Published on September 29 2014

Apple today released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a few days after the release of iOS 8.0.2, which fixed a bug introduced with iOS 8.0.1. The beta arrives as build number 12B401.

Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta and Xcode 6.1 beta 3.

Apple seeds first iOS 8.1 Beta to developers

iOS 8.1 likely includes several bug fixes for issues in iOS 8, and it also likely includes support for Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments service that is launching in October.

Along with iOS 8.1, Apple is also simultaneously working on iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, all of which are expected to add new functionality to the operating system.

iOS 8 has had a rough start, with Apple temporarily removing HealthKit ahead of the launch of iOS 8 and then releasing an unstable iOS 8.0.1 update that disabled the cellular and Touch ID service of many users. Apple released iOS 8.0.2 to fix the issue, but several other problems have come to light, including a bug that causes iCloud Drive documents to be deleted.

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Published on September 27 2014

Apple Pay is Apple's new mobile payments service, which it first debuted in September alongside the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Apple Pay is expected to become widely available to consumers beginning in October, and ahead of its official release, we've gathered everything that's currently known about the service into a roundup so users can get an idea of what to expect.

With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will be able to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones, both in stores and within participating apps, using the NFC chip built into the devices. While Apple Pay will initially be restricted to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users will also be able to take advantage of the service if they purchase an Apple Watch after it is released.

Apple Pay roundup: everything we know, coming in October

Apple has described Apple Pay as the most secure payment solution available, as it uses Device Account Numbers rather than storing credit card numbers and keeps all payment information in a dedicated chip on the iPhone, called the Secure Element.

All payments are verified using Touch ID, which prevents someone who has stolen a device to make unauthorized purchases. Furthermore, if an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is stolen, its ability to make payments can be disabled through Find My iPhone.

Apple has said that Apple Pay will be available beginning in October, enabled through an upcoming update to iOS 8.

The Apple Pay roundup, like all of our other roundups is accessible through a dedicated index page that shows a full list of all available roundups ordered by most recent update. The roundup is also accessible directly through the "Roundups" tab in the top navigation bar on all MacRumors pages.

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Published on September 26 2014

“How to transfer music from iPad to iPad? What is the best way to transfer music from one iPad to another? It is really frustrating to use iTunes on windows 7. If necessary, what third party apps are recommended? I’ve tried searching for suitable ones, but can’t find any?” —— Answers Yahoo

When talking about transferring files from iPad to iPad, many people may turn to iTunes. However, we noticed many people complained about many data transferring problems during the transfer process. If the two iPads have different iCoud/iTunes account. You may even have no chance to transfer.

Therefore, the most reliable and fastest way to transfer music from iPad to iPad is to get a iPad Transfer like Aiseesoft iPad Transfer which can transfer music as well as videos and photos from iPad to iPad, and transfer files from iPad to iPhone, iPad to iPod as well.

Not only can iPad Transfer transfer files between iOS devices. It is also powerful to transfer files from iPad to computer and computer to iPad as well. Furthermore, it can even convert videos and audios for iPad and directly import media files to iPad.

Tips: If you need to transfer iPad to iPad on Mac, you can turn to iPad Transfer for Mac.

Step by step to transfer music from iPad to iPad

Step 1: Connect your two iPads to the computer

Download, install and run iPad Transfer, And then, connect your two iPads to the computer. The program will detect your two iPads automatically.

How to transfer music from iPad to iPad

Step 2: Choose music that you want to transfer

Your source iPad files, like music, movies, photos, books, TV shows, etc will be listed on the left panel. Choose “Music” to view all songs stores on your iPad. Then, all your music on the iPad will be shown on the right.

How to transfer music from iPad to iPad

Step 3: Transfer music from iPad to iPad

After you have chose all songs to be transferred, click “Transfer files from device to device” button to transfer music from iPad to another iPad.

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Published on September 23 2014

As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding.

Some iPhone 6 Plus owners accidentally bending their iPhones in pockets

This potential for bending is of course not unique to the iPhone 6 Plus, with reports of bent iPhone 5 and 5s handsets surfacing in the past few years. As iPhones get thinner and larger, however, storage of the handset in a pocket becomes riskier. Unlike smaller phones that can slide out of the way, pressure points from sitting or bending now have greater potential to cause the longer iPhone to flex in a way that will damage the device.

Some iPhone 6 Plus owners accidentally bending their iPhones in pockets

To prevent bending, iPhone 6 Plus owners may want to remove their iPhones from their pockets before sitting or bending. If a pocket is unavoidable, then customers may want to place their device in a roomier pocket that allows the device to slide out the way. A rigid case may also provide protection from flexing or bending, as well damage from dropping the device.

