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iPhone 6 will include NFC-based payment tech, sources say

52 minutes ago | Posted in: iPhone

The next-generation iPhone should include NFC-based mobile payment technology, sources tell Wired. The magazine doesn't go into specifics, except to claim that the mobile payment system will be "one of the hallmark features of the device when it's unveiled on September 9." A past report from The Information suggested that there might be a "secure element" in the new iPhone that would safeguard financial information.

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iOS apps: Retrica Pro, Pocket Casts, Diptic Video

1 hour ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    Retrica Pro 2.2 ($2)

    Retrica Pro features 24 vintage filters that can be viewed in real-time while capturing images. The software also includes a number of post-production tools, such as crop, blur, and border options, as well as support for sharing images directly to various social networks. In v2.2 users can now randomly select filters when editing photos from the system albums. Swiping with the in-app album is also now possible, and a FAQ section has been added to help answer some common questions.

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    Pocket Casts 4.6.3 ($4)

    Pocket Casts is a podcast manager that allows users to keep track of all their favorite podcasts. Version 4.6.3 fixes some issues that could prevent episodes and playlists from syncing, along with an issue that could cause the 'Play all from Here' long press on the podcast page not to work. Performance has also been improved and a new option for cleaning up duplicates has been added.

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    Diptic Video 1.1.1 ($2)

    Diptic Video can be used to make dynamic video collages. Users can select several video clips or still photos from their camera roll and integrate them into one of Diptic’s 35 layouts. Furthermore, four video playback modes are included to select from and each clip can be trimmed directly within the app. Panorama support has been improved with this release.

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    Wunderlist 3.0.2 (free)

    Wunderlist can help users jot down all of their iras and keep them in organized lists. The latest release adds the ability to move, complete and delete multiple items by tapping on the “Edit” button. Users can also now find an overview of starred todos by going to the Action Bar and sorting by priority. Other changes include fixes for a number of reported issues and better sorting for non-Latin-based languages.

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    LINE 4.5.1 (free)

    LINE is a mobile messaging client for iOS devices that allows users to send messages and make free voice calls to other users. Among several minor bug fixes, the v3.8.2 update also features a Russian localization. Several minor bugs have been resolved with this update.

 
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Photos indicate silver, gold, space gray colors for iPhone 6

1 hour ago | Posted in: iPhone

New photos from French site Nowhereelse indicate that the iPhone 6 will come in silver, gold, and space gray tones. SIM trays and Touch ID sensors all show the same range of colors used for the iPhone 5s. The trays may also be somewhat curved, presumably to fit the rounded edges on the iPhone 6's chassis.

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Ricoh launches Pentax K-S1 20MP DSLR with LED indicators on grip

2 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Ricoh's Pentax K-camera collection has been joined by a new mid-class camera. The Pentax K-S1 is a DSLR with a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the Prime MII imaging engine, giving it a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200, a top shutter speed of 1/6000 of a second, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 5.4 frames per second.

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Apple wins patent on Fifth Avenue store's redesigned glass cube

3 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted an Apple design patent on the most recent incarnation of the glass cube sitting over the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City. The original cube -- paid for and partly designed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- used 90 panes of glass. In 2011, however, Apple spent some $6.7 million on installing a simpler, more visually appealing version of the cube with 15 panes.

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Olympus adds selfie-friendly display to Pen E-PL7 16MP camera

6 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

The latest in the Olympus Pen Micro Four Thirds camera line has been revealed as a shooter that caters itself to selfie photography. The PEN E-PL7 features a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touch-enabled display on the back capable of flipping 180 degrees downwards, an action which triggers a "Selfie Mode" that optimizes settings for self portraits.

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Microsoft updates Office for Mac 2011 to version 14.4.4

11 hours ago | Posted in: software

On Wednesday, Microsoft updated its standalone version of Office for Mac, Office 2011, to version 14.4.4. The update provides the latest fixes for Office, and includes general functionality improvements in Microsoft Word, particularly with keyboard language detection. For PowerPoint, it improves handling of certain complex objects, and in Outlook the update includes new descriptions for supported account types.

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Report: Eight high-profile sites hit by browser exploits last week

12 hours ago | Posted in: security

A "malvertising" campaign made the rounds last week hitting at least eight high-profile websites according to security firm Fox-IT. The firma noticed that the sites were redirecting their visits to other places, allowing it to discover that sites were using vulnerabilities in software like Java and Flash to inject malicious programs. The purpose of the "malvertising" was to infect machines with botnet malware involved in boosting advertisement clicks.

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Costco phone kiosks will begin selling AppleCare+ tomorrow?

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

A leaked internal memo seems to reveal that Costco's in-store wireless kiosks may begin offering AppleCare+ on iPhones and iPads beginning on Thursday, August 28. The offer applies only to devices activated at the kiosk rather than iPhones or iPads that may be offered on the main sales floor. Costco resumed selling iTunes gift cards after a nearly four-year dispute with Apple ended in early June; iPhone and iPad sales were resumed just before the end of that month.

