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  • Not breaking news: Smartphone subsidies are just a fact of modern life

    2 October 2014, 10:00 am

    Hey, you all know how phone “subsidies” work, right? You pay a reduced up-front charge for the phone so they can rope you into a contract, blah, blah, blah. That’s not surprising in 2014, is it?…
  • Is that used iPad stolen? Apple creates tool for would-be buyers to check

    2 October 2014, 9:43 am

    If you’re looking to buy a used iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device, Apple is now offering an online tool to let you first check if it’s been locked down by the previous owner, which could indicate that it was actually stolen or lost.The service is available…
  • HealthKit app Lark talks to you to help you stay active

    2 October 2014, 6:30 am

    After a brief delay on Apple’s part, HealthKit-compatible apps are now available in the App Store. Finally! Thanks to this back-end feature, you can view all of the health data that your iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus is already tracking within other apps, and view…
  • Get to know iOS 8: Five convenient new tricks in Safari

    2 October 2014, 6:13 am

    Safari for iOS is as old as the iPhone itself, and even with all the apps that have come and gone in those seven plus years, Safari is the old standby, the essential app that’s in the dock row of millions of iPhones and iPads. Apple improves Safari in every…
  • Apple CarPlay goes live in Pioneer NEX and AppRadio systems, giving real people early dibs for once

    2 October 2014, 2:08 am

    Apple CarPlay went live on Pioneer's NEX and AppRadio 4 installable systems late Wednesday night, making this new, smartphone-safe auto interface available for older cars before it's shown up in any new cars (except the Ferrari, which is too fancy-shmancy to…
  • Vogue sits down with Jonathan Ive, Apple's "under the radar" design chief

    1 October 2014, 11:57 am

    Ive recalls meeting Steve Jobs for the first time and gushes over Apple Watch.(vogue.com)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • All gold everything: Apple may add new hue to iPad Air line

    1 October 2014, 11:31 am

    You glance at the time on the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition strapped to your wrist while chatting on your gold iPhone 6 and answering e-mails on your gold iPad. No, you don’t have the Midas touch. Apple is reportedly adding gold to its iPad Air lineup…
  • Hands-on: Pebble gets a boost with lower price and new firmware

    1 October 2014, 10:08 am

    Pebble hasn't flinched as it faces down Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch.Instead, the smartwatch startup has shown its scrapper side with lower prices and further refinements to its software. The plastic Pebble now costs $99, while the metallic Pebble…
  • Call the plumber: How to teach Siri about your relationships

    1 October 2014, 9:00 am

    Twitter follower Tom McM posed an expectedly short question along these lines:…
  • Rockin' the living room: Beats Music arrives on Apple TV

    1 October 2014, 6:30 am

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  • This Week in iOS Accessories: MIDI mastery using iOS

    1 October 2014, 6:30 am

    This Week in iOS Accessories: MIDI mastery using iOSIK Multimedia has unveiled iRig Pads—the perfect tool for DJs wanting to make live or recorded music. Plus: New ways to protect your iPhone and type on your iPad.Designed by MWant to keep the scratches off…
  • Five things Apple should fix in the next Apple TV update

    1 October 2014, 6:21 am

    Apple TV got a software update last week that didn’t exactly blow our hair back—the icons got a new, flat, iOS 7-and-8-ish look, and we got Family Sharing support, a new Beats Music channel, and that’s about it. The new icons are pretty and all, but the…
  • Path takes laziness to a new level with business messaging

    1 October 2014, 12:32 am

    Apps are making it a little too easy to avoid fellow humans. You don’t have to hail a cab, order food delivery over the phone, or even walk down to the…
  • The Week in Mac Apps: Sketching, taking notes, and keeping track of things

    30 September 2014, 6:45 pm

    Sketching, taking notes, and keeping track of thingsThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps has everything you need to make sure your important thoughts never slip through the cracks.CosmAtlas 1.0.0Aurelio Calegari’s $3 CosmAtlas (Mac App Store Link) lets you…
  • OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its close-up as Apple releases GM candidate

