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Weather Channel launches redesigned iPhone app with ‘social weather’ and flight info

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The Weather Channel app for iPhone has been updated with a brand new iOS 7-inspired design and features. The new design gives each bit of information a more prominent location on the screen, though it does so at the expense of an all-in-one overview. Where previously all relevant weather information was contained on the main screen, the updated app places various types of information on separate pages that can be swiped through.

The addition of a new airport mode that provides users with information about weather-related flight delays and cancellations could serve as a useful tool for travelers. A new severe weather mode causes the entire app’s interface to change if severe weather is reported in your area, putting critical information front-and-center. Finally, a social component has been added that allows users to submit weather reports and photos of their own.

You can grab the redesigned Weather Channel app on the iPhone App Store free of charge.

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Sketchy new rumor point to possibility of rounded edges, curved-glass display in iPhone 6


A new rumor from Mac Otakara (via AppleInsider) indicates that the next-generation iPhone could sport curved edges in place of the squared edges found on every model of the iPhone since the iPhone 4 debuted in 2010. To facilitate this, the display glass would also be slightly curved, although probably not to the degree of some of the first curved phones that have been revealed.

This is the first we’ve heard of any rounded edges on the iPhone 6. Given how prevalant other rumors regarding the phone’s design, such as two models, each with a larger screen, have become in recent months, it seems a bit a bit odd that this design note is just now coming out. We’re calling this one a bit sketchy until there’s more information to support it.

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone 6, rumor

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By the numbers: a breakdown of Apple’s Q2 2014 earnings call


Apple went over its Q2 2014 earnings today on its quarterly conference call with CEO Tim Cook and incoming CFO Luca Maestri. The company announced that former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will finally be joining the executive team as SVP of Retail. Cook also addressed the recent debut of Microsoft’s Office productivity suite on the iPad.

But, as with any earnings call, the numbers that define Apple’s success or failure in the market took center stage. Here are some of the big ones you might have missed:

  • $150.6 billion – The size of the cash pile Apple is current sitting on
  • 98% - Customer satisfaction rating for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display
  • 95% - iPad’s current share of the U.S. education tablet market
  • 4x - The amount of web traffic generated by iPad users in comparison to Android devices. As in, all Android devices. Every single one combined.
  • 24 – The number of companies Apple has acquired in the past 18 months
  • 800 million - The number of iTunes accounts in use worldwide
  • 60% – The percentage of new iPhone 5c users who made the jump from Android
  • 62% - The percentage of users who switched from Android to the iPhone 4s. Yeah, that’s right. The iPhone from 2011.
  • 50% – The iPhone’s current market share in Japan

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 4S, 5C, Angela Ahrendts, earnings call, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, luca maestri, Market share, Q2 2014, Tim Cook

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Apple updates App Store content ratings system with new descriptions and market-specific ratings


Apple has made some changes to the way it handles content ratings in the App Store, as outlined in an email (included below) sent to developers today. These ratings aren’t the five-star reviews that users assign apps, but the age-based restrictions assigned to each app based on the type of content in the app. While most apps are rated 4+ (the lowest), some that contain violent or potentially offensive content may have higher ratings (as seen above).

Starting today, developers will be able to assign a few new content descriptions to their apps in order to help better determine what age group the software is appropriate for. These new descriptions include “Medical/Treatment Information, Gambling and Contests, and Unrestricted Web Access.” That last one is good news for many developers previously forced to use a 17+ rating just because their app included a web browser that could be used to accesss anything on the web.

New market-specific changes have also been made in Brazil, Korea, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia to comply with various laws governing restricted content in each country. In Brazil specifically, an entirely new rating system is being applied solely to games. These new ratings will appear alongside the current ratings already in place in the App Store listing.

Developers can log into the Apple Developer Center to manage their apps and ratings. The full email to developers is included below:

Dear [name],

There have been several recent changes that may impact the content rating of your apps. These changes give users more information about your apps and help ensure legal compliance.

New App Content Descriptions
You can now use the following descriptions: Medical/Treatment Information, Gambling and Contests, and Unrestricted Web Access (for apps that permit navigating and viewing web pages, for example with an embedded browser).

