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SACOM protests labor abuses during Hong Kong iPhone 6 launch

20 minutes ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

The launch of the iPhone 6 at Apple's Hong Kong store has been tumultuous, accounts say. Police were brought in to disperse people waiting in line without reservations, and a regional activist group -- Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour -- took advantage of the event to protest what it says are ongoing abuses by Apple suppliers. The group unfurled a large banner over the store reading "iSlave 6, Harsher than harsher, Still made in sweatshops," and published a new document about a nearly year-long investigation into one of Apple's most important suppliers, Pegatron.

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Fifth Avenue iPhone 6 line spans 12 blocks; 6 Plus in low US supply

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

While other Apple Stores saw large lines for this morning's iPhone 6 launch, the Fifth Avenue outlet in New York City saw a lineup stretching 12 city blocks, according to Business Insider. By 6AM, it had extended from 59th and 5th to 71st and 5th, despite overnight temperatures dropping to about 54F. To deal with the wait and the weather, people brought chairs, coats, and blankets.

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iOS apps: Instapaper, 1Password, Dropbox

2 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

  • 24.6MB

    Instapaper 6.0 (free)

    Instapaper is a tool for saving web pages for later offline reading. Optimized for readability on iOS devices, the software saves most webpages as text only and includes options for changing fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins. In v6.0, users can now save content to Instapaper from any app that uses the system share sheet. Articles that have been saved today will also now appear directly in the Notification Center, and any article can be read directly to you via text-to-speech.

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    1Password 5.0 (free)

    1Password is a password management app that allows users to store and organize multiple passwords. A built-in password generator can also be used to create unique passwords for every site. Version 5.0 introduces Touch ID support, direct Safari integration, and App Extensions. With the new Touch ID support, users can now log into the app using only their fingerprint, while the App Extension allows other supported apps to be unlocked by 1Password.

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    Dropbox 3.4.1 (free)

    Dropbox provides users with access to all of the files that have been stored in their cloud-storage account. Furthermore, users can select favorite files that can be viewed even when no internet connection is available. The latest release prevents the software from creating duplicate photo and video backups, and also resolves several crashes that could occur on launch.

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    Litely 1.1.1 (free)

    Litely can be used to add film-inspired tones to digital photos. The software also includes a number of other tools for cropping images, as well as adjusting exposure, sharpness, vibrance and vignette. Version 1.1.1 is a minor release that focuses on fixing various reported issues.

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    YouTube 2.10.2 (free)

    YouTube is the official iOS client for accessing Google’s video sharing website. Through the app users can search for videos, access their “watch later” list, and subscribe to all of their favorite channels. The v2.10 update is a minor release that includes a few bug fixes and stabilization improvements.

 
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iOS 8 is Apple's first large-scale use of its new CDN, firm says

2 hours ago | Posted in: networking, Apple

The deployment of iOS 8 on Wednesday was Apple's first large-scale test of its new content delivery network, or CDN, says research firm DeepField. At its high point, iOS 8 downloads reportedly consumed 3Tbps, compared to about 25 HD movies being downloaded simultaneously. DeepField notes that at least in North America, the launch was almost entirely dependent on Apple CDN servers.

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Virgin Atlantic to offer Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on entire plane fleet

4 hours ago | Posted in: networking

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo is expanding to Europe, with Virgin Atlantic set to become the first airline operating in the region to offer the service to passengers. The airline will reportedly retrofit its entire fleet to work with the Internet service as part of the deal, and while the two sides are still discussing the finer points of the agreement, the principal terms have already been settled.

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Briefly: Pebble firmware update, Netflix out in two more countries

5 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software

A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as reintroducing the Domo watch face and adding the ability to display emoji within notifications and messages.

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First look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus

9 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

The wait is finally over as the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally start landing in the hands of customers. As has been suggested, the iPhone 6 Plus is indeed in relatively short supply at launch with greater stock availability of the new 4.7-inch model. We have got our hands on a 64GB iPhone 6 in Space Grey and a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in Silver, and both are stunning devices to behold. So how are they shaping up in our first few hours with them?

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Wozniak on the iPhone 6: 'I've gotten rid of my Android phones'

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

Approached by a stalking TMZ.com producer fresh off a flight, Apple co-founder and member of the Inventor Hall of Fame Steve Wozniak spoke briefly about his enthusiasm for Apple's latest products, including the iPhone 6. While he didn't specify which model he has, he apparently already has at least one of them, as he has "gotten rid of all [his] Androids," he told the reporter.

