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Tuesday October 14

22:37
Apple to debut 27" Retina iMac at Oct. 16 event...

At its special media event on Thursday, Apple is expected to release a highly-anticipated 27-inch iMac with Retina quality display that will ship before the end of 2014, as well as a next-generation iPad Air that could see limited initial supply, says one well-informed analyst.

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22:17
MacJournal 6.1.3 - Create, maintain, and blog a...

MacJournal is the world's most popular journaling software for the Mac. MacJournal 6 adds a calendar mode that show entries from any journal, geolocation, word count, and progress tracking, as well as additional blogging support. A Timeline mode has been added to give the journaler the ability to see their writing activity in chronological order. MacJournal 6 even introduces a feature for creating books from journals specially formatted for publishing. Add any kind of content, not just text. Drag PDFs, QuickTime movies, images, audio, and more. Record audio and video, even publish to a blog account on Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Posterous, and Tumblr. Dropbox support added as well.

We've made it easy for you.

We've created and designed MacJournal, the world's most popular journaling application for the Mac, so that you can start writing and express yourself the moment you launch it. Easily create a journal - for your dreams,...

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21:22
Initial iPad Air 2 Supplies May Be Limited, 27-Inch...

Just about a day before Apple's October 16 media event, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report, saying that he expects supplies of iPad Air 2s to be constrained. His report also suggests that the 27-inch Retina Display iMac to begin shipments before the end of the year and reiterates that the new iPad Minis won't be a significant upgrade.

Of the new products, we think the market will be more interested in iPad Air 2. However, as the poor yield rate of anti-reflective coating cover lens has delayed mass production, we estimate 2014 shipments of iPad Air 2 of 7- 9mn units, lower than the 12mn units of the then-new iPad Air shipments in 2013. We thus expect iPad Air 2 to contribute less to the supply chain than iPad Air did last year. We also don’t expect the event to boost supply chain shares much.Kuo goes on to once again suggest that a significant update to the iPad...

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21:21
Firefox 33.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox for Mac offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience.

Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 33.0:

  • OpenH264 support (sandboxed)
  • Improved search experience through the location bar
  • Slimmer and faster JavaScript strings
  • Search suggestions on the Firefox Start (about:home) and new tab (about:...

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20:55
Apple asks court to let it privately object to...

On Tuesday, Apple's lawyers filed a motion asking the court to let it secretly object [PDF] to the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceedings of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), a company that had partnered with Apple to manufacture sapphire components like camera lenses and TouchID buttons. Apple told the court that it had numerous confidentiality agreements with GTAT, and that it needed its objection to be sealed to protect those agreements.

“Apple seeks to file under seal the Objection in order to protect the confidential commercial information contained therein and to comply with the terms of its confidentiality agreements with GTAT,” Apple's lawyers wrote.

The company only vaguely hinted at what it would take issue with in GTAT's bankruptcy filing. “The...

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20:48
KGI: 27″ Retina iMac ready to roll, 21″ next year,...

KGI has published a new research note indicating that the 27″ model of the new “Retina” iMac will begin shipping before the end of this year. However, according to the note, a 21-inch version which is currently in development will not be released until the beginning of 2015, probably alongside other products “early 2015″ like the Apple Watch and...

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19:44
U2 frontman Bono apologizes for auto downloads of...

While many users were happy to get a free album from iTunes, the recent promotion of U2's Songs of Innocence LP done through Apple -- where every iTunes user had a copy added to their past purchases list -- rubbed some listeners the wrong way. Bono, the lead singer for the group, has issued an apology for what he characterized as an overzealous move that resulted from a combination of "a drop of megalomania" and "deep fear" that the songs wouldn't be widely heard....



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19:25
Briefly: Belkin Qode keyboards, Stonelight Pictures...

Belkin announced two new keyboard cases today under the banner of its Qode tablet series. The Bluetooth keyboard covers offer "improved keyboard layouts" with the same number of keys as a laptop, with the Ultimate Pro Keyboard offering additional features over the Slim Style Keyboard. The Qode Ultimate Pro features an aluminum construction, a backlit keyboard, adjustable portrait and landscape modes with different view angles, up to a year of continuous battery life, a detachable case that doubles as a smart cover, and auto-sensing automatic on/off technology. Belkin's Slim Style Keyboard is a...



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19:03
"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US...

An anonymous reader writes: The Irish Finance Minister announced on Tuesday that Ireland will no longer allow companies to register in Ireland unless the companies are also tax resident. This will effectively close off the corporate tax evasion scheme known as the "Double Irish" used by the likes of Google, Apple, and Facebook to route their earnings through their Irish holdings in order to garner an effective tax rate of, as in Google FY2013, 0.16%. Ireland's new policy will take effect in 2015 for new companies. "For existing companies, there will be provision for a transition period until the end of 2020."

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18:59
Fitbit Charge, Charge HR appear in leaked marketing...

Fitbit is close to releasing two new models of fitness trackers, with one including a new function, a report suggests. Marketing materials for two wrist-based devices called the Fitbit Charge and the Charge HR has surfaced, and while one seems to be a remodeling of a previous device, the other appears to add the ability for the wearer to monitor their heart rate....



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18:14
The Day That Macworld Died

If you go to the official Macworld Expo site, you’ll notice that the conference has, like the Blues Brothers before the movie, been disbanded. MacIT lives on, but Macworld Expo does not, for now. Shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, given the fact that the Macworld magazine has gone through some substantial changes as well, recently. But it is a surprise nonetheless.

I have many great memories from Macworld, including striking up friendships with young gurus named Bartosh, Dreyer, Regan, Wisenbaker, Rennich, Welch and many, many others back when Apple was an afterthought. Special thanks to Paul, Kathy and many others for their massive contributions towards making the Apple community what it is today. Much respect. Dedication:

And Macworld, hopefully I’ll be dedicating this one to you in 2016 when you get the band back together!

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17:45
Apogee Emsemble

The all new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box. Ensemble includes 8 Advanced Stepped Gain™ mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O. Blending acclaimed innovations, groundbreaking new features and an effortless user interface, Ensemble empowers you to capture inspiration when creative lightning strikes.

What a great looking interface. This thing is a beast.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:44
Employee class in anti-poaching suit doubles-back on...

In a strange turn of events, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing many of Silicon Valley's top tech companies of suppressing wages by engaging in a "gentlemen's agreement" not to poach employees from each other have now said that Judge Lucy Koh, who is hearing the case, should formally reject a previously agreed-to settlement offer. Following Judge Koh's initial rejection of the $324.5 million settlement -- signed off on by the plaintiffs and the companies involved -- the plaintiffs have now agreed with the judge that the sum is a bit too low....



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17:37
Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 patch with...

Microsoft has released Office for Mac 2011 version 14.4.5, which includes critical bug fixes and security improvements. You can download the free 113 MB patch from Microsoft’s website. The change notes from Microsoft are below:

This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.

The update is recomended for all users of Office 2011, which is the most recently version of the productivity suite for OS X systems.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Microsoft Office...

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17:36
∞ Foo Fighters do “War Pigs”

Much respect.

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17:04
Bono Calls Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway ‘Beautiful Idea...

Responding to a fan's question about U2 working with Apple to give away Songs of Innocence to iTunes account holders, frontman Bono said, "I'm sorry about that." The comment came from a Facebook-hosted question and answer session for fans.


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16:56
Apple asks court to seal objections against GT...

Apple on Tuesday entered a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire requesting to seal objections made in regard to partner sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies' Chapter 11 protection filing.

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16:35
‘Oops, sorry about that:’ Bono responds to ‘Songs of...

iTunes customers who didn’t watch Apple’s iPhone keynote last month were a bit surprised to discover that they suddenly owned a copy of U2’s new albumSongs of Innocence,” even though they’d never bought it. The band had partnered with Apple to add the album to every single iTunes account for free in what they called the largest album debut ever.

iTunes users were less than thrilled at the arrangement, noting that the album was being automatically downloaded to their devices in many cases and there was no...

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16:27
August Smart Lock Gets Key Exposure in Apple Stores


The August Smart Lock will become available for purchase at Apple retail stores in the United States starting this week, the company announced on Tuesday. Priced at $249.99, the smart device uses Bluetooth and a mobile app to create a virtual key. It has been shipping since late August in limited quantities to those who ordered it online, but it currently is backordered, with delivery expected in 90 days. International distribution is planned for the near future.

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16:06
U2 frontman Bono apologizes for foisting 'Songs...

During a Facebook interview posted to the Web on Tuesday, U2's Bono apologized for Apple's handling of the "Songs of Innocence" LP giveaway, which caused automatic downloads for many users after the company linked the album to all iTunes accounts.

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16:00
WorldRelay Tuner lets you create your own micro-...

WorldRelay Tuner (free) is a fascinating variation on the many radio tuner apps available. This app gives you audio and video streams, lets you save favorites, and watch or listen to what you want. It also includes live streaming cameras from a...

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15:35
U2's Bono Apologizes for Automatic 'Songs...

