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Adobe acquires photo-editing app, mobile SDK developer Aviary

09/22, 5:29pm

Adobe announced that it acquired a developer of software development kits (SDK) for photo-editing and third-party mobile software. Aviary's SDKs are to be folded into the Adobe Creative SDK, which the company is building as a development platform for mobile apps. Terms of the acquisition were not given, but Aviary was privately held.

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Beats Music headed towards shutdown, sources claim [u]

09/22, 5:18pm

[Updated with Apple denial] Despite recent efforts to promote the streaming service, Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, sources within Apple and Beats say. "Many" Beats Music engineers have reportedly been diverted to other projects, such as iTunes. The sources have no insight on what Apple plans to do with the service's technology.

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USB Type-C to support DisplayPort Alternate Mode, '4K and beyond'

09/22, 4:35pm

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it has been working with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a new DisplayPort mode that works in conjunction with USB Type-C. The new mode, dubbed DisplayPort Alternate Mode, could be used to drive monitor resolutions to "4K and beyond," as well as delivering 100 watts of power and SuperSpeed USB 3.1 data over a single Type-C cable.

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At Climate Week, Cook claims profits, environment can both prosper

09/22, 4:31pm

Speaking at Climate Week NYC earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he was "optimistic" about his company's ability to influence climate change, as well as the prospect of people choosing "green" products over alternatives. "Consumers will vote with their dollars. There's no one out there that wants the planet to go in the wrong direction or to continue to go in the wrong direction," he explained.

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Apple updates Mail app for public, developer betas of OS X Yosemite

09/22, 3:23pm

Apple has released an separate update of its Mail client for the public and developer betas of OS X Yosemite. The code "resolves an issue that may prevent composing a message," attached notes explain. Beta participants can download the update via the Mac App Store.

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Apple workers spotted testing Apple Watch in public

09/22, 2:53pm

Apple engineers have been spotted wearing the Apple Watch in public, according to various anecdotes on Twitter. "Saw a few Apple employees wearing the iWatch [sic] at a bus stop in mission. All were wearing the sport edition and carrying the iPhone six plus," writes one person. Another person claims to have seen someone wearing a gold model. The two cited incidents both took place in San Francisco, a home base for many Apple workers.

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China blocks privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo

09/22, 1:21pm

The privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo is unable to be used in China. Selling itself as a service which does not collect personal information about its users, DuckDuckGo has been inaccessible in the country since earlier this month, and though there is no official explanation from any party, it is believed to be an act of censorship by the Chinese government.

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Rumor has 12-inch MacBook Air dropping most ports, getting USB Type C

09/22, 1:13pm

Apple's thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new report claims. The claim comes from the same site that suggested the computer will come in gold, silver, and space gray colors, like the iPhone 6. The new report further indicates that Apple is planning to adopt the reversible USB Type C standard, and might include an adapter with the laptop for the sake of backwards compatibility.

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Briefly: Chrome and Skype iOS 8 updates, Instapaper's speech feature

09/22, 12:51pm

The recent release of iOS 8 has instigated the beginning of apps releasing their revamps for the new operating system, with today bringing updates from Google's Chrome, and Skype. The Google Chrome browser for iOS allows users to sync their open tabs and bookmarks across devices, search by voice, translate web pages and more. Chrome v.37.0.2 now supports using third-party App Extensions to post and share content, iOS 8 compatibility and other stability improvements and bug fixes.

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HomeKit support present in latest Apple TV firmware, source says

09/22, 11:40am

The latest Apple TV firmware also includes support for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8, a source for Forbes notes. Apple hasn't promoted the fact, and the source suggests this is because there's little reason to do so until other peripherals support it. While HomeKit is available as a platform, and partners like Honeywell and Philips have been announced, certified products haven't begun reaching stores.

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iPhone 6/6 Plus sales topped 10 million in three days, Apple says

09/22, 9:48am

During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple says. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some 9 million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US. The company says it plans to reach another 20 countries on September 26th, and hit a total of 115 by the end of the year.

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Tim Cook to speak at Climate Week NYC at 12PM Eastern

09/22, 9:06am

Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to speak at the Climate Week NYC conference at 12PM Eastern time, or 9AM Pacific. The conference is an annual gathering themed around sustainability, and for 2014 there is a special emphasis on lowering carbon emissions. Cook will be joined by other corporate heads from firms such as IKEA and Bloomberg. A livestream link is embedded below.

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Briefly: Bluetooth blood pressure monitor, Pantera case for iPhone 6

09/21, 11:13pm

Pyle Audio has announced the introduction of its new Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). The monitor and its accompanying integrated app are designed to provide users' pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures. Users insert their arm into the device's sleeve, press the power button and allow the monitor to tighten and measure blood pressure. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows collected data.

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Review: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0 drive

09/21, 9:45pm

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? Patriot attempts to tackle the question with the high-speed USB Supersonic Rage XT. While the drive is offered three different sizes, the 128GB flash drive seems the most appealing. Is it worth considering, or is money better spent looking at something smaller? Find out in our review.

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Turtle Beach releases Ear Force Z60 gaming headset for PC, Mac

09/21, 4:32pm

Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of gaming headphones that the company first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Made to handle the surround-sound needs for video games, music and movies, the headphones utilize DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach does this without the use of separate software or drivers, unlike many other headphones on the market.

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