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

2 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.

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Podfather Fadell mourns discontinuation of iPod Classic

5 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

6 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.

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Beats Music headed towards shutdown, sources claim [u]

7 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.

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

7 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 SuperSpeed USB 3.1 data over a single Type-C cable.

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

7 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.

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

9 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.

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Apple workers spotted testing Apple Watch in public

9 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 person 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.

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China blocks privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo

11 hours ago | 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.

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

11 hours ago | Posted in: computers

Apple's thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new report claims. 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.

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

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

The recent release of iOS 8 has instigated the beginning of apps releasing their revamps for the new operating system, with today bringing updates from Google's Chrome, and 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, iOS 8 compatibility and other stability improvements and bug fixes.

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Apps: LaunchBar, Monosnap, Audio Hijack Pro

12 hours ago | Posted in apps

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

 
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HomeKit support present in latest Apple TV firmware, source says

12 hours ago | 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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iPhone 6/6 Plus sales topped 10 million in three days, Apple says

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple says. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some 9 million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US. The company says it plans to reach another 20 countries on September 26th, and hit a total of 115 by the end of the year.

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Tim Cook to speak at Climate Week NYC at 12PM Eastern

15 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to speak at the Climate Week NYC conference at 12PM Eastern time, or 9AM Pacific. The conference is an annual gathering themed around sustainability, and for 2014 there is a special emphasis on lowering carbon emissions. Cook will be joined by other corporate heads from firms such as IKEA and Bloomberg. A livestream link is embedded below.

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Briefly: Bluetooth blood pressure monitor, Pantera case for iPhone 6

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, Apple

Pyle Audio has announced the introduction of its new Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). The monitor and its accompanying integrated app are designed to provide users' pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures. Users insert their arm into the device's sleeve, press the power button and allow the monitor to tighten and measure blood pressure. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows collected data.

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Review: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0 drive

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, accessories

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? Patriot attempts to tackle the question with the high-speed USB Supersonic Rage XT. While the drive is offered three different sizes, the 128GB flash drive seems the most appealing. Is it worth considering, or is money better spent looking at something smaller? Find out in our review.

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Turtle Beach releases Ear Force Z60 gaming headset for PC, Mac

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio

Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of gaming headphones that the company first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Made to handle the surround-sound needs for video games, music and movies, the headphones utilize DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach does this without the use of separate software or drivers, unlike many other headphones on the market.

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Google easing up on mandatory Google+ signups for new Gmail accounts

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: industry, software

Google is no longer forcing users to create a Google+ profile when setting up a new Gmail account, according to a report from marketing blog Wordstream. By easing up on the mandatory setup of the social media arm of the search company, Google is continuing to put distance between users and the service that never seemed to find the same footing as Facebook.

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Briefly: Wi-Fi Smart Plug now shipping, Google Search for iOS update

Sun September 21, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, networking, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Network accessories company D-Link has announced that its new Wi-Fi Smart Plug is now shipping. Originally introduced in the spring, the device allows users to turn devices on and off from anywhere using the free Mydlink Home app, available for iOS as well as Android. A range of devices are compatible, allowing users to create power on/off schedules that are suitable for frequent travellers.

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Google petitions FCC for NM desert testing of broadcast-capable drones

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry

Google has filed a plan to test broadcast drones in the skies of New Mexico. A filing with the US Federal Communications Commission, one of the regulatory agencies that needs to be involved with such an endeavor, points to a test site south of Santa Fe, New Mexico and south of Las Vegas, Nevada. The tests are likely a practical test of remote Internet delivery technologies, and some of the largest drills that Google has run yet, utilizing Titan Aerospace's technology.

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Home Depot transaction security reportedly ramshackle since 2008

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: security

Following the revelation that 56 million credit card transactions were stolen by miscreants, more information is coming out about the hack and The Home Depot's reportedly long-term lackadaisical security. According to employees familiar with the situation, the company was warned as early as 2008 that security would be a problem, and that the company was excruciatingly slow to respond to threats, and often took no action agains perceived attacks or dangers.

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Former NBA star arrested for $14,000 theft through Apple EasyPay

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: security, Apple

Former Phoenix Suns professional basketball player Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday, and accused of shoplifting $14,000 in Apple merchandise using Apple's EasyPay self-checkout system. Apple store employees reported the player, after recognizing him "based on his previous celebrity status as an NBA basketball player," according to Scottsdale, AZ police.

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New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' headset shown, 'massive leap' over DK2

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gaming

Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell not only showed the third version of the Oculus Rift, the "Crescent Bay," but also revealed that the nascent platform is now a Unity 5 build target, opening up the device to a wide range of developers and potentially additional host platforms beyond Windows and OS X. Additionally, the company announced that it has licensed the RealSpace3D audio technology for future versions of the hardware and software.

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Apple, HP slam patent troll with $3.6 million each in attorney fees

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry, networking, Apple

Northern District of California Court Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that non-practicing entity Linex Technologies must pay Apple, Aruba, Meru, Ruckus, and HP millions in attorney fees after pursuing a patent case that it knew was destined for failure. Apple and HP are seeking $3.6 million each, with the other three companies seeking $3.8 million -- the ruling puts the patent troll on the hook for $18.6 million, an amount it may not have.

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Briefly: Modbook Pro X Last Call campaign, Twitter for iPhone update

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, iPhone apps, Apple

Modbook has extended its Kickstarter fundraising campaign for its Modbook Pro X tablet, allowing those interested to still make a pledge until September 30. The Mac-based 15.4-inch Retina display tablet utilizes the original hardware of a MacBook Pro system, running OS X, and can be configured up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, 2TB of PCIe flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Users can choose to add rear-mounted Keybars, which consists of an eyes-free solution for entry of short commands, and a detachable keyboard stand that functions as an easel, keyboard and screen protector. Pledges for the Modbook PRo X start at $2,000, which includes modifying one's currently own MacBook Pro into a tablet, regularly priced at $2,600. Estimated delivery for Modbook campaign "perks" is March 2015.

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Monkey Parking fires up service in southern CA, meets resistance

Sat September 20, 2014 | Posted in: security, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Parking spot resale service Monkey Parking has quietly relaunched in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, California. While not currently illegal in the cities, city attorneys have taken note of the launch, met with representatives from the service, and are claiming that they will take steps rapidly to stop the service from operating.

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