OS X Yosemite, iWork Available Today as Free Downloads

1:40 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

OS X Yosemite has been available as a public beta for some time, and now it's moving to an official update release available today, October 16. The update for the Mac operating system will be available as a free download and is compatible with computers that are capable of running OS X Mavericks.

WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

1:18 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that WatchKit, a developer environment for coding Apple Watch apps, will roll out in November. WatchKit will let developers create custom apps for Apple's smartwatch device, scheduled to ship in early 2015.

CBS Launches Internet Streaming Subscription Service

10:48 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

CBS is following HBO's lead and will be launching its own streaming service so viewers can watch its programming without a cable subscription. CBS All Access will give subscribers on demand access to current TV shows and content from CBS's library, and some markets will offer live viewing, too.

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First HBO's announcement, and now CBS. Hopefully this is the beginning of a bigger trend in TV viewing options.

Panera Bread Set to Launch Apple Pay Oct 20

9:52 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The restaurant chain Panera Bread will reportedly start supporting Apple Pay mobile payments from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Monday, October 20. When iOS 8 was released last month, Apple said its new mobile payment system would go live some time in October, and it's looking more and more like we'll get an official launch date during today's special media event.

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Interest in the iPhone 6's Apple Pay feature seems pretty high. Maybe Apple will be the catalyst that gets mobile payments off the ground in the United States.

TMO’s Apple Media Event Live Coverage

9:20 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Link

Apple's "It's been way too long" media event is set to start at 10AM pacific time today, and The Mac Observer will be here bringing you our live blow-by-blow coverage and analysis. Rumors are pointing to new iPads, Apple Pay announcements, and more, so be sure to follow along with our live feed, or check out our Twitter feed for the latest from the event.

Apple Store goes Offline Ahead of iPad Media Event

8:45 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's online store was replaced with the usual "We'll be back" message ahead of Thursday morning's media event. The company is expected to introduce updated iPad models, announce the launch date for Apple Pay, and possibly unveil updated MacBook Pro models and a new Apple TV.

iOS 8: Setting Messages to Expire

8:42 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Even though iOS 8's new features for sending quick audio or video messages are pretty cool, those of us with smaller capacity devices may not want to save every bit of every conversation we have. For today's Quick Tip, we'll discuss adjusting your settings so that you control how often your text, audio, and video messages get deleted.

Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

1:58 AM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Scrivener

The binary code love of my life—Scrivener—was updated to version 2.6 Thursday morning. The update includes support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which Apple is expected to either release later on Thursday during a media event, or announce a release date.

Apple Reportedly Plans to Pull Fitbit from Apple Stores

7:31 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Fitbit

Apple is reportedly planning to pull Fitbit's fitness trackers from its fleet of retail stores. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code reported that could begin pulling the devices soon.

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Fitbit is the leader in the fitness space, and the company has a commanding market share in devices. It's pretty clear that Apple's HealthKit is going to reset the bar for success in this space, and Fitbit will lose its hard-won share if it doesn't jump on Apple's late-to-the-party bandwagon.

8 Elite Mac Apps and 25 Comprehensive OS X & Web Development Courses: $29.99

5:19 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

8 Elite Mac Apps and 25 Comprehensive OS X & Web Development Courses: $29.99

We have a dandy deal for you today called the Mac to the Future Bundle. It features eight excellent Mac apps plus the OS X & Web Dev Course Bundle. The apps include Capo 3 For Mac, AfterShot Pro 2, Lucid, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors Choice Award), Ember, Anonymizer Universal (1yr), and skEdit. That's $460 worth of software, and the developer course is another $500, but through our bundle deal, it's all yours for $961. There are complete descriptions on the deal page, so check it out.
 

Apple’s Silicone Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Good Looks, Modest Protection

3:30 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Michael Johnston · In-Depth Review

Apple iPhone 6 case review

Any case produced by Apple itself has to survive a fair amount of scrutiny. After all Apple makes the device the case is protecting. It has to work well in every way, from the out of box experience, to putting it on the device, to protecting the device it covers. Not surprisingly, Apple's iPhone 6 Silicone Case does stand up to scrutiny, assuming you're looking for a case that doesn't claim to take extreme punishment.

HBO Go Will Go It Alone

3:13 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

HBO Go might just go it alone, according to CEO Richard Plepler, who made the remarks at Time Warner's investor day event on Wednesday. "In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," Pleper said.

There are rumblings that Netflix will be reporting some nice earnings, which is probably excellent motivation for HBO to go after the cordcutting crowd. This is very exciting news for me personally, because I've been calling HBO customer service about once a month for like a year now and BEGGING them to let me pay directly instead of having to give more money to the Cable Service Which Must Not Be Named. It doesn't take long, but it looks like I'm going to get my way on this.

Hopefully my crusade for the last two seasons of The Muppet Show on DVD will go my way too…

Apple Leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in iBooks User Guide

2:49 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Another day, another leak in the Apple world, only this one was leaked by Apple itself. In screenshots posted for the iPad User Guide For iOS 8 in the iBooks Store Apple posted details of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, neither of which have been announced. In that the source has the ultimate insider knowledge of Apple's goings on, it seems a sure bet that both devices will be announced during the October 16th media event.

Dr. Mac Looks Back on 16 Years Covering Macworld/iWorld

2:07 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bob LeVitus · Columns and Opinions

Bob

I’ve written about Macworld Expo often over the years and it’s been part of my life for as long as I’ve been a geek. I’ll miss attending more than I can put into words. Rather than try, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the words I’ve written about Macworld Expo over the years.

Poodle SSL 3.0 Flaw Poses Web Browser Security Threat

1:39 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google has discovered a 15 year old flaw in SSL 3.0, a security protocol that turns out isn't quite a s secure as originally thought, that could let remote attackers highjack Web browser sessions and gain access to personal data, like Web-based email. The flaw takes advantage of a browser's ability to fall back from the more secure TLS protocol to SSL where attackers can then gain access to session cookies on victim's computers.

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The tech world has been moving away from SSL in favor of TLS, and finds like this will only help push SSL to its inevitable demise.