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Apple creates mysterious 'eye in speech bubble...

The upcoming iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1 updates will include a new Apple designed emoji descriptively called "eye in speech bubble," though its meaning and intended use is not yet known.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21...

Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 2.6.7 and BusyContacts 1.0.6, Fission 2.2.5, Boom 2 v1.3, and iTunes 12.3.


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iTunes Match uploads raised to promised 100K song...

The upload limit for iTunes Match may have finally been raised to 100,000 songs, as Apple originally promised in June, some users are beginning to report.

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Apple issues first OS X 10.11.1 public beta ahead of...

Days before Apple is scheduled to debut OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company on Monday issued the first public beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan maintenance update to those participating in the program.

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Report: Apple’s electric car to hit the road in 2019...

Apple is “committed” to having an electric vehicle on the road in the next few years, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal (paywall) is reporting that Apple has internally labeled their electric car effort a “committed project” and is looking at shipping the first fleet of vehicles in 2019. In order to expedite the project, codenamed Titan, Apple is growing the team working on the electric car by threefold, to about 1,800 employees. The rumored iCar will reportedly combine Apple’s expertise in design, batteries, sensor technology and hardware-software integration. 

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Apple aims to finalize an electric car by 2019, Wall...

This is just CarPlay. Its final form could be an electric vehicle.


Sources with knowledge of the matter have told The Wall Street Journal that Apple is moving ahead with efforts to build an Apple-branded electric vehicle, which it intends to deliver to the market by 2019.

After a year of feasibility studies, the group within Apple in charge of the electric vehicle project has been given permission to triple its staff, which currently employs 600 people, the Journal reported.

Rumors about Apple's potential expansion into the automotive industry are several months old, but news of the company's approval for a significant staff increase, as well...

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Patched Android Lockscreen Still a Threat

Google recently issued a patch for Nexus mobile devices to fix an Android Lollipop vulnerability that lets hackers bypass the lockscreen and gain control of mobile devices. However, it could take weeks to months for manufacturers and service providers to roll out the patch for other Android devices. University of Texas security researcher John Gordon discovered the vulnerability, dubbed "CVE-2015-3860," and posted details and a video showing the how the lockscreen is bypassed on a Nexus device.

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WSJ: Apple targets 2019 for its first car

Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.

The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California. Leaders of the project, code-named Titan , have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.

This would be such a huge deal. Apple’s designers would undoubtedly come up with something great, and it fits with the company’s commitment to make the world a better place.

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News: Apple plans to ship its first electric car in...

Apple is setting 2019 as the target for shipping its first vehicle, an electric car, The Wall Street Journal reports. Project leaders “have been given permission to triple the 600 person team,” sources said. Though much talk has surrounded the company’s plans to create a self-driving car, this new report claims an electric car is the first step, with a self-driving car being part of a larger, long-term plan. It’s also noted…

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iPad mini 4 display catches up with Air 2 in color...

The iPad mini 4 uses a display far superior to those of earlier Mini models, both in terms of color reproduction and how much ambient light it reflects, according to testing and calibration firm DisplayMate.

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Apple has target ship date of 2019 for electric car...

Apple and its "Project Titan" team are reportedly reportedly working feverishly toward a planned 2019 launch of an electric vehicle, but the first model apparently will not be a self driving car.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Swift Publisher 4

If you’re looking for an easier way to create standard print pieces, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Swift Publisher 4.


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iOS 9 on track to become Apple's most popular...

iOS 9 has been out for less than a week, and even though some reported problems installing the upgrade right out of the gate, Apple says more than 50 percent of devices have already adopted the latest version of iOS.

That means iOS 9 is on track to become Apple’s most popular software upgrade of all time. Apple announced the adoption rate in a Monday press release about iPhone 6s and 6s Plus availability, which is also expected to break records. The phones will go on sale at 8 a.m. local time this Friday.

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∞ Review: watchOS 2

I picked up my Apple Watch with watchOS 2 from Apple in the days following the September 9 keynote presentation in San Francisco. I hadn’t installed any of the watch betas, so I was really looking forward to giving the new operating system a try.

In case you’re wondering why I hadn’t installed any of the watch beta updates, it’s because the watch is too important to me—I didn’t want to take a chance of not being able to track my fitness goals. With that said, let’s start with what’s new in health and fitness in watchOS 2.

Health and Fitness

Most people know just how important the health and fitness aspect of the watch is to me these days, but there is always room for improvement.