In a Facebook interview where U2 band members answered questions asked by their fans, U2 frontman Bono apologized to iTunes users that were upset after the band's new album "Songs of Innocence" was automatically downloaded on their devices without their consent.

In the apology, Bono says that the group "got carried away" with themselves and were worried that songs they had spent two years working on "might not be heard."

Oops. Um. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.

Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.

There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.U2's newest album, "...

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15:30
Type less, search more, with More or Less

More or Less is an app that is designed for the iPhone and iPad ad optimized for iPhone 5. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is a Google powered search optimization tool that allows a user to customize a search by indicating that top search links are...

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15:20
Forums: Who is the target audience for the Apple...

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, one long-time member made some interesting points about the most likely clientele for the premium editions of the Apple Watch that could be priced above $500, stating that a watch is really the only piece of "jewelry" a man can pull off with style, so some of the higher-end models would likely be very appealing to watch aficionados. More suggestions for the best free iOS 8 keyboards have been coming in one thread started late last week....



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15:16
Ireland to close 'Double Irish' tax...

As expected, Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan on Tuesday announced a planned end to tax breaks fostering the so-called "Double Irish" accounting scheme, which has been used by multinational corporations like Apple to save billions of dollars.

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15:15
Apple deals: Retina MacBook Pros starting at $1,019

Right now at Apple's online store, find bargain prices on refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $180, and is now down to $1,019. A discount of $210 drops the cost of the 13.3-inch Retina MBP with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage down to $1,189....



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15:04
DealNN: NeatDesk, iMacs and storage

Today only at BestBuy.com, take advantage of a 50 percent price break on the refurbished NeatDesk sheetfed scanner which has been slashed from $400 down to $200. That's nearly $170 less than buying it anywhere else. Free delivery is available, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. This scanner can be used to scan receipts and documents at a resolution of up to 600dpi with 48-bit depth, and it holds up to 1.5 million documents. It is compatible with Windows XP or Vista, and is backed by a six-month warranty on parts and labor from NeatDesk....



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15:00
Avid Watch sports smartwatch launches on Kickstarter...

Fitness wearables are the hot thing now, with a surprising number of new entrants rushing into the world where only Fitbit used to tread. Today, Vancouver-based AvidSport launched a Kickstarter campaign to get a new sports smartwatch called Avid...

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14:51
Pre-Order Exclusive: The Limited Edition Black Hawk...

We have ane exclusive preorder deal for you today for the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone with an SD Camera for $69 (there's a deal for one with an HD camera for $89, too). This is an aggressive looking drone quadricopter drone that retailed for $149. It comes with a remote, a USB cable for charging, and the SD camera. It has a fkight time of ten minutes between charges. Check out the deal page for more info. This is a pre-order price-it will ship "on or before" November 24th, 2014.


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14:48
Why Dr. Mac Think Apple’s Customer Service is...

People are always asking me where they should buy a Mac and my answer is almost always the same: The Apple Store. And when they ask, "Why?" as they always do, I tell them a joke. . .


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14:37
A New Smart Home Door Lock is Available for iDevice...

As Apple's developers begin to use HomeKit to create smart home products controlled by your iPhone, we'll have a lot of choices to consider. One such product is the August smart lock.

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14:29
Plaintiffs in Silicon Valley anti-poaching case ask...

Tech workers in a case accusing Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel of entering anti-poaching agreements asked a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday to reject the companies' settlement offer, which was previously denied by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh.

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14:00
Alpine Headphones tout "immersive"...

Alpine has long been one of the big names associated with car audio systems, but the company has never really made a splash with connected personal audio until today. The company just launched Alpine Headphones that are available in Apple Stores...

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13:52
GTAT's COO Sold Stock at Initial Signs of Plant...

It's Really Starting to Stink: An executive from bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies who oversaw its troubled sapphire production facility set up a plan to sell part of his shareholdings after the company failed to meet Apple’s technical milestones on time.

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13:50
The Mac Web Will Be a Poorer Place without Macworld/...

The Mac community lost a good friend this week, as IDG World Expo announced that Macworld/iWorld was going on "hiatus." If you're the type of person who follows Apple on the Internet, you've lost a friend, too.


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13:37
iPad mini Roundup Updated

Apple's Thursday, October 16 event may see the debut of a new Retina iPad mini. While rumors about the new mini have been overshadowed by the iPad Air, it is expected to see a processor upgrade and the addition of Touch ID.

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13:36
Apple to pay female employees up to $20,000 for new...

Female employees working at Apple will soon be offered a fertility benefit of up to $20,000 to put toward freezing their eggs, which advocates say gives women the freedom to seek career advancement without worrying about future family plans.

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13:35
Review: Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. From the lack of feedback to the change in configurations, there are several obstacles that can get in the way of adapting to a new format. However, physical keyboards are available on the market to help people retain some of the familiar feel, without having to carry around a laptop. Adesso offers a Bluetooth keyboard for fit this need with the Compagno X. But is the keyboard helpful to users, or will it drive them to using the screen-based alternatives? Find out...



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13:30
Discover new adventures with Adidas Outdoor Magazine

If your idea of an outdoor adventure is riding your bike through the park, or taking a long leisurely walk then Adidas Outdoor Magazine app is not for you. This free iPad only app appears in your Newsstand and presents you with real adventures in...

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13:21
Macworld Expo’s Hiatus Leaves a Gap ... and Creates...

Dave Hamilton has been attending Macworld Expo for decades, both as an attendee and then as part of his professional life. He's sad that Macworld Expo is gone, sure, but he's not surprised. In fact, he sees this as an opportunity opening itself up to our market.


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13:10
Macworld/iWorld expo going 'on hiatus,'...

The Macworld/iWorld expo is being put "on hiatus," and will not take place in 2015, according to organizer IDG World Expo. The 2014 event was held in March. IDG hasn't offered an explanation for the decision, nor has it suggested how, when, or even if the expo will return. It does say that MacIT, its Apple-themed enterprise event, will still take place next year and have details announced "in the coming weeks."...



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13:10
Seidio DILEX Pro Case for iPhone 6: Solid Protection...

Seidio's DILEX Pro case is an integrated two piece case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. One of its features is built-in metal kickstand. It can be purchased alone or bundled with a very nice plastic clip-in belt holster. Notable is the soft texture back and a great grip and feel.


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13:01
GT Advanced COO sold $1.2M in shares before...

Apple is seeking to keep its involvement in GT Advanced’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing secret as it reportedly asked courts to file its objections in the case under seal. Bloomberg reports that Apple has requested permission to keep its comments in the case secret to avoid disclosing “confidential research, development, or commercial information regarding Apple’s business processes.”

Despite previous reports that GT Advanced was requesting courts disclose more information about its relationship with Apple, Bloomberg reports today that the...

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13:00
A German man has built a "working" iPhone...

Convincing someone to watch a 13-minute video in a language they don't speak is normally a hard sell, but we urge our non German-speaking readers to give this a spin regardless. A German man has built a charming "working" iPhone in the game Minecraft...

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12:59
Another GT Advanced executive sold $2M in stock...

Scrutiny over beleaguered Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies continues to grow, with a new report highlighting that another high ranking official at the company sold nearly $2 million in stock after signs of trouble at its sapphire plant began to arise.

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12:51
9to5Toys Last Call: UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $...

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:

UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

JBL OnBeat Lightning iPhone 5/5s/5c or 6/6 Plus speaker dock (refurb): $15 shipped...

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12:46
First Look: Hex Icon Wallet and Solo Wallet for...

Hex has brought two wallet cases — Icon Wallet ($50) and Solo Wallet ($40) — to the iPhone 6. Icon Wallet is a genuine leather folio-style case. It includes three card slots and a cash pocket on the inner flap. A plastic shell within the folio holds the iPhone and provides minimal coverage, and an elastic strap wraps around the case to keep it shut. Solo Wallet is a genuine leather shell case, with two card slots on the back. The case leaves the…

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12:43
The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

An anonymous reader writes: Milen Dzhumerov, a software developer for OS X and iOS, has posted a concise breakdown of the problems with the Mac App Store. He says the lack of support for trial software and upgrades drives developers away by preventing them from making a living. Forced sandboxing kills many applications before they get started, and the review system isn't helpful to anyone. Dzhumerov says all of these factors, and Apple's unwillingness to address them, are leading to the slow but steady erosion of quality software in the Mac App Store. "The relationship between consumers and developers is symbiotic, one cannot exist without the other. If the Mac App Store is a hostile environment for developers, we are going to end up in a situation where, either software will not be supported anymore or even worse, won't be made at all. And the result is the same the other way around – if there are no consumers, businesses would go bankrupt and no software will be made. The Mac App...

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12:31
Article: Mind The Gap: What’s iPad’s Role In An...

Heading into Apple’s iPad and Mac event this Thursday, there’s no question that demand for their smaller brother — the iPhone — is surging. A record of 10 million iPhones sold in the opening weekend is reportedly on the cusp of being trumped by an additional 20 million pre-orders for China alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand has so outstripped supply that Apple postponed a brand new iPad’s…

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12:13
GT Advanced Saw Production Troubles as Early as...

