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Friday September 25

First take video: 3D Touch adds new depth in...

It's been eight years since the original iPhone introduced its fully finger-driven, capacitative multitouch interface, completely erasing the market for button, trackball and stylus-driven phones. This year, Apple is enhancing its iPhone multitouch with the new depth afforded by pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology.

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Kool Tools: iFinance 4 for Mac OS X

Synium Software's iFinance 4, the new version of financial tracking app for Mac OS X (10.10 or later), sports a range of easy-to-customize charts and reports, budgets, automatic categorization and much more.

iFinance supports several different banking file formats like CSV, QIF, OFX, or mt940. You can import your data by using one of these formats or retrieve your bank account transactions via OFX direct connect. (Note that not all banks support OFX direct connect).

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'MacVoices' looks at upgrading to El...

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with author Joe Kissell about his book, "Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan."

He discusses all the pre-upgrade work you need to do, what software needs to be updated, and why some software won’t function post-upgrade. Kissell also explains why, in spite of your best efforts, there could be a hiccup or two, and how to find out what’s causing them.

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Numi 3.0b9 - Menu-bar calculator supports text input...

Numi is a calculator that magically combines calculations with text, and allows you to freely share your computations.

  • Numi combines text editor and calculator
  • Support plain English. For example, '5 cm plus 1 meter'
  • Unit converter: Numi supports currency, length, area, volume, time, temperature, and data size. It automatically convert units if it's needed.
  • Configurable hotkey
  • Menubar and Dock modes

Version 3.0b9: New Localizations

  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Romanian (interface)

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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The iPad Pro is too big to get Office apps for free...

Current iPad owners can download Microsoft Office apps free of charge, using them for both viewing and basic editing – but that won’t be the case with the iPad Pro, Microsoft told arsTechnica. Office on the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription for any and all editing. That’s because Microsoft defines a 10.1 inch […]

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Strategy analytics: consumer usage of smartphone...

Navigation tasks are vitally important use-cases for the in-vehicle consumer. Regardless of device type (embedded or portable), a well-put-together and usable connected navigation system must provide information which is timely, relevant, and easily-consumed. A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has found key differences in usage and satisfaction among owners of embedded, dedicated portable and smartphone-based navigation systems.

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All aboard TrainCraft for a moderately amusing Mac...

TrainCraft is a moderately amusing arcade-like game for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. Think of it as a railroad version of Pac-Man.

In the game, you control a train that drives around a screen. Your goal is to collect coins while avoiding the energy train that tries to collide with you. Tap and drag your finger to switch turn-outs to change your train's direction as you try to gather all the on-screen coins and proceed to the next level.

You can also collect "vagons" to multiple your score. Your train's speed can also vary as you use the "speed increase" and "speed decrease" buttons. 

The gameplay in TrainCraft is simple and has a nice retro feel with colorful, old-school arcade graphics to match. Plus, you can select from a variety of screen resolution settings (from 640 x 480 to 1344 x 1008) to best accommodate the Mac hardware you're using. 

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Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 for FileMaker Pro 14.

Version 8.0.4 is a maintenance update of our plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi added compatibility with Windows 10, fixed some problems in the LaunchFile and DiskInfo functions and improved the working of the FindFolder and Metadata functions.

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Apple Watch Launches in Belgium, Finland, Norway,...

Apple has updated its regional websites for Belgium, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg and Poland to announce the Apple Watch will be available on October 9.

Belgium, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg and Poland will be part of the sixth Apple Watch launch wave:

  • April 24: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, U.K. and U.S.
  • June 26: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan
  • July 17: The Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand
  • July 31: New Zealand, Russia and Turkey
  • September 25: Austria, Denmark and Ireland
  • October 9: Belgium,...
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    Pixelmator 3.3.3 - Powerful layer-based image editor...

    Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

    Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.

    Version 3.3.3:

    • This update includes minor stability improvements and bug fixes.

    • OS X 10.9.5 or later

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    Samsung tries to sell its phones to … people in an...

    So, you’re Samsung. You want to try to sell some phones. You need to find some potential customers. You draw up lists of potential targets, and right at the bottom, in billionth place, are Apple fans so dedicated that they’ve queued up outside an Apple Store to buy the shiny new iPhone 6s. So where […]

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    GraphicConverter 9.7.2 - Graphics editor with...

    GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats.

    The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.

    Version 9.7.2: New Features

    • Icon in the document window footer to show/hide the toolbox
    • Multicollage function in convert and modify
    • Option to ignore minor ExifTool errors
    • Align two images
    • Browser context menu command to create ICO or ICNS from iconset
    • Paste at original position added
    • Added batch action to find and replace in filename
    • Added despeckle batch action
    • Display of Finder tags in the browser (requires 10.9 or later, option under preferences browser/thumbnails)
    • Option...

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    FTC to spearhead new Investigation into Google'...

    While Google's CEO Sundar Pichai is preparing to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, a new report has surfaced this morning claiming that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached an agreement with the Justice Department to spearhead a new investigation of Google’s Android business.

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    How to take a screenshot of your iOS device and move...

    Now that iOS 9 is out, you may wish to take some screenshots for instructional purposes. If you do and need to move them to your Mac, it's easy. Here's how:

    Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

    Immediately press and release the Home button.

    Voila! You can find the screenshot in your Photos app.You can then send it to your Mac via the Message app, email, iCloud Photo Sharing and more.

    (And if you want to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch, press and hold the side button on the smartwatch, then immediately press and release the Digital Crown.)

    iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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    The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are on sale today

    All right, you’ve had some time to think about what color, size, and storage capacity you want. You’ve read up on 3D Touch. You are ready: Today is the day the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hits the shelves.

    If you preordered your iPhone 6s and it’s due to be delivered today, check out these handy tools for tracking your shipment. If you didn’t place a preorder, that’s ok—you may be able to get your hands on one anyways. 

    To read this...

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    US will probe Google for anti-competitive Android...

    The FTC and US Justice Department have launched an antitrust investigation into Google's Android operating system, according to Bloomberg. US regulators reportedly launched the inquiry after meeting with rival tech companies saying that Google limi...

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    Government document reveals Channel 4 might be...

    The UK government is considering whether to privatise Channel 4, just one month after the culture secretary John Whittingdale promised it wasn't. Photographer Steve Back snapped a document being taken into Downing Street, which is clearly legible a...

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    First take video: Faster Touch ID on iPhone 6s, 6s...

    While Apple's first-generation Touch ID fingerprint reader was already fast when it debuted two years ago on iPhone 5s, this year's update speeds up the sensor so there's virtually no delay at all.

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    This tiny nanoscale wrench can tinker with molecules

    This could be the tiniest, most adorable wrench you'll ever (not) see. A team of scientists lead by Severin Schneebeli at the University of Vermont has developed a nanoscale wrench that can control microscopic objects and will lead to making next-g...

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    Amazon gets hacker drama 'Mr. Robot' as a...

    Netflix has a large roster of exclusive TV shows and documentaries to attract new subscribers, so to compete, Amazon has started doing the same for Prime Video. The latest show to join its UK library is Mr. Robot, a 10-episode thriller about a cybe...

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    iPhone 6s teardown confirms smaller battery, heftier...

    The launch of a new iPhone means the iFixit team also has something new to take apart. This year, the team's teardown efforts have confirmed that the iPhone 6s sports a 1715 mAh battery that's comparably smaller to the previous generation's (1810 m...

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    Thursday September 24

    Hong Kong's iPhone grey market sees lower...

    Whenever a new iPhone launches in Hong Kong, local folks would seize the opportunity to make a quick profit from the grey market. They would get their brand new phones from either Apple or local carriers, and then sell them off to specialists who wou...

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    Samsung opened a new huge office in Silicon Valley

    Samsung's moving to the cool neighborhood. In a big way. It's just cut the (presumably giant, blue) ribbon on a new campus that houses 700 employees, with enough capacity to reach 2,000 of 'em. Mere miles from Apple's own HQ, the facility signifies...

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    Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14...

    Adobe on Thursday debuted Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14, its latest set of consumer level photo and video editing tools that now comes with even more automated features to make your images pop.

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    4K Video from iPhone 6S Plus Shows Striking...

    Last year, the iPhone 6 Plus had one camera feature the iPhone 6 did not: optical image stabilization, which automatically adjusts the camera sensor to make up for any shakiness the camera may endure. With the iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has added optical image stabilization for video as well as still images. Tonight, Giga Tech has uploaded a new video that shows off the 6s Plus' optical image stabilization versus the iPhone 6s.

    While the iPhone 6s doesn't have optical image stabilization, it does have digital image stabilization, which is the camera's software accounting for any shakiness. Giga Tech notes that digital image stabilization works well when the iPhone 6s is shooting in Full HD 1920x1080, but that it's not as effective when shooting in 4K.