Update to Territory-Specific Restrictions Based on Rating
Territory-specific restrictions in the Korea, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia App Stores have changed. You can see the current rating and territory restrictions for your apps in Manage Your Apps on iTunes Connect.

New Rating System for the Brazil App Store
The Brazil App Store now issues a Brazil-specific rating for games to ensure compliance with local regulations. The Brazil-specific rating is automatically generated from your existing content description on iTunes Connect and will appear next to the existing rating information displayed on your app’s page in the App Store.

To learn more about app ratings, see the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

If you have any questions about these changes, contact us.


The App Store team

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1Password for Mac updated with improvements to 1Password Mini, better URL matching, and more

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1Password 4 for Mac was updated today to version 4.3 with a bevy of enhancements and new features. Unlike today’s update to the iOS version of the app, the OS X-based update is not an overhaul of the application, but instead focuses on refining the software’s feature set.

This update features big updates to the 1Password Mini plugin, which now allows you to edit your saved items and generated passwords, recognizes a number of new keyboard shortcuts, and supports “fuzzy search” for saved items; the auto-save system, which now prompts you to update your existing password if you create a new password for a saved website; and a lot more.

Updates and Enhancements

In the main app, a few important changes to syncing have been made. When you change your master password in the main app, the change will now be synced to all of your deviecs—something that for some reason was not in existing versions. The update also introduces a new syncing method that allows you to copy your vault to a USB drive, which lets you carry your data with you and access it from any computer without the need for a network connection.

The updated app has better URL detection, and can figure out if you’re trying to login to a subdomain of a website for which you’ve saved a password. You can search for data other than domain names in 1Password Mini, including usernames and notes.

A whole host of bug fixes and small tweaks have also been made, including the addition of full-screen mode on supported versions of OS X, better support for multiple Chrome profiles, and improvements when editing items that allows you to quickly pick up where you left off if you lock the app or change vaults with the editor open.


1Password 4.3 is a free update to all current users on the Mac App Store. New users and those using the 1Password 3 or older can get the app for a special half-off price of $24.99 until Friday.

The iOS version of the app, which you’ll want to get so you can sync your data between devices, got a major overhaul today for iOS 7. Like its desktop counterpart, the mobile version is half-off until Friday, meaning you can get it for only $8.99.

One important thing to note is that the Mac App Store version of 1Password never reached version 4.2, while the version available through the AgileBits website did. That’s because Apple rejected the 4.2 update, and rather than resubmit it, AgileBits pushed ahead. The 4.3 update on the Mac App Store contains all of the features found in version 4.2 along with the changes introduced in 4.3.

The full change log for the App Store version is below. As noted above, it may include some items already available in the version of the app available from the developer’s website.

What’s New in Version 4.3

1Password 4.3 for the Mac App Store is a *massive update* that includes all the features from our v4.2 update for our website version. There’s great new stuff here that you’ve been asking for, such as: updating existing items right in the browser when you change passwords, editing items right in 1Password mini, lots of new keyboard shortcuts, USB drive support, sync improvements, and much more!

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The Big Stuff

  • When you update a password for an existing item, the AutoSave window will now prompt you to update that item!
  • You can now choose which vault to use when saving a new Login
  • Edit items directly within 1Password mini!
  • Edit generated passwords in 1Password mini, too
  • Looking for something specific? 1Password mini now searches everything, from your usernames to your notes
  • We’ve added full screen support so 1Password can be larger than ever!
  • Like keyboard shortcuts? 1Password mini now has a *ton* of ‘em
  • Keyboard shortcuts for switching vaults
  • Tab and Shift-Tab shortcuts to navigate in 1Password mini’s details view
  • Command (⌘)-O to anchor 1Password mini’s details view
  • Command (⌘)-E to enter edit mode in 1Password mini’s details view
  • Command (⌘)-S to save changes in 1Password mini’s details view
  • Command (⌘)-. to cancel changes and exit the edit mode in 1Password mini’s details view
  • By popular request, 1Password mini now shows Secure Notes!

