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Oct 1 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Oct 1 2014 1:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - ARM Holdings Plc said on Wednesday it was introducing software to make the proliferating number of Internet-connected devices many consumers surround themselves with more manageable and secure.

Oct 1 2014 12:39PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Gold iPad mockup

Developers, start your engines! Apple released the gold master for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, and is now asking developers to begin submitting their updated apps, suggesting that a release is just around the corner. Speaking of gold, rumor has it that the next iPad Air will be available in just that color. And what kind of trick is Microsoft trying to pull now? That and more in today's Morning Report!

Next iPad Air Will Reportedly Also Come in Gold

Now here's a development even a classic James Bond villain would appreciate: Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple's next full-sized iPad will add a third color option alongside the current space gray and silver. The addition of a gold model for the rumored iPad Air 2 will bring the 9.7-inch tablet in line with the color scheme of recent iPhone models, including the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

According to the report, the addition of a gold model is an effort by Apple to "goose sales" of the iPad line, a successful marketing trick dating back to Cupertino's use of a rainbow of colors for the original iMac in 1999. Unnamed sources familiar with Apple's plans claim a gold iPad is the company's way of boosting "a category that’s posted declining shipments this year."

iTunes Store Now Accepting Donations to City of Hope

Apple has frequently used the convenience of the iTunes Store to help raise donations for worthy causes, and with Breast Cancer Awareness Month now underway, now is a great time to give to a worthy cause. iTunes customers can now donate as little as $5 or as much as $200 to City of Hope, a "global leader in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases."

By donating through iTunes, 100 percent of the funds will be transferred to City of Hope to help fund research and treatment programs. Apple's fine print notes that iTunes Store credit cannot be used for donations, and the act of kindness "may not qualify for a tax deduction or other tax benefits," but you'll certainly feel better knowing that you helped, even if it was just a little.

Microsoft Skips a Version, Goes Straight to Windows 10

If for some reason you don't own a Mac desktop or laptop, your PC is going to feel a lot more like old-school Windows next year, when Microsoft plans to begin shipping Windows 10, which will be available sometime today as an "early technical preview" for developers and tech enthusiasts. The new version attempts to unify Microsoft's disparate platforms — "from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets" — but longtime users will likely cheer the loudest about improvements such as the return of the traditional Start menu, the ability to run Metro-centric apps in a window rather than full-screen only, and a new task view that performs a lot like Apple's own Mission Control.

For those paying attention, you've probably noticed that Microsoft has skipped an entire version number, jumping from the current Windows 8 all the way to Windows 10 — a decision that seems like more than a coincidence, given how Apple has steadfastly hung onto the very same version number since the debut of OS X more than 13 years ago. Microsoft plans to discuss the "consumer chapter" of Windows 10 in early 2015, with a release planned for later the same year.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter

(Image courtesy of GoldGenie.com)

Oct 1 2014 12:39PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Gold iPad mockup

Developers, start your engines! Apple released the gold master for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, and is now asking developers to begin submitting their updated apps, suggesting that a release is just around the corner. Meanwhile, Microsoft is readying a new version of Windows that looks awfully familiar, amidst rumors that the next iPad Air will also come in Gold. That and more in today's Morning Report!

Next iPad Air Will Reportedly Also Come in Gold

Now here's a development even a classic James Bond villain would appreciate: Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple's next full-sized iPad will add a third color option alongside the current Space Gray and Silver. The addition of a Gold model for the rumored iPad Air 2 will bring the 9.7-inch tablet in line with the color scheme of recent iPhone models, including the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

According to the report, the addition of a Gold model is an effort by Apple to "goose sales" of the iPad line, a successful marketing trick dating back to Cupertino's use of a rainbow of colors for the original iMac in 1999. Unnamed sources familiar with Apple's plans claim a Gold iPad is the company's way of boosting "a category that’s posted declining shipments this year."

iTunes Store Now Accepting Donations to City of Hope

Apple has frequently used the convenience of the iTunes Store to help raise donations for worthy causes, and with Breast Cancer Awareness Month now underway, now is a great time to give to a worthy cause. iTunes customers can now donate as little as $5 or as much as $200 to City of Hope, a "global leader in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases."

By donating through iTunes, 100 percent of the funds will be transferred to City of Hope to help fund research and treatment programs. Apple's fine print notes that iTunes Store credit cannot be used for donations, and the act of kindness "may not qualify for a tax deduction or other tax benefits," but you'll certainly feel better knowing that you helped,e even if it was just a little.

Microsoft Skips a Version, Goes Straight to Windows 10

Assuming you don't run Mac OS X on your desktop or laptop, your PC is going to feel a lot more like old-school Windows next year, when Microsoft plans to begin shipping Windows 10, which will be available sometime today as an "early technical preview" for developers and tech enthusiasts. The new version attempts to unify Microsoft's disparate platforms — "from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets" — but longtime users will likely cheer the loudest about improvements such as the return of the traditional Start menu, the ability to run Metro-centric apps in a window rather than full-screen only, and a new task view that performs a lot like Apple's own Mission Control.

