It looks like the iWatch still isn’t close to being ready for mass production

Apple iWatch Release Date 2015

So it looks like we're going to get our first glimpse of the iWatch (or at least some kind of Apple wearable computer) on September 9th. However, it's also looking more and more like we're going to be in for a long wait before we'll actually have a chance to buy the device. Digitimes' sources now say that the iWatch "is still under engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and has to still go through production verification testing (PVT)," which means there's almost no chance that the device will release before the end of the year.

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Apple reportedly agrees to iPad mini price cuts to prevent further market share drop

iPad Mini Price Cut

Apple has reportedly agreed to lower the price of its Wi-Fi-only 16GB iPad mini that’s usually priced at $299 in order to counter slower iPad sales this quarter. Digitimes says that the iPad maker has recently “cooperated” with U.S. retailers including Best Buy and Amazon to cut the iPad mini’s price.

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Apple reportedly discussing mobile payment service with Nordstrom

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Financial blog Bank Innovation is reporting this afternoon that Apple is in talks with upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom to be one of the early merchant partners for its new mobile system, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

It may even already be a done deal. Citing anonymous Nordstrom employees, the outlet says that the department store chain updated its POS (point of sale) terminals a few weeks ago in order to be compatible with the “most recent” iPhone models.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple admits that celeb accounts were hacked

The iCloud storage system was indeed hacked recently according to Apple. It’s still perfectly safe if you take the proper precautions though. The attack seems to have been less of a “hack” and more of an automated guess at username / password combinations. The advice from Apple is to basically use better passports.

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The actor Jennifer Lawrence had her account hacked and has already confirmed that topless photos were real. Apple have stated that..

Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

So basically, using a password which can easily be guessed by automated systems or scripts. Get more information here or read the full announcement below.

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Tuesday Deals – 9/2: 32GB Apple iPad Air just $489.99 with free shipping!

ipadairThe Labor day weekend may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Check out our deals below and nurse that end of the holiday hangover. Our Favable deal of the day is the Apple iPad Air of the 32GB variety for just $489.99 with free shipping. You even get to choose…

Sony readying interchangeable E-Mount lenses for pro mobile photography

Sony ILCE-QX1 (image 004)

The Japanese giant Sony is gearing up to unveil a number of new gadgets at the IFA press conference which kicks off tomorrow in Berlin. And with 24 hours until the presser, an ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera has conveniently leaked out.

The latest addition to its QX-branded smartphone and tablet camera accessory lineup, the forthcoming ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera reportedly won’t have a fixed lens and instead will let you use any of Sony’s E-Mount lenses, the oft-reliable SonyAlphaRumors blog reported Tuesday.

As if that wasn’t enough, the ILCE-QX1 is said to feature a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and a built-in flash. That being said, compatibility with the E-Mount lenses is bound to strike a chord with iPhone photography fans.... Read the rest of this post here


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Sony overhauls Music Unlimited for iOS 7, adds speed enhancements and new features

Music Unlimited 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Music Unlimited, the PlayStation music app from Sony optimized for the iPhone, at last has received its long-overdue iOS 7 refresh bringing it in line with Apple’s design language for iOS.

Nearly two and a half years following its debut, the app now finally sits at version 2.0 with half a dozen new features and a fresh new look owing to the use of iOS 7 styling and a flattened Home screen icon.

If you have the PlayStation console and use the Music Unlimited service, you’re going to be appreciative not only of its crisp typography and user interface, but also of a lot faster and more reliable performance. Jump past the fold for a quick highlight of the most important new features.... Read the rest of this post here


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eBay gains Now feature, in-app alerts, better search, bonus offers, charity donations and more

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eBay, an e-commerce website, has a nice iPhone and iPad app which has just gotten a whole lot more useful. Now available as an iOS 7.0-only download from the App Store, the new eBay version 3.4 offers a plethora of new features, refinements and improvements that advance the experience.

For starters, the software now delivers important alerts inside itself when using the app.

Moreover, the eBay Now feature for finding and buying products from local stores is now integrated and you can check a buyer’s location when reviewing a Best Offer. You can also explore bonus offers from eBay sellers, donate a percentage of your sales toward charity purposes and more.... Read the rest of this post here


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Carriers can’t wait to lure you in with the iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Rumors: Release Date Price

Even though mobile operators might hate Apple for its strict iPhone contracts and the fact they don’t have a say regarding anything Apple does when it comes to smartphones, they can’t afford not to have the iPhone in stock, as the device brings in plenty of subscribers. In fact, it appears that some carriers have already started teasing the iPhone 6 in unusual ways in some markets, while others are already leaking launch details for the handset.

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Amazon updates Cloud Drive Photos with AirPlay, photo/video metadata, cache settings and more

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The online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday refreshed its Cloud Drive Photos application for the iPhone and iPad with some much-needed new features.

Used to synchronize and protect your photos and personal videos on your iOS device with Amazon’s cloud-based storage dubbed Cloud Drive, the free application now supports AirPlay, a media-streaming technology from Apple, so you can stream your photos and videos wirelessly to the big screen TV through the Apple TV box.

Also, you can finally rename albums and easily change an album’s cover photo by swiping left/right on the album artwork. Most importantly, the app finally applies proper metadata to your photos and videos, including date taken, resolution, image type and file name.... Read the rest of this post here


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