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September 19 Friday's News

 

I don't like iOS 8, can I revert to iOS 7?

I don't like iOS 8, can I revert to iOS 7?

As iOS 8 is made available to download worldwide from Wednesday September 17, millions of iPhones, iPads and iPods will be eligible to install the new software. But what do you do if you're getting on with the latest system? -- The Telegraph.

How to auto-delete old texts and silence annoying conversations in iOS 8

How to auto-delete old texts and silence annoying conversations in iOS 8

The Messages application gains a number of significant new features with Apple's iOS 8 upgrade, especially for users who participate in group messages that might take up space or become bothersome. -- AppleInsider.

Photo editing gets easier with iOS 8's new Photos app and extensions

Photo editing gets easier with iOS 8's new Photos app and extensions

Capturing photos isn't the only image-related process to get a boost in iOS 8. Apple's latest mobile operating system also makes postprocessing easier and more powerful, with a new Photos app and the addition of editing extensions. -- AppleInsider.

Photographer takes iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Iceland, details major enhancements over iPhone 5s

Photographer takes iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Iceland, details major enhancements over iPhone 5s

Photographer Austin Mann on Wednesday posted an in-depth look at the camera hardware and software suite offered with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, taking the handsets to Iceland in a shootout against last year's iPhone 5s. -- AppleInsider.

First iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus teardowns reveal high-capacity batteries, reworked innards

First iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus teardowns reveal high-capacity batteries, reworked innards

Coming just hours after Apple launched the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday, repair firms and blogs are already performing teardowns of the two handsets to reveal major component redesigns and layout tweaks necessitated by a super-thin form factor. -- AppleInsider.

Hands on: unboxing and sizing up Apple's new iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Hands on: unboxing and sizing up Apple's new iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are most obviously larger than previous models. However, the new phones aren't just bigger, they're also thinner and have a rounded edge that makes them feel less bulky than other phones with big screens. -- AppleInsider.

iCloud for Windows update means PCs can use iCloud Drive before Macs can

iCloud for Windows update means PCs can use iCloud Drive before Macs can

Apple officially released iCloud Drive yesterday as part of the iOS 8 update, but it came with a caveat: turning it on disables the "old" way of iCloud syncing, but OS X doesn't yet support iCloud Drive and won't until OS X Yosemite is released later this fall. If you use iCloud to sync application data between your phone, tablet, and desktop, this means you'll need to keep living with the more limited version of iCloud until Yosemite is out (or roll the dice and give the Public Beta a try).

If you're a Windows user with an iPhone, though, you can go ahead and pull the trigger on that iCloud Drive update now. Apple today released an updated version of the iCloud for Windows application that adds full support for iCloud Drive. Install the program and sign in, and iCloud Drive will appear in your user profile folder and your Favorites menu in Windows Explorer, much like Microsoft's own OneDrive cloud storage service. This is the first opportunity that Windows users will have to view and directly manipulate iCloud data, not counting the more limited capabilities of the iCloud.com Web apps, and it's a nice new addition for people who like iOS but don't care to use Macs. -- Ars Technica.

Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 with fixes, new code signing requirements

Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 with fixes, new code signing requirements

Yesterday evening Apple released OS X 10.9.5 to the general public, the fifth major update for OS X Mavericks. As usual, the update comes with a handful of fixes for user-facing features as well as a small pile of security updates. Many of these security patches are also available for OS X 10.7.5 and 10.8.5 in separate updates. -- Ars Technica.

In-depth: How CloudFlare promises SSL security--without the key

In-depth: How CloudFlare promises SSL security--without the key

Content delivery network and Web security company CloudFlare has made a name for itself by fending off denial-of-service attacks against its customers large and small. Today, it's launching a new service aimed at winning over the most paranoid of corporate customers. The service is a first step toward doing for network security what Amazon Web Services and other public cloud services have done for application services--replacing on-premises hardware with virtualized services spread across the Internet. -- Ars Technica.

How to switch to iOS 8′s iCloud Photo Library right now

How to switch to iOS 8′s iCloud Photo Library right now

Lots of readers report that the new option to activate iCloud Photo Library isn't showing up on their devices. I'm looking into it. So far I know that the GM version -- the one I used to write this guide -- and the final version are identical, build number 12A365. My guess is that Apple turned off the beta already.

iCloud Photo Library is rad. The idea is that all your full-res photos (including RAW photos) reside on Apple's servers, and you access them from all your devices.

That's a change from Photo Stream as it is now, which stores only the last 1,000 photos you took, not your whole collection. Apple has also introduced new tiers of iCloud storage pricing to cope with all your photos (and videos). This is now live, and I signed up for the 200GB option ($4 per month) to test it out.

Let's take a look. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 8: Taking Full Advantage of Interactive Notifications

iOS 8: Taking Full Advantage of Interactive Notifications

One of iOS 8's most talked about features is Interactive Notifications. Now when a notification banner or alert appears, a response can be sent off without leaving the current app or unlocking the device. This works right out of the box with Messages and soon with many other apps as developers push updates for iOS 8. How to take advantage of this new feature is fairly intuitive, however it took a bit of experimentation to fully understand how they work. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 8 In-Depth Review: Apple Opens Mobile OS to Developers, You Win

iOS 8 In-Depth Review: Apple Opens Mobile OS to Developers, You Win

Apple laid the groundwork for the future of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system last year with iOS 7, and now the company is building on that foundation with the launch of iOS 8. Instead of shocking us with a new look that shuns the old skeuomorphic feel -- that happened last year -- Apple is giving us tighter integration between our mobile gear and our Macs, and making features we're already familiar with more useful. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 8: How to-Enable Safari Extensions

iOS 8: How to-Enable Safari Extensions

One of the new features of iOS 8 is Extensions, a way to add cross-app functionality to iOS. We have seen some extensions already; when opening a PDF in Mobile Safari, you get an "Open In…" option which shows the list of apps you have installed that you can use to read a PDF.

Extensions are one of the new features in iOS 8, a way to add cross-app functionality to iOS. Kelly explains how to turn on the extensions available to Safari on iOS. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media

Apple Engineers in 'War Room' Tracking Down iOS 8 Issues on Social Media

Following the launch of iOS 8 to the public yesterday, Apple employees in Cupertino are working to locate and remedy iOS 8 bugs that are popping up. As described by one Reddit user, the company has a "War Room" at Apple where employees are tracking down issues on social media. -- Mac Rumors.

Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps

Health Record Providers Cerner and Athenahealth Developing HealthKit Apps

Cerner Corp and Athenahealth Inc, two leading U.S. electronic health record providers, said on Thursday they are working with Apple Inc to develop applications that leverage Apple's mobile health service HealthKit. -- Reuters.

Concerned about privacy? Keep iOS and Mac OS up to date!

Concerned about privacy? Keep iOS and Mac OS up to date!

One of the long-standing problems that users have had with personal computing devices is the degree of privacy they offer, especially as devices are being used more and more for financial, medical, and other personal information. Behind the pretty interface in which you enter your social security number or bank account number and click "save," the information could be well encrypted or simply be sent and stored as plain text for any passer-by to see. -- MacIssues.

Upgrading to iOS 8 on an Old Phone? Prepare for Trouble, but Do It Anyway

Upgrading to iOS 8 on an Old Phone? Prepare for Trouble, but Do It Anyway

Do you have an old iPhone or iPad? Have you been planning on upgrading to iOS 8, Apple's newest operating system, which was made available this week? Are you excited about the switch, fancying a free way to have a better-looking interface with new features? -- New York Times.

Apple and Amazon Take Baby Steps Toward Digital Sharing

Apple and Amazon Take Baby Steps Toward Digital Sharing

Quietly nestled in Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system is a feature called Family Sharing.

It lets you share books, movies, music and apps that you've bought at iTunes, iBooks and the App Store with up to six members of your family who are logged in using their own iTunes accounts.

So if you bought a song, app or book you really like, and you want to share it with your spouse or child or maybe a sister, you can register their email addresses with Apple and enable limited sharing of digital media. -- New York Times.

