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Sep 1 2015 12:20AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

More "leaked" information about the next Apple TV came in over the weekend, and the latest rumors claim that the device will support Bluetooth gaming controllers. Elsewhere, Apple added Cisco to its growing list of enterprise partners, Apple Pay is now available on an entire university campus, and a quarter of a million iPhone jailbreakers found their iPhones affected by a particularly nasty strain of malware.

Next Apple TV Said to Support Bluetooth Game Controllers

Less than a week ahead of the expected announcement of the next-generation Apple TV, new rumors about the device continue to pour in, and they continue to make the device sound amazing in comparison to its current incarnation. The latest batch comes from insider sources who allegedly spoke with 9to5Mac, and they claim that the next Apple TV will support Bluetooth game controllers that closely resemble those for gaming consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — in other words, they'd be a lot like the MFi controllers currently available for iOS devices. As with those controllers, it's Ilikely that third-party manufacturers like Logitech will make the actual controllers.

That's cool and all, but the report also dispels some other exciting rumors, specifically the ones claiming that the next Apple TV would support the kind of motion controls you find on the Nintendo Wii. Instead, the sources claim, it'll just mimic the same tilting features you already find on the iPhone and iPad.

Other "leaked" information about the device came in from 9to5Mac earlier in the day, claiming that the device will cost somewhere between $149 and $199 and that it'll be available in October. In addition, the sources claim that Apple's long-awaited cable-cutting streaming TV service will come to both the third and fourth generations of the device, with the $69 third (and current) generation mainly being regarded as an entry-level device.


Apple and Cisco Announce Enterprise Partnership

Apple first made big headlines in the enterprise market when it announced its surprise partnership with IBM last year, and now the Cupertino company has teamed up with Cisco to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users. The press release announcing the partnership is light on details (as was an appearance by Tim Cook at Cisco's Global Sales Experience (GSX) today), but it notes, for instance, that switching between an iPhone and a desk phone should be seamless with the resulting optimized technology.

Source: Eric J. Bell

"iOS is the world's best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the press release. "iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love."

As partners, Apple and Cisco will reportedly work together to create "experiences" for "mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence, and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience."


Over 225,000 Jailbreakers Affected By New Malware Attack

If you've ever considered breaking away from Apple's "walled garden" and jailbreaking your iOS device, consider this: Today Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech revealed that malware known as KeyRaider has affected around 225,000 jailbroken iOS devices. That's a quarter of a million Apple IDs that the people responsible for KeyRaider have access to, and they're reportedly already using it to make fraudulent purchases off the App Store. Worse yet, the malware removes the ability to unlock an iPhone from the lock screen, and the culprits are sometimes using that feature to demand ransoms before the phone can be unlocked again.

Source: Palo Alto Networks

The bulk of the damage is in China, where users unassumingly downloaded affected apps through the jailbreaking tool Cydia, although Palo Alto notes that it has also affected some devices in the U.S. and the U.K. In addition to Apple IDs and passwords, KeyRaider also gains access to each affected device's unique GUID identifying code, its security certificates, its private keys for push notifications, and its App Store purchase history. Indeed, one of the ways jailbroken devices get affected is when the user download two jailbreak features that allow users to download apps from the App Store for free.


Apple Pay Now Available Throughout University of Oklahoma Campus

Apple Pay has been making steady inroads into retail establishments across the U.S. since its debut last year, but as of this week, it's also available throughout the entire University of Oklahoma campus. That means students can use it at any of the Norman, Oklahoma campus' 400 point-of-service locations, which include everything from restaurants to bookstores. It's the first time a university has so fully embraced Apple's mobile payment technology.

Source: Wikipedia

And it's apparently just the beginning. Back during Apple's earnings call for the third quarter last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that more than 700 colleges and universities would start using the service. The University of Oklahoma was among the universities Cook specifically mentioned at the time, as was the University of Kentucky and Cook's own alma mater Auburn University.

As for the University of Oklahoma itself, it's certainly enthusiastic about the service's potential, as it released a meme-filled list today detailing why "having Apple Pay campus wide is so awesome."