    The video, which takes place in an old, abandoned airplane, offers a striking comparison of the two device's video capabilities. While...

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    Adobe shows off upgraded Photoshop and Premiere...

    Adobe is out with its annual Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements updates, which let you quickly edit and share your photos and videos from the desktop. The consumer friendly Photoshop Elements 14 and Premier Elements 14 includes handy new features that everyday photographers will appreciate including dramatic camera shake and haze removal tools for enhancing images plus […]

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    Adobe Unveils Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14 for...

    Adobe today released new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, its lower-cost photo and video editing software aimed at consumers. In this year's update, both Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 have gained several new features and refinements to existing tools, making it easier than ever to use Adobe's software for improving photos and videos.

    Photoshop Elements 14, Adobe's image editing software, has gained tools for removing camera shake and for removing haze. Adobe first introduced haze removing tools with its 2015 Creative Cloud update, and has now brought that capability to Photoshop Elements 14. While the haze removal tool is useful for improving the look of outdoor shots, it can also be used to clean up old photos and improve the lighting in backlit shots.

    Adobe's shake removing tool...

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    Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14 add editing tools...

    You can pretty much mark your calendars for it. Every year in mid to late September, Adobe reveals its annual update for Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. This year is no different as version 14 of the consumer-focused photo and video-editi...

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    PhotoStyler 6.8.5 - Add a sense of realism to your...

    PhotoStyler is the easiest way to style your digital photos with your Mac. This simple, fast and accurate native solution combines the powers of Apple's core technologies with the flexibility and efficiency of proprietary application-specific modules. PhotoStyler supports all image formats that are supported by MacOS including RAW images.

    PhotoStyler doesn't require any special skills or knowledge. Need a sepia? Drop the "Monochrome" filter to the chain and check the "Sepia" checkbox. Want some scratches on the photo to make it look old? Drop the "Scratches" filter to the chain. Need a glow, an annotation, shadows, 3D-look with perspective? Well, you know what to do... You can combine any number of filters and save the chain as a preset. A built-in presets library contains prepared styles so you can preview and adjust your photo variations in seconds.


    • Lomo, polaroid, cross-processing, sepia, black & white, scratches and ragged...

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    ClamXav 2.8.5 - Virus checker based on ClamAV. (...

    ClamXav is a popular virus checker for OS X.

    I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing ClamXav to where it is today -- one of the most trusted and recommended anti-virus solutions for the Mac. In the past, other priorities got in the way and I wasn't able to focus on development as much as I would have liked, but that stops now. ClamXav is now a commercial product. It's being sold through a new company (Canimaan Software Ltd) but don't let that fool you -- I'm still the owner and lead developer.

    Version 2.8.5:

    • ClamXav now also available in Dutch and Turkish.
    • On startup, ClamXav now shows the result of the previous scan. This allows you to quarantine or "put back" even after you quit ClamXav.
    • ClamXav now gives more useful information after performing database updates.
    • Added option for Sentry to...

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    Apple updates TestFlight app with support for tvOS...

    On the eve of this year’s iPhone launch, Apple has pushed out an update to the TestFlight application to enable internal testing of apps on tvOS. The Apple TV operating system has is now in its second beta version for users who have access to pre-release hardware. Developers have been able to test locally on […]

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    Google voice search can now hear what you've...

    Need a better reason to say "OK Google" in public? Well, the search engine just announced a refinement to voice search on its research blog. Now, it can more accurately pick out your voice even in noisy surroundings, and perform the necessary analy...

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    Here’s how iPhone 6s Plus handles bendgate brutality

    When the iPhone 6 Plus launched a year ago, users quickly started noticing that the device would bend when put in pockets and put under moderate levels of pressure. Dubbed ‘bendgate,’ the issue overshadowed much of the iPhone 6 Plus launch and with the release of the iPhone 6s Plus, Apple claims that it has […]

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    First take: front facing Retina Flash on the new...

    One of the new features introduced with iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is Retina Flash, which intelligently illuminates the display to serve as a flash for selfies. AppleInsider went hands-on to see if the tech comes close to iPhone's rear-facing True Tone flash.

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    iPhone 6s Teardown: 1715 mAh Battery, Taptic Engine...

    iFixit is in the process of taking apart the brand new iPhone 6s. While the internals aren't arranged too differently from the iPhone 6, there are some major visual differences worth noting. These include the new Taptic Engine, a smaller battery and the 3D Touch display.

    The most instantly recognizable difference is the smaller battery. While Apple's 3D Touch video previously confirmed that the iPhone 6s would carry a 1715 mAh batter, which is smaller than the iPhone 6's 1810 mAh battery, iFixit's teardown provides further confirmation.

    Another major visual difference comes in the presence of the new Taptic Engine, which takes up a large amount of space below the battery and is likely to account for the smaller size of the iPhone 6s' battery. iFixit blasted the Taptic Engine with x-rays, providing a peek into the...

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    First iPhone 6s bend test shows off nearly...

    It seems Apple's decision to craft iPhone 6s out of 7000 series aluminum paid off, as a new video from Australia demonstrates the device can withstand what appears to be a significant amount of stress without bending.

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    Clear nvram

    OS X has the ability to delete all of the firmware variables you’ve created. This can get helpful if you’ve got a bunch of things that you’ve done to a system and want to remove them all. If you run nvkram followed by a -p option you’ll see all of the configured firmware variables:

    nvram -p

    If you run it with a -d you’ll delete the given variables that you define (e.g. boot-args):

    nvram -d boot-args

    But, if you run the -c you’ll wipe them all:

    nvram -c

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    First Look: iPhone 6s brings major user interface...

    iPhone Day is upon us once again, as Friday marks the first day that the general public can take delivery of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on both models a day ago. So here are some first impressions to tide you over while you’re waiting for your new iPhone to arrive, while you’re copying your data onto your new iPhone, or maybe while you’re wrestling over whether to go down to the Apple Store on the off chance that they’ve got one in stock with your name on it.

    They’re just the same, or are they?

    Traditionally the “s” model of iPhone is essentially identical on the outside from the version it’s improving on. Apple doesn’t throw away its smartphone design language every year, and this is no exception—at a glance, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus look just like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


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    iPhone 6s Plus Very Difficult to Bend in New Bend...

    Last year, iPhone 6 Plus users began noticing that their phones were bent after carrying the devices in their pockets for a few days. The issue, known as "BendGate", became widespread after a video test revealed that it didn't take much pressure for the 6 Plus to bend near the volume buttons. Apple strengthened the weaker points of the 6s Plus and added a new, stronger 7000 series aluminum to the device. Today, YouTube channel FoneFox subjected the iPhone 6s Plus to a bend test to see if Apple's improvements help.

    In the video, the phone is given the same bend test it was given a year ago. FoneFox's Christian simply wraps his hands around the device and attempts to...

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    Apple Admits iCloud Problem Has Killed iOS 9 '...

    Mark Wilson writes: One of the key features of iOS 9 — and one of the reasons 16GB iPhones were not killed — is app slicing. This innocuous-sounding feature reduces the amount of space apps take up on iPhones and iPads... or at least it does when it is working. At the moment Apple has a problem with iCloud which is preventing app slicing from working correctly. The feature works by only downloading the components of an app that are needed to perform specific tasks on a particular device, but at the moment regular, universal apps are delivered by default.


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    First iPhone 6s teardown reveals smaller battery,...

    Hours after Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus went on sale in launch countries New Zealand and Australia, the team at iFixit tore into the new device to reveal an expectedly smaller battery and a slightly reworked internal layout.

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    You can now pay your Netflix membership via iTunes...

    Netflix today has announced an update to its iOS app that ads the ability for users to subscribe to the service from within the iOS app itself. The change was announced in a new advertisement from Netflix that stars two characters from its hit show Orange is the New Black talking to an iPhone using […]

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    iFixit begins iPhone 6s teardown, reveals smaller...

    As the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus start to become available around the globe, early impressions and hands-on images are starting to roll in. As they usually do, the iFixit crew waited in line in Australia and have started their teardown process of the iPhone 6s, with the iPhone 6s Plus teardown to commence […]

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    iPhone 6s: Early Unboxing, Drop Test and Teardown

    It's September 25 in Australia, which means the first customers who pre-ordered the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now beginning to receive their shipments or are getting home from purchasing one at an Apple Store. Australians and those who went to Australia to receive their phones have now taken to YouTube to show off the device in unboxing videos, drop tests and more.

    YouTube user Lachlan Likes A Thing unboxes a Rose Gold iPhone 6. The video was a part of Lachlan's live stream of iPhone 6s coverage, and features him answering questions from his viewers. He also shows off the standard in-box iPhone accessories, which include the EarPods, wall charger and Lightning cable. Lachlan also unboxes a pink iPhone 6s silicone case, showing off what the phone looks like in the case.

    YouTube channel TechSmartt got their hands on both the...

