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iPhone 6 Plus bending in pockets, some users complain

30 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting

Having only shipped on Friday, the iPhone 6 Plus is already bending in the pockets of some owners, according to complaints in forums. Hours-long pressure from standing or physical activity appears to be responsible. Affected phones should still function, but may look noticeably deformed and refuse to lay flat.



Square CEO: Apple Pay, Bitcoin payments included in future register

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Square's next generation of payment terminal could allow retailers to accept payments from Bitcoin and Apple Pay, the company head has suggested. In an interview, CEO Jack Dorsey explained that a future version of its cash register system will be able to accept a number of different payment types, on top of the current credit card payments it currently works with.



Forums: Palm Pilots? (un)predictive text? iOS 8 internet problems?

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, peripherals, troubleshooting, software, mobile phones, Apple

This week in the MacNN Forums "subego" started a thread that appears to be showcasing some of the bazaar interpretations Apple's new predictive text in iOS 8 creates, either that or he is simply trying to live up to his "Clinically Insane" ranking by spewing incoherent gibberish. Today a Fresh-Faced Recruit who goes by the name "Swervage" has started a rather unusual thread lashing out at Apple for not making Mavericks compatible with Palm Pilots, going as far as saying that this is "monumentally moronic" of Apple.



Apple deals: MacBook Air from $769, MacBook Pro and iMac from $929

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple's online store has a wide selection of low cost refurbished MacBook Pro and iMac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $769. Now priced at $929, after a $170 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB of hard drive space.



iOS 8.0.1 to deal with bugs in Phone, iCloud Keychain, Safari

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, iPad

As predicted, iOS 8.0.1 is now in the hands of carrier partners for testing, a source says. The person notes that the update fixes a variety of bugs left in the OS for its debut last week. It for instance copes with glitches in the Phone app, which can affect call forwarding, and cause freezes when accessing Visual Voicemail.



Bipartisan bill seeks to clarify overseas data warrant requirements

1 hour ago | Posted in: security

In the shadow of Microsoft's dispute with the US Department of Justice, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Senate Judiciary Committee member Chris Coons (D-DE), legislation has been proposed to codify law enforcement access to citizen's data stored internationally. The bill, titled the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act seeks to authorize the use of extraterritorial search warrants, but vacate said warrants if it requires parties involved to break the laws of a country to do so.



DealNN: MacBook Air, HP printer and more

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, Apple has slashed the price on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air which has been cut from $999 down to $805. That 19 percent discount dropped the price by $194, and also made this the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by roughly $15. However, at B&H they are offering this same Mac for $820, and it includes a copy of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and $50 off Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag. This MBA features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage.



Apple Watch will be able to control Apple TV, says Cook

2 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets

People will be able to use the Apple Watch as a remote for their Apple TV, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentions in a full-length version of a recent Bloomberg interview. "I love operating my Apple TV from the watch. I don't have to worry anymore about the remote falling through the cushions of the sofa," he says. The interviewer notes that the public has yet to see the matching app. "There's -- I don't think we showed this," Cook responds. "I've got a little advance copy. And so it will operate your Apple TV, and you can imagine that it can control other things as well."



EU anti-trust chief officially demands more from Google settlement

3 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

European Commission anti-trust head Joaquin Almunia has called for Google to improve its proposal to mitigate concerns that the search engine is abusing its industry-leading position and manipulating search results. The previous deal struck has now apparently collapsed, leaving the Mountain View, CA company to start negotiation a new one, or face fines of up to $6 billion if the complaint moves to formal monopoly charges.



Chinese approval of iPhone 6 should be 'completed soon'

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

The Chinese government has said it is close to certifying the iPhone 6 for sale in the country, according to CNBC's Eunice Yoon. The reporter adds that the news is already resulting in lower black market prices, given views that official sales through Apple and local carriers could begin soon. At the moment the base model of the iPhone 6 is selling for about $1,900, while the 6 Plus is valued at roughly $3,250. The most popular colors are said to be gold and space gray, which can fetch a premium as high as $500.


iOS apps: TuneIn Radio Pro, Skype WiFi, Afterlight

3 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

  • 23.5MB

    TuneIn Radio Pro 6.4.1 ($10)

    TuneIn is a music streaming service that allows users to access more than 70,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs. In addition, the Pro version offers recording capabilities that includes the option to set timed recording for favorite programs. An iOS 8 crash has been fixed with this update.

