The moment we all have been waiting for is finally here! Apple CEO Tim Cook has just taken the stage at Cupertino, which obviously means the iPad / Mac event has begun. Cook has kicked off things by announcing a number of stats and updates regarding Apple’s performance over the past year.

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Here we are again, with just a few hours into the run-up to the October 16th Apple event. Apple has chosen to go with a slightly low key venue this time around, holding the event at the Apple Campus in Cupertino, California. Earlier the fruit company’s glitzy iPhone 6/6 Plus event in September, was held at the Flint Center that could seat 2,405 people, and was concluded with a performance by U2.

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It’s the period of time when educated speculation, wild conjecture and insane fantasy starts to get thrown around pertaining to what we could actually see being introduced during Apple’s event tomorrow. The invitation headline of “It’s been way too long” doesn’t really give much away, but needless to say that hasn’t stopped even the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet from chipping in with its two cents worth. As we try to separate the “potentials” from the “no ways” we once again take guidance from KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting what lies ahead and believes that tomorrow’s event could be heavily iMac centric.

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Apple has yet another big media event scheduled for later on this week, and just as was the case in the run-up to last month’s shenanigans, tech fans and commentators are rummaging around for evidence of what might be showcased in three days’ time.

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Last week, Apple dropped the second Golden Master Candidate of OS X 10.10 Yosemite alongside the fifth Public Beta, with the third GM arriving shortly thereafter. To bring the Beta Program right up to date, OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 has just rolled out, which should, in terms of features, be basically identical to the latest build on the Developer Program. Full details, though, can be seen right here.

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Remotely closing Safari tabs in iOS 8 and Yosemite can be more useful than you think, and it’s dead easy to do, too.

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Apple has announced its next event for October 16th at its campus in Cupertino, California. Earlier, the September 9th event saw the announcement of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and of course, the Apple Watch. Those awaiting the new iPad, iMac, OS X Yosemite had to wait a bit longer. Well, Apple is making roars with its announcements lately, and here’s what you can expect at the October 16th event at Cupertino!

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As has long since been suspected, Apple will be holding a special event next week on October 16th, and likely topics of conversation will pertain to the iPad, OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1 and possibly a couple of new Macs as well. Should all of these products roll out at the same time, it’ll be a fairly busy affair, and for those wishing to tune in, Apple will be live streaming proceedings right from Town Hall.

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Apple has just rolled out a third Candidate Golden Master of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which will presumably launch late next week when the company holds its special event at Town Hall. At this stage, Apple isn’t adding any major features or changes, rather refining the software ready for the end user, so while developers can now go ahead and pick up Yosemite GM 3, there won’t be any drastic alterations therein.

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Skype just received a fresh new design and a UI overhaul for Windows and Mac, with much emphasis placed on the IM functionality. According to Skype, a large number of users have been found to be sending IMs during a video chat, and I can definitely include myself in that list. If you’ve been using Skype on mobile, the change might not be a shocker to you as you pick up the design cues that were originally used for the mobile versions of Skype. While the new Skype has been released for Mac, Windows users get access to a preview version for now.

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Apple has just sent out invitations to a special media event on October 16th, which will take place at Town Hall on the company’s Cupertino campus. With the event considered a certainty and the venue long since rumored, it was just a matter of when, and with the invitations having now been distributed, we know that 10/16 will be the date for Apple’s second major keynote in as many months.

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As was the case with Mavericks last year in the run-up to its end user roll-out, Apple has just pushed a second Golden Master of OS X Yosemite 10.10, which is set to be approved for official release later on this month. It arrives alongside iOS 8.1 beta 2 download, which was seeded to developers just a short while ago, and although Apple has deemed it necessary to distribute OS X Yosemite GM 2.0 out to devs, it doesn’t appear that any noteworthy changes have been added.

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The month of October is invariably the point at which Apple takes the wraps off its latest tablet upgrades, and over the next few weeks, we’re anticipating the public release of OS X Yosemite 10.10, a new iMac / Mac mini, and also iOS 8.1 to accompany the refreshed iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. According to a very reliable source – the same source that correctly offered a concrete date on the iPhone 6 event last month, no less – the new hardware and software will be announced at a special event on October 16th, to be held at Town Hall.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10 Gold Master (GM) candidate is now available for download at the Mac Dev Center, signaling the fact that public release is near. More details can be found right here.

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Apple has just released bash updates for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.7 Lion. These can be downloaded and installed by all users concerned by the well-documented Shellshock vulnerability, which has caused quite the stir over the past few days. We’ve all of the details, along with those all-important download links, right here.

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We heard late on last week that Apple could be plotting the roll out of a refreshed Mac mini next month to coincide with the launch of OS X 10.10 Yosemite as well as the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2. A new report has added another release to a growing list of touted products set to arrive over the next few weeks, noting that Apple is also set to take the wraps off a 27-inch iMac with Retina display. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s product movements, the report suggests that this as-yet unannounced keynote may be much larger than first anticipated, but like the purported Mac mini refresh, the Cupertino company will be forced into using the ageing Haswell processor from Intel rather than the imminent Broadwell.

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The Web is awash with animated GIFs, and thanks to the introduction of iOS 8 and its third-party keyboard support, the authors of such apps have sought to make it easier than ever before to share these moving images. But the GIF isn’t the only file type supportive of animation, and although the Animated Portable Network Graphic, or APNG, was assumed to be dying out, Safari for iOS 8 actually supports APNGs as standard. What’s more, those using a beta or Developer Preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite will also be able to indulge, and although both of Apple’s new pieces of software have been inundated with new features, this is one that we certainly did not foresee.

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A while back, when the world was made aware of the Heartbleed bug, there was hue and cry all over, mainly because the bug was discovered in a system that was widely used and implemented across the Internet. Today, a new threat has surfaced that’s perhaps bigger than Heartbleed. Labeled the Bash bug – or Shellshock – the new vulnerability affects almost all Linux and Unix based systems, as the vulnerability exists in the Bash command that’s widely implemented in Unix systems. The good news, at least for Mac OS X users, is that Apple is actively working to patch it and release a fix that can put users’ minds at ease.

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As far as Apple is concerned, September usually focuses on the mobile side of things, and with the introduction of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch earlier on this month, we certainly haven’t been disappointed. If we take into context Apple’s past release cycles, we can probably expect that the iPad line-up will be getting a bump at some point next month, and with OS X Yosemite 10.10 also rumored to be arriving at the same as-yet unannounced event, a new report is offering that a new Mac mini is on the cards.

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The new Type-C USB standard, which first rolled out to OEMs last month, also includes what’s described as ‘DisplayPort Alternate Mode,’ which means it’s capable of transmitting data of much higher resolutions. Set to be a part of the elusive Retina MacBook Air’s hardware repertoire, the multi-functional Type-C standard would serve as both USB and DisplayPort in one hybrid package, pushing SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1) while also supporting display resolutions up to and above the 4K threshold for Ultra-HD.

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