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Thursday October 23

08:44
iPhone Apps: Fantastical, MindNode, Sketch Club
08:44
GT Advanced confirms split with Apple, will repay $...

GT has confirmed its split with Apple via a press release, offering further details on the terms. "GT will be released from all exclusivity obligations under its various agreements with Apple," the statement explains. "GT will retain ownership of all production, ancillary and inventory assets located in Mesa [Arizona] and Apple is provided with a mechanism for recovering its $439 million pre-payment made to GT over a period of up to four years without interest, solely from a portion of the proceeds from ASF sales....



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08:40
Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

Dave Knott writes One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc's first pre-assembled computer, the Apple 1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. The final price outstrips expectations, as auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000. The buyer was The Henry Ford organization, which plans to display the computer in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Only 63 surviving authentic Apple 1's were listed in an Apple 1 Registry as of January out of the 200 that were built. The auctioned computer is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 Apple-1 machines assembled by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Job's family garage in Los Altos, California in the summer of 1976. It is also believed to be one of only 15 that still have functioning motherboards. That's a bit more beastly than the original price.

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08:37
Live Interior 3D Pro 2.9.6 - Powerful and intuitive...

Live Interior 3D Pro is a powerful yet very intuitive interior designing application.

View Video Tutorials

It has every feature of Live Interior 3D Standard, plus some exclusive ones:

  • Create multi-story projects and automatically add one of seven supplied roof styles using the Roof Assistant.
  • Adjust walls by making niches and openings in them. You can also apply different surface materials to walls by creating custom wall panels.
  • Light Source Manager allows to create lamps by adding multiple light sources to any furniture object. Conveniently position every light source within 3D object, adjust light color and attenuation, set glow type, control spot direction.
  • You can edit any 3D object directly from the program using Google SketchUp.
  • Alter any supplied material or create your own from an image...

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08:31
The Hit List 1.1.7 - Advanced reminder application...

The Hit List manages the daily chaos of your modern life. It's easy to learn - it's as easy as making lists. And it's powerful enough to let you plan, then forget, then act when the time is right.

Your life is complicated enough as it is. The tool to manage your life shouldn't be. The Hit List keeps things simple by not forcing you to learn a system. It can be as simple as just keeping a list of things to do as you would on a piece of paper. However, if you do have a task management system such as Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Hit List is flexible enough to support you.

Forget what you need to do. With confidence.



Version 1.1.7:

  • OS X 10.6 is no longer supported; now requires OS X 10.7.5 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor
  • Fixed tasks view scrolling down by a bit when adding tasks near the top of the list under OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Other minor changes for Yosemite compatibility
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08:08
News: GT Advanced announces settlement with Apple

As was reported Wednesday, GT Advanced Technologies has now officially announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Apple. The announcement reveals GT will retain ownership of its production, ancillary, and inventory assets in Mesa, Arizona. GT will also be given four years interest-free to repay Apple $439 million – money that the company will earn by selling its sapphire furnaces. Although GT is leaving the sapphire production business,…

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08:06
News: iPad Air 2 ships with 10W power adapter

Our initial look at the iPad Air 2 reveals that Apple is bundling a 10W/2.1A power adapter with its newest iPad model – a step back down from the 12W/2.4A unit that has been included with the last two generations of full-sized iPad models. While a 10W power adapter would theoretically require longer charging times, iFixit’s recent teardown confirmed that the iPad Air 2 contains a smaller battery than its predecessor, suggesting a possible…

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08:03
Pixelmator for iPad Hits Apple’s App Store

Pixelmator for the iPad, first shown off during Apple's iPad Air 2 launch event earlier this month, hit the App Store Thursday morning. The image and photo editor has been available on the Mac for some time, but until now hasn't been an option on the iPad.

The Mac Observer Spin: Pixelmator has the potential to out-Photoshop Photoshop on the iPad. That's pretty big.


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08:00
iFixit teardown of iPad Air 2 reveals 2GB of RAM,...

As soon as Apple's iPad Air 2 started landing in retail stores on Wednesday, the teardown experts at iFixit got a hold of Apple's newest tablet to examine its internal hardware.

According to iFixit, the Air 2 sets a new bar for thinness with a 6.1mm...

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07:49
News: Olloclip debuts 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip has introduced its new 4-in-1 lens system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($80), with a new design that works with both the front and rear camera. The package includes fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10X and macro 16X lenses, along with three wearable pendants for carrying the lenses. The Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is available in five lens and clip color combinations. It can be pre-ordered from Olloclip's…

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07:35
First Look: iStabilizer tabArm for iPad + iPad mini

iStabilizer's tabArm ($100) is an articulating arm mount system that can hold any iPad or iPad mini, including the newest iPad Air 2. The total tabArm package includes iStabilizer's tabMount, Clamp, a hot shoe adapter, and an 11" stainless steel articulating arm with a single point locking mechanism. Using the included clamp, the arm can be mounted on ledges or other fixtures. The tabMount expands enough to accommodate many iPad and iPad mini cases,…

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07:31
Apple to open 25 new Chinese stores in two years,...

As part of his trip to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook has told local media that the company is planning to open 25 stores in Greater China during the next two years. "Greater" China includes not just mainland China but Hong Kong and Taiwan. So far there are no Apple Stores in Taiwan, but there are three in Hong Kong and a dozen on the mainland, most of those being split between Beijing and Shanghai....



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07:30
Pixelmator for iPad [Sponsor]

Pixelmator for iPad is a powerful image editor that gives you everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iPad and even work effortlessly with Photoshop images. Packed with powerful creative tools and engineered to harness the full iOS and 64-bit architecture power, Pixelmator for iPad is a real image editor right at your fingertips.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:24
Nike CEO Hints at Continued Partnership With Apple...

Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the company's brand and product strategy (via The Guardian). During the 13-minute-long "Market Makers" segment, Parker confirmed that he is bullish on Apple and the wearables market, hinting at a continued partnership between the two companies at the 9:45 mark.

Though Nike recently discontinued further development on its FuelBand fitness wearables, the sports and fitness company is not ready to abandon the wearables market, instead waiting for the market to mature beyond it current geeky status. "I think it’s going to be a big part of the future, absolutely," said Parker. "I think the form it takes is critical. You can go from the very geeky kind of wearables today – we’ve all...

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07:17
Apple I goes under the hammer for world record price

Fascinating to watch the Apple I become such a collectors item.

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07:15
Apple Wins GPNE Patent Lawsuit, Calls Company a...

GPNE lost its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday,after which the iPhone and iPad maker promptly called the company a patent troll - a term it was barred from using during the trial. GPNE accused Apple of designing its mobile devices around its years-old pager patent and asked the court to bar the use of "patent troll" in the proceedings.

The Mac Observer Spin: The only win GPNE got out of this trial was keeping Apple from calling it a patent troll in court. Turns out that was a pretty short lived victory.


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07:08
Apple Reveals their Enhanced Next Generation 3D...

In March of this year NVIDIA unveiled their next-gen graphics processor with 3D memory. In May, Samsung announced that they were shifting their focus to highly advanced 3D NAND flash memory chips that will also be used in future solid state drives. This is where the memory chip industry is going. It also happens to be the subject of one of Apple's latest patent applications that were published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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07:04
Apple Is Confusing Tablet Leadership With Awesomeness


The new super thin iPad Air 2 is starting to get tepid reviews, most of which begrudgingly call it the "best tablet" in the market, while admitting it's boring. Instead of talking up all the great things about how it makes their lives better or fun, the focus is starting to turn to the glaringly obvious annoyances about what it doesn't do well at all. These criticisms aren't coming mainly from Apple haters -- they're coming from Apple's friends. "The best tablet needs to work harder," said one. "Is 'better' enough?" asked another.

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07:00
Social media scheduler Buffer goes big with iOS 8...

Social media addicts, self-promoters, and small businesses know the pain of managing various social networking accounts. There are various solutions for helping you schedule and stay on top of posting to your slew of accounts at perfect times throughout the day, but one reliable go-to for iOS users is Buffer. The service just got a big upgrade for iOS 8 that is finally (finally!) optimized for the iPad.

