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China Mobile sees more than 33K iPhone 6 pre-orders in first hours

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

China Mobile, the top carrier in China with over 800 million subscribers (and more than 20 million LTE users), opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 to Beijing customers on Tuesday. Surprisingly, the carrier has seemingly confirmed the existence of two models, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and reported over 33,000 preorders in the first few hours. Customers can also save a place in line for the (unrevealed) debut date through the company's website.

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Five-hour iTunes Stores downtown fixed, no explanation provided

2 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple

Apple's non-Apple Store commerce sites suffered some major downtime on Tuesday, with the App Store, iBookstore, Mac App Store and iTunes Music Store being inaccessible for nearly five and a half hours for some (but not all) users, from approximately 6:30PM to midnight Eastern time. During the outage, users were in some cases able to load the product pages of the sites, but unable to do anything else, while some others reported normal operations.

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Briefly: Music Unlimited redesigned, Amazon Cloud Drive adds AirPlay

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Sonny's Music Unlimited - the PlayStation Music App for iOS - has received a redesign. Allowing account-holding users to stream over a network or download 30 million songs, games and movies are available on PlayStation systems, and music on iOS and computers.

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Report: Yosemite already accounting for 3.3 percent of all Macs

7 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Thanks in large part to the release of two public betas in a program that was limited to one million signups, the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite is now running on approximately 2.6 million Macs, thought to be around 3.3 percent of the worldwide Mac user base, according to statistics from Net Applications. The figures come statistics gathered in August, and are 33 times higher than the pre-release version of Mavericks, though of course the latter didn't have a public beta component.

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Some AppleSeed testers gain access to new iCloud for Windows beta

9 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

Selected AppleSeed public testers are being contacted by Apple via email and being offered the opportunity to download and test a new beta seed of iCloud for Windows, which was announced earlier this summer at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference. Candidates need to have a PC running Windows 7 or later, and will gain access to the forthcoming advanced features of iCloud such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library.

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Apple opens 'Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity' scholarship

9 hours ago | Posted in: education, Apple

Apple has launched a new "Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity" scholarship, according to the company's job listings page. The program is named after Apple's Product Integrity group, and offers successful minority applicants up to $10,000 towards a technology education. "To be eligible, applicants must be women, black/African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are attending an accredited U.S. university and continuing their education in Fall 2015," the company writes.

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AT&T complains about unfairness of municipal broadband to FCC

10 hours ago | Posted in: networking

Given the opportunity to petition against the expansion of municipal broadband expansion in Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC, AT&T has taken the opportunity to remind the government of its role in the state of Internet connectivity in the US. In its filing with the US Federal Communcations Commission, the telecom giant lays out its case against why local broadband, or "Government Owned Networks" (GON), shouldn't be allowed.

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Atlanta to get Cumberland Mall Apple Store on Saturday

11 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple has announced plans to launch a new US store this Saturday, this time in Atlanta, Georgia's Cumberland Mall. The shop will open at 10AM that day, and in keeping with regular hours operate until 9PM. The only exception is on Sundays, when hours will span noon to 6PM.

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Google Enterprise services rebranding as 'Google for Work'

11 hours ago | Posted in: industry, enterprise

Google is rebranding its efforts for enterprise. In a blog post heralding the change Chairman Eric Schmidt noted that the business focused offerings from the search engine giant will now be known as Google for Work, with no other changes made to the products other than the name. Encompassed under the new nomenclature are Gmail and Hangouts, plus Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, News, Play, Sites, and Vault.

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Apple: Celebrity photo leaks not result of iCloud breach

11 hours ago | Posted in: security, Apple

Apple has issued a new follow-up statement on this week's celebrity photo leaks via iCloud. "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," the company writes. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

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Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 [u]

13 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

(Updated with some early changes) Apple is now distributing a seventh developer preview of OS X Yosemite, as well as matching betas of Xcode 6, OS X Server 4.0, and Configurator 1.6. Any changes to Yosemite are unmentioned in release notes, but will probably be uncovered within the next few days. The last preview build of Yosemite was released roughly two weeks ago.