Apple is giving developers of fitness apps access to the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, accelerometer,...

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∞ Apple releases watchOS 2

After a slight delay last week, Apple has released watchOS 2 to the public. You can download the update by going to the Watch app on your iPhone.

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After delay, Apple releases WatchOS 2.0 to the public

People who haven't already installed the older, bugged version of WatchOS 2.0 will see a much larger update than this.

Andrew Cunningham

WatchOS 2.0 was supposed to be released last week alongside iOS 9, but a showstopping "bug" held the release up. Apple has apparently fixed it because the final version of WatchOS 2.0 is beginning to roll out to all editions of the Apple Watch today. To install the update, open the Apple Watch app, go to General, go to Software Update, and then follow the instructions.

Developers who installed the earlier "Golden Master" build of WatchOS 2 should also check for an update—my 42mm Apple Watch Sport is getting a 12.4MB patch that should include the fixes in the general release. It should also be noted that installing WatchOS 2 ...

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watchOS 2 is now available -- time to update your...

watchOS 2 just became available, which means that millions of eager Apple Watch owners are now racing to update their watches. 

In case you've forgotten how to run a watchOS update (perhaps you purchased your Apple Watch after the one and only "dot update"), we have full instructions here

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Apple releases fixed watchOS 2 for Apple Watch with...

Apple on Monday officially released watchOS 2, following a brief delay caused by the last-minute discovery of a critical bug. The newly released software gives users access to native third-party apps, a new Time Travel function, custom photo watch faces, nightstand mode, and more.

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News: Apple releases watchOS 2

Apple has released watchOS 2, the first major software update for its Apple Watch. The 515MB update was delayed last week, missing its launch date last Wednesday due to a bug. The list of new features and capabilities within the update is lengthy. Users can update to watchOS 2 from the Apple Watch app on the iPhone paired to Apple Watch. To download and install the update, the watch must be in range of a Wi-Fi connected iPhone and connected to its…

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How to install watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch

The time has come: watchOS 2 just launched, bringing with it a whole suite of new features to make your Apple Watch feel like new.

The next-gen watch operating system gives the gadget a major overhaul. Native apps alone will make the watch more useful on its own. The first version of watchOS required the watch to mirror iPhone apps instead of running directly on the watch, which limited their capabilities and slowed down loading times. WatchOS 2 apps can also tap into the watch’s sensors, so the Taptic Engine, accelerometer, heart rate sensors, and Digital Crown all come into play. We can’t wait to see what developers have in store.

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This is what happens when a developer ignores an app...

Most apps I use are updated on a regular basis. That's great, since Apple's annual update cycle for iOS adds a lot of features and enhancements, and it's nice to know that my investment in an app is being protected. But what happens when you buy an app, grow to love it, and the developer seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth?

That's the situation I have with a game app I purchased eons ago -- I think it was back in 2011 or 2012 -- called Astraware Word Games. It's still on the App Store for $2.99, and it’s been a favorite for years. There are five different word games that vary in difficulty, most against a clock, and your score on daily games is compared to others who play the game.

That last point is why I love this game despite some huge problems. I play the Spellmaster game in Astraware Word Games almost every day, in which you select the correct spelling for a word from four choices as quickly as possible in...

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Apple's iOS 9 Breaks VPNs

An anonymous reader writes with a report from The Stack that researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in the latest version of iOS 9: it breaks VPN connections to corporate servers. According to the linked piece, "The flaw was first detected in the iOS 9 beta, and has not been fixed in the released version. Neither has the bug been removed in the current iOS 9.1 beta." The workaround might not be what you want to hear, either, if you've happily upgraded to the latest version: it's to downgrade to iOS 8.4.1.


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DMV Meeting Revs Apple Car Rumors

Apple executives reportedly met with officials from California's Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the company's plans to test an autonomous vehicle. Mike Maletic, senior legal counsel for Apple, had an hour-long meeting in August with California's autonomous vehicle experts, including the cosponsors of the state's autonomous vehicle regulation project. The California DMV team reportedly consisted of Deputy Director Bernard Soriano; Stephanie Dougherty, chief of strategic planning; and Chief Counsel Brian Soublet.

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Apple Releases watchOS 2

watchOS 2 is the first major update for the Apple Watch, and it brings some massive changes that will be welcomed by users.


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Rounding up some of the best protective cases for...