Buffer's iOS 8 update takes advantage of Apple's new share extensions.

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

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Short bus brigade

Microsoft's pulse-tracking smartwatch rumored to land in time for holidays ahead of Apple Watch (9to5 Mac)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: Oh, it's too good not to be true.

So here's the question: will this rumored...

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06:57
News: iFixit posts iPad Air 2 teardown

iFixit has posted its complete teardown of the iPad Air 2, revealing some new details and confirming most of the specs. The article notes that Apple has revised a lot of the hardware from last year's iPad Air, including: a fully laminated 9.7" IPS multi-touch LCD with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution at 264 ppi and an anti-reflective coating, the expected A8X 64-bit CPU with 2GB RAM and the M8 motion coprocessor, the 8MP rear iSight camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi,…

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06:53
GT Advanced Technologies Officially Announces...

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Apple and its sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies had reached an agreement to effectively dissolve their partnership and allow GT to shut down operations at the Apple-owned sapphire production plant in Mesa, Arizona. Under the deal, GT will seek to sell off the over 2,000 sapphire furnaces currently installed at the facility, with the majority of the proceeds from those sales going to Apple to help repay $439 million in loans Apple made to help the operation get underway.

GT has now officially announced the deal and published the full agreement, redacting only the amounts Apple will be paid per furnace sold.Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which is subject to approval by the Bankruptcy...

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06:52
GT Advanced to exit sapphire production business,...

Closing the book on its short-lived supplier agreement with Apple, GT Advanced Technologies announced on Thursday that its finalized settlement will see the company exit the sapphire production business, and spend the next four years paying back -- interest free -- the $439 million prepayment it received from Apple.

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06:50
∞ MasterCard adds a second Apple Pay Priceless...

MasterCard expanded its Priceless Surprises advertising series with two news ads.

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06:23
Uber now bringing flu shots on demand, today only

Uber is serious about this. They’ve teamed up with Vaccine Finder and will either bring a registered nurse to you or bring you to a clinic for a flu shot, all for free. This effort is today only and limited to Boston, New York and DC.

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06:20
As expected, Apple’s clean break from GT Advanced is...

Apple’s clean-break settlement with GT Advanced is now official, two days after lawyers for the bankrupt sapphire manufacturer reported that agreement had been reached. In a press release, the company said that the company was being given up to four years interest-free to repay the $439M owed to Apple.

GT will be released from all exclusivity obligations under its various agreements with Apple. GT will retain ownership of all production, ancillary and inventory assets located in Mesa and Apple is provided with a mechanism for recovering its $439 million pre-payment made to GT over a period of up to four years without interest, solely from a portion of the proceeds from ASF® sales. The agreement provides for a...

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06:13
Christian Bale Hired for Steve Jobs Role in Sorkin...

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed in a Bloomberg interview that actor Christian Bale will indeed star as Steve Jobs in Sorkin's upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of the Apple co-founder. Bale, who was said last week to be in talks for the role, met with Sorkin but did not have to audition for the part.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” Shooting for the film will begin in the coming months in what will be a challenging role for the established actor. Bale reportedly will appear in every frame of the movie with speaking parts that exceed three movies...

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06:13
Daily Deal: Three years of VPN Unlimited Premium,...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a three-year subscription to a VPN Unlimited Premium Plan for only $19—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content…

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06:08
Apple Dropping SSL 3.0 for Push Notifications in...

Apple plans to drop support for SSL 3.0 for Push notifications following the discovery of the Poodle SSL 3.0 security flaw. The Mac, iPhone and iPad maker will transition to TLS on October 29, and is warning developers to update their apps to support the more secure protocol.

The Mac Observer Spin: Heatbleed, Shellshock, and Poodle are all big security risks in SSL, so its good to see Apple and other companies actively moving away from supporting the older security protocol in favor of TLS.


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06:04
Detailed review of Pixelmator for iPad

Benjamin Mayo digs in to the Pixelmator image editor, which was shown off by Apple when they rolled out the new iPads. If you are even a little curious about Pixelmator, take a few minutes to read the review. Benjamin does a good job exploring the interface and walking through the image adjustment workflow.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
AOC introduces 17-inch USB monitor designed as a...

AOC has debuted the AOC 17” USB Monitor (http://tinyurl.com/k2dbfq3), powered by DisplayLink Technology. It's designed for displaying visuals such as business presentations on a laptop or for adding a second monitor to your desktop for increased productivity.

It's Mac and PC compatible. The widescreen monitor receives both power and signal via a single USB cable for plug-and-play connection so doesn't require a power cord or VGA cable. The monitor also comes with a foldable stand that goes from landscape to portrait view mode with auto-pivot.

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06:00
HealthTap launches a live medical advice service...

HealthTap+ today announced the launch of HealthTap Concierge, its pay-as-you-go medical consulting service. This is an addition to the current HealthTap services that can be delivered over the web to a computer or your iOS device.

HealthTap...

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05:58
Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and...

Patches an SSL-related vulnerability and builds in the OS X Bash Update 1.0 patches. (Free updates, various sizes)

 

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05:38
Apple announces end to SSL 3.0 support on October...

Sometimes you’ve got to drop back and punt.

Per the Apple developer web site and AppleInsider, Apple announced on Wednesday that it will be removing support for the SSL 3.0 protocol on its Apple Push Notification server.

Apple will be switching off SSL 3.0 support in favor of the more secure transport layer security (TSL) protocol on Wednesday, Oct. 29, noting developers will have to build in support by that time to ensure uninterrupted push notification service continues.

Apps currently using both SSL 3.0 and TSL will not be affected by the change, but those using just SSL 3.0 will need to be updated.

Apple has disabled SSL 3.0 on...

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05:34
Apple removes SSL 3.0 support from its Push...

Apple is updating its Apple Push Notification service and tells developers (http://tinyurl.com/nr3mxfw) that changes to their servers may be required to remain compatible.

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05:34
How to change your default Apple Pay credit card, or...

Apple Pay is simple to set up and start using, but those who dig a little deeper can customize and take control of the mobile payments system, such as choosing the default card that appears when a transaction is initiated, or remotely removing cards from a missing iPhone via iCloud.

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05:33
Mac, iOS developer debuts at no. 5 on Billboard’s...

Former Apple developer and evangelist James Dempsey and his band, The Breakpoints, a WWDC regular, have hit the big time.

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05:30
Follow MLB, NFL, and NBA rumors with Trade Rumors app

For a large number of fans, what happens to their favorite teams off the fields and courts is just as important as the action that takes place in the games. Now with a single app users can follow all the latest rumors about trades, cuts, waivers,...

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05:29
jAlbum Pro 12.2.4 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license.

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.

jAlum Pro Features:

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see ...

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05:26
Christian Bale landed Steve Jobs role without an...

In an interview with Bloomberg confirming that Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in the forthcoming biopic, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said that there wasn’t even a need for an audition … 

There was, he said, only a meeting.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “He didn’t have to audition.”

Bale had previously been the first choice of David Fincher, who was originally set to direct...

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05:26
jAlbum 12.2.4 - Create custom photo galleries for...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with pro results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.



Version 12.2.4:

Note: jAlbum 12.2.4 requires OS X 10.7.4 or later. You can find version 12.2, which will work on older versions of the OS (OS X 10.4 or later) in the pop-up for the Download button in the links bar.

News and Updates

  • Defaults to opening final album in external...

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05:11
iFixit completes teardown of iPad 2 Air, posts...

The cool cats at iFixit have torn down the iPad 2 Air and found some interesting stuff inside.

Per iFixit and AppleInsider, the new tablet comes with a 9.7-inch laminated touch panel, A8X SoC, 8MP rear-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Touch ID fingerprint reader. The shell was also redesigned, seeing the deletion of the orientation lock/mute button and minor aesthetic modifications to the speaker grille and volume control buttons.

The teardown finally put a number on battery capacity, with the Air 2 sporting a 27.62 watt hour, 7,340mAh dual-cell unit, down from last year’s 32.9 watt-hour configuration. According to Apple, that will get you about 10 hours of continuous use per charge, or 9 hours on the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

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05:06
Apple Invents an iPad GUI for Class Group Reading...