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Office for iPad updates with support for monthly subscriptions

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPad, iPad apps

Microsoft has today updated the Office iPad apps -- including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with in-app purchases of monthly Office 365 subscriptions. These are divided into Personal and Home tiers. The first costs $7 per month, and is limited to one iPad and one PC/Mac. It does however come with 1TB of cloud storage, and 60 minutes of Skype calling to cellphones and landlines.

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Native Instruments announces Komplete 10 bundles, new keyboards

14 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, software, audio

Native Instruments has announced Komplete 10, the next version of its audio production suite bundling together all its instruments with some extra perks. This version adds several new instruments, including Rounds, Kontour, and Polyplex. Rounds combines sound design and sequencing functions, while Kontour is a synthesizer with "organic" textures. Polyplex designs drumkits, combining up to four samples per slot; randomization can be applied on a global, sound, or sample level.

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Briefly: PDF Forms 3.0, SWISS Airlines to use iPad in cockpit

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

PDF Forms has released a new version of its PDF processor app for iOS. Allowing users to fill forms, add remarks and notes to the ready document, PDF Forms also facilitates adding hand-written signatures that can be reused if saved. Access to documents and signatures can be password protected, and new files can be created from previously generated forms with reordered pages or split filled documents. PDF Forms v3.0 includes a built-in signature scanner, simplifying digitizing signatures. A new annotation toolbar has been added, as well as minor bug fixes. Priced at $9, PDF Forms requires iOS 6.0 or later.

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Forums: new channels on Apple TV and more

14 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

With the long holiday weekend, and kids heading back-to-school, the last few days have been rather quiet in the MacNN forums. Forum members continue to discuss price differences between SSDs and HDDs in the thread titled "Hard Drive Ripoffs" started by "reader50" late last week. Moderator "P" noticed new Apple TV channels appearing in Sweden, and wonders if there have been more channels added in other regions as well.

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Apple deals: Mac desktops from $929

14 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple's Online Store has a selection of refurbished Mac desktop models priced as low as $929. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage is currently priced at $929. Also priced at $929, after a $170 discount, is the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive.

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DealNN: iPad mini for $200

14 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple, iPad

Right now at BestBuy.com get the 16GB iPad mini in Space Gray on sale for $200. That is $100 off the list price of $300, and about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad features a Retina display, 1GHz A5 dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, iSight camera and FaceTime front facing camera. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apps: Path Finder, VueScan, NetShade

14 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    Path Finder 7.0 ($40)

    Path Finder is a file management utility that offers an interface similar to Finder, but adds extra features, including a dual pane file browser, and tab management. Version 7.0 introduces Dropbox integration, now allowing the software to automatically detect an installed Dropbox folder. Users also have the option of manually linking or unlinking a Dropbox account in the preferences. Other changes include a new FolderSync feature, an updated copy/move/delete engine, and a faster terminal.

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    VueScan 9.4.42 ($40)

    VueScan is a scanning utility that includes support for most flatbed and film scanners. The software uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration to ensure accurate colors, and features a number of advanced features for tweaking scans. The latest release fixes a problem with the document feeder on the Epson WF-7610/WF-7620, as well as an issue with loading DNG files larger than 2GB. Support has also been added for four new HP scanners, the Laserjet Pro MFP M435nw, Scanjet 200, Scanjet 300, and Scanjet 3000.

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    NetShade 6.0.2 ($29)

    NetShade is a tool for routing an Internet connection through either a public anonymous proxy server, or through NetShades own dedicated proxy. This allows users to mask their IP address and improve security while browsing the web. Issues with KeyShade syncing have been resolved with this update, along with a display issue in which buttons could become invisible on certain OS X versions. In addition, files have also been made localizable in preparation for an upcoming multi-lingual release.

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    Soulver 2.4.6 ($20)

    Soulver is a calculator utility that can be used for performing quick calculations. The software solves problems as they are entered, and allows words to be used alongside calculations to help users keep track of what is being calculated. The v2.4.6 update makes a switch to BitcoinAverage for Bitcoin rates, and fixes an issue where undo would not work correctly when using line references. Percentages are also no longer added with regular numbers in the total.