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Published on September 22 2014

Released last week, iOS 8 is Apple's latest operating system update, bringing several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, Notification Center Widgets, and more. As with any new iOS update, users have been reporting several bugs in the operating system, with some of the more prevalent complaints pointing towards slow Wi-Fi speeds and problems with battery life.

iOS 8 users seeing issues with battery drain, slow Wi-Fi

As outlined by PCMag, iOS 8 users on the Apple support forums have been complaining about Wi-Fi problems in a thread that now spans multiple pages, an issue that was confirmed by the site's own testing. It appears, based on complaints, that multiple devices may be affected by a Wi-Fi bug, including the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad mini, and more.

Some users reportedly had luck fixing the problem by disabling Wi-Fi Networking under Privacy --> Location Services --> System Services.

Significant battery drain appears to be another complaint that's popping up frequently on the Apple Support forums, with users complaining of their batteries draining much faster than usual. According to one user, his battery drained from 100 percent to zero in four hours with minimal usage, a complaint echoed by several other users.

While those seem to be some of the more prominent problems on the Apple forums, iOS 8 users are running into plenty of other bugs and issues with the software. On our ownMacRumors forums, there's an eleven page thread cataloguing complaints, which range from app crashes to the same battery issues Apple forum members are seeing, and a second thread where people are posting a list of bugs. There's also a thread on people experiencing excessive battery drain and a thread on people seeing slow Wi-Fi speeds.

Apple already has plans for an iOS 8 update that's coming in the near future, bringing support for Apple Pay and several features that are currently missing from the software, including SMS Relay. The update may also be used to fix some of the bugs that users are experiencing.

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Published on September 18 2014

Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now rolling out to devices eligible for the update. It’s available both over-the-air, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update, but don’t panic if you can’t see it right away, or if you’re having trouble actually downloading the software: Apple typically stages the rollout of big updates like this one to ease the strain, and there’s going to be tremendous demand on their servers for tat least the next several hours.

iOS 8 now available, but plan to be patient

To prepare for your iOS 8 update, you should definitely plug in and back up, using iCloud if that’s your preferred method, or by syncing to your computer. It might be a good idea to do both if you’re extremely paranoid about losing your data. I’m partial to the “clean slate” approach, where you start fresh and reinstall only the apps you find you need

iOS 8 now available, but plan to be patient

For a wireless update, navigate to ‘Settings,’ then ‘General’ and then ‘Software Update,’ and if it’s available to your device, it should load and prompt you to install. If you don’t have somewhere close to a full charge, plug in before you begin the process.

Other tips for a smooth update include paying attention to the prompts once the update installs and you’re taking through the setup process for the new iOS 8 features. One will ask you if you want to Upgrade to iCloud Drive, and this is a crucial one: it will make it so that your existing cross-platform iCloud data syncing will only work if all your devices are either on iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite. Yosemite isn’t yet available, so this could break syncing between iOS and Mac apps that share data, like task management app Clear.

iOS 8 brings a lot of new features, so expect your favorite apps to be updating throughout the day to add compatibility with the new software, and possibly introduce Extensions that work with the sharing menu of other apps, and with Notification Center. Also, my advice is to go nuts with the various third-party keyboards available – this is a new freedom afforded iOS users, so you may as well take a look around.

This time around, it appears that Apple has implemented some kind of queueing system, as when you approve the update on your device, it shows a message saying “Update Requested…” before eventually beginning the download.

iOS 8 now available, but plan to be patient

The app also requires a huge amount of free space, but that’s mostly because it needs to store the update somewhere before it runs the installation process. If you don’t have enough room, and you’d rather not delete all your memories and apps, go ahead and plug in to update, as the file will download to your computer instead.

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Published on September 16 2014

Though it won't be released until early 2015, Apple's new wearable device is already facing public scrutiny over privacy issues. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking several questions about how the Apple Watch will operate and requesting a meeting with Apple representatives.

In the letter, Jepsen addresses several issues he has with the Apple Watch, and requests that Apple explains what data the device will collect and how the information will be stored, along with its policies on apps that access health information.

Apple watch already facing questions concerning user privacy

Many of these questions actually seem to pertain more to Apple's HealthKit APIs, and several of the answers to Jepson's questions are detailed in Apple's Review Guidelines for developers that was updated in June.

In the document, Apple says that HealthKit information will not be stored in iCloud and that apps attempting to store health data in iCloud will be rejected. It also states that apps will not be able to share data with third parties without express user consent and that all apps that provide diagnoses or treatment advice will be rejected.