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Teardown of iPhone 6 Plus posted by iFixit, reveals 2915mAh battery

12 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

The Australian branch of repair specialists iFixit has obtained an iPhone 6 Plus, and has naturally opted to risk destroying it in the name of doing a teardown for the benefit of its users and gadget fans. The biggest discovery is the confirmation that the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6, uses a 2915mAh battery -- twice the capacity of the one found in the iPhone 5s -- to power the larger screen and yet provide better runtime life.

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Featured iPhone 6 apps Epic Zen Garden, CNN now available

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

Two programs demonstrated during the iPhone 6 event in Cupertino last week are now available for download. CNN's updated news app for the iPhone and newly optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including a two-column landscape view that makes better use of the available space on the new devices' larger screens. In addition, the graphics demonstration program Epic Zen Garden, which incorporates Apple's Metal API, is also available.

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TwitPic staves off impending shutdown with acquisition announcement

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software

It turns out that TwitPic won't be forced to shut down after all, according to a tweet sent out on the official TwitPic Twitter account. Apparently, an interested party came to the rescue by acquiring the company, allowing it to fight off its recent conflict with Twitter -- at least for now. TwitPic was previously said to be winding down on September 25 as a result of a trademark dispute with Twitter.

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Home Depot reveals more details on breach, 56M credit cards at risk

15 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security

More information on the breach of home improvement retailer Home Depot was announced today. While the company still says that only stores in North America are affected by the breach, it now adds that the information from 56 million unique payment cards was at risk. The company provided further insight into the steps taken since the breach, including adding stronger encryption, after the malware from terminals was completely removed.

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Australia opens iPhone 6 sales to 'massive' crowds

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

While buyers in North America must wait until tomorrow for the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup, Australia -- by dint of being on the other side of the international date line -- becomes the first country in the world to launch the new iPhones. A MacNN staffer visiting the Penrith Apple Store in New South Wales near Sydney has reported a "massive" lineup, consisting of hundreds of buyers outside the store.

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Briefly: Fortune's Most Powerful Women in Business, WSJ iOS 8 app

16 hours ago | Posted in: enterprise

Fortune has released its 17th annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, with Apple's Angela Ahrendts making the top 30. The list, compiled by Fortune editors, produced the list with four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of their career, and social and cultural influence. Topping the list is Chairman, CEO and President of IBM Ginni Rometty, who in an interview with Fortune described IBM's recent partnership with Apple for developing services optimized for iOS and IBM support.

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Giveaway: Pearl Mountain PicGIF and VideoGIF for everyone!

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

It's back to school time, and that means long hours slaving over books and filling heads with heaps of knowledge that will, for the most part, end up being lost by springtime. So why not have a little fun and make something that you can share with friends and never forget -- animated GIFs? Pearl Mountain Software has teamed up with MacNN to give away copies of PicGIF and VideoGIF software for Mac. For the next week, everyone and anyone who wants to download a copy can get them as our treat.

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App Store introduces app bundles, sales as part of iOS 8 rollout

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

As part of the iOS App Store updated for iOS 8, Apple is now offering grouped "bundles" of applications at discounted prices, and a new ability to "Complete My Bundle" for those who already own some of the apps featured in the bundle. The bundles, usually grouped by developer at present, offer related apps shown in an "iOS folder" icon, and download together into a folder automatically when purchased. Users who already own one or more of the apps see the price discounted to reflect that.

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Briefly: Tylt iPhone 6 Energi case, protector, Booq Taipan shock bag

18 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories

Ahead of the retail release of the new family of iPhone 6 smartphones, Tylt has announced that it is coming out with three new products by the end of the year for the devices. Two different screen protectors are rolling out, including a new version of the Alin screen protector. While the standard plastic version will be available for around $20, Tylt is offering a glass version for the first time for $35. Both come with an alignment tool to ensure the correct fit.

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Apple Watch believed to use Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, networking

The Apple Watch's S1 processor appears to be paired with a Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi module, says research firm Chipworks. The claim is based on an analysis of Apple's promotional video, during which viewers can briefly see the circuitboard the watch uses. Contacts near the top of the board are believed to match a BCM4334 flip-bonded directly.

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Larry Ellison steps down as CEO of Oracle, retains board chairman spot

19 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Surprisingly, Oracle has announced that founder and CEO Larry Ellison will be stepping down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO will be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will both be named CEO of the company, but not use the title co-CEOs. Ellison is remaining on the board as executive chairman, and in a business capacity as chief technology officer for the company.

