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Apple seeds first iOS 8.1 beta to developers

After having rolled out the iOS 8.0.2 update to consumers, it looks like Apple is actively working behind the scenes to keep the momentum for iOS software updates going. Now, in Apple's developer portal, developers have access to iOS 8.1 beta 1. Currently, a change log isn't given as to what will be new with the iOS 8.1 beta 1 update will include.

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Apple releases OS X bash security update to help prevent Shellshock on Macs

Apple has just released a new important software security update to patch the new Shellshock vulnerability for its Mac systems. The update is now available through Apple and is titled the OS X bash Update 1.0 download. There are separate downloads, depending on which version of the OS X operating system your Mac is currently running, whether it's Lion, Mountain Lion, or Mavericks.

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Facebook Messenger update brings iPhone 6 support

Facebook just rolled out another update to its Messenger chat application. The new version 13.0 update brings compatibility to the iPhone 6 so that text and images are natively sized for Apple's latest flagship smartphone rather than be scaled up for the larger display.

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Apple reportedly poaches Visa exec to help bring Apple Pay to Europe

Apple has reportedly hired Mary Carol Harris, head of mobile for Visa Europe. Harris has years of experience with digital payments, having previously worked on NFC payments at Telefonica. It's very likely that Harris will play a major role in Apple's efforts to bring their Apple Pay payment system to Europe.

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You can now buy iTunes credit through O2 UK's Charge to Mobile

U.K. carrier O2 will now let you purchase iTunes credit using carrier billing. As part of their Charge to Mobile initiative, O2 customers will be able to purchase iTunes codes and pay for them when they pay their bill.

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What's really happening with iOS 8 MAC address randomization?

Normally when you're walking around with a WiFi-enabled device, if it's not connected to a network, it's broadcasting probes in order to try and find known networks. These probes would be sent using your phone's WiFi MAC address, which is a unique and normally persistent value. This means that anybody monitoring these probes, say in a department store for example, can persistently track you through a store and across multiple visits. This information isn't tied to your personal identity, but a lot of information about your shopping habits could be gleaned from this data by analytics companies, and some users aren't thrilled about not having a say in this. And remember, this isn't just an iPhone thing, this is a WiFi thing. This is what devices do. But Apple decided they could do better.

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Sorry everyone, no more downgrading from iOS 8 back to iOS 7

Apple has stopped signing the latest version of iOS 7, 7.1.2, making life more difficult for people looking to downgrade a device running iOS 8. Users with devices that can't run iOS 8, such as the iPhone 4, can still download the latest compatible version of iOS 7.

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Pebble smartwatch currently on sale for just $99.99 at Best Buy

If you have been waiting for the price of the Pebble smartwatch to get a lot lower, then perhaps Best Buy might be able to help. The retailer is currently selling the basic version of the Pebble for just $99.99, a $50 reduction from its normal $149.99.

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EU to accuse Apple of illegal Irish tax deal

The European Union is apparently set to accuse Apple of taking illegal tax aid from Ireland. The aid allegedly came in the form of sweetheart deals that resulted in a much lower tax rate. Apple currently enjoys a very low tax rate in Ireland, and the company says that no laws were broken in their deal with Ireland, where it's been operating for more than thirty years, according to the Financial Times:

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AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

Are you a heavy data user? If so, AT&T is hoping you'll look their way and consider their latest promotion. For a limited time, they're doubling up the data offered on their Mobile Share value plans.

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