Apple Files Patents for CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio & More

Apple Files Patents for CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio & More

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple covering such matters as CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio and more. While it's impossible to have high profile inventions roll every week, especially with Apple's Tim Cook trying to be more secretive that Jobs ever was, there's still a lot of intellectual property to appreciate exploring today. -- Patently Apple.

Gartner Thinks that the Apple Watch will trigger more Consumer Interest in the Wearables Space in 2015

Gartner Thinks that the Apple Watch will trigger more Consumer Interest in the Wearables Space in 2015

Gartner is predicting that by 2016 smart watches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wrist worn devices. Gartner said that seven out of the top 10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearables market to date or are about to ship a first product, while a year ago only two vendors were in that space. But let's be honest here, all eyes will be on the Apple Watch and whether or not they'll be able to convince consumers to return to a day when wearing a wristwatch was commonplace. Will Apple be able to pull that off in 2015? Only time will tell. -- Patently Apple.

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police -- even when they have a search warrant -- taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information. -- The Washington Post.

A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

Earlier this year, Apple executives unveiled Swift, which is meant to eventually replace Objective-C as the programming language of choice for Macs and iOS devices. Now that iOS 8's out, a lot of developers who build apps for Apple's platforms will likely give Swift a more intensive look. While Apple boasts that Swift makes programming easy, it'll take some time to learn how the language works. A new walkthrough by developer David Bolton shows how to build a very simple app in Swift, complete with project files (hosted on SourceForge) so you can follow along. A key takeaway: while some Swift features do make programming easier, there's definitely a learning curve here. -- Dice.

Security Update 2014-004 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

Security Update 2014-004 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

Apple has released Security Update 2014-004 with security fixes for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, and 10.7 Lion Server. According to the release notes, the security update patches a wide swath of vulnerabilities for Mountain Lion and Lion (which are replicated in the recently issued Mavericks 10.9.5 update), including fixes that prevent information disclosure and arbitrary code execution due to vulnerabilities with CoreGraphics (in particular, maliciously crafted PDF files), Bluetooth, integrated graphics driver routines, OpenSSL, and more. (All updates are free. For 10.8 Mountain Lion, 151 MB; for 10.7 Lion, 144.5 MB; for 10.7 Lion Server, 194.8 MB.)

Top 20 iOS 8 features

Top 20 iOS 8 features

So it's finally here. Apple has released iOS 8 to the masses and as you would expect, a decent amount of features come along with that. We've previously detailed our favorite hidden features in iOS 8, but today we're letting it all out. We've put together a list of our top 20 favorite iOS 8 features that you can look forward to after updating. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple releases Safari 7.1 for Mavericks w/ DuckDuckGo search engine, encryption for Yahoo searches

Apple releases Safari 7.1 for Mavericks w/ DuckDuckGo search engine, encryption for Yahoo searches

Apple has just released Safari 7.1 to all users of OS X Mavericks following several beta releases in recent weeks. The update adds DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option, which was also just added to Apple's mobile version of Safari alongside iOS 8. The update also includes a security improvement for Yahoo search engine users: Apple says Yahoo searches from the search field are now encrypted. -- 9to5Mac.

10 tips for setting up your new iPhone 6 the right way

10 tips for setting up your new iPhone 6 the right way

So you've gotten your lucky hands on a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now it's time to set it up the right way. Apple has done a pretty good job of making the setup process straightforward in recent years, but there are still some things you should know about.

Here are 10 of the best tips for setting up your new iPhone on iOS 8. -- Cult of Mac.

Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist office for quick field eye exams and prescriptions

Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist office for quick field eye exams and prescriptions

It seems like every week there is another revolutionary use of smartphones with the potential to change the way we do things. Smart Vision Labs has created such an invention with the help of the iPhone and its low-light 8-megapixel camera. In short, what it does is enable is quick and inexpensive eye prescription diagnosis with a portable lens hooked up to an iPhone. The invention allows doctors to carry around in their pockets what used to require a visit to the optometrist's office. -- 9to5Mac.

Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 fine

Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 fine

We're struggling to find a single reason why anyone would want to wear an Apple Watch, but here's one reason why you shouldn't.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has warned that anyone caught using a Apple Watch when driving will be be hit with the same punishment as if they had been using a mobile phone. -- The Register.

iPhone 6 Plus: It's not an iPad nano

iPhone 6 Plus: It's not an iPad nano

When Apple announced the iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 9, I entertained the idea that it might be a replacement for my iPad mini. At last, the promise of a single device small enough to fit in my pocket, but big enough to satisfy my productivity needs.

Then I used the iPhone 6 Plus. And while it will have its fans--in fact, I'll wager that the iPhone 6 Plus will have rabid fans--it's just not for me, because I wasn't seeking a bigger iPhone. I was seeking an iPad nano, and that's not something the iPhone 6 Plus is willing to be. -- Six Colors.

iOS8... My First Full Day With It On An iPhone 4s

iOS8... My First Full Day With It On An iPhone 4s

Yesterday Apple dropped iOS8 on the public and after a sketchy few hours of failed or slow downloads I finally got it installed. You can check out my 'first day impressions'.

I then decided to re-install iOS8 and start a fresh -- not from a restore. So I sat up until the early morning installing iOS8 again, putting my apps on, setting them up, adding my music and tweaking things to how I like them.

Once done I slipped my iPhone 4s in my Mophie and set both charging overnight ready for the morning. -- Low End Mac.

How to transfer data from BlackBerry 10 to a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

How to transfer data from BlackBerry 10 to a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

So you've been hanging onto BlackBerry for awhile, but you're ready to switch after seeing the shiny new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We can't blame you - the iPhone 6 is a pretty attractive piece of hardware and the 6 Plus is a whole new ball game when it comes to big-screen beauty. iOS 8 is introducing a lot of great new features which make the entire package all the more enticing. For many this is going to be a return to familiar territory, for others it's going to be a bit of a culture shock. Either way, we're here to help.

Here's how to get your stuff from your old BlackBerry 10 phone to your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. -- iMore.

Learning and Relearning iOS

Learning and Relearning iOS

In the school where I teach, we are now into our fifth school year using iPad in the classroom. We have students from 5-18 using the device and using it very differently according to their age and educational needs. We have found it to be a substantial addition to the life and work of our school and a major enhancement to the educational process.

Unlike many schools, we don't focus on "delivering content" with the iPad. We don't use electronic textbooks and we don't buy a lot of curriculum materials in the form of apps. Instead, we view the iPad as a tool for creativity in the classroom. We think of apps not as replacements for books but as a new kind of pen, pencil, ruler, paintbrush, camera, music studio, art material, scientific log book, homework diary, writing pad and movie editing suite.

We have used every version of iOS since iOS 3.2 on the original iPad. Many releases have brought substantial improvements in our daily use of the iPad -- for example multitasking in iOS 4 or AirPlay Mirroring in iOS 5 on the iPad 2. I think we are on course for the most substantial change to iOS since it shipped on the iPad this year.

iOS 8 brings many deep changes and improvements to the platform that we know and love to use in our school. I want to highlight a few of them, but it's important to remember that sometimes the biggest wins are in the fixes to the small daily annoyances. -- MacStories.

iOS 8 vs iOS 7: This is how your favorite mobile platform changed overnight

iOS 8 vs iOS 7: This is how your favorite mobile platform changed overnight

Apple's recently released iOS 8 is very similar to iOS 7, at least when looking at it from a distance. But the new mobile operating system has a bunch of significant new features ready to be used right away, or arriving at some point next month following a software update. In fact, even though iOS 8 appears to be identical to iOS 7, there are many UI tweaks that make it even more user-friendly than its predecessor, one site put together a detailed guide, complete with images showing some of the critical differences between the two iOS versions that'll completely change the way you interact with your iOS devices. -- BGR.

September 18 Thursday's News

 

New MacVolPol

New MacVolPol

I am not sure that the last MacVolPol (Will you buy a new iPhone?) shows what the market did. Apple sure sold a lot of iPhone 5s', so I am not sure that many of you actually kept their old phones. If you did keep your old phones, then Apple should sell twice as many iPhone 6s.

Will you buy a new iPhone?

This time we are asking which of Apple's announcements this month interestes you the most?

