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Apple seeds third public, eighth developer previews of OS Yosemite

Little time left before gold master ships

Apple has released a third public beta of OS X Yosemite, as well as an eighth developer preview. Both are available through the Mac App Store; for the former people must be participants in the AppleSeed program, and for the latter users must be registered developers. So far, any changes beyond bugfixes have yet to be discovered.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus preorders top 4 million in first 24 hours

Full weekend numbers being kept quiet

Having only made ambiguous references on Friday, Apple has today officially announced that it achieved a "record" 4 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours of availability. "Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply and while a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October," the company continues.

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H.265 video on iPhone 6 models to improve FaceTime over cellular

HEVC implementation likely assisted by hardware boost, offers high-quality video calls

In addition to the more publicly-known features found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's tech specs page for the new models has revealed that they support H.265 video encoding and decoding , otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding. It allows the same quality of video as H.264, but using only half as much bandwidth -- allowing FaceTime video-conferencing calls to maintain the necessary quality on cellular networks without requiring large amounts of data. It could foreshadow the option of multi-party FaceTime calls on broadband.

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Cook: Apple working on projects 'not even rumored'

New interview reveals CEO still focused on TV, thinking bigger

In a new interview for the PBS Charlie Rose show, Apple CEO Tim Cook adds some small tidbits to hs previous public statements around Apple's latest products. Specifically, he reveals that the company's "great interest" in television is continuing, that the company is working on products not even "rumored about yet," and more.

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Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer' system, Apple gets 0.15 percent

Apple gets 0.15 percent cut of purchases, does not affect purchase price

Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times . As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.

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Best Buy, Walmart decline to support Apple Pay

Retailers choose platform-agnostic option

Two major US retailers -- Best Buy and Walmart -- have announced that they will not support Apple Pay , according to the Wall Street Journal . The companies are instead said to be backing a payment service operated by Merchant Customer Exchange. The MCX technology requires only an app download, and is platform-agnostic, supporting older iPhones as well as Android devices. Apple Pay will be restricted to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch.

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Pre-orders underway: T-Mobile no-contract iPhone not yet available

Customers report difficulty as servers hammered with demand

Buyers trying to be among the first to pre-order the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are running into problems, including overloaded Apple servers, carrier communication issues, and an absent player. Ironically, Apple's own Online Store was among the last outlet to open its pre-ordering page, though reports indicate that at least some users are successfully able to pre-order their preferred model, size and color.

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Apple Store online down in preparation for iPhone 6 pre-orders [u]

Store to return at midnight for flood of expected early adopters

[Update: Pre-orders have begun] The familiar "We'll be back" sign has appeared on the US and other countries' online Apple Stores in advance of the expected 12AM PT Friday opening for pre-orders on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Customers in Australia, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Puerto Rico and of course the US can pre-order the devices, which will appear at retail September 19.

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Sept. 26th to mark second wave of international iPhone 6 launches

Countries include Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Italy

The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26th, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27th.

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Apple updates iTunes 12 beta for OS X Yosemite testers

Minor cosmetic tweaks a-plenty, but no new major features

Following its update of the iOS 8 beta to Golden Master status , Apple on Wednesday also updated iTunes 12 , being tested as part of the OS X 10.10 Yosemite public and developer betas. The new version, which still carries the same v12.0 moniker, does not list any significant changes but testers have reported minor tweaks, ranging from a new transparency in the sidebar to a variety of tiny cosmetic changes.

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Apple hires Gap director of marketing Marcela Aguilar

Gap CEO offers high praise, adds to small army of recent fashion-oriented hires

The campaign of hiring leading names from the world of fashion continues at Apple with trade magazine AdAge reporting that the iPhone maker has secured the services of Marcela Aguilar , the former senior global director of marketing and communications at US clothing retailer Gap. According to the report, she will be taking on a similar role at Apple, reporting to Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller.

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Apple cagey about Watch battery life, working on improvements

Current life estimated to be 'about a day'

Apple has been avoiding talk about the battery life of its first-generation Watch , and with good reason, sources claim. The people say that the company isn't happy with performance, which is currently "about a day" on a single charge. An Apple spokeswoman, Nat Kerris, admits in fact that the company expects people to charge the Watch at night.

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Opinion: Is the Apple Watch a hit or a miss?