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Virtually 'no chance' of finding iPhone 6 Plus at retail on Friday

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

People trying to buy an iPhone 6 Plus at a third-party retailer tomorrow may be out of luck, sources at carrier stores and Apple's retail partners say. Although outlets are said to be receiving shipments all day today, only two to three percent of iPhone 6 units are said to be the Plus, and even then only in one color. There's almost "no chance" of finding a Plus on Friday, the people claim, adding that the 16GB version will be absent entirely. The regular iPhone 6 should be available in all colors and storage capacities, if in varying degrees.

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Apple 'warrant canary' gone from transparency report

20 hours ago | Posted in: security, Apple

Apple's transparency report on governmental information requests has made a minor but significant change. Language saying that "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us" has been completely removed from the latest version of the document, suggesting that Apple has now received a Patriot Act request, and is subject to a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant and subsequent gag order.

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Apple releases iCloud for Windows 4.0, iAd Producer 5

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

Apple has issued v4.0 of iCloud for Windows, the client needed for Windows users to sync content such as email, bookmarks, and photos with iCloud. The v4.0 software is a major update, bringing support for iCloud Drive, Apple's Dropbox-like file storage service. Significantly, this means that Windows users are getting access to the feature ahead of Mac owners. It first became an option with iOS 8's debut on Wednesday, but won't hit OS X until Yosemite appears at some point in the next month.

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Safari 7.1 adds support for DuckDuckGo, improved Yahoo security

23 hours ago | Posted in: security, troubleshooting, software, Apple

Despite v7.0.6 being released just yesterday alongside OS X 10.9.5, Apple has released another version of Safari for Mavericks, 7.1. The release mainly follows in the steps of its iOS 8 sibling, introducing secure search site DuckDuckGo as an alternative to the likes of Google or Yahoo. Security for Yahoo searches has been improved, as entries into the search field are now encrypted.

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Briefly: GarageBand for iOS 2.02, new iOS 8 keyboard apps

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

Music production app GarageBand has received an update for iOS, including support for iOS 8. Users can use their iOS device to "play" a collection of instruments and record musical pieces.

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Apple document: iOS 8 no longer stores encryption keys

Thu September 18, 2014 | Posted in: security, Apple

Part of Apple's strengthened approach to privacy involves stricter encryption in iOS 8, according to the Washington Post, as well as an Apple PDF document. The latter notes that Apple no longer stores encryption keys for devices as of iOS 8, meaning that even if a government agency has a search warrant, the company is unable to break past the security on a passcoded device. That should protect locally-stored content.

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Apps: BusyCal, Delivery Status, Transmit

Thu September 18, 2014 | Posted in apps

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    BusyCal 2.6 ($50)

    BusyCal is a desktop calendar app that allows users to share calendars among family, friends, and workgroups. Version 2.6 adds support for Airmail and MailMate, as well as for colouring events via Tag colors and storing account credentials in the Keychain. A range of bugs, including a Google 404 error when storing invites addressed to non-Gmail attendees, have also been resolved.

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    Delivery Status 6.1.2 (free)

    Delivery Status is a widget that allows users to keep track of all their deliveries in one location. The v6.1.2 update is now fully compatible with OS X Yosemite and offers improved parsing of dates on Amazon.es.

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    Transmit 4.4.7 ($34)

    Transmit is an FTP client that can handle files transfer and sync operations via several protocols, including FTP, WebDAV, and Amazon S3. A new fullscreen mode has been aded with this release. Support for both Amazon S3 and OS X 10.6 are also included in the update.

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    HoudahGeo 4.0 ($29)

    HoudahGeo enables users to link photos to the location where they were taken. Photos can be pinned to their respective locations, removing the need for a digital camera with built-in GPS capabilities. Version 4.0 adds support for OS X 10.9.5 and OS X 10.10, and now requires OS X 10.8 or later.

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    Get Backup 2.6 (free)

    Get Backup is a free back and disk cloning utility that features file and folder synchronization options. The v2.6 update fixes a problem that caused the software to ignore file exceptions during cloning. Compatibility with OS X Yosemite has also been improved.

 

Apple, U2 collaborating on 'new digital music format'

Thu September 18, 2014 | Posted in: audio, Apple

Irish band U2 is collaborating with Apple on a "new digital music format" designed to entice people into buying more recorded music, according to Time. The band claims that the point isn't just to help its own sales, but artists that can't make money from live performances. "Songwriters aren't touring people," says frontman Bono. "Cole Porter wouldn't have sold t-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."

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China issues one of two required approvals for iPhone 6 sale

Thu September 18, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

Apple has obtained one approval in the process of bringing the new line of iPhones in China, moving closer to being able to sell the coveted device in the market. Another critical approval for network access is still needed, which led to concerns last week about the handset not being available for some time in the country. China was originally planned to be in the first wave of countries receiving the iPhone 6.

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