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    Apple redesigns iTunes Connect, updates Apple Store...

    Ahead of Friday's iPhone 6s release, Apple pushed out a redesigned iTunes Connect content management Web tool for developers, and issued an updated Apple Store app with support for iOS 9 and iPhone 6s features like 3D Touch.

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    Verizon jumps on annual iPhone upgrade bandwagon...

    Following the announcement of new iPhone upgrade incentives this week, first by T-Mobile then Sprint, America's largest wireless carrier Verizon debuted its own yearly upgrade path on Thursday, saying it offers benefits over lease-type plans.

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    The Week in iPhone Cases: Meet the $16,000 solid-...

    The announcements keep coming! More goodies on the way…

    This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a case made truly just for the rich and famous. Plus, check out OtterBox’s latest Defender case, see-through options to show off that rose gold 6s, a new battery case from Incipio, and much more.


    If you are looking for a higher degree of luxury (or just happen to have money burning a hole in your pocket), the Gold iPhone (iPhone 6s and 6s Plus; $4,045 to $16,200) may be for you. It’s an actual iPhone adorned with 24k gold, rose gold, or platinum.

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    Apple's space-saving App Thinning feature...

    Users looking to take advantage of iOS 9 App Thinning, a suite of optimization technologies created to reduce the size of app installs, will have to wait, as Apple announced unavailability of a key component due to an iCloud bug.

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    Apple's Busy CEO Tim Cook to Meet with India...

    It's certainly been an eventful month for Apple's CEO Tim Cook. He kick started the month by introducing the iPhone 6s and many other new products on September 9; went on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 16 ...

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    Verizon unveils new plan allowing iPhone owners to...

    Following up on T-Mobile’s decision to lease the iPhone 6s for $5 a month and Sprint’s move to undercut that deal at just $1 a month, Verizon announced a plan today to let iPhone owners upgrade to a newer model every year. Verizon’s plan isn’t a lease like those from competitors. The company still expecting […]

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    Scenes from an Apple Store iPhone 6s line in Berlin...

    It's currently after midnight on September 25, 2015 in Berlin, Germany, and that means that in only about eight hours, the people waiting outside the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store will be moving inside to get their hands on the latest Apple technology.

    Fortunately, we have friends in fun places who are sending us pictures from the line. We probably won't see the next batch until about midnight local time, but perhaps I can update this post in the middle of the night. 

    The friends? Krystian Kozerawski (@mackozer) and some of the rest of the staff from MyApple.pl, the most popular Apple site in Poland. There is no official Apple Store in Poland yet -- only official Apple Resellers -- so they drove 465 km (about 289 miles) between Lodz and Berlin to get their hands on the new iPhone first...

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    iPhone 6s, 6s Plus make official debut in New...

    The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus went on sale in New Zealand and Australia early Friday morning, simultaneously marking the products' official launch worldwide.

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    AWT News Update: September 24, 2015

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    It's iPhone 6s Eve, and all around the world people are happily awaiting the arrival of the latest iPhones. We have other news, too:

    • Crystal ad blocker may not be blocking all ads...
    • The USA is ranked 55th in terms of 4G LTE performance
    • An Australian woman has a telepresence robot holding her place in line at the flagship Sydney Apple Store

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    Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 23, 2015. We have a new sponsor this week: Bushel, providing organizations of all sizes with Mobile Device Management tools that are low-cost and easy to use. Learn more at...

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    Official Help Documentation for OS X Server 5

    I’ve written plenty about OS X Server 5 here on krypted.com but way more effort went into the official documentation. There’s lots of nuggets here at:



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    iOS Ad Blocker "Crystal" Will Let...

    pdclarry writes: Apple's iOS 9 now supports ad blockers. The most popular of these, Peace, was withdrawn after only a couple of days because the developer thought "it just doesn't feel good." Crystal then quickly rose to the top of the heap. But the developer of Crystal has announced that it will allow "acceptable ads" — for a fee from the advertiser. Crystal is a paid app; so you can now pay for the privilege of seeing ads.


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    Microsoft Introduces 'Invite' for busy iOS...

    Microsoft has been on a roll lately developing business software for iOS. Over the last few months we've written about NewsCast, Skype, and new access and security controls for Outlook for iOS along with new a 'Translator' app for Apple Watch but to name just a few. Today Microsoft is adding yet another pro app for iOS called 'Invite' ...

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    Apple Store app on iOS updated with iPhone 6s...

    As the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus gradually become available around the world, Apple this evening has rolled out an update to the Apple Store app on iOS. The update brings the app to version 3.5 and includes a couple of minor changes. First off, Apple says the update is an “iOS compatibility update,” […]

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Timeline

    That trip down memory lane may never be the same. Those who feel their Facebook Timeline leaves out any important moments in their lives can call up Google Maps' Timeline to fill in the blanks. With tech tools like these, who needs enemies? There may be some things you'd rather not remember -- and there probably definitely are things in your past that you'd rather others didn't know. The existence of tech tracking tools means that whether users choose to take advantage of them for personal reasons or not, the tracking likely is going on anyway.

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    iOS 9’s space-saving “app slicing” disabled for now...

    Enlarge / Apple's sample universal binary here is just 60 percent of its original size when downloaded to an iPad or iPhone. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

    Back in June, we wrote a bit about App Thinning, a collection of iOS 9 features that are supposed to make iOS 9 apps take up less space on iDevices. Apple has just announced to developers that one of those features, "app slicing," is not available in current iOS 9 versions due to an iCloud bug. It will be re-enabled in a future iOS update after the bug has been resolved.

    App slicing ensures that your iDevice only downloads the app assets it needs to...

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    Top iOS ad blocker Crystal lets advertisers pay to...

    Crystal -- currently the most popular ad-blocker on the iOS App Store -- is allowing advertisers who pay for the privilege to bypass the app's filters, a report said on Thursday.

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    Apple propels an ad-blocking cottage industry

    The Wall Street Journal:

    Eyeo GmbH, the company behind popular desktop ad-blocking tool Adblock Plus, now accepts payment from around 70 companies in exchange for letting their ads through its filter. Eyeo stipulates that they must comply with its “acceptable ads” policy, meaning their ads aren’t too disruptive or intrusive to users. In total, ads from some 700 companies meet the acceptable ads policy, an Eyeo spokesman said.

    Eyeo is now reaching out to developers of other ad-blocking tools to cut deals that allow certain ads to pass ads through their filters, too, in exchange for payment.

    (Dean) Murphy (who created Crystal, an application to help users block ads on Apple Inc.’s mobile devices) said he has taken Eyeo up on its offer, and plans to implement an option within his app whereby “acceptable” ads will be displayed to users. The feature will be switched on by default, Mr. Murphy said, and he will receive a flat monthly fee from Eyeo in return.


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    First iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Pre-Order Customers in...

    It's just after 8:30 a.m. in New Zealand, which means the first customers who pre-ordered an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus are now beginning to receive their shipments. Soon, customers in Australia will begin getting their iPhones, and the first Apple retail stores in the country will open for in-store sales. New Zealanders have started sharing photos of their new devices on social networks like Instagram and Twitter.

    Image via Instagram user Gyuriels
    As September 25 hits around the world, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the United States. Retail stores in those countries will be opening at 8:00 a.m. local time, letting customers pick up reserved devices and purchase a new phone via walk-in.

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    Hey, where's my iPhone 6s? Find out with these...

    It’s almost Friday, September 25. Do you know where your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus is? Hopefully, it’s already on the back of that UPS truck, waiting to start making the rounds, and you’re sitting at home, anxiously waiting for it to show up at your door. Or perhaps your phone isn’t in the first batch of preorders, but will be on its way within the next week or two.

    Sure, you could just wait and guess when it’ll show up, but that’s not why we have tracking numbers. Here are three tools you can use to track your iPhone before it even arrives. 


    If your iPhone isn’t scheduled to arrive on launch day, I have some good news for you: When it does finally ship in the next few weeks, you can track its exact flight and watch it make the journey to your doorstep. FlightAware, a live flight tracking website, built a super handy iPhone 6s flight tracker that shows the flight path of all U.S.-bound UPS flights....

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    Apple delays support for iOS 9 ‘App Thinning’...

    Apple has announced that one of iOS 9’s big new features, App Thinning (or “app slicing”), has been delayed due to an issue with iOS 9. App Thinning was announced at WWDC as a way to help trim down the size of large applications by letting developers mark assets for each specific type of device. When […]

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    Google Keep comes to iOS, Pixelmator 2.1 adds...

    Google officially brought its Keep notetaking platform to iOS on Thursday, while the Pixelmator Team updated its namesake iOS image editor with features like full multitasking on the iPad.

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    Episode 064 on Office.js API updates in Office 2016—...

    In this episode, Richard diZerega talks to Rob Howard about the Office.js API updates in Office 2016 for Excel and Word add-ins.

    Download the podcast.

