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Nov 1 2014 12:25AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

iOS 8 in its latest iteration continues to make news and shake things up. Why was there the glitch that released the broken update? What are some more hidden tricks, tips, and tweaks in the latest operating system. But probably the biggest newsmaker this week was Apple Pay and how some retailers are reacting (hint: not good).

Nov 1 2014 12:20AM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
The latest update for Google's Book reading app brings a skim feature that helps you find what you're looking for, faster.






Oct 31 2014 11:54PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Apple design chief Jony Ive might be best known for designing the iPhone, but according to the man himself, it was the Apple Watch which posed the greatest design challenge of his creative career so far. Speaking to a crowd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night as he accepted the accepted the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award for lifetime achievement, Ive called the Apple Watch a "difficult and humbling program."

As The Wall Street Journal notes in its coverage of the events, Ive says that difficulty springs from the "cultural, historical implications and expectations" associated with making a product that has its origins in the wristwatch. Watches are usually highly personalized devices, and thus the design for the Apple Watch led him to design what will ultimately be Apple's most customizable device. Not only does the Apple Watch allow its users to select their own straps, but it extends choices to watchfaces and sizes as well.

That desire for customization, Ive says, partly grows out of the fact that the device is designed to be worn. "As soon as something is worn, we have expectations of choice," said Ive. Ive said the device underwent three years of development before he and the company decided it was ready for its official announcement in September.

That's just one of the subjects Ive tackled. Notably, Ive also stated that his job keeps him so focused on design that he's more occupied with creating great products than making great profits, and as such he claims he wasn't aware of the specifics numbers surrounding Apple's profits (which amount to $40 billion so far this year).

"I honestly don’t know the numbers," said Ive. "But I know they are high."

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

Oct 31 2014 10:31PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

It looks as though FBI Director James Comey, long a critic of the iPhone's security measures, may at last have something to cheer about. As reported by The Virginian-Pilot (via MacRumors), today a circuit court judge in Virginia ruled that the fingerprints used to access an iPhone through Touch ID aren't protected by the Fifth Amendment, thus allowing law enforcement officials to access the devices of suspects.

The ruling allows a workaround for police officers and other law enforcement officials, who've previously been thwarted in their attempts to access iPhones for evidence by rulings stating that handing over passcodes violates the amendment. The amendment itself states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."

David Baust in court, via WAVY

According to the report, "Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci's written opinion."

The case itself centers on one David Baust, who's accused of strangling his girlfriend way back in February, and there's a chance he might have filmed the attack with his iPhone. Prosecutors want access to the phone to see if this is true, and Baust's fingerprint would allow them access that a regular passcode would not. The catch is that Baust's phone is almost certainly protected by the phone's passcode safeguard at this point, which activates when a user hasn't used his or her iPhone after 48 hours. It also activates in the case of a restart or when Touch ID has failed to unlock the phone after three attempts.

This isn't necessarily the end of the story, however, as a higher court could still overturn Frucci's ruling.

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

Oct 31 2014 10:22PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

It's a special horrirific edition of Price Drop featuring games with a monstrous cut in their costs. And to add to the frights, all the games are spookytacular examples of the genre. So if you're not too chicken to save some serious cash, we've got a creepy thirteen games to get out from under your blankets and over to the App Store.

Oct 31 2014 7:30PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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When failure is one of the nicer ways to describe your product launch, it’s not a bad idea to pack it in and move on. The folks at Amazon, however, don’t know how […]

Oct 31 2014 5:40PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll show you how to archive old email so you can keep your inblox clean and organized.

Question

In Apple Mail, I've created iCloud mailboxes to organize emails by topic. Once a topic is completed, and no longer actively needed, is there a way to archive all of these communications and emails for future reference and then have the freedom to delete the originals forever?

Answer

Once you have all of your important messages corralled into a mailbox (smart or otherwise), then it’s very easy in the OS X Mail application to export the enclosed messages.

1. Select the mailbox in the sidebar of OS X Mail.

2. Right-click on the selected mailbox.

3. Choose “Export Mailbox.” 

4. Choose a location to export the mailbox in the destination chooser.

5. Click Choose.


Exporting your mailboxes is as easy as right-clicking on the mailbox.

Once you’ve done this, all of the messages, attachments, and directory structure will be exported to your chosen location. The export will happen to an industry-standard .mbox format that almost all modern email clients can read. The entire exported directory can be copied over to an external drive, disk, or Dropbox folder, and the originals in Mail can be removed.

When you decide that you want to import your messages back into Mail in order to read them again, perform these steps: 

1. Launch Mail.

2. Select File > Import Mailboxes.

3. Choose “Files in mbox format” from the import window.

4. Choose the .mbox files that you exported previously.

That’s it! After doing this, the imported mailboxes will be displayed in the sidebar under the “On My Mac” section, as the email messages physically reside on your computer instead of in your email account.