GT Advanced Technologies, Apple's sapphire partner, may have been seeing production problems and missing technical milestones as early as February, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal that examines GT's securities filings.

It's widely known that Apple did not provide GT Advanced with a fourth and final $139 million loan payment aimed at giving the sapphire supplier a means to purchase vital equipment, but Apple also delivered its third payment to the company two months after it was expected.

GT was set to receive a $103 million payment in February of 2014, but did not receive the payment until April 2014, two months later, as it had failed to meet Apple's requirements on time.The third payment, of $103 million, was due in February...

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12:00
American, Chinese consumers more enthusiastic about...

A survey conducted by German market research firm GfK seems to indicate that the ability to use a smartwatch like the Apple Watch for electronic payment receives a more enthusiastic response in the US and China than in European countries.

The survey...

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11:55
∞ Macworld Expo goes on hiatus

Very sad news today for the Mac community:

“We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

I remember back in 1994 as one of the original members of MacCentral that one of our main goals was to attend a Macworld Expo. I grew up in my profession writing about all the great products released at the expos over the years. This is a sad day.

Since 1985, Macworld events have brought together a community to celebrate the incredible innovations that Apple has brought into the world, shining a spotlight on the developers who add value to the user’s experience in infinite ways. As Apple products and the related ecosystem have changed, so has the...

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11:30
New iPads may ship October 24th, source indicates

Apple is already shipping "mass quantities" of a new product to the US, apparently with the aim an October 24th launch, a source says. The product in question is unspecified, but given the timing it's anticipated to be the second-generation iPad Air, third-gen iPad mini, or both. Apple has an iPad-centric press event scheduled for this Thursday, and typically likes to ship new iOS devices a little over a week after their introduction....



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11:30
What a week with the Moto 360 taught me about the...

I love Apple gadgets, but I also love pretty much any type of new technology regardless of the brand. That's why a package arrived at my door last Monday from Motorola with a shiny new Moto 360 inside. Yep, the same Moto 360 that I tore apart after...

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11:28
Macworld Expo Mothballed after 30 Years

After a 30-year run, IDG World Expo has put Macworld Expo on hiatus, and while that doesn’t sound entirely final, we don’t expect it to return. Adam shares some thoughts about what caused IDG’s decision, and what we can expect to take Macworld Expo’s place.

 

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11:25
IDG puts Macworld/iWorld on hold, Not taking place...

IDG has released a statement that it's putting its annual Macworld/iWorld expo on hold.

The statement reads: "We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

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11:00
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

TinyScan Pro - PDF...

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10:52
You Are Apple’s Greatest Security Challenge

As the recent celebrity photo thefts showed, Apple now faces the cloud-security challenges that few other companies — even international banks — have had to address so far.

 

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10:49
IDG cancels Macworld/iWorld 2015 conference, says...

On the heels of last month's cancelation of Macworld's print magazine, IDG announced on Tuesday that the long running 2015 Macworld/iWorld conference, formerly known as the Macworld Expo, has also been canceled, marking the end of an era.

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10:45
Siri to gain some Apple Pay functionality, sources...

Siri will have at least some commands related to Apple Pay, according to sources "close to Apple" cited by Bank Innovation. The site says that it has confirmed this to an extent itself; on an iPhone 6 with iOS 8.0.2, telling Siri to "open my Bank of America credit card" will open up Passbook, rather than a Bank of America app. Doing so also prompts users to enter their passcode or Touch ID....



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10:43
Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.


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10:40
Macworld/iWorld Goes on Hiatus, No 2015 Event Planned

IDG today announced plans to put its annual Macworld/iWorld Expo on hiatus, which means the San Francisco event planned for 2015 will no longer take place. Macworld/iWorld, held annually, has long been one of the major Mac-based trade shows, dating back to 1985.

Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015 and the show is going on hiatus. The show saw a remarkable 30 year run that changed the technology industry, provided an important forum for Apple developers to bring new companies and products to market, delivered world class professional development to Apple product enthusiasts, and fostered the development of one of the most dynamic professional communities in the tech marketplace.Though the shuttering of Macworld/iWorld comes as a surprise, the expo's popularity has been on the decline in recent years. Prior to 2009, Apple attended the event and used it to unveil new products, drawing thousands of attendees, but the...

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10:33
KeyCue 7.3 - Displays all menu shortcut commands. (...

KeyCue lets you view available Command key shortcuts.Simply press and hold the Command key to view a list of all available keyboard shortcuts, making it easy to learn and remember those time-saving keystrokes.

  • See. View available keyboard shortcuts based on application by pressing the Command key.
  • Do. Simply type out the desired shortcut upon finding the appropriate action.
  • Learn. Develop into an efficient power user by remembering repeated shortcuts or discovering previously unknown actions.



Version 7.3:

  • KeyCue can now learn menu shortcuts of certain applications with non-standard menu implementations (such as Eclipse and all JetBrains products).
  • KeyCue now comes with a new built-in theme "Tenaya" that matches the new user interface style of Yosemite.
  • Improved visibility of the KeyCue icon against Yosemite's dark menu background....

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10:31
Amazon teases Apple over U2 album giveaway blunder...

At your own risk, stream U2’s album for free from Amazon Prime Music

Now that Apple has finally wrapped up its U2 album giveaway to iTunes customers, a promotion that warranted its own removal tool named after the “Songs of Innocence” album, Amazon is picking up the record and giving it away to Amazon Prime subscribers through Prime Music… but not without taking a shot at Apple first.

While Apple rather aggressively added the U2 album to every iTunes library automatically (prompting automatic downloads if the setting was enabled) and upsetting many customers, Amazon took...

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10:31
R.I.P. Macworld/iWorld

Macworld/iWorld, which has been the premiere event for Apple fans since 1985, is officially "going on hiatus" according to IDG World Expo. The show will not take place in 2015, although the MacIT event for enterprise professionals will...

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10:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Tracking time, and killing it...

Tracking time, and killing it too

In this week’s roundup of new Mac Apps, we bring you a way to skip terrible music, find out where your day goes, and make the most of your breaks.

AutoMile 2.0

Brian Toth’s $30 AutoMile - Automatic mileage calculation at your convenience (Mac App Store Link) calculates your car’s mileage based on where you’ve been.

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10:27
Macworld/iWorld conference going on hiatus, no event...


Jobs introducing MacBook Air at Macworld 2008

Macworld has announced that its Macworld/iWorld conference is going on hiatus and no show will take place in 2015. The show was previously planned to take place in March, which was a bit later than the typical January/February timeframe.

Early Tuesday, IDG World Expo released a statement noting that the venerable Apple-oriented trade show, Macworld/iWorld would go on hiatus and not be held in 2015 as planned. The contents of that statement are: “We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming...

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10:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.


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10:22
Yves Behar's iPhone-controlled August Smart...

The August Smart Lock, created by famed designer Yves B?har, is now available at retail through a partnership with Apple, which is selling the HomeKit-connected device at all of its locations across the U.S.

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10:19
Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."

The Mac Observer Spin: Bummed. Severely.


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10:15
Macworld/iWorld on hiatus, no show in 2015

Early Tuesday, IDG World Expo released a statement noting that the venerable Apple-oriented trade show, Macworld/iWorld would go on hiatus and not be held in 2015 as planned. The contents of that statement are:

“We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world’s premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Since 1985, Macworld events have brought together a community to celebrate the incredible innovations that Apple has brought into the world, shining a spotlight on the developers who add value to the user’s experience in infinite ways. As Apple products and the related ecosystem have changed, so has the marketplace, and we are proud to have played a part in that evolution. Literally thousands of companies and hundreds of products have come to market at Macworld, and countless professional...

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10:13
SteerMouse 4.2 - Powerful third-party mouse driver...

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well.

SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more.

SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's Sensitivity on top of the Tracking Speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the Tracking Speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.



Version 4.2:

  • Now supports OS X Yosemite.



  • OS X 10.4 or later



Download Now

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10:09
Grids is new Instagram client for Mac OS X

ThinkTime Creations has released Grids (http://thegridsapp.com), an Instagram client app for Mac OS X. Users can view their feed, profile, liked photos, popular photos and nearby photos as well as like, comment and save photos/videos, and more.

Grids' user interface works both at full screen and in widget-sized window. Photos are automatically resized according to the viewport size with customizable preferences.

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10:04
iPad Air Roundup Updated

Apple is debuting its next-generation iPad Air this Thursday, with part leaks pointing towards an A8X chip, 2GB of RAM, and storage starting at 16GB. Rumors also suggest the updated tablet will feature Touch ID, an improved camera, a gold color option, and a new anti-reflective coating.

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10:02
Maintain serves up OS X Yosemite version of Cocktail

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 8.0 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website.

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10:00
Daily Deals for October 14, 2014, featuring the...

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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09:32
Apple Likely Planning October 24 Launch Date for New...

