Best iPhone 6/Plus wallet cases: Pad and Quill Little Pocket Book and SurfacePad from TwelveSouth

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For all of its greatness, Apple Pay hasn’t nearly killed the need to take your wallet with you wherever you go. But if you are like me, it has lightened your load a little bit. Instead of carrying around 5 credit cards, I now carry around one each of debit and credit. Combine that with some other de-Costanzifications (scan insurance cards and health club cards for instance) I’ve made recently, I can now consolidate my wallet into a few card slots.

What I’m getting at here is that I can follow the lead of my wife and now consolidate my iPhone and my wallet finally. I’ve chosen two amazing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases from my favorite iPhone case manufacturers to get me there: Pad and Quill’s Little Pocket Book ($60 -$10 off for Black Friday) and Twelve South’s $50 SurfacepadRead more

Looks like no Black Friday deals in European Apple Stores – just (RED) donations on Cyber Monday

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While Apple Store customers in the U.S. can look forward to gift cards on selected purchases on Black Friday, it seems European customers may be missing out. Apple last year offered its European customers discounted pricing rather than gift cards, but rumors – including from the usually reliable MacG – say that there will be neither cards nor discounts this year …  Read more

iTunes Radio is ad-free for all & offering $5 iTunes credits today courtesy of Verizon

iTunes Radio, Apple’s ad-supported Internet radio service, is today available with “limited interruptions” courtesy of Verizon. That means that you won’t be seeing the normal ads you’re used to on the service and instead just a message from Verizon that states, “Enjoy with limited interruptions courtesy of Verizon.” The company is also handing out $5 iTunes store credits through a banner ad on iTunes Radio (pictured above).

It’s not just for Verizon customers, however, as the offer comes today only as part of Verizon’s “Connection Day” promotion offering free digital content and services to all users, not just Verizon customers. Read more

Apple Black Friday: (RED) charity gift cards on select purchases, but much better deals at Best Buy, Target, Walmart & others

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Apple announced last night its campaign to support World AIDS Day 2014 with a series of App Store promotions and plans to donate a portion of Apple Store sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to the Global Fund to support the fight against AIDS. Specifically for November 28th, or Black Friday, Apple shared that select Apple products will include a special edition (RED) iTunes gift care with a percentage going toward the Global Fund, and now we know exactly which products will qualify for Apple’s (RED) promotion on Black Friday.

Supported products include the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c as well as each iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2 which will include a $50 iTunes gift card (as well as the donation). Customers picking up an iMac, Retina iMac, MacBook Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air will receive a $100 iTunes gift card. Finally, Apple will include a $25 iTunes gift card with the purchase of an iPod nano, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Beats headphones or speakers.

While it’s nice to see Apple use the Black Friday shopping event to promote (RED), its deals are admittedly less charitable than some other retailers if you’re trying to save some actual cash on your Apple or Beats purchases rather than picking up credit for iTunes or the App Store.

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Billboard 200 chart will include streaming listens from Beats, Spotify, Google Play, & others in album sales

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Billboard is about to add data from music streaming services to its weekly Billboard 200 charts for the first time as services like Spotify and Apple’s Beats Music become increasingly popular. The New York Times reports that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan plan to start incorporating both streams and downloads from music streaming services, in addition to the music sales the chart already covered, in order to more accurately reflect popular albums based on what users are listening to. The first chart including streaming services will include data for next week and arrive online Dec. 4: Read more

Apple reportedly bundling Beats Music with iOS next year

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According to a new report from the Financial Times, Apple is expected to bundle the Beats Music streaming service with an upcoming version of iOS next year.

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

The report comes amid rumors that Apple is planning to rebrand the Beats Music subscription service for a potential relaunch around February, although FT has added that the bundling is expected “as early as March.” Read more

Report: Spotify overtakes iTunes in European royalty earnings for musicians as shift to music streaming continues

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The latest evidence of the continued trend away from music downloads toward streaming services was provided by Kobalt, a company that collects music royalties on behalf of thousands of artists, reports TechCrunch. Income from Spotify overtook that from iTunes for the first time in Q1 of this year, putting Spotify 13% ahead of iTunes.

While Kobalt operates only in Europe, there is no reason to believe that the trend would be different in the U.S. …  Read more

Disney’s ‘Movies Anywhere’ app comes to Android, brings cross-platform purchases to iTunes, Google Play, and web

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Back in February, Apple and Disney teamed up on a new app called Movies Anywhere that allowed iOS users to access their library of purchased movies—whether bought on the iTunes Store, DVD, or other media (with the appropriate redemption code in the box).