  • 10.8MB

    Skype WiFi 1.4.2 (free)

    Skype WiFi provides access to more than 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world. Users can connect to the hotspot from directly within the app, and then use Skype Credit to pay for access. Version 1.4.2 offers improved performance and a fixes for various reported bugs.

  • 46.5MB

    Afterlight 2.5.1 ($1)

    Afterlight is a photography app that includes a number of filters and effects for editing images on iOS devices. The latest update has integrated SNS sharing, as well as fixed a number of iOS 8-specific bugs.

  • 11.4MB

    Finish. 2.3.1 (free)

    Finish is a task management tool that can help users stay organized. All entered tasks are sorted into customizable Short, Mid, and Long term timeframes, allowing users to prioritize chronologically. Version 2.3.1 is an emergency bug fix that resolves issues with crashing and the loss of tasks in v2.3.

  • 27.8MB

    Union 1.3.3 ($2)

    Union is a tool for combining multiple images. An issue with exporting transparent PNGs has been addressed in this update. In addition, problems with brush masking on the iPhone 6 have also been fixed.


Comcast to FCC: Plenty of competition, no reason to block TWC merger

4 hours ago | Posted in: industry

In a filing with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Comcast has spelled out why it believes it should be allowed to purchase Time Warner Cable. Saying that users have enough high-speed cable options including wireless and satellite, and that switching to one of the "broad range" of competitors it has such as Google Fiber, the giant believes it should be able to complete the merger without citizens or the Government being concerned about a monopolistic situation.



Official Apple stats put iOS 8 adoption at 46 percent of devices

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, Apple, iPad

New data from Apple -- based on Sunday traffic at the App Store -- indicates that iOS 8 adoption is actually up to 46 percent of iOS devices, despite lower numbers tracked by third-party firms. Apple's figures put iOS 7 at 49 percent, and iOS 6 or earlier at 5 percent. iOS 8 became available for compatible devices on September 17th, and is pre-installed on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which launched Friday.



New iPhone 6 models best the competition, analysis sites say

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

Early tests from PC performance sites Tom's Hardware and AnandTech have revealed that early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers aren't just buying style and elegance -- they're also getting a smartphone that appears to be the best all-around performer available, in some cases by a significant margin. Significant improvements in GPU performance, JavaScript performance and battery life once again see the iPhone outperforming phones with quad-core chips and twice the RAM.



Sprint calls iPhone 6 launch 'most successful in history'

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure on Monday tweeted that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this past weekend was the "most successful iPhone launch in our history," in a note thanking Sprint employees for their help. The announcement comes on the heels of Apple's news that it had sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units over the course of the opening weekend, a new record for the company, and Sprint's recent announcement of a special iPhone-centric lease promotion.



New iOS 8 hits 30 percent adoption, iPhone 6 outselling 6 Plus

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

Apple has seen a near-doubling of user adoption of iOS 8 since it rocketed to 20 percent during its first two days of availability, and is now sitting at around 36 percent after the first weekend of iPhone 6 sales, according to figures from various aggregators including Mixpanel and Appsee. While still representing an astonishing uptake compared to any other computer or mobile platform, the figure is actually behind that of iOS 7 at the same point in its release.



Podfather Fadell mourns discontinuation of iPod Classic

19 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, gadgets, audio, Apple

In a new interview for the magazine Fast Company, former Apple executive and head of the original iPod project Tony Fadell, now CEO of Nest at Google, mentions his sense of loss that the last large-capacity iPod, the iPod classic, has been discontinued by Apple. While lamenting the passing of the unit that modelled most closely the design of the original iPod, Fadell notes that Apple began thinking about what would kill the product within two years of it emerging.


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Adobe acquires photo-editing app, mobile SDK developer Aviary

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software, developer

Adobe announced that it acquired a developer of software development kits (SDK) for photo-editing and third-party mobile software. Aviary's SDKs are to be folded into the Adobe Creative SDK, which the company is building as a development platform for mobile apps. Terms of the acquisition were not given, but Aviary was privately held.


Beats Music headed towards shutdown, sources claim [u]

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry, audio, Apple

[Updated with Apple denial] Despite recent efforts to promote the streaming service, Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, sources within Apple and Beats say. "Many" Beats Music engineers have reportedly been diverted to other projects, such as iTunes. The sources have no insight on what Apple plans to do with the service's technology.


USB Type-C to support DisplayPort Alternate Mode, '4K and beyond'

21 hours ago | Posted in: industry, digital imaging

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it has been working with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a new DisplayPort mode that works in conjunction with USB Type-C. The new mode, dubbed DisplayPort Alternate Mode, could be used to drive monitor resolutions to "4K and beyond," as well as delivering up to 100 watts of power and USB 3.1 data over a single Type-C cable.