Apple opens Touch ID to third-party applications with iOS 8

Apple opens Touch ID to third-party applications with iOS 8

iPhone security and convenience have both been greatly enhanced by Apple's iOS 8, giving third-party developers the ability for the first time to utilize the secure Touch ID fingerprint sensor. -- AppleInsider.

How to enable and use 'Hey Siri' handsfree mode in iOS 8

How to enable and use 'Hey Siri' handsfree mode in iOS 8

Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant Siri becomes even more powerful with iOS 8, including an entirely hands-free mode that allows users to ask questions and accomplish tasks by simply first saying the words "Hey, Siri." -- AppleInsider.

Apple pulling HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store - report

Apple pulling HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store - report

With the public release of iOS 8 looming, Apple has begun removing apps that take advantage of the new HealthKit API from the App Store, a move that is said to have been prompted by ongoing problems with new health data tracking system. -- AppleInsider.

Apple launches iOS 8 for iPhone & iPad with third-party keyboards, widgets, Continuity & more

Apple launches iOS 8 for iPhone & iPad with third-party keyboards, widgets, Continuity & more

Apple's hotly anticipated free iOS 8 update for iPhone and iPad is now available to download, giving users access to a wide range of new features including third-party keyboard support, Notification Center widgets, extensions, Hey Siri hands-free voice activation, and much more. -- AppleInsider.

How to use iOS 8 Continuity between your iPhone & iPad for calls, texts, apps & more

How to use iOS 8 Continuity between your iPhone & iPad for calls, texts, apps & more

Once updated to iOS 8, recent iPhones and iPads will play nicely with each other, allowing users to do new functions like answering a phone call or sending an SMS message via their iPhone without having to put down their iPad, or start an email on one device before finishing it on the other. -- AppleInsider.

Master iOS 8 Messages with time saving features for sending audio, video, images & text

Master iOS 8 Messages with time saving features for sending audio, video, images & text

One of the more robust additions to Apple's iOS 8 is the Messages app, which gets a bevy of new functions including inline audio and video messaging, group chats and advanced image sharing. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues iOS 8 compatibility updates for Beats Music, Find My Friends, others

Apple issues iOS 8 compatibility updates for Beats Music, Find My Friends, others

In sync with the public rollout of its next-generation mobile operating system, Apple on Wednesday released updates for each of its first-party iOS apps that bring minor tweaks and fixes for compatibility with iOS 8. -- AppleInsider.

Customize Notification Center with new widget support in iOS 8

Customize Notification Center with new widget support in iOS 8

Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system gives users the ability to add third-party widgets to Notification Center for the first time since the feature's introduction. AppleInsider took a look at what developers can do with the new functionality and how users can take advantage of it. -- AppleInsider.

How to navigate the new Mail gestures and data features in iOS 8

How to navigate the new Mail gestures and data features in iOS 8

With the iOS 8 Mail app, Apple introduces new gestures for easier one-handed navigation and control, fresh message management options and deeper integration with Notification Center. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases iPhone user guide in iBooks

Apple releases iPhone user guide in iBooks

Following the public release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple has published its official iPhone User Guide for the new mobile OS on iBooks, making the digital document available on both desktop and portable devices.

Apple's "iPhone User Guide For iOS 8" contains an illustrated overview of iOS 8's new features, as well as usability guides for those not familiar with the mobile operating system.

According to the release notes, the guide covers all iPhones from the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus down to the iPhone 4S. As such, the content is available in the usual rich iBooks format, making for easy on-the-go reading. In addition to iOS 8-specific tutorials, the guide also offers a sneak peek at Apple's forthcoming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets.

Also included is a deeper look at the Health app, which integrates with third-party apps via HealthKit to work as a repository for motion, medical and wellness data. Apple today said a bug in the initial iOS 8 release is causing issues with HealthKit-compatible apps and the company has subsequently pulled those titles from the App Store. A fix should be in by the end of the month, Apple said.

The "iPhone User Guide For iOS 8" is available as a free download from the iBookstore and can be viewed on Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

Dive into iOS 8 with these handy tips for iPhone and iPad

Dive into iOS 8 with these handy tips for iPhone and iPad

In preparation of Wednesday's iOS 8 release, AppleInsider dug in and compiled a set of tips and tricks to help iPhone and iPad owners take full advantage of all the new features and functions baked in to Apple's latest mobile OS. -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with new filters, speed controls, Photo app integration, more

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with new filters, speed controls, Photo app integration, more

Continuing its ongoing first-party iOS app updates, Apple on Wednesday released a new version of iMovie that introduces a slew of editing features alongside support for iOS 8. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks with reliability enhancements, includes Safari 7.0.6

Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks with reliability enhancements, includes Safari 7.0.6

Apple on Wednesday released the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks maintenance update, which includes Safari version 7.0.6, with fixes for VPN reliability and file access from SMB servers. -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates iWork for iOS suite with support for iOS 8, stability fixes

Apple updates iWork for iOS suite with support for iOS 8, stability fixes

Following the release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple rolled out updates for its iWork productivity app suite, bringing the titles up to speed with the company's latest mobile operating system. -- AppleInsider.

Tim Cook touts new Apple privacy policies in open letter to customers

Tim Cook touts new Apple privacy policies in open letter to customers

Apple on Wednesday updated its customer privacy webpage to reflect new security initiatives, highlighting a letter written by CEO Tim Cook, who restated the company's business is in selling products, not harvesting data.

In Cook's letter, which is linked to in a special section on the Apple.com home page, the Apple chief restates his company's focus on consumer privacy, an issue touched upon during an interview with Charlie Rose earlier this week.

Apple invents bone conducting EarPods for better iPhone noise cancellation

Apple invents bone conducting EarPods for better iPhone noise cancellation

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of iPhone voice calls, Apple is investigating a unique take on bone conduction technology that uses sensor-laden EarPods and multiple microphones to cancel out unwanted noise. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed

iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed

"Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else."

That was Apple's tagline for iOS 8 when the software was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference back in June. Overuse of hyperbole is a pet peeve of mine, but after using iOS 8 for a couple of months, I have to say that they're warranted in this case. iOS 7 was a comprehensive makeover for an operating system that needed to reclaim visual focus and consistency. iOS 7.1 improved stability and speed while addressing the new design's worst shortcomings and most egregious excesses. And iOS 8 is the update that turns its attention from the way everything looks to the way it works.

Just as iOS 6's look had begun to grow stale by the time 2013 rolled around (six years is a pretty good run, though), iOS' restrictions on third-party applications and UI customization now feel outdated. Sure, back in 2007, slow processors and small RAM banks required a strict, Spartan approach to what apps could do and the ways they could interact. But now, our smartphones and tablets have become powerful mini-computers in their own right. Competing platforms like Android, Windows, and Windows Phone have all demonstrated that it's possible to make these little gadgets more computer-y without tanking performance or battery life. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S: Performance isn't the (only) problem

iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S: Performance isn't the (only) problem

iPhones have about a year to be top-of-the-line. Then they have a year to be the modest-but-capable midrange model. After that, they become the free-with-contract choice. And then, in their last year, they enter that no-man's-land where they're still getting software updates but are no longer being sold.

2014 is the year the iPhone 4S was told to pack up its things and move to the retirement home. As a going away present, Apple gave it iOS 8, which in all likelihood will be the last major version upgrade it gets. -- Ars Technica.

A slide into obsolescence: iOS 8 on the iPad 2

A slide into obsolescence: iOS 8 on the iPad 2

In case you've been so content with your iPad 2 over the last few years that you've drifted away from paying attention to the Apple product cycle, here is some six-month-old news: Apple finally stopped selling the iPad 2 model back in March. After it hung on at the bottom of the tablet product line for a couple of years to be a rock for the education and corporate markets, Apple kicked the iPad 2 out and resurrected the iPad 4 as the new full-size budget model. -- Ars Technica.

Senators cave to industry, abandon unbundling of broadcast TV channels

Senators cave to industry, abandon unbundling of broadcast TV channels

The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote today on a satellite bill without a controversial provision that would have let cable and satellite customers choose which broadcast TV channels they pay for instead of having to buy them all in a bundle. -- Ars Technica.

