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Sep 16 2014 12:34PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Apple Pay

There's just one more night of sleep before iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners will be able to download iOS 8, but if you're restless and need something to bide the time with, check out our Morning Report for Tuesday, which explains why the iPhone 6 NFC chip won't work with anything except Apple Pay, check out the latest one-click Photoshop and Lightroom plug-ins, and discover why Apple apps are being preloaded onto larger capacity iPhone 6 models. Click to read all of the details!

Apple Confirms iPhone 6 NFC Chip Under Lockdown, For Now

Might as well abandon any hope of Google Wallet or any other third-party app being able to tap into the NFC chip on the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, at least for the first year. According to Cult of Mac, Apple has confirmed that the near-field communication chip is limited strictly to Apple Pay, and off limits to developers hoping to take advantage of the hardware for contactless payments or other uses.

If that policy sounds familiar, that's because it's exactly what Apple did last year with Touch ID on the iPhone 5S — a feature that will finally be available to third-party developers with the release of iOS 8 this week. Presumably, Cupertino will lock down NFC in a similar manner, likely relaxing that stranglehold on the new technology until next year's release of iOS 9.

The use of NFC extends well beyond making payments without a plastic credit card: The technology can be used to wirelessly share files (think AirDrop), pair devices (think Bluetooth), or even automate our homes, such as unlocking doors. Early iPhone 6 adopters won't be able to pay at cash registers right away: Apple Pay is expected to roll out with a software update due sometime in October.

Perfectly Clear 2.0 Plugs Into Photoshop, Lightroom

We all want to make our photos look their best, but often the tools to perform such tricks are overwhelming to novice users. Athentech Imaging Inc. today announced (PDF link) the release of Perfectly Clear 2.0, major upgrades to the company's Mac OS X image correction plug-ins for either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom.

Priced at $149 each or available together in a $199 bundle, Perfectly Clear 2.0 features 20 automatic, one-click corrections that make images look their best with a minimal amount of effort. Featuring updated algorithms to make processing faster than ever, the latest version also includes Beautify, an option first introduced on the mobile version of Perfectly Clear, which uses advanced facial detection techniques to power 10 automatic corrections.

Athentech claims Perfectly Clear 2.0 is now 2x faster than the earlier version, with a new noise engine that removes unwanted artifacts more accurately, and a full-resolution zoom for incredible clarity while working with images close up. Both plugs-in are now available from the Athentech web store, with upgrades for existing customers starting at only $75; a free, 30-day trial download is also available.

Apple Apps May Come Preloaded on Larger Capacity iPhone 6 Models

Apple has taken a lot of heat from critics for sticking with 16GB as the base onboard storage with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a curious move given how Cupertino has eliminated the next 32GB rung of the ladder, instead going straight to 64GB for $100 more. According to MacRumors, that decision may raise a few more eyebrows when owners of the larger capacity models discover Apple has preinstalled all of the company's former iLife and iWork apps on their device by default.

Apparently rather than be criticized for gobbling up precious storage on the base model 16GB, owners of the cheaper models will have to download space-hogging apps such as GarageBand and Pages on their own — but fear not, they're still available free for all new iOS device owners, and can be downloaded at any time.

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Sep 16 2014 12:16PM EST | Source: Geek.com
If you were harboring any notions that Apple might make it possible for you to use NFC for any of the dozen things the rest of us use NFC for, forget it. Anyone […]

Sep 16 2014 10:37AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A Frankfurt judge has lifted a temporary injunction on online taxi service Uber, only two weeks after barring the Silicon Valley company from operating a novel car-sharing service across Germany.

Sep 16 2014 10:20AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - Orange has offered buy Spanish telecoms operator Jazztel for around 3.4 billion euros (4.40 billion US dollar), a deal that could help the French company jump ahead of rival Vodafone in the country's mobile market.

Sep 16 2014 9:21AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Entropic Communications Inc, a designer of chipsets for video and multimedia applications, said it is exploring strategic options even as its efforts to return to profits take longer than expected.

Sep 16 2014 9:08AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Bombardier Inc said Tuesday that it will be the first business jet manufacturer to outfit its planes with the latest hardware made by Honeywell International Inc to support speedy in-flight Internet.

Sep 16 2014 8:07AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mail.Ru Group , majority-owned by Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov, has resolved a shareholder dispute over the country's biggest social network VKontakte (VK), buying out a rival co-investor for $1.47 billion.

Sep 16 2014 6:51AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PARIS/MADRID (Reuters) - France's Orange has reached a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecoms operator Jazztel in an effort to bolster its mobile operation in the country and better compete with rivals Telefonica and Vodafone.

Sep 16 2014 6:02AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The Frankfurt judge who issued an injunction against online taxi service Uber from operating a novel car-sharing service in Germany appeared ready to rebuff an appeal on Tuesday by the firm, which has argued it should not be subject to taxi rules.

Sep 16 2014 2:17AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese car electronics maker Pioneer Corp said on Tuesday that it would sell its disc-jockey equipment business to private equity firm KKR & Co LP for about 59 billion yen($550 million).

