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Review: Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

26 minutes ago | Posted in:

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one dimensional, restoring the batteries of the devices that people use every day through the outlet. But what if there was more to a charger? Tylt decided to offer consumers something a little different, adding an internal battery to an everyday charger. The Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger is the result, meshing a charger that can be thrown in a bag with one of the company's Energi external battery packs. Would the Energi 2K be good enough to replace the chargers included with smartphones, or would consumers be better off sticking with what they have? Find out in our review.

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Newson confirms Apple job is part-time, working on special projects

1 hour ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, Apple

Designer Marc Newson, recently hired to join Sir Jonathan Ive's design team at Apple, has confirmed in a new interview that his work with the iconic iPhone maker is part-time, and that he will continue to run his own design company and operate out of the UK -- confirming rumors that Newson would only be called to California on occasion. "My role at Apple doesn't necessitate all of my time, and that was for very specific reasons," he said, but couldn't elaborate on what he was working on for Apple.

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Verizon retreats from 'network optimization' for unlimited data users

4 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Verizon had a change of heart on its implementation of "network optimization" that would result in slower 4G LTE speeds for account holders with unlimited data. Initially the carrier announced a change in policy that was said only to impact the top five percent of unlimited plan holders, as the company would manage their data speeds in order to optimize speeds in the area for others.

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Analysts: Apple Watch likely a hit, but will take time to mature

4 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, developer, accessories, Apple

Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, while calling the Apple Watch "light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market," nevertheless advised both clients and market watchers to expect "conservative" initial sales of the device in its first year. Like the iPod, which took three years to become the dominant force in music players, Munster said that "consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch."

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Court tosses WiLan suit against Apple over LTE patents

5 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Non-practicing entity and patent holdings company WiLan has again lost to Apple in the second of three proceedings against the iPhone maker. The US District Court for Southern California granted Apple's motion for a summary judgement, following a finding that the two LTE patents the Canadian patent troll was accusing Apple of infringing were invalid, and therefore not infringed. Apple previously won a jury trial brought by WiLan in Texas over different wireless patents.

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Apple drops German publication over iPhone 6 Plus bending video

6 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, troubleshooting, Apple

Apple has dropped a German publication, Computer Bild, from receiving review units or covering company events, according to the publication's editor-in-chief, Axel Telzerow. Like some other websites, CB recently decided to produce a video testing whether the iPhone 6 Plus can be bent more easily than other phones. The clip (below) has managed to gather over 510,000 views so far on YouTube; its popularity apparently caught the attention of Apple, which contacted CB to revoke press privileges.

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Briefly: Logitech Type+ keyboard, Corsair Voyager Vega flash drive

7 hours ago | Posted in: accessories

(Updated with corrected Type+ pricing) Logitech announced a new case and keyboard combo for the iPad Air today, the Type+. Like many other Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, the Type+ is powered by an internal battery. In this case, the battery is said to last up to three months on a single charge, according to Logitech. The case portion uses clips in the corners to hold onto the iPad, also using magnets to hold the cover closed. The Type+ auto-wakes or auto-sleeps the iPad Air, depending if the cover is open or not. The case does make the tablet a little thicker, as it bumps up to 0.71 inches.

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Bug in iOS 8 triggering problems with Bluetooth connections in cars

7 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, developer, networking, Apple

The current versions of iOS 8 is creating problems for people who pair their iPhones with Bluetooth devices, particularly car audio systems, according to complaints. In the case of cars, devices with the firmware may refuse to pair, fail to play audio, or disconnect when a phonecall comes in. The problem can't be solved with iOS 8.0.2, and is affecting many automotive brands, including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, and others.

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Sprint, Verizon take on AT&T 'double data' promotion with own offers

7 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

AT&T's recent promotional offer to double the data caps on its Mobile Share Value plans seems to have struck a nerve with other carriers. Both Verizon and Sprint have announced their own data-doubling promotions just a few days after AT&T -- and while Verizon appears to match AT&T's allowances and prices, Sprint has opted to go further, by redoubling the caps.

