Suppliers Getting Ready for Mass Production of Apple Watch

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There are less than two months left in 2014. Which means that two months from now, I’ll be anxiously awaiting a big announcement regarding the Apple Watch’s launch date. While some have predicted that it won’t arrive until mid to late March (and as late as mid-June), others with a more hopeful outlook are pointing toward a Valentine’s Day treat. My money is on the former, but my hopes are on the latter.

Today, DigiTimes is claiming that production is gearing up for the Apple watch, which might mean we could be sporting the new wearable computer as early as four months from now.

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Think Stand for iPad Gives Your Smart Cover More Versatile Positioning

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Most of my friends that own an iPad also own a Smart Cover or Smart Case. Apple makes a point of letting you know that they go together like peas and carrots. The main problem with Apple’s Smart cover is its lack of versatility. Thanks to its origami style folding feature, you can stand your iPad in two, that’s right, two different viewing angles (landscape only). Most of us want more options than that.

So, we invest in a second case and the Smart Cover goes in a drawer somewhere.

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Square Reader for EMV ‘Chip Cards’ Coming Soon for iPad and iPhone

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A few months ago, I received new credit cards in the mail from my credit card company. Nothing was wrong with my previous cards, but these new ones had a small, square chip right no the outside. It turns out that the U.S. is finally updating the way credit cards are read at retail terminals. The chips encrypt every transaction made, making it harder for hackers to steel information.

Today, Square announced that it would be offering updated chip card readers so retailers can take part in offering extra security to consumers without having to pay hundreds of dollars for new terminals.

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Walmart Releases Black Friday Preview, Apple Products on Sale

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I guess we should stop calling it “Black Friday” since the new trend is to start the mayhem on Thursday. Maybe we should call it “Thanksgiving Day Ruined Sale” instead. Just a day after Best Buy revealed its Black Friday sale preview, we’ve got a lists of “door buster” deals you can get on sale at Walmart starting on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 6:00 PM.

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Microsoft Updates Visual Studio – Now Allows Developers to Build iOS Apps

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.NET and Visual Studio have been exclusive Windows development tools for many years, but everything is about to change. In an announcement by S. Somasegar on his blog, the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft laid out a plan to expand the developer tools across various platforms, including an expansion to mobile systems. The tech world continues to change and mobile technology is clearly here to stay.

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iOS 8 Adoption Rate Remains Steady, Now at 56 Percent

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As exciting as Apple’s newest operating system is, it is still hasn’t reached the fervor that it’s predecessor did at this early stage. The latest news, approximately two weeks after iOS 8 passed the halfway mark, is that the adoption rate has remained fairly steady, increasing by four percent.

I’ve noted in the past that two major factors in this slower adoption are partly due to a lack of full jailbreak support combined with the size of the download being too big. Earlier this week, Pangu released an untethered jailbreak for iPhone models all the way back to the 4s, plus all iPad devices and the iPod touch 5. Additionally, Pangu 1.1.0 includes Cydia, which is what many in the jailbreak community have been waiting for.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Gadget Cable Organizer

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Thanks to the kind of work I do, I have dozens of awesome gadgets and accessories for my iPhone and iPad. Whether it is a Bluetooth speaker, a wireless pedal board, or a keyboard case, I’ve got stuff that needs to be charged. Of course, each one has its own special cable, too. Let’s not even get started on older devices.

I used to keep all of my cords stuffed into the top portion of an old blank CD storage container. However, that got out of hand as more and more cables were added to the pile. I had to find a way to organize my cords and keep them tucked away, while still making them easy to get to when I need it.

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Touch ID and Apple Pay Prove to be Useful Accessibility Tool

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Touch ID has made it easier for everyone to conveniently unlock their iOS device. Apple Pay has made purchasing goods as easy as using Touch ID. One additional asset the two features have may be the best technological advancement for disabled users. According to freelance writer Steve Aquino on iMore, they are “inclusive and empowering” for someone with cerebral palsy.

Aquino wrote an article in 2013 about how Touch ID made it easier for him to unlock his iPhone 5S. He noted that, for users with motor skill issues, the feature relieved the hassle of trying to type in a passcode.

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iOS Security Flaw Reported, ‘Masque Attack’ Could Trick Users into Downloading Virus

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Last week, we found out about WireLurker, a malicious virus specifically designed to infect OS X and iOS software. Users in China are being targeted when they download non Mac App Store programs that carry the virus, which then transmits to iOS devices via a USB connection.

This week, a new report has come out that Apple’s enterprise/ad-hoc provisions make it possible for attackers to replace an official app with a Trojan. Dubbed “Masque Attack,” this flaw could potentially “pose much bigger threats than WireLurker.”

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Tim Cook Discusses Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPhone in Latest Interview

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We all know that Apple has changed in the Tim Cook era with greater press accessibility, increased openness with customers, and the release of products which Steve Jobs had openly criticized. In a new conversation with Cook, The Wall Street Journal discussed many of the recent hot topics with Apple and he displayed a sensitivity to the appetites of consumers that is something Apple users aren’t always accustomed to.

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