Apple Watch might not be perfect, but neither was the iPhone when it launched

With Apple finally taking the wraps off the long anticipated Apple Watch people have already started to ask whether it is a hit or a miss. While we will reserve our final judgement on the Apple Watch until we are able to put it through some extensive testing, Apple gave the device comprehensive coverage during its September 9 event coupled with lots of information about the Apple Watch on its redesigned website. There is probably enough evidence out there in the cold light of day to start formulating some early thoughts on the device.

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Briefly: iTunes updated to v11.4; two new Apple TV ads for iPhone

Apple updates iTunes to 11.4 for syncing with iOS 8-running devices

Apple on Tuesday updated its iTunes software for Macs running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and higher (as well as for Windows users) so that it will work with mobile devices running iOS 8, in advance of the latter's September 17 arrival . The update also benefits developers and Appleseed testers who have been working with iOS 8 for some time already, in preparation for its release. The release notes simply say that the update allows users "to sync movies, music, and more to devices running iOS 8." It is available through Software Update.

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Apple Watch debuts in three editions

Wide range of applications, inventive new user interface

Apple on Tuesday introduced the long-awaited "iWatch," now known as Apple Watch . The device features a scratchproof sapphire screen in its regular edition, with a new "crown" dial on the side that allows users to scroll, zoom and doubles as a "home" button. The user interface is both new and familiar, with iOS overtones but arranged in a more organic way. The device has built-in storage, six different watch bands that are interchangeable, and a new "taptic" engine that offers vibration along with sound alerts.

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Apple introduces Apple Pay mobile payment platform

Uses NFC technology, Touch ID, Secure Element

Apple today announced Apple Pay, its long-awaited mobile payment system. The technology relies on a mix of Passbook, Touch ID, and new NFC and "Secure Element" hardware in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus . Users can add credit cards from their iTunes account, or take a photo of one and verify it with the bank. A credit card number isn't stored on a phone or shared, and transactions are tokenized, as was rumored. Should a phone be stolen, Find My iPhone can be used to disable purchasing functions, eliminating the need to cancel cards. Cashiers don't see any of the transaction data.

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Apple announces 4.7-, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models

Faster A8 processor debuts, improved camera, thinner body

As expected, Apple has formally debuted the long-speculated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models at its press event this morning in Cupertino. The new models will take their place as the flagship phones, featuring much higher pixel count of one million pixels (for the iPhone 6, a 1334x750 resolution @ 326ppi) and two million pixels (for the 6 Plus, a Full HD 1920x1080 resolution @ 401ppi). The new iPhones are both thinner than any previous model, at 6.9mm and 7.1mm, respectively, and come with up to 128GB capacity.

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Apple's NFC payment system to use tokenization, sources say

Apple Stores, other locations already equipped for NFC

Apple's NFC-based mobile payments system will use tokenization, sources claim. The technology involves substituting debit and credit card numbers with complex, one-time codes. In theory this ensures that even if transaction data is intercepted, it can't be used again. Tokens also have potential beyond payments, extending to areas like transit passes or physical security.

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Review: Blue Mikey Digital add-on microphone

Small, handy mic add-on enhances iOS recordings

Blue Microphones , a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some time made a Mikey clip-in microphone for 30-pin iOS devices that significantly enhanced the sound quality of recordings. The company has now brought out a new model -- the Mikey Digital -- designed for Lightning-based devices, and introduced a few new tricks in the process. While not the equal of Blue's more expensive desktop mics, it is a godsend for on-the-go recording. Is it right for you? Check out our review for samples and insight on this little wonder.

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Video of functioning 4.7-inch iPhone seen running iOS 8

Home screen icon appears to confirm changes coming to Passbook

A functioning version -- perhaps a genuine finished unit, or a cleverly-disguised Goophone -- of the allegedly forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been demonstrated in brief video clips. Going beyond any previous demo, the unit appears to function normally, is clearly running iOS 8 and is activated. The home screen shows the Health application (briefly demo'd in a different video) and the modified Passbook app icon, which now has a fourth red "stripe" resembling a payment card, seemingly confirming the idea that a mobile payment system will be introduced at the September 9 event.