Today, Disney has launched the same service for Android users. Movies Anywhere owners will now be able to access their movie library featuring titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel from any of their devices. Because this is a cross-platform solution, movies previously purchased on the iTunes Store will now be available to users on Android devices, and iOS users will be able to watch Disney movies they’ve purchased from the Google Play Store.

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Apple iPad Air 2, Mini 3 and Mac event liveblog/livestream “It’s been way too long”

Seth Weintraub | 11:19 “Just getting started” Thanks the teams

Seth Weintraub | 11:19 Only Apple could do all of these products and the ecosystem that unites everything

Seth Weintraub | 11:17 Tim Back

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 $499 Mac Mini – nice price

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Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Mac Mini too faster Processors, Graphics, 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.15.55 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Prices9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.15.17 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Shipping today

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.13.46 PM 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.13.22 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:13 THUNDERBOLT 2

Seth Weintraub | 11:13 3.5-4GHz CPU AMD GPUS

Seth Weintraub | 11:11

Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Video – commercial Ran Riccio talking

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Seth Weintraub | 11:09 wow 30% less energy!

Seth Weintraub | 11:07 Retina 5K display

Seth Weintraub | 11:07 5120 2880 14.7 M Pixels

Seth Weintraub | 11:06 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.06.27 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 Retina Display coming to iMac

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.04.37 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:04 Growth!

Seth Weintraub | 11:04 Mac Time!

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 pre-oorder October 17th. Ships end of next week

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 Last years get dropped $100

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Seth Weintraub | 11:02 Minis get mini update

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Same Prices:

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Summing up iPad 2

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Seth Weintraub | 11:00 Replay is free on the app store today

Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Volumetric lighting demoed

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 Uses Metal to put together videos at 20X faster than previous

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Replay video editor now being demoed

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 up to 3X provement over previous ipads in testing for Pixelmator

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 Adobe can’t be happy about this

Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Showing some apps Pixelmator!

Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Touch ID with Apple Pay

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Touch ID

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Faster wifi AC MIMO, Faster LTE with more bands

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Facetime camera 

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Dual Mics

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Slo-mo

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 Timelapse too

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 panoramas. Burst Mode

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.48.39 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 8mp 1080P iSight camera

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 iPad Camera is so good because it has the best viewfinder in the world.

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 M8 coprocessor, Barometer

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Seth Weintraub | 10:47 still 10 hours of battery.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.45.38 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:45 A8X

Seth Weintraub | 10:45 no air between screen. Anti reflective, also coated to 56% less reflective

Seth Weintraub | 10:44 half as thin as original

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 “World’s thinnest”

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 6.1MM thin! 

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 Schiller time!

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.42.46 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Thinner than a pencil.  Gold! Touch ID

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 ipad air 2 commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:41 #1 across all verticals 

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 no source given on 100% sat. btw. 

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 iPad Mini Retina 100% Customer satisfaction

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 “Toaster Refrigerators even got smoked”

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Seth Weintraub | 10:39 Apple has sold more iPads in 1st 4 year 225 Million than any other product (including iPhone)

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 iPad is everywhere. Work, home, play

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 Explaining iPad simple on the outside, complex and powerful on the inside

Seth Weintraub | 10:37 iPad time! with Tim Cook

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 iWork Free 

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 8.1 Monday

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Yosemite Today. 

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.35.33 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:35 Eddy Cue doesn’t make it past security. Explains a lot.

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Apple Watch remote for Keynote

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Stephen Colbert cameo. Not hilarious but amusing

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Seth Weintraub | 10:30 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.29.51 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 I think some of our sources are in this Keynote presentation! (J/K obv.)

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.28.29 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Making fun of doubling down on secrecy

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Seth Weintraub | 10:26

Seth Weintraub | 10:24 iCloud Drive 

Seth Weintraub | 10:23 (rerun of last event going right now)

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 if Apple Pay is Monday, that means 8.1 is between now and then.

