Apple Introduces A New Mac Mini, Drops The Base Price To $499

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mac mini front Surprise! We all knew new iPads and Macs were coming, but Apple snuck in one more little bit of news at the tail-end of today’s announcement: new Mac Minis.
So what’s new? The most obvious change is the price, which is dropping from $599 to $499 for the base model. That’s a price cut of nearly 20% from generation to generation. Read More

Apple Pay available on October 20th with 500 more banks on board

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When Apple first unveiled its Apple Pay payments system last month it promised the feature would be enabled as part of a software update in October. That software update, iOS 8.1, will debut alongside Apple Pay on October 20th, bringing Apple Pay to all iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners. Apple has been working with American Express, Mastercard, and Visa to link credit cards to the Apple Pay service so you can simply tap an iPhone at stores like Walgreens, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Disney, and more. Since last month, Apple has added 500 new banks to the Apple Pay service.

Apple Pay uses a combination of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an NFC chip inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to allow owners to touch a sensor at a store and confirm…

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Apple Watch developer tools to launch next month

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Apple announced today that WatchKit, the developer tools for the forthcoming Apple Watch, will be available for developers starting next month. Developers will be able to create apps and other utilities for the Apple Watch using WatchKit. Apple says that the Apple Watch will be available sometime early next year and will be priced at $349 to start.

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Apple announces iOS 8.1: Apple Pay, Camera Roll, iCloud Photo Library beta

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Apple today announced iOS 8.1, the first dot update since iOS 8 launched that brings Apple Pay and various OS X Yosemite tie-in features to the company’s mobile operating system. iOS 8.1 also brings back Camera Roll, a feature iOS 8 removed, and iCloud Photo Library in beta, a feature Apple teased months ago that lets you store all of your photos from all your devices in the cloud. The update rolls out on October 20th.

Apple’s iOS 8 rollout has been its rockiest in years. An early update disabled cell service in many phones, an enormous update file size limited the number of people who could actually install it, and frequent crashes have plagued users and third-party app developers. Then there was the botched HealthKit launch, which…

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OS X Yosemite will be available today from the Mac App Store

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Apple is releasing OS X Yosemite today, launching what is arguably the most significant update to the Mac’s operating system in years. Yosemite, which will be made available for free in the Mac App Store, includes a total visual overhaul of OS X that introduces a simple and colorful style, much like what’s found on iOS.

In fact, the reason Yosemite is so significant is that it really begins to bring the Mac and the iPhone together in a meaningful way. For one, you’ll be able to start answering phone calls and sending and receiving text messages from your Mac. Apple demonstrated the phone call feature at an event today by ringing up Stephen Colbert, who held a brief conversation involving a lot of code words with software chief Craig…

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Apple has sold 225 million iPads since it launched, ‘almost half’ of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 8

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Apple is kicking off today’s iPad event with the usual numbers showing the health of Apple’s platforms and ecosystems that typically kick off Apple’s presentations. Today, Craig Federighi has just announced that announcing that 48 percent of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 8 since it launched last month. That’s down significantly from last year, when CEO Tim Cook said that about 64 percent of iOS users had upgraded to iOS 7 after a similarly short window. The launch of iOS 8 was plagued by a few pretty severe bugs, and last week some data showed that iOS 8 adoption was indeed lagging behind previous years.

Trying to spin things in a more positive fashion, Federighi noted that 94 percent of iOS users were on either iOS 7 or iOS 8,…

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iPad Air 2 announced with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and ‘world’s thinnest’ body

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Apple is introducing the iPad Air 2, a new version of its wildly popular tablet with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an even thinner body. The new tablet is 6.1mm thick — down from 7.5 mm on the original iPad Air, an 18 percent reduction. This new model will also be available in gold.

