Apple Pay to launch on Monday, October 20th

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Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 13:21
Category: iOS 8, iPhone, News, Software

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Apple Pay will launch in four days.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple announced that it will launch its Apple Pay service for use with the NFC-equipped iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced that the company has signed up 500 additional banks since first announcing initial partners last month. The banks will roll out Apple Pay this year and next, according to Cook. Initially the service will only be available for users in the US.

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Apple accidentally leaks next-gen iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 details to iOS 8 document

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Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 15:35
Category: iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, News

The next-gen iPad information you wanted came a bit ahead of schedule.

According to The Verge and 9to5Mac, Apple accidentally revealed both of its new iPads: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on its web site. An official user guide for iOS 8 in the iTunes Store has apparently had its screenshots updated ahead of schedule; both new iPads are pictured, and the images reveal each will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Aside from the addition of Touch ID, it seems these latest iPads will look nearly identical to their predecessors. 9to5Mac first spotted the premature iPad screenshots. The full-resolution image is still sitting on Apple’s servers.

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It’s expected that Apple will improve the performance of each iPad with the help of an updated chipset, likely the iPhone 6′s A8 or a slightly more powerful A8X processor. What’s not clear is whether the iPad mini 3 will match the larger iPad Air 2 spec for spec. Last year, Apple essentially put both tablets on equal footing, but the company may revise its strategy to put more room between them. The user guide hints that one new feature for iPads — burst photography mode — will be available on the iPad Air 2 with no mention of the mini 3.

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IDG cancels 2015 Macworld/iWorld event, announces “hiatus” for future conferences

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Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 11:06
Category: Macworld Expo, News

I wish there was better news, but it’s been some time coming…

Per iMore, IDG, the parent company of both Macworld magazine and the Macworld/iWorld conferences, announced on Tuesday that the conference is “going on hiatus”, and that the 2015 event will not happen. Macworld/iWorld has struggled in recent years with the loss of Apple as a keynote partner, with the company around which the conference revolved opting to focus more on their own events and putting significant capital into WWDC.

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IDG’s MacIT Mac-focused enterprise technology conference will continue, but the larger Macworld/iWorld is no more. IDG is likely working to rework the conference, but that it’s going on hiatus doesn’t bode well for Macworld/iWorld’s future. It’s a blow to have the January-duo of CES and Macworld be no more, although it’s unlikely that this will be a significant impediment to the OS X and iOS developer communities.

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Samsung announces next-gen 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology, cites speeds five times faster than 802.11ac protocol

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Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 11:57
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

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As much as you may love your 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, it may not be the fastest thing on the block for long.

Per Macworld, on Sunday, Samsung announced it’s developing new 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology that can boost network speeds fivefold, from today’s 866Mbps per-device maximum to a blistering 4.6Gbps. At that rate, Samsung says, a 1GB movie file can transfer from one device to another in under 3 seconds.

This feat is achieved by ditching the crowded 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels used by today’s routers and jumping to the 60GHz frequency band.

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Banks sign off on upcoming Apple Pay payment system, approve of token-centered security protocols

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Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 19:12
Category: Finance, News, Software

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For what it’s worth, the banks seem to feel good about Apple’s upcoming Apple Pay system.

Per MacRumors and The Daily Dot, Apple Pay, which will be centered around tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both one-time use security codes and Touch ID, has gotten the nod from several large banks.

The Daily Dot has spoken to several different banks working with Apple on the payments service, including Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, Chase, and PNC, to get their thoughts on its security.

According to Navy Federal VP of credit cards Randy Hopper, the bank was “very excited” to see what Apple had developed, because it is “convenient, secure, and private.” Apple’s use of tokenization “addresses all points of weakness across the payment system.”

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Apple releases third OS X Yosemite golden master candidate to developer community

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Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 11:30
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

Yosemite is coming.

It’s just going through a few more golden master candidates.

Per MacRumors, Apple today released a third golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, just two days after releasing the second candidate golden master and the fifth public beta. The first golden master candidate was seeded to developers on September 30th.

The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple’s Mac Developer Center.

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Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned Dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new “Today” view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages.

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Apple to livestream October 16th media event

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Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 11:30
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, News, Software, Yosemite

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Apple’s next media event on October 16th will be live streamed.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Friday announced that it plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on October 16th, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.

The event will be streamed through www.apple.com/live/ with the event beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern with coverage piped to Macs, iOS devices and Apple TVs. The company sent out invitations reading “It’s been way too long” to press outlets on Wednesday.

At the event, Apple is widely expected to launch next-generation iPad models with Touch ID fingerprint recognition, upgraded A8-series processor and minor aesthetic enhancements. Photos of a supposedly “leaked” iPad Air dummy unit hit the Web earlier this week showing recessed volume control buttons, porthole speaker grilles and a slimmed-down 7-millimeter profile.

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Apple confirms October 16th media event, is expected to outline next-gen iPads, OS X Yosemite

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Date: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 11:24
Category: iPad, News, Software, Yosemite

Apple will be showing the forthcoming goods in a week’s time.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in “mid-October.”

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The invitations are titled “It’s been way too long,” which is sort of anyone’s guess as to the theme of the event.

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iWorm trojan quietly added to Apple’s Xprotect definition list

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Date: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 10:46
Category: News, security, Software, Uncategorized

The bad news is that there’s another chunk of malware on the OS X platform to worry about.

The good news is that Apple included a backdoor fix over the weekend to take care of it.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for telltale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.

The iWorm threat installs through a Trojan horse masquerading as an installer for other apps. Mac owners that have fallen victim to iWorm picked up the malware through installers for pirated apps such as Adobe Photoshop.

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Once installed, iWorm looks to Reddit for posts that include server addresses it can link to for instructions on what nasty activities it should undertake. Reddit has shut down the forum iWorm checked, but that doesn’t mean hackers won’t be able to find an alternate method for delivering server locations.

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Apple receives patent for device that could send data via bending flexible materials

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Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, 11:19
Category: Hardware, News, Patents

One day, you will send data by bending certain materials in the right direction.

Per AppleInsider and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.

As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s U.S Patent No. 8,855,727 for a “Mobile electronic device with an adaptively responsive flexible display” describes a unique interactive device panel capable of triggering various system tasks, specifically mass media content served up in the form of MMS messages.

While the document consistently refers to the portable computing device as a “digital periodical” or “advertising device,” the patent’s claims specifically point out methods in which the system is a mobile phone.

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Only a generalized physical description is offered in the patent, but the invention notes the device can take on one or more flexible displays operably attached to hardware components like network adapters, sensors and more. Further, the displays can “roll up” into a specialized rectangular or cylindrical housing for easy carry. Lending to the device’s advertising capabilities is an embodiment that allows attachment to a lamp post or other highly visible public structure.

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