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Skype 7.2 fixes bugs, improves chat readability

11/26, 3:54pm

Profiles still suffering from CPU issues

Microsoft has released a minor update to Skype for Mac, v7.2. The software mainly copes with several bugs, including crashes caused by changing a profile picture, playing the test sound in the Welcome tour, and/or launching Skype with Ecamm Call Recorder 2.5.11 installed. It also deals with Call and SMS buttons not working on a contact's profile page.

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Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed

11/22, 10:13am

Testing on Nexus 6 shows dramatic decrease in NAND read and write performance

While initial reviews of the anticipated Google Nexus 6 device were decent, a few reviewers pointed out some confusing performance metrics. Initial examiners of the device are reporting that implementation of Android 5.0 Lollipop's Full Disk Encryption (FDE) cuts NAND random read speeds dramatically, from over 16.6MB/s with encryption off, to 6.18MB/s with the feature active.

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Some Safari users experiencing severe YouTube playback problems

11/21, 2:24pm

Workaround: Use Firefox or Chrome, switch Safari ID to other browser

Users are starting to chime in on Google and Apple's support forums about a sudden incompatibility with video hosting service YouTube. Some users of OS X 10.10.1 are complaining that YouTube videos with leading advertisements either fail to load, play a discordant sound with no video, or crash Safari itself. Firefox and Chrome are not affected by whatever is causing the problem.

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Forums: Siri fails and iOS 8.1.1 comments

11/21, 2:17pm

Siri fails and iOS 8.1.1 comments

This week in the MacNN forums, members share amusing tales of times that Siri has failed them, providing examples of how Siri doesn't always understand what is really going on. Comments are piling up faster than the snow in Buffalo about the latest update to iOS 8, with some saying it made things better while others aren't so sure it has helped much at all.

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Apple issues first 10.10.2 beta to developers and testers

11/20, 8:11pm

First beta comes with known problem, but no focus areas for testing

Just days after issuing the OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update that has reportedly fixed a raft of Wi-Fi and Mail issues (but not all of them), the company has seeded the first beta of 10.10.2 for developer. The new build, 14C68k, is now available through the Yosemite Software Update mechanism or Apple's developer portal. The release notes for the beta curiously do not mention any focus areas, but do warn testers of a known flaw in opening documents from iCloud Drive.

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Adobe issues Lightroom 5.7 with Aperture/iPhoto migration tool

11/19, 9:00am

Joined by Camera Raw 8.7

Adobe has released the final incarnation of Lightroom 5.7, an update to its photography workflow software. The most important addition is a promised migration tool for people switching from Aperture or iPhoto, though it does not bring in all data. Apple is slowly discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto in favor of a new Photos app for OS X Yosemite and iOS in 2015, and while Photos will be able to import Aperture libraries more fully, the program may not provide the professional-level features of something like Lightroom.

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Forums: private browsing, custom colors and more

11/18, 3:55pm

private browsing, custom colors and more

Yesterday, when trying to figure out how to set up Safari's private browsing feature in Yosemite, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the MacNN Forums looking for some help. Earlier today, forum-goers assisted "Ralph Tomaccio" with trying to change the color of the text under a folder icon on their desktop on Yosemite.

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Yosemite update not fixing all Wi-Fi issues, users continue complaints

11/18, 7:20am

Patch solved issues for some, not nearly all

Apple's latest patch to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, version 10.10.1, has brought along fixes for Wi-Fi and Mail issues for some users. The Apple support threads regarding the matter, however, suggest that not all users are getting relief. While the update has helped some, users are still reporting frequent disconnects and very slow speeds through Wi-Fi, even after the patch.

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Some users encountering iMessage outages, delays [u]

11/17, 2:42pm

Appears unconnected to OS X, iOS updates

[Updated with status information] Some people are encountering problems with Apple's iMessage system, according to complaints on social networks such as Twitter. Affected users will find messages taking a long time to send, if they go out at all. Apple's system status page doesn't currently display any warnings.

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Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1 updates

11/17, 2:13pm

Yosemite update fixes serious Wi-Fi issues

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 for Mac copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets.

