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Friday August 29

07:00
Virtual TimeClock review: Keep track of your...

Time clocks—with punch cards and a line of employees waiting to check in or check out of work—are an almost universal signifier of the modern industrial age. Punchcards, the physical paper type, are still in wide use, but as you might expect, a digital time clock may offer more flexibility when it comes to keeping track of employee time. Redcort Software’s Virtual TimeClock family of apps provides several solutions for you to track time digitally for a variety of environments from a single office with a few users to large businesses with multiple offices in many locations throughout the country or the world.

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07:00
Apps: Capo, Cloud, WiFi Scanner
07:00
How to make a magnetic iPhone Gorillapod for $25

Ever been inspired to mount your Gorillapod tripod on a metal surface, but can't find a suitable grip? If you are a creative photographer, then you should check out this Instructable that shows you how to modify an existing Gorillapod by adding some...

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06:53
Apple's iPhone 6 may use NXP's Next-Gen...

In July we reported on a couple of fresh iWallet rumors that had surfaced stemming from developments occurring at Visa Digital Solutions. Then yesterday we reported on the Wired based rumor claiming that Apple's iPhone 6 would include NFC technology for an iWallet application. As the saying goes, where there's smoke there's fire. Today a new report from The Financial Times is claiming that Apple is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP to add secure short-range wireless technology into the next iPhone ...

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06:45
Nokia’s HERE maps on Tizen another sign of Samsung,...

Samsung inked a deal with Nokia to bring HERE maps to Samsung smartphones and watches. This will further splinter Android and the community that builds on top of the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP).

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06:42
Bloomberg Backs Up Wearables Announcement at Apple’s...

First Re/code said Apple will unveil its wearables product line at its September 9 media event along side the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg has sources backing up those claims, too. Apple is hosting a special media event on the 9th at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, where it also introduced the original Macintosh computer.

The Mac Observer Spin: Even without Bloomberg's sources chiming in, it seemed like a pretty sure thing that a wearables announcement would be part of Apple's September 9 media event. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see what it is that Apple has been working on.


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06:26
‘Silver’ enables developers to use Swift to write...

RemObjects is using its experience with compilers to allow developers to use Apple’s Swift coding language for Android development. Previously, the company did something similar for C# and now the company is tackling Swift. Silver allows app makers to write in the Swift language (which is still in its infancy, really) but code against the API’s and frameworks of non-Apple platforms.

The software does not port Cocoa Touch over to Android, so it doesn’t help with write-once-run-anywhere dreams some people may have, but it does allow a development team to use just one language to write natively for both iOS and Android. The team have also made it work with .NET, so Windows Phone apps could also be written in Swift too, using the IDE (Visual...

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06:26
News: Report: Dutch chipmaker NXP to provide iPhone...

Apple is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP to enable NFC in the iPhone 6, according to the Financial Times. NXP will provide Apple with the NFC chips, enabling the company to use near field communication for its rumored upcoming mobile payment system. A Thursday report also claimed we would see NFC in the new iPhone to be used for mobile payments. As noted before, NFC has been rumored in iPhones for years — but the frequency of these reports, just…

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06:09
Inside Google’s secret drone delivery program

[VIDEO] Google’s semi-secret R&D arm, Google X, just took the wraps off its drone delivery program, called Project Wing.

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06:08
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: Archiving items in...

Old emails can be wrapped up for safe keeping in Outlook. You can think of archiving as a way to clean up your inbox (especially if you’re running into limits) or as a backup. We’ll show you what you need to know about automatic and manual archiving in Outlook.  Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=2r2i7h1p

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A....

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06:04
New photos purport to show near-final 'iPhone 6...

With the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone less than two weeks away, a new set of photos that emerged on Friday offer a look at what is said to be a near-final rear shell and cover glass elements for the forthcoming handset.



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06:01
Apple patent filing hints at NFC, digital wallet...

Sometimes it’s the patent filings that really tell you what’s coming down the road.

Per BusinessInsider, a newly public patent application from Apple describes a detailed backend architecture for a mobile wallet designed to hold digital credit, debit cards and coupons issued by a range of merchants and financial institutions.

The filing describes the system as capable of powering mobile transactions conducted via QR codes, the cloud, and contactless NFC (near field communication). It’s also explicitly engineered to handle large bursts of traffic, “such as can occur on a so-called ‘launch day’ of a client device.”

The...

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06:00
Apple's September event may be its most...

Let's be honest. There's something different in the air about Apple's upcoming media event, now officially confirmed for September 9. Before getting to what products might be announced, it's worth noting that this year's event will not be held at the...

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05:45
iTunes: Deauthorize Before You Sell Your Mac

Selling your Mac? Then you'll want to read this article. We're going to cover what to do to revoke that old machine's permission to play your iTunes media (and how you can do that remotely if you've already gotten rid of your Mac).


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05:30
Apple announces September 9th media event

Even if only a fraction of the rumors about the upcoming Apple products are true, this one’s straight from the horse’s mouth.

Apple has announced that it will be holding a press event on September 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. Invitations dispatched to press on Thursday morning were even more cryptic than usual, with a white-on-white Apple logo, the date, and a message reading “Wish we could say more.”

The event takes places at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, an unusual venue for the company, which either tends to use its own campus’s Town Hall or the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

Apple is expected to announced a new iPhone that could possibly include multiple sizes at the event, while other recent rumors have focused around an unveiling of the company’s entry into a wearable iWatch.

Either way, count on O’...

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05:30
Epic Eric saves the day with one touch

Epic Eric is an action packed puzzle game where you play as a knight or princess who must save the other. There are platforming elements that challenge the player to get the right combinations of moves and timing to collect stars and reach the...

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05:08
Claimed production model of iPhone 6 casing shows...

