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App-specific passwords coming to iCloud for third-party app sync

If you use a third-party app that stores and synchronizes data with iCloud, Apple will soon require you to use specific passwords for those apps to access information in iCloud. This will allow your actual iCloud password to be masked while still granting access in a secure way to those apps to retrieve, store, and synchronize information with your iCloud.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review roundup

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Apple's latest, greatest — and this year bigger and biggest — new phones. They held their annual event just last Tuesday and that means this Tuesday, tonight, those who scored advanced review units are free to share their weeklong thoughts with us. How's that new screen? How's that better battery? How's the internet speed? We'll have our reviews posted next week, but for now, here's the early consensus!

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Second Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose now ready for streaming

Did you miss Tim Cook's second interview with Charlie Rose where the Apple CEO talked about diversity, privacy, and the collaboration with U2? If you did, or if you just want to re-watch the interview in all its glory, the video has been posted for streaming.

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Two-factor authentication returns to iCloud

Ahead of its iOS 8 roll-out on Wednesday, Apple has revived the two-factor authentication security system for iCloud. Two-factor authentication will bring increased security to iCloud by allowing users to tie in a verified SMS number or connected device, making it harder for an unauthorized user to hack an iCloud account even if they have your password or log-in credentials.

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VirnetX's $368 million FaceTime patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington has dismissed VirnetX's patent claims against Apple's FaceTime technology, and along with it their claim to $368 million in royalties. Apple has been fighting against against this patent holding company for over two years.

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Automatic teams up with Ford for an amazing connected car experience

Today Automatic has announced that they are teaming up with Ford to offer an awesome connected car experience. Automatic's Link currently attaches to an OBD port of most newer cars, reporting back data to your smartphone like MPG, miles traveled and your own "driving score".

Through the partnership with Ford, Automatic users will be able to go above and beyond the built-in Sync system. Automatic will allow iPhone users to use their push-to-talk button to access Siri while driving, and also connected to services like IFTTT for creating some awesome automations.

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NFC chip in iPhone 6 reported locked to Apple Pay for now

Apple finally introduced NFC technology in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but it looks like you won't be able to use it for anything besides Apple Pay, at least not yet. That's according to Cult of Mac, who claims to have received confirmation from an Apple spokeswoman.

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Tim Cook opens up about privacy and diversity at Apple in latest interview with Charlie Rose

With all the fuss about the recent iCloud hack, Apple CEO Tim Cook used his second interview with PBS host Charlie Rose to address issues around privacy. In addition to telling Rose and consumers how Apple is protecting your information, Cook also discussed Apple's policies on employment diversity and its philosophy to instill change.

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National Transportation Safety Board calls for U.S. ban on distracted driving

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is advocating the elimination of distractions while in a transportation vehicle. Citing disasters, sometimes fatal, that could have been avoided if the operator of their transport vehicle, whether that's a car, boat, plane, or train, was focused on the task at hand rather than distractions caused by the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) in the cabin, the NTSB is calling for a nationwide ban on the use of non-essential electronic devices while driving.

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Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King: Deathbat coming soon

Avenged Sevenfold plans to rock your smartphone and tablet out of its mind as the well known hard rock band plans to release its own fantasy action-RPG, Hail to the King: Deathbat, on Android and iOS on October 16.

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