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Briefly: Drobo Mini 8TB, Velvetwire Powerslayer Blu

6 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories

Connected Data, the creator of the Droboline of storage solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 drive array. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime as a result of Drobo's BeyondRAID Technology. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an retail price of $999 through Drobo's website and its select channel partners.



Foxconn struggling to hire people to help with iPhone 6 production

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone

Foxconn has embarked on an aggressive hiring campaign for its Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories, hoping to improve production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to Digitimes. The site indicates that because assembly line work isn't as attractive as it used to be in China, Foxconn is having a hard time recruiting enough people to staff its factories. As a solution, it has been staging hiring events to keep up its workforce.



Quanta to begin Apple Watch production in January 2015, report says

2 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Taiwan's Quanta Computer will only start mass production of the Apple Watch in January 2015, according to a supply chain rumor from Apple Daily. Apple has only officially stated that the Watch will ship in early 2015. If production does begin in January, that will likely place shipments in February.



Belkin revamps Express Dock; adds Thunderbolt 2, 4k support

3 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, upgrades/storage

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a cross-platform docking solution designed for both OS X and Windows-based computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the new dock allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology's high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices connected through the dock using one single Thunderbolt cable. 



Colette event gives public behind-glass glimpse at Apple Watch

3 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Today's Apple Watch event at Colette mostly involves units running on demo loop behind locked glass, visitors say. Members of the press are being allowed to wear the product, but even then, the hardware is still running on loop. Apple is also declining to provide any more information on specifications, pricing, or a launch date.


Apps: FotoMagico, Mailplane, BusyCal

3 hours ago | Posted in apps


    FotoMagico 4.5.1 ($100)

    FotoMagico is a tool for creating slideshows with personal photos and music in only a few mouse clicks. The software includes a variety of transitions, such as panning, zooming, and scaling. Incorrect audio fade-ins and fade-outs have been fixed with this update. In adding, the profile popup menu in Custom Video export now behaves correctly when running FotoMagico in German or French.


    Mailplane 3.3.1 ($25)

    Mailplane allows users to access their Gmail accounts from a desktop application. The software displays the same interface as the web version of Gmail, but adds extra functionality such as the ability to attach files through drag and drop. In the latest release the status bar item now supports Yosemite’s dark theme, and will no longer turn read if unread messages are available. Several bugs, including an issue that resulted in the image progress icon not working, have also been fixed.


    BusyCal 2.6.2 ($50)

    BusyCal is a desktop calendar app that allows users to share calendars among family, friends, and workgroups. Version 2.6.2 has fixed a bug that affected iCloud app-specific passwords. Compatibility issues when syncing with BusySync and importing legacy data have also been resolved, and new coloured tags have been added to the Info Panel.


    Tower 2.0.7 ($59)

    Tower is a Git client for Mac OS X that allows users to access Git features without needing to remember all of the frameworks commands and parameters. The v2.0.7 update offers improved stability when loading the working tree, as well as many Git-Flow improvements and fixes.


    Sketch 3.1 ($80)

    Sketch is a vector drawing tool that features a minimalistic design. Version 3.1 introduces a new file format, now combining all elements into a single document that can be emailed or shared without having to compile them into an archive. The process of creating Masks has also been made easier, as the Mask-with-Shape button now accepts any combination of layers.


Decade-old Apple versus Real will see trial, possibly in November

4 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, Apple

The new judge on the Apple versus Real anti-trust case has declared that there is enough evidence to go to trial, after nine years of litigation and a judge's retirement during the process. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ordered a trial after an earlier pre-trial conference, finding that Real attorneys have presented enough evidence to show that Apple created a monopoly with its FairPlay DRM, which then allowed the Cupertino manufacturer to overcharge customers.



EU accuses Ireland of giving Apple illegal state aid

4 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

As expected, the European Commission has issued a preliminary finding in which it suggests that Apple is receiving illegal state aid from the Irish government. "In the light of the foregoing considerations, the Commission's preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 1990 (effectively agreed in 1991) and of 2007 in favour of the Apple group constitute State aid according to Article 107(1) TFEU [Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union]," the document says. "The Commission has doubts about the compatibility of such State aid with the internal market. The Commission has therefore decided to initiate the procedure laid down in Article 108(2) TFEU with respect to the measures in question."



