IDG shutters Macworld Magazine, much of the editorial staff let go

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International Data Group (IDG) is shutting down Macworld Magazine, the long time Apple periodical according to tweets by staff and conversations I’ve had with personnel.  Dan Miller, Editor, Macworld tweeted the following:
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The Macworld.com website will remain open [although as a shell of its former self -ed] with a reduced staff according to Miller, who himself is leaving in a month.

As a former contributor and fan of Macworld.com it is sad to see the publication go. Ironically, the transition from print to digital hastened by Apple’s own iPad and other online tools made the publication one of the last remaining Apple publications in print.

There’s no word yet on the fate of the annual trade show of the same name that has also taken a hit since Apple stopped attending. We’ll update as we hear more.

Update: Dan Miller wrote in to clarify that he never implied that the magazine “would be a shell of its former self”  (even though most of the names and faces that were the backbone of the magazine have been let go). Read more

Security researcher says many of his iOS ‘backdoor’ vulnerabilities are fixed in iOS 8 GM, but not all

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Jonathan Zdziarski, who flared up the initial round of iOS surveillance claims a couple of months ago, is now reporting that some of these flaws have been rectified with iOS 8. Apple said that these services were used for debugging purposes, and had no connection to government agencies. It then proceeded to detail these processes in a support note.

Zdziarski’s post explains that many issues have been addressed, particularly with File Relay. Before, this service blindly sent data from the device to an external source, without authentication. In iOS 8, he says that the service has been disabled. It seems that data is no longer available either through physical connection or wirelessly. Zdziarski notes law enforcement will not be able to use current tools to access any of this previously-exposed information.

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Discover cards joining Amex, Mastercard and Visa in Apple Pay contactless payments

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Discover has tweeted that its cards will be joining Amex, Mastercard and Visa in the Apple Pay service, allowing electronic versions of its cards to be stored in Passbook for contactless payment using the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

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Gold is best – the combined jewelry box & charger you get with the Apple Watch Edition

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We don’t yet know the price of the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, but it doesn’t require psychic powers to know that it isn’t going to be cheap. KGH analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction of the most expensive model costing “several thousand dollars” is probably exaggerated, but may not be quite as far-fetched as it seemed.

David Pogue shared one of the things Apple didn’t mention on stage but did reveal during press demonstrations afterwards …  Read more

Apple demonstrates just how quick & easy Apple Pay is to use [Video]

After launching its new mobile wallet service Apple Pay during yesterday’s keynote, the company gave demos afterwards, TechCrunch sharing a video.

The card you have registered with your Apple ID becomes your default card, but you can add others by using the camera on the iPhone 6 to identify it. The iPhone requests permission from your bank, and the card is then added to Passbook …  Read more

Sprint debuts new ‘iPhone for Life’ plan with unlimited data and iPhone upgrades every two years

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Sprint has debuted a new iPhone-exclusive plan that allows users to “rent” an iPhone for two years, then upgrade to the newest model for $70 a month (via Bloomberg). The plan allows users to get the latest Apple smartphone for no money down and no tax, then pay $50 a month for unlimited data, texting, and calling, plus $20 each month for the phone, for a total of $70 monthly.

After two years, users will be able to switch to the newest iPhone model. However, because the phone is only being “rented” from the carrier, it must be returned in at the time of upgrade, where customers on a typical two-year contract would be allowed to keep the device after they paid it off.

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News Hub and Live Blog: Apple’s ‘wish we could say more’ iPhone, mobile payments and wearables event

Seth Weintraub | 11:58 ..and we’re done I think. Go read all of the posts on 9to5mac.com

Seth Weintraub | 11:58 Running U2 ad looks like 10 year old iPod ads

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Seth Weintraub | 11:46 U2 is going on. They are putting their album on the iPhone 6

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Seth Weintraub | 11:45 Now talking Music

Talking about iTunes 

Seth Weintraub | 11:44 Wrap up

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Seth Weintraub | 11:43 Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349

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Seth Weintraub | 11:41 magsafe induction charging

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Seth Weintraub | 11:40 3 different editions. Works with iPhone 5/c/s or iPhone 6

Seth Weintraub | 11:40 Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, AppleWatch Edition

Seth Weintraub | 11:40 can control Apple TV, walkie talkie, 

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Seth Weintraub | 11:36 Jay Blahnick talking about all of the fitness features

Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Fitness App monitors activity

Workout App allows you to set specific goals

Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Talking Fitness now

Seth Weintraub | 11:32 Pinteresting and city Mapper. BMW Charge level 

Seth Weintraub | 11:32 American Airline 1 tap, Starwood Hotels (creating a key).