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Apple Stores changing up look of gift cards, worker uniforms

11/17, 11:19am

Clerks expected to ditch lanyards

Apple is planning some minor changes at its retail stores in preparation for the holiday season, sources say. One of these includes dressing clerks in red holiday shirts. A permanent adjustment, though, will involve removing neck lanyards from the standard uniform; to compensate for the lack of ID, clerks will reportedly be asked to introduce themselves more often.

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Apple seeds Xcode 6.1.1 GM to developers

11/14, 4:02pm

Fixes Swift, Interface Builder, other components

Apple is now seeding a gold master version of Xcode 6.1.1 to developers, listed as build 6A2006. The update is a relatively minor one, dealing with bugfixes for Xcode Server, Interface Builder, and handling of Apple's Swift programming language. It can be downloaded through the official OS X developer portal.

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Forums: iPad mini rants, Siri fails and more

11/14, 10:55am

iPad mini rants, Siri fails and more

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Grizzled Veteran "chasg" needed to rant about how he is beginning to hate his iPad mini for a variety of reasons, and a few others have chimed in with some advice on how to reconcile the relationship, and make things right again. Forum-goers continue to discuss which of the new iPhones are best in the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?"

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Android 5.0 OTA updates starting, some full restore images available

11/13, 7:44am

Google makes data-erasing full restore images available for download

Google is now offering a number of methods by which users of four selected Nexus devices can upgrade to Android 5.0 "Lollipop." The primary method, an "Over The Air (OTA) update" is rolling out in phases to users of Google's mobile devices now, and is expected to be available to all owners of the four devices in the next month. Additionally, the company has posted full-restore factory images to its website, should a user want to completely erase a device, and start from scratch (otherwise known as a "clean install").

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Forums: memory leak in Messages?

11/12, 4:07pm

WTF, memory leak in Messages?

Today in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "turtle777" was bashing their head against the wall trying to figure out why the Messages app seems to have sprung a memory leak which took up more than 50GB, and brought his iMac to a halt. Forum Regular "imdipped" was trying to figure out how to get rid of their Master Boot Record formatting, and do a clean install of Mavericks.

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Apple releases second OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta update

11/11, 1:17am

New build doesn't list any new areas of focus; still testing Wi-Fi, Exchange mail, Notification Cent

A week after offering developers and public beta testers a first release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite, the company has issued a smaller second beta with the same focus areas as the previous version. The new build, 14B23, again asks testers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange email accounts and tracking down bugs in Notification Center, just as with the first beta. Those who signed up for pre-release builds for the Yosemite public beta will also receive the 10.10.1 betas.

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Apple launches tool to deregister phone numbers from iMessage

11/10, 9:25am

Copes with serious glitch encountered by former iPhone owners

Apple has launched a new web tool for deregistering a phone number from iMessage. When a person begins using the Messages app on an iPhone, it links their phone number with an iMessage account so that conversations are seamless whether messages are being delivered via SMS or Apple's own network. The trouble is that if that person decides to switch from an iPhone to a different cellphone, such as an Android or Windows device, other iPhone users trying to message them can end up sending those messages into the ether.

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Exclusive Analysis: iOS app storage limits across range of devices

11/08, 9:11am

Is the 1,000 app limit storage size or quantity of file related?

Ever since reports of issues with large libraries on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus surfaced, rumors have been flying around -- all claiming to know the true source of the problems, and Apple's future intentions for the iPhone and iOS. MacNN began some tests about a month ago to try and nail down the root cause of the issue -- and as we alluded to last week, we believe that the "problem" lies in the iOS, and not a hardware flaw related to NAND cells. Read on for our methodology, as well as our specific findings.

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Review: Lemur BlueDriver OBD 2 tool

11/07, 6:19pm

Home mechanics and pros alike may benefit from this app-driven code scanner

There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. The warning doesn't have to herald disaster to home mechanics with the help of OBD 2 scanner tools. One such device, the Lemur BlueDriver, is designed to provide peace of mind and guidance to anyone who might have come down with a case of the check-engine-light-blues. We've had some check engine lights ourselves -- check our review to see how the Lemur BlueDriver did.

