apps: LaunchBar, Monosnap, Audio Hijack Pro
09:40
HomeKit support present in latest Apple TV firmware...

The latest Apple TV firmware also includes support for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8, a source for Forbes notes. Apple hasn't promoted the fact, and the source suggests this is because there's little reason to do so until other peripherals support it. While HomeKit is available as a platform, and partners like Honeywell and Philips have been announced, certified products haven't begun reaching stores....



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09:30
iOS 8 adoption may be low, but iPhone 6 adoption is...

iOS 8 adoption may be off to a slower start than iOS 7, but consumers seem to be picking up the iPhone 6 models in droves. Just when you might have assumed that the days of consumers standing in line for hours for the latest iPhone model were long...

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09:29
Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your IPhone In a...

Nerval's Lobster writes Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the "Wave" hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a "household microwave for a minute and a half." Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch the device and render it inoperable. If you nuke your smartphone and subsequently complain about it online, people will probably make fun of you. (If you want a full list of things not to place in a microwave, no matter how pretty the flames, check this out.)

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09:15
iPhone opening weekend sales over the years

It’s just incredible to see how many people are buying iPhones. Every year analysts say sales are slowing and every year Apple proves them wrong.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad 4 WiFi + AT&T LTE...

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:

Apple iPad w/ Retina display 128GB AT&T LTE $499 shipped (orig. $929)more

Couldn’t score a 128GB iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Add...

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09:00
Some of the best slow-motion video samples from the...

One of the most fun features of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the slow motion video capture that now offers a stunning 240FPS option. With the new iPhone models now in the hands of people around the world, you can expect a wave of slow motion...

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08:51
Sprint says iPhone 6 debut was its most successful...

via Apple.com

Sprint’s newly appointed CEO Marcelo Claure shared on Twitter over the weekend that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut marked the most successful iPhone launch in Sprint’s history.

Thanks to all the @sprint employees today who contributed to the most Succesful iPhone launch in our history It's a privilege to lead Sprint


MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) September 20, 2014

The announcement fits right with Apple’s announcement that the...

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08:39
Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8...

The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple's latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world's largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

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08:35
News: Daily Deal: Get Wireless Feather Buds for only...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Wireless Feather Buds Bluetooth earphones for only $24.99—60% off the normal price. A perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and high-quality sound, these bluetooth headphones are packed with great features. The noise-cancelling outer shell isolates the sounds you want to hear, and the lightweight and tangle-free design allows you to use and wear the earbuds comfortably. Bluetooth support provides…

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08:32
Chrome iOS update enables third-party app extensions...

Google today updated its Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad with support for iOS 8’s new third-party App Extensions feature. That means that Chrome’s sharing menu will now show additional sharing options from apps you have installed supporting the new App Extensions feature. We previously put together a roundup of some of the best apps offering App Extensions when iOS 8 launched.

Google says the update, version 37.0.2062.60, also includes iOS 8 compatibility, stability improvements, and bug fixes.

The updated Chrome app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 37.0.2062.60

• Supports using 3rd party App Extensions...

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08:30
Apple announces 10 million iPhone 6 handsets sold...

Another year, another broken record.

Per Macworld, Apple announced on Monday that it sold ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability—a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It’s no surprise, after Apple announced last Monday that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone.

The latest iPhones became available on Friday, September 19th in 10 countries and territories worldwide.

Apple’s latest sales record beats the company’s 2013 iPhone launch weekend for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which topped out at nine million devices.

However, the iPhone 5s and 5c were...

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08:23
The seamy underbelly of waiting in line for the new...

[VIDEO] Casey Neistat is a long time self-professed Apple nerd and documentary filmmaker. His latest effort involves the cultural change in the lines of people waiting overnight for new Apple product, a sea change from the early days of Apple fanatics, to the current lineups populated (at least in the case of these Manhattan Apple Stores) by people trying to make a buck.

At first blush, this was a little hard to take. It seemed like victimization, pure and simple. But then I read this piece by Dave Aiello.

I think what’s important to note about this film is that the issue...

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08:12
Apple to hold iPad Air, Yosemite-focused media event...