In anticipation of this week's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus debut, which is shaping up to be Apple's biggest launch ever, AppleInsider has compiled a round up of cases from Apple and our retail sponsors that are built to protect, enhance and show off your new handset.

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Teeny Tokyo munches photos, saves bloggers from...

Blogging is more than just writing a bunch of words. Sure, bloggers try to do their best to produce content that is intelligent, concise, and that teaches the reader something she didn't know before. But one under-appreciated aspect of blogging is adding photos that can draw a reader into a story, explain some aspect of the post, or just provide amusement or wonder. Adding photos to blogs is an art unto itself, something that a new Mac app from award-winning indie developer John Saddington (Desk) makes a lot easier. Teeny Tokyo ($9.99, launch sale of $4.99) is an OS X app that every blogger, amateur to professional, will want in his toolkit.

What does Teeny Tokyo do? Basically, you drag and drop image files onto a space on the app (or on the app menu bar icon) and they are resized,...

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News: New Apple TV supports Bluetooth headphones,...

The new Apple TV supports the use of Bluetooth headphones and speakers, 9to5Mac reports in a hands-on look at the device. While the new model’s Bluetooth capability has already been mentioned in regards to game controllers, the ability to link wireless headphones and speakers will appeal to a broad group of users who want to listen to music or view movies without using their TV’s speakers. Apple has yet to announce a firm release date…

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50 of our best

The new York Times:

We’ve chosen some of our best works or collections of works that have appeared since we began offering digital subscriptions in 2011.

While certainly not exhaustive, the list demonstrates the breadth, creativity and impact of The Times.

One of the things the NYT does really well is these long-form, investigative articles. “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” was a heartbreaking look into the life of a hockey player I was a big fan of during his playing days.

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XcodeGhost Exploits the Security Economics of Apple’...

XcodeGhost is a new piece of malware that uses modified versions of Xcode to insert malicious code into popular iOS apps. This appears to affect only Chinese apps, because bandwidth limitations in China are what prompted developers to download modified copies of Xcode from unofficial sources, rather than going straight to Apple.


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Apple pulls infected apps after malware strikes App...

Apple just pulled a slew of iOS apps from the App Store after security researchers discovered malware in some of the store’s top apps.

It’s unclear just how many apps were infected with malicious code. Palo Alto Networks, the security firm that discovered the breach, estimates 39 apps were affected. Most of the apps are hugely popular in China, like messaging app WeChat, Uber rival Didi Kuaidi, train ticket app Railway 12306, business card scanner CamCard, and stock trading service Tonghuashun. A Chinese security company is pinning the number of infected apps at 300+.

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The iPad mini 4's display shrugs off ambient...

Apple’s latest iteration of the iPad mini is a thinner, lighter, mulitasking machine, but it’s also sporting a major improvement in display quality. At first glance, the iPad mini 4 has the same 7.9-inch, 2048-by-1536-resolution display as its predecessor. What sets this device apart from the mini 3, however, is its superior color accuracy and low screen reflectivity, according to DisplayMate Technologies.

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Skype users impacted by major sign-in problems,...

Many Skype users are suffering from a glitch preventing them from signing in to the service or seeing other contacts as online, effectively blocking them from making voice or video calls to each other, Microsoft acknowledged on Monday morning.

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News: Apple confirms walk-in availability for iPhone...

Apple confirmed that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units will be available at 8 a.m. local time Friday in Apple retail stores, but recommends getting there early to secure one. Apple notes that those living in tax-free U.S. states will have to make a reservation for their phone, as will residents of China, Hong Kong and Japan. Other U.S. customers can line up and take their chances Friday morning or make an online reservation for in-store pick up starting…

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Review: Apple iPad mini 4

Apple’s iPad mini 4 ($399-$729) occupies a strange place in the company’s expanding lineup. While the company’s most recent event introduced the super-sized iPad Pro, a new Apple TV, and new iPhones with 3D Touch tech, Apple spent roughly 30 seconds of its keynote on the new iPad mini 4. Not even Apple could get excited about the new mini. Caught in between the iPhones and the larger iPads, it’s tough to see exactly who the…

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Apple scrambles after 40 malicious “XcodeGhost” apps...


Apple officials are cleaning up the company's App Store after a security firm reported that almost 40 iOS apps contained malicious code that made iPhones and iPads part of a botnet that stole potentially sensitive user information.