Senators opposing net neutrality rake in more campaign cash

Senators opposing net neutrality rake in more campaign cash

Senators who have vocalized their opposition to net neutrality are taking in, on average, 40 percent more campaign cash from the broadband-delivery industry than those who support it, according to an analysis of campaign data.

The data (XLSX)--a Maplight analysis of campaign contributions prepared for Ars Technica--highlights the disparity between what the monied Washington interests want compared to the public's desires. Most of the 800,000 initial public comments to the Federal Communications Commission backed the FCC adopting net neutrality rules. The commission is weighing whether to enact regulations that, among other things, could prevent broadband providers from charging for Internet fast lanes. The public commenting period ended Monday.

What the commission will do is anybody's guess, but the political money so far is lining up against net neutrality. No vote date has been set. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 8 and the Apple TV: Flattening the living room

iOS 8 and the Apple TV: Flattening the living room

The Apple TV's interface is only vaguely similar to the one on your iPhone or iPad, but inside the set-top box is the same hardware and software that runs the rest of the iDevices. Alongside iOS 8, Apple today introduced "Apple TV Software version 7.0," a fancy name for "the Apple TV's version of iOS 8." -- Ars Technica.

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot

Apple has updated its privacy policy as part of the rollout of iOS 8, announcing that devices with the latest version of the operating system installed can no longer be accessed by the company itself.

Previously, as we reported in May 2014, if law enforcement came to Apple with a seized device and a valid warrant, it was able to access a substantial portion of the data already on an iPad or iPhone. But under the latest version of iOS, even that will be impossible.

"On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode," the company wrote on its website Wednesday evening. "Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8." -- Ars Technica.

iOS 8: The most important features you need to know

iOS 8: The most important features you need to know

iOS 8 is about to be unleash on the world today after debuting earlier this summer at WWDC. Tim Cook is calling it the biggest iOS update ever and for good reason, as the new OS has been packed with hundreds of new tools for developers, as well as new features that make iOS devices, quicker, more productive, and more seamlessly integrated with Mac than ever before.

You won't see huge visual changes like Apple made with iOS 7 last year, but there's plenty of features for everyone to be excited about in iOS 8, whether its the new messaging tools, improved camera features, family sharing, Hand-off, or the sleek new Spotlight.

Before you jump headfirst into the biggest iOS release ever, get acquainted with the most important new features in this Cult of Mac guide to iOS 8.

18 hidden iOS 8 features you probably didn't know about

18 hidden iOS 8 features you probably didn't know about

iOS 8 is the biggest release from Apple ever, with hundreds of new APIs and features that will completely change the way you use your iPhone. Features like Handoff, Health and Messages will be huge draws for customers looking for something new from iOS, but Apple's engineers have also crammed dozens of new little features throughout the mobile OS.

Improved camera tools, battery statistics, new Safari tricks and more are included in today's gigantic update, but you need to know where to look to find the true gems. Here's a rundown of 18 incredible iOS 8 features you probably didn't know about. -- Cult of Mac.

The best apps for taking advantage of iOS 8

The best apps for taking advantage of iOS 8

iOS 8 introduces a ton of new features and enhancements, including new ways for third-party developers to integrate their apps throughout the iOS experience. With a feature called Extensibility, apps can hook into other apps and areas like Notification Center to enhance their usability and functionality. Third-party keyboards are now possible too, and there are several great ones to choose from already.

Some of the best apps in the App Store are already updated for iOS 8 with new features, and others will be live in the store shortly. Here are Cult of Mac's best apps that take advantage of what iOS 8 has to offer. -- Cult of Mac.

First look: Why you'll love upgrading to iOS 8

First look: Why you'll love upgrading to iOS 8

After months of waiting, iOS 8 has finally been released for everyone to download and enjoy. The next generation for Apple's mobile operating system brings plenty of new features. With an upgraded camera app, a new and intuitive health app and much more, this is sure to be an update you won't want to forego. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 8 gives the Photos app superpowers

iOS 8 gives the Photos app superpowers

Photos on iOS 8 are so good that you will be able to ditch a whole home-screen folder's worth of editing and organizing apps. That's not an exaggeration: Apple's new mobile OS packs in so many great new features that -- even without the extending abilities of iOS 8's new plug-ins -- you can do pretty much any edit right there in the photos app.

The camera, too, has gotten an upgrade, and -- maybe the most important for some -- so has the iCloud Photo Stream, which will now give access to all your photos, from any device, whenever you want.

Sounds pretty good huh? -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Adds App-Specific Password Support to iCloud

Apple Adds App-Specific Password Support to iCloud

Apple added two-step authentication support to iCloud on Tuesday, and also announced that app-specific passwords for the online service will be available starting on October 1. App-specific passwords will let users assign unique passwords to apps that need access to iCloud without having to hand over their primary login and potentially give full access to everything in their account. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS OTA update too big? Use iTunes

iOS OTA update too big? Use iTunes

Having trouble deciding what to remove from your device so the over-the-air upgrade to iOS 8 has enough space? Kelly explains a better way to upgrade. -- The Mac Observer.

Ive on Apple Watch: One of the Most Difficult Projects I've Ever Worked On

Ive on Apple Watch: One of the Most Difficult Projects I've Ever Worked On

In a wide ranging interview with Bloomberg covering culture changes at Apple, Tim Cook's personality, the company's move into Apple Pay, and the development of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Jeff Williams share some fascinating details on the work that went into creating Apple's new wearable device.

According to Jony Ive, Apple first began developing the Apple Watch three years ago, before wearables caught on in Silicon Valley. The Apple Watch, he says, is "probably one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on." A huge amount of research was conducted for the watch, which was touched on at Apple's introductory keynote event.

Five reasons to avoid installing iOS 8 right away

Five reasons to avoid installing iOS 8 right away

Apple's long-anticipated iOS 8 upgrade will be released today, and will likely start being available for download at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern) for all eligible iDevices, which are the iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C, the iPad 2, 3, 4, Air and Mini models, and the 5th generation iPod touch. If you have one of these devices, and have properly prepared it for the upgrade, then you are only left with the notion of whether or not you should upgrade right away. For the most part, the answer to this will be a resounding yes, but there are a few considerations you might take before jumping right in. -- MacIssues.

What to expect when upgrading to iOS 8

What to expect when upgrading to iOS 8

Maybe you're ready to install iOS 8, or maybe you're going to give it a few days, but when you finally do install the upgrade, there are several issues you might run into, and some general behaviors when installing that might have you wondering if something has gone wrong. -- MacIssues.

Apple Records their Thirtieth Stylus Related Invention

Apple Records their Thirtieth Stylus Related Invention

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work on developing a future advanced stylus. For the record, Apple now has 30 patent applications on advancing a stylus on record. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

After months of speculation, Apple finally came good on rumors of NFC functionality at last week's launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. However, the NFC capability on the new devices is set to be locked down for use only with Apple Pay mobile payments. -- c|net.

Apple releases Xcode 6.0.1 to the App Store, seeds new OS X Server Preview for developers

Apple releases Xcode 6.0.1 to the App Store, seeds new OS X Server Preview for developers

Alongside the iOS 8 kerfuffle, Apple has posted some new downloads for developers too. OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview is the latest seed of Yosemite Server and Xcode 6.0.1 is the latest version of the Apple IDE. Xcode 6.0.1 is the version of Apple's development environment that Apple wants all developers to use going forward for iOS 8 apps. Interestingly, it is different to the Xcode 6 GM that Apple published last week, although the nature of the changes are unclear. It is rolling out to the App Store as a free download now. -- 9to5Mac.

How-to: Shave some GBs off of your iOS device so you can update to iOS 8

How-to: Shave some GBs off of your iOS device so you can update to iOS 8

We should note 1st of all that you can update your iOS device through a Mac with iTunes without having much extra space. That might be the quickest/easiest way to go.

Today iOS 8 came out. There was a massive rush to try to install and download it. The one thing that we were not prepared for or made aware of was the need to have up to 4.7-6.9 GB of space available in order to download and install iOS 8. The reason you needed 4.7-6.9 available is that the 1.1-1.3 GB download of iOS 8 also needs to move a lot of files around during installation.

