Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 update

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 18:50
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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It’s a minor update, but it might make a difference.

Per MacRumors, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download or through iTunes and includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

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Verizon Wireless adopts harsher early termination fees, draws criticism

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 11:07
Category: News, wireless

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Well, this should give you another reason to dislike Verizon.

Per Macworld and Droid Life, wireless carrier Verizon recently changed the terms of its customer agreement to state that the carrier will not discount its early termination fee (ETF) until the eighth month of service.

In other words, if you signed up for a new iPhone with Verizon in December, you wouldn’t see a reduction in your ETF until at least July. Verizon previously discounted its ETF by $10 every month beginning with the first month of service.

The new terms only apply to new customers that sign up for service on or after Friday, November 14th. Under the new terms, your ETF would reduce by “US$10 per month in months 8–18, US$20 per month in months 19–23, and US$60 in the final month of your contract term.”

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Apple seals UnionPay deal, takes step to incorporating Apple Pay into Chinese marketplace

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 11:30
Category: News, retail

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Apple may be a little bit closer to bringing Apple Pay to Chinese shores.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a China UnionPay credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.

Prior to the UnionPay deal, China’s iTunes Store customers were forced to set up pre-paid accounts linked directly to bank accounts — a process that was inconvenient and didn’t quick purchases easy.

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Apple informs some users of “unexpected delays” for some Retina iMac units

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 10:46
Category: iMac, News, retail

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You might have to get your loved one a nice side gift, as the really nice iMac you ordered for the holidays could be delayed.

Per 9to5Mac, a number of new orders for Apple’s recently launched 27-inch Retina iMac aren’t the only ones seeing delayed shipment times as Apple has just started informing some customers of unexpected delays for orders placed as long ago as last month.

Readers pointed to an email from Apple informing them that delivery of their shiny new iMac has been pushed back up to an additional two weeks. One reader contacted by Apple ordered the device on Oct. 31 and at the time was provided with a shipment estimate of 7-10 days and delivery estimate of Nov. 14-19.

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AT&T ceases “permacookie” tracking program for the time being, Verizon still enacting its own version

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 04:45
Category: iPhone, News, privacy, wireless

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There are consequences for when a wireless carrier installs something that apparently tracks its user base a little too closely with no convenient means of removal.

Per Macworld and ProPublica, wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T have been caught up in a privacy firestorm over their use of so-called “permacookies,” a method of tracking what their users do while browsing the Web with the intent of sharing that data with advertisers. Verizon’s permacookie program lives on, but AT&T has ceased the practice.

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Microsoft begins overhauling Skype, launches selected users to Skype for Web beta

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Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 11:19
Category: News, Software

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A while back, it was reported that Microsoft has been significantly overhauling Skype.

As of Friday, the company announced that it is starting to roll Skype out onto the Web. Per 9to5Mac, Skype for Web will allow users to chat, video call, and manage contacts from a web browser without having to download the Skype app. Microsoft is currently offering Skype for Web as a beta to select users.

To participate in the Skype for Web beta, Microsoft says to log on to Skype.com where the browser-based version of the video calling will be and check for an invitation. The company says its making invitations available to a small number of users to start and will expand to users worldwide “in the coming months.”

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Apple Pay now accounts for almost 1% of Whole Foods transactions

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Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 10:28
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The good news is that Apple Pay is starting to get some traction.

The bad news is that your organic produce still costs more than the human mind can actually perceive.

Per the cool cats at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, since going live in late October, Whole Foods has already processed over 150,000 Apple Pay transactions, this according to CIO Jason Buechel.

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Google to launch YouTube Music Key subscription music service

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Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 02:13
Category: Android, Google, iOS, music, News

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Google today announced that it will be launching its YouTube Music Key subscription music service next week.

The service will be available on personal computers as well as smartphones running Google’s Android operating system to start. Beginning November 17, 2014 users will be able to listen to music without ads on the YouTube site. On smartphones, they will be able to play music in the background while they browse in other mobile apps, and store music for offline playback.

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Wal-Mart posts Black Friday deals, offers gift cards ahead of shopping holiday

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Date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 10:04
Category: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, retail

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You may not love their corporate policies, wages or the fact that you can’t use Apple Pay at their stores yet, but they’ve begun offering some decent deals.

Per MacRumors, retailer Wal-Mart today posted its Black Friday ad, revealing a number of deals on various Apple and Beats products for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The announcement follows the reveal of Black Friday ads from Best Buy and Target, which contained a number of deals on iPads, iPhones, and more.

Starting at 6 PM on November 27, Wal-Mart is offering the original 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini for US$199 which also comes with a US$30 gift card. Starting at 8 PM on November 27, the retailer will offer the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air for US$397 which also comes with a US$100 gift card. Customers can also purchase the 16GB iPhone 6 at US$179 and receive a US$75 gift card, while the 16GB iPod touch is being offered for US$195 with a US$30 gift card. Additionally, a three-pack of iTunes gift cards will be on sale for US$25, US$5 off from the normal US$30 price.

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Microsoft releases Office 14.4.6 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 09:37
Category: News, Software

On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 update. The update, a 114 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- This update fixes critical issues.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.