    Weekly updates

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    OneNote—a platform for creativity, collaboration and...

    Today’s post was written by Naomi Gebremeskel Haile, a student at Renton Prep, with an introduction from one of her teachers, Dr. Michelle Zimmerman.

    This is the story of a girl with a strong identity in two worlds: Ethiopia and the United States. I have had the opportunity to loop with a cohort of students for four years and have been able to watch Naomi grow, just as she and her classmates have helped me grow as an educator and researcher. I’ve learned how essential it is to train students to understand learning design (see 21 CLD and Teaching Kids Learning Design and Assessment), standards and content progression so they can now help design and articulate reasons for the direction of their learning.

    One of my goals is to help students learn to think on their own, use tools, resources and...

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    Pandora opens up pathways to teamwork and...

    Today’s Microsoft Office post was written by Phillip R. Kennedy, director of Information Technology at Pandora, a global jewelry manufacturer and retailer.

    At Pandora, our goal is to design and sell signature jewelry that delights the women who wear it. Our pieces are sold in more than 9,500 stores in over 90 countries; sometimes our end customers shop at our corporate-owned stores or franchises, while others seek out Pandora jewelry at other retailers. As a company, Pandora is growing—by leaps and bounds, which is a testament to the beauty and quality of the products we make. To smooth the way, we’ve taken a fresh look at how we operate. It isn’t enough anymore for our different offices to use whatever supplies, processes and technologies they have at hand. Instead, we need to grow as a single cohesive organization, putting the right support in place for our workforce so...

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    App Slicing Currently Unavailable

    App slicing is currently unavailable for iOS 9 apps due to an issue affecting iCloud backups created from iOS 9 where some apps from the App Store would only restore to the same model of iOS device.

    When a customer downloads your iOS 9 app, they will get the Universal version of your app, rather than the variant specific for their device type. TestFlight will continue to deliver variants for your internal testers. App slicing will be reenabled with a future software update. No action is needed by you at this time.

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    App Slicing Currently Unavailable

    App slicing is currently unavailable for iOS 9 apps due to an issue affecting iCloud backups created from iOS 9 where some apps from the App Store would only restore to the same model of iOS device.

    When a customer downloads your iOS 9 app, they will get the Universal version of your app, rather than the variant specific for their device type. TestFlight will continue to deliver variants for your internal testers. App slicing will be reenabled with a future software update. No action is needed by you at this time.

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    Postbox 4.0.5 - Powerful and flexible email client...

    Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done.

    It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

    Key Features

    • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
    • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
    • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
    • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
    • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

    Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and...

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    Content-blocker Crystal will whitelist some...

    The top paid app in the iOS App Store is the content-blocker Crystal, which took the No. 1 spot after developer Marco Arment shut down his own content-blocker, Peace. But where Arment felt conflicted about being an ad-blocking arbiter, Crystal just worked out a deal to let certain companies’ ads through its filters—and it will be turned on by default when a future app update is released.

    Dean Murphy, the developer behind content-blocking app Crystal, told the Wall Street Journal that he will accept payments from Eyeo GmbH, the makers of desktop browser extension Adblock Plus, to let “acceptable ads” from some 70 companies appear in Safari. Those companies pay Eyeo, which in turn will pay Murphy a flat monthly fee. The news is...

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    Google Keep: A new and handy way to take notes and...

    iOS 9 brought us an updated Notes app, one that provides a way to add a lot more than just text to a note. For those folks who still find it wanting in terms of features and capabilities, Google just released Google Keep for iOS, a free universal note-taking app that mirrors the Android version and that can be accessed on the Mac (see below) from any browser at http://keep.google.com.

    The app lets you capture notes, add lists, take photos, and even take audio notes. Once captured, the notes are able to be edited or shared from any device. Notes are organized with labels and bright colors in a very "sticky note" type UI.

    As with Apple's Reminders app, Keep provides a way for you to be reminded about a note at a specific time or place. Voice memos can be...

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    iPhone 6s preorders leaning heavily toward rose gold

    Pre-orders for the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due out tomorrow are showing a surprising trend -- the new rose gold color has been the most popular finish for preorders.

    The news came via AppleInsider, which received an investor note issued by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Kuo received information from supply chain sources to said that the rose gold iPhone 6s series is making up between 30 and 40 percent of preorders. 

    Foxconn Precision will benefit greatly from that color choice, as it is the only casing supplier for the iPhone 6s that has the capability to produce that version in mass quantities. 

    Kuo also expects Apple to sell anywhere from 10 to 13 million of the new phones, with the 12 to 13 million range in line with the high expectations of Wall Street analysts who keep an eye on all things Apple....

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    Rose gold iPhone 6s models said to represent as much...

    Though it is only one of four colors available, the new rose gold iPhone 6s is said to be the most popular option for preorders, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

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    Sprint responds to T-Mobile’s upgrade plan, offers...

    The carrier wars are certainly heating up. On Wednesday, T-Mobile announced an iPhone upgrade plan that would allow customers to get a brand-new iPhone 6s for as little as $5 per month. Not to be outdone, Sprint responded on Thursday with an even better offer—get a 16GB iPhone 6s for $1 per month, if you trade in your old iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. 

    This deal is part of Sprint’s iPhone Forever program, which allows eligible Sprint customers to trade in their old iPhone as soon as the next model is available. It previously started at $15 per month, on top of your standard cell phone plan. 


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    Cloud 3.6.0 - File sharing from your menu bar. (Demo)

    Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard that you can give to a friend over Twitter, IM, email, or smoke signals. While other applications make sharing a chore, CloudApp stays out of your way adapting to your specific needs.

    • Share files and links (Drops).
    • Upload by drag-n-drop or using global keyboard shortcuts.
    • Share Drops using private or public links.
    • View a history of your Drops right from the menubar.
    • Re-copy the link to a Drop from the menubar.
    • Toggle the privacy level for a Drop from the menubar.
    • Delete Drops from the menubar.
    • Rename Drops from the menubar.
    • Personalized upload notifications.

    Version 3.6.0:

    Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

    • Purpose...
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    The Rich Get Internet-Richer While the Poor Get None

    Efforts to increase Internet access worldwide are falling short of targeted goals, according to a United Nations Broadband Commission report released earlier this week.
    More than half the world's population is still offline, according to the report, and growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is slowing. The digital divide has become a chasm. Internet access in rich economies is reaching saturation levels, while about 90 percent of the people in the 48 poorest countries have none, the report notes.

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    Sprint vies with T-Mobile by launching $1-per-month...

    In an attempt to outdo T-Mobile, Sprint on Thursday announced its own discounted lease plan for the iPhone 6s, costing as little as $1 per month for a 16-gigabyte model.

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    Configure The Mail Service in OS X Server 5

    Mail is one of the hardest services to manage. Actually, mail is pretty simple in and of itself: there’s protocols people use to access their mail (such as IMAP and POP), protocols used to communicate between mail servers and send mail (SMTP, SMTPS) and then there’s a database of mail and user information. In OS X Server 5 for El Capitan and Yosemite, all of these are represented by a single ON button, so it really couldn’t be easier. But then there’s the ecoysystem and the evil spammers.

    As a systems administrator of a large number of mail servers, I firmly believe that there is a special kind of hell where only spam is served at every meal for spammers. Here, the evil spammers must also read every piece of spam ever sent for eternity. By the end (aka Ragnarok), they should have the chemically induced stamina of a 16 year old with the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, enough pills of other types to not be able to use that stamina, plenty of African princes looking...

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    Macworld’s October Digital Edition: Hands-on with...

    Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

    Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

    In the October issue

    We get our hands on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. New 3D Touch and Live Photos features are impressive. Learn how iOS 9 will change the way we mobile surf. Plus: We dig through the Macworld vault and find a hidden collection of vintage Macs.


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    Pixelmator 2.1 for iOS

    Pixelmator for iOS 2.1 update includes support for iOS 9, multitasking on iPad via Split View and Slide Over, 8K resolution support, Open in Place and Save to Photos features, and more.

    I love and use Pixelmator on iOS and Mac, and have for years. These guys make great apps.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    iPhone 6s Lines Forming at Apple Stores Ahead of...

    With less than one day until the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch in twelve countries, customers have begun forming lines at Apple Stores around the world to purchase one of the new devices. The size of the lineups vary depending on the location and will undoubtedly grow longer as we get closer to 8:00 am local time on Friday in each country.

    Longer lines have formed at two Apple Stores in the German cities of Hamburg and Munich on the evening prior to the iPhone launch, while there are shorter queues in U.S. cities such as Chicago and San Francisco. Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, a media executive has a robot holding her place in line.

    Birmingham, U.K.

    Birmingham customers have the benefit of lining up indoors (via Benjamin Mason)
    Chicago, U.S....

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    Apple's new San Francisco, Union Square store...