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Second round of POS breaches strikes Albertson's, Supervalu chain

7 hours ago | Posted in: security

Supervalu and Albertson's shoppers may be in for another round of personal information theft notifications. The companies said that a second hack took place in late August or early September, with the company finding malicious software on systems that process credit and debit card sales at some of the company's 1,081 stores. Additionally, the malware was also found at Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, plus Shop 'n Save stores -- but the company believes that the installation was not successful, and failed to capture payment data.

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Briefly: Extensis Portfolio debuts, new OS X printer driver updates

9 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, software, enterprise, Apple

Extensis is launching a new digital asset management (DAM) system tomorrow, Extensis Portfolio. Aiming to provide a more affordable system for companies of all sizes, Extensis Portfolio allows users to holds millions of assets in one catalog or several, and can be used by multiple departments. Companies can choose what they will use with Portfolio's modular platform, with options for mobile DAM, single sign-on, web portals and more. The system's new "Restful" API provides simple integration with other third-party applications, such as eCommerce Systems, collection managements systems, and web content management systems.

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iOS apps: Camera+, 500px, Manual

11 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Camera+ 6.0.1 ($2)

    Camera+ builds on the default camera app by adding extra shooting features, editing options, and photo filters. Within the app users can set the exposure separately from the focus, as well as use a horizon level to eliminate crooked shots. The v6.0.1 emergency bug fix resolves the “Black Spinny Screen of Doom” for the Photo Extension, the “Buttonless Popup of Purgatory” for Restore Purchases, and a couple of other minor issues.

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    500px 2.8.1 (free)

    500px is a photo sharing platform that lets users upload photos and browse through numerous community selected galleries. A layout issue specific to the iPhone 4S has been fixed with this update.

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    Manual 1.0.1 ($2)

    Manual is a camera app that gives users independent control over the shutter, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. Missing ISO and shutter values for capable devices have been added to this release, align with better support for iPads. A URL scheme for launchers has also been added and a number of theme bugs have been resolved.

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    Flow for Instagram 2.1.4 (free)

    Flow for Instagram is a tool for viewing an Instagram feed on an iPad. The app loads a user’s entire feed into a grid interface designed specifically for the larger display. Version 2.1.4 adds support for iOS 8, as well as for viewing any tagged users in photos. Along with an updated icon, the update also includes carious bug fixes and performance enhancements.

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    Fragment 1.5.1 (free)

    Fragment is a photo app that gives users a number of prismatic effects to use on their images. Each of the effects includes several options for customization, as well as a shuffle button that create a totally random effect. Version 1.5.1 introduces three new shape backs and a fix for a bug that caused photo albums to appear empty on iOS 8.0.2.

 
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Bug causing App Store to include wrong apps in Kids categories

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, iPad

A bug involving the iOS App Store is causing it to display inappropriate apps under the various Kids categories, according to complaints. Browsing those categories' Top Charts sections, users can currently spot many apps that would normally fall under the All Categories umbrella. This includes obvious mistakes, such as gambling and dating apps.

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Battery replacement program for iPhone 5 allows third-party displays

13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple

Apple is now allowing people to participate in its iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program even if they've had their phone's display fixed using third-party components, according to a notice on the company's private website for service providers. Apple's previous position was that it wouldn't replace batteries in phones that may have seen damage, and as such it required broken displays to be fixed first. If someone fixed a display on their own, though, Apple would deny them a new battery.

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT GPS watch revealed with wireless connectivity

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Garmin has introduced another device in its Forerunner GPS watch range. The Forerunner 920XT, a follow-up to last year's Forerunner 910XT, is able to track the wearer's physical activities and provide a variety of statistics on its display, but improves on its predecessor by using a color display, being 15 percent lighter, and offers increased connectivity options.

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Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG reaches iPad

17 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software, audio, iPad, iPad apps

Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month donation option appears on iTunes Store

21 hours ago | Posted in: education, Apple

City of Hope, a research and treatment charity focused on cancer and diabetes among other life-threatening illnesses, will be the recipient of donations given by iTunes users through a new portal on the iTunes Store and available for iOS, Mac and Windows users. The move, the first time Apple has set up a donation system for a non-disaster relief organization, is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and will be available throughout October.