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 31 2015 8:18PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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Aug 30 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 29 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 29 2015 12:25AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The next Apple TV is set to be revealed at Apple's next big media event on September 9, if you believe the rumors, and the latest batch claims that it'll feature some spiffy motion-sensing technology that could make it a big hit with casual gamers. Meanwhile, Apple and other companies are joining up with the Pentagon to create "flexible hybrid electronics," and it looks like we're stuck with 16GB baseline iPhones for another year.

Next Apple TV Said to Have Motion-Sensitive Remote

Rumors that the next big Apple TV will support motion-sensing technology have been around since 2010, but they resurfaced again in a report from TechCrunch detailing new aspects about the feature mere weeks ahead of the device's expected reveal. The motion control itself will center on a redesigned remote with the touchpad and Siri support we've all heard so much about it, but the report notes that insider sources claim that it'll have "several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote."

The report suggests that Apple likely aims to use the features to attract "the broad casual gaming market" but notes that it also allows the possibility of innovative gameplay. The design would also fare well for multiplayer gaming, as the players involved could use the built-in voice support, and the Apple TV would provide a better home for party games that are a tad too awkward to use on the iPad on the iPhone.

While the motion capabilities of the device are the highlight of the article, the report also cites anonymous sources who note that the combination of the device's "polish, polish, polish," its own App Store, and other factors will "blow away the types of junky smart TV interfaces we’ve had to deal with so far." The changes are so extensive, apparently, that they end Apple TV's long designation as a "hobby" and elevate it into "the first real Apple TV product."

If that's all true, the debut of the new Apple TV would have been even more impressive with the inclusion of Apple's long-rumored streaming TV service, but multiple reports claim that it's being held up by negotiations. The latest report in that regard comes from The Information's Jessica Lessin (via AppleInsider), who said in a letter to subscribers this morning that Apple's rumored $40 monthly fee for the service is the main sticking point. It's apparently simply too low for the content makers to want to bite, and thus it might be a bit higher when (and if) the service ever sees the light of day.

"There's still a big gap between the price media companies want for their TV channels and the roughly $40 a month Apple wants to charge consumers," Lessin wrote in her letter. "Something has to give."


Apple Teaming Up with Pentagon to Make Military Wearable Tech

The Apple Watch, it seems, was only the beginning: The Cupertino company's wearable technology might soon be coming to a soldier near you. According to a new report from Reuters, Apple is one of 162 tech companies teaming up with the Pentagon in order to make high-tech, stretchable and wearable electronics for soldiers in order to keep track of their vitals. In the future, the Pentagon expects warplanes and warships will use the same technology in their hulls order to monitor their structural integrity in real time.

Above: Silicon Valley's Ames Research Center (via Wikipedia)

The San Jose-based group goes by the name of the FlexTech Alliance, and it includes several other powerhouse companies and organizations such as Boeing and Harvard. The project will reportedly receive around $171 million in funding over the next five years to further develop "flexible hybrid electronics," with $90 million of that coming from Apple and its partner companies and $75 million coming from the federal government. The remainder will come from local governments.

"I’ve been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at NASA's Ames Research Center as he awarded the project the government's share of the funding.

Interestingly enough, the news comes on the same day that Politico ran an article on how current Apple CEO Tim Cook has embraced Washington politics. Steve Jobs famously shunned it.


'Leaked' Photo Suggests 16GB Baseline Units for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

Many commentators had hoped that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be the last iPhones to start out with 16GB of storage, but in line with earlier rumors, a newly "leaked" photo of an information sheet for the upcoming devices suggests that might not be the case (via Steve Hemmerstoffer). Even in this digital storage hungry world, it appears that the base models for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature 16GB of storage.

There's always a chance, of course, that some bored guy faked the photo or that it merely represents an earlier stage of Apple's production process that has since been abandoned. It's possible, yes, but at this stage it seems like wishful thinking.

