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Founder Anand Shimpi latest Apple hire from hardware review site AnandTech

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AnandTech founder and EiC Anand Shimpi announced last night via a post on the site that he had decided to retire from technology journalism, but didn’t specify what he’d be doing instead. Today, Re/code reports that Shimpi will be going to Apple, as confirmed by the tech firm’s representative, though his exact role is still unknown.

Earlier this year AnandTech’s Brian Klug also left the site for a role at Apple with a focus on building mobile processors for the company’s iOS lineup. It’s possible and perhaps likely that Shimpi will be taking up a similar role in quality assurance or marketing.

Shimpi says he will continue to advise the AnandTech team on editorial matters when needed, though he will be leaving the operations of the site up to incoming editor-in-chief Ryan Smith.


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Mike Beasley

August 31st

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Apple’s New Spaceship HQ Doesn’t Look Like A Spaceship Yet, But It’s Huge

Screenshot 2014-08-31 18.20.40 Apple’s new spaceship-style campus is one of the last things on the company’s mind right now, with the iPhone launch looming just over the horizon. However, that hasn’t stopped some curious folks from peeking around over at the construction site. YouTuber jmcminn has captured video on a GoPro Hero 3+ using a Phantom 2 drone, and the end result shows us the foundation of… Read More

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Jordan Crook

August 31st

Apple

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iOS 7 How-to: Manage your iCloud storage space from an iOS device

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Apple gives all iCloud users 5 GB of iCloud storage. For most users, this is more than plenty of space, but for some, it isn’t nearly enough. This space is used for iOS device backups, iWork and other documents, and email if you are using a @mac.com, @me.com or @icloud.com address.

In this article, we’ll give you some tips for managing your iCloud storage so you can get the most of the space you have available.

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To check your iCloud settings and see what you are syncing and backing up, open up the Settings app on an iOS device, then tap on iCloud. Settings like Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, Passbook (on iPhone) and Photo Stream do not take up any of your storage space. It is a good idea to have these on, as it allows the content to be synced to another iOS device, icloud.com, or a computer. It is also a good idea to turn these on, because it allows you to quickly restore up-to-date versions of that data even if your iCloud and iTunes backups are out of date.

Photo Stream doesn’t take up part of the iCloud storage space, but you are NOT able to access it on icloud.com. Photo Stream pushes any new pictures you take or import to your other devices for a total of thirty days. Photo Stream stores your last 1,000 pictures, which you can then save permanently to your other device.

Now let’s discuss how to check your iCloud storage. Tap on Storage & Backup.

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On this screen, you will see your total storage and how much of that space is available. In the screenshot above, I have used 5.9 GB. At the bottom it will ask you if you want to back up to iCloud. I highly recommend doing that, because for the most part it is very hassle free. The iCloud Backup will:

Automatically back up your camera roll, accounts, documents and settings when this [iOS device] is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi.

If you scroll all the way down it will show you when the device was last backed up to iCloud.

To determine the size of the backup files, press the Manage Storage button.

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If you have multiple iOS devices backing up to iCloud, it will list all of them. It will also show you how much space your Documents & Data are taking up. Tapping on Pages, Numbers and Keynote will show you what files are saved in that app and how much space each document takes. Other apps like 1Password, iMovie, iPhoto and a lot of games will store data so that it will sync across all of the devices.

If you are using a @mac.com, @me.com or @icloud.com email address it will show you how much space your Mail takes near the bottom of the screen.

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Note that in the screenshot above, my mail takes up 2.3 GBThis makes sense, as I have and been using my account for over ten years, have 2,700 emails in my inbox, have never deleted sent mail, and still have my original welcome to .Mac emails. For a majority of users, their mail size is typically a few MB.

If you tap on one of the devices that is not the one you are currently using, all you will see is when the latest backup occurred, the backup size, and an option to delete the backup.

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If you tap on the device you are currently using, you will see when the latest backup occurred, the backup size, and the option to delete the backup. You’ll also have a set of options to decide what app data you want to backup to iCloud.

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Here it shows you what apps your device is backing up and how big the files for that app are. The majority of the apps are rather small, coming in at only a couple of MB or KB. Most of these files are so small and insignificant (in terms of storage, maybe not data) that turning each one off in the hopes of saving room in your iCloud is a waste of time.

What is going to eat up the majority of the room is the Camera Roll. The Camera Roll is the place on your device where the pictures are saved after you take them or save them from other apps. If that number is close to 5 GB, you will have to make room so that iCloud can back up your device. Backing up your photos through iCloud is a good idea and it works well, but it isn’t as ideal as one would like it to be, since you cannot go into the backup file and take a few specific pictures out.

If you have the Camera Roll backup setting enabled, it’s going to back up all of your photos, including any that you’ve already backed up to your computer or some other storage solution like Dropbox. If you then want to continue to use iCloud to back up your device, but can’t fit your photo library in the provided storage space, you may have to delete some photos.

However, if you don’t want to get rid of anything, you can turn off the Camera Roll backup feature. You’ll be able to backup the rest of your data to iCloud, but your photos won’t be saved. There are a few other options for keeping those photos safe, though:

1. Use Dropbox. The Dropbox application has a feature that allows you to automatically detect and upload new photos to your online storage, which is then synced through the Dropbox website and app to all of your other devices. Dropbox also recently changed their pricing to make this plan even more cost-effective.

2. Backup to iTunes. While you can still use iCloud for saving your other important data, doing a regular backup in iTunes on your computer will allow you to keep a second copy of that critical data as well as provide you with ample storage space for your photo library.