During Apple's latest Financial Conference Call Apple's CEO pointed out that Apple currently has 90% of the tablet market in education. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new Graphical User Interface for group reading environments such as the education market. The system uses an iPad...

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04:48
Foxconn hoping to make future iPhone screens, get...

iPhone assembler Foxconn is apparently hoping to move beyond its relatively low-margin work into more profitable high-end component manufacturing in order to take a bigger slice of revenue from Apple, reports the WSJ.

Apple Inc.’s major assembler Foxconn is in preliminary discussions with a provincial government in northern China for an investment in a new factory that would make high-end screens for iPhones and other mobile devices, people familiar with the talks say.

Foxconn already manufactures some iPhone components, but currently only low-margin ones like metal casings and cables … ...

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04:26
First look: Pixelmator for iPad takes powerful image...

Popular Mac image editor Pixelmator went mobile on Thursday with an eponymous iPad release that combines two hallmark features users of the desktop version have come to love: a deep powerful toolset in an easy to use interface.

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04:21
Kool Tools: App Store Icon Resizer for Mac OS X

Power App AG]s (http://www.powerapp.ch) App Store Icon Resizer 1.0 is a new developer tool for Mac OS X. With a single action, it takes care of creating all sizes of app icons that are needed for every app in Apple's App Store.

With the latest release of Apple's software development kit, it became necessary to upload app icons in 15 different sizes. This was done to support different screen resolutions for the various Mac OS X and iOS devices.

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04:20
Monochrome for Mac OS X gets new options for slide...

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced Monochrome 2.2.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of the application for converting batches of color images to grayscale.

Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent-looking set of output images. The 2.2.1 update expands the available GPU-based image rendering effects and adds new options for slide show playback.previewing, printing and sharing images.

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04:16
Entry-Level, Mid-Range Smartphones Boost On-Cell TFT...

More than 20 million on-cell TFT LCD touch panels shipped globally in 1H’14, after only 4.7 million were shipped in all of 2013, as the technology has been adopted in the expanding entry-level and mid-range smartphones market. By 2018, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com) data, shipments of on-cell TFT LCD panels are expected to reach 129 million.

Embedded touch panels of all types, including in-cell and on-cell TFT LCDs, as well as on-cell AMOLED panels, accounted for 20% of all mobile phone displays in 2012, 29% in 2013, and an expected 32% in 2014.

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04:12
Apple to grow retail stores in China from 15 to 40...

Tim Cook noted during Monday’s earnings call that Apple was “investing like crazy” in China, but he took the opportunity of his current visit to the country to put a specific number on the company’s retail expansion plans: it will open 25 new Apple Stores in Greater China within the next two years. Greater China includes both Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Speaking to local media, Cook also said that China would in time become Apple’s biggest market, reports the WSJ … 

The paper was able to confirm with Apple that Cook said:

In the future China will become Apple’s biggest revenue contributor. It’s just a matter of time.

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04:00
Review: Pixelmator for iPad out now, a desktop-class...

Announced during Apple’s October event, Pixelmator for iPad ($4.99) is an important stepping stone in the iPad’s history. The Mac app is regularly featured by Apple as an exemplar app in the Mac App Store and it is clear Apple wants to use Pixelmator as a ‘trophy’ app in the same way. No doubt this app (aside from games) is one of a handful that will directly benefit from the A8X performance gains.

I tested the app on an iPad Air, although the app technically supports all the way back to iPad 3, even some operations on the Air felt slow. I would be a bit cautious if you intend to install it on one of Apple’s older tablets.

As a 1.0 release, the depth and breadth of this app is staggering. There are a myriad of effects, painting brushes, color adjustments and other features to help edit and create images. The vast majority of the Mac app’s...

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03:44
Video: Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale to Play Steve...

Super Hero Batman plays Super Hero Steve Jobs: Today In an interview with Bloomberg's Emily Chang, Aaron Sorkin confirmed the rumors that Christian Bale ,,,

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03:43
ExpanDrive 4.1.7 - Access remote files over SSH/SFTP...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive and SkyDrive coming soon



Version 4.1.7:

New:

  • Support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite Dark Mode
  • Support for displaying account quota as free space on Dropbox/Google Drive/Box/Swift
  • OS X 10.6 re-introduced due to popular demand
  • Reconnect at login now happens quietly, no notifications or reveal
  • [Windows] SFTP keep-alive packets now sent every 60 seconds on both Windows and Mac

Fixed:

  • [Windows] Box.com...

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03:38
Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in...

In a Bloomberg Television interview with Emily Chang, Oscar winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed Christian Bale will play Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in a forthcoming feature film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the late tech guru.

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03:37
Cashiers don't understand Apple Pay and it...

Apple Pay is so easy to use, it’s almost not worth writing about. It’s laughably fast and stupidly simple. So simple it’s confusing the heck out of clerks and cashiers nationwide.

Here’s how it works: You walk up to the kind of payment terminal where you would normally swipe your credit or debit card. You notice a little icon that looks like a sideways Wi-Fi symbol—that means you can also use contactless payments, like those tap-and-go Mastercards that no one uses. That’s your clue.

So instead of swiping a card, you hold your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus near the terminal, your default Apple Pay card pops up on the screen, you smugly put your thumb on the Touch ID button, and boom, transaction completed. It took me approximately 17 times longer to type this than it does to actually make a payment.

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03:15
Apple Beefs up their Apple Watch Patent Claims for...

On October 23, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an extension of their originally granted iTime patent which we covered back in July of this year. Apple's second filing ...

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03:00
The Week in Mac Apps: All aboard the midnight train...

All aboard the midnight train to Yosemite

This week’s roundup of new and updated Mac apps comes hot on the heels of OS X Yosemite’s launch, which means that many of our favorite software apps have been updated to support Apple’s latest operating system.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet 5.0

AgileBits has updated its $35 1Password (Mac App Store Link) to version 5, which comes with a number of Yosemite-centered enhancements.

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

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02:03
Apple Rumored to be Offering Temporary Bonus...

A new supply chain side rumor today states that due to higher-than-expected iPhone 6 Plus demand, Apple is rumored to be considering raising its payments ...

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01:51
Apple's 4.7 inch iPhone 6 Orders to Reach 50...

A new supply chain report published this morning states that strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 has boosted Pegatron Technology's orders for 2014 and the maker is expected to ship close to ...

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01:25
Apple to build 25 new Apple Stores in China in two...

Speaking to a Chinese media on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is planning to open 25 retail locations over the next two years, putting a number on previous promises to triple Apple's footprint in the country.

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Wednesday October 22

21:59
Briefly: Fantastical 2 update, Yahoo Mail adds new...

Flexibits has announced the release of two free updates for calendar app Fantastical 2, available as separate native versions for iPhone and iPad. The iPhone variation provides native display support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and includes an enhanced landscape view for iPhone 6 Plus. Both apps now require iOS 8, and feature new text-enabled event and reminder creation with Fantastical's new app extension. Interactive notifications let users snooze an alert or complete a reminder, and the app now can be viewed in the Notification Center with Fantastical's Today widget. Currently on sale f...



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21:55
Apple to drop support of SSL 3.0 due to POODLE...

In a note to developers, Apple has announced that due to a serious security flaw in SSL version 3.0, the company will be dropping support for the protocol beginning Wednesday, October 29 for all of its push notifications, which are delivered through Apple's own servers. The company will switch to Transport Layer Security (TLS) for the service, and notes that developers will need to build in support for TLS in their apps to ensure uninterrupted push notification compatibility if they haven't already....



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20:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.1.3 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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20:10
Tim Cook posts photo from latest China visit

Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted a picture from his latest trip to China on Twitter, showing him sharing a laugh with a factory worker named Zhang Fan, who helps assemble the iPhone 6 at a factory in Zhengzhou. While Foxconn's factories manufacture equipment for a wide variety of technology firms including Google, Microsoft and others, Cook is the only CEO to routinely visit the facilities and personally investigate conditions and safety at the plants. He called the meeting with Zhang "an early highlight" of the trip....



