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Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG reaches iPad

10/01, 5:28am

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

10/01, 1:56am

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

10/01, 12:09am

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

09/30, 10:08pm

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

09/30, 9:04pm

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

09/30, 8:08pm

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

09/30, 6:26pm

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

09/30, 5:57pm

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

09/30, 5:02pm

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

09/30, 4:09pm

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

09/30, 3:35pm

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

09/30, 3:29pm

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

09/30, 3:28pm

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.

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DealNN: MacBook Pros, 4K HDTVs and Bluetooth speakers

09/30, 3:26pm

Until today at B&H.com, 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.

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Apple to announce Q4 earnings on October 20

09/30, 3:08pm

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.

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