Following up on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch and the Apple Watch announcement, Apple has stated that the company will be holding its next media event on Tuesday, October 21st, where the company is expected to unveil two new iPad models and announce the release of OS X Yosemite, the next version of its Mac operating system, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Last year, Apple held an event on Oct. 22, where it announced the iPad Air, second generation iPad mini, and released OS X Mavericks.

Specific details as to the new iPad Air’s features have yet to be released, albeit speculation has been prevalent as to better processors, better cameras and the incorporation of a Touch ID system for the tablets.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and remember to check in with the PowerPage for live coverage of the media event come October 21st....

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08:10
Bono says Apple has 885 million iTunes accounts,...

In an Irish radio interview, Bono discusses his various collaborations with Apple, as transcribed by TUAW. Interesting, Bono claims Apple now has 885 million iTunes accounts (up from 800 million as officially announced in April). With his work on a mysterious new music format, he aims to help Apple cross the billion accounts mark. The new medium has apparently been underway for a while, spanning back to a conversation with Steve Jobs in 2009.

So 5 years ago I began a conversation with Steve Jobs at my house in France and I said to Steve: “How is it that...

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08:03
After Apple's record setting launch, analysts...

Even without launching in China, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus got off to a record start with 10 million units sold in three days, and analysts on Wall Street reacted Monday with enthusiasm, expressing their high hopes for this year's upgrade cycle.

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08:00
Rumor Roundup: Fast news day

Given that this is the week the iPhone launched, it's not surprising there was very little to be gleaned from the rumor mill amongst all the actual, real news happening in the tech world. Matter of fact, neither of the stories cited below are actual...

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07:50
iPhone 6 first weekend beats last year’s iPhone 5...

Megan Geuss

For the third September in a row, people around the United States have queued up (physically and virtually) to buy the latest Apple iPhone—and for the third September in a row, Apple has sold a hell of a lot of iDevices. A report this morning from The New York Times indicates that the Cupertino company has delivered more than 10 million shiny new iPhones 6 and 6 Plus, a number that The Times characterizes as being at the high end of analyst expectations.

Last year, with the introduction of the iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple sold somewhere in the area of nine million devices (though there weren’t as many gold devices as some shoppers would have liked). This year, Apple’s decision to offer larger screens has...

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07:48
iPhone 6/6 Plus sales topped 10 million in three...

During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple says. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some 9 million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US. The company says it plans to reach another 20 countries on September 26th, and hit a total of 115 by the end of the year....



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07:31
More 12-inch MacBook Air details: reversible USB...

Following a report earlier this month that claimed Apple was readying its long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air in iPhone-style space gray and gold options, the Jack Marsh is now back with more details of the next-gen Macbooks. According to the report, Apple will move from the current USB ports to the new slimmer, reversible USB Type C introduced last month by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. It will also feature a “noticeably thinner design” and remove the current MagSafe charging solution. 9to5mac has reason to believe he has knowledge of Apple’s upcoming MacBook Airs.

Other details in the report line up with...

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07:06
Tim Cook to speak at Climate Week NYC at 12PM Eastern

Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to speak at the Climate Week NYC conference at 12PM Eastern time, or 9AM Pacific. The conference is an annual gathering themed around sustainability, and for 2014 there is a special emphasis on lowering carbon emissions. Cook will be joined by other corporate heads from firms such as IKEA and Bloomberg. A livestream link is embedded below....



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07:05
Linex Technologies Ordered Apple’s Legal Fees in...

Patent holding company Linex Technologies has been ordered to pay Apple and several other companies US$18.6 million to cover legal expenses in lawsuits it filed in a failed patent infringement fight. The company claimed that Apple, HP, Aruba Networks, Meru Networks, and Ruckus Wireless infringed on wireless communication patents it holds, but the court ultimately ruled those patents were invalid.

The Mac Observer Spin: Sometimes the whole patent troll scheme just doesn't pay off.


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07:00
Conan's "documentary" about Apple...

The public reaction to Apple's giveaway of U2's latest album was decidedly mixed. Some people were excited to find the new album in their iTunes account, while a large contingent of users either didn't want to hear it or found the way the giveaway...

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06:59
Record broken: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus sales top 10...