Apple is widely expected to reveal the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the media event on September 9 Apple announced yesterday. While the devices likely won't look terribly different from their current counterparts on the surface, they're expected to sport much better cameras, Force Touch technology, improved cellular connectivity, and stronger aluminum for the exteriors. The devices are also expected to come in a new "rose gold" color and to support animated lock screen wallpapers in the style of the "Motion" watch faces for the Apple Watch.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 28 2015 11:42PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

After years of being available on the developer’s website and Steam Early Access, Kerbal Space Program is finally available as a full release on Mac. Part space sim, part sandbox management, Kerbal Space Program is extremely ambitious. It’s not jaw-dropping to look at, but that’s easy to forget when you see the wide-eyed awe on the faces of your pilots as you launch.

Kerbal Space Program takes place on a planet similar to Earth, except its inhabitants are little green aliens sharing the last name “Kerbin.” It’s your job to build up the game’s meager space program: managing employees, taking contracts, researching technology, and building aircraft and spacecraft, among other things. It’s an overwhelming number of things to manage, so KSP offers three modes: Sandbox, which has no restrictions on inventory; Science, in which data is gathered and funds aren’t an issue; and Career. Career Mode is the heart of KSP, starting you with very little money and not much inventory to build ships from. As you collect data, research new things, and conquer goals, you’ll gain access to better parts, smarter crew members, and upgraded buildings.

Once you successfully build a craft and make it out of orbit into space (no small feat in itself) the space sim portion kicks in. It’s up to you to control your ship, aiming for regions unknown, new planets, or getting into orbit. There are tutorials outside of the core game, but once you’re in Career Mode there are no training wheels, and a more organic training process would have been helpful. There’s a lot of patience required, and trial and error involved in just figuring out how not to blow up your ship and kill your pilot a few hundred meters in the air.

Even after years in development, Kerbal Space Program has its fair share of technical difficulties. Multiple freezes and crashes to desktop make it hard to progress, and less serious glitches are distracting. Despite these issues, there’s definitely something engaging about it. You might find yourself building better spacecraft in your head when you’re not playing, or saying “Just one more launch” over and over again.

The bottom line. A great blend of micromanagement and spaceflight, but it’s marred by tech issues.

Review Synopsis


Kerbal Space Program







Mac running OS X 10.6 or later, Intel processor, 3GB memory, 512MB graphics, 1GB HDD


Incredibly deep interaction. Effortlessly combines management and simulation aspects.


Freezes and crashes aren’t ideal. Training is dull but necessary.

Aug 28 2015 10:04PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Aug 28 2015 9:14PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 28 2015 8:16PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
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Aug 28 2015 6:46PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 28 2015 3:29PM EST | Source: Geek.com
After two years of serving as Apple's entry-level smartphone, it's time for the 5c to make way for a replacement, but it's not the 6c.

Aug 27 2015 11:55PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Apple has at last announced the date for its next big media event and, well, it's going to take place on the date we've all been saying it was going to take place on for months now. In addition, Apple is said to be bringing some spiffy animated wallpapers to the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus."

Apple to Hold Next iPhone/Apple TV Event on September 9

And so the rumor mill is right again. Apple sent out invitations this morning stating that, yes, the next Apple media event will be held at 10AM PDT on Wednesday, September 9 at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple II in 1977. The invitation's message is both simple and vague: "Hey Siri, give us a hint."

In addition, Windows users will be able to join in on the festivities live for the first time ever this year, as the Cupertino company's page for the event notes that you can stream it on September 9 "on a PC with Edge on Windows 10." As usual, of course, you can also watch the event on Apple TV or through the Safari browser on a Mac or iOS device.

There's always a chance Apple could surprise us, but there have been plenty of trustworthy "hints" from the rumor mill that suggest that Apple will at last unveil the so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at the event. Both devices are expected to be be made from stronger aluminum than their immediate predecessors, and they're expected to feature Force Touch, an improved camera, 2GB of RAM, and an A9 processor.

