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Foxconn operating 'around the clock' trying to meet iPhone 6 demand

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry

Foxconn -- Apple's main manufacturer for the iPhone - has 100 dedicated assembly lines in Zhengzhou operating around the clock in an attempt to meet preorder and launch demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders," one source says. "For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays." While Foxconn is simply handling the majority of iPhone 6 units, it's the only manufacturer of the 6 Plus.

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Logitech enters home automation with array of new Harmony products

1 hour ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps

Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to and control of a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system.

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Dropbox halts automatic backups over iOS 8 compatibility issue

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

Users of Dropbox on iOS are unable to back up data to the cloud storage service, due to a compatibility issue with iOS 8. The company claims the issue prevents users of the latest Apple mobile operating system from automatically backing up all of their photographs and videos to the service, with only a few of the latest files able to be uploaded successfully.

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Briefly: Virgin Media iOS app update, Goat Simulator on mobile

4 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

British cable company Virgin Media has overhauled the iOS version of its TV Anywhere app. Engadget notes the app now uses a purple color scheme and some updates to bring it in line with iOS 7 and iOS 8, making the app appear more modern. The app update also precedes an upcoming makeover of Virgin Media's TiVo set-top box interface, with the addition of the Opera app store and an additional "What to Watch Now" function set to be added in October.

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Logitech launches G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard

5 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

Logitech has launched a gaming keyboard which offers extra functionality with a smartphone. The G910 Orion Spark can be used with an Arx Control app for iOS and Android, turning the smartphone into a second screen displaying data about the player's performance, with the keyboard also including a small docking area to hold the mobile device upright.

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Briefly: Paper by FiftyThree update, Readdle updates for iOS 8

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

Drawing and design app Paper by FiftyThree has released a major update, featuring a new sharing platform. The iPad app allows users to create sketches, diagrams, illustrations, note or drawings, and share them easily. Paper v2.0 includes Mix, a new open platform for collaborative art-making. Any idea that has been publicly shared can be used as a starting point to "remix," create and evolve. In addition to Mix, Paper 2.0 offers fluid surface pressure control when using the Pencil stylus with iOS 8. Its new and improved zoom loupe function expands when you need more space, and improved palm rejection will also be available under iOS 8. Free to download, Paper by FiftyThree requires iOS 7.0 or later.

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Athentech unveils Perfectly Clear 2.0 at Photokina expo

8 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging

Image correction software specialists Athentech have updated their flagship product to a new major version. Perfectly Clear, a pair of plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom, has been updated to version 2.0. The new version offers major speed improvements and is now twice as fast as previously, and now includes an extensive "Beautify" module. The upgrade also features better noise removal, full resolution zoom, a new split view, and a lower price.

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Apple to extend iCloud security, add passwords for third-party apps

10 hours ago | Posted in: security, developer, Apple

Starting next month, Apple will add another layer of security to its iCloud service for third-party apps that utilize iCloud storage or other access. The company will allow users to assign up to 25 app-specific passwords for those users who don't want a third-party app to have the user's Apple ID credentials to utilize services such as syncing. The app-specific password approach not only protects the iCloud and Apple ID account, but enhances security for apps that don't support two-step authentication.

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Epson announces Expression Photo XP-860 'small-in-one' printer

12 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

A new all-in-one printer was recently released by Epson, positioned to be useful for families and photographers that want a device that doesn't take up much space. The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One offers a number of features to consumers, including borderless photo printing, scanning and sharing to Facebook, a wireless connection, copying, scanning, two-sided printing and faxing.

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Full Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook now posted

12 hours ago | Posted in: education, iPhone, industry, Apple

A nearly two-hour conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook covering a wide variety of topics is now available in full from the Charlie Rose show website as well as PBS' own Hulu channel. Excerpts from the interview are also available on PBS' iOS app. The sit down discussion with Rose was filmed almost immediately after Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payments system.

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Misfit announces Flash, a new wearable for fitness, sleep monitoring

13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories

Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50.

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Texas court finds CBS infringes upon Personal Audio LLC's patent

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Podcasters may not be in the clear of potential patent violations after a ruling this week in a Texas court. Six jurors found that CBS Corporation, home of the television network with shows like The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest, infringed upon the patent by streaming episodic content of its television shows on the Internet. The trial only lasted four days, with CBS failing to prove the patent owned by Personal Audio LLC should be invalidated.

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Apple publishes guide for Android data transfer to iOS devices

15 hours ago | Posted in: education, iPhone, security, Apple

With its combination of more and better apps, better security and now large-screen mobile devices, Apple is expecting the new iPhone and iOS 8 to help persuade more Android users to move up to iOS, and to that end has published a document on its website guiding switchers on how to move content from their Android device to the iPhone. The expectation isn't based on hubris: surveys have shown that at least a third of Android users would consider switching to the iPhone 6 family.

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Official iPhone 6, 6 Plus cases being delivered for early orders

17 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, Apple

Early orders of Apple's official cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are beginning to reach customers, user reports indicate. While the company usually gives strict instructions to courier services that prevent them from delivering iPhones and iPads before a launch date, it doesn't do the same for accessories. The strict timing with hardware is believed to be for the sake of marketing impact, as well as deterring scalpers.

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Forums: Incoming iPhone!

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, software, mobile phones, Apple, iPad

MacNN forum-goers anxiously awaiting the delivery of their latest, greatest iPhones have converged in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" to discuss just where in the world the tracking numbers state their precious cargo resides. Forum members who are looking for an iPad sleeve with a spot for a power adapter that doesn't cause a bulge are conversing about the available options in a thread started by Clinically Insane member "subego" earlier this week.