    30 September 2014, 2:54 pm

    OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its public debut. Apple on Tuesday released the golden master candidate of its forthcoming Mac OS, which means you can expect Yosemite to drop soon.…
  • Apple Watch leans on the iPhone for app management and heavy lifting

    30 September 2014, 2:42 pm

    A new hands-on report on the Apple Watch has revealed some new details ahead of the device's early 2015 launch.…
  • China’s iPhone 6 approval is good for Apple, bad for smugglers

    30 September 2014, 11:39 am

    Not everyone who waited in long lines outside Apple stores earlier this month was buying a new iPhone for themselves. Many of those buyers were plunking down cash and then hopping flights to China to resell the new devices. But after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus…
  • Exactly backwards: Apple's security statement is more a PR coup than a nightmare

    30 September 2014, 10:00 am

    Once again it is time to play: Willfully Obtuse or Really That Clueless?! Why is it always so hard to tell?…
  • Google Glass: The fuzzy pink bathrobe of technology

    30 September 2014, 9:00 am

    Last week we said goodbye to Serenity and this week we welcome Susie Ochs, Macworld’s new executive editor. On our inaugural episode we discuss exactly how unwise it is to use Google Glass while driving, the bunkum behind the bendable iPhone, the private…
  • The Basis Peak wants to be the first heart-rate monitoring wristband that isn't a joke

    30 September 2014, 7:00 am

    It’s finally arrived: an activity-tracking wristband that promises accurate, real-time heart rate monitoring during the heat of exercise. The Basis Peak is lighter, slimmer, brighter and more elegant than the Basis wearable it replaces, and when it goes on…
  • Hands-on with Places, Waze’s latest feature

    30 September 2014, 6:45 am

    Community-powered navigation app Waze got a major update on Monday, which introduces a new feature for sharing info about destinations. Dubbed Places, drivers can share information about local businesses and residences with other Waze users, providing tips and…
  • Apple Watch is about more than technology: It's fashion

    30 September 2014, 6:37 am

    As he concluded the inaugural iPad event back in January 2010, Steve Jobs summed up Apple’s mission in a single slide. Two street signs were labeled Technology and Liberal Arts, and he explained that Apple operates at the intersection. With Apple Watch,…
  • D-Link Connected Home Platform review: This is no way to build a smart home

    30 September 2014, 6:00 am

    This smart-home system is built on a shaky foundation.
  • Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD adds much needed ports to any Mac

    30 September 2014, 4:29 am

    While the notoriously cost-conscious PC market hasn’t embraced Thunderbolt technology yet, you can’t buy a brand-new Mac from Apple without it having at least one Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt’s versatility means that Apple can keep its computers slim…
  • Apple releases patches for OS X's 'Shellshock' Bash shell vulnerability

    29 September 2014, 9:53 pm

    Apple released a patch Monday for Shellshock, a serious software vulnerability disclosed last week, although the company had said it posed no risk to most users.…
  • Gird your wallet: Apple reportedly has a Retina iMac ready to launch

    29 September 2014, 4:27 pm

    Apple clearly wants to bankrupt you, if rumors of a 27-inch Retina iMac scheduled to launch with OS X Yosemite this year are true.…
  • How Facebook’s new ad platform lets brands track you around the web

    29 September 2014, 12:04 pm

    Facebook knows more about your life than Google, and now the network is putting that information to good use—at least for advertisers who want to sell you stuff.The company launched a new ad platform called Atlas ahead of Advertising Week, which kicked off…
  • AT&T offers double data for family plans, but read the fine print carefully

    29 September 2014, 10:10 am

    AT&T is doubling down on its smartphone data deals, literally. The carrier announced on Sunday that some customers can double the amount of data they receive on Mobile Share Value plans for the same price they're paying now.…
  • China cracks down on iPhone 6 smuggling

    29 September 2014, 9:37 am

    Hong Kong Customs have been busy seizing iPhone models from suspected smugglers
  • Two scenarios that can make OS X vulnerable to the Shellshock Bash bug

    29 September 2014, 9:22 am

    Apple’s OS X is vulnerable to the Shellshock bug, but it’s not that easy for attackers to take advantage of it, according to Intego, which specializes in security software for the operating system.Shellshock is the nickname for a flaw in the Bourne Again…

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