For those paying attention, you've probably noticed that Microsoft has skipped an entire version number, jumping from the current Windows 8 all the way to Windows 10 — a decision that seems like more than a coincidence, given how Apple has steadfastly hung onto the very same version number since the debut of OS X more than 13 years ago. Microsoft plans to discuss the "consumer chapter" of Windows 10 in early 2015, with a release planned for later the same year.

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter

(Image courtesy of GoldGenie.com)

 

Oct 1 2014 12:03PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Oct 1 2014 11:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Telecom Italia Chairman Giuseppe Recchi said on Wednesday there has been no contact with Sol Trujillo following reports that the U.S. businessman is interested in bidding for a stake in the Italian telecoms group.

Oct 1 2014 10:51AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - After spending two years developing a wide-ranging communications tool for Wall Street, Goldman Sachs Group Inc says it has reached the perfect pitch.

Oct 1 2014 10:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he would not restrict Internet access for Russians but Moscow must protect state domains against a surge of cyber attacks since the Ukraine crisis began.

Oct 1 2014 9:32AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rocket Internet , the global e-commerce investor, will likely price its flotation at the upper end of the 35.50 euros ($44.75) to 42.50 euros a share price range, three people familiar with the deal said.

Oct 1 2014 7:56AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he would not consider restricting Internet access for Russian users but warned of a sharp rise in cyber attacks on state domains since the Ukraine crisis began.

Oct 1 2014 6:23AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday that it will invest $560 million to build a consumer appliances production complex in Vietnam, its latest move to build manufacturing capacity in the country.

Oct 1 2014 12:08AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Just in time to counter the news about Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system (via the BBC), Apple today launched a "golden master candidate" for OS X Yosemite. That means that development of the system is largely at an end, and that from now on Apple will chiefly occupy itself with squashing lingering bugs and honing rough edges. And if you want to jump in, you can. The release of the golden master candidate also marks the launch of the fourth public beta.

Specifically, the build for the developers is Build 14A379a; the build for the public beta is Build 14A379b. You can, of course, download it from the Mac Dev Center if you have access to it, and if you're a "regular" user, you can download it from the Mac App Store. But first you'll need to sign up.

Yosemite does for Mac OS X what iOS 7 did for the company's mobile operating system. Most on-screen elements now sport the "flatter" look Jony Ive likes so much these days, and familiar elements such as the dock and the windows menu have new designs. New features are plentiful, such as a greatly enhanced Spotlight tool and Continuity support for easy access to whatever you're doing on your iPad or iPhone.

And as a side note, yes, the golden master candidate fixes the "Shellshock" vulnerability, which was fixed just yesterday for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion.

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

Oct 1 2014 12:07AM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Before you sync your iCloud or reinstall your apps, you need to lock down your iPhone or iPad. Here are seven important tweaks (and more) you can set to bolster your privacy.






Sep 30 2014 11:10PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Reports that PayPal was trying to cozy up with Apple for its mobile payment system are almost as old as the rumors about Apple Pay itself. We last reported on the rumors way back in January, and now a new report from Bank Innovation (via MacRumors) claims all that work came to naught. In fact, the veteran Internet payment company apparently signed a deal with Samsung to power its own fingerprint payment system for its Galaxy S5 units.

Apple apparently made the decision to end the talks. Understandably, PayPal's move incensed the Cupertino company, and it's said that the partnership with Samsung led to Apple's surprise decision to exclude PayPal from the dev kit for Apple Pay entirely.

The deal with Samsung "was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay CEO John Donahoe," the report says. "PayPal's now-former president David Marcus was purportedly categorically against the Samsung deal, knowing that it would jeopardize PayPal's relationship with Apple. Donahoe won the day, however."

The rift between the two companies seemingly runs deep now, and its effects were more visibly seen in a recent PayPal ad in the New York Times (also noted by MacRumors) that pointed to the iCloud celebrity snafu as proof of the comparative safety of its payment service, which greatly resembles Apple Pay in concept. "We the people," the ad read, "want our money safer than our selfies." Ouch.

But business may soon get rough for PayPal. Word also dropped today from CNN that eBay plans to split PayPal off as its own company again despite recent successes, which only adds to the clash between Marcus and Donahoe. And if Apple Pay turns out to be as "cool" as Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes, PayPal could end up fighting for its very survival. For its part, eBay (which still owns PayPal for now) now claims to welcome the competition from Apple Pay, as reported by MarketWatch.

"I’m hoping that the recent tokenization and Apple Pay announcements begin to accelerate the pace of NFC (near-field communication) adoption. I don’t know if that will be the case, but if it does, we think that’s a very good thing for PayPal," John Donahoe said in the report.

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

Sep 30 2014 11:01PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

As more and more people start to use their iPad as a real work machine and their iPhone as a primary way of managing emails on the move, we need iOS devices to be able to view a huge range of file types — from simple text documents to complex design layouts, 3D models, high-quality sound recordings, and fun videos.