Seth Weintraub | 11:31 Twitter and Facebook are making apps as Mark reported

Seth Weintraub | 11:31 3rd party apps for iWatch. 

Notifications from apps.

Watchkit for Glances and notifications

Seth Weintraub | 11:29 This tap communication this is going to change the world.

Seth Weintraub | 11:27 Interesting maps interface on Apple Watch

Seth Weintraub | 11:26 Lots of updates since iPod Nano :P

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 I’m really like the polish of these watch apps and glances

Seth Weintraub | 11:21 Glances is interface for Watch for little bits of info

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Seth Weintraub | 11:18 Kevin Lynch (former Adobe Exec) is demoing Apple Watch

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Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Real Gold

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 2 size Apple Watches

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 Magnetic leather and lots of other watch options

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Seth Weintraub | 11:12 lots of watch faces and personalization options

Seth Weintraub | 11:11 Magsafe induction charger

Seth Weintraub | 11:11 4 sensors in the back

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Amazing

Seth Weintraub | 11:08 Share heartbeat with other people

Seth Weintraub | 11:08 Ive narrating. Whole different UI

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Seth Weintraub | 11:06 Jony Ive narrating Apple Watch Story

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Seth Weintraub | 11:04 MultiTouch allows people to interact with technology

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Apple Watch is the most personal device Apple has ever created. 

Seth Weintraub | 11:00 Apple Watch

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Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Oh damn

tim Cook Dropped it

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Apple Pay: October in US

Seth Weintraub | 10:55 Integrated into Target Appor Groupon or Uber 

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Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Lot of locations will take Apple Pay

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Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Apple Pay

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Apple doesn’t know what you buy

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 No need to cancel Credit cards if iPhone gets lost

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Device only – no iCloud syncing

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 Use iSight Camera to add new card. Add to passbook

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 Passbook will be the wallet

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 NFC Radio in 6 and 6Plus with touch ID.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 Apple demonstrates NFC payment/ Brings up Eddie Cue

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Seth Weintraub | 10:47 Apple loves these types of problem. This is what Apple does best

Apple Pay

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Apple talking security non-ironically

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Credit card/magnetic stripe interface

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Seth Weintraub | 10:44 Wallet!

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 Bigger than Bigger

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Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Tim Cook back up: How it makes you feel!

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 That’s all for iPhone 6/+

Seth Weintraub | 10:41 Prices:

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Seth Weintraub | 10:40 New Silicone Cases and LEather cases including Product Red

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Seth Weintraub | 10:39 New Gyroscope in camera

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Seth Weintraub | 10:35 Ugh

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Schiller: iPhone has become the world’s most popular video recorder. 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.34.15 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:32 Boom

Seth Weintraub | 10:31

iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:30 Sounds like Fast Autofocus, Tone mapping, noise reduction, 

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Focus Pixels Camera

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 New Cameras!

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 802.11AC and Wifi calling and VoLTE9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.27.49 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.27.31 PM

Apple Invents calling over Wifi

Seth Weintraub | 10:26 it measures elevation (Barometer)

Seth Weintraub | 10:26 THE NEW M8 CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CYCLING AND RUNNING

Seth Weintraub | 10:25 BATTERY FTW

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Seth Weintraub | 10:24 Double Touch moves whole screen down for reachability”

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 Apps/Websites not updated to new iPhones “just work”

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Seth Weintraub | 10:21 Boom!

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FAST. YIIIISSSSSS

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.18.46 PMseems fast?