If you are like us, you might not have that much space needed on your iOS device. We've spent the last year downloading music, videos and apps to the point where our iPads tell us to stop. So now we need to delete some of our stuff. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple turns Activation Lock on by default in iOS 8 to appease regulators calling for kill switch

Apple turns Activation Lock on by default in iOS 8 to appease regulators calling for kill switch

Apple is reportedly making its Activation Lock theft deterrent feature on by default in iOS 8 as it moves to please politicians attempting to require smartphone makers implement a remote "kill switch" to disable stolen devices. The news comes from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón who praised Apple's decision in a statement today. -- 9to5Mac.

GarageBand's iOS 8 update adds MIDI over Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting instruments

GarageBand's iOS 8 update adds MIDI over Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting instruments

As one of the last of its own apps to get an update for iOS 8, Apple has now updated its GarageBand app for iPhone and iPad with support for the new OS and more.

On top of the expected iOS 8 support, the app also gains MIDI over Bluetooth support, which means compatible MIDI keyboards, DJ controllers and other MIDI-based instruments can now connect wirelessly and send MIDI data to the app over Bluetooth LE. We first told you about Apple's new MIDI over Bluetooth support in iOS 8 and coming soon in OS X Yosemite, which will also allow users to advertise their device as a MIDI device for sending MIDI from virtual apps on either OS to the other.

Also new for GarageBand is iCloud Drive compatibility, although developers have warned users to avoid upgrading to the feature before the release of OS X Yosemite.

Lastly, the app adds the ability to "Toggle the metronome on and off directly from the control bar."

iOS: About diagnostic capabilities

iOS: About diagnostic capabilities

iOS offers the following diagnostic capabilities to help enterprise IT departments, developers, and AppleCare troubleshoot issues.

Each of these diagnostic capabilities requires the user to have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer. Any data transmitted between the iOS device and trusted computer is encrypted with keys not shared with Apple. For users who have enabled iTunes Wi-Fi Sync on a trusted computer, these services may also be accessed wirelessly by that computer. -- Apple Support.

How to start an iOS 8 Family Sharing account to share apps, music, movies & more

How to start an iOS 8 Family Sharing account to share apps, music, movies & more

Once users are running iOS 8 on their iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, they'll be able to share all iTunes account purchases, including apps, music and movies, between up to six people in their family. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 8: See What's Eating Your Battery

iOS 8: See What's Eating Your Battery

For today's article, Melissa Holt will cover the new iOS 8 feature that'll interpret how your battery is being used to help you address any potential problems. Why, your fancy device will now even make suggestions about what you can do to improve battery life! Come on in and read all about it in this Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.

Personal OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F34) Benchmarks

Personal OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F34) Benchmarks

NovaBench 1.1(2) benchmarking of my Intel iMac (2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB, 1TB Fusion Drive). Your mileage may vary.

Intel iMac
10.9.4 10.9.5 10.10
Over All Score: 991 Score: 1003 Score: 962
CPU Tests
Floating Point Operations/Second:
Integer Operations/Second:
MD5 Hashes Calculated/Second:
Score: 500
152075024
317170368
1251912
Score: 503
155296352
315012928
1256680
Score: 521
168186480
315184544
1285593
Ram Test
RAM Speed:
Score: 224
9322 MB/s
Score: 224
9331 MB/s
Score: 224
9293 MB/s
Graphics Test
3D Frames Per Second:
Score: 240
858
Score: 243
877
Score: 192
634
Hardware Tests
Primary Partition Capacity:
Drive Write Speed:
Score: 27
889 GB
97 MB/s
Score: 33
889 GB
127 MB/s
Score: 25
145 GB
88 MB/s

How Apple Pay is set to change commerce

How Apple Pay is set to change commerce

Last week, Apple announced two new iPhones that included Near Field Communication (NFC) for wireless payments for the first time. The company's new Apple Pay service provides a full digital wallet for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which enables consumers to pay by phone using NFC with simplicity. NFC Payments have been around a while, but Apple Pay has the potential to make widespread adoption of digital wallet payments a reality at last. -- VentureBeat.

Your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus questions, answered right here

Your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus questions, answered right here

In a special Ask the Experts: iPhone Overtime edition, CNET's Jeff Bakalar sits down with Scott Stein to answer your questions on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. -- CNET.

A Guide To What's Great In iOS 8

A Guide To What's Great In iOS 8

There's a good chance if you've already downloaded iOS 8, you're wondering what all the fuss is about. It looks enough like iOS 7 that you could be forgiven for wondering if anything has changed at all. Rest assured it has. In fact, there's more substantial new stuff than Apple put into its mobile software last time, when it radically changed how it looked. This year, what's important is how it works. And while that makes it harder to see the differences, when they come into focus you're going to find a much more capable operating system on your iPhone or iPad. Apple has added the kind of features power users have been clamoring for but regular people will find incredibly useful while simultaneously refining a bunch of small things. The result is that iOS 8 is much more than meets the eye. To help you exploit its power, this guide will walk you through understanding some of the best new features.

Two caveats before beginning. First, there is some functionality that isn't live yet in iOS, including Apple's HealthKit and a bunch of stuff related to functioning alongside a Mac. Those features don't work yet, and don't merit much discussion until then. Second, the new OS is hardly perfect. For a look at some things that aren't as successful, you can read: "8 Misses in iOS 8." With that, let's get to it. -- Forbes.

Turn Your Mac Into A Security Camera

Turn Your Mac Into A Security Camera

There's nothing like a little paranoia to start the day. If you worry about who's wandering around your home while you're away, or who is checking out your cubicle while you're at lunch, here's a way to capture the perps (TV lingo for 'perpetrator'). It's a Mac app with the clever name Security Cam and it records both photos and video clips of whatever walks by your Mac's built-in camera. -- McSolo.

iPhone 6: Most exquisite mobile? No, it's the Most Exquisite Thing. Ever/More beautiful than a unicorn or a baby's smile

iPhone 6: Most exquisite mobile? No, it's the Most Exquisite Thing. Ever/More beautiful than a unicorn or a baby's smile

We had certain unavoidable production issues with this piece from our occasional "tech" guru Stephen Pie. Rather as in the case of Stephen Fry - any other similarity between the two is purely coincidental - Mr Pie's thoughts on the iPhone 6 have had to be published almost completely without benefit of sub-editing or other polishing. Our apologies. - Ed. -- The Register.

September 17 Wednesday's News

 

UT iOS 8 Downloads

UT iOS 8 Downloads

In preparation for Apple's iOS 8 update release, OIT has taken steps to minimize the impact of the release on the UTK Network from the hours of 8 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. During this time users may experience delays in the download of the updates from the Apple update site.

Apple details content migration from Android to iOS in new support document

Apple details content migration from Android to iOS in new support document

With Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeing wide release later this week, the company on Tuesday published a reference guide aimed at helping Android device owners migrate content to the new handsets. -- AppleCare Support.

Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud Web portal

Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud Web portal

In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer. -- AppleInsider.

Part two of Charlie Rose's full interview with Tim Cook

Part 2 of Tim Cook's interview with Charlie Rose

The final part of Cook's interview covers consumer privacy as it applies to Apple's business model. The CEO is quoted as saying, "Our business is not based on having information about you. You're not our product."

Diversity in the workplace is also discussed. Cook says, "That everyone deserves a basic level of human rights, regardless of their color, regardless of their religion, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their gender. That everyone deserves respect. And, you know, I'll fight for it until my toes point out."

Apple to introduce app-specific passwords for iCloud-connected titles

Apple to introduce app-specific passwords for iCloud-connected titles

Come October, Apple's iCloud will have yet another layer of protection, as the company is scheduled to implement app-specific passwords for third-party programs tying in to the cloud service. -- AppleInsider.

US law would safeguard free-speech rights to criticize business online

US law would safeguard free-speech rights to criticize business online

A member of the House of Representatives is offering legislation that would make it illegal for businesses to take action against consumers who write "honest" negative reviews online about products and services.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told the National Journal that the forthcoming measure would make it illegal for companies to have non-disparagement clauses in their consumer contracts.

"It's un-American that any consumer would be penalized for writing an honest review," Swalwell said. "I'm introducing this legislation to put a stop to this egregious behavior so people can share honest reviews without fear of litigation." -- Ars Technica.

Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy

Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Apple to detail just how the Apple Watch will safeguard user's privacy because the smartwatch will be able to collect and store health-related data. Mr. Jepsen sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter on Monday posing his questions and asking for a meeting to discuss his concerns. -- The Mac Observer.

Getting Java client apps to run the way you want

Getting Java client apps to run the way you want

I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.

Recently, I was trying to get a Java applet to run in the same way on 2 iMacs and my MacBook Air. The applet is a simple vpn client from Juniper that lets me access a Citrix Desktop from any Mac that I can install the Citrix receiver client on so I can work on 'Company stuff' from a large screen iMac when I'm sat at home or from my MacBook when I'm on the road (it works fine over 3/4G). -- Mac OS X Hints.

Apple seeds another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers

Apple seeds another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers

Apple has seeded yet another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers today. This is a new version of OS X Server specifically for OS X Mavericks. It will soon be superseded by Server version 4.0 for OS X Yosemite next month. Apple has also been seeding 10.9.5 builds as of late. -- 9to5Mac.

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release imminent as pre-release build seeded to AppleCare

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release imminent as pre-release build seeded to AppleCare

We've received word from multiple AppleCare employees that the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release has been seeded internally. This typically means that AppleCare is preparing for the software's release. With iOS 8 launching tomorrow, it's likely that 10.9.5 will launch in the coming days or weeks. -- 9to5Mac.

Public Yosemite beta 3 first impressions/more bugs

Public Yosemite beta 3 first impressions/more bugs

Public Yosemite beta 3 first impressions/more bugs:

  • The download and install went fairly quickly with no problems.
  • Preview can now read large .pdf documents without crashing. You can scroll the thumbnail view now. Just this morning, while still on beta 2, I launched Preview to load the iPad Air User Manual and Preview almost immediately crashed. Upon the second launch, I couldn't click or scroll to the page I wanted using the thumbnail sidebar. I resorted to the Adobe Reader (shudder).
  • It looks like the user ability to change fonts, colors and styles in Messages is permanently gone. I do not like bubbles.
  • I use TotalFinder and after the update to Yosemite beta 3, the Sidebar in the right hand tab in the Finder switched from the right of the file list to the left. Not sure whether this is an Apple or TotalFinder thing but TotalFinder is still the same version 1.6.9 as before. Not sure if I like or dislike it yet. The SideBar does have a new, cleaner look.
  • Finder Bug: I just Command-clicked multiple screenshots to move into my Pictures folder and some files were selected but not highlighted. When I dragged them to the Picture Folder, other icons that I dragged over became selected.
  • Finder Bug: I chose the SideBar preference in the Finder Preferences and it showed no ✖︎ or ✓ for anything already on the SideBar. Just white boxes. You can click on the item and select or deselect items but no marks display.
  • System Preferences lost the Show All button and was replaced with a grid icon to show all panes. Scroll arrows have been added to the left of the show all grid icon which allows you to move to the previous pane or to the full set of panes.
  • I may have missed this before but there is an Extensions pane which allows you to set preferences for some extensions. Oh wait, maybe that was here before. I think I tried finding third party extensions using the link available but it always called up null page in the App Store. The get extensions option is gone even though it still listed in the Help.
  • The Wireless Keyboard battery level actually shows correctly. It had been stuck at 100%.
  • When right-clicking a file in the Finder to choose Open With... on the Context Menu, there still is a delay while the Open With... window populates.
    • Isn't the Gold Master of Yosemite supposed to be in about a month? -- Jim Steckel.

Parallels Desktop 10 review: Windows and OS X gets tighter integration

Parallels Desktop 10 review: Windows and OS X gets tighter integration

Parallels Desktop 10 software has arrived, aiming to reduce drain on system resources whilst adding a raft of options to make it easier to setup and interact with virtual machine (VMs).

The latest generation uses 10 per cent less RAM than it predecessor, now supports 3+ mouse buttons, and touts up to 30 per cent more battery life.

Integration between OS X and the Windows VM has increased to the point where the systems are virtually merged. It's now possible to save directly to iCloud from Office 2013 and share files via Messages and AirDrop, for example. -- IT PRO.

How to Upgrade iCloud Storage to the New, Cheaper Plans

How to Upgrade iCloud Storage to the New, Cheaper Plans

In preparation for iOS 8 Apple has updated their iCloud storage plans and while they're still more expensive than Dropbox and Google Drive, the new pricing and storage is far better than anything offered by Apple ever before.

Check out the steps below to get signed up for the new iCloud storage plans and make the storage o digital files a lot easier starting today. -- Apple Gazette.

Prep Work for iOS 8

Prep Work for iOS 8

Tomorrow is the scheduled launch of iOS 8. If you are upgrading an existing device, here are some tips to make it easier and safer. If you are getting a new iPhone on the 19th, then I think these are even more important. -- Macdrifter.

Preparing for iOS 8

Preparing for iOS 8

On the 17 September, Apple is releasing iOS 8 to the masses. Here are a few suggestions on making this experience as easy and trouble free as possible. -- Amsys.

The Government Attack on the Internet

The Government Attack on the Internet

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell recently wrote that "the Internet is the greatest deregulatory success story of all time." It has remained free of intrusive government controls, facilitating the rapid development of entrepreneurial and innovative companies. Many of these firms started small before generating massive valuations, such as the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and recently BuzzFeed. These are some of the big names, but there are tens of thousands of others, like our members' startups and firms, who have used the Internet to innovate, grow, compete and transform their industries.

However, the Internet is under attack by government. This unjustified regulation would cause irreversible damage to investment and U.S. leadership on innovation. -- Re/code.

How Can You Increase Smart Phone Battery Life?

How Can You Increase Smart Phone Battery Life?

Smartphones aren't really phones. They are small personal computers that you can carry around with you. They just happen to also make phone calls -- but that's not what most people use them for. Yes, these tiny computers are awesome and useful -- but there is a downside. The battery life is terrible. The only way I can make it through a day without an extra charge is to just not use the phone.

Possibly the two things people want in a new phone are better battery life and a better camera. But how could the battery life of a phone get better? There are only a few things that could change. Let me go over the options. -- Wired.

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

With a lot of debate over the value of a college education, here's a data point students can use: at one Texas college, students who took an elective COBOL class earned on average $10,000 more a year upon graduation than classmates who hadn't. COBOL, dropped from many curricula years ago as an outdated language, is tenaciously holding on in the industry, as many universities are belatedly starting to realize. -- ITWorld.

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

If you've been browsing Apple's site leading up to the iPhone 6 launch, you might've noticed something a little odd. Apple has edited the handset's protruding camera out of every single side-on view of the phone. (The camera is, necessarily, retained for images showing the back of the device.) The absence is particularly conspicuous given the number of side views Apple uses to emphasize the device's thinness. -- The Verge.

September 16 Tuesday's News

 

Apple creates dedicated portal for users to remove unwanted U2 album

Apple creates dedicated portal for users to remove unwanted U2 album

With hordes of iTunes customers loudly voicing their displeasure at having received 22-time Grammy-award-winning rock group U2's latest album for free in recent days, Apple responded to the cacophony on Monday with a new single-purpose web portal that will allow disgruntled users to remove the album from their iTunes accounts. -- AppleCare Support.

Apple releases new OS X Yosemite betas for developers, public beta participants

Apple releases new OS X Yosemite betas for developers, public beta participants

With the next version of Apple's flagship desktop operating system nearing release, new preview versions of OS X Yosemite were seeded to both registered Mac developers as well as participants of the public beta program. -- AppleInsider.

Apple to limit iPhone 6 NFC to Apple Pay, restrict developer access

Apple to limit iPhone 6 NFC to Apple Pay, restrict developer access

According to a report on Monday, Apple is restricting developer access to the NFC module found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, limiting the component to first-party Apple Pay services only.

While Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup is the first to incorporate near-field communications hardware, it seems the company will keep the component on lockdown as it makes an entrance into secure digital payments with Apple Pay. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures

Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures

In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions. -- AppleInsider.