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Forums: something cool about dictation, GPU replacement and more

11/07, 3:05pm

something cool about dictation, GPU replacement and more

Professional Poster "moonmonkey" was letting fellow MacNN forum goers know "something cool about dictation on Yosemite" in a thread started late last week. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking fellow forum goers if anyone had any suggestions for legitimate places to have graphics cards replaced on some 2007 and 2011 motherboards.

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Forums: data restoration, Mavericks notifications and more

11/04, 3:26pm

data restoration, Mavericks notifications and more

Today, forum-goers attempt to assist "l008com" with restoring data from an erased SSD/TRIM-enabled Mac, and wonder if Data Rescue will find nothing in the free space. Yesterday, Mac Elite "Matt OS X" turned to the forums looking for a way to completely disable notifications using a command line in Mavericks, and has yet to get a response.

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First iOS 8.1.1 beta reaches developers

11/04, 10:36am

Concentrates on bugfixes, speed boosts

In tandem with the OS X 10.10.1 beta, Apple has simultaneously released an initial iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. The code is listed as build 12B432. So far, the update appears concentrated around bugfixes and performance increases, rather than adding new features, as in iOS 8.1.

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Yosemite GPU switch causing graphics issue in some Retina MacBook Pros

11/04, 7:50am

Several support threads discussing issue related to GPU switching

Some early Retina-equipped MacBook Pro users are seeing graphical issues in Safari and other browsers following an upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The severity of the issues vary, but a growing series of support threads on the Apple user forums show users experiencing problems ranging from minor text entry issues, all the way through persistent crashing. A pair of workarounds are available, but not all users are reporting success with them.

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Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to developers

11/03, 8:49pm

Testers are to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail and Notification Center fixes

On Monday, Apple released the first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the forthcoming first update to Yosemite. This first beta is the first to arrive after the release of OS X Yosemite on October 16. The new build, 14B17, can be obtained by registered developers through Apple's Software Update. Apple is asking developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange accounts in Mail, and Notification Center. No release notes have yet been published detailing any changes or fixes present in 10.10.1.

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Some OS X Yosemite users seeing Wi-Fi issues, workarounds possible

11/01, 12:30pm

Fixes vary from preference deletion all the way through OS X reinstall

Complaints from Yosemite upgraders about Wi-Fi connectivity are beginning to stack up. Reports are circulating about strange Wi-Fi issues, with issues seemingly related to corrupted preference files or bad configurations left over from previous installs. Fixes abound for the issues, with seemingly no commonality to the problems beyond just being related to wireless networking.

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Forums: new Mini mysteries

10/31, 2:42pm

new Mini mysteries

Since the release of the updated Mac mini, there has been a lot of chatter in the MacNN forums regarding some of the choices made by Apple to use slower processors and take away the ability to upgrade RAM, among other things. Yesterday, Professional Poster "badidea" took to the forums, reporting serious problems with re-partitioning their startup disk, and he is pleading for help from fellow forum members.

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Forums: 2011 Core i7 iMac vs Retina i5 iMac

10/28, 5:22pm

2011 Core i7 iMac vs Retina i5 iMac

After having some display backlight and logic board issues with an older iMac, Mac Enthusiast "Boochie" has decided now would be a good time to start thinking about a new iMac. A post they made in the MacNN forums sparked a debate about what would be a better choice, a 2011 iMac with a Core i7 processor, or a new Retina iMac with an i5 processor. Yesterday, one Forum Regular was trying to determine the best cable to use to connect a Mac mini to a Dell UltraSharp monitor, and asked fellow forum members for their thoughts.

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Class-action lawsuit targets Apple over faulty 2011 MacBook Pros

10/28, 4:59pm

Apple failing to acknowledge video defect, suit says

Following up on earlier talk, lawfirm Whitfield Bryson & Mason has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of owners of the 2011 MacBook Pro. For some time, users of the laptop have been complaining about visual artifacts, blank screens, and/or crashes, which appear to be linked to problems with AMD graphics hardware. Apple, though, hasn't offered to fix affected systems outside of warranty coverage without charging high fees, and using replacement parts that may cause the exact same trouble.

