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Apple Pay functions internationally with US-based cards, users say

6 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone

Even though Apple Pay -- launched yesterday with iOS 8.1 -- is nominally supposed to be US-only at the moment, it's already working overseas, anecdotes indicate. In particular the service is functional in Australia, as long as a person is using both US credit cards and region settings on their iPhone. The region toggle is needed to make Apple Pay show as an option.

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Sponsored: Top 5 Barcode Scanners for Your Retail Business

9 minutes ago | Posted in: gadgets

When it comes to choosing the barcode scanner you are going to buy for your business, there are a lot of choices. But you can't just go out and buy the first scanner you come across. There are some significant differences between some types of barcode scanners. The most important criterion to get a handle on is the type of barcode you use. There are 1D codes like the UPC codes you can find in just about every retail store and then there are 2D codes like QR and DataMatrix which are rarer, and in the case of QR codes, mainly used for other purposes. Some scanners can read all types of barcodes while others can only read the 1D codes. If you use a 1D code format, any scanner you pick will read it so the only other criteria you need to concern yourself with are price and mobility.

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iOS apps: GoodReader, Traktor DJ, AirDisk Pro

32 minutes ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    GoodReader 4 4.6 ($7)

    GoodReader is a PDF reader that features both annotation and cloud sync capabilities. Version 4.6 includes a new option for handling files from iCloud Drive, which lets users open and annotate files without first copying them into GoodReader’s local storage. In addition, Touch ID can now be used to unlock the entire app, or select files. An issue that prevented the GoodReader folder from appearing in iCloud Drive on some Mac computers has also been resolved.

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    Traktor DJ 1.6.1 ($10)

    Tractor DJ is a mobile tool for creating audio mixes using songs stored on an iOS device. The latest release includes support for both Audiobus and inter-app audio, allowing users to chain together multiple audio apps. Recorded mixes can also now be opened in other apps, such as Dropbox, and double tapping on the EQ and volume sliders will now cause them to reset.

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    AirDisk Pro 4.1 ($2)

    AirDisk Pro can be used to store, view, and manage files directly on any iOS device. Users can connect to the app from any Mac or PC over a Wi-Fi network and transfer files via drag and drop. The v4.1 update is fully optimized for iOS 8 and includes various fixes for reported issues.

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    Infuse 3.0 (free)

    Infuse is a mobile media player with support for 14 different file formats. Version 3.0 introduces support for officially licensed and certified DTS and DTS-HD audio, as well as for streaming content stored on Wi-Fi hard drives. Additional support has also been added for accessing content from Mophie’s Space Pack iPhone case.

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    Xbox One SmartGlass 2.9.5 (free)

    Xbox SmartGlass allows users to control an Xbox One console with an iOS device. The free app can be used to navigate through the console's interface, as well as enter text, control media playback, and browse the internet. With the latest update, the app can now stream live TV directly from the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner. TV and OneGuide have also been made available in more markets and various bugs have been addressed.

 
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Staples likely latest company suffering customer payment info breach

33 minutes ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, security

Office supply store Staples appears to be the latest victim of a breach of customer payment information. The company issued a brief statement saying that they were looking into the matter, after several banks reported fraudulent activity with a pattern pointing to the source being Staples stores in the US northeast.

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Second Turkish Apple Store to open on Saturday

59 minutes ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple's second store in Turkey is launching this Saturday at 10AM, the company has announced. The outlet is situated on one of the middle floors of Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Mall. It will be open from 10AM to 10PM seven days a week, and the company is already beginning to accept reservations for appointments including workshops and Genius Bar service.

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Hands On: Steam Marines (OS X, Windows)

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, software

Following a year of development in Steam's Early Access program, Steam Marines finally made its way to the general public a few weeks ago. Similar in style to games like Space Hulk and XCOM, Steam Marines is a top-down strategy shooter that requires players to carefully plan out each turn. Available for $15 through Steam, Desura, and the Humble Store, is this 2D retro-styled game worth your time and the unavoidable stress it is bound to cause?

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Realmac updates RapidWeaver 6 web publishing tool, now 64-bit

1 hour ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design

Realmac Software today announced the immediate availability of RapidWeaver 6, a major new upgrade to the company's long-running website creation app. RapidWeaver 6 has over a dozen major new features, and hundreds of enhancements and refinements, and is built exclusively for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite.

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iPhone production may shift even more heavily toward 6 Plus

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone

Apple may, for a second time, have to adjust the ratios of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus production to more equally favor the Plus, sources tell Digitimes. Earlier this month the company is said to have noticed that global demand for the Plus was stronger than expected, and adjusted accordingly. After last weekend's launch in China, though, the company is said to have discovered strong demand there too. Chinese wanting a regular iPhone 6 can reportedly buy one without much trouble, but face a long wait if they opt for the bigger phone.

