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Apple calling for Yosemite app submissions following GM seeding

1 hour ago | 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.



Pebble cuts smartwatch prices by $50, adds activity tracking

2 hours ago | 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.



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

3 hours ago | 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.



Evercore raises AAPL to $125 on increased iPhone demand

5 hours ago | 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.



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

5 hours ago | 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 SinglePCIe-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 per second Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or external Storage/RAID controllers.



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

6 hours ago | 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.



Settlement checks from liquid damage lawsuit arriving for iOS owners

7 hours ago | 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.



SteelSeries revamps Siberia line, unveils Siberia v3, Prism models

8 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio

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 year after the release of the popular Siberia v2 headset. The next iteration of the Siberia line is set to release this holiday season.



Forums: Yosemite coming soon, contract confusion and more

8 hours ago | 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.



Apple deals: Mac Pros as low as $2,549

8 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Apple has added even more current-generation Mac Pro models to the refurbished shelf at Apple's Online Store. Starting at $2,549, after a $450 discount, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics. Priced at $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics.



DealNN: MacBook Pros, 4K HDTVs and Bluetooth speakers

8 hours ago | Posted in: computers, Apple

Until today at B&, get the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $2,199. That's $400 less than the original MSRP of $2,599, and the lowest price we have seen on this configuration by $100. Also with this deal, save $40 off a Canon Pixma wireless printer, $50 off Timbuk2 Commute and get a free copy of LoJack. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 Crystalwell processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor from Apple.



Apple to announce Q4 earnings on October 20

8 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Apple has announced that it will release the results of its fiscal fourth quarter on Monday, October 20. An earnings call is scheduled for 2PM Pacific time that day, or 5PM Eastern, but the company typically issues a press release about 30 minutes beforehand. Barring unexpected developments, the call should include commentary by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri as they respond to questions from analysts and investors.



Early buyers: Galaxy Note 4 case gap large, business card fits in void

9 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, mobile phones

First purchasers of the Galaxy Note 4 are claiming that the devices have a gap between the plastic body of the phone, and the metal frame that surrounds the edge of the phone. According to reports, the gap is large enough to stick in a business card. Samsung has issued a statement about the gap, denying that it is a problem, or will affect functionality of the device in any way.



Apple seeds GM candidates of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6.1 to developers

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

Apple has begun seeding gold master candidates of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers. While "candidate" status means the software is still pre-release, it implies that the code is nearly complete, as it could be released to the public should no serious bugs be discovered. Apple has, in some years, released multiple GM candidates.



Briefly: Drobo Mini 8TB, Velvetwire Powerslayer Blu

9 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories

Connected Data, the creator of the Droboline of storage solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 drive array. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime as a result of Drobo's BeyondRAID Technology. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an retail price of $999 through Drobo's website and its select channel partners.



Foxconn struggling to hire people to help with iPhone 6 production

10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone

Foxconn has embarked on an aggressive hiring campaign for its Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories, hoping to improve production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to Digitimes. The site indicates that because assembly line work isn't as attractive as it used to be in China, Foxconn is having a hard time recruiting enough people to staff its factories. As a solution, it has been staging hiring events to keep up its workforce.


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Quanta to begin Apple Watch production in January 2015, report says

11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Taiwan's Quanta Computer will only start mass production of the Apple Watch in January 2015, according to a supply chain rumor from Apple Daily. Apple has only officially stated that the Watch will ship in early 2015. If production does begin in January, that will likely place shipments in February.


Belkin revamps Express Dock; adds Thunderbolt 2, 4k support

12 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, upgrades/storage

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a cross-platform docking solution designed for both OS X and Windows-based computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the new dock allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology's high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices connected through the dock using one single Thunderbolt cable. 


Colette event gives public behind-glass glimpse at Apple Watch

13 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Today's Apple Watch event at Colette mostly involves units running on demo loop behind locked glass, visitors say. Members of the press are being allowed to wear the product, but even then, the hardware is still running on loop. Apple is also declining to provide any more information on specifications, pricing, or a launch date.