The 39 affected apps—which included version 6.2.5 of the popular WeChat for iOS, CamScanner, and Chinese versions of Angry Birds 2—may have been downloaded by hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, security researchers said. The programs were infected by a tampered version of Apple's legitimate iOS and OS X app development tool called Xcode. A repackaged tool, called XcodeGhost, surreptitiously inserted malicious code alongside normal app functions that...

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XcodeGhost malware affecting hundreds of iOS apps,...

This is where things get a bit messier.

Apple has admitted that it is App Store integrity was compromised as apps were secretly infected by fake Xcode tools before submission to the App Store. The company has now officially acknowledged the problem and is now removing apps affected by the malware from the App Store.

Developers were inadvertently submitting malware by using counterfeit versions of Xcode, Apple’s development software, to submit apps. The fake Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost, would inject malicious code into otherwise-legitimate apps during the submission process.

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News: Sprint to sell Apple Watch starting Sept. 25,...

Sprint announced it will be selling the Apple Watch starting Sept. 25, and T-Mobile might not be far behind with CEO John Legere tweeting that the watch is coming, but not offering a firm date. After experiencing strong sales, Apple is expanding sales of the Apple Watch to all Best Buy locations this month, with more retailers and cellular carriers likely to be added to that list in the weeks to come. [via 9to5Mac]...

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Palo Alto Networks cites XcodeGhost malware’s...

Well, this is kind of a mess.

Research associate Palo Alto Networks has posted an analysis on a novel malware XcodeGhost that modifies Xcode IDE to infect Apple iOS apps. The report mentions that at least two popular iOS apps were infected. We now believe many more popular iOS apps have been infected, including WeChat, one of the most popular IM applications in the world.

The malware itself seems to stem from the fact that some iOS developers use crowd-sourcing techniques which adds to their apps being more vulnerable.

As last count, roughly 39 iOS apps were infected, some of which are extremely popular in China and in other countries around the world,...

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Apple: iOS 9 on more than half of all devices,...

iOS 9 doesn't significantly slow down older iDevices like the iPad 2, one possible reason for the faster adoption rate.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple announced this morning that iOS 9 has been installed on "more than 50 percent" of active iOS devices since it was released last Wednesday. The company says that this is the fastest adoption rate ever for a new operating system.

This is certainly a change from iOS 8's adoption rate a year ago. After around three weeks of availability, that operating system's share had stalled out at around 47 percent. Two months after that, it had grown to 63...

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Apple's share of Japan's smartphone market...

Apple, the Japanese market leader, saw its share of Japan's smartphone market, drop from 51.1 percent to 39.1 percent in the second quarter, reports MK Daily Economy, a daily newspaper based in Seoul. Meanwhile, Samsung's share of Japan’s smartphone market hit 12%, up from 5.2 percent in the first quarter.

Samsung’s stronger results in the second quarter were due to the company’s use of “metallic glass, embedded batteries, and double-sided edges” in its phones, claims MK Daily Economy (as noted by BrightWire, a global investment newswire).

Sony came in second with 14.9% of Japan's smartphone market, and Sharp third with 13.2% of the smartphone market. The stats based on data from the IDC market research firm IDC.

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The many ways I avoid ads

Kirk McElhearn addresses the ethical issue of ad blocking. Good, solid read.

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News: XcodeGhost malware infects hundreds of iOS and...

Apple is trying to rid the App Store of hundreds of apps containing a malicious program called XcodeGhost, Reuters reports. The flaw was brought to Apple’s attention by several cybersecurity firms last week, including Palo Alto Networks, which claims that popular apps like Angry Birds 2 and WeChat have been built with a counterfeit version of Xcode downloaded from Chinese servers. The malware’s primary function is to collect information…

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Jason Snell’s new, hypnotic, six color nav bar

Subtle and hypnotic. Take a look.

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Sprint confirms plans to sell Apple Watch this...

Sprint will begin selling the Apple Watch this Friday, Sept. 25 -- the same day as the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the carrier has confirmed.

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Apple’s mysterious “eye in speech bubble” emoji

A mysterious new emoji has shown up in the developer previews of iOS 9.1 & OS X 10.11.1, and nobody knows what it is, or why it exists.

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iOS 9 and facedown detection

All about iOS 9 and facedown detection (great battery saving feature) and why it doesn’t run on all iOS devices.

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∞ Safari and nil

Interesting issue with Safari. No big deal, but I did find it interesting.

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Three Korean telecom companies to start selling the...

