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Apple begins accepting preorders for fourth-gen Apple TV, will ship units later this week

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 07:48
Category: Apple TV, News, retail


You’ve been hankering for this one for a while.

Apple has finally begun accepting preorders for its fourth-generation Apple TV. The new device is available with either 32 GB of storage for US$149 or 64 GB for US$199, and orders will begin shipping to customers later this week, with the earliest deliveries being set for October 30 for those who opt for one-day shipping.

Alongside the box itself, Apple is also selling extra Siri Remotes for US$79 each and Remote Loop wrist straps for US$12.99. Two-year AppleCare coverage is also available for $29.


Waterfield Dash: MacBook sleeve of the Gods

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 05:11
Category: Accessory, Cases, MacBook, Review

Waterfield Dash SleeveCase for MacBook by Jason O'Grady

As long as I’ve used MacBooks (and PowerBooks before them) I’ve kept them in a padded sleeve. Notebooks contain delicate electronics, they store our most import data, and they shouldn’t be bouncing around inside a bag, purse or suitcase without protection. Rather than trying to find a bag to fit my MacBook, I prefer to keep it in a quality sleeve and put that into any bag  I want.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield notebook sleeves since 1999 because of their high quality materials and stylish designs. Their new Dash MacBook Sleeve ($59) is built with a combination of ballistic nylon, impact-resistant compression foam, and a plush liner, and it fits Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook like a glove.


Apple cites that it’s “impossible” to unlock iPhones running iOS 8 or later for authorities

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 13:41
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software


The legal/encryption squabble continues.

On Wednesday, Apple, representing itself in a New York court, took sides regarding backdoor access to iPhone encryption and stated that the company could not unlock iPhones running iOS 8 or higher even if it wanted to.

Apple called the request to access an encrypted iPhone “impossible to perform” on more than 90 percent of devices running iOS 8 and up.


Facebook iOS app update resolves battery drain, reasons for the bug explored

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 08:12
Category: iOS, News, Software


With any luck, this nipped the Facebook app’s battery drain issue.

Facebook on Thursday released a new version that it states will fix a major battery draining bug that some Facebook users have been experiencing in recent weeks. Affected users were seeing large amounts of battery drain on their iPhones due to Facebook running in the background, something that happened even when background app refresh was toggled off in the Settings app.

While the app’s release note don’t specifically reference the issue, Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant wrote a post explaining the issues behind the battery drain and what Facebook has done to fix it. According to Grant, there were several factors that contributed to the problem, including a “CPU spin” in the network code and silent background audio sessions that kept the app awake even when it wasn’t open.


iOS 9.1 update grants Continuity-style calling to Sprint customers

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 08:42
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software


This could come in handy.

Following the release of iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, Sprint announced that iPhone users updating their firmware will be able to take advantage of improved Wi-Fi Calling, expanding on Apple’s Continuity feature.

These calls can now be set to ring on any Apple device signed into the iCloud with the same Apple ID.


Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 update, offers multiple fixes, access to new emoji symbols

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 04:18
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables


It’s not a huge update, but it could offer a few handy fixes.

On Wednesday, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1, the latest update for its Apple Watch operating system.

The update includes the following fixes and new features:
– Improvements for poor battery life.

– Fixes for stalling software updates.


Apple releases iOS 9.1 update, includes bug fixes, more than 150 new emoji symbols

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 17:54
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


Apple released iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, adding a slew of new features including the following:

– Improved Live Photos on the iPhone 6s with motion sensing capabilities to identify when a user raises and lowers their phone.

– Access to more than 150 new emoji characters.


Apple releases OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan update

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 13:22
Category: News, Software


If you were looking for fixes for Apple’s OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system, they just came in.

Apple on Wednesday released OS X 10.11.1, the first major update to its OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system.

The update, approximately a 1GB download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016.

– Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail.


More than 70 U.S. banks and credit unions added to Apple Pay

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 08:28
Category: Finance, News, retail


The good news is that Apple picked up yet another huge wave of newly added banks and credit unions in the United States that now officially support Apple Pay. Apple has added over 70 additional participating banks to its list of active partners including HSBC in the US.

Here’s the list and it is mighty:

Achieva Credit Union

Alcoa Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union

Alliance Credit Union

AmeriServ Financial Bank

APCO Employees Credit Union

Bank of American Fork

Bridgewater Savings Bank


Apple programs Siri with quips for “Back to the Future” Day

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 08:25
Category: Fun, News, Siri, Software


It’s officially “Back to the Future” Day.

And Siri has something to say about it.

Today, October 21st, 2015, is the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in “Back to the Future Part II”, the movie depicting the future as featuring holograms, weather control, hover boards, flying cars and movie signs that would happily attack you.