When importing your mailboxes into Mail (or any email client), you’ll need to specify the “mbox” format.

Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.

Got a tech question? Email ask@maclife.com.

Oct 31 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Oct 31 2014 3:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAO PAULO/MILAN (Reuters) - Brazil's Grupo Oi SA, Mexico's America Movil SAB and Spain's Telefonica SA agreed to place a joint bid worth around 32 billion reais ($13 billion) for TIM Participações SA , two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Oct 31 2014 3:33PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
Google's mobile OS reigned supreme in the third quarter with 84 percent of global shipments, says research firm Strategy Analytics. And then there are the warning signs.






Oct 31 2014 1:24PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court rejected UBS AG's bid to force Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over the exchange operator's alleged "catastrophic mismanagement" of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering.

Oct 31 2014 1:04PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing.

Oct 31 2014 12:31PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Happy Halloween! There's nothing too spooky about our final Morning Report for the month of October, unless you're an Apple shareholder or Samsung — in which case our Friday edition is likely to be full of ghosts and goblins guaranteed to keep you up late tonight. Enter our haunted house of tech news, if you dare!

Irish Tax Structure Could Bring Change, Apple Warns Shareholders

The Wall Street Journal today reported that Apple appears to be bracing for increased tax rates in the future as part of a recent European Commission decision to buckle down on generous shelters in countries like Ireland. The potentially bad news was delivered to Apple shareholders in the company's annual 10-K filing (PDF link) to the Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

"Due to economic and political conditions, tax rates in various jurisdictions may be subject to significant change," the filing noted. "If the European Commission were to take a final decision against Ireland, it could require changes to existing tax rulings that, in turn, could increase the Company’s taxes in the future. The European Commission could also require Ireland to recover from the Company past taxes reflective of the disallowed state aid."

According to tax experts in London, Apple could be on the hook for as much as $200 million in back taxes in addition to paying more for two Irish subsidiaries, which are responsible for more than 4,000 employees at the company's Cork facilities alone. The EC claims Apple paid less than €20 million ($25.4 million) in Irish taxes between 2010 and 2012.

Apple Could Be to Blame for Samsung's Sagging Fortunes

AppleInsider published an in-depth look Thursday at how Apple could be to blame for Korean smartphone giant Samsung's recent reversal of fortune, which saw a dramatic 73.9 percent drop in mobile profits in the third quarter alone. While it's true that Samsung is facing increased competition from other Android OEMs including China's fast-rising Xiaomi, the staggering $4.7 billion year-over-year collapse in quarterly profits has roots in Cupertino.

According to IDC estimates, nearly a third of Samsung's total unit sales have been made up of so-called "premium" smartphones like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines — the exact products Apple have recently began to target with larger "phablet" style devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which come with "clearly differentiated features" such as a 64-bit CPU, Touch ID, and Apple Pay.

Also working against Samsung is the fact the manufacturer has never had any real success with its own tablet devices, as well as increased marketing costs to reduce the costs of mobile products as Apple continues to profit handsomely from iPhone and iPad. That leaves Samsung with only high volume, low margin handsets — the exact market Android rivals have been chipping away at with their own devices.

New Retail Store Coming to Lille, France Next Month

Oui, oui! MacRumors today reported that a new Apple retail store is coming soon to Lille, France, the iPhone maker's eighteenth such location in that country. According to MacGeneration (via Google Translate), the roughly 15,000 square-foot store is now shrouded by black barriers, suggesting a grand opening could be right around the corner — possibly as early as the end of November. Apple plans to open 25 new stores in 2015, with most of them located outside the United States.

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

 

Oct 31 2014 12:27PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced on Friday to three and a half years in prison, in what the prosecutor called Denmark's biggest-ever hacking case.

Oct 31 2014 12:08PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court rejected UBS AG's bid to force Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over the exchange operator's alleged "catastrophic mismanagement" of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering.

Oct 31 2014 9:54AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected UBS AG's bid to compel Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over how the exchange operator handled Facebook Inc's May 2012 initial public offering.

Oct 31 2014 9:13AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp posted a smaller than expected second-quarter operating loss on Friday, hailed by its finance chief as proof that the Japanese group's restructuring program is paying off.

Oct 31 2014 8:53AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil SAB, Spain's Telefonica SA and Brazil's Grupo Oi SA agreed to bid for TIM Participações SA then to break up Brazil's second-largest wireless carrier, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Friday.

Oct 31 2014 6:43AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil SAB, Spain's Telefonica SA and Brazil's Grupo Oi SA agreed to place a bid for and to break up TIM Participações SA , Brazil's second-largest wireless carrier, Folha de S. Paulo reported on Friday without saying how it obtained the information.

Oct 31 2014 5:30AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MUNICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Siemens is likely to pick EQT [EQT.UL] next week to buy its hearing aids unit for about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), two sources familiar with the matter said.

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