Three Korean telecom wireless telecom communications operators — KT, SK Telecom and LG Unplus — will soon start carrying the Apple Watch, reports News1, a Seoul-based news agency. KT will start selling the smartwatch as early as this week. Timing for the other two telecom companies hasn't been confirmed, adds News1 (as noted by BrightWire, a global investment newswire).

The Apple Watch has only been distributed in Korea so far by the online Apple Store and the company’s premium reseller Frisbee. Apple appears to have recently expanded the supplies to the carriers on consistent demand, says News1.

An SK Telecom official declined to reveal which models of the Apple Watch will be sold. KT and LG Uplus said they will officially announce the release later.

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iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus Arrive on Friday,...

Read the press release. Amazing to me that iOS 9 adoption is already at more than 50%. And that was as of Friday. Remember, the launch was Wednesday.

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Developer eBays Apple TV 4 development kit, claims...

A developer who won two Apple TV 4 development kits on both developer accounts is ebaying one of them, claiming in the ad that a loophole allows them to do so despite Apple’s no-resale clause. The auction has a starting bid of $300, well above the $149/199 retail price when it goes on official sale next month. It […]

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus due Friday as iOS 9 gets off to...

Apple says that, as expected, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8a.m. local time on Friday, Sept. 25 at Apple’s retail stores. What's more, in a press announcement,  Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, says that "iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history."

The retail stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers. Apple encourages you to get their early if you want to scarf one up before supplies disappear.

Both models will also be available this Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.

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News: Daily Deal: Mpow 4-Port USB Wall Charger

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the Mpow 4-Port USB Wall Charger for only $21.99. Four USB outlets in a single wall plug let you charge up to four devices at once, with exclusive X-Smart Technology that intelligently optimizes each port to deliver the quickest, safest charge possible for whatever device is connected. 36 watts of total charging power is provided, with up to 2.4 amps per port (7.2A total), so you can charge a combination of iPads,…

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iOS 9 adoption is Apple's fastest ever, already...

iOS 9 is off to a blockbuster start, with more than 50 percent of all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch units already running the latest mobile operating system, making it the fastest adoption in Apple history.

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Apple says iPhone 6s units will be available for...

Both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available to purchase at Apple retail stores, carrier stores, and select authorized resellers starting this Friday, Apple has announced.

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Samsung plans to follow Apple's lead again,...

As carriers look to move away from contract subsidies, Apple has begun offering its own iPhone installment plan, and rival Samsung may opt to do the same, according to a new report.

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XcodeGhost malware makes its way into iOS App Store...

In a nutshell, hackers infected a legitimate copy of Xcode, then made that tainted copy available for download on Baidu in China. Developers sometimes turn to Baidu when Apple’s servers in China are slow.

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How to use iOS 9's Picture in Picture on an iPad

iOS 9 allows you to "shrink" a video you're watching into its own window on an iPad. This Picture in Picture (PiP) feature means that you can keep watching the film while you do other things. Here's how it works:

While watching video or using apps such as FaceTime and Videos on most iPads, press the Home button. The video reappears in a small window. (This doesn't work with all applications; for example, if you have the YouTube app on your iPad, it doesn't support PiP).

You can adjust the PiP window size. Pinch out with two fingers to enlarge the window or pinch in to shrink it. 

To pause the PiP video, tap the PiP window and then tap the Pause button. To resume watching in fullscreen, tap the PiP window and then tap the Fullscreen button. To close PiP, tap the PiP window and then tap the Exit button.

You can drag the PiP window around...

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Carly Fiorina vs. Donald Trump: The Fascinating...

Watching the Republican debates has been a fascinating experience for me, because I started following Carly Fiorina when she first took over HP. I thought then and I still think that Steve Jobs was the only one to match her on-stage presence and skill set. History has proven her assertion that it was HP's board, not it's CEO, that was the primary problem that needed to be fixed while she was there -- although that also points to her biggest credibility problem now.

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Freemium Field Test: Just pay for Pac-Man 256's...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

It’s been an unexpected time of resurgence for good ol’ Pac-Man on the App Store—assuming you can ignore the terrible Pixels movie game. Pac-Man Championship Edition arrived in July, and while the iOS version arrived a few years later than the original console incarnation, it put a fun, modern twist...

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, knows how to implement...

I love living in Nashville, Tennessee. But I can't help but be a little jealous of another city a few miles down the road: Chattanooga, Tennessee, which has implemented super-fast, publicly owned Internet via its Electric Power Board (EPB). The city offers 1 Gigabit-per-second Internet speed to every home and business throughout the community.