Basis Peak fitness tracker launches with touchscreen controls

6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Basis, producers of the B1 fitness tracker, has unveiled its first wearable device since its acquisition by Intel. The Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker which builds upon its predecessor by replacing the collection of buttons and display with a larger touch-enabled screen, as well as upgrading the rear-mounted heart rate tracker to the point where Basis suggests it could replace a chest-strap monitor completely.



Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in iOS 8.1 beta

12 hours ago | Posted in: developer, Apple, iPad

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support.



Update: iPhone 6, 6 Plus approved in China, debuts October 17 [u]

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

[Update: Apple official announcement reveals China debut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus on October 17] The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and will formally debut on October 17, Apple says. According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks.



Apple-owned Beats sues man claiming to be brand co-founder

15 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, audio, Apple

According to new court filings, Apple-owned Beats is suing Roam and Jibe Audio founder Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after Lamar posted numerous times on social media and his own company's website that he was a "co-founder" of Beats alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Lamar does have a legitimate connection to the headphone maker, and collects a royalty on certain models of Beats headphones, Beats says in its filing that Lamar has "never had any ownership interest" in the audio products company.



Review: ActvContent Sync Smartband

16 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist-worn device that allows tracking through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be better off spending their money on something with more features? Find out in our review.



Bug in iOS 8 can cause iCloud Drive erasure, report warns

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, developer, Apple, iPad

A newly-discovered bug in the "Reset All Settings" control in iOS 8 can cause documents stored in the new iCloud Drive to be permanently deleted. The feature is not recommended to be upgraded to until OS X Yosemite has been officially released -- which is expected to happen sometime next month -- but some iOS 8 users who have upgraded prematurely will be at risk of losing files, such as iWork documents stored in the cloud, if they use the "Reset All Settings" troubleshooting feature.


Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' Unix flaw

20 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, developer, Apple

Although nearly all Mac users are unaffected by the issue Apple has made good on its word to quickly fix a serious security flaw in bash, a Unix shell that comes as part of OS X. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, and today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). The flaw, known as "Shellshock," could potentially allow users who have set up advanced Unix services that interact with the web to be vulnerable to remote intrusion.


Video shows two kids deliberately bending iPhones at Apple Store

22 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting

A new video circulating on the Internet shows two kids -- identifying themselves as Kylie and Danny -- going into an Apple Store and trying to bend the iPhone 6 Plus. The pair succeed several times, causing the phones' metal frames to warp and pop out their displays. Thousands of dollars' worth of hardware is believed to have been damaged, but Kylie suggests that "it's Apple fault" for poor design.



Tracking shows iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 already in development [u]

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple, iPad

[Updated: iOS 8.1, Xcode 6.1 beta 3, Apple TV beta made available to developers] Apple is already testing iOS 8.1, 8.2, and even 8.3, sources say. The information has also reportedly been verified through website analytics, showing visits by devices with the firmware. Hits from v8.1 devices are said to have registered before 8.0 launched on September 17, but 8.2 and 8.3 traffic only began escalating post-launch.


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CloudFlare rolls out free SSL website encryption to all users

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: industry, security

CloudFlare is pushing its users toward security in a good way, as it is adding secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to all of its customer accounts starting today. Where the company says that only around two million sites supported encrypted connections previously, CloudFlare believes it will double that number by the end of the day. The SSL encryption is being adding to all accounts, even free users.


Colette, Apple to hold Apple Watch event on September 30

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

Apple and a Parisian fashion boutique, Colette, are planning a "one day only experience" on September 30, according to the latter's website. The event will run from 11AM to 7PM local time at Colette's storefront on Rue Saint-Honoré. Although neither company has said so explicitly, it appears to involve the Apple Watch, since Apple has adopted a fashion angle to marketing the product and the logo for the event resembles the Watch's homescreen.


Rumor has 27-inch Retina iMac announcement in October

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: computers, digital imaging

Apple is planning to unveil a 27-inch iMac with a 5120x2880 Retina display at its October press event, a new report claims -- citing an anonymous source. The computer will allegedly make a switch from Nvidia video cards to AMD, and offer a 4GHz Intel i7-4790K Haswell CPU as one configuration option. The 21.5-inch iMac isn't expected to make the jump to Retina graphics, at least not until Intel Broadwell processors launch -- which is most likely in early 2015.


iOS apps: OmniFocus, PDF Expert, Waze

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps

  • 20.6MB

    OmniFocus for iPad 2.0.1 ($30)

    OmniFocus is a task management tool that can help users stay organized. The software allows users to build to-do lists directly on their iPad and sync them directly to the OmniFocus desktop application. The v2.0.1 update removes the test flag that was unintentionally added to the previous release. All users should once again be able to access the app after updating from v2.0.