With Apple's October media event coming up later this week, the company has reportedly already begun shipping mass quantities of new product into the U.S. and appears to be setting up for a Friday, October 24 availability date, according to a source that has provided accurate information to MacRumors in the past.

The specific product being shipped was not identified by the source, but it likely is Apple's rumored upcoming iPad, though it is not clear which model -- the iPad Air 2, the Retina iPad mini 2, or both -- is being transported.

Physical mockup of iPad Air 2 with Touch ID
The timing would be consistent with Apple's usual strategy for such launches, coming just over a week after the product's introduction. With the exception of major new category products like the Apple...

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09:30
LEGO Movie videogame coming to the Mac on Oct. 16

Feral Interactive says The LEGO Movie Videogame will be released for the Mac on October 16. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, handhelds and PC, its an adaptation of the hit film, The LEGO Movie. When released, the game will be available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store.

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09:29
Apple service providers expected to start servicing...

Authorized Apple service providers -- and presumably Apple itself -- will soon start servicing Beats speakers and headphones, according to a memo to providers obtained by a Greek website. The message states that "in the near future, Apple will be responsible for providing service" for Beats products. The company adds that it is now sending out contract addendums, and will publish articles explaining the exact processes for handling Beats gear....



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09:25
Apple Stores now sell accessories for your dog with...

You can now buy an iPhone-connected accessory for your dog through Apple Stores as the Whistle Activity Monitor officially goes on sale in Apple’s retail stores in North America. The product was previously available through select retailers and online, but today arrives as the Apple Store’s first iPhone accessory specifically for dog owners. The company has also added some new features and dropped the price to $99 to accompany the Apple Store launch:

In addition to making Whistle more widely available to the nearly 68 percent of U.S. households with a pet (1), Whistle has announced two new tech capabilities to further simplify the important daily responsibilities of pet ownership: a brand new IFTTT (If This Then That) channel...

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09:19
Lenovo Gives Yoga Tablets a New Twist


Lenovo last week announced five new models in its Yoga product line, some running Windows and the others Android. Three are tablets -- the Tablet 2 Pro and the Tablet 2 running Android, and the Tablet 2 running Windows. The others are the Yoga 3 Pro and the Thinkpad Yoga 14 laptops. The Tablet 2 comes in 8- and 10-inch models, running Android or Windows. The Tablet 2 Pro runs Android. Actor and producer Ashton Kutcher was heavily involved in the development of the flagship Tablet 2 Pro, Lenovo said.

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09:15
FileMaker offers free guide to high-performance...

FileMaker Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the “Performance” guide, a free, 30-page electronic guide to building high-performance custom FileMaker solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.

The first in a series of FileMaker guides focused on solution design, the Performance guide is available immediately for download via the FileMaker Technical Network, a free-to-join online resource network and community for FileMaker developers and enthusiasts.

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09:04
Hands On: AudioNote (OS X)

It's pretty safe to say that most people feel like they could improve their note-taking, whether for classes or work purposes. Among the various apps available for improving note-taking efficiency is Luminant Software's AudioNote, which combines notepad functionality with voice recording. Focused on synchronizing note and audio recording, AudioNote aims to assists users in documenting all the information they need, with review of notes supplemented by the audio, and vice versa. Does it simplify note-taking, or complicate it?...



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09:01
European Study shows that U.S. and Chinese Consumers...

A new study released today by Germany's respected market research firm GfK covers survey statistics from China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US about the reception of potential smartwatch services. The results reveal that that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches like the upcoming Apple Watch to carry tickets for passenger transport or as security keys ...

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09:00
Simpler, better instant messaging options in Lync...

Today’s post was written by Nikolay Muravlyannikov, program manager on the Lync Team.

You asked, we listened.  Today, we released an update to the Lync 2013 Windows client, which gives users the option to eliminate the images of senders and receivers in IM conversations without disabling them in the contact list.  We also grouped all of the IM options in the Options dialog to make them easier to find and made a number of other improvements to our media stack to improve call quality wherever you are.

Turn off the images of senders and receivers in the IM conversation window

Roughly a year ago, we added a feature that displays the pictures of participants in Lync IM conversations.  The goal was to make it easier to visually identify who had just sent an IM, which is particularly useful in the context of group conversations.  The downside is that including pictures takes space and as a result, a number of people asked us to provide and option to...

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09:00
Improving Outlook Web App options and settings

Will Holmes is a senior program manager on the Exchange engineering team.

We offer you lots of options and settings so you can manage Outlook Web App (OWA) the way you want to.  But what good are all of these controls if it takes too much time to find them? The OWA engineering team is always looking for ways to make features and settings more discoverable and intuitive. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that, beginning this month, you’ll see that OWA options and settings have moved into a new navigation tree.

Early feedback overwhelmingly indicates that the new view improves discoverability, provides a cleaner user interface, enhances the experience for tablet users and delivers a scalable framework to let us add future OWA settings with minimal disruption.

What’s changing?

As has always been the case, to find the options and settings you need to customize your OWA experience, you click the gear icon in the upper...

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09:00
Skype Qik wants to become your "go to"...

After acquiring and retiring the Qik video streaming app, Skype has relaunched the service as Skype Qik: Group Video Messaging, a drop-dead-easy video messaging app. Similar to iMessage video chat, the app allows you to message your friends and...

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08:56
News: Ireland plans to end “Double-Irish” tax...

Ireland is planning major changes to its corporate tax structure, according to Reuters, including eliminating the “Double-Irish” tax loophole that has allowed companies such as Apple to use Ireland as a tax haven. Addressing Ireland’s parliament, the government’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan stated that “aggressive tax planning by multinational companies has been criticised by governments across the globe and has damaged…

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08:53
Rumor: Leaked photo shows possible 2GB of RAM for...

The next-gen iPad Air component images are leaking at a fairly steady rate and revealing some interesting stuff.

Per MacRumors, a fairly clear image has been published by Apple.club.tw of what is said to be the logic board for the second-generation iPad Air suggests that the device will indeed come with an A8X chip, as hinted at in earlier images shared over the weekend.

Furthermore, the new image published by Apple.club.tw that seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip. While the first letter is entirely blurred, it is the second character that is key to determining whether the chip is 1GB or...

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08:51
Ireland closing 'Double Irish' tax...

The Irish government is preparing to close a tax loophole that many technology companies are using to their advantage. The government has announced changes to tax law covering Ireland, which will prevent Google, Apple, and other large enterprises from abusing current tax rules in what is commonly known as a "Double Irish" tax arrangement....



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08:43
Sonos Controller app updated for iOS 8 & iPhone...


Sonos today updated its Controller app for iPhone and iPad bringing full support for iOS 8 and optimizations for the new larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The app, which offers control of wi-fi connected Sonos audio hardware, also now supports the company’s new Sonos Boost enterprise-grade wi-fi extender accessory:

This update includes support for SONOS BOOST, an accessory that provides enterprise-grade wireless performance for your Sonos system so you get unparalleled reliability – even in homes that are known to have wireless connectivity...

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08:38
Booq unveils the Cobra slim laptop bag

Booq (www.booqbags.com) has introduced the Cobra slim, a laptop bag constructed of Bionic fabric, a patented method that transforms recycled beverage bottles into high-performance yarn. It's available for US$195.

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08:32
Samsung announces next-gen 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology...

As much as you may love your 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, it may not be the fastest thing on the block for long.

Per Macworld, on Sunday, Samsung announced it’s developing new 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology that can boost network speeds fivefold, from today’s 866Mbps per-device maximum to a blistering 4.6Gbps. At that rate, Samsung says, a 1GB movie file can transfer from one device to another in under 3 seconds.

This feat is achieved by ditching the crowded 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels used by today’s routers and jumping to the 60GHz frequency band.

Even though you might not have heard of them, neither the futuristic 802.11ad standard nor the idea of using the 60GHz frequency for ultra-fast Wi-Fi are new. But prior...

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08:30
Steal words and make them your own with WordXchange...

WordXchange is a clever multiplayer word game that's based around using a pool of just a few letters plus the words your opponent makes to create words of your own. Game options include playing against a computer, multiplayer with up to four people...

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08:29
Belkin unveils QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for the...

Belkin has launched the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air. It costs US$149.99 and is available now at http://tinyurl.com/ptbbqb9 .

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08:21
Rumor: Apple won’t unveil Retina display MacBook Air...

You can expect a lot of nifty things from Apple’s media event on Thursday.

A Retina display MacBook Air probably won’t be one of them.

Per Re/code and AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that the rumored new MacBook Air will not debut. He did, however, reiterate that the company is in fact planning to launch a new iMac with a high-resolution Retina display.

The absence of the new MacBook Air is largely in line with the latest rumors, which have indicated the device won’t be available in time for this holiday season. Instead, it’s been reported that the new ultraportable notebook with a...

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08:17
Sonos Boost audio wireless networking peripheral...

