Apple jumps gun on iDay, announces new, waterproof, GPS-enabled Apple Watch via Twitter

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 11:29
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple may have jumped the gun on iDay thanks to Twitter in a tweet that has since been nixed.

The company announced its next-generation smartphone in a promoted tweet shared at the beginning of its annual press event on Wednesday.

The device, which is available for pre-order on Friday Sept. 16, is water resistant.

This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook began the event by recapping the 17 million subscribers to Apple Music along with 140 billion downloads from the App Store this year, up 106 percent from last year.

Among the larger announcements was the Apple Watch Series 2, a new, waterproof Apple Watch which looks similar to the first-gen Apple Watch, but is apparently 50 percent faster, has a brighter display and built-in GPS.

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Rumor: Apple working with Sony to bring Apple Pay to Japan via FeliCa

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:48
Category: Apple Pay, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple Pay may be en route to Japan with a little help from Sony.

The current rumor has it that Apple has partnered with Sony to bring its Apple Pay service to Japan. As has been previously rumored, Apple will make future versions of the iPhone compatible with Sony’s FeliCa technology to allow Japanese citizens to use Apple Pay for contactless payments at FeliCa-compatible terminals.

FeliCa is Sony’s tap-to-pay format, which has been widely adopted in Japan. It’s used to access the country’s railway and bus system, and it’s able to store e-money that can be used at vending machines, cafes, and other locations equipped with FeliCa systems. FeliCa is able to process transactions in a fraction of a second, making it suitable for use in a fast-paced transit environment.

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AT&T, Qualcomm to test expanding cellular networks via drone

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:53
Category: News, wireless

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This is a pretty neat idea.

Communications companies Qualcomm and AT&T today announced plans to start testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, also known as drones) on cellular networks later this month. The goal is to analyze how drones can operate safely and more securely on commercial 4G LTE and future networks such as 5G.

The trials will take place at Qualcomm’s UAS Flight Center in San Diego, where engineers will work to mimic commercial, residential and uninhabited areas.

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Rumor: Top 15 iPhone 7 features leaked

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:48
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID

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This may be the curtain being lifted ahead of time.

With the iPhone 7 release just over the horizon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has perhaps released that 15 major changes coming to both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets:

New True Tone displays like the iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses

Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots

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Apple iCar round up article released, addresses everything that’s currently known

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, Software

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Beyond all the rumors and speculation and theory, these guys did the digging.

A lengthy article over on autocar.co.uk describes billions of dollars in R&D, more than 1,000 developers, an assortment of mysterious workshops and a name – the “iCar” – that could be the biggest thing to the auto industry since Karl Benz’s ground breaking Benz Patent-Motorwagen first introduced the world to the motorised carriage 130 years ago.

The piece describes a shell company, an assortment of innocuous real estate and properties and the project, termed “SG6”, as being housed in Sunnyvale, California with only city council documents pointing to it.

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Happy Labor Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, September 5th, 2016, 07:03
Category: Announcement, Fun

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There’s some killer stuff ahead in the Apple universe this week, including a planned media event, forthcoming details about the next-gen iPhone and other devices.

Still, it’s Labor Day, the end of a really fun long weekend and the perfect time to disconnect a bit and spend time with friends, family and really tasty food.

We’ll be back tomorrow with full coverage of everything in the Apple/Mac universe.

Until then, have an amazing Labor Day and we’ll see you guys tomorrow.

And, finally, this came out of Dragon Con in Atlanta and proves that Sesame Street, Muppets and amazing geekiness can never really die…



Apple releases Security Update 2016-001 for OS X Yosemite, El Capitan users

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Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 05:55
Category: News, security, Software

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Because security updates are a good thing.

On Thursday, Apple released Security Update 2016-001 for users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The fix covers assorted zero-day exploits that could allow full access to a device and updates Safari to version 9.3.5 to patch security holes in the browser as well.

The exploits require the user to open a URL from an SMS message, which then executes remote binary files in the OS that dig into the kernel and allow unauthorized software to be installed—in iOS this effectively jailbreaks your device behind your back.

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Tim Cook pens scathing letter addressing Apple European tax controversy

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Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016, 05:30
Category: Apple, Finance, Legal, News

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There apparently came a moment where, in the wake of the controversy regarding Apple’s tax rate in Ireland, Tim Cook got angry and began smashing things.

Responding to the Commission’s decision that Ireland should recover 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes from Apple, Tim Cook said that “in Ireland and in every country where we operate, follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.”

He proceeded to pen the following letter:

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Dropbox pushed mandatory password changes for large swath of user base following hack of 68 million accounts

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Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016, 05:00
Category: News, security, Software

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Well, there’s a pretty good reason Dropbox asked a large segment of its user base to change their passwords last week.

The password change, which focused on users who had signed up period to mid-2012, followed the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts.

The online storage company confirmed late Tuesday reports that 68 million user email addresses and hashed and salted passwords from an incident in 2012 had been compromised.

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Apple uses Turi acquisition resources to expand machine learning efforts

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Date: Thursday, September 1st, 2016, 05:18
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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There’s a reason Apple buys companies from time to time.

Following its acquisition of machine learning platform Turi earlier this month, Apple is now growing the team that will serve as the company’s new machine learning division focusing on integrating the tech into new and existing products.

Apple confirmed tat the company had acquired Turi earlier in August, stating that it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time,” albeit without providing details.

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