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Apple's Greg Joswaik apologizes for glitches caused by iOS 8.0.1

10/28, 4:08pm

Blames distribution system, not code

Via Re/code's first annual Code/Mobile conference, Apple's VP for iPhone marketing, Greg Joswiak, has apologized for the botched iOS 8.0.1 update in September. "It wasn't the software itself it was the way it was distributed," he explains in an interview. "We're very sorry."

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Memo shows Rite-Aid's disabling of Apple Pay, NFC systems deliberate

10/24, 7:16pm

Will replace bank-sponsored system with competing mobile wallet platform next year

Following reader complaints of Rite-Aid stores no longer accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments (following a brief period where both worked properly) and a "cone of silence" from PR representatives, leaked documents have revealed that the reversal by Rite-Aid on accepting NFC-based payments was deliberate, and that it may never accept Apple Pay, since it is planning to go with a rival mobile payments platform -- sometime next year.

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Apple Pay bugs cause problems with card images, overcharging

10/22, 2:39pm

Fix for card images in progress, sources say

Although the service appears to be working in general, some banks supporting Apple Pay are encountering some early technical problems. One issue is that in some cases, the correct card designs aren't being displayed in Passbook. Affected cards will show generic logos for their associated institutions, and possibly lack descriptions as well, which can make numbers the only way to distinguish between them when a person has multiple cards from the same firm. Sources claim that a fix for the bug is already underway.

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Forums: All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

10/21, 12:24pm

All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

One headline on MacNN this week has caused a bit of a stir in the forums, when Mac Elite "WizOSX" pointed out that Apple has announced that all iOS apps must support 64-bit code by February. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is having trouble playing video with their Windows notebook computer, and is wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to handle it better.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, more

10/20, 1:32pm

Includes delayed SMS Relay tech, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes

As planned, Apple has released iOS 8.1 to the public. The main addition is support for Apple Pay, but a number of other important features are present. These include beta support for iCloud Photo Library, and the return of the Camera Roll to the Photos app. SMS Relay enables SMS/MMS messaging via a nearby Mac or iPad, and people can now force a device to use 2G, 3G, or 4G for data, instead of it selecting networks automatically. A minor photo-related improvement generates alerts whenever there's too little storage to start a timelapse video.

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Retina iMac teardown by iFixit demonstrates moderate repairability

10/18, 1:08pm

Socketed CPU, same components as previous model shown in breakdown

Apple repair purveyors iFixit have given their regular disassembly treatment to Apple's new 27-inch 5K iMac. As the machine has re-used the chassis from the last generation of iMac, and has only minor changes to the internals apart from the display, the repairability score remains the same at a five out of 10. Notably, the company has found a larger display data connector, with the fused LCD and taped-down display hindering repair efforts.

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Forums: Time for a new iMac?

10/17, 3:54pm

Time for a new iMac?

Since yesterday marked the release of the new 27-inch iMac, the MacNN forums have been abuzz with chatter about this latest addition to the Mac family, and finally there is an answer to the age-old question "is it time for a new iMac?" and it looks like that answer is a resounding "yes." The official OS X 10.10 Yosemite thread was started yesterday by "Eden Aurora," where users can share their experiences and first impressions.

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Apple to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking in Health app

10/16, 9:27am

Disabling, re-enabling to happen through software updates

Apple is planning to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking in iOS 8's Health app, the company says in a new support document. It explains that the app is currently set to track glucose levels using mg/dL, a value adopted in the US and some other countries. But some regions, such as the UK and Australia, depend on mmol/L; the discrepancy can cause problems, even though iOS' underlying HealthKit platform supports both measurements.

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Apple service providers expected to start servicing Beats hardware

10/14, 11:29am

Plan only pegged for 'the near future'

Authorized Apple service providers -- and presumably Apple itself -- will soon start servicing Beats speakers and headphones, according to a memo to providers obtained by a Greek website. The message states that "in the near future, Apple will be responsible for providing service" for Beats products. The company adds that it is now sending out contract addendums, and will publish articles explaining the exact processes for handling Beats gear.

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Forums: Yosemite…the time is nigh

10/10, 3:13pm

Yosemite…the time is nigh.

