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Seth Rogen Set to Play Woz in Steve Jobs Biopic

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Seth Rogen will play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that will star Christian Bale in the title role. Rogen will have some excellent advice handy on how to play Wozniak, as the Woz himself is a consultant on the film.

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Samsung, Apple Continue Global Smartphone Lead – Xiaomi Grabs 3rd

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Research firm IDG reports the global smartphone market grew 25% in the third quarter of 2014, with Apple hanging in there in second place, Samsung losing marketshare while retaining its lead, and Chinese phone maker Xiaomi grabbing a surprising third place in the rankings.

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Microsoft Reveals $199 ‘Microsoft Band’ Fitness Band

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Shortly following an early reveal via the iOS and Mac App Stores, Microsoft has officially revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable. The company revealed the device to Re/code, and said the device goes on sale Thursday in Microsoft’s online and retail stores.

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Tim Cook’s Open Letter: ‘I’m Proud to be Gay”

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as a gay man in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook says while it “wasn’t an easy choice,” and that his privacy remains important to him, he has come to realize that his desire for personal privacy has been holding him back from doing something more important.

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CurrentC Hacked: Alerts Users to Stolen Email Addresses

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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It seems that CurrentC, the “secure” mobile payments competitor to Apple Pay that’s being pushed by Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, and others, has already been hacked. A message went out to early trial users of the CurrentC system informing them that a third party hacked had into the system and grabbed some of their email addresses.

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Retina Display Enhanced Microsoft Office for Mac On The Way

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Leaked screenshots of what is claimed to be a new version of Outlook that is to be part of Office for Mac 16 have appeared on Chinese site cnBeta, and ZDNet reports that its sources say Microsoft will be announcing the timing for its next edition of Office for Mac “very soon.”

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CurrentC Merchants Hit With Large Fines If They Accept Apple Pay

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Retail partners of the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium – the power behind the CurrentC mobile payments solution – are contractually required to use the CurrentC system, and can incur large fines if they use a competing solution, such as Apple Pay, in their stores.

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iOS 8 Now on 52% of All Active Devices

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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After five and a half weeks of availability, Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now on 52% of all active iOS devices. Those numbers come from Apple’s own App Store support page for developers.

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over 2011 MacBook Pro GPU Issues

Posted on 28/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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MacTrast has reported multiple times this year on reports of graphics issues experienced by owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple has to date ignored the issue, amid claims that it is a manufacturing defect that should be repaired by Apple at no cost.

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