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Woz is moving to Australia to become a professor

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble

Steve Wozniak changed the world when he co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs to create the first personal computer. Now, after revolutionizing the tech world, he’s ready to impart his wisdom upon the top tech minds in Australia.

University of Technology, Sydney announced that it’s hired Woz on as an adjunct professor for the school, where he’ll start teaching in December.

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GTAT to pay Apple $439 million to stop supplying sapphire glass

This Hyperion 4 ion implanter by GTAT was supposed to solve Apple's sapphire problems. Photo: GTAT

This Hyperion 4 ion implanter by GTAT was supposed to solve Apple’s sapphire problems. Photo: GTAT

Apple’s deal with sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies went sour just one year into the company’s agreement to build a sapphire factory in Mesa, but after a tense few weeks, the companies have reached a settlement that allows them to part ways.

As part of its ‘amicable’ separation from Apple, GTAT will be expected to pay back $439 million over the next four years without interest, by selling off over 2000 ASF sapphire growth systems it purchased for the Mesa factory.

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The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available at Apple Stores

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You can grab an iPad Air 2 at your local Apple Store starting today. Photo: Apple

Apple announced its newest lineup of iPads last week without giving a specific launch date, but if you didn’t get in on the pre-order action you can just go to your local Apple Store and pick up a new unit starting today.

Pre-orders deliveries for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 began earlier today, but Apple retail staff has informed Cult of Mac that stores should receive their first shipments this afternoon, even though most Apple Stores are still waiting for their display units.

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Apple Pay glitch makes some pay double (but refunds are on way)

Apple Pay. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Some Apple Pay users are reporting duplicate charges on their bills. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

If you’ve been happily tapping up charges with your iPhone 6 using Apple Pay, you might want to double-check your bank statement.

Some early Apple Pay users with Bank of America accounts have reported that Apple’s new tap-to-pay solution has become a huge headache by charging their accounts twice for a single purchase. Bank of America has confirmed to Cult of Mac that it is issuing refunds for duplicate Apple Pay charges.

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Apple and GT Advanced Technologies amicably part ways

GTAT's sapphire glass didn't land in the iPhone

GTAT’s sapphire glass didn’t land in the iPhone

Apple is in the market for a new sapphire supplier.

GT Advanced Technologies and Apple have reached an agreement that will see the two companies amicably parting ways, after the sapphire supplier filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month.

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Apple Pay’s innovative loyalty program could supercharge holiday shopping

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Apple Pay’s loyalty program could arrive in time to reward your holiday shopping spree. Photo: Apple

Apple Pay is set to completely change the way we pay for things at the register, and to reward early adopters’ use of the new mobile payments system, Apple is planning to launch a new Apple Pay loyalty program in time for the holidays.

The rumored Apple Pay loyalty program supposedly wasn’t slated to launch until 2015  (to go with the launch of Apple Pay 2.0), but after market demand was stronger than expected, Bank Innovation reports the program could be here in time to help you with your Christmas Shopping.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders start delivering tomorrow

The iPad mini 3. Photo: Apple

The iPad mini 3 will be in hands this week. Photo: Apple

Apple mysteriously didn’t mention an exact launch date for the iPad Air 2 or the iPad mini 3, but if you pre-ordered your new tablet last week, it could be on your doorstep as soon as tomorrow.

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Apple rakes in $42.1 billion in revenue in Q4 2014

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Apple announced its financial results for Q4 2014 this afternoon and the numbers were big.

Backed by strong iPhone and Mac sales, Apple posted $42.1 billion in quarterly revenue, with $8.5 billion net profits, or $1.42 per diluted share. Both profit and revenue for the quarter bested Apple’s previous record in the year ago quarter.

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Liveblog: Apple’s Q4 2014 earnings extravaganza

Tim Cook takes the stage at Apple's Oct. 16 event. in Cupertino, California. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook takes the stage at the iPhone 6/Apple Pay event in Cupertino, California. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are getting ready to follow up the launch of Apple Pay by revealing Apple’s Q4 earnings with investors this afternoon. The results are expected to be record breaking, anchored by the unprecedented demand of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple’s earnings call will reveal just how much money the company raked in over the past three months and we’ll be here to liveblog whole thing. AAPL shares are up 1.60% this afternoon, with the earnings expected to arrive shortly after the market closes, so keep this page open for the full scoop on how ridiculously profitable Apple was last quarter.

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Toggle Yosemite’s dark mode quicker with this little hack

Yosemite's "dark mode." Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Yosemite’s “dark mode.” Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Yosemite’s new Dark Mode is one of my favorite new features in OS X 10.10, but toggling it on and off can be a pain.

Apple didn’t include a hotkey combo that lets you switch from Light to Dark mode, but with after digging through Yosemite’s code, someone has discovered a single line of code you can paste into Terminal that will allow you to dynamically switch to dark mode without digging through your System Preferences each time.

Here’s how to do it:

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