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Opinion: Why a larger iPad makes sense

A larger iPad allows for full-size keyboard, split screen multitasking

Rumors recently surfaced again that Apple could be planning to introduce a larger iPad , perhaps up to 12.9-inches in size and as early as the first quarter of 2015. This could well go a long way to making the iPad an excellent Office-style productivity tool, with particular appeal to enterprise. Even though the iPad has been a resounding success since its introduction in late 2010 with over 224 million sold, third quarter sales figures for 2014 saw a 9 percent decline, which Apple CEO Tim Cook downplayed as a 'speed bump.' We recently looked at the question of iPad productivity now that Microsoft Office is available for the platform when coupled. Even when combined with a nicely designed product like the Logitech Keyboard Folio for iPad Air, the current 9.7-inch model when used in that way is not ideal.

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Cook addresses celebrity images scandal, promises improvements

Photos not obtained by iCloud breach, but by password hacking

Apple CEO Tim Cook has formally addressed the recent celebrity selfies scandal , where some of the images obtained by hackers came from the victims' iCloud accounts (alongside other services, those responsible for the collection of the images have recently admitted). In an interview with the Wall Street Journal , Cook not only acknowledged that some celebrities' accounts were specifically targeted using conventional data-stealing techniques, but promised both educational and engineering improvements.

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Apple online stores again down for some users for second time [U]

App and Media stores, iTunes Match and Radio unavailable to some users

[Update: problems resolved as of approximately 7:45PM ET] For the second time in as many days , Apple's online stores are unavailable for an undetermined percentage of users. The current outage, which began around 4:30PM ET and is ongoing, is affecting the both the iOS and Mac App Stores, the iBookstore, and a variety of iTunes services such as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Radio and the iTunes Store. Other iCloud services, such as Siri, email, FaceTime and syncing services are not affected.

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WSJ: iWatch coming in two sizes with curved OLEDs, NFC chips

Apple planning 'tap-to-pay' for mobile devices

The Apple iWatch will come in two sizes, and use a curved OLED display, say sources for the Wall Street Journal . The people add that it will also include a variety of health and fitness sensors, and an NFC chip, like the iPhone 6 . "NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes," the Journal claims.

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Groups accuse Apple supplier Catcher of labor, safety abuses

Violations include excessive overtime, lack of protective gear

Another Apple supplier, Catcher Technology, is being accused of violating labor and safety standards, according to the New York Times . The paper says that two groups -- Green America, an environmental non-profit, and China Labor Watch -- have found that workers at a Catcher-owned factory in Suqian, China are being forced to work excessive overtime and in unsafe conditions. Although Catcher has contracts with other electronics firms, Apple is a major client, for whom it produces metal iPad and MacBook shells.

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VMware Fusion 7 adds Yosemite support, better Win 8.1 compatibility

Gets new look, including Retina optimizations

VMware has introduced Fusion 7 , a major update of its virtualization tool. The software lets users run Windows apps within OS X instead of having to boot to a separate partition. Fusion 7 brings support for OS X Yosemite, and should be more compatible with Windows 8.1. The look of the program has in fact been overhauled for Yosemite, and optimized for Retina displays.

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Five-hour iTunes Stores downtime fixed, no explanation provided

Customers of iTunes Music, App Store, Mac App Store and iBookstore affected

Apple's non-Apple Store commerce sites suffered some major downtime on Tuesday, with the App Store, iBookstore, Mac App Store and iTunes Music Store being inaccessible for nearly five and a half hours for some (but not all) users, from approximately 6:30PM to midnight Eastern time. During the outage, users were in some cases able to load the product pages of the sites, but unable to do anything else, while some others reported normal operations.

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Some AppleSeed testers gain access to new iCloud for Windows beta

Includes features previously not available for Windows, such as iCloud Drive

Selected AppleSeed public testers are being contacted by Apple via email and being offered the opportunity to download and test a new beta seed of iCloud for Windows , which was announced earlier this summer at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference. Candidates need to have a PC running Windows 7 or later, and will gain access to the forthcoming advanced features of iCloud such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library.

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Apple: Celebrity photo leaks not result of iCloud breach

Claims victims were hit by 'very targeted' attack

Apple has issued a new follow-up statement on this week's celebrity photo leaks via iCloud . "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," the company writes. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

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Apple 'investigating' if leaked celebrity pics came from iCloud

Further evidence undermining claims pictures were stolen from Apple's servers

Even as Apple on Monday issued a terse statement saying only that "we take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," concerning the leak of compromising images from 101 celebrities , the 4chan poster who released the compromising images and video has now admitted that the pictures come from a variety of sources. In the meantime, Apple has patched a potential security flaw that could have allowed attackers to brute-force their way into obtaining weak iCloud passwords.

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