As expected, speaker company Sonos has released the Sonos Boost, a device which aims to provide "enterprise-grade wireless capabilities" to the company's speaker offerings, doubling the Sonos Bridge's effective range. The device connects to an existing Wi-Fi network, and makes a separate network, for the wireless Sonos speakers, removing the traffic from the main network, minimizing streaming problems that may cause audio dropout as a result of a congested network....



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08:06
Autodesk releases AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015

Autodesk is now shipping 2015 Mac editions of its flagship design products, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. There are several major additions this year, including Dynamic Blocks, which can be used repeatedly in other design elements and simply tweaked in size and shape as needed. Improving parity with Windows, AutoCAD for Mac now also supports layer states, including data such as color and linetype....



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08:00
Mailbox for Mac now available as a public beta to OS...

Dropbox-owned email service Mailbox today opened its Mac beta program to the public, allowing anyone with a Mac to test-run the desktop email client. Mailbox has been around for several years on iOS, but the company launched on OS X earlier this...

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07:51
Mac: Think Time Creations Grids

Instagram continues to be one of the most popular photo-based social networks for the iPhone, but users who want to bring that experience to the bigger desktop screen often find their options more limited. Sure, Instagram has a web site, but for those who prefer a native Mac app, there’s now Grids ($2) by Think Time Creations, a full-featured Instagram client....

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07:32
Europeans wary of smartwatch e-wallets, Americans...

Smartwatch-based digital wallets -- like Apple's integrated Passbook and Apple Pay systems -- could face an uphill battle in Europe, survey data released on Tuesday suggests, as consumers on the Old Continent seem to eye such devices with relative suspicion, compared to more interest among American and Chinese consumers.

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07:30
Buy4Me brings groceries to you

Buy4Me is a productivity app that helps users create grocery lists, and also find people in their area who are looking to earn coins to shop for other users. This app claims to be for people with limited time and mobility, and also for people who...

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07:29
Opinion: What can we expect from a Retina iMac, and...

Desktop fans have waited a long time for a Retina iMac, but it now seems pretty clear the wait won’t last too much longer. Our sources told us last month that the machines are “in the late testing phases,” and the rumor is that the machine will have a 5K display, with a resolution of 5120×2880 – exactly double that of the current 27-inch iMac.

We may even have identified the specific display Apple intends to use: a 27-inch 5K panel announced by Dell is looking like a very plausible candidate. This panel would provide...

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07:19
Amazon Set to Experiment with a New Pop-Up Store in...

When the late Steve Jobs first introduced their first Apple Store the critics were out in force saying it would fail because Gateway tried it and failed. Over the years the Apple Store vision that Steve Jobs had has been a raging success.

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07:14
Product Management :: Using Azure for Mobile...

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m a really crappy developer. And I have traditionally used OmniGraffle for prototyping web and mobile apps. But I recently found a cool little tool called Axure. The process of learning Azure was going pretty well. But there were a few things I couldn’t nail down exactly; so I got this handy little book called “Mobile Prototyping with Axure 7“.

Designing for mobile apps is different than web apps or even something like FileMaker, which is why prototyping instead of just building flat diagrams with a tool like OmniGraffle is so important. This book took me through Axure with an example-led, hands-on approach that basically did a lot of the work for me, allowing me to really quickly provide a team of developers with a vision of what something should look like and how it should behave. Especially since I’ve...

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07:01
Apple Notifies Service Provider Network of Upcoming...

Apple service providers will apparently soon be responsible for offering post-sales support for Beats headphones and speakers, reports Greek blog techingreek.com. The news comes from an internal memo dated today alerting official service providers to upcoming contract changes and future training documents regarding Beats products, and Apple's own retail stores will undoubtedly offer similar levels of support.

This move to support Beats music hardware is a necessary part of Apple's broader integration of Beats' products and services into the Cupertino company following the recent merger of the two companies. Apple is stocking its online and retail stores with Beats products and also is expected...

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06:47
Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t...

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.

The Mac Observer Spin: The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.


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06:45
‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ now available on Mac

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel, the latest installment in the popular Borderlands series, launches today for Mac on the same day as the console and PC release. The Mac version of the game is developed by Aspyr and includes cross-platform multiplayer and a promise of all future DLC:

Discover the story behind Borderlands 2 villain, Handsome Jack, and his rise to power. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel gives you a whole lotta new gameplay featuring the genre blending fusion of shooter and RPG mechanics that players have come to love… Float through the air with each low gravity jump while taking enemies down from above using new ice and laser weapons. Catch-a-ride and explore the lunar landscape with new vehicles allowing for more levels of destructive mayhem.

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06:31
Edinburgh Scotland is about to Experience "...

Scotland recently held a referendum on whether to stay or separate from England. Although the people of Scotland narrowly voted to rebuff independence for the time being, it was a divisive election. For the people of Edinburgh, there's a way to bring everyone together for a common cause this weekend. That cause is celebrating a new Apple Store ...

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06:30
Amazon's retail experiment will also include...

In addition to a new permanent fixture in Manhattan, Amazon will be dabbling in the retail market with a pair of new temporary locations in San Francisco and Sacramento this holiday season to push sales of its hardware, the company has confirmed.

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06:28
Daily Deal: Pre-order The Limited Edition Black Hawk...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pre-order the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone for only $69—that’s over 50% off the normal price. One of the most fun introductory drones on the market, the Black Hawk Drone is extremely stable to fly but will have you flipping through the air in no time. The included SD camera can also capture video footage on the go, you can pick up the HD version for only $20 more. With six-axis gyro technology this little…

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06:17
AutoCAD for Mac 2015 gets Retina-friendly user-...

Autodesk has announced the release of AutoCAD for Mac 2015 with a “Retina display-friendly user interface” and a feature-set that for the first time brings it close to that of the Windows version. The lower-cost AutoCAD LT for Mac version has also been updated.

Autodesk is emphasizing cross-platform compatibility for companies using a mix of OS X and Windows machines. The ability to save layer information like color and line type has been added to the Mac version in line with the Windows edition.

The company also says AutoCAD for 2015 is faster at the same time as offering improved stability … 

The new user interface includes Ribbon Galleries, designed to provide a faster...

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06:03
∞ Ana Yang gazillion bubble show

[VIDEO] This is mesmerizing.

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06:00
Microsoft latest to mimic Snapchat with new Skype...

Microsoft has just joined the ranks of companies looking to capitalize on the success of ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat. Through its Skype division, the company has launched a new cross-platform app for iOS, Android, and (of course) Windows Phone called Skype Qik. The premise of the application, as can be seen in the video above and screenshots below, is simple: you can record a quick video, and then share it to either one person in your address book or multiple groups of people.

Differentiating itself from some of the other players, the Skype-based solution is video-focused, and Skype is positioning it as a communication tool for in between full-scale Skype video chats. Notably, the whole service is connected to your phone number and existing contacts list, so it doesn’t require signing up with a standard Skype account. If you send a message via Qik to a user without the Qik app, the other person will be sent an SMS text message with instructions for downloading...

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06:00
Why Samsung fell

John Kirk for Tech.pinions:

Samsung has reported a 60% fall in quarterly profits. Just three years ago, Samsung rose from seemingly nowhere to dominate the global smartphone market. Today, Samsung is being pressured from above and below as Apple steals away its premium customers and Xiomi and others steal away customers from the low-end.

Why did Samsung fail? In a word, commoditization. Read the whole thing. Well worth it.

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06:00
Flickr Find: Typing out Steve Jobs

Flickr member Charis Tsevis created a mesmeric mosaic portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as part of Steve Jobs month on Typorn. In order "to emulate the original Mac look'n'feel", the portrait is deliberately black and white and is composed of...

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05:50
This is how McDonald’s will take Apple Pay at the...

Apple Pay is changing the drive-through payment game. Now, when you roll up to the drive through, the cashier will hand you the portable NFC reader, you’ll tap your phone or Apple Watch, hear the confirmation beep, then hand it back. No credit card, no signing, no pin code.

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05:44
iOS 8: Using the “Quick Website Search” Feature

iOS 8's new way to search within websites blows the previous methods out of the water, and in today's Quick Tip, you're gonna learn all about it! This'll let you look through certain sites right from Safari's search field. Neat, right? We think so, too.


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05:33
∞ iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus heading for 36 more...

Apple’s Fastest-Ever iPhone Rollout Includes India, Mexico, South Korea & Thailand

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05:30
Make sense of expenses and spending habits with...

If you want a money management app that's a step above basic, but not overly complicated, Monsense is a great choice.

Available on all iOS devices, Monsense gives you a lot of room for customization, but also lays the groundwork for tracking...

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05:29
Apple Stores expected to provide after-sales service...

Greek site Techingreek.com is reporting that Apple Service Providers will be providing after-sales service for Beats headphones and speakers within the country, suggesting that Apple itself may be doing the same in countries with Apple retail stores.

The site says that the above message was sent to Apple Service Providers in Greece, stating that they will provide service for Beats Electronics products “in the near future” … 

The move would be a logical step on the path to fully integrating Beats into the Apple fold following the $3B acquisition back in May. It’s rumored that...

