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Apple Releases Ninth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Beta to Developers





Apple has released the ninth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers for testing. As usual, the new version has been seeded just one week after the eighth beta (build number build 13D55). Apart from the operating system itself, Apple has released Safari 7.0.4.


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Written by Nick Tarasenko

Thursday, May 8th, 2014. 20:16

TSMC Shipped First Batch of Fingerprint Sensors for Upcoming Gadgets



According to the latest rumors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has already provided the first batch of fingerprint sensors for Apple's would-be iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. This may indicate that the mass production of all of the abovementioned gadgets will start soon.


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Thursday, May 8th, 2014. 20:08

Apple to Open Flagship Store Inside of World Trade Center Mall in New York



According to the latest rumors, Apple may open its new flagship store inside of the upcoming World Trade Center mall in New York. The store is expected to be located in the lower level of the mall.

The guys from Cupertino signed all the documents required for opening the store. This means it may be opened as soon as in 2015.


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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014. 17:14

Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Codenamed 'Epic' to Employees



According to the latest rumors, Apple has recently released OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 codenamed 'Epic' to the company employees. What is interesting about this update is that it has appeared before the official release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3.


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Monday, May 5th, 2014. 18:03

Apple Seeds Another OS X 10.9.3 Beta to Developers



Apple has released another OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers for testing. The update contains a number of minor improvements and bug fixes.


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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. 17:39

Apple's Suppliers Begin Production of iWatch



According to the latest rumors, Apple's suppliers have recently begun the production of the long-anticipated iWatch. However, this is not the mass-production yet. Apple's smartwatch is expected to be launched this fall, so it's high time the suppliers started assembling the gadget.


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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. 17:21

iPhone 6 to Be as Thin as Current iPod touch?



According to the latest rumors, Apple's next generation iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen may become as thin as the current iPod touch. In case you don't know, this device is only 6.1mm thick. Just for you to compare: iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thick.

Below you may take a look at the video published to YouTube by Unbox Therapy, in which the alleged iPhone 6 case we've already heard about is compared to a 2012 iPod touch.


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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. 17:18

Apple to Show Updated MacBooks Soon?



Apple may soon show us an updated MacBook Air. The laptop is expected to get a new Haswell CPU and nothing more, so looks like it will be just a minor update.


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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. 16:58

Apple Improves Its Position on Several Markets Due to Strong iPhone 5s Sales



According to the latest report from Kantar Worldpanel, the company from Cupertino has managed to improve its position on the world's smartphone market.


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Monday, April 28th, 2014. 18:21

New FaceTime Bug and How to Get Rid of It



A new bug has been recently discovered that makes FaceTime unusable. The bug affects devices running iOS 6.

According to a new support document released by Apple, those iOS 6 users who encountered problems with FaceTime should upgrade to iOS 7.0.4 or later if their devices support such upgrade. In case you have a gadget, which doesn't support iOS 7, you need to update it to iOS 6.1.6.


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Friday, April 25th, 2014. 16:38

Creative Hitz WP-380 review



Many users think of buying new modern wireless headphones to replace original old-type ones that came with a player or a smartphone. Today we will show you Hitz WP-380 headphones from Creative.

First impression always starts from the process of unpackaging the box. Hitz WP-380 looks great, at first sight one can tell that these headphones are very well made. The design is modern. These on ear type headphones have professionally-tuned 34mm neodymium drivers that must deliver excellent sound. There is also a microphone, so Hitz WP-380 can be used to make calls as well. Official web page positions Hitz WP-380 as a Lightweight On-ear Bluetooth Headset with NFC.

The box has the headset, small travel pouch, mini-USB cable for charging, standart 3.5mm audio cable and user manual.

The design is simple and modern. The quality is very good, just as you'd expect from device made by Creative. The headset sits comfortable and can be adjusted in several ways. The cups do fold, which is good. We find these headphones fairly comfortable and experienced no problems wearing them for a long time. WP-380 weights just 5.3 oz (150 g).

The microphone is hidden in the earcup, it's a little far from the mouth, it is  it is hard to use the WP-380 headset in a noisy place.

It is very easy to start listen to the music: you need is to turn on WP-380 and keep holding on/off button. The light goes blinking blue, which means it is ready to connect to some gadget. On the iPhone just navigate to Settings - Bluetooth, then find and select Creative WP-380 in the list of found devices. That's it. Easy! The working distance is approximately 33 ft (10 meters), which is enough to walk around the house with no need to carry your player or smartphone with you.

WP-380 can also connect to devices with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). Unfortunately Apple smartphones do not support NFC, while Android users will be happy to try NFC.