Don't buy the Apple Watch version 1.0

Don't buy the Apple Watch version 1.0

We've all had about a week to think about the Apple Watch, which is all we can really do with it between now and when it launches in early 2015. There have been plenty of strident pieces written about it since the announcement, and as usual it's pretty easy to find one that reinforces whatever opinion it is that you already have. It's terrible! It's perfect! It's totally irrelevant!

We're not going to be so quick to judge the Apple Watch as a product category, at least not based on our blink-and-you'll-miss-it hands-on session. That said, you probably shouldn't buy the first one. The Apple Watch has promise, and it will have even more once actual people (and developers) can sink their teeth into it. But remember, this is a 1.0 product, and nearly all tech companies have a less than perfect track record when it comes to brand new releases. A quick look into Apple's past is no different, revealing that you rarely want to own the very first generation, version 1.0 iterations of the company's products. Apple's first tries are rarely bad, but they're almost never the company's best work. -- Ars Technica.

HealthKit is already helping top hospitals fight cancer, diabetes

HealthKit is already helping top hospitals fight cancer, diabetes

iOS 8's HealthKit is already starting to change the way health researchers track patients' wellness even though it hasn't been released, as two of the country's top research hospitals have launched HealthKit trials to track diabetics and patients with cancer and chronic disease. -- Cult of Mac.

How your iPhone could alter notifications based on your location

How your iPhone could alter notifications based on your location

Call alerts are all well and good but -- even on the Apple Watch, when they're being delivered directly to your wrist -- it's likely that there will be situations when users won't be aware of them, and could miss important calls or alerts as a result.

Apple's trying to crack that problem with a new patent published Tuesday, describing a "Self adapting alert device" that would vary the volume or style of user notifications to your iPhone or Apple Watch depending on where you are at the time. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple proves that moats are for dummies

Apple proves that moats are for dummies

As we all know, Apple last week announced two new iPhones, a payment service (ApplePay), and a line of Apple Watches that require iPhones to work. There's not much I can say about these products that you can't read somewhere else. They are bigger and better than what preceded them and -- in the case of ApplePay and the AppleWatch -- just different. They are all topnotch products that will stand out in the market and have good chances of being successful. So instead of writing about products we already know about, I'd like to write about moats to protect products from competition. -- I, Cringely.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money

Apple CEO Tim Cook has some advice for those concerned about privacy and your data: follow the money. In an interview with Charlie Rose Mr. Cook made an impassioned argument that Apple makes its profit from selling goods, rather than selling you. -- TechCrunch.

Apple to Preinstall iLife and iWork on Higher-Capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models

Apple to Preinstall iLife and iWork on Higher-Capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models

Taking advantage of the high storage capacities available on its 64 GB and 128 GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, Apple will be including the free iLife and iWork apps on those models preinstalled. The 16 GB models will still be eligible for the free apps, but users will have to download them manually, based on early word from a MacRumors source and now seconded by a separate source who provided 9to5Mac with details from Apple's internal documentation on the matter. -- Mac Rumors.

Searching for the Crash-less Car

Searching for the Crashless Car

How did cars become "computers on wheels," so automated that some are about to start driving themselves? The story begins 45 years ago with a quest to make cars safer and the battle over the air bag. -- New York Times.

Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

Faster innovation, better security, new markets -- the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit.

Apple's new programming language Swift has been public for a few short months, but the Apple faithful are already bowled over. They toss around words like "cleaner," "simpler," "modern," and "powerful." -- InfoWorld.

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously Unknown Patterns in Sport

How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously Unknown Patterns in Sport

Analyzing the network of passes between soccer players reveals that one of the world's most successful teams plays an entirely different type of football to every other soccer team on the planet.

If you've ever watched soccer, you'll know of the subtle differences in tactics and formation between different teams. There is the long ball game, the pressing game, the zone defense and so on. Many teams have particular styles of play that fans admire and hate. -- MIT Technology Review.

Smartphone Movements Could Reveal Empty Parking Spots

Smartphone Movements Could Reveal Empty Parking Spots

Researchers say "pocketsourcing" could let you find parking spots easily, without requiring cities to add spot sensors.

Researchers have come up with a novel way to find parking spots with your smartphone. It promises to be much easier than driving around looking for an empty space, and doesn't require the installation of pricey sensors or other methods for tracking available spots. -- MIT Technology Review.

Apple edits its company description following Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements

Apple edits its company description following Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements

Besides the news about iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-order numbers, Apple's press release this morning introduced Apple's new company description/mission statement. Apple tweaks this from time-to-time based on new product introductions. With Apple Pay and Apple Watch incoming, Apple has edited this company description. Here's the new one:

Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, defined the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad and has announced Apple Watch, its most personal device ever. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, continues the rapid pace of innovation of mobile software with iOS and integrated services including Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world with OS X, and free iOS and OS X apps like iWork and iMovie.

Here's the previous one for comparison:

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Your iPhone is an awesome chemistry kit

Your iPhone is an awesome chemistry kit

What's your iPhone made of? Just looking at it, you might dismiss it as just a slab of metal and glass, with a dose of magic inside. But our iPhones are actually portable chemistry labs, and there are an incredible number of complex chemical functions happening underneath the glass and metal shell that keep your iPhone ringing. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple was Granted 65 Patents Today Covering Advanced Haptics, the Lightning Connector, GarageBand and Much More

Apple was Granted 65 Patents Today Covering Advanced Haptics, the Lightning Connector, GarageBand and Much More

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents relating to the iPhone, advanced haptics, GarageBand, liquid metal and a few design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today which covers an incredible array of technologies. -- Patently Apple.

How to disable automatic downloads on iPhone and iPad

How to disable automatic downloads on iPhone and iPad

By default your iPhone or iPad can automatically download App Store apps and music that you purchase either within iTunes on your computer, or on another iOS device. That means download an app on your iPad, and it's instantly on your iPhone as well. While some people like this convenience, others may not appreciate it, especially if storage space is an issue on certain devices. Luckily you can disable it in just a few taps. -- iMore.

Three Things Apple Can Do to Fix iCloud's Security

Three Things Apple Can Do to Fix iCloud's Security

Tim Cook's promised iCloud security changes sound like band-aids, not fundamental fixes. Warning users after a hacker has already gained access to their account isn't exactly reassuring. And practically speaking, the vast majority of users won't turn on a technical-sounding feature that adds another hurdle to their login process. "I wouldn't be surprised if the adoption rate remains at less than one percent, and people still get hacked," says Nik Cubrilovic, a Sydney, Australia-based security consultant who wrote a deep analysis of the iCloud hack earlier this month. When Cubrilovic added two factor authentication to his own iCloud account, he says he waited three days for it to come into effect. "What's the awareness rate? How many people are going to sign up and wait three days? But next time someone gets hacked, Apple can shift the blame. They can say 'it's out of our hands.'"

Instead of that security theater performance, Cubrilovic and others who have tracked Apple's security nightmare suggest a few unorthodox changes that go to the root of iCloud's leaks. -- Wired.

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Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus use H.265 codec for FaceTime over cellular

Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus use H.265 codec for FaceTime over cellular

While Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have drawn attention for their new form factors and flashy Retina HD displays, the handsets boast substantial under-the-hood advancements, including support for the highly efficient H.265 video codec. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks.

Justice Sotomayor says technology could lead to 'Orwellian world'

Justice Sotomayor says technology could lead to 'Orwellian world'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says that without proper privacy safeguards, the advancement of technology could lead to a world like the one portrayed in "1984" by George Orwell. -- Ars Technica.

Why Apple Pay could succeed where others have had underwhelming results

Why Apple Pay could succeed where others have had underwhelming results

Still, on Tuesday in Cupertino, Apple introduced its new Apple Pay platform, which will support NFC-based payments from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch. The experience that Apple is promising will likely be identical, from an average user's perspective, to what Google Wallet has long provided: take out your phone, tap, (sometimes tap again, and again) and pay. Both services ask users to authenticate each transaction as well, with Apple incorporating its Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Google Wallet relying on a 4-digit PIN. -- Ars Technica.

Why Walmart and Best Buy aren't backing Apple Pay

Why Walmart and Best Buy aren't backing Apple Pay

When Apple Pay was unveiled Tuesday, Eddy Cue was quick to mention that 83% of US card issuers are already on board. 220,000 stores will also support the mobile payment initiative at launch, including big chains like McDonalds, Walgreens, Staples, and of course, Disney.