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    Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.2 ($32)

    Audio Hijack Pro allows users to record any app's audio signal, as well as improve audio signals with a number of VST and AudioUnit effects. The v2.11.2 update includes a number of improves that limit the latency of processed audio during long audio device capture sessions. An issue preventing the “Quit Source” checkbox from functioning as expected has also been fixed, and the software’s AppleScript controls now better support the Cocoa standard suite.

 

Sonos software update adds home Wi-Fi support to speaker system

15 hours ago | Posted in: networking, audio

Sonos has started to implement a change to the wireless networking used by its speaker system, eliminating the need for a physical connection. The previously-announced update will now allow for speakers to connect to an existing Wi-Fi network, instead of the wireless mesh network created between the speakers.

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Video shows alleged rear shell for 5.5-inch iPhone [u]

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

(Updated with accompanying battery information) A video (below) from French site Nowhereelse shows what is said to be a rear shell for Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone. The part appears to use the same design adopted by the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, simply scaled up. That includes an all-metal back, rounded edges, an embedded Apple logo, and differently-colored bands sectioning off the top and bottom.

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Sony QX1 Smart Lens leaks with E-Mount lens compatibility

17 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Sony's QX Smart Lens line of combined sensors and lenses controlled by smartphone may be joined by a third device. Leaked images show what is rumored to be called the QX1, a replacement camera for smartphones which allows for the use of E-Mount lenses, rather than the 3.6x and 10x optical lenses used in the QX10 and QX100.

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iWatch still in engineering verification phase, rumor claims

17 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Even though some components are beginning to enter production, the iWatch is still in an engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and yet to undergo production verification testing (PVT), supply chain sources claim. The latter is needed before going into mass production, and the sources point out that Apple could theoretically change the design of the iWatch beforehand. In any case, it's argued that this supports the idea that the iWatch may not ship until 2015.

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Uber Germany facing shutdown country wide, appealing order

17 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Ridesharing app Uber is facing yet another shutdown order in Germany, this time, encompassing the entire country. A preliminary injunction to stop service nationwide has been applied against the company since the end of last week over what the court calls a lack of appropriate permits and insurance carried by the drivers. Uber is appealing, and will not shut down while it waits for a hearing.

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Elgato launches trio of HomeKit compatible home automation devices

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

Elgato will be showcasing a new line of app-powered accessory products at the IFA trade show. The new products will enable iPhone and iPad users to control and monitor the home, modify the lighting atmosphere, and recharge mobile devices when away from a plug. Elgato Eve, allows users the capability to monitor conditions in the home. The intelligent LED bulb Avea, gives dynamic mood lighting at home. The intelligent battery Smart Power offers self-monitoring capabilities of charge and other parameters to make sure it is always ready to refill mobile devices. 

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Briefly: LinkedIn retires InMaps, BBC's kids' coding, computing shows

Tue September 2, 2014 | Posted in: education

Professional networking platform LinkedIn has discontinued its InMaps visualization tool. Citing the need to focus on new ways to visualize users' professional network, InMaps officially retired September 1. The feature was first launched in January 2011, and allowed for viewing different clusters in one's network and color code them as to see where crossovers and separations appeared.

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Progress picks up pace in new Apple Campus video

Mon September 1, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Significant progress has been made in the construction of Apple's Campus 2 project since the last set of traffic-reported helicopter pictures were released. A new HD video shot with a GoPro camera attached to a drone plane have flown over the construction site (a legally murky move) and shown detailed images of the outer and inner retaining walls for the future headquarters of the company.

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Apple completes iTunes Festival lineup with final 20 performers

Mon September 1, 2014 | Posted in: audio, Apple

The iTunes Festival is now underway in London, having kicked off the first night of the month-long concert series with headliner Deadmau5 and opening acts Friends Within and Kate Simko & the London Electronic Orchestra. Performances are streamed live through the official iOS app, iTunes on the Mac or Windows, or via the dedicated Apple TV channel, with selected acts available for repeat or later viewing.

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