Review: Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is the best iPhone speakerphone you can fit in your pocket

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I reviewed two portable Bluetooth speakerphone options earlier this year: The Philips WeCall ($145) vs. Logitech P710e ($125) . Both are square and have internal batteries and make conference calling easy. But for their ~$150 price tag, I wondered if you could get more portability and style without sacrificing sound quality.

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The answer to those questions is the Harman Kardon Esquire line of portable speakerphones. Below, I take a look at the Esquire Mini which retails for $149.99 and can be found as low as $145 at Amazon or $135 at World Wide StereoRead more

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

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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!

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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

Seth Weintraub | 10:33 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.32.41 PM

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?

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.07.03 PM

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

Seth Weintraub | 9:55

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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

‘It’s been way too long': Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event

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It’s happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time. News of the October 16th date broke last week. We’ll be providing full, live coverage on 9to5Mac.com of the event’s proceedings. Here’s everything we’re expecting Apple to discuss at the event:

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Apple announces NTT DoCoMo version of iPad coming to Japan June 10th

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An Apple press release published today announced the impending availability of the iPad on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo carrier. According to the release, both the iPad Air and iPad mini will be available on the largest Japanese carrier on June 10th. The carrier has supported the iPhone since late 2013.

Both tablets will work with the DoCoMo LTE network. The company’s iPad LTE plans are already listed on its website, though you won’t actually be able to buy the device just yet. Both models will be available for pre-purchase on June 2nd, the same day Apple will be kicking off its Worldwide Developers Conference.

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KGI: Every new iOS device this year will be equipped with Touch ID, sensors to be more durable

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KGI research has published a new report that claims Apple will incorporate its Touch ID fingerprint sensor into all new iOS devices launched in 2014. This includes both new iPhone models, and the next versions of the full-size iPad an its ‘mini’ counterpart.

The note also states that Touch ID sensor shipments will increase by 233% this year, which would certainly make sense if the technology was going to be added to so many new devices. According to the report, these new sensors will be made more durable than the current version through the use of tin:

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Apple plans to match Microsoft Surface with split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8

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iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, each iPad application either developed by Apple or available on the App Store is only usable individually in a full-screen view.

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Apple reportedly planning massive Q3 rollout for iWatch, iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV updates

 

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KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a timeline indicating that Apple is planning a massive rollout for multiple new products in Q3 2014. According to the Kuo, the only thing we can expect to see in the first half of the year is a small iMac update. Starting at the end of the third quarter and continuing into the beginning of the fourth, however, Apple will update most of its product lineup: iPad Air and mini, the Apple TV, and the MacBook family.

Two new products reportedly planned for this timeframe are the iWatch, which Kuo says will be available in two different sizes, and the long-rumored 4.7-inch iPhone. The 5.5-inch iPhone that was reportedly delayed due to manufacturing issues with the display is said to be coming near the end of Q4, making it the last release for this year. Read more

Review: Bose Soundlink III portable Bluetooth speaker — is bigger best?

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I was a huge gushing fan of the Bose Soundlink Mini when I reviewed it this summer, calling it the “Best Sounding portable Bluetooth speaker ever”. For $199 you’d get bookshelf type of power and clarity with 6 hour battery in a portable package that you could throw in a coat pocket, bag, or purse.

This week, Bose started shipping a bigger version, the $299 Soundlink 3 which is officially the successor to the Soundlink 2 but it grabs a lot more technology, features and appearance from the very successful Mini.  The big bro ‘III’ boasts an impressive 14-hour battery, 6 Bluetooth device memory, and doubles the Mini with four drivers and two passive radiators. In the process it doubles in size to a 3-pound package that isn’t nearly as portable as the Mini at 5 inches high, 10 inches wide, and 2 inches deep.

But does that $100 and double size give you appreciably better sound?

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Review roundup: The Retina iPad mini verdict is ‘pricey but best small tablet ever’

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A Retina display may have been some time coming on the iPad mini, but the general verdict appears to be that it was worth the wait.

Many are querying the price, especially now that the full-size iPad Air is so much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, and costs just $100 more. But if portability is key, reviewers seem every bit as impressed by the iPad mini as I was by the Air.

Read on for the conclusions from five early reviews …  Read more

Apple Store comes back online with Retina iPad mini, exclusive holiday offers

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The iPad mini with Retina display went on sale through the Apple Online Store early Tuesday morning in an uncharacteristically soft launch. The news was prefaced by an internal memo that leaked from Apple’s GSX tool. The device is available in the United States, Australia, China (no LTE models yet), Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore.

The release comes at an unexpected time. Apple didn’t officially announce the release date ahead of time, saying only that the device would be available sometime this month. In fact, aside from a memo that was released to employees only hours before the tablet went live on the Apple Online Store, there was no indication that it would be released this week at all.

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High-res photos claim to show iPad 5 front panel

Sonny Dickson has posted decent-sized photos of what is claimed to be the front panel of the iPad 5.

The photos are consistent with what we’re all expecting: essentially a scaled-up iPad Mini, with thinner bezels on the sides. The refresh is also expected to use the same film-based touch panel as the Mini, replacing the glass layer in previous full-size iPads, reducing both thickness and weight. We posted photos of what is believed to be the rear casing back in January and the display panel earlier this month. Read more