Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks update

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Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 11:49
Category: Mavericks, News, security, Software

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In the midst of the iPhone 6 hype and hoopla, a major operating system update just hit.

Late Wednesday, Apple released OS X 10.9.5, which includes the following fixes and changes:

- Safari version 7.0.6.

- Fix for VPN-related vulnerability.

- Fix for file access from SMB servers.

- Fix for the reliability of virtual private network connections that use USB Smart Cards as IDs.

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Apple releases iOS 8.0

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Date: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 19:53
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized

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At long last, it’s here.

On Wednesday, Apple released its long-awaited iOS 8.0 mobile operating system. The update, which varies in size between several hundred megabytes and a few gigabytes and offers a slew of new features, fixes and changes that are described here via the Apple web site.

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Apple implements two-step authentication protocol for iCloud Web services

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Date: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 11:23
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s a step in the right direction.

Or at least a step to make the iCloud user base feel more secure.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.

The authentication system now requires users to enter a dynamically generated code sent to a trusted device prior to gaining access to the service.

Apple first tested the extra layer of iCloud.com security in June, more than one year following the protocol’s introduction for Apple ID accounts in 2013.

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Vizzywig 4K video capture application hits App Store, retails for $999

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Date: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 11:07
Category: App Store, News, Software

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If you’re looking to spend US$999 on an iOS app, i4software’s Vizzywig 4K is just what you’re looking for.

Per Boy Genius Report, Vizzywig4K, which retails for US$999, “captures full 4K resolution photos at the rate of 24 photos per second along with synched audio” rather than capturing video.

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U.S. banks enter horse race to become preferred Apple Pay card of choice among consumers

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Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 12:26
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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With Apple Pay en route, an assortment of banks are scrambling to be the consumers’ choice as to the default Apple Pay card.

“It’s a healthy competition,” JPMorgan Chase marketing chief Kristin Lemkau told the Financial Times. JPMorgan Chase launched Apple Pay-centered marketing campaigns on the same day as the service’s unveiling, and similar campaigns from Apple’s other partner banks quickly followed.

One example, according to AppleInsider and the Financial Times, has been Capital One targeting customers using email blasts. With every bank having budgeted significant amounts for this purpose, advertising is likely to appear nearly everywhere — though Apple is said to be doling out “strict guidelines” for initiatives featuring its long-awaited payments entry.

“You want to create an incentive for people to download their card in Apple Pay and use it as their default card,” Lemkau added.

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Apple publishes support article detailing how to remove free U2 album

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Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 11:52
Category: iTunes, News, Software, Uncategorized

You know how iTunes recently downloaded the new, free U2 album, no matter whether you wanted it or not?

That’s not going over as well as it could have.

Per Re/Code, Apple has released a new support document detailing how to get rid of the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence.

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The document states that users should first visit the special Songs of Innocence removal page at http://itunes.com/soi-remove. They will then need to click “Remove Album,” before signing in with the Apple ID that they have associated with purchases from the iTunes Store.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus online pre-orders slip slip to seven to ten days, no word on supply for line attendees

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Date: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 12:54
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It comes down to supply and demand.

And apparently Apple didn’t have a large enough supply to meet pre-order demand.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple’s new iPhone 6 pre-orders have slipped from delivering on September 19th to a seven to ten day shipping delay. The delay means anyone who didn’t manage to pre-order their iPhone 6 before inventory ran out will have to wait about a week before seeing theirs, or stand in line this Friday morning at an Apple Store or one of the company’s retail partners.

The iPhone 6 is Apple’s new 4.7-inch smartphone. It ships with either 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB storage, an Apple-designed A8 processor, M8 motion sensing co-processor, improved graphics, 802.11ac WiFi, an 8MP camera with improved sensor, a redesigned body that matches the iPad Air and iPad mini, and more.

Apple’s new iPhone models were available for pre-order starting on Friday, September 12th, although most hopeful buyers were met with frustration because the company’s online store was unavailable for a few hours after the launch. The iPhone and iPad-based Apple Store app returned errors, too, leaving customers to try again in hopes of completing their order.

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A8 processor headed for iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets said to incorporate six-core design, other features

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Date: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:57
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

Apple’s come a long way with its iPhone processors.

And, according to reports, the new A8 processor is more than 84 times faster than the processor found in the first-yen iPhone back in 2007.

Per a hearty investigation by AnandTech and AppleInsider, the A8 processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets is likely equipped with Imagination’s six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650. The GX6650 is the only PowerVR part that could both match Apple’s claimed performance improvements and supports ARM’s Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression, which Apple developer documents say is available with its next-generation graphics processors.

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ASTC is a relatively new standard for texture compression that allows GPU vendors to make their chips more power efficient, while still maintaining high levels of performance. The codec can compress nearly any texture, no matter the format, and output in a wide variety of bitrates that can be varied based on performance requirements.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus pre-orders drawing up to $6,000 via eBay scalpers

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Date: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:49
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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Well, you’re gotta admit: this is an admirable level of pre-order scalping.

Per Computerworld, profiteers hoping to turn a quick buck on the shortage of Apple’s new 5.5-in. iPhone 6 Plus handsets have listed their pre-ordered phones on eBay for as much as US$6,000.

While that was the highest asking price for a new iPhone 6 Plus as of Friday afternoon, there were almost 30 listed on the auction site with “Buy It Now” prices between US$2,000 and US$2,999; over 280 between US$1,000 and US$1,999; and even 5 under US$1,000.

Buy It Now is eBay’s non-auction price that sidesteps bidding. Not all eBay entries for the iPhone 6 Plus included a Buy It Now price.

An “unlocked” iPhone 6 Plus starts at US$749 for the 16GB model and climbs to US$949 for one with 128GB of storage.

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Customers complain of difficulties pre-ordering iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets

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Date: Friday, September 12th, 2014, 15:37
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are coming in.

And they’re overwhelming Apple.

Per AppleInsider, Friday’s kickoff for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders was marred by a series of glitches, issues and errors that left a number of customers frustrated with Apple and its carrier partners’ inability to keep up with overwhelming demand.

Readers reported that they’d experienced a number of problems attempting to place their order for Apple’s next-generation handsets on Friday. Things kicked off just after midnight Pacific, 3 a.m. Eastern, but initial customers were only able to access preorders via the iOS Apple Store app, and not through Apple’s website on a traditional browser.

And while U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint were accepting preorders, customers could not buy a handset for T-Mobile, directly from the carrier or through Apple’s website, for hours Friday morning. That also affected AT&T customers looking to buy a no-contract, no-subsidy unlocked handset compatible with AT&T’s network.

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