    Apple's new flagship retail store in San Francisco's Union Square shopping district has now topped out its metal frame, providing this weekend's iPhone 6s shoppers with a glimpse of where they will soon line up for their next Apple product.

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    Photographic wallpapers

    Flo Gehring made some great wallpapers available for users to download free. I really like the water droplets.

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    Apple issues second iOS 9.1 public beta, launches...

    Apple on Thursday provided public beta testers with their second build of iOS 9.1, and also launched the iOS 9.0.1 update tailored for the soon-to-debut iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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    Apple Releases iOS 9.0.1 for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

    Apple today released a version of iOS 9.0.1 designed for its newest devices, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. iOS 9.0.1 was initially seeded to the public yesterday, but that version of the software did not include support for the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.

    Customers who receive an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus tomorrow will need to update to the new operating system after unboxing their devices, as they will presumably ship with iOS 9.0 installed.

    iOS 9.0.1 is a minor software update that was released one week after the public launch of iOS 9. It includes several bug fixes, including a fix for an issue that prevented some users from upgrading their iPhones to iOS 9 because of an unresponsive "Slide to Upgrade" dialog.


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    Apple Releases Second iOS 9.1 Public Beta

    Apple today seeded the second iOS 9.1 beta to public beta testers, two weeks after seeding the first beta a day after its "Hey Siri" fall media event. Today's beta is the same as the second iOS 9.1 beta seeded to developers yesterday.

    Public beta testers who already have iOS 9.1 installed can get the second beta as an over-the-air update, and those interested in getting early release software from Apple can sign up to participate in Apple's Beta Software Program.

    iOS 9.1 is an update mainly designed for the iPad Pro, adding support for accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which require deep integration with iOS 9. It will also include support for the new Apple TV.

    The update also includes...

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    Australian shopper lines up for iPhone 6s with iPad-...

    An Australian woman is using an iPad-equipped telepresence robot in Sydney to remotely secure her place in line for Apple's Friday launch of the highly anticipated iPhone 6s.

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    If Safari displays a blank page or quits on your...

    If you can't load a website or webpage, or Safari quits unexpectedly, follow these steps.

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    Apple Lists the Top Apps Hit by Malware and Provides...

    Apple stated Sunday that it was cleaning up its App Store after several cyber security firms reported a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost had been embedded in possibly thousands of apps. Apple said it was working with developers ...

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    Invite—the easiest way to organize meetings on the go

    We all know that organizing group meetings can be tricky—especially when you’re on the move. It’s difficult to coordinate multiple people’s schedules on a small screen. As a result, many of us delay scheduling meetings until we’re back at our desks. Today we’re launching a new app through the Microsoft Garage that greatly simplifies this process. Say hello to Invite—the easiest way to organize meetings on the go.

    Invite is available for iPhones in the U.S. and Canada, and coming soon to Windows Phone and Android phones. The app works best for people with Office 365 business and school subscriptions, but also works...

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    Apple concept describes optically-based docking...

    Apple may be exploring the possibility of docking two devices using optical transmitters, rather than plugged-in connectors, a proposed invention from the company reveals.

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    Fantastical 2.1

    Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan plus a number of oft-requested features and fixes. ($39.99 new (for a limited time), free update, 11.7 MB)


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    Airfoil 4.9, Nicecast 1.11.6, and Piezo 1.2.9

    Updates requirements to OS X 10.9 Mavericks for all three apps, plus updates the Instant On component for Airfoil and Nicecast. (Free updates)


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    Apple expands HealthKit in iOS 9 to track sexual...

    Beginning with iOS 9, HealthKit now accepts a number of new data types from external apps and accessories, tracking everything from water consumption to whether protection was used during sex.

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    Apple to offer refund for all purchases of Peace app

    You don’t have to go through developer Marco Arment himself for a refund on the Peace app, Apple will send you a refund.

    As of now, Apple is refunding the money spent for the best-selling Peace content blocker app. The app was pulled by Arment two days after going online.

    “Apple notified me this afternoon that they’ll be proactively refunding all purchases of Peace,” Mr. Arment said in a blog post. “As far as I know, this effectively never happens. When I decided to pull the app, I asked some Apple friends if this was even possible, and we all thought the same thing: iTunes billing works the way it works, period, and no special cases can be made.”

    Peace allowed users...

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    How much do you know about science topics?

    Pew Research:

    Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.When you finish, you will be able to compare your scores with the average American and compare responses across demographic groups.

    I got 11 out of 12. I should have aced it if I had only thought a little longer about one of the questions. According to Mental Floss, only 6 percent of Americans aced this basic science survey. How did you do?


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    Get a great deal on a pre-owned iPhone 6 or iPhone 6...

    Tomorrow's the launch day of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and millions of people will be getting their hands on the latest tech from Apple. However, there are still a lot of people who are running pre-iPhone 6 devices. Tech recycler Gazelle has a great deal between today and September 30, 2015 where Apple World Today readers can get up to $40 off of the already low price of a pre-owned iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

    The company takes gently-used iPhones and iPads, cleans and repairs them as necessary, and then sells them online at big savings. If Gazelle doesn't have the particular model you want -- say, the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus in gold -- you can pre-order it and they'll ship it to you when it arrives in 2 - 3 weeks (they're expecting a lot of...

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    RCMP not kidding about bringing chips, salsa to party


    Mounties from the southern Saskatchewan detachment became a viral hit when they got wind of a weekend party involving local youth and posted about it on Facebook.

    They warned the students they could face hefty fines if there were any laws broken, such as underage drinking or littering.

    They also said officers from the detachment would show up with chips and salsa.

    It turns out they weren’t kidding.

    Another in a long line of reasons why I love my country.

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    Apple to begin providing better Xcode development...

    In the wake of developers downloading a malware-filled copy of your development tools and inadvertently uploading tons of malware-filled apps to the App Store, it helps to put some money into infrastructure and make sure the slow download speeds for the genuine version of the development tools are sufficient, thus removing the need to download the fake version in the first place.

    Apple’s Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said on Tuesday that steps are being taken to prevent any such occurrence of the conditions that caused the XcodeGhost issue in the future.

    The source of...

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    Apple Invents an Apparatus to Assist Service...

    Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention that will provide service personnel with an apparatus to disassemble an iDevice such as an iPhone or iPad with ease.

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    OS X Server 5.0 out now for El Capitan, free upgrade...

    With OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" set to hit Macs on September 30, Apple has updated the OS X Server app to version 5.0, and it's a free upgrade for users of the year-old Yosemite operating system.

    "OS X Server 5.0 is now operating system version independent. The same version of Server can be used on Mac computers running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and OS X El Capitan 10.11," Apple notes.

    This change is a break from Apple's past policy. Although the desktop version of OS X is free (if you've bought a Mac, that is), the server app costs $19.99 and until this year had to be re-purchased for another $19.99 with each new OS release. Now, though, the $19.99 server bundle will work on multiple versions of OS X.


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    Deals: Free AppleCare with Silver 12" MacBook (...

    Exclusive: Today, readers can use an exclusive AppleInsider coupon to get free AppleCare with Apple's Silver 12" MacBook (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB) and up to $238 in instant savings on all other 12" MacBook configurations with AppleCare. In each case, the prices are the lowest available anywhere.

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    Setup FTP in OS X Server 5 for El Capitan and...

    OS X Server 5 (for El Capitan and Yosemite) sees little change with the FTP Service. Instead of sharing out each directory the new incantation of the FTP service allows administrators to share a single directory out. This directory can be any share that has previously been configured in the File Sharing service or a website configured in the Websites service.

    To setup FTP, first open the Server app and then click on the FTP service.

    Once open, use the Share: drop-down list to select a share that already exists (output of sharing -l basically) and click on one of the shares or Custom to create a new share for FTP. Then, set the permissions as appropriate on the share and hit the ON button for the FTP service...

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    Apple Store in Tokyo Begins Setting Up iPhone 6s...

    Less than ten hours before the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch in Japan, at least one Apple Store in the country has begun setting up display models for customers to view. The new iPhones will go on sale in Japan at 8:00 AM local time on Friday just a few hours after the smartphones launch in Australia and New Zealand.

    MacRumors reader Shawn DaSilva sent us a trio of photos showing Apple retail employees installing the new iPhones at an Apple Store in Omotesando, Tokyo on Thursday evening. The new iPhones are also advertised on a digital banner spanning the length of the store.

    Apple is no longer accepting pre-orders or in-store reservations in time for September 25, leaving lining up at an Apple Store as one of the only options to get a new iPhone on launch day. Apple is not allowing walk-in...

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    Apple adds 'Active Collection' colors to...

    Apple on Thursday added new "Active Collection" colors to three of its Beats headphone lines, including its Tour2 and Powerbeats2 Wireless in-ear models, and the over-the-ear Solo2 Wireless.

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    Like watching the latest Movie Trailers? Apple'...

    Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention that relates to methods and systems for providing consumer notifications regarding newly released media items such as movie trailers.

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    An open letter to anyone moving to San Francisco for...

    I’ve been gone a long time. Is this really the way things are now?

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    iOS 9 adoption rate continues to grow

    For several days after the iOS 9 release on Sept. 16, ISPs and customers reported problems downloading iOS 9 due to overloaded servers. Obviously, the demand for iOS 9 was higher than even Apple anticipated, but how much higher? Few organizations outside of Apple have any idea what the actual iOS 9 adoption rates look like.

    By analyzing the user agent strings of requests passing through the CloudFlare network, the Internet performance and security company was able to piece together a pretty good picture of iOS 9 uptake. They shared their results with AppleWorld.Today. (As CloudFlare oversees 5% of global Internet requests, the company has a good handle on how product launches like iOS 9 fare "in the wild.")

    CloudFlare started seeing small amounts of iOS 9 usage before it was officially released, followed by a spike immediately after the launch. As of Sept. 21, the relative traffic of iOS 9 to iOS 8 on the CloudFlare...

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    iOS 9: An unordered list of my favorite big and...

    David Chartier, writing for FinerTech, presents a terrific TL;DR list of cool new iOS 9 features/observations.

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    iOS as OS of choice for millennials

    Tim Bajarin, writing for Tech.pinions:

    This younger generation does use PCs. However, they actually spend the most time on their iPhones and iPads and Macs are mostly relegated to serious productivity projects.

    Agree. Mostly.

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    Construction Estimator mm 1.0 released for OS X

    MICOM Software (www.micomsoftware.com) has introduced Construction Estimator mm, an estimating program developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

    Designed for professional contractors, homeowners and students alike, Construction Estimator can help anyone estimate materials and the cost of just about any project. Just press the button next to the function that you want to estimate, answer a few questions and the quantities and cost totals are displayed.

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    Apple files patent involving inductive charging for...

    Apple has applied for a patent (number ) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a "magnetic connector and alignment of connectible devices." It's for a magnetic docking system with inductive charging.

    Inductive charging (also known as "wireless charging") — which Apple uses with the Apple Watch — uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.

    Apple's patent certainly involves iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, but could also involve Macs. That's assuming the invention ever sees the light of day. Apple publishes many patents that never come to fruition. However, this one seems a strong contender to see the light of day at some point.

    In the patent filing, Apple notes that portable digital...

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    Apple posts official XcodeGhost malware FAQ

    Apple posts official FAQ on the XcodeGhost malware issue, including the top 25 infected apps.

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    MarketWatch: Apple widens gap between iOS, Android...

    This is a big year-over-year change, showing people moving from Android to iOS.

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    Notes on Notes in iOS 9

    Notes in iOS 9 offers a number of new features that make it worth another look for hardcore notetakers. Josh Centers, author of “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course,” surveys the new features.


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    Apple Invents a New Docking System using Optical...

    Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Invents a New Magnetics-based Docking System with Inductive Charging" which marked Apple's fifth patent application this year regarding inductive charging. Apple's sixth related patent now has surfaced and yet it takes a completely different direction ...

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    Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition)

    Maintain has announced Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

    Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version addresses compatibility issues with OS X Server 5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Microsoft Office 2016. It also contains many other bug fixes and overall performance improvements.

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    iOS 9 tips: Apple makes it easier than ever to...

    Users beta testing iOS 9 can access a new, somewhat hidden feature in the mobile Safari browser, making it easier than ever to request the desktop version of a site when browsing on an iPhone or iPad.

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    Netflix data reveals exactly when TV shows hook...


    Netflix crunched cold, hard viewing data for more than two dozen TV shows and says it has determined which specific episode grabbed most subscribers to the point where they watched the entire first season.

    The pilot is a huge decision point for me.

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    Apple Lists Top 25 Apps Compromised by XcodeGhost...

    Apple has updated its XcodeGhost FAQ on its Chinese website with a list of the top 25 most popular App Store apps that were compromised by the malware. The list includes some notable apps such as WeChat, Heroes of Order & Chaos and a localized version of Angry Birds 2.

    Apple advises that users should update the affected apps to fix the issue, noting that if a listed app is available on the App Store right now, it has already been updated. Apps with an asterisk are currently not available on the App Store, but Apple says they should be updated very soon.

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    Some say iOS 9's ad blocking features aren...

    With iOS 9, Apple has allowed apps that block display advertising in mobile Safari. Not surprisingly, this has caused a stir among online publishers. Enabling ad blocking in mobile browsers will probably mean that more and more publishers will be forced to move their content from mobile websites to designated apps where advertising can't be blocked.

    However, Statistica, which provides stats and studies from more than 18,000 sources, says that for Apple to allow ad blocking in Safari may not be such big a deal, because users are spending the vast majority of their time in mobile apps anyway. Why? According to data from Flurry Analytics, Americans spent an average of 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using mobile devices in the past quarter. 

    Of that total, they spent...

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    FmPro Migrator 7.70 adds FileMaker 14 to Microsoft...

    .com Solutions Inc. has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.70 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with an updated FileMaker 14 to Microsoft Access conversion feature.

    Enhancements have also been made to the conversion of FileMaker Portals to Access SubForms by adding the LinkMasterFields and LinkChildFields properties to automatically use the relationship between the main form and the SubForm. This release supports FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12, 13 and 14.

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    Vitamin-R 2.32 - Personal productivity tool. (...

    Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

    The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

    Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.

    Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive...

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    Kool Tools: Mac Data Recovery Guru 3.0

    Mac OS X File Recovery's Mac Data Recovery Guru 3.0, an update to te data recovery utility for Mac OS X, offers more reliable scanning, and supports more recoverable file types.

    Mac Data Recovery Guru recovers all common file types from any Mac drive or volume. The tool recovers all common file types from any kind of device that was deleted, including those that were lost due to accidental deleting or formatting, hardware malfunction, or any other case of data loss where the original data was not overwritten.

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    Publisher Plus is for those who need more templates...

    If you do a lot of template-based document creation but find the templates that come with Apple's Pages is too limiting, check out Publisher Plus from PearlMountain Technology. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

    Targeted to business and home uses, Publisher Plus packs 170-plus cool-looking templates, including flyers, brochures, business cards, newsletters, adverts, reports, calendars, posters, booklets, etc. Blank templates are available as well. I've used the business card template to create business cards on more than one occasion. I tried to do this in Pages, but found the PearlMountain app gave me more options.

    You have the ability to create create multiple pages. Publisher Plus' intuitive interface makes it easy to add images, text, shapes and other objects to documents. You can apply frames, masks, and filers to photos. Publisher Plus allows...

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    Tips to breathe new life into old Macs

    US computer memory experts, Data Memory Systems (www.datamemorysystems.com), have offered some tips for those whose Mac computers might be letting them down, performance-wise. From conducting a clean install to switching to an SSD, the team at Data Memory Systems have offered their advice for anyone hoping to give their flagging Mac a new lease of life.

    After a few years of continuous use, all computers become sluggish, much to the chagrin of many users. But luckily there are ways in which performance can be boosted – from installing new hardware to offloading files.

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    New synchronization engine offers data protection...

    The data synchronization engine SyncDeK is now SyncServer Pro (http://syncserverpro.com/) and offers a completely redesigned wizard based assistant, simplified setup requirements and easy-to-use tools to help recover from disasters.

    According to the folks at Linear Blue, SSP has completely reimagined how synchronization solutions are setup, deployed and managed. By answering simple questions about project goals, a user can trigger one of several set-up assistants depending on the complexity of the project, making it ideal for all knowledge levels.

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    Fantastical 2.1 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan

    Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2.1 (http://flexibits.com/fantastical) for Mac OS X. It's the first major update for the calendar app and is compatible with El Capitan, due for a Sept. 30 release.

    Fantastical 2 for Mac is available now for a limited-time sale price of US$39.99 from the Mac App Store or directly from the Flexibits Store. The standard price will be $49.99 after a few weeks. Fantastical requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 or OS X El Capitan 10.11.

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    Logitech Control Center 3.9.3 - Keyboard, mouse, and...

    Logitech Control Center (LCC) is designed to support OS X and allows you to take full advantage of your Logitech keyboard, mouse, or trackball. With the LCC you can:

    • Browse the Internet using dedicated keys that provide one-touch access to your favorite sites.
    • Launch your email application by pressing a button.
    • Play music and control the system speaker using built-in buttons.
    • Open frequently used items, such as documents, folders, and applications with a single keystroke.
    • Scroll in windows of applications built for OS X. You can scroll up and down with a single keystroke or wheel movement.
    • Switch between open applications.
    • Show contextual menus with a single mouse click.
    • Simulate keystrokes to provide shortcuts to commands you use regularly.
    • ...
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    The latest iOS apps for Sept. 24

    Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

    Mac Daddy's Legendary Outdoors has announced Brother's Keeper. It's a free app to help you know the relative location of other hunters to help maintain safe separation in the field.

