Microsoft ends Skype support for users running Mac OS X 10.5.8 and earlier

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Date: Friday, August 8th, 2014, 11:35
Category: News, Software

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If you love older versions of the Mac OS X operating systems and Skype, you’re out of luck.

Per AppleInsider and The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.

Starting last week, Skype users began to complain on the company’s forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service. As complaints mounted, it was guessed that Skype was no longer operational on Macs running older versions of OS X.

Microsoft today confirmed the change in service in an answer to a question regarding Skype compatibility with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which will for now remain unaffected.

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Detailed report highlights possible iPhone 6 spec list

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Date: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 10:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A new report may point towards a final spec list for the iPhone 6 handset.

Per MacRumors and VentureBeat, a detailed overview of features for the iPhone 6 has emerged from an unspecified source.

According to the site’s source, Apple will introduce both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones at its upcoming September 9 event, but while the 4.7-inch version will ship in mid-September, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone won’t ship until up to a month later. This is in line with rumors suggesting the 5.5-inch iPhone isn’t entering mass production until August or September, a month to two months after production is said to have began on the 4.7-inch iPhone.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate 2100mAh battery in iPhone 6, offer 45% gain over iPhone 5s

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Date: Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, 11:47
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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You might see a pretty impressive boost in the battery life between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6.

Per AppleInsider and GforGames, analyst Sun Chang Xu has posted a note suggesting that the 4.7-inch version of Apple’s next iPhone will boast a 2,100mAh battery.

If true, that would represent a huge 45.8 percent increase over the 1,440mAh battery Apple currently features in the iPhone 5s. It’s possible that Apple could accomplish the increase by decreasing the size of other internal components, and also featuring more internal space with a larger display.

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GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, could raise production of sapphire coating materials for iPhone 6, other devices

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Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 10:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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Apple should be able to make its quota for items that require a sapphire coating, especially the iPhone 6, with the opening of GT Advanced Technologies’ new factory in Arizona.

Per AppleInsider, GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.

In its released results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014, the company revealed that its 1.4 million-square-foot plant in Arizona — a joint Apple build dubbed Project Cascade — is nearing completion, meaning the facility’s output should hit mass production levels in the near future.

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Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could feature larger, more powerful processor

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Date: Monday, August 4th, 2014, 11:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It may pay to go with the larger iPhone 6 size upon its release.

Per AppleInsider, at least one Wall Street analyst believes that the component makeup of the rumored 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ variants will diverge when it comes to their application processors and touch modules.

Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri cited Asian supply chain checks when making the prediction in a Monday morning note to investors.

Arcuri’s sources signaled that the 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a more powerful application processor than its smaller sibling, though no details were given as to the disparity. Apple has made similar moves in the past; the A7 processor in the iPad Air is clocked at 1.39 gigahertz, for instance, compared to 1.29 gigahertz for the otherwise-identical part in the iPad mini with Retina display.

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Apple Store locations to begin repairing damaged iPhone 5s screens on August 4th

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Date: Friday, August 1st, 2014, 10:59
Category: iPhone, News

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If you drop your iPhone 5s and crack its screen, you’ll be able to take it to an Apple retail store location.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple will finally begin offering iPhone 5s screen replacements in its official U.S. and Canada retail stores via its Genius Bars in the coming days, according to several sources.

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Images of possible iPhone 6 Home button surface

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Date: Friday, August 1st, 2014, 10:32
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures

This could be what the upcoming iPhone 6 Home button will look like in both its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch incarnations.

Per French web site nowhereelse.fr and AppleInsider, a pair of parts claimed to be for both Apple’s anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch “iPhone 6″ models were posted online Friday, showing very different designs not only from each other, but from the current iPhone 5s.

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Apple releases first OS X 10.9.5 beta, Safari seeds, to developer community

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Date: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 10:04
Category: News, Software

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The first beta for OS X 10.9.5 as well as the new Safari builds are out the door.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday pushed out to developers the first beta of the upcoming OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks maintenance update alongside new builds of Safari 7.0.6 and 6.0.6.

The new OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks seed, build number 13F7, comes one month to the day after Apple released OS X 10.9.4 to the public in June, which brought fixes for Wi-Fi connectivity and wake-from-sleep bugs.

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Rumor: Apple to launch iPhone 6 handset on October 14th amid “incredibly busy” month

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Date: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 10:29
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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The current iPhone 6 rumor mill is now pointing towards a specific release date of October 14th, one month after an unveiling in September.

Per MacRumors, a source with knowledge of an Apple Store meeting has indicated that Apple is planning to announce the next-generation iPhone 6 at an event scheduled for September 16th, to be followed by an initial rollout on October 14th.

The source notes that a senior Store Leader mentioned October 14th as being an “immense” day for Apple, adding that the whole month of October would be very busy for stores and the company itself. Apple is also said to planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, coming a month ahead of the device’s launch.

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Facebook to remove messaging from iOS, Android apps, push users toward Messenger app

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Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 11:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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You’re going to have to start using Facebook’s Messenger app.

Per TechCrunch, Facebook has announced that the service will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, has begun rolling out the plan to its entire user base. The company has stated that people on Messenger reply about 20% faster, and not supporting multiple version of mobile chat will help it make both its main apps and Messenger better.

Mobile web, iPad, feature phone, Windows Phone, Paper, and desktop users can still message in their main Facebook apps or sites like before, and will be spared from this forced migration for now.

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