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Apple Previews the New Apple Watch

It’s not just about time. It’s past time. And future time, as Apple previews a wristwatch from the future — literally, since the Apple Watch won’t come out until early 2015.Show full article

Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with Larger Screens

Apple has introduced two new iPhone models: the larger iPhone 6, and the even-larger iPhone 6 Plus. They aren’t revolutionary, but boast many new and improved features that make them compelling replacements for older iPhone models.Show full article

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Sell Record Four Million in 24 Hours

Apple has announced that the just-announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus racked up over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours of sales, yet another record.Show full article

Apple Releases New iCloud Storage Plans

Apple has radically increased the amount of iCloud storage available to purchase and dropped the price per gigabyte. But as welcome as these changes are, they still pale in comparison to offers from Dropbox and Google Drive.Show full article

Apple Pay Aims to Disrupt Payment Industry

With the triple promise of “easy, secure, private,” Apple announced Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that takes advantage of the Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 6 and also works in the forthcoming Apple Watch. With Apple’s market clout behind it, Apple Pay could be the nudge the payment industry needs to move beyond today’s insecure credit card system.Show full article

Macworld Lays Off Staffers, Closes Print Edition

Sad news: According to Macworld editors, IDG has shuttered the print edition of Macworld and laid off most of the staff. The macworld.com Web site will continue. Our condolences to the many fine editors and writers who are now looking for work.Show full article

How to Get (or Delete) Your Free U2 Album

Apple announced that it’s giving away a free copy of U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” to every iTunes customer. Here’s how to claim yours before time runs out on 13 October 2014. And if you really don’t like U2, you can remove all traces of the album from your account.Show full article

Eulogy for the iPod classic

The iPod Classic is dead, but its legacy lives on, with the 128 GB iPhone 6 carrying the torch of putting massive amounts of music in your pocket and the reincarnation of the click wheel in the Apple Watch’s digital crown.Show full article

FunBITS: Test Driving Amazon’s Prime Music

Amazon has entered the streaming music fray with its Prime Music service, available exclusively to subscribers of Amazon Prime. Agen Schmitz spent a few weeks with its desktop and mobile apps to see how it works and whether it’s worth your time.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 September 2014

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 10.0.2, TextExpander 4.3.3, Marked 2.4.1, and iTunes 11.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 15 September 2014

Last week showered us with Apple news, and Adam Engst joined The Tech Night Owl Live podcast to make sense of it all, including Apple’s new products and the inglorious end of Macworld’s print edition. Apple CEO Tim Cook had an interview of his own with Charlie Rose, where he shared some juicy tidbits about Apple. Microsoft bought the makers of the hit game Minecraft for a whopping $2.5 billion, putting the future of the game into question. Finally, we have an insider look at Apple’s deal to distribute U2’s latest album and a watch guy’s take on the Apple Watch.Show full article

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