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Bloomberg: Apple to offer next iPad Air in gold color option

23 hours ago | Posted in: Apple, iPad

As previously reported, Apple will launch the second-generation iPad Air, and possibly the iPad mini with Retina display, with an option for a gold color -- to match the options available for the iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6 family. The gold color, first introduced last year, is said to be the most popular color for the iPhone 5s and caused severe shortages for the gold model during its debut. The next iPad models are also expected to gain the latest A8 processor, improved graphics and Touch ID.

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Apple calling for Yosemite app submissions following GM seeding

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: software, developer, Apple

On Tuesday, Apple signaled the end of active development of the first official version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite with the seeding of the "Golden Master," a one-last-lookover build that will be used as the final first release if no show-stopping bugs are found. An email was sent to registered developers calling for app submissions ahead of the upcoming launch of Yosemite, though no date or deadline was given. The existence of a GM candidate suggests that Yosemite is not far from being released to the public.

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Pebble cuts smartwatch prices by $50, adds activity tracking

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Pebble, the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, has been updated with some new functionality, and new prices. An incoming update for the smartwatch will enable activity tracking functionality for the first time, with the manufacturer dropping the price of both the standard Pebble and the Pebble Steel by $50, bringing them to $99 and $199 respectively.

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Briefly: Borderlands the Pre-Sequel on Mac, Roccat Tyon mouse

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

Mac owners and fans of the cel-shaded shooter series set on Pandora will be happy to learn that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is launching on OS X alongside PC and game consoles on October 14. Aspyr Media is publishing the title, working with Gearbox Software and 2K Games to make the simultaneous launch possible. The game will support cross-platform multiplayer, as well as content through Gearbox Software's Shift or Steam if purchased there.

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Evercore raises AAPL to $125 on increased iPhone demand

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, Apple

Apple is not the only company that believes the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not only drive a bigger upgrade cycle, but also bring at least some switchers from the Android platform. Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra has reiterated his "overweight" rating for AAPL and raised the price target to $125, along with encouraging investors to buy the stock in a new memo to clients. He also published optimistic estimates for both the September and December quarters in terms of iPhone sales.

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Briefly: RocketStor 6361A PCIe chassis, Goodreader for iPhone 6

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, audio

HighPoint Technologies has announced the launch of the RocketStor 6361A, the newest product within its RocketStor 6300 Thunderbolt 2 Adapter series. A single PCIe-slot Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis, the RocketStor 6361A is designed for Thunderbolt- and Thunderbolt 2-capable Mac platforms, delivering 20GB/s bandwidth for interface cards such as media capture, 10GB/s Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or external storage/RAID controllers.

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Apple broke off talks with PayPal because of Galaxy S5, sources claim

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple and PayPal were indeed in talks regarding Apple Pay, but those were cancelled after Samsung signed a deal to let people make PayPal transactions using the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5, sources say. The people suggest that Apple was so upset that it not only backed out of talks but chose to exclude PayPal as an acceptable platform in developer documentation. Blame has been laid on eBay CEO John Donahoe, who went ahead with the Samsung deal despite opposition from former PayPal president David Marcus, who reportedly believed it might cause problems with Apple.

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Settlement checks from liquid damage lawsuit arriving for iOS owners

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple

Participants in a class action lawsuit regarding liquid damage indicators for the iPhone and iPod touch are beginning to receive settlement checks, accounts say. In April 2013, Apple agreed to pay $53 million to compensate people who may have been denied warranty coverage because of the indicators. Their maker, 3M, admitted that they could be tripped simply by humidity. Apple later adjusted its policies to require additional checks before blocking repairs, but the lawsuit continued.

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SteelSeries revamps Siberia line, unveils Siberia v3, Prism models

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio

Audio accessory maker SteelSeries announced that it is building upon its lineup of successful Siberia headphones, adding four new models under the line. The new models, named under the Siberia v3 and Siberia Prism monikers, come five years after the release of the popular Siberia v2 headset. The next iteration of the Siberia line is set to release this holiday season.

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Forums: Yosemite coming soon, contract confusion and more

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple

With the release of the golden master candidate of Yosemite to developers, there has been renewed interest in the MacNN forums about when this next update will be out of beta and in the App store for everyone. Forum Regular "webraider" was attempting to purchase a contract free factory unlocked iPhone 6, but has run unto some problems and wonders if anyone has an answer.

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