Seth Weintraub | 10:20 Yosemite

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 bringing back camera roll., iCloud photo library…other improvements. Woo

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 iOS 8.1

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 IBM has embraced Swift. {Press Blurb}

Seth Weintraub | 10:17

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 here’s the klingon keyboard folks

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/klingon-keyboard/id918615313?mt=8&at=10l3Q2

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Klingon keyboard is in app store

Seth Weintraub | 10:15 Last year it was something like 85% iOs adoption but whatever – it didn’t require as much space

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 ANDROID SUCKS9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.13.46 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:13 Nearly half of users on iOS 8….not as good as last time :\

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Craig Fed. coming on stage

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 now Products. All designed to work together…

Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Watchkit rolling out next month for Developers to build Apple Watch Apps

Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Apple watch is on the cover of Vogue China

Seth Weintraub | 10:09 Apple Pay begins on Monday 

Seth Weintraub | 10:08 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.08.12 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:08 500 more banks signed up

Seth Weintraub | 10:08 Apple Pay is easy secure in private. It will be PROFOUND

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 LOL get it?

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Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Launching in China in a few hours

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Most 1st month record for most orders taken BY A LOT (and that doesn’t include China)

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 fastest selling in history

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 Apple Friend Walt Mossberg says it is the best Smartphone on the market

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 Tim Cook talking about iPhone launch – you guessed it best iPhones ever

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 Woooooooo!!!!!!

Seth Weintraub | 10:03 Apple sold a lot of iPhones judging by this commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:02 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.02.29 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:02 It begins with a commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 Apple watch is at least 2 minutes off yukyukyuk

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 OK, music stopped….here we go!!!

Seth Weintraub | 9:56

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Seth Weintraub | 9:53 Here’s the streaming URL for You Windows/other users (sorry!) http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/14pounqefvoiubefvpiub10/refs/14pijbnoihjb10_sl_ref.mov

Seth Weintraub | 9:52 Live Stream is up. Only one sang playing at a time this time (cancel the Truck!)

Seth Weintraub | 9:49

Seth Weintraub | 9:48

Seth Weintraub | 9:40 Glad to see the continuity

Seth Weintraub | 9:35

Seth Weintraub | 9:32 The live stream just went…live!

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/2014-oct-event/

Seth Weintraub | 9:26 Breakfast doesn’t suck

Seth Weintraub | 9:24 New iPad Color: Orange?

Seth Weintraub | 9:23 Guess European jornos are meeting in Berlin

Seth Weintraub | 9:20 BREAKING

wearing the white watch (maybe he could accessorize better – call in Angela for advice)

Seth Weintraub | 9:08

Seth Weintraub | 9:03

Seth Weintraub | 8:10 For those at work on Windows machines:

Seth Weintraub | 8:10

Seth Weintraub | 7:42

Seth Weintraub | 7:20 Tim Cook is awake and Tweeting. That’s a good sign.

Seth Weintraub | 7:20

Seth Weintraub | 7:05

Seth Weintraub | 7:00

Apple

Today’s Apple event is set to be the launchpad for the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 and at least one new retina iMac. We believe Apple has some other big surprises for us as well. For our full rundown on our expectations, see Jordan Kahn’s:

What to expect (and not to expect) at Apple’s iPad/Mac event tomorrow

We’ll be running down the event coverage and pre-coverage right here with this auto-updating live blog so stay dialled in while we’ll do separate posts for new products/services/announcements as they happen… Read more

‘iPad Air 2′ and ‘iPad mini 3′ with Touch ID & Burst Mode confirmed, show up early in iTunes

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Apple’s iTunes Store has just made a little bit of a slip-up (and with perfect uncanny timing): screenshots for the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide have just appeared within iBooks and include Apple’s upcoming iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Of course, Apple will be formally debuting these devices tomorrow.

The screenshots confirm that both new tablets will include nearly identical designs to their predecessors and the addition of Touch ID sensors in the Home button. Another new feature confirmed by this leak is a new Burst Mode (first introduced with the iPhone 5s) for the iPad Air 2 (image below).

These images also indicate that the new tablets will be named “iPad Air 2″ and “iPad mini 3,” which means that Apple will bringing the numbering scheme for names back to the iPad lineup. Of course, the presence of this user guide means iOS 8.1 (with Apple Pay) is likely to drop tomorrow, too.

Besides the tweaked designs and Touch ID sensors, a gold color option, and a stronger A8X processor, improved camera optics, and new software can be expected at least on the new Air. Apple will also discuss the Mac line tomorrow, including the new iMac with Retina display and OS X Yosemite.

Boom?

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