    Digital World Studio has released Udaaku: The Destiny of a Charm King. In the US$0.99, 2.5D endless adventure game players save their beloved king Udaaku from notorious birds and kill them to be on the top in the leaderboards.

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    Apple Invents a New Magnetics-based Docking System...

    Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention that generally relates to connectible devices, and more specifically to a new system for magnetic connection and alignment of connectible electronic devices such as ...

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    Apple lists top 25 apps affected by XcodeGhost...

    Apple has published a list of the top 25 iOS apps impacted by China's XcodeGhost hack, the next step in a continued effort to rid infected devices of tainted software distributed through the iOS App Store.

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    LibreOffice - Free, open-source office suite...

    LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

    Many different language versions are available here.


    • This is the second stable release of the 5.0.x branch of LibreOffice which contains new features and program enhancements. As such, the version is stable and is suitable for all users. This version may contain a few annoying bugs which will be fixed in the next bugfix versions to come. Detailed release notes can be accessed from the list found here.

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    Foxconn reportedly interested in buying Sharp’s LCD...

    According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has proposed to purchase Sharp’s LCD business. The deal would see Foxconn hold a majority stake in the company, while Apple would also come on board as an investor. The exact breakdown of the partnership between Foxconn and Apple in purchasing Sharp’s LCD […]

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    iOS 9 security flaw grants unrestricted access to...

    A video making the rounds this week claims to disclose an iOS 9 security flaw that bypasses a passcode protected lock screen to grant unhindered access to a device's stored photos and contacts.

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    T-Mobile Strikes Again with a Hot new iPhone 6s Plan...

    Today T-Mobile's CEO announced that it would offer the iPhone 6s 16 GB devices for just $5 per month ...

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    China's fake Apple Stores alive and well, look...

    Thanks to lax copyright enforcement policies, growing demand for all things Apple and a lack of official retail channels, China's fake Apple Stores are experiencing a resurgence on the back of iPhone 6s preorders.

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    Fake Apple Stores thriving in China

    On a bustling street in China’s southern boomtown of Shenzhen, more than 30 stores carrying Apple Inc’s iconic white logos peddle pre-orders for the new iPhone, a gadget that has become a status symbol among many better-off Chinese.

    Many of the stores look just like Apple’s signature outlets, right down to the sales staff kitted out in blue T-shirts bearing the company’s white logo and the sample iPads and iWatches displayed on sleek wooden tables.

    First, what the fuck is an iWatch? Second, I wonder if there’s anything Apple can, or would, do about this. According to the story, the stores are selling “genuine Apple products.” Interesting problem.

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    AWT News Update: September 23, 2015

    A look at some apps, some localization fun, and a bad move on the part of Microsoft in today's news:

    • Apple starts notification of iPhone 6s shipments, days after the info has been available on the UPS website
    • iOS 9 includes at least one fun localization
    • Push Popcorn updates Records -- a "lite database" app for OS X -- to version 1.1
    • Want to make sure you don't go over your data limit? There's a Watch app for that
    • Microsoft makes a really dumb move

    The text version of this podcast is available below. The video version will return whenever Periscope fixes its app so it runs on an iPhone 6 Plus.

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    Amplified: TV, TV, TV

    Jim and Dan talk about Dan’s newfound Apple love, the iPhone 6s, Watch OS 2, apps as the future of TV (and the fundamentally changing way we view TV as a medium), the iPad Pro, the Pencil, and ad blocking from the standpoint of an independent content creator.

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    Apple's Goal of 1,800 Employees for Project...

    On Monday we reported Apple's Project Titan Leaders were allegedly given permission to triple the 600-person team to 1,800. Today, MarketWatch points out that the initial public offering prospectus of Tesla reportedly only had 514 employees worldwide as of the end of 2009 ...

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    Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 update

    This is probably worth snagging.

    And, with any luck, it’ll take care of some of the larger issues users have been having.

    On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.1. The update, a 34.2 megabyte download (or 1 gigabyte download from a pre-iOS 9.0 version), offers the following fixes and changes:

    – Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup after updating.

    – Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play.

    – Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frames to appear distorted.

    – Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.

    The iOS update is...

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    How to teach 'Hey, Siri' to recognize only...

    Siri — the digital personal assistant on iPads and iPhones — has been spruced up in iOS 9 to provide more detailed and relevant answers, and has a few new features. For instance, the "Hey Siri" hands-free feature that debuted in iOS 8 has been improved so that it can do a better job of recognizing your voice as it's listening to everyone within earshot all the time. 

    Here's how to enable this feature:

    • Go to Settings > General > Siri and make sure that Siri is turned on. 
    • Tap the "Allow 'Hey Siri' " button (it turns green).
    • Siri asks you to say “Hey Siri” three different times, then say “Hey Siri, how’s the weather today?” and finally, “Hey Siri, it’s me."
    • After you've done this, tap the Done button.

    Now when your iPhone is connected to a charger, preface a question with "Hey, Siri" and the personal assistant gets to work. Also, note that this works with an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus even when they...

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    Lara Croft GO does touchscreen Tomb Raiding right

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

    You can play the first couple of Tomb Raider games on the iPhone and iPad for a buck or two a pop, but aside from the nostalgic reminder, you shouldn’t bother—neither holds up all that well after nearly two decades of dramatic genre advancement. And aging aside, the games weren’t meant to be played on touch devices, and don’t control very well. You’ll turn the graceful maneuvers of legendary adventurer Lara Croft into the stumbles of a buffoon with minimal effort.


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    Questionable rumor claims Apple's next-gen...

    Apple's next-generation mobile processor may be called the A10 and leap ahead to a six-core architecture, according to a rumor from Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

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    Use Time Machine Server in OS X Server 5

    The Time Machine service in OS X Server 5 hasn’t changed much from the service in previous operating systems. To enable the Time Machine service, open the Server app, click on Time Machine in the SERVICES sidebar. If the service hasn’t been enabled to date, the ON/OFF switch will be in the OFF position and no “Backup destination” will be shown in the Settings pane.

    Click on the ON button to see the New Destination screen, used to configure a list of volumes as a destinations for Time Machine backups. The selection volume should be large enough to have space for all of the users that can potentially use the Time Machine service hosted on the server. When you click the Choose button, a list of volumes appears in a standard Finder selection screen.


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    Babymetal will cute you to death in Rock Band 4

    Earlier this summer, a trio of teenage rockers took the internet by storm with their unique blend of J-Pop effervescence and head-banging thrash metal beats. The band's star continues to rise with both a world tour and the announcement that their f...

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    Video game voice actors may go on strike

    Voice acting in video games is serious and often thankless work. You have to recite hours of dialog that doesn't always get heard, and only a handful of actors (like Nolan North, John DiMaggio and Troy Baker) have high-profile careers. However, the...

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    Firefox's anti-tracking private browsing is now...

    Last month, Mozilla released a pre-beta version of its Firefox browser featuring an overhauled Private Browsing mode, designed to block certain web elements (such as analytic tools) that track your online behavior. This experimental build, however,...

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    Review Roundup: iPhone 6s Joy Depends on Where You...

    Notices for the new iPhones have started appearing, and Apple's hardware once again is being bathed in critical acclaim, with just a few cries of discontent here and there.
    The new capabilities in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may appear underwhelming to some observers, but not to Walt Mossberg. "These are things that improve the quality of the phone while generally making a fluid, powerful product even better -- and faster and easier to navigate and use," he wrote. "They secure the iPhone's place as the best smartphone on the market."

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    Sony's new A7R II brings more than just a...

    Sony's A7 range of full-frame mirrorless cameras has only been around for just under two years and yet there are already six members in the lineup. The company has wasted no time in filling the series with models tuned for different uses -- from lo...

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    Apple now sending iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus...

    Apple has started sending out shipping notifications for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, right on schedule for Friday delivery. The shipment notifications are likely rolling out over the next few hours so don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your dispatched notification just yet. Unless your iPhone is delayed by the Pope, you should be just fine getting […]

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    Pebble Time Round smartwatch moves to circular, thin...

    Pebble on Wednesday opened up preorders for the Pebble Time Round, a new smartwatch model that not only changes to a circular face but shrinks the size of the Time to make it extremely thin and light.

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    Samantha Bielefeld talking about The Verge:

    What I would like to see is the author not afraid to bite the hand that feeds, to confront the real issue here…the problem isn’t with there being advertising on the web driven by page impressions. The issue is how awful they look, how invasive they can be (auto-play audio/video, yuck!), their attempts at deceiving your website’s audience, and tracking your every mouse click or tap around the web in order to serve their own needs while sacrificing the privacy of the customers they are seeking to gain.

    Great read.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Fighting game inspired by 'My Little Pony...