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Verizon continues double-digit profit growth, posts $21.8B revenue

3 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Verizon today reported double-digit year-over-year percentage growth in reported and adjusted earnings per share for the 10th time in the past 11 quarters. Verizon reported $0.89 in earnings per share in third-quarter 2014, compared with $0.78 per share in third-quarter 2013. Total revenues for the company were $21.8 billion in third-quarter 2014, up 7 percent year over year.

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Follow-up: Apple clarifies use of data in Spotlight searches

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

While it may sound like a report from the Department of the Obvious, the new version of Spotlight included in Yosemite includes searching beyond the local drive, and consequently gathers and sends to Apple some information on what users are searching for, their (city-level) location -- if Location Services is turned on -- and what Spotlight Suggestion was selected. That one needs to get certain data to perform a web search has apparently come as a surprise to some, and thus Apple has released a statement clarifying exactly what data is gathered, how it is used, and reminding users of how to turn it off if desired.

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Apple launches mini-site promoting Swift programming language

11 hours ago | Posted in: education, developer, Apple

Continuing its effort to promote its own streamlined object-oriented programming code Swift, Apple has followed up from its Swift blog with a full-blown mini-site on Apple.com. The new site takes a similar approach to Apple's dedicated mini-sites for education and business, highlighting some of the many apps now built using swift and featuring case studies, profiles and links to tutorials and free resources. The new promotional mini-site is in addition to the regular Swift developer site.

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Apple Pay to be used at both 2014 World Series stadiums

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, developer, iPhone apps, Apple

Major League Baseball, which has taken the role of unabashed cheerleader for several of Apple's financial and retail technology initiatives including Passbook and iBeacons, has announced another embrace -- this time, Apple Pay. Both of the two MLB stadiums involved in this year's World Series will be accepting Apple Pay for concessions starting with the event, which begins on Tuesday. San Francisco's AT&T Park and Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium will both have the hardware on hand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.

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Review: Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

13 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users have to balance the price of speakers and a receiver with the space demands a setup would require. Due to this, gamers often turn to headphones to get the job done. Plantronics has released the Rig Surround headset as a way to fill the need for 7.1 surround sound experience without an expensive price tag or room full of speakers. But is the Rig headset something that consumers should look to, or would they be better off making room for the speakers? Find out in our review.

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CEO recaps growth report, praises employees in company memo

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, computers, industry, Apple

As is his habit, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday released a company-wide memo to employees recapping much of the sales and growth data from the analyst conference call given earlier that afternoon. He referred to the expectation-beating results as "Apple's highest September quarter revenue ever, and our strongest growth rate in seven quarters," adding that this was made possible "by your hard work and dedication." He also noted the big jump in Mac sales, beating industry averages significantly.

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Giveaway: win one of five copies of Printworks

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design

MacNN just finished its hands-on review of Belight Software's latest update to their page layout and design software title, Printworks. This software can be used for everything from creating business cards and calendars, to CD labels, postcards and more, and for a limited time it's priced at only $30 (normally $50). We have five copies to give away to our readers.

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Hands On: Printworks (OS X)

16 hours ago | Posted in: software, Graphics/Web Design, Apple

Standalone desktop publishing software fills a need for those who want to create a variety of printed projects, particularly if seeking a structured, template format. Launched earlier this year, Printworks for OS X is an all-purpose page-layout and desktop publishing app that offers templates for a wide variety of documents, as well as the option to design a document from scratch. A comprehensive app currently available for $30 (regularly priced at $50), Printworks' attention to detail throughout the creation process of a document is suitable for personal use or for small businesses who are seeking software specifically for this purpose. Is it worth the pricetag?

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Yosemite uploads location, search data to Apple via Spotlight

16 hours ago | Posted in: security

The Yosemite version of Spotlight is automatically uploading both location and search data to Apple whenever the tools is used, reports say. The information is mentioned in an official "About Spotlight & Privacy" document, but may be missed by the average person. "If you have Location Services on your device turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your device at that time will be sent to Apple," one part of the document reads.

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Apple breaks all-time Mac sales record over summer

17 hours ago | Posted in: computers, industry, Apple

In what CEO Tim Cook called the "best ever" quarter for the Mac, Apple's Mac lineup overall jumped a remarkable 25 percent in a single quarter to 5.52 million units. Making the event more noteworthy is the fact that the growth was achieved prior to any notable refreshes. Instead, what appears to be driving the increase in Mac sales is volume in emerging markets, such as China - where Macs were up 54 percent year-over-year. Price cuts and great back-to-school sales also contributed to the jump.

