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Best Buy begins taking preorders for fourth-gen Apple TV, will have units available for November 4th

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Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 09:55
Category: Apple TV, News, retail


You can now order your fourth-gen Apple TV through Best Buy and have it available come Wednesday, November 4th.

Users can now preorder both the 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte variants of the new Apple TV from Best Buy, priced at US$149.99 and US$199.99, respectively. The retailer lists the product’s release date as Nov. 4, and it will be available for in-store pick up that same day.

Apple also began taking preorders for the device on Monday and free orders are scheduled to deliver between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4. Customers who opt for expedited shipping were given a delivery window between this Friday, Oct. 30, and Nov. 3.


Apple cites $11.1 billion profit, $51.5 billion in revenue in Q4 2015 earnings report

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Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 08:29
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News, Wearables


Once again, Apple just made a whole lotta moolah.

The company was about to beat its expectations for its fourth quarter, chalking up an US$11.1 billion profit on US$51.5 billion in revenue. Apple cited the iPhone as its biggest moneymaker, reporting 48.05 million iPhones sold, up from 39.27 million in the same quarter a year ago. More specifically, the company made US$32.21 billion in revenue from iPhone sales alone.

Analysts polled by Fortune were expecting Apple to sell 48.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Analysts also expected Apple to earn $1.88 per share, up from $1.42 a share in the same quarter last year. As for revenue, analysts wanted Apple to make $50.8 billion, while Apple itself expected to pull in $49 billion to $51 billion. The company handily beat all of those expectations.


Hound app currently in development, could provide rival to Siri, other voice-based assistants

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Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 08:20
Category: iOS, News, Software


The Hound is en route.

Perhaps competing with Android’s Assistant, Cortana and Siri, SoundHound has begun working on Hound for iOS, an app that provides results to spoken inquiries like Siri on iOS.


Chase announces Chase Pay payment system, will be modeled off MCX’s CurrentC method

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Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Finance, iOS, News, retail, Software


There’s always money to be made in the payment service industry.

A new report has announced that Chase Chase CEO of Consumer and Community Banking, Gordon Smith, who announced “Chase Pay” at the Money20/20 payments conference in Las Vegas.

The Chase Pay service will work via QR code instead of over NFC, allowing customers to make purchases with their smartphones by showing a QR code to a cashier. The method is similar to MCX Consortium’s upcoming CurrentC platform, with whom Chase is partnering for its payments service.


Some Apple Watch users complain of irregular heart rate readings after more intense workouts

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Wearables


It might be time for a firmware update/bug fix for the Apple Watch.

A number of Apple Watch owners have reported inconsistent or inaccurate heart rate measurements while exercising, with some saying issues have continued even after receiving replacement watches from Apple, calling into question one of the wearable’s signature features.

The issue, which Apple has yet to classify or acknowledge as a widespread problem, seems to result while trying to monitor high-impact exercises. A thread on Apple’s Support Communities forum has received more than 3,000 views and 17 replies, and nearly a dozen threads on the issue have been started on reddit.


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.