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05:27
How to read books from your local library on your...

Voracious reader? If so, this may change things for you. A how-to on checking out a library eBook from the comfort of your couch.

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05:27
Samsung & Facebook may be Dreaming of...

A Korean report today revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong at Samsung's main office in Seocho today and agreed to jointly develop mobile content. The social network site looks to improve its mobile presence and Samsung needs to boost its content business.

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05:00
Samsung Plots Foray Into Speedy 60-GHz WiFi Market


Samsung on Sunday announced that it has resolved issues hindering the commercialization of 802.11ad standard 60-GHz WiFi technology. The company's solution maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference regardless of the number of devices on the network, using what it claims is the world's first method that allows multiple devices to connect simultaneously to a network. Samsung leveraged millimeter-wave circuit design and high-performance modem technologies, and developed a wide-coverage beamforming antenna.

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04:44
Dropbox denies 7M account leak caused through server...

Passwords from a supposed pool of 7 million Dropbox accounts have allegedly leaked by hackers, though Dropbox denies its service has been hacked. A thread on Reddit linked to batches of account credentials, with the user hoping to receive Bitcoin donations for the leaks, though the exact source of the leaked account details is unknown....



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04:23
802.11ac Wi-Fi CPE shipments to capture 18% of the...

The worldwide Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) market is expected to grow 11% in 2014, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The research group says total shipments of Wi-Fi access points, routers, and residential gateways are set to surpass 176 million units by the end of 2014.

"Growth is expected in all regions, driven by increased broadband penetration and more connected devices in homes," says Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director, ABI Research.

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04:21
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering Moisture...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three specific patents relating to iDevice moisture controls, video game ...

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04:13
Recommended Reading: 'Book of PF' (third...

Network administrators have secured their networks with OpenBSD's PF for more than a decade. However, the world of the Internet is changing, and that means PF and OpenBSD need to change too.

In the third edition of "The Book of PF" (No Starch Press, Oct 2014, 248 pp., $34.95), author Peter N.M. Hansteen returns with more PF and BSD helpful hints. With the assistance of this instructional guide, readers will master the latest PF developments to build strong and secure networks.

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04:11
Missing one-handed typing on your iPhone 6/Plus? One...

If you love your new iPhone 6/Plus but find yourself missing the convenience of one-handed typing, One Handed Keyboard may be the third-party keyboard for you. It’s a system-wide keyboard exactly the same size as the one on the older and smaller iPhones so everything will feel familiar. The “sliding over” keyboard method is what Samsung and LG have been using on their Phablets for years.

The keyboard can be switched between left- and right-handed use, and when you want to return to two-handed typing, just hold down the spacebar to expand it to full width … 

The keyboard automatically switches between dark and light themes, depending on the app in which it is used, or you can manually choose your keyboard color.

One Handed Keyboard costs...

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04:02
NetSpot for Mac OS X revved to version 2.4

NetSpot (www.netspotapp.com/) has announced NetSpot 2.4, an update of the Wi-Fi site survey software for Mac users. New features now accessible from the Preferences menu include the ability to add an iperf3 server address for active scanning via TCP and/or UDP, import and export global AP aliases, and auto-clear old Discover Mode data.

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03:00
Can New Words With Friends reignite your competitive...

Like many longtime iPhone owners and game aficionados, I had a healthy obsession with Words With Friends years back. When it was still fresh and new—well, as fresh and new as an obvious Scrabble knock-off can be—I juggled several games at all times, savoring each close victory over a colleague or pal and simmering over the constant losses to my wife. I even happily bought the game again on iPad simply for the privilege of a larger board view.

It's the same Words With Friends that many of us played obsessively years back, albeit with a modernized UI and new features.

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02:45
Apple Wins Patent for Advanced Haptics for Gaming...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent relating to advanced haptics that could be used in many environments including video games. Apple notes that "in some instances, the signals outputted by the accelerometer may be used with interactive software (such as a video game) to provide an additional input device for user gameplay…" Today, Apple's advanced haptics are being incorporated into their upcoming Apple Watch.

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02:34
We're hiring: paid mobile app reviewer position...

MacNN and Electronista are hiring paid app reviewers! We're looking for writers who have a familiarity with and own iOS and OS X devices, with Windows and Android gear a bonus. The ideal candidate has four hours free per day, and is available five days a week of your choosing. Applicants will be expected to write two reviews of software we would provide, of approximately 400 words in length, in a daily shift. Interested? Look inside for more details....



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01:49
Apple Granted Patent for a Multiplatform Software...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent brief we find that Apple has invented a tool for developers where there's a common "Makefile" that could be used to create software for any platform.

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00:33
Hundreds of Dropbox credentials reportedly leaked...

A thread on Reddit late Monday linked to a cache of Dropbox usernames and corresponding passwords allegedly gleaned from a Dropbox breach, but the company maintains its servers were not infiltrated and instead placed blame on an unnamed third-party service.

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Monday October 13

21:20
Hackers claim to have a database of nearly 7 million...

A database containing login information for nearly 7 million users of the private cloud storage provider Dropbox has been accessed by hackers, according to a partial dump posted on Pastebin earlier this evening (via The Next Web). However, Dropbox has issued a statement denying that this breach occurred on its end, saying that Dropbox itself was not attacked, but rather a third-party service that had stored user credentials:

Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now...

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18:22
Two new Apple retail locations opening in New...


Mall of New Hampshire

Apple will be expanding its retail operations to two new locations in Florida and New Hampshire this week. The first store will open on Thursday at Sarasota, Florida’s University Town Center. The second will be located in the Mall of New Hampshire (pictured above) in Manchester and will open on Saturday, October 18th (via MacRumors).

Customers will be able to start shopping at 10 AM local time. Apple is also planning to announce new products on Thursday, including...

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17:28
Ireland expected to dissolve 'Double Irish...

After the European Union's antitrust watchdog pressured reform, Ireland's government is expected to announce changes to its tax residency policies, phasing out the popular multinational tax loophole employed by Apple to save billions of dollars.

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17:00
In this 1996 video Apple talked incredibly polite...

The debate between PC and Mac users over which system is better will likely never end, but since the fight rages on, we might as well enjoy its finer moments -- like this video Apple produced in 1996 talking polite trash about the Windows 95...

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17:00
More info on second-gen iPad Air, Retina iPad mini...

What looks to be a legitimate logic board for the next-generation iPad Air has leaked, and appears to support several previous rumors regarding the changes that are likely. A new rumor, however, adds to what is generally "known" about the upcoming revision by stating that, like the unexpected debut of the iPhone 6 Plus, the second-generation Retina iPad mini -- long thought to be delayed -- will be debuting alongside the larger version at Apple's press event, scheduled for Thursday....



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16:30
Juice the Fruits takes on Candy Crush with a...

Juice the Fruits is a puzzle game featuring colorful, cartoonish fruit on a grid that you have to rearrange to match them and eliminate them from the board. It's very much like Bejeweled and Candy Crush, except with fruit. You play using your Game...

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16:28
Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ...

A new entry in Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers was unveiled today, with the Traktor Kontrol S8. The newest model in the company's flagship line looks to change the way DJ move into the future, by pulling emphasis away from the laptop in order to focus more on the crown. Native Instruments does this by adding technology to controllers, such as high-resolution LCD displays that respond to touch-sensitive controls....



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16:06
∞ Rick Smolan’s Inside Tracks

I got a copy of Rick Smolan’s smartphone-enhanced book late last week and had a chance to try it out. As you would expect from a photographer of Rick’s experience, the photos are simply amazing. The story also pulls you in, certainly more than what I expected.

What was really cool is that after downloading the app, I was able to just point my iPhone at a picture and a movie explaining that photo would show up on my iPhone. It added so much to the experience.

I love the book. You can help fund the project and read the background story at National Geographic.

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16:00
Why can't the biggest social network on the...

How many times have you or someone you know derided the quality of Facebook's apps for iOS? Granted, they have come a long way from the ugly, web view, slow, garbage app of just a couple years ago, but considering Facebook now wants users to download...

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15:48
CSS: It was 20 years ago today

It’s amazing to think that CSS has been around so long.

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15:30
Dozen!: Matching with dozens of possibilities

Players quickly match numbers in fun puzzle game called Dozen! The numbers on the four brown squares in the middle of the screen must match with those displayed on the bordering 12 white squares. The squares in the middle disappear after a certain...

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15:28
Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]

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15:27
AT&T launches Passport one-time purchase plans...

AT&T has launched a new option for travelers wanting to take their smartphones, tablets, or laptops with them abroad. A new set of tiered, one-time charge packages called AT&T Passport can now be added to an existing account, allowing customers to use their devices in over 150 different countries. The plans are designed to work in addition to domestic plans, while offering fixed rates and small data caps for international travel....



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15:24
Siri to Work with Bank of America Debit Card on Day...

Today sources close to Apple have revealed that Siri will work in concert with Apple Pay.