MacNN forum-goers anxiously await the official release of OS X Yosemite, with some spreading rumors about the possible release date, and others still reporting bugs they have found in GM releases of the OS. "Waragainstsleep" is looking for a way to quickly add plist files to a spreadsheet, and wonders if anyone has any suggestions.

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Some Belkin routers not connecting to the Internet, workaround posted

10/07, 4:50pm

List of affected Belkin devices, cause of incident both unknown

Some of accessory manufacturer Belkin's router customers are experiencing connectivity issues, predominantly with older models. For reasons unknown, possibly due to a silent, automatic firmware update, some Belkin networking products are refusing connection to the Internet, but maintaining local area network connectivity. Some models can be restored by pointing Domain Name Services to Google's or other providers' services.

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Second iOS 8.1 beta seeds to developers

10/07, 1:47pm

Could enable Apple Pay testing

Apple is seeding a second beta of iOS 8.1 to developers, users note. The contents of the code are unknown, but it likely builds out upcoming Apple Pay support, references to which were found in the first beta. If recent rumors are true the new beta may enable Apple Pay testing, and prefigure a public launch of v8.1 on or around October 20th.

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Apple updates OS X malware definitions to block 'iWorm'

10/06, 10:02am

Should halt further infections

Apple has issued a silent update to Xprotect, the anti-malware system in OS X, to detect and block the inaccurately-named "iWorm" trojan uncovered last week. The new definitions actually mention three variants, identified as "OSX.iWorm.A," "OSX.iWorm.B," and "OSX.iWorm.C." It's not clear what the differences between them might be.

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Google fires back at celeb photo threat, claims decisive action taken

10/04, 11:12am

Search engine has scrubbed 'tens of thousands' of links to stolen photos

Google has responded to the letter threatening legal action should Google not purge the Internet of stolen, and sometimes intimate, photos of celebrities. The search engine has denied that it is intentionally profiting on the scandal, and instead has acted quickly and appropriately to takedown requests by removing "tens of thousands" of images from Google search results.

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New OS X malware 'iWorm' discovered in pirated software [u]

10/03, 2:57pm

Formerly used Reddit as go between to steal user data

[Updated with corrected information and further details] A new Trojan threat, possibly disguised as a fake unauthorized build of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, is making the rounds by taking in users who attempt to pirate software. The new malware, dubbed "iWorm" by Russian research firm "Dr. Web," has supposedly been installed by duped users on over 17,000 unique IP addresses worldwide thus far. Users would have had to have downloaded and installed the software in order to be victimized by the Trojan, which is mostly aimed at gathering user data.

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Forums: Mac OS X optimization utilities, iPhone 6, iOS 8

10/03, 1:58pm

Mac OS X optimization utilities, iPhone 6, iOS 8

This week has been rather slow in the MacNN forums, however debates rage on about the new iPhone 6. Conversations continue about problems with iOS 8, and of course our helpful forum-goers assist with troubleshooting. One Fresh-Faced Recruit has recommended some good Mac utilities to use for optimizing OS X. In the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+," members continue to debate the usefulness of each device, and why they would pick one over the other.

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DealNN: refurbished Mac Pro for $2,549, 4K TVs and more

10/03, 1:55pm

refurbished Mac Pro for $2,549, 4K TVs and more

At Apple's Online Store, save $450 on the refurbished current-generation Mac Pro, which has been reduced to $2,549 from $2,999. That discount makes this around $300 less than buying it in brand new condition anywhere else. This Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is provided by Apple.

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App Store users experience errors trying to download apps

10/03, 11:19am

Issue inconsistent between users, devices

Customers trying to use the App Store are currently experiencing a variety of problems, according to complaints. Some are seeing vague error messages, while others are simply unable to finish downloads; many users are unaffected. For those who are impacted, the trouble can interfere with both the iOS and Mac App Stores, and any version of iOS or OS X.

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Apple drops German publication over iPhone 6 Plus bending video

10/01, 4:32pm

Editor issues open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook

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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Bug in iOS 8 triggering problems with Bluetooth connections in cars

10/01, 3:39pm

Apple developing fix

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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Bug causing App Store to include wrong apps in Kids categories

10/01, 11:26am

Apparently tied to iOS 8

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

10/01, 10:00am

Solves unusual bureaucratic obstacle

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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