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iFixit posts 6th-gen iPod touch teardown

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 09:49
Category: Hardware, iPod Touch, News

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Once again, the coolest of cats over at iFixit have come through with teardown goodness, dissecting a brand new 2015/sixth-generation iPod touch to see what they could find.

The exterior of the device looks largely the same as the previous generation, but it’s the new guts of the device that make the difference.

During the teardown, the iFixit guys found the following:

– An A8 processor that had been underclocked compared to the iPhone version.

– 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM.

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Panic releases Coda 2.0 text editor for iOS

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 08:32
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Coda, Panic’s nifty text editor for iOS, has just hit version 2.0.

The new version, which is available as a free update for registered Diet Coda users, offers the following fixes and changes:
– New UI: Designed impeccably to look great on iOS 9 and beyond.

– iPhone Coda for iOS now works both on your iPad and your iPhone.

– Panic Sync: Keep your sites, clips, and credentials in sync.

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Apple, Samsung in talks to help create standardized e-SIM card

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

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When Apple and Samsung aren’t actively suing each other, they can get some killer stuff done.

This may be what they’re trying to do, as the firms are reportedly in “advanced talks” with telecom operators from all over the world to launch new electronic SIM cards. These e-SIM cards would be standardized among both smartphone makers and come embedded in their devices, creating a “common architecture.” Unlike physical SIM cards, e-SIM cards offer more flexibility to users. Instead of being locked into a cellular plan, you will be able to sign up to a new plan or switch plans instantly.

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Apple releases updated iPod touch, adds improved hardware to device

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Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 09:33
Category: Hardware, iPod, iPod Touch, News, retail, Uncategorized

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Apple may not have done much with its iPod shuffle and nano models outside of changing the color offerings, but it beefed up the iPod touch in a big way this week.

The iPod touch’s camera is now on par with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, going from 5 megapixels in the last generation to 8 in the new version. Apple also incorporated an iPhone M8 motion coprocessor for better activity-tracking and a new 64-bit A8 chip to make the unit that much faster. A new 1136 x 640 resolution Retina display rounds things out and makes the device that much more robust.

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Apple releases updated iPod nano, shuffle models, offers new color options

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Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 08:54
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, News, retail

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Despite a three year hiatus between the last update, Apple gave the iPod a major overhaul on Tuesday.

Among these are the revamped iPod nano and shuffle models, which, like the new iPod touch, come in gold, dark blue, and pink colors.

Apart from the new colors, Apple hasn’t upgraded the hardware of the iPod nano since the 2012 rendition. The device arrives with the same 16 gigabytes of storage, but still supports video, FM radio and is available for a US$149 price tag.

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Chevron announces first Apple Pay-compatible gas pumps

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Date: Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 07:04
Category: News, retail

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The very first Apple Pay-compatible Chevron gas pumps have arrived.

The company announced via Twitter that gas pumps that accept NFC payment support – including Apple Pay – have been installed at a gas station on San Ramon Valley Blvd., meaning nearby iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch owners can pay at the pump without reaching for their wallet. More locations will follow suit, but Chevron did not offer a rollout timeline. The company’s tweet did say, “Cupertino coming soon!” in reference to Apple’s nearby campus.

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Apple Store down, new iPod models expected today

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Date: Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 07:01
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, iPod Touch, News, retail

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As of early this morning, the Apple Store web site is down.

The reason for this is most likely iPod-related.

The current rumor is that Apple will be launching its new iPod units. The new models are expected to feature an A8 processor, 8 megapixel camera and arrive in new dark blue, pink and gold colors available across the lineup.

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Mozilla temporarily disables Flash Player interactivity within Firefox, cites recently discovered exploits

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 10:52
Category: News, security, Software

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If you haven’t updated your version of Adobe Flash Player lately, now might be the time to do it.

The developers at Mozilla, having noticed that the staff at Hacking Team had three working exploits for Adobe Flash, decided to block all versions of the Flash Player plugin up to version 18.0.0.203 on Windows. Mozilla said Flash would remain on the Firefox blocklist until Adobe fixes all known vulnerabilities.

Since the announcement, Adobe appears to have updated its Flash player to version 18.0.0.209, which is not blocked.

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Apple Pay launches in the UK

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 09:24
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Software, Wearables

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As of today, Apple Pay has officially come to the United Kingdom and are available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple making progress in negotiations with TV networks, looking to launch TV streaming service in the fall

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 09:01
Category: Apple TV, Rumor

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Apple’s apparently still in negotiations with the networks for its upcoming TV streaming service.

A recent article in the New York Post has Apple talking with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox with Apple’s 30 percent revenue share being the point of contention. Still, rumors have it that Apple is targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.

The current word around the campfire is that Disney or CBS will apparently be among the first to sign onto the deal. Apple also seems interested in getting Disney’s ESPN and Discovery channels folded in along with local live TV.

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