The iPad and iPhone can view many file types out of the box with no extra software, but in some cases, they need a bit of help from the App Store. Of course, app developers have stepped up here and created a huge range of apps for handling lots of different files, from the common to the specialist. Using the context-sensitive "Open In..." option in iOS, you can send files to apps that support them, many of which let you do much more than just view what’s in the files. Some have great editing capabilities and ways to share the files with others.

A lot of the time, unexpected files come to you over email, so we’ll show you how to open a file in another app right from the iOS Mail app. When someone sends you a URL to download a large file, or you just find one online that you want to download, the lack of a file system can seem to hold you back; there’s no obvious way to use such files, but we’ll show you a way around that, too.

 

How to Receive and Use Files from Any Source

1. Open from Email

If someone emails you a file, you’ll see it in the email as a little square. Once you scroll down to it, it downloads to your device. (If it doesn’t, tap to start the download). Tap and hold on the file to bring up a pop-up menu and show options for sharing the file or sending it to an app.

 

2. Open from AirDrop

If someone shares a file over AirDrop, you first get a notification asking if you want to receive the file. Accept it and the file comes over — if it’s one of the file types that iOS usually recognises, you’re told what kind of file it is. You can then choose which app to send the file to.

 

3. Download Web Files

If someone sends you a link to a file hosted online, you can often open it with the right kind of app. If you don’t have one at the time, you can save almost any file to certain apps — we recommend Dropbox. Just choose the option in Safari to “Open in…” rather than the default option.

 

How to Work with any File Format

1. Office File Formats

Microsoft Office and Apple Pages documents are all supported natively, as are TXT, RTF, and PDF; when you receive one, just tap it to open it. If you want to edit these files, there are some options.

Microsoft Office for iPad is free for viewing documents, and will always format Office files correctly, something other apps can struggle with. However, you have to pay a yearly subscription if you want to edit documents. Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps are free to anyone buying a new iOS device, and let you open and edit MS Office file types and more. For OpenOffice file formats, including ODT, ODS, and ODP, you can view them for free using OOReader. To edit these document types, use the Documents Unlimited apps by AppsVerse Inc — there are separate iPad and iPhone apps ($4.99 and $3.99 respectively).

If you need to annotate or sign a PDF, Adobe Reader is a good free option which also lets you open encrypted PDFs (such as legal documents). If you’re working with lots of PDFs, however, GoodReader 4 ($6.99) is a more organized way to manage these files. 

If you’re sent documents in ZIP form, you can sometimes use iOS’s Quick Look option to view the contents. For properly unpacking ZIP or RAR archives, though, use the free app iZip.


The iZip app shows you contents of a ZIP file, and lets you choose what to do with each file extracted.

 

2. Creative File Formats

Photoshop PSD files can only be opened by Adobe’s Photoshop Touch app if they come through its Creative Cloud service. Use the free PSD Viewer for Photoshop to open these files on iOS. For Illustrator AI files, grab the free doctape viewer app, which is a cloud service that actually converts the file to a PDF for easy viewing. For InDesign INDD files, there are a couple of apps that rely on InDesign’s built-in preview image to enable you to view files: the free ADOView and the paid-for SneakPeek ($9.99).

To view EPS files, you can use doctape viewer again. For SVG files, use the free Inkpad app. For DWG CAD files, you can use the free AutoCAD 360 app to view and edit the files, or use the paid CAD View 3D app ($4.99) by Afanche Technologies to view more CAD file types. ATView3D Professional ($19.99) from the same developer is compatible with a wide range of 3D app file types. For Rhino 3DM files, use the paid iRhino 3D app ($3.99).


PSD Viewer is highly responsive for viewing your Photoshop documents.

 

3. Image File Formats

While Apple’s iPhoto app is capable of opening many raw photo file types using the iTunes File Transfer feature, it can’t open them directly from the iPad. You need an app called PhotoRaw ($9.99 — there’s a Lite version too), which can open a huge range of raw file formats, perform basic edits, and export to JPEG.

iOS doesn’t support viewing GIF files natively when sent in emails (though it does in Messages, oddly). Open them in Adobe Reader and you see the animation, though.

 

4. Audio/video File Formats

For FLAC, AmpliFLAC Free lets you listen to up to 120 seconds of a song without paying. Equalizer Pro ($2.99) lets you listen to both FLAC and OGG tracks. For MKV, WMV, and AVI files, use the free-but-basic VLC for iOS app, or the great AVPlayerHD ($2.99).

Sep 30 2014 11:00PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
No fitness band? No problem. Jawbone's latest app links with Apple's Health to help you create and manage goals.






Sep 30 2014 10:09PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc  appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Sep 30 2014 9:29PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Before you sync your iCloud or reinstall your apps, you need to lock down your iPhone or iPad. Here are seven important tweaks (and more) you can set to bolster your privacy.






Sep 30 2014 9:26PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Pokémon has become an indelible part of popular culture through cartoons, video games, and of course, the trading card game. Nintendo has had the Pokémon games locked down for a long time, but that […]

Sep 30 2014 8:31PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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