Sep 15 2014 10:38PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

U2 free album on iTunes

Apple generously coughed up a reported $100 million to deliver the latest U2 album free to more than 500 million iTunes customers, but over the last week an increasing number of music fans have whined on social media about getting a raw deal.

Apple today posted a support document for iTunes customers unhappy with automatically receiving the free U2 album "Songs of Innocence," which is available free to everyone until October 13.

For many, it's hard to imagine people complaining about getting something for free — especially when the aforementioned "purchase" resides in the cloud, and would actually only wind up on a user's device should they actually choose to download those tracks.

Apparently tired of ungrateful customers complaining about the lavish gesture, Apple is now offering iTunes users an option to purge the offending music from their library — not only delete the tracks from a device, but banish Bono and his bandmates from the cloud as well.

The trick involves visiting a webpage set up specifically to remove the album: Click the "Remove Album" link, sign in with your iTunes Apple ID and password, and the sultry sounds of Irish rock will be gone for good, leaving only a confirmation message in its wake.

One word of warning: Apple states that removing "Songs of Innocence" from your iTunes account will permanently delete the album, making it unable to be downloaded as a previous purchase like everything else. The only recourse in that event would be to wait until October 13, at which point you can rectify the situation by actually paying cold, hard cash to buy the album.

How long until the class action lawsuit kicks off claiming Apple caused undue emotional distress by forcing them to download a free U2 album? (We're joking...we hope....)

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(Image courtesy of Billboard)

Sep 15 2014 10:08PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

iPhone 6 cargo plane

Wondering why you had so much trouble trying to preorder that iPhone 6 on Friday? Turns out a record number of people were trying to do the exact same thing, leading to the largest 24-hour preorder sales in Apple's history.

Apple today announced the iPhone maker racked up a record number of initial preorders last Friday, with more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models claimed by customers during the first 24 hours. (For comparison's sake, the iPhone 5 racked up two million preorders on the first day back in 2012, which was Apple's previous record.)

That's an especially impressive number considering Apple's website was almost completely missing in action for the first three hours after preorders kicked off at 12:01 AM PST Friday morning, forcing early adopters to rely on the Apple Store app or take their chances with carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon Wireless.

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” remarked Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Preorders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”

Many of those iPhone 6 models are already en route from China, with MacRumors today reporting that one such 747 cargo plane recently arrived in Alaska, where the plane will continue on to its final destination in Chicago. One of the website's forum members just happened to be a crew member on one of those planes, and snapped the photo above to show the hull stuffed to the brim with pallets of iPhones.

The next round of excitement kicks off this Friday, September 19th at 8AM local time, when Apple retail stores and carrier brick-and-mortar locations in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the U.K. swing their doors open for business. The following week, on Sept. 26, the iPhone 6 will land in an additional 20 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

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(Image courtesy of MacRumors and goforblacksky)

Sep 15 2014 9:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - NII Holdings Inc, the parent of Nextel operators in Latin America, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Monday after struggling for years with debt, fierce competition in Brazil and Mexico, and a dispute with a U.S. hedge fund.

Sep 15 2014 7:49PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago.

Sep 15 2014 7:46PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
HONG KONG/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] raised the price range on its initial public offering to $66 to $68 on Monday, reflecting strong demand from investors for the year's most anticipated debut and potentially the world's largest-ever IPO.

Sep 15 2014 6:50PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday said it has delivered the next version of the computer-based logistics system used to support the F-35 fighter jet to the U.S. military for flight testing.

Sep 15 2014 5:55PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Apple gifted iTunes users a copy of U2's new album. Not a fan of the band? Here's how you can hide it from your iPhone, iPad, and computer.

Sep 15 2014 5:55PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!

Navigating the Finder is already pretty easy, but finding the exact path of a folder or file you're currently browsing can be a difficult task unless you're using the Column view in the Finder. Fortunately, there are two tricks that will help you determine the browsing path through the Finder, and we'll show you how to use both in this how-to. Continue reading to learn more.

There are two ways to learn about the current path to a file or folder you're browsing. The first is to utilize the Path Bar. This is a toolbar that sits above the Finder status bar (which is at the bottom of the Finder window), and provides a full directory listing for all folders currently in the directory navigation hierarchy.

However, this useful feature isn't enabled by default. To activate the Path Bar, open a Finder window and select View > Show Path Bar. You'll see the Path Bar immediately appear. You can easily navigate back to any of the folders in the current structure by just clicking on them in the Path bar. This makes it super-easy to navigate when you're quite a few levels deep in a directory.

The second method of determining your directory path is to use a keyboard shortcut.

To do this, hold down the Command key and click on the title bar in the currently open Finder window. You'll see a drop-down menu that lists (from bottom to top) the directory structure that you are currently navigating. Similar to the Path Bar, this lets you click any of the directories in the listing to immediately navigate to that particular folder.

Sep 15 2014 5:53PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Apple gifted iTunes users a copy of U2's new album. Not a fan of the band? Here's how you can hide it from your iPhone, iPad, and computer.

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