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20:05
Apple wins lawsuit over expired pager patents, dubs...


Apple was accused of using patented technology originally created for this high-tech device

GPNE Corp, a Honolulu company that licenses technology patents, took Apple to court recently over a few patents the company claimed were violated in several of Apple’s iOS products. The technology in question was originally patented for pagers (remember those? yeah, me neither) and the patents have since expired.

Apple regularly takes on so-called “patent trolls” looking to profit from technology patents for widely used tech, but it’s not every day the company comes out and calls a spade a spade. In an email following the court victory today...

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19:42
∞ O Canada

Thanks to my friend Sly for sending me this video and thanks to the American hockey fans who honoured all Canadians by singing our National Anthem and showing their respect on this awful day. Tears and chills.

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19:34
Evernote 5.6.2 - Create searchable notes and access...

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.

  • Create notes containing text and audio
  • Find printed and handwritten text within images
  • Clip application and web content directly into Evernote
  • Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients



Version 5.6.2:

Speed:

  • Sync is more than 3x faster. Users with lots of shared notebooks and Evernote Business users will see the biggest improvements.
  • New notes sync instantly so they're immediately accessible on your other devices.
  • Share notes without waiting for a sync to complete.
  • Launch and quit times have been reduced dramatically.
  • New keyboard shortcuts have been added to jump to the note list for...

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19:32
Twitter introduces Digits, a new way to log into...

Twitter started putting the pieces into place to distance users from password requirements with the announcement of Digits. The company unveiled the new platform at its first mobile developer conference in San Francisco today as a part of its Fabric suite of development tools. Rather than relying on a username and password for every app, Digits uses a telephone number and text messages to confirm identities instead....



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19:13
Apple iPad Air 2 first look: Unboxing, benchmarks,...

Today we’re taking a look at Apple’s fastest and thinnest tablet to date. The iPad Air 2 is more than just a pretty shell. This tablet packs some decent performance over its predecessor. While we haven’t had enough time with it to put together a full review, there are some main points we wanted to go over.

First up, this thing is crazy thin. Apple wasn’t exaggerating when claiming that it was thinner than a pencil. It’s 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air measuring a mere 6.1mm in thickness. This may not be a good thing for everyone, but for the most part it was comfortable to hold while playing games, watching movies, or any other tablet-based task. I’d hate to sound redundant, but damn this iPad is thin. Anyway, let’s...

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19:09
Apple found not guilty of infringing on expired GPNE...

Non-practicing entity GPNE, which had tried to sue Apple over alleged infringement of expired pager-related 3G wireless patents, has come away completely empty-handed after a jury exonerated Apple of all charges. The firm, which has attempted to sue or sued most other big-name tech firms over the same or similar patents, had sought $94 million in damages (which Apple had referred to as an "attempt to extort money" from the iPhone maker), but was awarded nothing....



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19:08
Reading and Writing and Open Source


Digital textbooks with open-licensed content -- and sometimes even complete open source textbooks -- are two publishing models that are starting to change the way students and teachers interact with subject material. The budget-busting prices of traditional printed textbooks and the ubiquity of mobile devices in schools have provided textbook authors and educational leaders with convincing reasons to give students an alternative. Textbook publishers are offering digital alternatives to traditional printed books.

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18:47
Tim Cook pays a visit to Zhengzhou iPhone factory...

Tim Cook paid a visit to a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China during a trip across the country. The Apple executive tweeted the photo above with one of the workers assembling an iPhone. Cook will meet with Chinese Apple employees later for a special Q&A session where he will answer questions from workers across the world.

The CEO is also scheduled to meet with the Vice Premier of China following recent reports that the...

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18:33
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Foxconn iPhone factory on...

As part of what he calls a "road trip" to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday tweeted out a photo of himself sitting with a Foxconn worker putting the finishing touches on a new iPhone 6 model.

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18:11
AT&T reveals third quarter earnings, falls short...

AT&T's quarterly results fell short of industry projections when the company announced $32.9 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2014. The resulting earnings per share (EPS) was $0.63, missing the projected $0.64 EPS on $33.25 billion in revenue. While the company may have missed projections, it announced that it picked up more than 2 million mobile and broadband customers....



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18:02
Apple to drop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications...

In response to a recently discovered vulnerability with SSL version 3.0, Apple on Wednesday announced through its developer website that it will be removing support for the protocol on its Apple Push Notification server.

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18:00
Teardown of iPad Air 2 by iFixit confirms 2GB RAM,...

A new teardown of the iPad Air 2 has confirmed much of what was speculated about the device, but has also revealed some minor surprises. The team at iFixit have rated the new iPad a "two" on a scale of 10, with 10 being the most repairable. The company says that while the new "fused" display is better visually, and sturdier when opening up the iPad, it will also increase the cost of repair for a cracked screen. The teardown also revealed that the latest full-size iPad features a smaller battery and more RAM....

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17:40
Mark Zuckerberg Wows Chinese Crowd with 30 Minute...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China-and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement goal. I'd love for any Mandarin speakers to offer up their thoughts on his performance in the comments. The full video is embedded below. It may require Flash.

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17:35
Google debuts Inbox as tool for managing email with...

Google has started to invite people to try out its new email service, one that has been in development for a number of years. Made by the same team behind Gmail, Inbox aims to help users manage their incoming e-mail by automatically grouping similar emails together and by picking out what it believes to be the more important incoming messages....



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17:17
Sprinklr's CEO Provides Overview of Twitter...

Note Xcode Developers: In this most recent video report from Bloomberg, Ragy Thomas, founder and CEO of Sprinklr, discussed Twitter's plans to introduce "Fabric," a tool for building mobile apps. Twitter has a special page dedicated to Xcode developers.

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17:06
How to Use Yosemite’s New Batch-Renaming Feature

Yay, Yosemite's here! And Melissa Holt's all excited. For her first Quick Tip on this new version of OS X, she's chosen the new batch-renaming feature, which you can use to change a bunch of filenames at once in exactly the ways you specify. Isn't it nice when we get new abilities that were previously only available with third-party software?


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17:02
Apple dropping support for SSL 3.0 on push...

Apple has announced to developers that it will be dropping support for SSL 3.0 on its push notification service on October 29th in order to mitigate a vulnerability discovered in the software recently.

Developers who currently support both TLS and SSL 3.0 on their push servers will not be impacted by the change, but those using SSL 3.0 exclusively will need to switch to TLS before next Wednesday to ensure there is no disruption in their service. Apple has provided a way for developers to test compatibility with the updated system:

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16:59
How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

With iOS and Yosemite installed, you can finally do things you saw in the WWDC Keynote like make phone calls from your Mac. Sure there's the regular ways to do it, but if you want to dial up your phone call game, Kelly has some alternate methods to help you show off.


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16:55
Continuity Keypad Makes Calling From Yosemite Easier

With Yosemite and iOS 8, Handoff and Continuity are finally a reality. This means you can take calls using your Mac, and with a utility called Continuity Keypad, you can make them easily too.


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16:51
The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle

We have a great developer training bundle today called the Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle. As with our other Name Your Own Price (NYOP) deals, you can pay what you want-even a penny-and get Engage Your Customers With Gamification and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures, two training course with 54 lectures and more than 16 hours of video content. If you beat the average price-which is just $6.24 as of this writing-you also get Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User and Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School, which have another 343 lectures and 102 hours (!!) of content. And 10 percent of what you pay goes one of three charities (your choice), including Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons.


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16:45
Patent Troll GNPE Loses Patent Infringement Case...

According to a new report published today, a patent troll by the name of GPNE has lost their patent infringement lawsuit against Apple today.

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16:42
Rare Apple I computer sold at auction for $905,000

On the same day that Apple's stock closed at the second-highest price it has achieved in 2014, a new record-high price for its first computer -- the original Apple I -- has also been set, by a considerable margin. While an incredibly rare still-functional Apple I model (thought to be one of just six in such pristine condition) along with a letter from Steve Jobs was sold in May 2013 for $671,400, the latest auction in New York saw this latest unit -- one from the original first batch of 50 -- change hands for $905,000....