3. Purchase more iCloud storage space. Apple sells larger iCloud storage plans for users who need more space. To upgrade, you can tap on the Change Storage Plan button on the iCloud settings screen. The iCloud packages are a yearly subscription. iCloud will charge the credit card or iTunes gift card you have on file associated with your Apple ID.


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Sarah Guarino

August 31st

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Mac

Apple has reached agreements w/ American Express & MasterCard to work on iPhone payments system

We reported in May that Apple was expected to launch an iPhone payments system with the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.

Apple wants to replace yet another daily tool with your iPhone: your wallet. Executives from the Cupertino-based technology company have begun discussions with directors from retail store chains about a mobile payments service, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. Previous reports indicated that Apple is exploring new payments services through discussions with executives from existing payments companies. These latest mobile payments-related discussions, which have occurred with retail store brands such as those that sell luxury clothing and premium goods, have taken place over the past couple of months, according to the source. The source declined to be named and requested that the identities of the companies talking to Apple not be published.

Subsequent reports echoed that same Information including naming Visa as a partner.  Re/code today reports that Apple has signed up a major American financial institution to work on its iPhone wallet program.

Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, according to sources familiar with the talks. American Express is one of several partners Apple will need to sign up before it can launch its new payments plan, which sources say it plans to announce at its September 9 product event.

Apple’s new payments system is expected to let iPhone 6 owners use their phone in place of a credit card or cash to pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores. Customers will present their phones at the checkout counter of partnering retailers to transmit payment information to complete a purchase. It’s not clear which retailers have signed on to accept such payments.

Apple doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel here. Many U.S. stores now accept NFC-enabled Amex, Google Wallet/Mastercard Paypass, Visa Paywave and other electronic forms of payment besides the typical credit card swipe.

Update: Bloomberg chimes in with corroboration on Visa and American Express being partners, and their report adds MasterCard to the mix.

If Apple’s iPhone 6 has NFC, and many signs point to yes, most of the hardware is already in place. The rest is just software…and politics.


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Seth Weintraub

August 31st

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Mac

Apple highlighting top ten reasons apps get rejected on new developer page

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As noticed by Apfelpage, Apple has published a new page to be more open about why it rejects apps. A chart at the bottom of the page shows the top ten reasons for app rejection in the last seven days; such as lack of information, crashes or bugs encountered, complicated user interfaces. Around 60% of rejections come from violation of just ten guidelines of the App Store rules. Some of these, like the existence of placeholder text in applications, seem rather trivial issues and it’s interesting that it arises so frequently as a cause of rejection.

The page goes into more detail on some of these points. In one instance, Apple highlights what it deems to be a ‘substandard user interface’, which apparently is responsible for 6% of all rejections. In the example, Apple advises use of a tableview to cleanly lay out information.

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Although none of the advice is particularly revolutionary, it should help iOS app developers (especially those new to the ecosystem) sail through App Review more easily. The information also has a side-benefit; the less time Apple reviewers spend dealing with app issues, the faster the review process should become for all developers.

 


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Benjamin Mayo

August 31st

Apple

Mac

Apple ‘spaceship’ campus construction caught on film by flying drone

9to5-image 2014-08-31 at 10.18.52 AMThe 8-minute video, highlighted by Apple Spotlight and embedded below, shows the latest progress on Apple’s Campus 2. Although the spaceship site is cordoned off by high walls to prevent pictures at street level, a GoPro-equipped drone has no trouble getting the aerial shots seen in the video. Images of the campus were last seen in July

In that time, the video shows that the project has made significant progress, with it looking less like dirt and more like the foundation of buildings. The video also highlights the sheer size of the property in relation the surrounding buildings. Apple is expected to complete Campus 2 in 2016.

 


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Benjamin Mayo

August 31st

Apple

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Intel’s CEO Envisions A Future Where Wearables Don’t Look Like Wearables — And It’s Not That Far Away

Basis-B1 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich foresees a day when a wearable is no longer seen a one-size-fits-all device that you put on your wrist. That day could be coming sooner rather than later, as Intel-based wearable products will likely be shown off in the coming weeks at NY Fashion Week. Read More

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Ryan Lawler

August 30th

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Apple execs discuss $400 price point for wearable with the media, what do you think?

Re/code via sources unknown says today that Apple has been considering the $400 price point for its wearable, expected to be announced on September 9th and available for sale in 2015.

Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device. Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product, which is expected to begin shipping next year.  Sources say consumers should expect a range of prices for different models including lower priced versions.

The price positioning is reminiscent of Apple’s latest product launch, the iPad, in which price points of $1,000 were batted around before Steve Jobs took the stage and conjured up the jaw-dropping $499 starting price point.

But without knowing about the wearable product, how can we judge the price point…

As a price comparison, Samsung, LG and soon Motorola and others will be out on the market with devices in the $200+ range. Fitness bands typically run in the $100 range.  Apple obviously brings a premium hardware and experience to the table.

We’ll be covering Apple’s September 9th Flint Center announcement and all of the last minute details that come out.

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Seth Weintraub

August 30th

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Mac

DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

DrinkMate Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here’s another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teeny breathalyzer called DrinkMate, currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to make it to market by December. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

August 30th

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Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on Comcast

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Why did Netflix decide to cave in and pay Comcast for a better direct connection to its network? Because apparently slow Netflix streaming on Comcast was costing the company customers. CNN reports that Netflix this week explained to the Federal Communications Commission that the quality of Netflix streams on Comcast had become so poor that the company had no choice but to pay up for a better connection.

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Brad Reed

August 30th

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