Sync & Export

  • Now when you change your Master Password, it will sync to your other devices
  • Internet? Who needs it! USB is the future, so now you can sync your data file using a USB drive
  • We’ve made some improvements to the way 1Password interacts with Dropbox
  • New exporting options: 1Password can now export items to CSV and plain text (careful here—your items are not encrypted in these formats!)


  • Added the ability to move items (in addition to copy) from one vault to another
  • Right clicking on an item in the item list will now select that item
  • We’ve made the item list even better, both when you right click on an item and when you click on the Item menu
  • You can now resume editing if 1Password locks or quits in the middle of a change
  • You can even switch vaults while editing an item and resume editing when you switch back
  • Easily rename tags directly within the sidebar
  • Item note editing now supports Undo/Redo


  • New Find Backup button allows you to restore external backup files
  • You can now restore from a backup when launching 1Password for the first time


  • Catalan and Danish localization
  • New languages added
  • Updated translations


  • Greatly improved URL matching makes logging in to sites with sub domains easy
  • Use Go&Fill from the main application even when your browser is not open
  • 1Password mini now supports fuzzy search. For example: “oogle” will now return items named “Google”
  • Improved support for multiple Chrome profiles
  • Addressed some minor visual and grammar issues
  • You can now sort by Category in Security Audit
  • Improved import from CSV
  • Squashed many bugs reported by our awesome customers



  • Improved the user experience in Preferences > Sync
  • Added the ability to search in “/Dropbox/Apps/1Password/” when launching 1Password for the first time
  • Improved sync performance
  • Reduced database size
  • 1Password mini’s details view popover appears quicker
  • Improved browser code signature verification
  • Improved CSV parser used for import
  • Improved 1Password Updater
  • The item list selection changes to the right-clicked item if it was not already selected
  • Text fields manually created in 1Password 3 are now displayed in the web form details
  • Improvements in the context menu of the item list and in the “Item” menu in the main menu
  • The Login’s title will no longer change after switching vaults in the autosave window
  • 1Password now detects if the Dropbox app is located in a non-standard location
  • Improved browser filling performance
  • Improved the “About 1Password” window
  • Improved domain matching to include the latest ICANN domains



  • Made sure that it is not possible to launch 1Password Updater from Trash.
  • Fixed problem where local changes are sometimes lost after Dropbox or Folder sync is triggered.
  • Fixed rare problem where 1Password did not connect to 1Password mini after an update and a fresh download was required.
  • Fixed problem where Find Backup results in “Failed adding backup” after backup is successfully added.
  • Fixed problem where custom icons had a white background colour.
  • Fixed problem where undo was not working in Secure Notes fields in 1Password mini.
  • Fixed printing of multi-line notes.
  • Fixed problem where 1Password mini returned duplicated items when searching in all fields.
  • Fixed problem where the “address” field title wasn’t localizable for Identities.
  • Fixed crash when switching vaults very quickly using the newly added keyboard shortcuts.
  • Fixed crash when entering the edit mode in 1Password.
  • Fixed crash when enabling Dropbox sync.
  • Fixed crash when exporting to CSV format.
  • Fixed several issues related to item syncing when using multiple vaults.
  • Fixed problem when 1Password failed to connect with 1Password mini on slower Macs.
  • Fixed problem where rich icons for Logins were not being displayed in the details view.
  • Fixed issue where 1P mini menu could span the screen boundary when opened on a secondary screen positioned to the left of the primary screen.
  • Fixed issue where 1P mini menu would always open to the left of the parent menu when opened on a secondary screen positioned to the right of the primary screen.
  • Fixed some minor UI issues in Preferences > Security.
  • Crash when switching vaults very fast using the newly added keyboard shortcuts.
  • Changing your Master Password will now sync to other devices.
  • Fixed problem when switching vaults during sync setup merged the wrong data files.
  • Now always validating keychain file before syncing.
  • Fixed problem when “Edit Login in 1Password” from the autosave window didn’t show the item to be edited.
  • Colons ‘:’ no longer used in generated passwords to work around a copy-paste issue in iOS 7. Reported by Andy Espin <>
  • Fixed crash when filling an item that could not be decrypted.
  • Resolved a crash that would happen when setting up Dropbox syncing.
  • Fixed crash when enabling iCloud sync.
  • Fixed Database Locked error that could occur after upgrading to a new version.
  • Fixed problem when deleting item sections.
  • Fixed problem when deleting URLs when there are duplicates in the list.
  • The item list section header’s date is now localized.
  • Disabled switching to a locked secondary vault in the Autosave window.
  • Fixed copy in the web form details and previously used passwords fields.
  • Fixed the vertical alignment of the copy button in the Item Details view.
  • Fixed problem where the item title was truncated in 1Password mini.
  • Fixed problem when the keyboard shortcuts were not remapped after creating a vault from an existing keychain.
  • Fixed problem where merge and confirm window was showing unnecessarily when enabling sync.
  • Fixed problem where “symbol” was displayed instead of “symbols” in the details view password generator’s password recipe.
  • Fixed autolayout constraint violations when editing login fields.
  • Fixed problem where “About Licenses” in the license window was cutoff for certain translations.
  • Fixed crash during conflict resolution for items with non-string field values.
  • Fixed crash in 1Password mini’s window.
  • Fixed rare crash in 1Password mini before displaying the autosave window.
  • Fixed crash when enabling Dropbox or Folder sync for the first time.
  • Fixed rare crash in syncing.