At Climate Week, Cook claims profits, environment can both prosper

21 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Speaking at Climate Week NYC earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he was "optimistic" about his company's ability to influence climate change, as well as the prospect of people choosing "green" products over alternatives. "Consumers will vote with their dollars. There's no one out there that wants the planet to go in the wrong direction, or to continue to go in the wrong direction," he explained.


Apple updates Mail app for public, developer betas of OS X Yosemite

22 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, developer, Apple

Apple has released an separate update of its Mail client for the public and developer betas of OS X Yosemite. The code "resolves an issue that may prevent composing a message," attached notes explain. Beta participants can download the update via the Mac App Store.


Apple workers spotted testing Apple Watch in public

23 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, Apple

Apple engineers have been spotted wearing the Apple Watch in public, according to various anecdotes on Twitter. "Saw a few Apple employees wearing the iWatch [sic] at a bus stop in mission. All were wearing the sport edition and carrying the iPhone six plus," writes one person. Another source claims to have seen someone wearing a gold model. The two cited incidents both took place in San Francisco, a home base for many Apple workers.


China blocks privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo

Mon September 22, 2014 | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

The privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo is unable to be used in China. Selling itself as a service which does not collect personal information about its users, DuckDuckGo has been inaccessible in the country since earlier this month, and though there is no official explanation from any party, it is believed to be an act of censorship by the Chinese government.


Rumor has 12-inch MacBook Air dropping most ports, getting USB Type C

Mon September 22, 2014 | Posted in: computers

Apple's alleged future thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new rumor says. The claim comes from the same site that suggested the computer will come in gold, silver, and space gray colors, like the iPhone 6. The new report further indicates that Apple is planning to adopt the reversible USB Type C standard, and might include an adapter with the laptop for the sake of backwards compatibility.


Briefly: Chrome and Skype iOS 8 updates, Instapaper's speech feature

Mon September 22, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

The recent release of iOS 8 has instigated a flood of apps releasing revamps for the new operating system, with today bringing updates from Google's Chrome, and Microsoft's Skype. The Google Chrome browser for iOS allows users to sync their open tabs and bookmarks across devices, search by voice, translate web pages and more. Chrome v.37.0.2 now supports using third-party App Extensions to post and share content, adds iOS 8 compatibility, and other stability improvements and bug fixes.


Apps: LaunchBar, Monosnap, Audio Hijack Pro

Mon September 22, 2014 | Posted in apps


    LaunchBar 6.1.1 ($30)

    LaunchBar is a tool that can provide quick access to apps, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, as well as a music library or various search engines. In v6.1.1 Info Browsing can now be trigged by pressing and holding the right arrow key. The software also now properly supports pasting into TextExpander fill-in windows, and also including various Yosemite-related improvements.


    Monosnap 2.2.1 (free)

    Monosnap can be used to save screenshots of a full screen, part of a scree, or only a select window. An issue with filename generation has been fixed with this update, along with a bug that caused the app to continually consume system resources after a screencast was finished. In addition, screenshots taken on external displays connected to Retina MacBook are no longer blurry.


    Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3 ($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. Version 2.11.3 restores the ability to capture audio from Safari 7.1 on systems running OS X 10.9.5. An extremely rare issue where audio from iTunes could be lost when toggling videos between full-screen and windowed mode has been fixed.


    Duplicate Annihilator 5.0.3 ($8)

    Duplicate Annihilator can scan an entire iPhoto library and identify any duplicate images stored within. All of the duplicates are marked according to the users preferences, or can be sent directly to the trash. A bug that prevented photos from being handled by iPhoto on some systems has been resolved with this update.


    Keyboard Maestro 6.4.7 ($36)

    Keyboard Maestro is a utility meant to improve the convenience of Mac OS X by enabling macro shortcuts, which can be activated at any time. Version 6.4.7 fixes a drawing issue in the Clipboard History on the latest Yosemite developer build. A crash in the editor has also been fixed, along with issues related to the Fast User Switch action.


HomeKit support present in latest Apple TV firmware, source says

Mon September 22, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals

The latest Apple TV firmware also includes support for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8, a source for Forbes notes. Apple hasn't promoted the fact, and the source suggests this is because there's little reason to do so until other peripherals support it. While HomeKit is available as a platform, and partners like Honeywell and Philips have been announced, certified products haven't begun reaching stores.


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