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Apple releases fourth OS X Yosemite public beta

Apple has just released an update to the OS X Yosemite public beta. The release makes this the fourth beta for the Yosemite public beta preview program, and the update should be available through the Mac App Store for download.

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Apple's iPhone 6-laden Q4 and 2014 year-end earnings due on October 20

Apple has set the date for their next fiscal earnings statement as October 20th. The statements will cover the months of July, August, and September (known in Apple corporate parlance as "Q4"), as well as the year-end statement for the 2014 fiscal year. As the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched on the 19th of September, the first 12 days of sales (up to today) will be included in Apple's results — with 10 million iPhones 6 sold in the first 3 of those days, there are sure to be some big numbers following a bunch of dollar signs in Apple's results.

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Huge Pebble update brings activity and sleep tracking, price dropped to just $99

The good folks at Pebble today are kicking things up a notch with a new software update that allows for full activity tracking and sleep monitoring for all Pebble watches. No longer will you need your Pebble on one wrist and a fitness band on the other — Pebble now does it all. Today, Pebble is announcing new health and fitness apps from Misfit, Jawbone, and Swim.com that allow you to take advantage of the new integrated features.

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The wait is over, Spotify finally launches in Canada!

After providing access to those who were interested in testing things out back in July, Spotify has today announced the popular music streaming service is now available in Canada! The patient wait for Spotify to arrive is now over and music fans across the country are now able to sit back and chill out to those ol' classic playlists.

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Intel announces new Basis Peak fitness tracker with heart rate monitor

Basis has today announced a new fitness tracker called the Peak. The company, owned by Intel, aims to have this new wearable available for purchase in the US from November. Peak is compatible with iPhones and iPads and emphasizes on health and fitness, sporting numerous features including the ability to keep track of steps, calories, heart rate, skin temperature and more. If you've yet to see a wearable to purchase, Intel's attempt may well fit the bill.

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No Irish luck for Apple as EU commission deems tax deal illegal

European Union regulators have announced in a preliminary ruling that the tax deals brokered between Apple and the Irish government may be constituted as illegal state aid, which would result in hefty fines in back taxes for the Cupertino giant. The deals in question were agreed upon in 1991 and 2007, and the EU Commission believes that these deals allow Apple to pay a much lower tax rate than normal.

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Hub by Premier Inn is a new smart hotel controlled by your iPhone and iPad

Not to be mistaken as leaked photos from the set of the new Stars Wars movie, Hub by Premier Inn is a new hotel opening in London later this year. Futuristic rooms at the hotel will be available from November and will contain enough connected gadgetry to excite anyone with an iPhone or iPad. The company has released an app for iOS and Android in preparation of the London Hub opening, which will be able to control everything from lights to booking and food ordering.

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In Paris today? The Apple Watch is on display at Colette for one day only

The Apple Watch will be showcased in a "one-day only" event during Paris Fashion Week. The watch will be displayed at Colette, a high-end fashion boutique. The event marks the first time Apple is allowing the watch to be displayed in public.

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iPhone 6 gets approved for China, pre-orders kicking off on October 10

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China starting from October 17 (with pre-orders commencing on October 10), according to a press release published by Apple this morning. This announcement follows a lengthy wait for local regulators to complete the approval process.

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iCloud outage takes down Mail, Contacts, and more! [Updated]

Apple has confirmed that select iCloud services are down for users, including Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Mail and Contacts, and Photos. Services like iChat, Maps, iMessage, FaceTime, iTunes, App Store, Apple ID, and Find My iPhone are still working fine.

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