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16:29
Rare working Apple I goes for record-smashing $905,...

One of only 50 known surviving Apple 1 computers was sold at an auction on Wednesday, with the nearly 40-year-old machine crushing expectations to fetch a record-breaking $905,000.

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16:09
Apple begins selling iTunes gift cards in United...


Apple has started selling iTunes gift cards in electronics retailers throughout the United Arab Emirates, according to photos sent by 9to5Mac readers. This is the first time these cards have been available in this market.

The change is part of a larger move into the region by Apple’s retail arm, which began hiring for an upcoming Apple Store in Dubai several months ago. Some are saying that the upcoming Dubai store could become the largest in the world as Apple continues its push into new territories.

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16:01
Apple avoids $94M patent infringement suit leveled...

Apple on Wednesday came out unscathed from a patent suit leveled by non-practicing entity GPNE, which claimed the Cupertino tech giant infringed on mobile technology properties with its iPhone and iPad products.

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16:00
Apple launches Maps Connect to let businesses add...

Apple Maps has experienced some growing pains over the years, but with time the app has become a useful GPS solution. Of course there's always room for improvement, which is why Apple has launched Maps Connect. Maps Connect is a new service for small...

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15:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: New products for new...

New products for new iPads

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes a number of new items to accompany Apple's latest generation of iPads.

Belkin

Belkin is updating its QODE line of keyboard cases to fit the iPad Air 2. Devices include the $150 QODE Ultimate Pro (pictured); the $130 QODE Ultimate; and the $100 Slim Style Keyboard Case for both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. All of these devices will be available to ship in December.

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15:33
FCC freezes clock on merger reviews of Comcast/TWC,...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has stopped its "180-day informal time clock" in the review of the merger proposals for between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, as well as AT&T and DirectTV. The reason for the stoppage involves the modified joint protective orders that the FCC created at the beginning of October, which content companies are now using to bar outside sources from reading confidential programming agreements....



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15:30
Siri can guess sports odds and thinks the Royals...

Siri has another neat trick you may not have known about -- gambling speculation. If you ask Siri "who is going to win the World Series?" it will tell you exactly who is currently predicted to win. In this case Siri thinks the Royals are going to...

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15:26
Google Introduces their new email App Called Inbox

Gmail users take note: Today, Google introduced their new email app called Inbox. It was designed by ...

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15:23
iFixit Tears Down iPad Air 2, Confirms Smaller...

Now that the iPad Air 2 is being delivered to customers and showing up in retail Apple Stores, iFixit has acquired one of the new tablets and has begun one of its traditional teardowns to see just what's inside Apple's thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2.

According to iFixit, the "gapless" front panel is more rigid than previous iPad models, and feels sturdier when it's being pried up with the company's proprietary iOpener. As with all iPads, the glued down display is the only access point to the tablet.

As noted in reviews, the iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery than the original iPad Air, coming in at 27.62 Whr and 7,340 mAh. The first generation tablet had a 8,827 mAh/32.9 Whr battery life.

iFixit's teardown confirms the existence of...

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15:09
Bank of America confirms some Apple Pay customers...

Following up on a bevy of miscellaneous issues with Apple Pay, some Bank of America account holders are now reporting that the new service is charging them twice for some transactions. Re/code has now confirmed that Bank of America is in fact experiencing a technical error that is causing the double charges and is currently attempting to roll out a solution that will resolve the problem.

The glitch was apparently the result of a miscommunication between the bank’s systems and an unnamed payment network and wasn’t Apple’s fault at all, according to the report. The bank said that only about 1,000 transactions...

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15:08
OS X Yosemite nudges Chrome, Firefox users into...

People using Chrome or Firefox within OS X Yosemite are seeing push notifications asking them to try Safari, accounts say. The messages tout Safari as "fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design," and even include "Later" and "Try Now" buttons. They appear to be triggered by launching Chrome or Firefox for the first time after the Yosemite upgrade....



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15:05
Apple's iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 now available...

Apple on Wednesday initiated in-store sales of its new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tablets, though the rollout appears to be limited to the UK and select U.S. locations, notably brick-and-mortar outlets on the East Coast.

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15:04
9to5Toys Last Call: Seagate 2TB $80/ WD 1.5TB $60,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Daily Deals: Seagate 2TB $80 or WD 1.5TB...

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15:00
Google's new app Inbox brings Google Now styled...

Google has debuted a new email filtering app called Inbox which compiles pieces of information from your Gmail account and groups them together for faster access. It allows you to quickly find travel plans, photos, documents, or event information...

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15:00
Update to the Apple Push Notification Service

The Apple Push Notification service will be updated and changes to your servers may be required to remain compatible.

In order to protect our users against a recently discovered security issue with SSL version 3.0 the Apple Push Notification server will remove support for SSL 3.0 on Wednesday, October 29. Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected. Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.

To check for compatibility, we have already disabled SSL 3.0 on the Provider Communication interface in the development environment only. Developers can immediately test in this development environment to make sure push notifications can be sent to applications.

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15:00
Update to the Apple Push Notification Service

The Apple Push Notification service will be updated and changes to your servers may be required to remain compatible.

In order to protect our users against a recently discovered security issue with SSL version 3.0 the Apple Push Notification server will remove support for SSL 3.0 on Wednesday, October 29. Providers using only SSL 3.0 will need to support TLS as soon as possible to ensure the Apple Push Notification service continues to perform as expected. Providers that support both TLS and SSL 3.0 will not be affected and require no changes.

To check for compatibility, we have already disabled SSL 3.0 on the Provider Communication interface in the development environment only. Developers can immediately test in this development environment to make sure push notifications can be sent to applications.

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14:51
Giveaway: Printworks

MacNN has 5 redemption codes for Printworks to give away to our readers. Enter to win, and make sure to check out our full hands-on review. Entries close on October 27.



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14:39
Welcome Wi-Fi Changes under Yosemite’s Hood

Apple made a few minor tweaks to how Wi-Fi is used in Yosemite, some of which are useful and others of which finally shake off the past.

 

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14:28
TA14-295A: Crypto Ransomware

Original release date: October 22, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows

Overview

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that infects a computer and restricts access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. This Alert is the result of Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) analysis in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide further information about crypto ransomware, specifically to:

  • Present its main characteristics, explain the prevalence of ransomware, and the proliferation of crypto ransomware variants; and
  • Provide prevention and mitigation information.

Description
WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?

Ransomware is a type of malware that infects a computer and restricts a user’s access to the infected computer. This type of malware, which has now been observed for several years, attempts to extort money from victims by displaying an on-...

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14:20
Bluetooth-tracking beacon programs uncovered in LA,...

The Logan Square stop on the Chicago Transit Authority blue line.

Kumar McMillan

A report from BuzzFeed News Wednesday suggests that the tracking beacons that cropped up in New York phone booths last year have spread to new cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago. The beacons have...

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14:14
iPad Air 2, Mini 3 now available for Personal Pickup...

Shoppers at Apple's online store now have the option of selecting Personal Pickup as a delivery option for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. When preorders opened last Friday, the company required all orders to be shipped. Notably, some stores are listed as having iPads ready for pickup today, even though Apple Store workers are saying they won't have tablets on sale until later this week, or even next week. Shipped orders are beginning to arrive on doorsteps however....



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14:13
iPad Air 2 teardown reveals lower capacity battery,...

A teardown of the recently released iPad Air 2 on Wednesday revealed a slew of iterative changes made to Apple's flagship tablet model, including sized-down components and a smaller battery.

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14:00
Office 365 helps customers with IRS 1075 compliance

Vijay Kumar is a senior product manager and Shawn Veney is a principal architect on the Office 365 team.

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to compliance, we strive to ensure that our cloud services, like Office 365, meet or exceed the breadth of regulations and standards our customers require. This is especially important for government agencies, which are investing more and more in moving to cloud productivity services, and require security-enhanced and scalable cloud solutions that address a range of constantly-evolving regulatory, compliance and policy requirements.

Today, we are pleased to announce that Office 365 Government now supports customer compliance with IRS 1075, which provides guidance to ensure that the policies, practices, controls and safeguards employed by recipient agencies adequately protect the...