Apple is also expected to use the event to unveil the next generation of the Apple TV, which is expected to have Siri support (which likely explains the invitation's tagline), its own App Store, a touch-based remote control, and an A8 processor. Apple isn't expected to announce its long-awaited subscription-based streaming TV service at the event, though, as negotiations are supposedly still bogged down.

For a bit of fun, saying "Hey Siri, give me a hint" to Siri does, in fact, reveal a set of customized responses. Unfortunately, the hints are no more helpful than "Well, I hear there's something big happening on September 9" and our personal favorite: "Why don't you check a rumors blog? That's what I do."

Ouch, Siri.


iPhone 6s and 6s Plus May Have Apple Watch-Like Animated Wallpapers

Fittingly enough, the pace of rumors hasn't slowed down even with the next Apple media event on the near horizon. The latest rumor passed along from insider sources to 9to5Mac claims that the so-called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will feature new animated wallpapers in the style of the "Motion" watch faces for the Apple Watch. Each time a user wakes up his or her phone, they'll be treated to watching the wallpaper dynamically change based on their interactions.

Source: cnBeta

Some of the wallpapers seem based off the static backgrounds that showed up in the beta for iOS 9 earlier in the month, such as smoky clouds with different colors and a school of koi. The koi, in fact, seems to lend some credence to a "leaked" photo of the box for the iPhone 6s Plus that appeared on the Chinese site cnBeta this morning. Some inconsistencies with Apple's earlier iPhone packaging led some commentators to doubt its authenticity, but as the box depicts a koi fish on the front, it could be a way to tie-in the packaging with this new feature.

Dynamic wallpapers already exist to a degree on the current iPhones, but their complexity doesn't come close to matching that of the motion watch faces for the Apple Watch. At the moment, there's no word as to whether we'll get to put the snazzy new wallpapers on older iPhones, but it seems unlikely in light of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus's allegedly better processor and extra RAM. In fact, the static images we saw in the iOS 9 beta might be as close as we get.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 27 2015 11:43PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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Aug 27 2015 10:27PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Aug 27 2015 7:22PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

We're looking at the biggies this week: Apple's top-of-the-line jumbo-sized models. So if you've got an iMac hankering, you've come to the right place. And, as always, we'll have a collection of gadgets and goodies to go along with your new big Mac to make things run smoothly as can be. You can even save some dough on a brand-new Apple Watch!

Aug 27 2015 6:51PM EST | Source: Geek.com
You probably know at least one person whose smartphone is attached to their hand at all times. They’re tweeting, or Instagramming, or Facebooking, playing CCGs, or doing whatever else is popular rather than […]

Aug 27 2015 5:30PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

SmartDown is a full-featured Markdown text editor with syntax highlighting and HTML previewing, offering export to RTF, HTML, and PDF. Plain Markdown is supported, along with MultiMarkdown for things like tables, and Critic Markup for tracking changes. Light/dark themes are available, as well as your own; every aspect of syntax highlighting is customizable, and you can add your own CSS for Markdown preview.

Writers are well served, with statistics on words, sentences, pages, and reading time; you can even specify a word-count goal, and SmartDown will show your progress. It takes Markdown syntax into account when counting words, and it offers a Highlight Mode, where all but the current sentence or paragraph is dimmed. You can also do basic outlining in your Markdown file. Headings can be collapsed/expanded, using arrows in the document gutter, and there’s a floating tooltip marking the section. You can even export your work as an OPML file.

There are some handy editing tools, like shortcuts to move lines and a right-click palette of Markdown-insertion options. 

The bottom line. SmartDown is ideal for planning, organizing and writing documents in Markdown. Extensive customization options add to the appeal.

Review Synopsis









Mac running OS X 10.9 or later


Completely customizable Markdown syntax highlighting and previewing. Outlining, with collapsible headings and OPML export. Useful statistics, goals, and tools for writers.


Some rough edges in interface and keyboard shortcut support.

Aug 27 2015 3:00PM EST | Source: Geek.com
LG Rolly Keyboard
Portable keyboards are quite a popular edition to a mobile workers bag. Typing on a touchscreen has improved greatly in recent years, but it still doesn’t compare to tapping away on real, physical […]

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