Chattanooga's EPB is installing a 100% "fiber to the premises" network. It's built to run America's first true "Smart Grid" and offer residential high speed Internet, video and telephone services, the network was also built to empower our community in new ways. Because bandwidth is no problem, Chattanooga's Fiber Optic network purportedly enables upload and download speeds 200 times faster than the current national average, and 10 times faster than the FCC's National Broadband Plan (and a decade ahead of schedule).

Internet speeds of...

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Vogue snaps 12MP images, 4K video at New York...

Apple's latest iPhone 6s family hasn't yet reached the public, but Vogue landed an early access model in time to capture New York Fashion Week.

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Apple News app scores exclusive "BIG"...

Apple News, an ambitious news-reading app that's new to iOS 9, is already showing off exclusive original content to early adopters of the latest software for iPhones and iPad, demonstrating Apple's serious intent to woo both readers and publishers with a captivating medium for the written word.

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Sunday September 20

Radar turns your smartphone into a baseball speed...

Want to know if your baseball team's pitching skills are up to snuff without carrying a dedicated (and frequently not-so-smart) speed detector? Scoutee might have something up your alley. It's crowdfunding a baseball radar peripheral that turns A...

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Latest Apple Music spot ropes in star power to tout...

During this year's Emmys, which aired Sunday, Apple debuted the first in a series of three Apple Music ads promoting playlist features with the help of singer Mary J. Blige and actresses Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington.

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The rate of Chinese hacking attempts is slowing down

There have been so many large China-based hacking attempts in recent memory that they've started to feel like daily occurrences. Mercifully, though, it appears as if the rate of intrusions is slowing down. Multiple security executives talking to...

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Modified versions of Xcode used to sneak malware...

Apple on Sunday confirmed that hackers copied and altered its Xcode development software, using it to successfully infiltrate malware into the App Store.

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BusyCal 2.6.7 and BusyContacts 1.0.6

Added compatibility with OS X 10.11 El Capitan and numerous bug fixes numerous for BusyMac’s calendar and contact apps. ($49.99/49.99 new, free update, 10.2/5.4 MB)


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Emmys Apple Music ad dubs For You feature the ‘...

Apple tonight premiered a new Apple Music ad during the 2015 Emmy Awards focusing on the “For You” feature of the service. The ad stars actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson, as well as singer Mary J. Blige. The ad depicts the three stars discussing their love for creating mixtapes, while also complaining about […]

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Mandatory South Korean parental control app is a...

Back in April, South Korea required that wireless carriers install parental control apps on kids' phones to prevent young ones from seeing naughty content. It sounded wise to officials at the time, but it now looks like that cure is worse than the...

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Apple App Store victim of malware attack

Apple told Reuters that it's cleaning up its Apple App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the online store.

The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps. Reuters notes that this is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious software programs making their way past Apple's "stringent" app review process. 

Before this, a total of just five malicious apps had ever been found in the App Store, according to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks (  On Wednesday, Chinese iOS developers...

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Here's your clearest look yet at an alien...

That pixelated dot you see above may not seem like much, but it's a pretty big deal -- it's your best look yet at an alien world. Scientists have used the Gemini Planet Imager to capture the movement of Beta Pictoris b, a gas giant traveling around...

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Apple Cleaning Up App Store After Its First Major...

Reuters reports that Apple is cleaning up hundreds of malicious iOS apps after what is described as the first major attack on its App Store. Hundreds of the stores apps were infected with malware called XcodeGhost, which used as a vector a counterfeit version of iOS IDE Xcode.
Things could be a lot worse, though:
Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson said the malware had limited functionality and his firm had uncovered no examples of data theft or other harm as a result of the attack. Still, he said it was "a pretty big deal" because it showed that the App Store could be compromised if hackers infected machines of software developers writing legitimate apps. Other attackers may copy that approach, which is hard to defend against, he said.


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Hundreds of apps infected by fake Xcode tools, Apple...

Apple has admitted that it is App Store integrity was compromised as apps were secretly infected by fake Xcode tools before submission to the App Store. The company has now officially acknowledged the problem and is now removing apps affected by this ‘hack’ from the App Store. Developers were inadvertently submitting malware by using counterfeit versions of Xcode, […]

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iOS 9 tips: Use Text Replacement to type faster

Using iOS 9's Text Replacement feature, formerly called keyboard shortcuts, can greatly speed up input of commonly used phrases, sentences, or text that is challenging to punch in on the iPhone keyboard.