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1Password for iOS updated with all-new design, support for multiple vaults, and more

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1Password 4 launched last year to much fanfare as a major redesign of the most powerful password management software available. Today the app has been updated to version 4.5, which brings the biggest update to the app’s design since the 4.0 release.

With this update, the entire app has once again been redesigned completely, this time for compliance with iOS 7’s new look. You’ll still find the layout familiar, though some tweaks have been made to a few areas.

You can find a gallery of the new design below, but the new design isn’t the only thing you’ll find in 1Password 4.5. Also along for the ride is a set of new features that help complete parity with the Mac version and embrace newer iOS capabilities.

Multiple Vaults
Perhaps the biggest addition in this release—though not one most people will need—is support for multiple vaults and shared vaults. Just like the Mac version, you can now store your passwords and other data in separate vaults on the iPhone and iPad.

Only one vault at a time can sync through iCloud, so the rest will need to use Dropbox to stay up-to-date. Thankfully, Dropbox syncing setup is fast and easy on both the Mac and iOS versions of the app.

Switching between vaults is accomplished through the app’s settings page, which means you’ll need to login to the primary vault before you can switch. Unfortunately, this may be a bit of a setback in certain use cases.

When multiple vaults came to the Mac version, it was promoted as a feature that could allow multiple users to manage their identities separately (or one person to manage home and work identities). To enable multi-user support on the Mac version, users can switch vaults from the menu bar without having to login to the primary vault.

On the iOS version, because you need to login to the primary vault to switch, everyone with a personal vault will need access to the primary master password—which, of course, allows them to utilize or modify the data in that vault.

Multi-vault support also enables a new type of demo mode. In previous versions, you could enable a special mode that pre-populated the app with demo data so you could demonstrate it to others without sharing your real login info. This feature now exists as a separate vault that you can add or delete at any time from within the settings.

Other Improvements
Another feature that made the jump from the Mac to iOS is the ability to tag your saved items. Tagging works in tandem with folders to help you organize your data. Multiple tags can be added to each item, much like the labels in Gmail or tags in the Finder when running Mavericks.

Improvements have been made to Wi-Fi syncing and support for multiple Dropbox accounts has been added. The vault format has been changed to make the files smaller, saving iCloud and Dropbox storage space. The app itself is also smaller now, which saves on-device storage.

You can now share saved items to other devices using AirDrop, quickly search your vault using the new search bar in the Categories view, and the 1Browser now (finally!) has a loading progress indicator. Speaking of the in-app browser, you can now swipe left or right to go back or forward.

1Password 4.5 is a free update for anyone who already owns version 4 or higher. For users still on previous incarnations of the software, you can get 1Password 4 at the special sale price of $8.99, 50% off the regular price, from now until this Friday.

The Mac version of 1Password, which you’ll want to get to keep your data synced between your devices, was also updated today. You can get that version for half-off until Friday.