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15:03
Apple Faithful Prepare to Not Be Dazzled


If you're looking for an extravaganza on the scale of last month's new iPhone unveiling, chances are you won't find it at Apple's "Way Too Long" event to be held Thursday at its Cupertino headquarters. "This will be a very low-key event," said Gartner analyst Van L. Baker. "They're always low-key when they happen on campus." While no one knows for sure what Apple has up its sleeve, the consensus is that it will be refreshing its tablet and computer lines and releasing the prime time version of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite.

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15:00
Waterfield Designs Spinn Case for iPhone 6 Plus:...

We're finally starting to see a number of iPhone 6/6 Plus-specific cases appearing on the market, and today we're going to review one from Waterfield Designs of San Francisco. The Spinn Case (US$59) is the latest in an all-leather sleeve for Apple's...

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14:57
Finland prime minister again blames Apple for...

In an interview discussing Finland's recent sovereign debt downgrade, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Apple's iPhone and iPad helped kill Nokia and the paper industry, both vital cogs in the country's economy.

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14:54
Last Chance for ilumi LED Smartbulb Controlled from...

I'm an LED bulb nut. Some of them last for decades, they produce less waste heat, and they use a fraction of the power of a comparable incandescent bulb (less even than CFC bulbs). Then there are LED bulbs that allow you to change their hue, and that's what we have for today's deal. The ilumi LED Smartbulb is controlled from your iPhone or Android device (with Bluetooth 4.0). It can pulse with music, has a wakeup schedule, and a vacation mode to make your home look occupied. It lasts up to 20 years, uses between 1 and 13 watts with light equivalent up to 60-75 watt incandescents, is dimmable, and is color tunable. It's regularly priced at $90, but through our deal you can get it for $79. The deal ends in one day.


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14:30
Wibbitz 3.0 delivers all the top news in bite-sized...

Let's face it, sometimes reading the news is just inconvenient. It's important to stay on top of what matters to us, but it can also be difficult with our schedules. Some apps have tried to fix this problem by offering brief news summaries to help...

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14:25
Third-party developer admits role in leaked Snapchat...

After news broke last week that thousands of photos from Snapchat leaked after a third-party service was hacked, a company stepped forward up to take the blame. The developers behindSnapsaved, an app developed to save photos from Snapchat, said that its servers were hacked as a result of a misconfigured Apache server. The company also refused the claims made in the "snappening" document that says an administrator provided the directory and content of the site....



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14:18
Finnish Prime Minister partly blames Apple for...

Apple may be partially responsible for the economic troubles of two major industries in Finland, the country's Prime Minister has claimed. Alexander Stubb suggests Apple's products have impacted its mobile device and paper industries to such a level that it caused an economic downturn, and also caused the Nordic country to endure a sovereign debt rating downgrade....



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14:12
Mailbox for Mac moves to open public beta, iOS app...

Dropbox-owned Mailbox on Monday announced that an open beta of a forthcoming Mac version is now available to all comers, while the original iOS app receives new gesture customization features and UI tweaks for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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14:00
Keep personal photos out of collections with iOS 8...

Apple's Collections feature for photos in iOS is a wonderful way to keep track of your memories and easily present them when it's time to show off. Photos are automatically sorted into smart groups based on the time and location they were taken,...

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13:30
Rediscover treasure hunting with Figibox

Figibox is a location based messaging app. A user goes to a location of their choosing and can drop a Figibox message that can include text and photos for another user to access. You can also locate other Figiboxes left by other users and open them...

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13:13
First Look: PowerSkin Pop’n 2 for iPhone 6/6 Plus

PowerSkin's Pop'n 2 ($70) is a new battery pack made for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Like the original Pop'n (review) for iPhone 5, Pop'n 2 is an external battery that uses suction cups to attach directly to the back of either an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, with a small, flexible micro-USB to Lightning connector supplying the power. Unlike the past iteration, the updated Pop'n 2 offers double the battery power — 4000 mAh — and 2.1A charging speeds,…

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13:12
Apple to open two new US retail stores this week

Apple has departed from its slower 1-2 new or revamped store openings per month for its US operations, and will launch its third and fourth US-based stores this month in Florida and New Hampshire, respectively, this week. Following on the heels of store openings in Marlborough, Massachusetts and Trumbull, Connecticut, the company will unveil its next store in Sarasota, Florida as part of the grand opening of a new, $315 million University Town Center mall on October 16. A new store in Manchester, New Hampshire will open on October 18....



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13:00
Xiaomi's Hugo Barra rebuffs Ive's...

This past summer, Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra (formerly of Google) said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing allegations that Xiaomi products are blatant rip-offs of Apple designs. That being the case, perhaps Xiaomi should stop releasing products...

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12:53
Flight Attendants Union Challenges FAA Decision...

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last Friday in protest over the FAA's decision to allow passengers to use their iPads, iPhones, and other small portable electronic devices in nearly all phases of flight.

As outlined by the Associated Press (via TechCrunch), the lawsuit alleges that the FAA "acted improperly" and failed to follow proper protocol implementing the changes. A lawyer for the Association of Flight Attendants argued that portable electronic devices distract passengers from safety announcements and can "...

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12:44
Apple seeds sixth public beta of OS X Yosemite

Apple is now seeding a sixth public beta of OS X Yosemite to people participating in its AppleSeed program. The build is identified as 14A388b, the same as the third GM candidate for developers, which was released last week. Given that, no new features or bugfixes are present....



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12:32
Concept imagines iPad refresh with iPhone 6 design (...

With Apple preparing to show off an updated lineup of iPads on Thursday, designer Martin Hajek has asked the question “What if the new iPad’s were to borrow the design language from the iPhone6/6+?” on his site. As he has done in the past, Hajek has mocked up some remarkable 3D renderings of how the theoretical Apple devices could appear.

While the new iPads this year are expected to largely appear unchanged physically, the iPhone 6-style iPads in Hajek’s renderings adopt the protruding camera lens, flash, and antenna bands as well as the completely curved edges from the latest iPhones....

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12:32
Attorneys Fish for Shareholder Launch Class Action...

The Law Offices Bernard M. Gross, P.C. started the shareholder lawsuit train against GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on Monday. Attorneys at the firm are seeking a lead plaintiff for the case, which accuses executives, directors, and underwriters of misleading investors in the wake of the company's fallout with Apple.


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12:30
Daily Deals for October 13, 2014

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

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

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12:26
Genelec Offers Revolutionary 8351 Smart Active...

Voted BEST in Show at the Audio Engineering Convention in Los Angeles last week!

With a compact footprint and outstanding acoustic performance, the 8351 Acoustically Coaxial SAM System marks a bold step forward in active monitoring featuring major advances in audio driver technology integrated into a sophisticated enclosure design

Genelec, the leader in active monitoring technology for over 35 years, offers the revolutionary new 8351 three-way Smart Active Monitor (SAM), developed in response to the need for increasing audio perfection for near-field recording and mix environments. Offering unique size and technological innovations, the 8351 breaks new ground in electro-acoustic engineering, as the mechanical, acoustical and signal-processing designs are linked closely together. The result is a system that is completely unique in the...

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12:15
Apple Publishes iOS Security Guide with Apple Pay...

Apple has published a 48 page PDF entitled "iOS Security," dated October 2014. Not only does it have a broad overview of iOS security in general, but it was also recently updated to include details of the Apple Pay technology and transaction security.


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12:09
How To Add Images To Ello Posts

Ello has less constraints than some other social networks. Kelly explains how to add an image to your Ello post for maximum enjoyment. (Think of all the GIFs you can inflict on others!)


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12:06
First Look: SwitchEasy Odyssey + Tones for iPhone 6

Sent to us in somehow incomplete form, SwitchEasy's new Odyssey ($20) and Tones ($20) are less expensive iPhone 6 versions of cases previously released for the iPhone 5/5s. Both cases are sold in two-tone variations, with Odyssey's grippy rear bars evoking the minimalist, futuristic designs of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Tones using shapes that mimic the iPhone 6's unusual plastic antenna bands. While Odyssey comes only in black/grey or light/dark…

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12:03
“Do you foresee any hope for a turnaround for...

Horace Dediu

Samsung’s operating model seems to be to invest as a ‘fast follower’ filling in the market after it’s established while leveraging capital intensive components synergies… If the modus operandi does not change then their turnaround will depend on the creation of new opportunities/categories.

I honestly don’t see an opportunity for Samsung to create new product categories. I think they’ve proven that’s not its strength.

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12:00
Here's a first: A video app that takes HDR

I've always liked the flexibility that HDR photography provides in difficult lighting conditions, and I've often hoped I could use the same technology for video. If you have a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you don't have to wait. Live HD/R (US$2.99) is an...

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11:47
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include Backblaze 3.0, GraphicConverter 9.4, OmniFocus 2.0.3, ChronoSync 4.5.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0, 1Password 4.4.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.

 

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11:47
ExtraBITS for 13 October 2014

Josh Centers talks iOS 8 with The Tech Night Owl, Adam Engst discusses smartwatches with other tech luminaries, and we learn some lessons from the end of The Magazine.