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Amazon's Echo speaker reads you the top news...

Amazon just made it much, much easier to catch up on the news while you're getting chores done around the home. A newly-added option for its voice-guided Echo speaker, Trove, lets you ask the device to read the top news headlines on a given subject...

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The Logic Pros: Kontrol S-series keyboards give you...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we thought it was time to look at the Komplete Kontrol S-series controller keyboards from the folks over at Native Instruments. While NI already offers a wealth of software powered controller gear for DJs, the stellar Maschine systems and more, the Kontrol keyboards bring deep hardware integration […]

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Fission 2.2.5

Adds compatibility for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and improves file support for several different file types. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)


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Volvo wants robots to help collect your garbage

To call garbage collection an inglorious job would be an understatement -- it typically involves early mornings, monotony and (of course) lots of smelly trash. It's the perfect sort of job for a robot, don't you think? Volvo agrees. It's partner...

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When journalism, virtual reality, and unclear App...

If you're a VR developer, options are limited and you need to rely on some gatekeepers.

Andrew Cunningham

Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who uses comics and immersive storytelling to report on human rights issues. His work can be found at ArchComix and Empathetic Media.

As virtual reality becomes cheaper and easier to access, the ways content developers might explore the new medium have expanded accordingly. For example, “virtual reality journalism”—a field I have focused on for the past few years—can enable immersive stories in which users put on a headset or use their smartphone to transport themselves inside a real-life scenario. Sometimes, they offer 360-degree camera footage from real locations like The Nepal Quake...

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Microsoft's next Band looks like something you...

Microsoft's original Band is many things to many people, but "fashion item" typically isn't one of them -- it looks less like a fitness device and more like a court-ordered probation tracker. You probably won't say that about the next generation, t...

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∞ The hidden connections in Quentin Tarantino’s films

Fan of Pulp Fiction? Reservoir Dogs? Kill Bill? Inglorious Basterds?

If you love any of these movies, I suspect you’ll dig the video below, which shows all sorts of connections woven between Tarantino’s films.

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The case of the missing Apple Watch Sport

A few days ago I was making my way to work, standing on BART. The train stopped, and the driver announced that we were going to be delayed for a minute or two. That’s when I decided to check the time on my Apple Watch.

One problem: my Watch wasn’t on my wrist.

I’ve never been a morning person, and my morning routine is always a blur in my mind, but I was pretty sure I put my Watch on before I left the house.

I looked on the train floor around me and didn’t see my Watch. I quickly realized that there was no chance of finding my Watch if it fell off after I left my house and before I got on the train. I resigned myself to the idea of it being gone almost immediately.

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Comparing iCloud's new lower prices to the...

iCloud just got cheaper. Apple announced price cuts September 9, but they went into effect for new subscribers on September 16. Apple still includes a paltry 5GB at its free tier, but it bumped its first paid tier at $0.99 per month from 20GB to 50GB. (Prices vary worldwide, and aren’t a straight conversion, as with most Apple fees.)

The 200GB tier is now $2.99 a month, a dollar cheaper than before. Apple dropped the 500GB tier entirely, but slashed the price for 1TB by $10 a month: it’s just $9.99 a month now. Subscribers at the 500GB tier are automatically upgraded to 1TB since the price is the same. You can downgrade or upgrade via Settings > iCloud > Manage Storage > Change Storage Plan or Buy More Storage.

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Saturday September 19

MRI scans used to create 3D-printed hearts for...

Heart surgeries could be so much safer if surgeons can see and feel an actual representation of the patient's organ before the procedure itself. A system developed by a group of researchers from MIT and Boston Children's Hospital might make that a...

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Apple starts shipping out iPhone 6s, 6s Plus...

Ahead of an official iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch on Sept. 25, Apple and partner wireless carriers began informing preorder customers on Saturday that their devices are now in transit, scheduled to arrive on Friday.

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Watch these drones build a rope bridge

One of the big selling points of drones is that they can get to areas that aren't exactly safe or accessible by humans. That's why watching quadrocopters assembling a rope bridge that's sturdy enough for a person to walk across is so damned awesome...

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Comparing Apple's 4th-gen Apple TV with the...

There's a new Apple TV coming in October, but before plunking down any hard-earned money, it's worth comparing it with other options out there like Amazon, Google, and Roku -- and even the older third-gen Apple TV.