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WSJ: Apple, Pearson to re-bid on LA school district tablet program

15 hours ago | Posted in: education, Apple, iPad

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that both Apple and educational curriculum and textbook publisher Pearson will re-bid on a new contract to supply the LA United School District (LAUSD) with computer and tablet options as part of a program that could eventually grow to $500 million. Both companies were the core of the previous contract that would have seen all students receiving iPads, but questions of cost overruns, problems and lack of transparency combined to force the district to cancel that arrangement.

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California court denies Apple injunction against Samsung products

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

The US District Court for the Northern District of California has again denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung products accused of violating three of its patents. Although the court and a jury found that Samsung did indeed infringe Apple IP -- including the famous "slide to unlock" patent -- the judge in the case, Lucy Koh, explains that Apple couldn't show that an injunction was warranted. The ruling is related to one of the post-trial motions stemming from the second Apple-Samsung patent trial. Koh also denied any injunctions on products found guilty of infringing from the first trial as well.

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Fifth OS X 10.9.5 beta goes out to developers

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

A little over a week after the last one, Apple has issued a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The code is identified as build 13F24. Areas of testing focus remain unchanged, and include Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards.

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T-Mobile adds six music streaming services to Music Freedom program

21 hours ago | Posted in: audio

T-Mobile is expanding its Music Freedom program, almost doubling the number of music streaming services which can be used by subscribers without touching their LTE allowance. The seven existing music services, including iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Spotify, have been joined by another six, just two months after the carrier launched the initiative.

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Apple iWatch announcement due in September, not October, report says

22 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Apple is planning to announce the long-speculated iWatch health and fitness wearable at its September 9 iPhone event, rather than in October as was originally anticipated, says Re/code's John Paczkowski. It's not clear whether Apple accelerated its schedule, or if October was just a speculative rumor. In any case, the iWatch is expected to exploit not just HealthKit -- Apple's health and fitness tracking platform -- but HomeKit, designed to unify home automation technology.

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Apple on Campus program no longer available in Belgium, Switzerland

23 hours ago | Posted in: education, Apple

The Apple on Campus program -- which lets students buy discounted Macs and accessories through their school -- has been halted in Belgium and Switzerland, according to Apple officials. "Yes, Apple on Campus was stopped. However, the Apple Education Store discounts are obviously still valid," says a spokesperson for Apple Switzerland. Those prices are not as cheap as those that were available through Apple on Campus, however. One exception to the discontinuations is a program in Switzerland known as Neptune.

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Briefly: PayPal's 25 percent off UK iTunes cards, DJ Player updated

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

PayPal is currently offering digital iTunes cards at 25 percent off for UK customers. Users can purchase iTunes codes to redeem for music, films, TV programs, games, apps and more from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store and the App Store. Content purchased can be accessed on iOS devices and Mac or PC computers. The discount offer is available until tonight at 11:59 BST.

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Online Apple store now offering iPhone upgrades via AT&T Next

Wed August 27, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, Apple

Apple's US online store is now offering iPhone shoppers the chance to purchase a device via an AT&T Next upgrade plan, instead of just choosing a two-year contract or going unlocked. Previously, people on a Next plan had to upgrade through AT&T itself. Apple's site provides a chart illustrating the differences between the 12- and 18-month Next plans and going with a regular contract.

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Dropbox streamlines Pro account to single $9.99 1TB subscription

Wed August 27, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps

Cloud storage service Dropbox has drastically updated its paid offerings, changing not only the pricing, but also adding new features to the subscription. The new Pro account provides a large 1 terabyte allocation of cloud storage to customers, far more than the old Pro account allowed, with the Pro subscription priced at $9.99 per month.

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Apps: LaunchBar, Cocktail, Cyberduck

Wed August 27, 2014 | Posted in apps

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    LaunchBar 6.1 ($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. Version 6.1 introduces a new feature called Staging, which allows users to create multiple selections and act on them all at once. This could be used to select multiple files and send them all via e-mail, launch multiple apps simultaneously, or open several web bookmarks.

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    Cocktail 7.6 ($19)

    Cocktail provides users access to some of the more advanced functions within the Unix Shell. The software features are organized into five categories, while the Pilot-mode will automatically scan a system and perform any necessary maintenance routines. Version 7.6 introduces the option to disable DNS prefetching, as well as to hide users with unique identifiers below 500 in the login window. An issue in which Cocktail may not detect quinary (en4) network interface has also been addressed.

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    Cyberduck 4.5.2 (free)

    CyberDuck is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licensed under the GPL. The application features integration with external editors, as well as support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain, and AppleScript. The latest release has added a new option to diagnose a network when a connection failure alert is displayed. An issue where syncing would fail to add new local files has also been resolved, along with a problem where the wrong public key fingerprint would be displayed.