 

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11:32
Purported next-gen iPad Air logic board shows 2GB of...

With new iPad Air and iPad mini models expected to be introduced on Thursday, a newly leaked logic board claimed to be from a 2014 iPad Air purports to show an A8X processor, as well as an Elipda RAM module with 2 gigabytes of memory.

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11:30
AT&T adds new Passport international roaming...

AT&T Wireless customers planning on traveling out of the country soon should take a look at the company's new international roaming plans. Called Passport, the plans offer unlimited messaging and Wi-Fi, "affordable" calling rates, and data for a...

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11:28
DARPA's Concept Car Makes the Batmobile Look So...


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week posted a video of an advanced concept ground vehicle under development in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. It's not clear whether the vehicle in question is a light armored car or a tank, but DARPA wants to give it improved survivability through the use of advanced technologies. The vehicle will rely on speed rather than armor because the amount of armor needed for current threat environments is increasingly burdensome and ineffective against ever-improving weaponry, DARPA said.

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11:27
No Retina MacBook Air at Apple's Thursday press...

Although Apple may be working on a MacBook Air with a Retina display, it won't be shown off at this Thursday's press event, sources say. Instead Apple is forecast to concentrate on new iPads, OS X Yosemite, and a Retina iMac. The updated Air has typically been seen has having a 12-inch display and an even thinner chassis; rumors have suggested that the difficulty of producing the computer means that production could only begin ramping up in November....



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11:22
Latest iPad Air 2 component leak shows A8X chip...

Following component leaks over the weekend purporting to show an A8X chip and Touch ID button destined for new iPads, additional photos re-published by blog apple.club.tw point to a closer look at the modified system-on-a-chip as well as what appears to be 2GB of RAM for application memory. The purported increase in RAM on the updated tablet would double that of the current generation iPad Air (and iPhone 6 for that matter) and make more more powerful multitasking on the device.Reports from the Apple supply chain...

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11:22
Walgreens Memo Claims Saturday Apple Pay Launch

iOS 8's mobile payment system Apple Pay could get its official launch on October 18, only two days after a media event where Apple is expected to introduce new iPad models. The hint at the potential launch date comes from an internal Walgreens memo pointing out the weekend start.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple said Apple Pay would be coming in October, so it's just a matter of waiting for the official launch announcement. With a media event happening this Thursday, it's possible we're only days away from the rollout.


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11:17
Dropbox’s Mailbox iOS app updated w/ customizable...

Dropbox updated its Mailbox app today with some necessary features and fixes. The update now includes the ability to customize your swipes. Also, new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will appreciate the optimized UI for bigger displays. Finally, Dropbox has squashed some bugs in Push and otherwise improved the overall performance.

Dropbox’s Mailbox is still only currently for Gmail and iCloud accounts, but the company reminds us again that other email platforms are on the way.

In addition to the updated iPhone and iPad version, the beta version for the Mac is now open to anyone following a public beta coin system for testers before.

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11:01
Retina iPad Mini 2 Reportedly Coming Alongside iPad...

While the second-generation iPad Air has been the subject of a number of rumors ahead of its expected unveiling this Thursday, there has been less information about the Retina iPad mini, which is currently more or less identical to its larger sibling with the exception of display size.

Apple has generally been assumed to be planning a parallel upgrade for the iPad mini this month, but an early September report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expressed some uncertainty, saying the iPad mini would receive only a minor upgrade such as Touch ID, "if any", this year. Kuo's report was followed by another from Taiwanese media claiming the Retina iPad mini 2 was likely to launch early in 2015 ahead of the rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro".

But now a...

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11:00
UK iPhone 6 ad features Chris O'Dowd and...

Along with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came a charming pair of ads featuring Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon that showed some of the abilities of the two new phones. At least that's what happened in America. In the UK the ads are...

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10:56
Apple Pay will work with banks to update expired...

Apple Pay is the most important thing to launch with iOS 8.1.

Apple

9to5Mac has received training materials “from a reliable source” that were given out by Apple to acquaint its employees with the ins and outs of the company's forthcoming Apple Pay service. These training materials have some interesting new details about the service, specifically mentioning that expired credit cards will be updated automatically in Apple Pay by the card issuer.

Keeping credit card information current shows an interesting level of commitment from banks to making Apple Pay work. On competing platforms, once a credit card has expired, that card will be declined until the updated information is entered manually.

The leaked document also shows that...

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10:49
Four drivers arrested in the Netherlands over...

Uber's European ambitions has received a setback, after four drivers in Amsterdam were arrested for operating a taxi service in the city by using the Uber app. The drivers have since been released by the Dutch police, but face fines as high as 4,200 euros ($5,300) each, over a matter which amounts to a licensing issue, and could be the first time UberPop drivers receive a fine for using the service....



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10:49
Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers

Apple on Monday pushed an update to the public beta of its next-generation desktop operating system, granting members of the prerelease program access to a sixth revision that brings it up to speed with the version released to developers late last week.

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10:45
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launching in 36 more countries...

With iPhone online orders still taking weeks to ship and Apple Store lines continuing to snake out the door, Apple is keeping iPhone fever alive. The company announced on Monday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will launch in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October. The international rollout will continue after the latest iPhones launch in China and India on October 17—this Friday. 

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10:37
More Second-Generation iPad Air Part Leaks Point to...

A fairly clear image of what is said to be the logic board for the second-generation iPad Air suggests that the device will indeed come with an A8X chip, as hinted at in earlier images shared over the weekend.

Furthermore, the new image published by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate] seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip. While the first letter is entirely blurred, it is the second character that is key to determining...

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10:30
FBI director thinks Apple's data encryption is...

The FBI has been rather vocal lately about how it views efforts by Apple and other tech giants to make your data more secure. In short, they don't like it. Not one bit. The latest in the U.S. government's remarks about why your data should be less...

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10:24
CBS 60 Minutes: Apple has the Power to Upend the...

Last night's part two of a CBS 60 Minute segment with FBI Director James Comey revealed his views about internet surveillance in general and in context with Apple and Google's latest encryption technology specifically.

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10:15
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to match...

Apple today released the sixth public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite to AppleSeed testers. The build number is 14A388b, which coincides with last week’s OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate 3.0 release for registered developers. Apple plans to provide final details on OS X Yosemite at the October 16th event, then release it as soon as later that date.

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10:13
Apple Releases Sixth OS X Yosemite Public Beta

Apple today released the sixth Yosemite public beta for its beta testers, following the release of the fifth Yosemite public beta on Tuesday of last week alongside the second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite. The new public beta carries build number 14A388b, very close to the third Yosemite golden master candidate build 14A388a seeded to developers late last week.

The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store.

OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a...

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10:13
Apple/GT contract included $50M penalty for leaking...

Filings in GT Advanced's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings reveal that the sapphire supplier's contract with Apple included a $50 million penalty for leaking any of the latter's product information, according to the Financial Times. As it prepares for a Wednesday court hearing, GT is asking for more details of the Apple contract to revealed, which it claims are important to creditors and shareholders. It adds that "Apple has treated the confidentiality agreement itself as 'confidential'."...



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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-13

Turns out flight attendants are so excited about gate-to-gate portable electronics use on flights. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton put on their ranty pants today and let Jeff Gamet know just how they feel about flight attendants suing the FAA to reinstate the electronics ban, plus Dave explains why he's decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the smaller iPhone 6.


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10:04
A normal user’s thoughts on iOS 8

This was actually pretty interesting, not only to see what held people up from updating right away, but also how misinformation and rumors affects an individual’s views of features in the operating system.

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10:00
GT Advanced Technologies' contract with Apple...

Recent court filings from GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) have helped shed a bit of light on the confidential agreements Apple typically enters into with suppliers. Originally spotted by the Financial Times, Apple's contract with GTAT included a...

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09:59
Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-...

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 (www.native-instruments.com/s8) – a new DJ controller designed for TRAKTOR PRO 2 control.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s full color displays and touch-sensitive hardware controls fuse with enhanced track decks, a 4-channel standalone mixer, and the flagship TRAKTOR software for a multisensory DJ experience. It will be available online and at retailers worldwide on Oct. 30, 2014 for US$1,199.
of DJing.

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09:38
And Now for Something Completely Different


Well it's a good thing we here in the Linux community had a refreshing and refocusing break recently, because last week it was back onto the hot coals once again. The Systemd inferno -- which Linux Girl is starting to think of as "The Blaze That Must Not Be Named" -- has spread even further, your trusty reporter is dismayed to report, extending now to encompass the entire FOSS community. The accelerant this time? "Quite a sick place" is how Red Hat engineer and Systemd developer Lennart Poettering described the open source community.

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09:30
Bare Bones Software pulling next BBEdit from the Mac...

Over the weekend at the Çingleton conference in Montreal, Rich Siegel of Bare Bones Software made a presentation in which he gave his reasons why the next version of his company's flagship product - BBEdit - won't be sold on the Mac App Store.

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