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14:00
Addressing Mac OS X Yosemite's most annoying...

Mac OS X Yosemite has been in the wild for about a week now, just long enough for tech bloggers and many users to find things that frankly drive them nuts about the new OS. Longtime Macworld writer and fellow ailurophile Kirk McElhearn toted up his...

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13:39
How to Use Apple Pay

iOS 8.1 has brought the highly anticipated Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Managing Editor Josh Centers dives into Apple Pay to explain how to use it.

 

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13:38
iPad Air 2 teardown shows minor internal tweaks, 15...

With iPad Air 2 units now officially arriving in the hands of customers, our friends over at iFixit have officially kicked off their ritual teardown of the device. For the most part the teardown only revealed minor changes on the inside, such as repositioned display cables that iFixit calls a welcomed changed for repairs. Also revealed are minor tweaks to Wi-Fi antennas and other components. In addition, the teardown confirms an approximately 15% smaller battery compared to the previous generation iPad Air…

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13:22
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.6.

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13:22
Video Report: Apple Pay Glitch on Bank of America...

Oops, Double Dipping Glitch: Today CNN’s Samuel Burke discovered that "Apple Pay" has been double-charging some Bank of America customers on transactions, including himself.

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13:10
Unboxing Apple's new iPad Air 2, with Smart...

Apple's latest iPad Air 2 is super fast, super slim and incorporates the same Touch ID and Secure Element as iPhone 6, enabling secure Apple Pay transactions within apps. Here's what it looks like naked, and in Apple's custom Smart Case and Smart Cover.

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13:08
Inbox for Gmail: hands-on and first impressions

Google this afternoon announced Inbox for Gmail, its all-new emailing solution that is intended to coexist with the regular Gmail platform (Think Paper for Facebook?). Inbox for Gmail is available on an invite only basis for Android, iOS and Chrome. I am fortunate enough to have received an invite to Inbox for Gmail, and I have been giving the iPhone app a rundown to see how it works. For the most part, Inbox is everything that you know and love about Gmail in a sleeker package.

For those that have a love-hate relationship with email, which is probably just about everyone, Inbox has a more organized and intuitive user interface for achieving the elusive “Inbox Zero.” Inbox enables users to add their own...

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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Cycloramic for iPhone...

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12:48
According to the Canadian Intellectual Property...

Patently Apple has just discovered that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has given Apple the final approval on the "Thunderbolt" trademark. While published today, the approval or "allowance" was officially granted last Friday.

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12:47
Yahoo Mail iOS app updated w/ travel & event...

Yahoo updated its Yahoo Mail mobile apps today bringing new travel and event notifications to the app for iPhone and iPad.

For travel, the app’s “Today” view will now display information on flights including when flights are cancelled or delayed, and users will be able to “get directions to the airport, call the airline to rebook your flight or go directly to the airline website” in a single tap.

“And once you land at your destination, you’ll receive suggestions for the top restaurants and attractions in the area, with reviews and pictures from Yelp.”

The updated Yahoo Mail app also provides notifications for events in the Today view from Evite, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster, event information, and the ability...

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12:39
Bank of America glitch charges some Apple Pay...

A small number of Bank of America customers were hit with a double-charge when using Apple Pay this week, but the problem resulting from a glitch between the bank and a payment network is expected to be quickly resolved.

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12:39
Apple Pay bugs cause problems with card images,...

Although the service appears to be working in general, Apple Pay is encountering some early technical problems. One issue is that in some cases, the correct card designs aren't being displayed in Passbook. Affected cards will show generic logos for their associated institutions, and possibly lack descriptions as well, which can make numbers the only way to distinguish between them when a person has multiple cards from the same firm. Sources claim that a fix for the bug is already underway....



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12:30
Splash Brush Colorbook app beats the mess of a real...

Splash Brush Colorbook is an educational coloring book app for pre-schoolers and Kindergarten kids that incorporates letters and numbers into the coloring. Each letter and number is linked with a visual representation, like A for ant, and it's up to...

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12:28
iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Now Available In Stores via...

Apple's new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have begun hitting retail stores, as we reported earlier, and the tablets are now available for in-store pickup for a limited number of retail locations that have received shipments. It appears that in-store availability is limited to Wi-Fi only tablets at this time.

Many stores on the east coast of the United States are showing wide availability of both tablets as stores receive shipments and unpack boxes. Availability on the west coast is still limited as it is earlier in the day and stores are not yet prepared to begin retail sales.

Apple store employees appear to be unaware that stores are receiving stock today, as several phone calls placed by MacRumors resulted in responses suggesting the tablets would not arrive in stores until later in the week or early next week.

The iPad Air 2 is still showing shipping estimates of two to four days when ordered online, and some rumors have suggested that supplies...

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12:21
Apple Encouraging Chrome and Firefox Users to...

Chrome and Firefox users that install OS X Yosemite are receiving notifications suggesting they give Safari a try, according to multiple reports on Twitter (via Tom Davenport). After upgrading to Yosemite, Apple is sending popups that read "Try the new Safari. Fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design."

The interactive notification comes with "Later" and "Try Now" options, and it seems that users may be receiving the messages when opening Chrome or Firefox for the first time after installing the operating system update.

Apple made several updates to Safari in OS X Yosemite, including adding a new "blazing-fast [Nitro] JavaScript engine" and energy saving technologies to make Safari both faster and more energy efficient. According to Apple, Safari is significantly...

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12:21
Smart Nightlight Calls Your iPhone When Smoke, CO...


Leeo on Tuesday introduced the Smart Alert Nightlight, a $99 gadget that can detect when the alarm sounds from a smoke or carbon monoxide detector and send alerts to an iPhone.
About the size and shape of a coaster, the Smart Alert Nightlight plugs into a wall outlet where it does double duty as illuminator and monitor. When it hears an alarm, it uses its WiFi connection to send a push notification to a free app running on an iPhone 4S or later. If there's no response, the device will start working its way through a call tree of contacts.

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12:20
OmniOutliner 4.1.3 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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12:18
Hands On: RapidWeaver 6 (OS X)

Just because you need a website, doesn't mean that the best option is to hire someone to create one out of whole cloth. The alternative is either learning HTML, CSS, and a host of other acronymic technologies, or seeking out all-in-one website design software that allows users to publish a website without requiring coding knowledge or a ton of design expertise. Realmac Software has announced the release of RapidWeaver 6, an upgrade to its longstanding website creation app, and we've had a chance to put it through its paces....



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12:08
The Garage Series for Office 365: Crash course in...

On this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined once again by scripting guy, Greg Stemp, to apply PowerShell to practical tasks within Office 365. Greg demonstrates how PowerShell can be used for automating bulk tasks, building advanced queries against data in the service, saving the results to a file for other processes to use and some things you just can’t do in the user interface. If you’ve been putting off learning PowerShell to manage your Office 365 environment, this is part two in a series to help you get started.

Last week we kicked off a two-part series for using PowerShell to save time in managing Office 365. This week I’m joined again by scripting guru, Greg Stemp, and we apply theory to practice and spend almost the entire show demonstrating common tasks you would need PowerShell for. Specifically we show:

  1. Bulk task automation
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12:07
BBEdit 11.0 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (Demo)

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.

Version 11.0:

  • The results windows for Find Differences are all new. Among other things, the old three-window presentation is gone, replaced by a single window which shows both old and new files at the same time, along with the diff list.
  • There's a new feature: "...

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12:04
Unity Technologies names ex-EA exec John Riccitiello...

Cross-platform game development engine designers Unity Technologies has named a new chief executive. John Riccitiello, the prior chief of EA, is the new head of the company, with David Helgason stepping back. Helgason will continue with the company, and is planning on focusing on improving relationships with developers as well as "working with some insanely talented people here at Unity."...



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12:00
iPad Air 2 review roundup

iPad Air 2 reviews started making the rounds yesterday and, as one might expect, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Below is a quick roundup from some of the more notable hands-on reviews.

Brad Molen of Engadget:

Strap on your seat belts,...