  • 61.6MB

    PDF Expert 5.2 ($10)

    PDF Expert allows users to store and read PDF files on an iPad. The app includes support for password protected, full text document search, navigation through embedded PDF bookmarks, and more. Version 5.2 introduces a new writing tool that zooms into a specific part of a page, giving users the ability to write more precisely in documents. Several iOS 8 exclusive have also been added, including iCloud Drive and Touch ID support

  • 47.9MB

    Waze 3.9 (free)

    Waze is a community-based mapping and navigation app that can help users find the best route to their destination based on traffic data added by other users. New to v3.9 is Waze Places, a new feature designed to make info ration on local places fresh and accurate for everyone. Users can now add or edit places, both business or residential, and include driving related info like if there is a parking lot or drive-thru. Waze will also now automatically save a user’s parking location and includes worldwide search autocomplete.

  • 1.69GB

    N.O.V.A 3 1.0.4 ($7)

    N.O.V.A is third title in Gameloft's sci-fi FPS series designed specifically for iOS devices. The game includes a 10 level single player campaign with a variety of weapons, as well as an online multiplayer mode. The latest release is now fully compatible with iOS 8.

  • 79.6MB

    POLARIS Office 5 5.0.6 ($13)

    POLARIS Office is a complete suite for viewing and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Support is included for a number of poplar file formats, including DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT, and PDF. Compatibility with iOS 8 has been improved in this release and an issue with copy and paste has been resoled. In addition to other minor bug fixes, the speed of connecting to Google Drive has been improved.


Apple pulls Launcher from App Store for 'misuse' of iOS 8 widgets

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, developer, iPhone apps, Apple

Apple has removed an app called Launcher from the App Store, citing "misuse" of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets, says developer Cromulent Labs. The app lets users create create shortcuts for various tasks, such as calling a specific person via phone or FaceTime, navigating to a location, or simply opening an app. These shortcuts then appear in a widget.


GoPro introduces Hero4 Black, Silver, entry-level Hero cameras

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera.


Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review Part 2

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

This is the second part of our two part combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review. In Part 1, we took a look at the design and construction of the new iPhones, along with the new larger and much improved displays as well as the all-new front and rear iSight cameras. In each of these areas, Apple has continued to raise the bar with at least one or more significant improvements over the previous generation. In this second part of our review, we take a closer look at the performance of the new models, their connectivity options, Touch ID/Apple Pay, iOS 8 and weigh up which of the two new iPhones might be best for you.


Hands on: Divinity Original Sin (OS X, Win)

Sun September 28, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

In an era when single-player games are getting shorter, role-playing games (RPG) have attempted to stick to their guns to give players deep worlds and meaningful stories. Developers have been allowed to create stories at all tiers, from big name developers like Electronic Arts, down to independent studios looking for funding on Kickstarter. One such developer that took to crowdfunding was Larian Studios, seeking to fund the next entry in the Divinity franchise, Divinity: Original Sin. But does Larian's prequel to Divine Divinity create a rich, enjoyable world for new and old players, or would it be too much to hope for the game to continue the RPG tradition?


EU to report approach on Apple, Ireland tax details this week [u]

Sun September 28, 2014 | Posted in: Apple

[Updated to reflect new statement European Commission, Forbes clarification] A report from the European Union on tax deals between tech companies, including Apple, and Ireland could be coming as soon as tomorrow. The European Commission will allegedly be offering a document explaining its formal investigation -- first launched in June -- that could suggest Apple and other may have benefited from illegal state aid from the Irish government.


China to begin iPhone 6 sales on October 10, reports say

Sun September 28, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, mobile phones, Apple

While it is currently possible to legally buy an iPhone 6 in some parts of the regional "Greater China" area (such as Hong Kong or Taiwan) the country of China itself -- which manufactures and assembles the new iPhones - ironically does not yet offer them for sale, due to a cumbersome regulatory process. This may finally be changing, as various reports out of the region indicated that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally debut in China on Friday, October 10.


AT&T doubles data caps on shared data plans until October 31

Sun September 28, 2014 | Posted in: industry

The never ending race for data cap superiority continues, AT&T has announced a limited-time offer that increases the data for its Mobile Share Value plans. Beginning today, AT&T is doubling the data included in the plans starting at the 15GB level. Where a 30GB plan was previously $225 a month, AT&T is now offering it for $130 until October 31.


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