Another year, another record breaking debut for the latest iPhone. Apple announced on Monday that it sold ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability—a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It's no surprise, after Apple announced last Monday that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone.

The latest iPhones became available on Friday, September 19 in 10 countries and territories worldwide.  

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

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06:27
First weekend iPhone sales top 10 Million, set new...

From the Apple Press Release:

Apple® today announced it has sold over 10 million new iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, a new record, just three days after the launch on September 19. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on September 26. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.

An astonishing number.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:27
News: Apple Watch to come in 4GB, 8GB versions?

A new analyst report suggests that the Apple Watch may be released in both 4 GB and 8 GB versions. Based on discussions with Apple’s suppliers, Timothy Arcuri of investment research firm Cowen and Company released a note to investors today outlining that the component makers expect the Watch to include 512 MB of RAM and and 4 GB of storage in the “mainstream” version, with a larger-capacity 8 GB version also expected to be available.…

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06:23
Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent...

In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week's software update: compatibility with the company's new HomeKit home automation technology.

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06:15
Apple sells record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6 and...

Apple today announced it sold 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first full weekend of sales since the device launched on September 19. This compares to five million first weekend sales of the iPhone 5 and nine million for the...

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06:12
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus beat out the competition in...



With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now officially in customers’ hands after a record opening weekend of iPhone sales, today we get a look at various benchmark results for the devices compared to the competition from AnandTech. Ahead of the site’s full technical review of the new iPhones, today it posted several benchmark results showing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus win out by just about every metric....

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06:07
The thriving Chinese iPhone 6 black market

The research agency Counterpoint Research has estimated that as many as 5 million units may be smuggled into China before it is possible for consumers to purchase officially from Apple.

Even if Chinese approval is close, the black market won’t wait for it. Fascinating.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Bono talks 885 million iTunes accounts, new music...

Over the weekend, U2 frontman Bono sat down for an interview with Dave Fanning on the Irish radio station 2FM where the two discussed a wide range of topics. While the interview mostly centered on the band's new album, Bono took some time to touch on...

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05:54
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Launch Weekend Sales Hit 10...

Launch weekend sales for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit the 10 million mark, coming in above last year's iPhone 5s launch at 9 million units. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this year's launch numbers would've been even higher if more inventory had been available.

The Mac Observer Spin: It seems Apple can't make the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as fast as it can sell them. The company has also managed to beat its opening weekend sales every year since the original iPhone was launched.


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05:52
Skype app updated for iOS 8, includes interactive...


The Skype app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has now been updated with support for iOS 8. Unfortunately, this does not include support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen sizes, meaning Skype still renders at a scaled iPhone 5s resolution.

However, the update does add interactive notifications which helps streamline responding to content. Hence, new Skype notifications have buttons attached to the alert which can perform various actions. For voice calls, you can answer or decline. For video calls, you can choose between voice or video responses. For missed calls, you can respond with a message or call the person straight back.

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05:51
iOS 8 and the accidental selfie

TechCrunch:

With both videos and voice memos, iMessage lets you review the content before sending it. You can play it back and then choose to delete or send it off into the world for other peoples’ viewing and judging pleasure.

With still pictures, however, the photo is automatically sent the second your finger releases the camera button.

iOS 8 needs an interface tweak.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Apple hits 10 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus sales in...

Apple today announced the achievement of a new milestone for first-weekend iPhone sales, hitting a record 10 million sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices only three days after their September 19 debut in stores. The record includes over 4 million pre-orders, and was notably achieved despite Apple’s last-minute inability to sell the new iPhones in China due to regulatory delays, as well as significant shortages of the larger iPhone 6 Plus model.…

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05:44
Apple iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Silicone Cases

Released alongside the new iPhones, Apple's iPhone 6 Silicone Case ($35) and iPhone 6 Plus Silicone Case ($39) are slightly less expensive versions of its Leather Cases, available in a wider and generally brighter array of six colors, but otherwise featuring the exact same design. Each case is a wraparound shell with full top and right side coverage, substantial back and left side coverage, then a completely open bottom and front. On the outside is…

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05:33
Apple announces record sales of 10 million iPhone 6...