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12:00
OS X Yosemite: The Quintessential Review

On October 16. Apple released OS X Yosemite which is version 10.10. John Martellaro has been beta testing since the first developer release and also testing with iOS 8. Here in this review is everything that he learned and how he sized up this stellar OS X release. Should you install it right away? Read on.


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11:54
Leak suggests new Fitbit Surge smartwatch will best...

Newly leaked marketing materials suggest Fitbit may be on the verge of releasing a new fitness-focused smartwatch with a heart rate sensor as well as integrated GPS, the latter of which the upcoming Apple Watch will not feature without tethering to an iPhone.

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11:53
News: Apple Pay Bank of America customers...

Only two days into its rollout, some Apple Pay users are already reporting a problem with the service. Some Bank of America customers have seen two charges for the same purchase on their credit card statements after using Apple Pay to make transactions, as reported by CNN. The issue is said to be affecting “hundreds of customers.” A Bank of America representative told CNN that the issue was on Apple Pay’s end, but the bank was ultimately…

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11:49
Ricoh unveils three laser printers with 23 page-per-...

Ricoh has launched a set of three monochrome laser printers in the United States. The SP 213SNw and SP 213SFNw multifunction printers and the SP 213Nw printer all offer print speeds of up to 23 pages per minute, a low 10-second wait for the first print, minimal warm-up times, and a number of different connectivity and networking options....



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11:47
10 iPad Air 2 reviews in 10 quintessential quotes

Apple’s just-announced tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, haven’t hit store shelves yet, but the early reviews are in.

After four days with the devices, most outlets were impressed by the slimmed-down iPad Air 2 but would recommend it only to owners of early-generation
iPads. The iPad mini 3’s slight update—a new gold option and Touch ID—weren’t enough to win a ringing endorsement from any expert.

We’ll be weighing in with our in-depth analysis and test results on both tablets, but until then, we picked out some of the best insights from our
fellow journalists around the web:

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11:30
Fantastical 2 for iPhone, iPad goes iOS 8-only

iOS 8 is still fresh out of the oven, but one of the most popular calendar apps on the App Store is going all-in on the latest release. Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad scores a new update today, complete with widget functionality for the...

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11:21
Apple Pay Glitch Causes Bank of America Customers to...

With Apple Pay positioned as a brand new service that requires banks, credit card companies, and vendors to all work together, it seems that some glitches in the system are inevitable.

Some Bank of America customers have been running into a serious problem when using Apple Pay to make purchases, with two charges showing up on their credit card statements. A CNN report from this morning first suggested that multiple Bank of America customers had been double charged, which Bloomberg later confirmed. Hundreds of customers are said to be affected.

A Bank of America representative contacted by CNN said that the issue was on Apple Pay's end and after some confusion about who should be contacted for a refund, Bank of America was able to refund the money.Bank of America transferred me to...

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11:00
First Look: Apple iPad Air 2

The Wi-Fi version of the new iPad Air 2 ($499-$829) officially arrived in stores today, and as expected, it has simultaneously reduced the thickness and increased the power of Apple's full-sized iconic tablet. An 18% reduction in thickness was achieved by bonding the new Air's screen directly to its now anti-reflective front glass, as well as by shrinking the battery inside -- enough to drop the run time from last year's model. Apple has updated both…

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11:00
Tim Cook meets with Chinese authorities over iCloud...

What do you do when you're the CEO of Apple and hackers are targeting Chinese users of your iCloud service? You set up a meeting with the vice premier of the country, Ma Kai, to discuss what can be done to protect the data of users and how to...

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10:55
News: iPad Air 2 unboxing and comparison gallery...

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple's new iPad Air 2. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos.

More pictures will be added as the day progresses, and be sure to check back for our full review of both new models coming soon....

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10:52
Google’s new Inbox app is a marriage between Gmail...

 

Today, Google unveiled a new email solution called Inbox, which looks like a marriage between Gmail and Google Now. Currently available by invitation only, this new app takes bits from your email like purchase invoices and bank statements and groups them together for fast access. Like Google Now, Inbox adapts to the way you operate, highlighting key pieces of emails like flight plans, photos, documents and upcoming event information.

In addition to monitoring message-related content, Inbox will display relevant information from the web such as flight status and package deliveries that weren’t included in your original email. Billed as a working email system, Inbox lets you set...

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10:49
Nike's CEO Says Apple & Nike to Expand into...

Something's brewing: Today, in an interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle, Nike CEO Mark Parker said that he was quite bullish on their relationship with Apple and made an interesting statement about working with Apple on wearables.

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10:46
Elixir releases Tesla Pro theme for RapidWeaver 6

Elixir Graphics has announced Tesla Pro (http://tinyurl.com/k3ajw6w), an US$24.95 "elegant, responsive theme" for RapidWeaver 6, Realmac Software's web development tool.

According to Adam Shiver, owner of Elixir Graphic, some of its most notable features are: extra stock banners; the ability to use your own images as banners; two ExtraContent areas; a lightbox for photo album images; and the "Blog Entry topper."

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10:39
The Nova BLOX is a new power pack for smartphones,...

Juno Power has launched the Nova BLOX, a 4,000 mAh power pack packed in a five-ounce aluminum case with a 2.1A USB output. It charges smartphones, tablets, cameras and any other 5V device.

The palm-sized Nova BLOX is equipped with a high-powered LED flashlight. It's offered in three tints of gold, grey and silver. The power bank purportedly provides up to 20 hours of additional talk time for the iPhone 5, 12 hours for the Samsung Galaxy series and 18 hours for the Moto X. The Nova BLOX is currently available at JunoPower.com and Amazon.com for $24.99.

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10:30
Pyle Audio presents the Street Vibe Portable...

Pyle Audio (www.pyleaudio.com) has introduced the US$149.99 Street Vibe Portable Bluetooth Speaker System, a classic boom box system that allows instant wireless music streaming through Bluetooth utilization. Additionally, the Street Vibe uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to connect with Android devices.

The Street Vibe is built in the retro boom box mold, but with a LCD display and USB/Micro SD memory card readers. It boasts two 2.5-inch stereo speakers, a built-in rechargeable battery (2200 mAh), a FM radio and sleep timer function, EQ presets, and touch button controls.

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10:30
Daily Deal: The Camera Lens Mug, only $19.99

In today’s bonus iLounge Deal you can also grab The Camera Lens Mug for only $19.99—60% off the normal price. Carry your favourite beverages in style with this cool and unique mug that also features an extended heat preservation system to keep your hot beverages steaming for hours. The mug features a comfortable rubber shell for easy gripping and stainless steel lining with a unique lens influenced design that also makes an awesome hiding…

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10:30
Daily Deals for October 22, 2014, featuring the NYOP...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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10:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-22

GT Advanced Technologies said in court that ot came to an "amicable parting" with Apple. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont express talk about what that might mean. They also take a trip into the land of Apple Pay to discuss some of the security implications of the service.


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10:21
Bike2Power introduces the MountCase Kit for the...

Bike2Power (www.bike2power.com) has introduced the MountCase Bike Kit for iPhone 6, and the BikeCharge Dynamo, a compact and mountable device with an integrated bicycle dynamo.

The US$49.95 MountCase Bike Kit comes equipped with a RainGuard and MountCase, converting from an everyday case to a bike-mounting system. It's build of polycarbonate plastic and weighs less than two ounces. The RainGuard lays over the MountCase protecting the device from rain, snow, dust and dirt.

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10:13
SpamSieve 2.9.17

Adds support for Apple Mail under 10.10 Yosemite ($30 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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10:10
Original Mac 128K screen laid on the new iMac Retina...

This is just delicious.

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10:08
A fix for Apple Pay bug displaying incorrect card...

A fix for a bug in Apple Pay that causes credit cards from Chase and others to not display the correct physical card design is being worked on, according to sources close to the situation.

There have been a few hiccups for the launch of Apple Pay this week as the company works to quickly roll out support for additional banks and card types. In addition to some glitches causing users to be overcharged and many unsupported card types, a number of users have noticed that the physical card designs for some cards aren’t displayed correctly...

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10:00
Toggle between Outlook.com, OneDrive and Office...