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AVG says it can sell your browsing data in updated...

AVG has updated its privacy policy's language, and in the amended document, the security firm admits that it can "make money from [its] free offerings with non-personal data." These "non-personal" info include your device's brand, language and apps...

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Apple Pay gets ready to launch in China

Apple is thriving in China, so you can imagine that it's practically salivating at the thought of launching Apple Pay in the country -- and it looks like that may happen relatively soon. The state-backed newspaper Wenhui News has learned that Appl...

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The US and China want to set ground rules for...

Arms control treaties already do a lot to prevent extreme abuses of real-world weaponry, so why shouldn't they apply to virtual conflicts? The US and China certainly think that makes sense. According to sources speaking to the New York Times, the t...

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Microsoft and Others Mean Stiff Competition For...

MojoKid writes: When Microsoft first announced the Surface Pro back in 2012, many Apple fans snickered. Here was Microsoft, releasing a somewhat thick and heavy tablet that not only had a kickstand, but also an odd cover that doubled as a keyboard. And to top things off, the device made use of a stylus. Steve Jobs famously said in 2010, "If you see a stylus, they blew it." But Microsoft forged ahead with the Surface Pro 2, and later with the Surface Pro 3. Not only were customers becoming more aware of the Surface but competitors were also taking note. We've seen Lenovo introduce the ideapad MIIX 700, which incorporates its own kickstand and an Intel Skylake-based Core m7 processor. And most recently, we've seen Apple pull a literal 180 on this design and platform approach, announcing the iPad Pro — a device that features a fabric keyboard cover similar in concept to the Surface Pro and a stylus. Dell and ASUS have also brought compelling offerings to the table as well. However,...

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Edward Snowden held a secret chat with the actor...

Many actors in biographical movies will interview the real people they're portraying to get a feel for their mannerisms and values. However, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt is going the extra mile to make sure that he's correctly representing NSA whistleblo...

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Latest Xbox One test update is rolling out slowly,...

Heads up Dashboard Preview Program members: Microsoft's announced that invites for the opt-in Windows 10 update on Xbox One are rolling out right now. Check your inbox to see if you made the first wave of folks to the party, but don't get too excit...

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US regulator accepts bitcoin as a commodity

Virtual currencies like bitcoin just came one step closer to legitimacy in the US. As part of its first action against an unregistered bitcoin options trading outfit, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has determined that digital currencies...

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Apple Watch to debut in Ireland, Austria &...

International expansion of the Apple Watch continues, with a trio of countries --?Ireland, Austria and Denmark -- to gain access to the wearable this coming Friday, Sept. 25.

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Gadget Ogling: Fresh Fires, Tablet Touches, and...

In case you didn't already know it, Amazon has designs on taking over your television, and Fire TV seems a strong competitor to the refreshed Apple TV. Fire TV's big advantage is that it can stream video in ultra high-definition 4K resolution, while Apple's device cannot. Nor can Roku or Chromecast. Fire TV also has voice control in the form of Alexa, which one could use to check the weather or sports scores while watching a show on Netflix. Storage is just 8 GB, but it's expandable with a memory card.

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How an independent art and technology festival...

When I told my friends and co-workers I was attending the XOXO Festival in Portland, Oregon, last weekend, I had a difficult time explaining what it was about. The event website describes it as an "experimental festival celebrating independently pr...

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Apple Watch to be available in Ireland, Denmark, and...

Following our report claiming that Apple Watch will launch in U.S. carrier stores later this month, Apple has now updated its regional websites to reveal that the device’s availability will soon be further expanded. Apple this morning updated its Austria, Denmark, and Ireland websites to reveal that Apple Watch will be available on September 25th. September 25th […]

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Video: Apple opens redesigned Brussels Apple Store,...

In Belgium, Apple has opened its first ‘next-gen’ redesigned Apple Store in Brussels. The store features huge glass panes that curve around the exterior. The store has also reduced its reliance on backlit screen panels. Instead, Apple is relying on a single huge screen that covers one wall which will serve many purposes, including retail training and product marketing. Inside, […]

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3D Touch could be a game-changer, but it...
Were you one of the lucky/financially secure enough ones to buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus over the weekend? Yup, me too (I’m not convinced I was either of those two things, but let’s go with lucky for now), so I thought I’d delve into just... | Read more »

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Updated For iOS 9, InterConneX Lets You Store...
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