    Them's Fightin' Herds started life as My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic, a fighting game created by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans and starring characters directly from the show. That project was shut down when Hasbro sent the developer,...

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    Podcast 475: Kids and technology go together like PB...

    Another special guest on the podcast this week: Lisa Schmeiser, who writes [the Generations column here at Macworld, and you probably also know her from The Incomparable podcasts, her amazing So What, Who Cares? newsletter—by day she runs the SuperSite for Windows but we won't hold that against her. Lisa joins us to talk about kids and technology: how to manage screen time, teach kids to be good digital citizens, and help them establish and control their online identity.

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    New Survey Supports Apple's Account of Record...

    According to a new Robert W. Baird & Co. survey, the number of people in the U.S. expressing an intent to buy an iPhone has grown to 53.2% from 43.7% while the intent to buy an Android smartphone fell to ...

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    Apple localizes 'Trash' to 'Rubbish...

    Apple's legendary attention to detail is sometimes shown in small and fun ways, such as Mail's "Trash" folder being renamed "Rubbish" in some countries, or an Apple Watch support page referencing a popular Internet meme.

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    Netflix knows the episodes that make you binge-watch...

    Viewers were hooked on to Breaking Bad long before Walter White became Heisenberg. According to a Netflix data analysis, the second episode, where Walt and Jesse flipped a coin to see who would kill Krazy 8, turned viewers into fans. The on-demand...

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    Airfoil 4.9.0 - Send audio from any app to AirPort...

    Airfoil allows you to send any audio to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs, all in sync! It's your audio - everywhere.

    With Airfoil you can take audio from any application and send to your AirPort Express units, as well as Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs running Airfoil Speakers! Transmit audio from RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and other media players. Send audio from web-based applications like Pandora, Last.fm, and other to the AirPort Express. You can even stream audio from audio devices like RadioSHARK, XM and Sirius radios, around your house.

    Version 4.9.0:

    Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

    • The Instant On component has been updated to version 8.1.1, with support for Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).
    • Fetching album artwork from iTunes is now much more reliable when listening to Apple Music or iTunes Radio.
    • The menu bar...
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    Kids prefer to play games on mobile devices over...

    You may have fond memories of playing games on the family TV as a kid, but the next generation might not feel the same way. The NPD Group has published a report showing that more 2- to 17-year-olds in the US are playing games on phones and tablets...

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    Facebook's 360-degree videos bring immersive...

    Always trying new things to improve your News Feed browsing, Facebook now supports more immersive videos. The social network announced that 360 video will begin rolling out to that portion of the site today. Right now, they're only viewable on the...

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    Apple Car Talk Starts Making Sense

    The Apple car rumor gained some legs this week with a report that brings some interesting new insight. Though a bit shy on verifiable details -- it cites unnamed people familiar with Apple's plans and vaguely refers to people inside Apple -- the report suggests the company will triple its current 600-person team to 1,800 people as it ramps up its car development effort, code-named "Titan." Previous Apple car reports have linked Apple's hiring of automobile experts to Titan, with some assuming Apple even poached Tesla employees.

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    Spotify creates playlists based on what your friends...

    It's tough to create a playlist that your friend or partner will enjoy just as much as you do, especially if your tastes don't quite sync up. How are you going to reconcile your fondness for tender folk music with your pal's addiction to drum-and-b...

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    Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 with fixes for setup...

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    We're just a week out from the public release of iOS 9, and the operating system is already getting its first update. iOS 9.0.1 is primarily focused on fixing small-but-annoying bugs in the OS.

    According to the release notes, the update fixes a problem where some users couldn't complete the setup assistant process after upgrading. Issues that would keep alarms and timers from going off, distort paused video in Safari and Photos, and break custom APN settings installed via profiles have also been fixed.

    We've gotten some notes from readers about the setup assistant bug. After updating to iOS 9, some users who tried to press "continue" to walk through the assistant had their iDevices lock up and get stuck in a loop. If you have a device that's acting this way, you ought to be able to download and install the update...

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    ∞ The Deck and ad tracking on The Loop

    I’ve been asked about ad tracking on The Loop quite a bit since iOS 9 and its content blockers were released. I use The Deck to serve ads on the site, and have for the last few years. Jim Coudal, the owner of The Deck, and I share a philosophy that ads should be unobtrusive and respectful to the reader.

    Here is The Deck’s official stance on ad tracking (spoiler: there is none):

    Short version. We don’t track our readers in any way or allow any other behind-the-scenes shenanigans. We just serve useful, relevant ads in a simple, unobtrusive way to support independent publishers. Please white-list The Deck when using ad blocking software. Thanks.

    We will never share your personal information obtained by tracking, either individually or in aggregate, with advertisers or any one else for one very good reason: we don’t have any.

    I understand people are...

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    Apple's Tim Cook to meet with Chinese president...

    Apple CEO Tim Cook will be among numerous corporate leaders meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday during his first visit to the United States, amid concerns about a troubled Chinese economy and the possibility of a flashpoint over cybersecurity issues.

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    EarthDesk 6.5.1 - Striking real-time animated image...

    EarthDesk replaces your static desktop picture with a rendered image of Earth showing correct sun, moon, and city illumination.

    With an Internet connection, EarthDesk displays near-real-time global cloud cover, allowing users to track hurricanes and typhoons, or simply admire our beautiful planet. User options allow you to adjust the overall transparency of the cloud layer.

    Crisp, Realistic Images. Unique to EarthDesk is accurate rendering of moonlight on the Living Earth satellite map. To create this stunning effect, the phase of the moon and reflectiveness of the Earth's surface are used to determine correct coloring of the image, ensuring a realistic view of the Earth from space.

    Global Cloud Cover. EarthDesk displays near real-time global cloud cover (internet access required), letting you track storms and volcanic eruptions, or simply admire our beautiful planet. You can also adjust the overall...

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    Records is ready for OS X El Capitan

    Push Popcorn (http://pushpopcorn.com) has introduced Records 1.1 for Mac OS X. The upgrade of the personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] visual editor is ready for the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan release.

    Records lets users drag and drop form fields and start entering data instantly. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code. Records provides pre-filled lists, such as countries, currencies or credit cards, in order to speed up database creation.

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    T-Mobile undercuts competition with $5-per-month...

    Desperate for a new iPhone but have no money to spare? T-Mobile’s got you covered with an iPhone 6s plan that will only cost you $5 a month, or $9 for the larger 6s Plus, if you trade in your current phone.

    T-Mobile’s Jump On Demand plan lets you upgrade your phone three times per year for a monthly hardware fee on top of your regular cell phone plan. The carrier had a similar promotion for the last-generation iPhones, but prices started at $15 a month. Sprint’s iPhone upgrade plan starts at $15.

    If you don’t have a phone to trade in, you can still sign up for the Jump On Demand upgrade plan for $20 a month. Once the 18-month contract is up, you can pay off the phone for $125 less than retail. For a 16GB iPhone 6s, the total would come to $524.


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    ° Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating;

    ° Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play;

    ° Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted;

    ° Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.

    iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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    According to the release notes, the update contains bug fixes. The note specifically calls out the following:

    • Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating
    • Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play
    • Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted
    • Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data

    To install the update on your iOS device, launch the Settings app, then tap General > Software Update. You also can update within iTunes with your device connected to your Mac.

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    ° Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating;

    ° Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play;

    ° Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted;

    ° Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.

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    Apple today released iOS 9.0.1, a minor update that introduces several bug fixes for iOS 9. The iOS 9.0.1 update comes just one week after iOS 9 was released to the public on September 16.

    iOS 9.0.1 is available to all iOS 9 users as an over-the-air update.

    iOS 9.0.1 is a minor update that introduces bug fixes and performance enhancements to iOS 9. iOS 9 is Apple's latest operating system, which focuses on proactivity and intelligence with updates to Siri and Search. It also includes a split-screen multitasking feature for the iPad and updates to several Apple-branded apps.

    Today's iOS 9.0.1 release precedes iOS 9.1, which will mark the first significant update to iOS 9. iOS 9.1 includes new emoji, and settings for acclimating the "Hey Siri" activation feature to an individual user's voice...

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    The new beta of iOS 9.1, build 13B5119e, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center.

    iOS 9.1 includes new features for the iPad Pro, adding support for accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which are deeply integrated into the operating system. It also includes features that will allow the iPhone to interact with the new Apple TV.

    iOS 9.1 also includes Unicode 8, adding support for some long-awaited emoji like the taco, burrito, cheese wedge, middle finger, unicorn head, and more, plus it includes a new "Hey Siri" Settings feature that lets the "Hey Siri"...

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    To start with, the app now supports multitasking on iOS 9 through Split View and Slide Over on the iPad (see image and video above). There are also Open in Place and Save to Photos capabilities, but one of the big features is the ability for the app to open and edit 8K resolution images -- those images are up to 50 megapixels in size, but the app can handle them with ease on the iPad.

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