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    Tinderbox 6.0.3 ($250)

    Tinderbox is a tool for storing and organizing notes, plans, and ideas. The software allows users to make a visual map of all their notes, with support for linking similar ideas together. The v6.0.3 update includes a number of improvements for the Attribute Browser, Map View, and Outline View, as well as a fix for a crash that occurs when Tinderbox switches to the foreground or background whilst updating the document inspector.

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    BBEdit 10.5.12 ($50)

    BBEdit is a text-editing suite that places emphasis on coding through project support features and the recognition of common syntax structures. The latest release has updated code signings as required by OS X 10.9.4 and later.

 

Thinner MacBook Air's release window is nebulous, sources say

Wed August 27, 2014 | Posted in: computers

Despite earlier reports, the release window for a thinner MacBook Air -- possibly with a 12-inch screen -- is now ambiguous, according to Digitimes. Taiwanese supply chain sources say that the machine will ship "possibly at the end of 2014 or in 2015," although component production has allegedly started "in small volumes." That could mean that even if the product doesn't arrive this year, it will ship in the first quarter of 2015.

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Minnesota set to deploy 40,000 iPads to students

Wed August 27, 2014 | Posted in: education, Apple, iPad

Even as questions arise about the LA Unified School District's handling of its botched and now-abandoned iPad program, Apple continues to win school districts over to the tablet. The St. Paul School District in Minnesota is launching a program that will offer tens of thousands of iPads to students in a total of 61 schools over time, with an initial rollout to 37 schools in the city. The district is leasing the equipment from Apple, which includes up to 1,000 unspecified MacBook models.

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Briefly: iAd changes, TrueTone camera flash redesign for iPhone?

Tue August 26, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple, iPad

Apple continues to tweak its iAd mobile advertising platform, now offering new formats, including full-screen interstitial ads (as often seen on iTunes Radio in iTunes) as well as Facebook-style "pre-roll" videos where video clips begin playing silently until clicked on by users, which opens the full video with sound. A new implementation guide has also been issued with the updated offerings. Additionally, the company says that the iAd network is now available in Russia and Switzerland beginning today. Ad creators can choose to update their ads to target either or both countries using iAd workbench, notes 9to5Mac.

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Briefly: T-Mobile iPhone sale, Otterbox exploring buyout

Tue August 26, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, accessories, Apple

Starting on Wednesday, T-Mobile will offer a discount of up to $50 off the full price of all iPhones, according to a leaked internal memo. The offer will not affect subsidized iPhones, but applies to "device only" (no contract) sales. The discount will vary depending on the model and capacity, notes TmoNews, and is likely a reaction to recent price-cutting of contract phones by retailers like Walmart, which has dropped the price of the iPhone 5c to 97 cents and the iPhone 5s to $79 with a two-year contract.

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Automattic strengthens WordPress with BruteProtect acquisition

Tue August 26, 2014 | Posted in: security, software

Automattic, the company responsible for the WordPress blog platform, announced today that it acquired BruteProtect. The pick up will allow the company to strengthen security of the WordPress platform through its Jetpack service, without additional cost to users. BruteProtect started its life as a plug-in for the popular blogging software, only to expand into other areas of security, server management and premium services.

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USA Today iOS app reveals future CarPlay compatibility update

Tue August 26, 2014 | Posted in: audio, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps

The USA Today newspaper app for iOS is temporarily removing the program's ability to feature audio versions of top articles, revealing that the reason is due to a change of serving technology needed to prepare a forthcoming update of the app to be CarPlay-compatible. In the current update of the app, the announcement was buried in the program's release notes, and there is no mention of when the audio feature will return.

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Uber testing 10-minute food delivery service UberFresh in California

Tue August 26, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Ride share service Uber is apparently looking to expand into some other functions, as the company is testing a service dubbed UberFresh starting today. The program is attempting to deliver lunch to people in a short time frame, utilizing a menu specific to the area being tested. The service is only being offered for a limited time, but a successful test could mean the program would be expanded further.

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Briefly: Watch ABC iOS app adds AirPlay, BitTorrent Sync 1.4

Tue August 26, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple

American television network ABC has updated its content streaming app for iOS. Watch ABC allows its users to view the network's shows, sports content, news and weather reports on demand - so long as a participating cable TV provider account is used to sign in to the service. Live video content is available in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles and other major cities, subject to the participating TV provider as well. Watch ABC v3.4.0 now includes the ability to stream content with AirPlay, via Apple TV, and as well by using Chromecast via Google Chromecast. Watch ABC for iOS is free to download, and requires iOS 5.0 or later to run.

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Slumping iPad sales a 'speed bump,' according to Cook

Tue August 26, 2014 | Posted in: Apple, iPad

Flattening iPad sales during the last two quarters are nothing to worry about, says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a new interview. "We couldn't be happier with how we've done with the first four years of the iPad," he tells Re/Code's Walt Mossberg. "I'd call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen that in every category."

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