But that doesn't mean Apple Pay's adoption will be smooth sailing going forward. There are still plenty of merchants that haven't signed on, and some of the biggest names, including Walmart and Best Buy, don't plan on supporting Apple Pay any time soon. -- Cult of Mac.

Dock Folder Shortcuts: How Do They Work?

Dock Folder Shortcuts: How Do They Work?

Today we'll learn about all of the things we can do with folder shortcuts in the Dock, from adjusting how the files within them appear to switching to (or away from!) Stacks view. Why, we'll even talk about how to sort those folders to find your stuff more easily! It's all here in this Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.

5 Tips for Making Better Slide Show Presentations

5 Tips for Making Better Slide Show Presentations

Slideshows can sometimes make or break a presentation. Apple's Keynote app is a perfect tool for creating exciting presentations. You just need to make sure a slideshow is what you need. Nancy Carroll Gravley has five tips for making the most out of your slides. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Pushes iCloud Photo Library Back to Beta as SMS Continuity Delayed to October

Apple Pushes iCloud Photo Library Back to Beta as SMS Continuity Delayed to October

Though iCloud Photo Library was available during the iOS 8 beta testing period, Apple appears to have demoted it to beta status and removed it from the iOS 8 golden master, the software that will be distributed to the public next week. -- Mac Rumors.

Apple Pay Details: Apple Gets 0.15% Cut of Purchases, Higher Rates for Bluetooth Payments

Apple Pay Details: Apple Gets 0.15% Cut of Purchases, Higher Rates for Bluetooth Payments

Apple's ambitious new mobile payment initiative, Apple Pay, was announced on Tuesday during the company's iPhone event. Many questions still linger about the service, but information is beginning to trickle out from various sources as retailers, banks, and credit card companies prepare for the service's October launch.

According to a new report from The Financial Times, Apple stands to make quite a bit of money from its payments service. Banks and payment networks will be forking over 0.15 percent of each purchase to Apple, which equates to 15 cents out of a $100 purchase. -- Mac Rumors.

How to secure individual private files in OS X

How to secure individual private files in OS X

Your account in OS X should be relatively secure, and provided you store your files within the structure of your account (ie, the Documents, Music, Movies, and Photos folders in your home directory), then other users on your system will not be able to access your documents. However, this security has its limits, and may break down for several reasons, especially if you transfer documents from your Mac to other systems, or to online services which you access from other systems. -- MacIssues.

Smartphones: The Corporate Personality Test

Smartphones: The Corporate Personality Test

It was a big week for smartphones. Apple unveiled two new iPhones -- as well as a new smartwatch, which you can think of as a phone for your wrist. Amazon slashed the price of its new phone, and Microsoft, searching for new applications and content for its own struggling mobile platform, sought to acquire the company behind the blockbuster game Minecraft. What can we glean about these three companies -- and a fourth, Samsung -- from their smartphones?

A whole lot about their approach to everything. -- New York Times.

Trying to Hit the Brake on Texting While Driving

Trying to Hit the Brake on Texting While Driving

People keep texting when they're behind the wheel, so an engineer has found a technological solution. The problem: He can't do it on his own.

People know they shouldn't text and drive. Overwhelmingly, they tell pollsters that doing so is unacceptable and dangerous, and yet they do it anyway. They can't resist. So safety advocates and public officials have called for a technological solution that does an end run around free will and prevents people from texting in the first place. -- New York Times.

The Mystery of Apple Watch's Battery Life

The Mystery of Apple Watch's Battery Life

Apple had plenty to brag about at its event earlier this week. So it was particularly noticeable when Apple left out an important detail about the brand-new Apple Watch: the battery life. -- New York Times.

The Magic in Apple's Devices? The Heart

The Magic in Apple's Devices? The Heart

During the last seismic Apple announcement, in 2010, I was at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco as Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, a device he said was so singular it would create its own landing strip.

When the expected reveal came, there was a huge roar, and I looked around to see many of my fellow journalists clapping their hands red. I was an interloper in the land of tech announcements, but I was surprised that a group of cynical-by-nature reporters had been so completely won over in the moment.

Apple's ability to seize the moment and preoccupy the press is without peer. -- New York Times.

The Murky World of Third Party Web Tracking

The Murky World of Third Party Web Tracking

The first global study of third party web trackers reveals a hidden ecosystem of data gathering that spreads around the world.

One of the murkiest areas of Internet commerce is the international trade of personal information gathered by certain companies who monitor our behavior online. This kind of third-party data gathering is ubiquitous on the web thanks to the humble "cookie". -- MIT Technology Review.

Parallels Desktop 10.0.2

Parallels Desktop 10.0.2

Parallels Desktop has been updated to version 10.0.2 (27712) with fixes for a number of stability- and performance-related issues. The virtualization software fixes a bug that caused accidental keyboard input in Coherence, ratchets down the CPU usage by the Parallels Tools Service process in Boot Camp virtual machines, resolves an issue that distorted Windows OS native sounds when LogMeIn is installed, and fixes a problem that caused virtual machines to crash when shutting down. ($79.99 new, $49.99 upgrade, $39.99 educational, free update from version 10.0+, 275 MB, release notes, 10.9.4+)

Part one of Charlie Rose's full interview with Tim Cook

Part one of Charlie Rose's full interview with Tim Cook

If you ever really want to know more about Apple's CEO Tim Cook, then watching the Charlie Rose interview that originally aired last Friday is by far one of the best ways of doing that in one sitting. It's hard to believe that there's actually another concentrated hour of that interview to be aired on Monday. The first hour covered a lot of territory that we touch on in this report and on Monday, Charlie Rose will talk to Tim Cook about "What comes after the internet?" That question alone will have me tuning in.

Apple's HealthKit powering ambitious new medical trials at Stanford, Duke

Apple's HealthKit powering ambitious new medical trials at Stanford, Duke

Apple's new HealthKit tools in iOS 8 are the centerpiece of two separate medical trials about to kick off at prominent U.S. hospitals, aiming to help in treatment of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. -- AppleInsider.

Stealth clothing collection stops your devices spilling your secrets

Stealth clothing collection stops your devices spilling your secrets

Particularly on the back of the recent iCloud account hacking scandal, smartphone security is something a lot of people are paying more attention to.

With that in mind, a London-based designer recently launched an intriguing Kickstarter campaign, to create a clothing label aimed at raising awareness about high-tech security. -- Cult of Mac.

OS X Yosemite: Handy Tips and Tweaks to Customize Your Experience

OS X Yosemite: Handy Tips and Tweaks to Customize Your Experience

Apple's latest desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, won't officially come out until sometime this fall. But now that its public beta is open, both developers and a large number of Mac owners are able to use a preview version of the landmark OS.

For those who've just started using the beta, or are just anticipating its launch later this year, we've got some tips on how to best take advantage of the redesigned OS and its many new features. In this edition, we're going to take a look at some new settings and customizations you can make to your system in Yosemite. -- Wired.

Reviving an Original iPhone

Reviving an Original iPhone

Recently over at Low End Mac saved an original iPhone from certain doom. They really dislike throwing out any tech kit if it can be saved, so in this series they do their best to revive it and reuse it.

  1. Reviving an Original iPhone, Part 1
  2. Reviving an Original iPhone, Part 2
  3. Reviving an Original iPhone, Part 3 FrankenPhone
  4. Reviving an Original iPhone, Part 4: It's Dead

How to Wipe Personal Data from Your Smartphone

How to Wipe Personal Data from Your Smartphone

So you've just bought a new phone. You want to sell your old phone, but you're worried about the buyer finding personal information on it. That's smart -- you can never be too careful. Here's how to remove all that personal data before handing the phone over to a stranger. -- LAPTOP Magazine.

The Evolution of iOS -- An Infographic

xxxThe Evolution of iOS -- An Infographicxx

The iOS interface we know and (mostly) love has taken years to evolve. This infographic from the folks at 7DayShop.com, via Digital Marketing Agency 2x Media shows how iOS has evolved from its first incarnation, all the way up to the iOS 8 interface, which will be released later this week. -- MacTrast.