The launch weekend for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was the strongest start yet for the company's smartphone lineup, reaching 10 million units sold in the first three days of availability, and topping last year's previous best of 9 million.

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05:28
Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of...

Apple was light on technical specifications in announcing its forthcoming Watch earlier this month, but one analyst has checked with the company's supply chain to find component makers expect the final shipping product to include 512 megabytes of RAM, and a "mainstream version" with 4 gigabytes of internal storage.

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05:17
On adopting the big screen of the iPhone 6 Plus

Quartz:

Call it the Church of Apple. Steve Jobs once called big phones Hummers (like the cars) and said that no-one was going to buy them. (He was sitting next to the current CEO, Tim Cook, when he said that.) Only a year after the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 was released with a 4-inch display and it sold like hotcakes. The Apple fans bought it and loved it. And the same thing is happening again. So what gives?

To me, it’s about acclimation. The move from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 form factor was an easy adjustment. The iPhone 5 was lighter and longer, but still easy to use with one hand. The move from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 is a bit more of a leap, and the move to the iPhone 6 Plus form factor is truly dramatic, challenging our preconceived notions about the aesthetics of phone size...

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05:00
The Coming Virtual Lifestyle Revolution


Uplinq, Qualcomm's big -- and it was big -- developers' conference, took place last week. There were two parts that were particularly interesting. One was its new robotics effort, and the other was the announcement that it's pushing Vuforia, its augmented reality platform, into wearable head-mounted displays -- think Google Glass on steroids. Qualcomm is imagining a time when we'll wear these things from the moment we get up until we go to bed. It will have a rather massive impact on many of the technologies we currently use.

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03:45
Camera test: The iPhone 6 won't beat a DSLR,...

While I don’t have any formal photography training, to say that I enjoy taking pictures is an understatement. I’ve been obsessed with digital photography and filmmaking ever since I picked up my first Olympus 2-megapixel camera, and that love has carried me through years of point-and-shoots, DSLRs, and phones.

Now, I think the world of my Canon Rebel and its 40mm pancake lens. I’ve gotten some incredible pictures from that camera. But the more I carry around my iPhone 6, the more I’m convinced that its days of hanging out in my bag are almost over. Because the iPhone 6 is a mighty fine camera, indeed.

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03:42
Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook speak at 12 PM EST as part...

Climate Week NYC is an annual conference about environmental sustainability. For 2014, there is a particular focus on lowering carbon emission across business, government and individuals. Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to speak at the event, for the first time, at 12 PM EST. The livestream for the event is embedded below.

Cook will speak alongside other ‘ambitious and innovative companies’ in green energy, including executives from IKEA and Bloomberg. The segment is targeted at invoking instant changes in business behaviour, by highlighting how lowering carbon emissions is in the self-interest of companies in addition to the benefits on the global environment....

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Sunday September 21

21:13
Briefly: Bluetooth blood pressure monitor, Pantera...

Pyle Audio has announced the introduction of its new Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). The monitor and its accompanying integrated app are designed to provide users' pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures. Users insert their arm into the device's sleeve, press the power button and allow the monitor to tighten and measure blood pressure. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows collected data....



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19:45
Review: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0...

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? Patriot attempts to tackle the question with the high-speed USB Supersonic Rage XT. While the drive is offered three different sizes, the 128GB flash drive seems the most appealing. Is it worth considering, or is money better spent looking at something smaller? Find out in our review....



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18:00
Reviews: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB drive

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? ......



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Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and...

Restores capability to capture audio from Safari 7.1. (Free updates)

 

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Last week's popular and featured articles on...

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

Apple has a "War Room" to monitor...

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14:32
Turtle Beach releases Ear Force Z60 gaming headset...

Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of headphones that the company first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Made to handle the surround sound needs for video games, music and movies, the headphones utilize DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach does this without the use of separate software or drivers, unlike many other headphones on the market....



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14:00
A look at third-party keyboards on iOS 8: type any...

Third-party keyboards have finally come to iOS 8. If you're tired of the stock Apple keyboard, just head on down to the App Store and check out the quickly growing roster of alternative options.