The Air 2 has the same 9.7-inch display size, but that display should now look even nicer. The LCD, glass, and touch sensor are now all optically bonded, so there are no longer any air gaps between then. On…

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Apple Announces Apple Watch SDK, Launches In November

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ipad-mac-event0043 Apple just announced its SDK for the upcoming Apple Watch. Called WatchKit, the kit launches next month. The word comes from Tim Cook speaking today at an event held at the Apple Campus. WatchKit will give developers the tools needed to build app for the Apple Watch. As Tim Cook noted on statge, so far Apple has only worked with select partners to build Apple Watch like BMW, American Express… Read More

Apple Pay Launches On Monday, October 20

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monday Tim Cook today announced during the company’s iPad and Mac event that Apple Pay will be launching on Monday with companies like Groupon, Uber, Airbnb and Target. It also revealed the expanded list of merchants that will be turning on its mobile payments service soon — another round of massive, national chains:

“It’s going to change the way we pay for things,&#8221… Read More

Google’s Schmidt Stands Firm On Not Applying Europe’s Search De-Listing To Google.Com

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Google Maps Europe Google’s Eric Schmidt has held the line against extending European search de-listing requests to Google’s .com domain. As it stands successful requests made by private individuals under the ruling for information to be de-indexed by Google in a search associated with their name are only implemented by Google on European sub domains, such as Google.co.uk or Google.de, not on Google.com. Read More

Where’s The Money In Music? We’ll Ask SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London

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3638724798_e61b515f93_z Listeners love SoundCloud, but can it be a successful business? It’s a critical moment for the company. It lost $29 million on just $14 million in revenue last year after raising over $123M. Can it get acquired at good price? Could it thrive independently? And where does a service built on unlicensed remixes and DJ sets fit in amongst all-legal music services like Spotify? Well find out… Read More

Apple’s iPad Air 2 Announced With Touch ID, Is 18% Thinner And 40% Faster

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air 2 And it’s official! After a surprise last-minute leak yesterday and almost exactly one year since the debut of its predecessor, Apple has officially announced the iPad Air 2. Here’s what we know so far: It’s 6.1mm thick, making it 18% thinner than the original iPad Air The screen is one single laminated component, removing any air and thus reducing glare It has an… Read More

HP is killing all remaining Palm webOS devices on January 15th

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There’s no reasonable explanation for why anyone would still be actively using a Palm Pre or Pixi in 2014. Maybe you could make a case for the TouchPad, but if you’re using any of these things, know that the end of HP’s support for webOS is closing in. The company has announced that on January 15th, 2015, it will shut down all cloud services related to webOS that power the operating system across Palm’s hardware. No, HP isn’t flipping a kill switch on your obsolete hardware, but this move will eventually have the same end result. Once the shut down occurs, you’ll basically have to pray that nothing goes wrong with your Palm device. Ever again.

HP says users will no longer be able to download apps or updates once cloud services are…

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Whisper accused of monitoring users’ locations even after they opt out

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Anonymish social network Whisper is tracking some users’ location even after they opt out of tracking, according to a new report. The Guardian says that in the course of discussing a partnership with the Los Angeles company, it discovered that Whisper monitors users’ rough location regardless of whether tracking has been disabled, and re-wrote its terms of service this week to give itself explicit permission to do so.

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Report says illegal Airbnb apartments made up over a third of the company’s NYC revenue

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Airbnb got some very bad news today, in the form of a new report from the State Attorney General’s office. The report is intended as an impartial survey, a way of determining the scale of illegal rentals taking place on Airbnb’s network. According to the report, there’s quite a lot: the attorney general discovered more than 100 renters who were controlling ten apartments or more — a clear sign of an underground hotel network — and found that high-volume users made up a full 36 percent of the company’s revenue in New York, despite only making up six percent of users.

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The guy who inspired Gamergate ignored his mother’s advice to ‘cool off’

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In August, Eron Gjoni published a 9,000 word screed on his personal WordPress, detailing the private relationship he shared with game designer Zoe Quinn. The post catalyzed a movement that would become known as Gamergate, an ongoing internet protest that claims to be about journalistic ethics, but is fixated on suppressing progressive voices, particularly those of minorities and women. The group strategizes on the internet, but members have made threats in the real world, including doxxing Quinn and other designers and requesting advertisers pull campaigns from publications that publish coverage the group does not agree with. This week, critic Anita Sarkessian was forced to cancel a lecture at a Utah University after receiving threats of…

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IFTTT Rolls Out Powerful New Twitter Triggers For Searches, Mentions, Location Tracking And More

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ifttt-screen Just over a year ago, “internet glue” service IFTTT, which lets you define triggers to automate actions associated with your online accounts and services, rolled out a new set of Twitter triggers that complied with Twitter’s new rules for developers. Today, the company is expanding on that earlier lineup with several other new triggers, including those that let you kick… Read More

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