Apps: FotoMagico, Mailplane, BusyCal

13 hours ago | Posted in apps


    FotoMagico 4.5.1 ($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. Incorrect audio fade-ins and fade-outs have been fixed with this update. In adding, the profile popup menu in Custom Video export now behaves correctly when running FotoMagico in German or French.


    Mailplane 3.3.1 ($25)

    Mailplane allows users to access their Gmail accounts from a desktop application. The software displays the same interface as the web version of Gmail, but adds extra functionality such as the ability to attach files through drag and drop. In the latest release the status bar item now supports Yosemite’s dark theme, and will no longer turn read if unread messages are available. Several bugs, including an issue that resulted in the image progress icon not working, have also been fixed.


    BusyCal 2.6.2 ($50)

    BusyCal is a desktop calendar app that allows users to share calendars among family, friends, and workgroups. Version 2.6.2 has fixed a bug that affected iCloud app-specific passwords. Compatibility issues when syncing with BusySync and importing legacy data have also been resolved, and new coloured tags have been added to the Info Panel.


    Tower 2.0.7 ($59)

    Tower is a Git client for Mac OS X that allows users to access Git features without needing to remember all of the frameworks commands and parameters. The v2.0.7 update offers improved stability when loading the working tree, as well as many Git-Flow improvements and fixes.


    Sketch 3.1 ($80)

    Sketch is a vector drawing tool that features a minimalistic design. Version 3.1 introduces a new file format, now combining all elements into a single document that can be emailed or shared without having to compile them into an archive. The process of creating Masks has also been made easier, as the Mask-with-Shape button now accepts any combination of layers.


Decade-old Apple versus Real will see trial, possibly in November

14 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, Apple

The new judge on the Apple versus Real anti-trust case has declared that there is enough evidence to go to trial, after nine years of litigation and a judge's retirement during the process. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ordered a trial after an earlier pre-trial conference, finding that Real attorneys have presented enough evidence to show that Apple created a monopoly with its FairPlay DRM, which then allowed the Cupertino manufacturer to overcharge customers.


EU accuses Ireland of giving Apple illegal state aid

14 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

As expected, the European Commission has issued a preliminary finding in which it suggests that Apple is receiving illegal state aid from the Irish government. "In the light of the foregoing considerations, the Commission's preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 1990 (effectively agreed in 1991) and of 2007 in favour of the Apple group constitute State aid according to Article 107(1) TFEU [Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union]," the document says. "The Commission has doubts about the compatibility of such State aid with the internal market. The Commission has therefore decided to initiate the procedure laid down in Article 108(2) TFEU with respect to the measures in question."


Basis Peak fitness tracker launches with touchscreen controls

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Basis, producers of the B1 fitness tracker, has unveiled its first wearable device since its acquisition by Intel. The Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker which builds upon its predecessor by replacing the collection of buttons and display with a larger touch-enabled screen, as well as upgrading the rear-mounted heart rate tracker to the point where Basis suggests it could replace a chest-strap monitor completely.


Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in iOS 8.1 beta

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

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support.


Update: iPhone 6, 6 Plus approved in China, debuts October 17 [u]

23 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

[Update: Apple official announcement reveals China debut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus on October 17] The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and will formally debut on October 17, Apple says. According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks.


Apple-owned Beats sues man claiming to be brand co-founder

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: accessories, audio, Apple

According to new court filings, Apple-owned Beats is suing Roam and Jibe Audio founder Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after Lamar posted numerous times on social media and his own company's website that he was a "co-founder" of Beats alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Lamar does have a legitimate connection to the headphone maker, and collects a royalty on certain models of Beats headphones, Beats says in its filing that Lamar has "never had any ownership interest" in the audio products company.


Review: ActvContent Sync Smartband

Mon September 29, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist-worn device that allows tracking through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be better off spending their money on something with more features? Find out in our review.


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