Introduced on September 9, the Apple Watch is designed to be both fashionable and functional, aiming to encourage its users to be more active. It includes an accelerometer and four lenses designed to monitor heart rate, with the information collected displayed in several accompanying fitness apps. The heart rate and fitness data will also likely integrate with the Health app in iOS 8, which is designed to aggregate health and fitness data from a wide range of devices that have taken advantage of the HealthKit API.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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Published on September 15 2014

“How to edit JVC Everio MOD files in Windows Moive Maker? They will upload to my computer but wont go into Windows Movie Maker or any program because the file type isnt supported. Is there any easy way to beable to convert them into something i can edit in wmm ? Please help , and thank you” —— Answers Yahoo

MOD is the file extension for the video file format used on many camcorders, such as JVC Everio, Panasonic and Canon etc. If you get MOD files and want to edit in Windows Movie Maker, you may find it impossible to import MOD to Windows Movie Maker directly for editing.

The reason is that Windows Movie Maker natively don’t support editing MOD files, instead it works pretty good with AVI, WMV or MPG files. Therefore, in order to import MOD to Windows Moive Maker for editing, it is advised to convert MOD to Windows Movie Maker compatible files.

Here, you can turn to Aimersoft MOD Video Converter which can fast and best convert JVC, Panasonic and Canon MOD/TOD videos to popular videos such as AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, FLV, MKV, 3GP etc for Windows Movie Maker and other video editing programs on Windows.

Tips: If you need to edit MOD videos in iMovie, FCP on Mac, you can turn to Mac MOD Converter to convert MOD to MOV for iMovie, FCP on Mac.

Step by step to convert MOD to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Import MOD videos

Click “Add File” to load MOD TOD from your computer to MOD Video Converter.

How to import MOD to Windows Movie Maker

Step 2: Select the output format

You can choose either “Audio Video Interleaved Format(*.avi)” or “WMV – Windows Media Video(*.wmv)” as the output format,

How to import MOD to Windows Movie Maker

Step 3: Convert MOD to AVI, WMV for Windows Movie Maker

Click “Convert” to convert MOD to AVI, WMV for Windows Movie Maker.

Tips: MOD Video Converter also provides rich video editing functions, such as video clip, video crop, video effect, watermark etc.

Popular camcorders that record MOD videos

JVC: GZ-MG30, GZ-MG70, GZ-MG37, GZ-MG77, GZ-MG505, GZ-MG130, GZ-MG155, GZ-MG255, GZ-MG555
Panasonic: SDR-S100, SDR-S150, SDR-S10, SDR-H18, SDR-H200, SDR-H40, SDR-H60, SDR-SW20
Canon: FS100, FS10, FS11

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Published on September 13 2014

“How to edit SWF in Windows Movie Maker? I downloaded Jing today, and I recorded a video and it comes out in .SWF format. I was hoping to convert that file to .wmv, or anything supported by Windows Live Movie Maker.” —– Answers Yahoo

For Windows users, Windows Moive Maker is a good video editing program to edit videos on Windows. However, as Windows Movie Maker only work with a few video formats such as AVI, WMV, MPG etc. You can’t import SWF to Windows Movie Maker directly for editing.

Instead, you need to convert SWF to Windows Movie Maker compatible video. Then, it is necessary to get a SWF to Windows Movie Maker.Here, you can turn to Moyea SWF to Video Converter which can convert SWF videos to any popular videos like AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, MKV etc and convert SWF to audio and images as well.

Tips: If you need to convert SWF videos on Mac, you can turn to Mac SWF Video Converter.

Step by step to edit SWF in Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Import SWF files

Run SWF Video Converter, click “Browse”, and then choose “From Folder” option in the drop-down menu and select the SWF file you want to import.

How to edit SWF in Windows Movie Maker

Step 2: Select output format

Click “Export” and choose one of the Windows Movie Maker supported format from “Style” drop-down menu and access the advancned output profile settings for more parameter customizations. Here we take AVI for example.

How to edit SWF in Windows Movie Maker

Step 3: Convert SWF to Windows Movie Maker

Click “Convert” to start SWF to Windows Movie Maker conversion.

How to edit SWF in Windows Movie Maker

After conversion, then you can import converted Flash SWF videos to Windows Movie Maker for editing.

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Published on September 13 2014

Unless you live under a rock, everyone knows about the introduction of wearable tech such as smartwatches, Google glasses, activity trackers and other gadgets. Ever since these types of devices were put on the market, they’ve blown the world away with their ability to act like a smartphone yet appear like a standard fashion accessory.

Some might remember that it wasn’t too long ago that people were obsessing over the smartphone revolution and anticipating the launch date of the newest iPhone or Android.

Today, as wearable tech becomes more desired and mainstream, it seems like a shift is taking place where technology disguised as everyday items is favored above other technology appliances.