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Briefly: Dropbox 3.5 for iOS, memory upgrades for new 27-inch iMacs

18 hours ago | Posted in: upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app today, featuring new features for iOS 8 and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The cloud storage service allows users to access and share their remotely stored files, including photos, documents and videos. Dropbox v3.5.0 features new support for TouchID, with fingerprint unlocking now available within the app. Also included is a fix for previewing RTF files on iOS 8, and general stability and performance improvements. Free to download, Dropbox for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later.

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Apple Q4 breakdown details hits to iPad, iPod numbers

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, Investor, computers, Apple, iPad

In the wake of its official announcement, Apple has posted a detailed breakdown (PDF) of its Q4 financial results. On a regional basis the company did well in most cases, for instance increasing Americans revenue 17 percent year-over-year to $16.247 billion, and European revenue 19 percent to $9.535 billion. "Greater" China -- including Hong Kong and Taiwan -- advanced 1 percent to $5.778 billion, and Japan was up 5 percent to $3.507 billion. Only the rest of the Asia Pacific region saw problems, with revenue dipping 3 percent to $1.923 billion. Global retail sales rose 15 percent to $5.133 billion.

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Apple pulls in $42.12 billion in Q4 revenues, driven by iPhone 6

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, Apple, iPad

Apple pulled in $42.12 billion in revenues during its fourth fiscal quarter, which ended in September, according to an announcement. That figure surpasses the $37.47 billion the company posted in Q4 2013, as well as consensus expectations of $40 billion, and Apple's own guidance in the last quarter. Net profits rose year-over-year from $7.5 billion -- or $1.18 per diluted share -- to $8.5 billion and $1.42 per share. Gross margins increased from 37 to 38 percent.

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All iOS apps must support 64-bit code as of February, Apple says

19 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

As of February 1st, all new or updating iOS apps must not only be based on the iOS 8 SDK, but contain 64-bit code, Apple is informing developers. At the moment developers are still being allowed to submit 32-bit-only apps or universal binaries. The problem is that more recent iOS devices -- namely those based on 64-bit A7, A8, and A8X processors -- have to load extra resources into memory to handle 32-bit code, taking a toll on performance.

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Apple Store, other iOS apps update with support for Apple Pay

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

The official Apple Store app has been updated to v3.1, enabling support for online Apple Pay transactions. Shoppers can now also make NFC-based payments at the company's retail outlets, but this doesn't require an app update; in either scenario, users must have a compatible device running iOS 8.1, which was released earlier today. Online payments are supported by the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. Only the 6 and 6 Plus can be used at retail.

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Obama signs BuySecure executive order to hasten US EMV adoption

21 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security

Last week US President Barack Obama signed an executive order that will help consumers that a victims of identity theft, as well as speed up the adoption of the Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) chip standard for credit and debit cards. In the executive order signed by the president, parts of the federal government will be adopting EMV measures, as well as strengthening the public's ability to monitor financial health or seek help when necessary.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, more

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

As planned, Apple has released iOS 8.1 to the public. The main addition is support for Apple Pay, but a number of other important features are present. These include beta support for iCloud Photo Library, and the return of the Camera Roll to the Photos app. SMS Relay enables SMS/MMS messaging via a nearby Mac or iPad, and people can now force a device to use 2G, 3G, or 4G for data, instead of it selecting networks automatically. A minor photo-related improvement generates alerts whenever there's too little storage to start a timelapse video.

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Chinese government hijacking iCloud, Microsoft logins, reports say

23 hours ago | Posted in: security

China's state firewall is currently hijacking attempts to visit iCloud.com or Microsoft's login gateway, login.live.com, redirecting people to dummy websites, reports say. People visiting iCloud.com through Firefox or Chrome will see a warning page, but visitors with Qihoo -- the most popular browser in China -- are being forwarded directly to a dummy site with no obvious signs it isn't Apple's. It's believed that the Chinese government may be trying to harvest iCloud and Microsoft logins.

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Apple pushing for $5 monthly fees in move to relaunch Beats Music

Mon October 20, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

In preparation for relaunching Beats Music next year, Apple is currently pushing record labels to allow lowering monthly subscription fees from $10 to $5, sources say. The company's marketing pitch is allegedly that even Apple's best iTunes customers typically spend about $60 per year, or $5 per month. As such anyone switching from downloads to streaming would generate an equal amount of revenue, and more importantly the potential subscriber pool would increase thanks to more affordable fees.

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