There's everything from typing, to swiping, to drawing, and you can do it all in style with a million themes and different looks. To give you an idea of what's out there, we're checking out some of the more interesting keyboards for iOS8.

Setup


SwiftKey's setup instructions, the "Add New Keyboard" screen in the system settings, and the "allow full access" popup.  Ron Amadeo

Before you actually try a new keyboard, you'll need to go through the setup process. After installing the keyboard app, users are pretty much on their own to enable it, which requires a...

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14:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

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All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a busy one with new hardware and apps making their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.

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12:05
What’s in a can of Coke?

How do you make a can of Coke?

The Vons grocery store two miles from my home in Los Angeles, California sells 12 cans of Coca-Cola for $6.59 — 54 cents each. The tool chain that created this simple product is incomprehensibly complex.

Each can originated in a small town of 4,000 people on the Murray River in Western Australia called Pinjarra. Pinjarra is the site of the world’s largest bauxite mine. Bauxite is surface mined — basically scraped and dug from the top of the ground. The bauxite is crushed and washed with hot sodium hydroxide, which separates it into aluminum hydroxide and waste material called red mud. The aluminum hydroxide is cooled, then heated to over a thousand degrees celsius in a kiln, where it becomes aluminum oxide, or alumina. The alumina is dissolved in a molten substance called cryolite, a rare mineral first discovered in Greenland, and turned into pure aluminum using electricity in a process called electrolysis. The pure aluminum sinks to the...

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Google easing up on mandatory Google+ signups for...

Google is no longer forcing users to create a Google+ profile when setting up a new Gmail account according to a report from marketing blog Wordstream. By easing up on the mandatory setup of the social media arm of the search company, Google is continuing to put distance between users and the service that never seemed to find the same footing as Facebook....



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10:48
Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

kyjellyfish writes I've been using iOS 8 for several days and aside from a few gimmicks and add-ons that attempt to achieve parity with Android, my experience has been overwhelmingly unsatisfactory. My chief complaint is that the vast majority of my apps are slow to boot and noticeably sluggish in operation. I want to point out that all of these apps have been "upgraded" specifically for iOS 8 compatibility. Previous operating system upgrades have been relatively seamless, so I'm asking whether other slashdotters have experienced this degraded performance.

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10:31
iOS 8 How-to: Create the Medical ID

New in iOS 8 you are able to create a Medical ID in the Health App. Even though the rest of the Health app is down, the Medical ID is fully functioning. The Medical ID is important because in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone. To continue to make a Medical ID, press the word Create Medical ID in red.

In order to have a Medical ID you need to have Show When Locked turned on so it will be available to be used on the lock screen. Then there are places for you...

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08:42
MGG 520: Wrapping Up Tech Week With iOS 8 & More

It's been iPhone week. It's been server migration week. It's been tech week (in more ways than one!), and your two geeks are here, ready to roll and with a very special guest, no less! FIrst they'll talk through some of their favorite iOS 8 tips and tricks. Then it's on to a slew of your questions, including revisiting the age old question of Drobo or Synology (hint: there's no hard and fast answer here!) plus resolving John's own tech issue! Download and enjoy.


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08:00
Watch a speed test of every iPhone from 6+ to 2G

It's that time again. That's right, it's time to test the new iPhone against every previous generation. The fine folks at the YouTube channel EverythingApplePro have posted a new video showing a test between all ten versions of the iPhone. The...

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06:00
Former NBA player Rex Chapman arrested after...

AZfamily is reporting that former NBA star Rex Chapman was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday after stealing over $14,000 in Apple merchandise from an Apple retail store over the course of a few weeks. Chapman subsequently pawned the stolen...

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05:14
∞ iPhone 6 and 6 Plus teardowns

[VIDEO] Per tradition, every major Apple product release is followed quickly by a teardown video from iFixit. I love taking things apart and fixing them myself and I am very happy with the improvements Apple has made to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus construction, making it much easier to replace the display and battery.

As you watch the video, note the use of the iSclack tool, a kind of pliers with a pair of facing suction cups designed to grab onto the front and back of the iPhone. Once you’ve removed the iPhone screws,...

