Apple’s Next Big iPhone Event is Happening September 9th, and Siri May Know Something

1:07 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

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Apple this morning issued press invitations for its next major event, which will be held Wednesday, September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Expected announcments include updates to the iPhone, final details on iOS 9 and watchOS 2, and possibly the long-awaited unveiling of the revamped Apple TV and Apple's new online TV service.

Amazon Hangs Up on Fire Phone

11:53 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

Amazon's Fire Phone lost its connection. Forever.

Amazon's grand adventure in the smartphone market was short lived and disappointing. The online retailer has laid off the team working on its Fire Phone, and has scaled back some of its other hardware projects, too.

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Fire Phone's failure isn't any surprise. Amazon focused on driving its own sales instead of enticing potential customers with a great smartphone that also happened to link to the company's online store. It's too bad smart engineers lost their jobs for designing exactly what the company wanted.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9:22 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.

Kelly Guimont Witnesses Penghazi on MacBreak Weekly

9:57 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · · News

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Kelly Guimont appeared on this week's episode of MacBreak Weekly, over on TWiT TV. Kelly spoke with Leo, Rene Ritchie of iMore, and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times about a variety of news items from throughout the week, and witnessed the disaster that is Samsung’s penghazi in action.

Swatch: We Stole ‘One More Thing’ from Columbo, not Apple

6:14 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · · News

There's just one more thing, according to Columbo

It wasn't Apple Swatch was copying when it trademarked "one more thing," it was the TV series Columbo, or so says the watchmaker. Swatch has been openly critical of Apple's smartwatch efforts and trademarking the line Steve Jobs famously used in several presentations to show off surprises was presumed to be some sort of snub.

Best Buy Shows Apple Watch Has Muggle Appeal

5:34 PM, Aug. 25th, 2015 · · News

Best Buy's Apple Watch sales are a big success

Apple Watch has appeal beyond the tech crowd, and that has Best Buy happy. The big box retailer said demand for Apple's smartwatch has been high, and it's original plan to have them in 300 of its stores by the holiday buying season has expanded to include all 1,050 of its locations before October.

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It's OK for tech analysts to chill out a little over Apple Watch. If the average user didn't want one Best Buy wouldn't be expanding its in-store sales locations.

Apple Adds Alchemy Synthesizer Support to Logic Pro X

4:15 PM, Aug. 25th, 2015 · · News

Logic Pro X gets a serious update with Alchemy support

Apple released Logic Pro X 10.2 on Tuesday with several new features, most notably support for Alchemy—a synthesizer plug-in with several sound generators. Logic Pro is Apple's professional audio editing application for the Mac.

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That's a seriously big update for Logic Pro.