People are monitoring their blood pressure from their fitness wristbands, skimming news headlines from their smartwatch, tracking how many steps they take in a given day or browsing the internet from their Google glasses.

However, not everyone wants to jump on the wearable tech bandwagon with Big Brother and start plastering electronic devices to their body.

While some people seem to be enamored with the groundbreaking invention of technology you can wear, others haven’t completely welcomed it with open arms. Whether or not you think wearable tech is the best thing since the iPhone 5 or the evolution of humans into robots, it’s continuously expanding and working its way into our lives.

Will wearable tech change your life for the better or transform you into a Cyborg?

Benefits of Wearable Tech: Reasons Why It’s Appealing

1. Fast Factor: Wearable Tech Gives Immediate Results and Easy Access to Information

When you use any kind of wearable tech, the deliverance of information is fast and efficient. Let’s say you’re chatting with a friend at lunch and both of you are debating about the distance to the closest coffee shop.

Your smartwatch will be able to tell you how to get there, how long it will take and if traffic will be an issue. Instead of taking the extra time to pull out your cell phone and look up the information, all you have to do is look down at your wrist.

Just like checking the weather, following step-by-step directions or reading news alerts, sending and receiving text messages and e-mails is super easy due to hands-free communication and voice activated features.

2. Data Regulation: Wearable Tech Puts You in Control

When we use our cell phones or laptops to look up information, interact with our friends or check the latest updates in the world, sometimes it can seem like we’re distracted or being anti-social.

For instance, checking your phone at the family dinner table or browsing through your phone while your friend babbles on and on is considered poor etiquette. With wearable tech and nifty gadgets like smartwatches or Google glasses, you don’t have to worry about disappointing your friends or appearing uninterested in their lives.

Without lifting a finger, you automatically appear alert and engaged by using wearable tech. Another perk of using wearable tech is that you have the pleasure of being the chief controller of data. Basically, you’re the one that gets to filter through information, decide what data is important or irrelevant and monitor your interaction with the internet.

3. Healthy Techie: Wearable Tech Brings Health Benefits

Believe it or not, it’s been documented that 71 percent of the American population claim that wearable tech (a.k.a. fitness bands, activity trackers, smartwatches, etc.) has improved their health. Wearable tech devices like Fitbit Flex, Jawbone, Samsung Gear Fit and others allow users to record their steps throughout the day, examine their sleep cycle, monitor their heart rate and even track calorie intake.

There’s something about the proximity of wearable tech and how it encourages users to act on impulse. Some of the wearable tech bands actually vibrate if they detect that you’ve been stagnant for too long, stimulating you to get up and move around.

Since pretty much all of the wearable tech geared towards improving health and fitness have so many awesome features, it’s no surprise that 61 percent of wearable tech devices in today’s market are actually fitness wristbands and activity trackers.

Disadvantages of Wearable Tech: Why you’re Slowly but Surely Turning into a Robot

1. Privacy Concern and Intrusiveness: Wearable Tech Can Come Off As Creepy and Cyborg-ish

When it comes to using wearable tech, how intimate is too intimate? Sure, it’s pretty convenient to wear watches that act like smartphones and glasses that function like computers, but do we really want them glued to our skin?

Is it really necessary, or even normal, for wearable tech to be readily available in seconds and constantly on our bodies at all times? Think about the time when Bluetooth devices became popular and you couldn’t tell if the man walking past you was crazy or actually conversing with someone.

Well, some will argue that it’s just as bizarre and obnoxious today as it was in the past. Now imagine walking into a bar with almost all the occupants wearing Google glasses, or another form of wearable tech, awkwardly staring at you because you’re the odd man out not wearing any.

Millions of different thoughts are running through your mind, you’re paranoid of the possibility that you’re being filmed and you feel like John Connor in Terminator 2.

2. Exorbitant Costs and Unrealistic Sales: Morphing into a Machine is Expensive

With individual Google glasses costing $1,500 and other wearable tech devices featured at steep prices, it’s difficult and impractical for wearable tech to appeal to every type of consumer.

More and more smartwatches, wristbands and computer-based glasses are hitting the shelves with a naïve goal that everyone will be able to afford them. In order for these products to make an influential impact in the world and drive sales, they need to offer affordable prices.

3. Unattractive, Bulky Designs: Most Wearable Tech is just Plain Ugly

While some wearable tech devices are slim and discreet, others are like having a miniature iPad wrapped around your wrist. Let’s just make this clear… if your smartwatch is going to be the same size as your cell phone (or bigger), you might as well just make friends with your mobile device again.

There’s just no point in wasting tons of money on wearable tech that operates just like the cell phone you already have, especially when it’s gigantic. Even though wearable tech just recently made a breakthrough in the world, it definitely has a lot of work to do regarding size and design.

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