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Saturday September 20

16:27
Fun Rant about Those Who Claim Apple is the Copier

I got a tip Saturday about a new blog called Tim Cook's Id, with the subheading "what Tim Cook id is really thinking." I'm not sure if that's the case, but the inaugural rant is a beauty about those claiming Apple is the real copier in the mobile world. It's titled, "Anyone saying Apple copied Samsung/Google with a big screen phone is a $%&# idiot," which cuts to the chase. It's also invective-filled and spewy, but it's a solid assessment of the mental gyrations necessary to come to such a conclusion. TCI takes aim at Android fans, Apple haters, Judge Lucy Koh, the U.S. Department of Justice, tech journalists, Wall Street, and Jim Cramer, and that's just for starters. Hopefully this isn't a one-off. Enjoy.


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14:39
Google petitions FCC for NM desert testing of...

Google has filed a plan to test broadcast drones in the skies of New Mexico. A filing with the US Federal Communications Commission, one of the regulatory agencies that needs to be involved with such an endeavor, points to a test site south of Santa Fe, NM and south of Las Vegas. The tests are likely a practical test of remote Internet delivery technologies, and some of the largest tests that Google has run yet, utilizing Titan Aerospace's technology....



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13:08
Home Depot transaction security reportedly...

Following the revelation that 56 million credit card transactions were stolen by miscreants, more information is coming out about the hack and the company's reportedly long-term lackadaisical security. According to employees familiar with the situation, the company was warned as early as 2008 that security would be a problem, and that the company was excruciatingly slow to respond to threats and often took no action agains perceived attacks or dangers....



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Video: iPhone 6 versus iPhone 5s

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12:41
Former NBA star arrested for $14,000 theft through...

Former Phoenix Suns professional basketball player Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday and accused of shoplifting $14,000 in Apple merchandise using Apple's EasyPay self-checkout system. Apple store employees reported the player, after recognizing him "based on his previous celebrity status as an NBA basketball player," according to Scottsdale, AZ police....



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12:25
New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' headset...

Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Oculus Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell not only showed the third version of the Oculus Rift, the "Crescent Bay," but also revealed that the nascent platform is now a Unity 5 build target, opening up the device to a wide range of developers and potentially additional host platforms beyond Windows and OS X. Additionally, the company announced that it has licensed the RealSpace3D audio technology for future versions of the hardware and software....



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11:53
How to create nested folders in iOS 8 (Video)

Keeping your home screen organized can sometimes be a difficult task. Folders are great, but what if you’re looking for a deeper level of order? Luckily, we’ve seen a few glitches over time that have helped.

Hidden in iOS 8 is a glitch that allows you to nest folders within folders. This can be helpful if you’d like to sub-categorize apps within folders or hide various stock apps in iOS 8 (because there are a lot of them). Nesting folders on iOS 8 is easy to do and completely reversible…

At this moment, we’ve tested the nested folders glitch...

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10:37
Apple, HP slam patent troll with $3.6 million each...

Northern District of California Court Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that non-practicing entity Linex Technologies must pay Apple, Aruba, Meru, Ruckus, and HP millions in attorney fees after pursuing a patent case that it knew was destined for failure. Apple and HP are seeking $3.6 million each, with the other three companies seeking $3.8 million -- the ruling puts the patent troll on the hook for $18.6 million, an amount it may not have....



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10:21
Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

HughPickens.com writes Medium reports that although many startups want to design something that mimics the fit and finish of an Apple product, it's a good way to go out of business. "What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 m holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? Apple made their own battery cells. From scratch." Other things that Apple often does that can cause problems for a startup include white plastic (which is the most difficult color to mold), CNC machining at scale (too expensive), Laser drilled holes (far more difficult than it may seem), molded plastic packaging (...

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09:48
Briefly: Modbook Pro X Last Call campaign, Twitter...

Modbook has extended its Kickstarter fundraising campaign for its Modbook Pro X tablet, allowing those interested to still make a pledge can do so until September 30. The Mac-based 15.4-inch Retina display tablet utilizes the original hardware of a MacBook Pro system, running OS X and can be configured up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM 2TB of PCIe flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Users can choose to add rear-mounted Keybars, which consists of an eyes-free solution for entry of short commands, and a detachable keyboard stand that functions as an easel, key...



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