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 2B Transistors on a 20nm process. 13% smaller than A7

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 25% faster CPU

Seth Weintraub | 10:17 Developers can customize apps for the larger screen

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 “easy to use one-handed

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Sleep/Wake is pushed to right side (all as expected)

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Sideswipe gestures for new phones

Seth Weintraub | 10:15 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.34 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.13 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.05 PM6 plus has new horizontal display

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Seth Weintraub | 10:12 1080P display in Plus

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Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Pshiller:

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Seth Weintraub | 10:09 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

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Seth Weintraub | 10:07

“Today, we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.”

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 more importantly, #1 loved phone in the world

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 #1 smartphone in the world

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Starting with iPhone

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 (Last Apple event at Flint Center was iMac launch in the late 90s

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Hello again says Tim cook with a Bondi Blue iMac in the background

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 This video stream is a mess for me (Safari)

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Seth Weintraub | 10:02 (unless you’ve got the Truck)

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 It is showtime!

Seth Weintraub | 9:53 Might just be Electric President

Seth Weintraub | 9:51 10 minutes!

Seth Weintraub | 9:50 This music isn’t great unless that CD is skipping

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Seth Weintraub | 9:46 Video is now live!

Seth Weintraub | 9:44 In the house

Seth Weintraub | 9:43 T Minus 20

Seth Weintraub | 9:39 Not going to lie. Not sure who this is

Seth Weintraub | 9:37 Apple making your typo famous? Priceless

Seth Weintraub | 9:30 Dis is nuts

Seth Weintraub | 9:26 BTW Windows users, we’ve got you covered for the live stream

Seth Weintraub | 9:19 Fashion

Seth Weintraub | 9:10 No doubt? V

Mark Gurman | 9:08 Dre will be there

Seth Weintraub | 9:06 Are those presenter clothes for the fitness expert?

Seth Weintraub | 9:04

Are you getting it?—
Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) September 09, 2014

Mark Gurman | 9:02 Health.

Mark Gurman | 8:59 Maybe they’ll be time lapsing the covers coming off of the major structure 

https://twitter.com/Tim_Stevens/status/509370121148960770/photo/1

Seth Weintraub | 8:59 Help

Seth Weintraub | 8:52 Sage advice:

Mark Gurman | 8:42 Craig on scene

Mark Gurman | 8:40 Apple’s doing their own blog 

LOL

Seth Weintraub | 8:34 He needs coffee? 

Seth Weintraub | 8:27 wat. Apple is liveblogging themselves? Yisssssss. I can go back to sleep

Mark Gurman | 8:19 Nice scoop

Mark Gurman | 8:18 Who invited this guy?

Mark Gurman | 8:18 Some TMI from Engadget:

Mark Gurman | 8:17 Steve Kovach sharing some great photos of the breakfast scene. 

Seth Weintraub | 8:15 We’re now 2 hours from liftoff

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It’s September 9th, and you know what that means: Apple’s biggest event in several years is happening today. We’re expecting Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team of executives to discuss two new and larger iPhone models, a mobile payments system, and of course, a fashion/health/fitness-centric wearable device. We’ll be following along and providing articles with the latest news throughout the day. This News Hub will embed the latest action from the ground at the Flint Center in Cupertino and provide an easy access view of the latest news articles. You can also follow us on Twitter at @9to5Mac for quick updates as they break, and all our updates below:

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What are your purchase plans for the iPhone 6? (Poll)

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Last time we asked you, back in April, we’d seen only reports and alleged molds for the two different sizes of iPhone 6. At that stage, 60 percent of you planned to buy the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with just under a third eyeing-up the 5.5-inch model. A further 8 percent were planning to stick with existing models, and two percent expecting to get a Droid.

Since then we’ve of course seen a huge number of leaked parts, and even what appear to be working versions of the 4.7-inch model. Both models are now expected to go on sale on 19th September, so we thought it would be interesting to see if and how your plans have changed

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WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone updated w/ photo captions, slow-motion video sharing, more

WhatsApp MessengerThe latest update to the popular, Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger app for iPhone hit the App Store with a long list of new features for users including the ability to share slow-mo videos from the iPhone 5s and trim clips down right in the app without having to edit the video in the Photos app.

Chatting with photos also received improvements with the ability to add captions and snap and share photos even faster added. Improvements and changes to location sharing, app wallpapers, and new notification tones are included. The latest version also allows users to move chat logs and contact groups away to an archive. Complete list of changes below… Read more