Another interesting fact about WP-380 is Creative ShareMe and Creative Multipoint. Creative ShareMe (one source, two headsets) allows you to share your music wirelessly with your buddy or loved one using another Creative ShareMe-enabled wireless headset. Creative Multipoint (two sources, one headset) allows you to pair two separate devices to the headset at the same time. This means that you can easily switch your music source between these two Bluetooth stereo devices.

There are several buttons to control the headset. The on/off button is used to turn headset on and off, to set up BlueTooth connection, and to answer the incoming call. Using next, previous, play/pause (combined with on/off button) is is possible to control the music, stop/play, skip to the next track or play the previous one. Volume buttons are used to control the volume. Unfortunately it is not possible to use Siri voice assistant on the iPhone, there is just no button for that.

The quality of the sound is very good. This is not a surprise, since Creative uses different software and hardware trick s to improve sound playback and recording quality. Middle and high frequencies are well done, bass is good as well. The built-in speech microphone with ClearSpeech Engine actively suppresses external noises and digitally enhances speech clarity so that your conversations are loud and clear.

By the way, users of iPad tablet and iPod Touch player can use this headset to talk via Skype and similar voip apps.

The compatible list of devices is quite high. Hitz WP-380 works with Bluetooth enabled devices as well as with with every phone and player that has a standart 3.5mm jack.

Creative WP-380 charges in about an hour. Internal battery gives us approximately 12 hours of playback time.

Technical Specifcations:

  • General
    • Wearing Style: On-ear
    • Weight: 150g (5.3oz)
    • Adjustable Headband: Yes
    • Color: Black
    • Included Accessories: 1 detachable flat audio cable, 2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug (1.2m)
      1 travel pouch
      1 USB charging cable (1m / 3.3ft)
  • Specifications
    • Product Type: Wireless Headset
    • Volume Control: Yes
    • aptX: Yes
    • Drivers: 34mm (1.33 inches) Neodymium magnet
    • Frequency Response: 18Hz ~ 22kHz
    • Impedance: 32ohms
    • Connector Type: Bluetooth 3.0
      2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug
    • Cable Length: 1.2m / 3.9ft
    • Cable Style: Detachable flat audio cable
    • Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
    • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP
      AVRCP
      HSP
      HFP (HD Voice ready*)
      *HD Voice requires supported smartphones and mobile networks.
    • Audio Codec: aptX
      AAC
      mSBC
      SBC
      FastStream*
      *FastStream allows low latency wireless bi-directional audio streaming and voice communication with Creative BT-W1 Bluetooth USB transceiver.
    • Content Protection: SCMS-T
    • Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft
  • Battery Specifications
    • Type of Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, 3.7V, 430mAh
    • Battery Life: Play time: 12 hours
      Talk time: 14 hours
  • Recommended Usage
    • Wireless Streaming: Yes
    • Music/Movies: Yes
    • Chats: Yes

iPhoneRoot thanks Creative and Powersales International for providing Creative WP-380 review sample.




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Apple Releases Eighth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Beta



Apple on Monday released a new OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers for testing. As to the previous beta, it was released on Wednesday and contained minor improvements and bug fixes.

Monday's beta-version has a build number 13D45a. There're no noticeable new features. Apple has again asked its registered developers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Mail, Safari browser, Contacts and Calendar sync over USB in iTunes.


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Written by Nick Tarasenko

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. 18:38

Danny Boyle to Become Director of New Steve Jobs Biopic, Leonardo DiCaprio to Star as Jobs



According to the latest rumors, Danny Boyle will become a director of the new Steve Jobs biopic. Moreover, Leonardo DiCaprio might star in the film as former Apple CEO. Looks like Sony Pictures executives know how to attract people to movies, huh?


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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. 18:12

Apple Sold 4 Million Macs Last Quarter - Fortune



According to Fortune's latest estimates based on predictions from both professional and amateur analysts, Apple sold as many as 4 million Macs in the last quarter.

For several years in a row, the number of Macs sold to customers worldwide has been declining. This year can possibly become an exception, experts believe.


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Sunday, April 20th, 2014. 16:50

Apple to Start Working on New Device-Unlocking System?



According to the latest patent filings published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is planning to develop a new device-unlocking system. This system will allow users to unlock their iOS devices by connecting a set of illuminated dots, so that drawing a custom pattern on the screen of the device. The patent applications are entitled 'Gesture entry techniques'. There're two filings that deal with the new technology, not one, which a bit strange, I guess.


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Written by Nick Tarasenko

Friday, April 18th, 2014. 19:23