The full change log is below the gallery.

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What’s New in Version 4.5
There are things that go bump in the night, like password reuse and the internet’s Heartbleed bug. The vastly redesigned 1Password for iOS is the thing that bumps back.

P.S. – We love hearing from you! Email us with feedback or questions at

1Password – The Reimagined Edition
• This ain’t just a new paint job and an air freshener. We rebuilt 1Password for speed and productivity, adding some of our best and most-requested features—all as a free update to existing version 4 owners.
• Note: iOS apps don’t actually support air fresheners (yet?).
• By very, very popular demand, Search is now always accessible at the top of the Categories tab and each main category (Logins, Secure Notes, etc.).
• AirDrop – Share items more conveniently, face-to-face.
• Our sharing menu is now a good iOS 7 citizen.
• iPhone item details for viewing and editing items are now 75-90% more viewtiful and edible. Wait, editable. Yeah.
• Nothing says “reimagined” like a brand new app icon.

Multiple & Shared Vault support
• If you create multiple vaults with 1Password 4 for Mac (Windows coming soon!), you can now add them to 1Password for iOS and switch between them in Settings. Great for securely sharing items with coworkers or family, or simply for your own organization!
• Demo Mode is dead, long live the new Demo Vault – We moved our popular Demo Mode feature to Settings > Vaults. You can add demo information as a secondary vault to show off 1Password to your friends without showing them all your personal information.
• Multiple Dropbox accounts – Have more than one Dropbox account? Great! You can now sync vaults shared via different Dropbox accounts.

1Browser is better than ever

Our built-in browser is faster and more powerful, making it even easier to login, checkout, and fill forms with a single tap. Plus, the list of apps that support 1Password now includes everything from newsreaders, to finance managers, and even a beer diary!

• One AutoFill to rule them all – Logins, Identities, and Credit Cards are all under the same button in 1Browser, similar to 1Password mini on the Mac!
• 1Browser now prompts the user to allow it to open non-http and non-https URLs, such as FaceTime call prompts.
• Swipe it to the left, swipe it to the right. *Ahem*, to go back and forward in 1Browser, that is.
• The 1Browser tab view got a facelift.
• Awesome Little Circular Progress Indicator in 1Browser – For your page loading pleasure.

Keep It Together
• Now supporting custom item images added via 1Password 4 for Mac.
• Improvements and bug fixes in WiFi sync.
• The iPhone might get bigger soon, but the size of your data file sure isn’t! In fact, we made it much smaller, which makes sync much faster.

Get Organized
• The ‘Folders’ tab on iPhone is now called ‘Organize’ because…
• Tags join the party – Any tags you add to items in 1Password for Mac and Windows now appear next to your folders on iOS! Tag on.

• Si vostè està llegint aquest missatge, significa 1Password ha estat traduïda al català! (localization for our Catalan customers!)
• Speaking of languages, you can now change 1Password’s language settings in-app.

• New user setup process is new – We made it even easier and clearer to get started with 1Password.
• For those upgrading from 1Password 3 for iOS, the import process is much improved.
• 1Password is now 34% smaller – if you’ve been short 8.6MB of space on your device, we got you covered!

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Leaked technical data indicates 40 Gbps transfer rates coming with Thunderbolt 3.0

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A new set of leaked tech specs for the third-generation version of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology appearing on VRZone today indicate that “Alpine Ridge” controller will allow double the bandwidth (up to 40 Gbps, versus the current 20), cut the system’s power consumption in half, and even feature a new type of connector that would enable the charging the host computer through the Thunderbolt port at up to 100 watts—enough to easily handle the 85W required for the 15″ MacBook Pro (via MacRumors).

Of course, as we saw with Apple’s switch to the Lightning plug on iOS devices, changing the connector that operates a large number of accessories isn’t exactly a popular idea with the general public, despite the benefits of doing so. As with any such change, adapters will allow  existing products to maintain compatibilty with the new connection.

The veracity of these leaked specs hasn’t been confirmed just yet, and there’s no telling if or when Apple will adopt the Thunderbolt 3.0 technology. You can see the full leaked specs below:


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