Today, when you log in to Outlook.com, OneDrive.com, or Office Online, you may notice something new. We have updated our header to create a consistent and simple way to switch between your Microsoft services—the app launcher.

Last week we announced a new way to organize and launch apps in Office 365 for business. Today, we’re introducing the new app launcher, which offers a single point of access to the personal services you use daily: Outlook.com, People, Calendar, OneDrive and Office Online.  We’re excited to say that launching apps is now the same, whether you’re using Office 365 at work, or attending to your personal life in Outlook.com. Consistency just makes sense!

We believe that all of our services work better together. Whether you are sharing a document from...

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10:00
Click to launch, click to switch

Today’s post was written by Matt Gauthier, senior program manager with the Office Online team.

Click to launch apps

Last week we announced a new way to organize and launch apps in Office 365 for business cloud-based services. Today, we’re starting to roll out the new app launcher for our consumer services—namely Office Online, Outlook.com and OneDrive.  Outlook.com users have been switching apps this way for quite some time, so today’s change represents a small visual change. However, the exciting news is that now launching apps is the same whether you’re working or tending to your personal life. Consistency just make sense!

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10:00
Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens now on pre-order for iPhone 6...

For avid iPhoneographers, there's no substitute for Olloclip's line of clip-on or case-mounted accessory lenses. Sadly, while the iPhone 5/5s lenses were wildly popular, those lenses don't work with the new thinner and larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus....

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09:54
Apple planning to bring Apple Pay support to iAd...

Tap-to-buy quick purchasing buttons with support for Apple Pay may be coming to Apple's iAd mobile advertising network as soon as this fall, according to a new report.

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09:49
Hazel 3.3

Adds support for matching multiple rules and using custom attributes defined in earlier conditions. ($29 new, free update, 8.9 MB)

 

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09:34
How to install Windows using Boot Camp

Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Mac. After installing, you can restart your Mac to switch between OS X and Windows.

 

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09:30
Productivity Warning: Hearthstone heads to iPhone...

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is already on Windows, Mac, and iPad, which means you probably haven't gotten a lot of work done so far in 2014. When the game finds its way to the iPhone in 2015 -- as Blizzard revealed it will in a new blog post --...

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09:10
Apple reportedly building rewards program to boost...

Apple watchers and tech journalists have been working their way through the list of Apple Pay partners to make sure the mobile payments service works as promised. But beyond the first burst of excitement, how can Apple convince regular folks to replace their wallets with iPhones?

Getting the largest banks, credit card companies, retailers, and apps on board is a start. But Apple is reportedly working on a loyalty program that would reward you for using Apple Pay, and if there’s anything people love more than new Apple devices, it’s free stuff. According to financial blog Bank Innovation (which has reported several accurate Apple Pay-related rumors in the past), the program uses Apple’s iBeacons, low-energy Bluetooth-powered push notifications based on your specific location, to...

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09:07
Pangu team debuts early, developer-only iOS 8.1...

The Pangu jailbreak team has developed a new hack for iOS 8 and 8.1 devices, reports and the team's website note. The initial release is said to be intended strictly for app developers, since it doesn't install Cydia or other services designed to make jailbreaking simple and practical. The public version is in fact waiting on those services being brought up to speed for iOS 8....



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09:00
Apple and GT Advanced agree to part ways

Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have reached an agreement that severs the ties between the two companies. GT Advanced's lawyer Luc Despins told a bankruptcy court that the two companies have agreed to an "amicable parting of the...

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:10
MasterCard Airs 'Priceless Surprises'...

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and MasterCard announced a partnership that has seen Apple Pay support roll out at concession stands at ballparks in San Francisco and Kansas City for the World Series. As part of its World Series promotional push, MasterCard also debuted a pair of television ads during last night's Game 1, featuring Apple Pay and the company's "Priceless Surprises" program that has seen cardholders surprised with various rewards.

One spot features former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera and longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, while the second features Kansas City Royals legend George Brett, with MasterCard promoting surprises such as meet-and-greets with the stars and tickets to World Series games.

On its Priceless Surprises website, MasterCard notes it has surprised over 70,000 cardholders with various...

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08:00
A Macworld/iWorld Lament

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:18
iPad Air 2 and Retina Mini iPad 3 Pre-Orders Arrive...

Following the launch of pre-orders last Friday, Apple's new iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 models are now making their way into customers' hands and onto retail store shelves. According to The Inquirer and reports from MacRumors readers, pre-orders are now being delivered, and the tablets are now available for purchase online and in store.

Customers in launch countries of the UK and Australia started receiving their tablets today and have already posted unboxing videos. Unlike the iPhone 6 which featured a plain white box, customers report the box for the iPad Air 2 is similar to the original iPad Air with a color representation of the iPad on the cover.

Apple's online...

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

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

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

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

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


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

Fantastical for iPhone...

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07:00
FitBit Badge List

In case you might be new to the platform, I published a page at http://krypted.com/utilities/fitbit-badge-list/ of all the FitBit badges I’ve seen so far. 

Note, I also updated my Nike badge list at http://krypted.com/utilities/nike-and-nikefuel-badge-list/.

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

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

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

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

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


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06:44
The Next-Gen TV Cable Dilemma


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

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

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

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06:36
ScreenFlow 5.0 adds support for iOS recording, more

Telestream has released ScreenFlow 5.0, the latest version of the company's screencasting and video editing software for the Mac. The upgrade adds such features as direct recording from iOS devices, enhanced ease of use, improved media management, and new publishing capabilities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:14
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for OS X...

Noteboom Productions (www.noteboomproductions.com) has introduced Tutor for OS X Yosemite, their latest video tutorial for the Mac.

Tutor for OS X Yosemite consists of 49 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's latest operating system for the Mac. It also includes lessons on setting up OS X default behaviors through System Preferences, installing and uninstalling Apps, working with documents, backing up, and troubleshooting tips.

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06:14
Apple Security Update 2014-005 - For OS X 10.9 and...

Apple Security Update is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

The download link above is for OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks; also available:



  • OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • See Related Links for OS X 10.8.5



Download Now

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

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

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06:10
Kool Tools: Getting Ready for Yosemite

Nektony has launched Getting Ready for Yosemite (http://tinyurl.com/nj6mmff), a free step-by-step guide designed to help users migrate to Mac OS X Yosemite.

In addition, the company highlights Boost & Memory, Disk Expert & ClearDisk, three of its disk utilities that serve to aid Mac users prior to installing Yosemite for OS X.

Boost & Memory is used to check the current memory usage and releases the inactive RAM. It forces the system to recover wasted memory and make it available to processes that need it. Boost & Memory allows clearing inactive RAM using automatic or manual modes.

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

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

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06:06
Nektony releases guide to prepare your Mac for OS X...

Nektony has launched Getting Ready for Yosemite (http://tinyurl.com/nj6mmff), a free step-by-step guide designed to help users migrate to Mac OS X Yosemite.

In addition, the company highlights Boost & Memory, Disk Expert & ClearDisk, three of its disk utilities that serve to aid Mac users prior to installing Yosemite for OS X. Boost & Memory is used to check the current memory usage and releases the inactive RAM.

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06:00
Calvertr: A unique calculator and conversion app

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

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

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

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05:54
InSilo.co introduces Peppermint code editor for Mac...

InSilo.co has introduced the Peppermint (http://www.osxpeppermint.com) code editor for Mac OS X, which supports more than 50 syntaxes.

It provides advanced editing features with dozens of extensions, giving developers the ability to create new apps. Peppermint is designed to provide a "one-window no-distractions experience" with extensibility features like plug-ins, live JavaScript console and third party extensions, according to Ioannis Zafeiropoulos, InSilo.com's chief software architect and CEO.

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

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

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05:30
Moneyball comes to the NHL with ProPuck Wizard

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

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

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

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05:04
Apple's CEO Attended Top Level Meeting in China...

Apple serious about protecting user privacy: Yesterday we reported on the fact that iCloud users in mainland China were under a cyber-attack that could allow access to personal data. Although the Chinese government denied any association with the attack, it's being reported by the official Xinhua news agency today that Apple's CEO Tim Cook has discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing.

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