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  • Instapaper creator sets out to build Overcast, a better iOS podcast app

    If you’re wondering what Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, has been up to since he sold the read-it-later service to Betaworks, wonder no more. At the XOXO festival in Portland, OR, Arment announced that he’s been working on a new podcasting app for iOS called Overcast. Why? The tl;dr reason is because “podcasts are awesome” (We can’t say we disagree). The long of it, however, is because as a lover of podcasts, Arment was frustrated at the quality of the podcast apps that are out there, stating that Apple has been asleep at the podcast wheel for years and third-party solutions aren’t that much better. So he’s taken matters into his own hands with Overcast. He’s currently about half-way done with the app and hopes to release it later this year. We don’t really know that much more about it, but if Arment’s previous work is any indication, we have high hopes for this one. In the meantime, you can head on over to Overcast.fm to sign up for updates.

    [Image credit: John Biehler, Flickr]

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    Source: Overcast

  • Catch our Surface 2 liveblog tomorrow at 10:30 AM ET!

    Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to meet the follow-up to Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet? There’s most definitely new Surface (and likely Surface Pro) hardware in store at tomorrow’s NYC event, so you’ll want to tune in as Ballmer and co. unveil the goods. Keep your browsers locked here from 10:30 AM ET and on — we’ll be updating you live from the NYC launch!

    September 23, 2013 10:30:00 AM EDT

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  • Chaos Computer Club says it's beaten Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader (video)

    Already feeling secure about using just your fingerprint to unlock the new iPhone 5S? European hacker association Chaos Computer Club claims it can be circumvented with “easy everyday means.” According to CCC hacker “Starbug”, tactics laid out in a how-to from 2004 are all that are required, with just a higher res fake needed to beat the Touch ID reader. The process, requires a 2400 DPI photograph of someone’s fingerprint from a glass surface, which is then laser printed at 1200 DPI and used to create a thin latex sheet that serves as the fake. Simple, right? It’s a bit more labor intensive than the old way (just watching someone input their passcode or pattern) but users may want to consider fingerprint access as a measure intended more for convenience than security.

    [Thanks, Frederic]

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    Source: Chaos Computer Club

  • Apple TV 6.0 quietly pulled following bricked updates, connectivity issues

    Apple TV 6.0 quietly pulled following bricked updates, connectivity issues

    If you haven’t already updated your Apple TV to version 6.0, you’ll have to wait: Cupertino has discreetly pulled the software upgrade. Although no official statement has been made, users on Twitter have been reporting connectivity issues and accidental resets throughout the weekend. An unlucky few even saw their devices bricked entirely. Now, manually checked boxes report that version 5.3 is “up to date.” There’s no word yet when a more stable version of the software will be available for download, but when it is, it should bring users the AirPlay from iCloud support (for devices running iOS 7) and iTunes Radio access Apple promised on Friday.

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    Via: iMore, 9to5Mac

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