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Apple deals: savings of up to $770 on 15.4-inch MBPs

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Right now, Apple's Online Store is offering steep price cuts on a selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 500GB of storage and 8x SuperDrive has seen a discount of $690, and is now down to $1,109. A $710 discount drops the price on the refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,489.

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Microsoft unveils universal mobile keyboard, Xbox One with PC cable

18 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, accessories

Microsoft announced a slate of new accessories with wireless features today, one of which is ready for use with three of the major mobile operating systems. A universal keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth mouse and a PC-ready Xbox One controller are expected to make their way to consumers, starting in the fall.

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DealNN: new Mac Pro for $3,199

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, peripherals, digital imaging, Apple

This week at MacMall.com, get the new Mac Pro for the sale price of $3,149. That's $150 off the list price of $3,299, and $100 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics, and comes with OS X Mavericks (10.9) pre-installed. As always, Apple's one-year warranty on parts and labor applies.

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Two-factor authentication re-instituted at iCloud.com

18 hours ago | Posted in: security, Apple

Apple has once again enabled a two-factor authentication option for iCloud.com. It was briefly introduced in June, but then vanished for reasons unknown. Much like its equivalent for Apple IDs, the iCloud.com two-factor system requires verifying identity through SMS or Find My iPhone. Only once this is done can users load the site's apps.

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Netflix comes to Germany with day-one support on many devices

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Netflix has expanded into Germany, according to an announcement by the streaming video service. Plans start at €8 per month ($10.37 US) for basic SD streaming. Two simultaneous devices plus HD quality is €9 ($11.66), while four simultaneous devices with Ultra HD (when available) is €12 ($15.55). As elsewhere, each account can have up to four profiles, which can be age-restricted if need be.

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VirnetX's $368.2M verdict against Apple tossed on procedural grounds

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, networking, Apple

Last week, the US Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, DC threw out a jury award of $368.2 million to patent holder VirnetX. While the court agreed that some patents were infringed by Apple, the appeals court ruled that incorrect jury instructions were doled out by the judge, which tainted the jury when it determined the damage award.

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Near-complete OS X 10.9.5 being seeded internally, sources say

20 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, Apple

OS X 10.9.5 is already being seeded within Apple, say several sources working for AppleCare. The step is believed to be an immediate precursor to launching the update for the public, since AppleCare staff need to be familiar with the update in order to troubleshoot it. Furthermore, iOS 8 is being released tomorrow, and Apple often clusters major software updates.

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Apple updates OS X Server 3.2 developer preview

21 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, enterprise, developer, Apple

Apple is seeding another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers. Changes are so far unknown, but the code is listed as build 13S5179. Server 3.2 is intended for Macs running OS X Mavericks, particularly 10.9.4 or later.

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Chinese police arrest Foxconn worker for stealing iPhone 6 shells

21 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security, Apple

Chinese police have arrested a 40-year-old Foxconn worker, identified only by the surname Qiao, for stealing iPhone 6 shells from a factory in Jincheng, according to the state-run Taihang Daily. The person was detained on September 4, and is specifically accused of selling six of the shells for 6,000 yuan (about $960) to a gadget market in Shenzhen, where a number of electronics makers are located.

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Apps: FotoMagico, CleanApp, HoudahSpot

23 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    FotoMagico 4.5 ($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. Version 4.5 now requires OS X 10.8 or later as well as a 64-bit Intel processor. The software can now support content in resolutions all the way up to 4K, with new presets in the New and Settings dialogs, and a 4K YouTube export option. Numerous bugs have also been resolved.

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    CleanApp 5.0b2 ($15)

    CleanApp is an uninstaller and system management tool that allows users to delete cache files, applications, and other items wasting drive space. This second beta adds protection for Apple’s server app and fixes an issue that prevented the software from deleting universal binaries. Temporary files and log files will also now be found more reliably when searching for related files.

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    HoudahSpot 3.9.3 ($29)

    HoudahSpot allows users to create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they are searching for. Favorite queries can be saved for later access, and templates can be set up for frequently performed searches. A new feature that lets users tag mail messages by dragging and dropping them from Apple Mail to the HoudahSpot Tray is included with this update. Various bugs, including one that prevented the software from searching certain Spotlight-indexed network volumes, have also been fixed.

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    Fantastical 1.3.16 ($20)

    Fantastical is a calendar utility that sits in a users menu bar and can be accessed through a customizable keyboard shortcut. To add new events users can type a natural phrase and the software will automatically pull out relevant time and date information. A potential crash that could occur when encountering invalid event data has been fixed in this update. A problem that prevented users from interacting with the server password prompt when using VoiceOver has also been addressed.

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    TunnelBear 2.4.3 (free)

    TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network server that allows users to browse the internet privately. The latest release includes a fix for a reported issue that was resulting in unexplained disconnections.

 

Apple wins patent on physics-based tablet GUI concept

23 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple has won a US patent on an unusual tablet-based graphical interface. The UI would not only make use of touch and motion, as iOS does currently, but simulated physics -- including mass, gravity, friction, and/or drag. A basic example involves selecting multiple files or folders; by drawing a circle around them, users would create a selection "bubble" that could be behave like a floating ball, even bouncing off of screen edges. File and folder size could dictate mass, such that a larger file might move more slowly.

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DisplayPort spec boosted to v1.3, can drive 5K on single cable

23 hours ago | Posted in: computers, digital imaging

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely-used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.

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