French site NWE claims to have found photos of a finished production model of the casing of the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6, shown in gray.

While not revealing anything new about the overall design of the phone, it does appear to give a much clearer view of how the antenna breaks are handled, with a significantly more subtle appearance than had been suggested by some earlier leaked parts, mockups and renders – as seen in the photo below … 

Breaks are needed in an all-metal casing to allow the...

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05:00
Best educational apps for high school students

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start heading back to school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education and stimulate them to get involved with quality educational iOS apps. We've...

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05:00
Apple's About to Kick Mobile Payments Into High...


Rumor has it that when Apple reveals its much-hyped iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, one of the features it will be trumpeting -- finally -- is near field communication. The NFC tech will enable mobile payments, Wired reported, citing sources "familiar with the matter." Wow. If this is true, it could be the catalyst that propels mobile payments into the mainstream. Right now, NFC features are commonly included on Android and Windows smartphones, but its usage is nowhere near common.

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04:42
ArtRage for Mac OS X gets 64-bit support

ArtRage (www.artrage.com) is shipping now with faster 64-bit support. The upgrade of the painting software for Mac and Windows features a 64-bit engine for speed improvements, larger projects and canvases, and additional features listed below.  

ArtRage 4.5 costs US$50 for new users. However, it's a free upgrade for ArtRage 4.x users and a $25 upgrade for owners of previous version, including OEM versions that came bundled with Wacom tablets worldwide.

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04:37
FunBITS: Getting The Most Out Of Your iPhone’s Music...

The powerful CanOpener app brings iPhone music to life with some clever sound-processing tricks.

 

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04:34
VueScan 9.4.41 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....

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04:27
More High-Quality Photos Show 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear...

New high-quality photos of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6's rear shell have been shared by Nowhereelse.fr (Google Translate), showing us what may be a finished back from the space grey version of the device. Notably, this newest component appears to have its rear bands colored in to fit with the rest of the device, perhaps suggesting that the different color options of the iPhone 6 will feature a similar treatment.

Besides its colored bands, the rear shell shown in the photos appears to be consistent with previous looks at the component, displaying a rounded chassis, embedded rear logo,...

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04:22
Kool Tools: CrashPlan

Everyone needs a good back-up plan. CrashPlan from Code 42 makes backing up and security your data easy. Setting up CrashPlan is a breeze and can be implemented in three easy steps.

Code 42 has three different ways of providing backup. You have the option to back up to local drives and computers, offsite drives and computers or online to CrashPlan Central. You can combine all three.

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04:12
Connected management mega-trend drives the global...

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end.

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04:09
“Thinner, brighter, lighter” – Samsung attack ads on...

Samsung’s series of attack ads on Apple continue with a video of supposed voxpops in which New Yorkers are shown both the iPad Air and Galaxy Tab S and asked to compare them. Would you believe it, everyone prefers the Samsung, even the guy with limited room in his purse … 

Those interviewed comment on the thinness of the Tab S, its lightness and its brighter screen. Yep, people on the street can pick up the two devices and detect a 0.9mm difference in depth and an 11g difference in weight, citing these as reasons to prefer the Samsung.

Samsung also promotes the Tab S as having “one million extra pixels” without mentioning that these are due to the widescreen format of the device.

Recent Apple attack ads by Samsung have included a Galaxy S5 phone ad in which...

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04:03
Jettison is ready for OS X Yosemite's '...

 St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/kvonedl), an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep.

Jettison eliminates the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives. Just close the lid of your MacBook and Jettison does it for you. Version 1.4.1 improves the logic for ejecting and remounting all disks, with specific improvements for SD cards and flash drives. It also delivers user interface refinements and support for Yosemite's "dark mode."

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02:44
Samsung Asks NYC Street-Goers to Compare Galaxy Tab...

Samsung has debuted a new video on its YouTube channel comparing its new Galaxy Tab S to the iPad Air on the streets of New York City. As first spotted by iGeneration (Google Translate), the video involves a host asking street-goers to use the Galaxy Tab S, highlighting the tablet's display, weight, and camera.

When matched up side-by-side, some users claim that the Galaxy Tab S is "definitely thinner", while others express that the tablet's screen "looks brighter" when compared to the iPad Air. The host claims that the Galaxy Tab S has "one million more pixels than the iPad Air", which is presented alongside small text on the...

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00:48
Another Report Suggests NFC Support for iPhone 6,...

Apple will feature near field communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 6 with a chip provided by Dutch company NXP Semiconductors, according to a report from the Financial Times. The chip will allow the iPhone to be scanned by payment terminals and ticket systems, while also allowing for further integration with other methods.

Throughout the past week, a number of rumors and reports from various sources have claimed that the iPhone 6 will gain NFC support. Evidence of NFC capabilities provided by NXP first surfaced earlier this week in a claimed schematic, which showed the company's PN65 chip on the iPhone 6's logic board.

Yesterday, technology news website WIRED and Apple blogger...

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Thursday August 28

23:59
Briefly: Quora for iPad, OneDrive's new Photos...

Quora query-based platform has released an update for its iOS app, now supporting use on iPad. Quora provides space for users to ask questions and receive great answers about anything. Experts on particular topics are accessible as they share their knowledge, including "insider" participants such as those who produce popular TV shows. In addition to adding support for iPad, Quora v4.0 features improved loading speeds. Its new visual design aims to offer a more immersive read, and the format for asking questions has been restructured as well. Quora's new rich-text editor includes more options f...



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23:37
Apple reportedly taps chipmaker NXP for 'iPhone...

Adding to the pile of rumors suggesting NFC hardware will be built into the next iPhone, a report on Friday narrows down the as-yet-unannounced component's source to Dutch chipmaker NXP, the same firm that supplies Apple with the M7 coprocessor.



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23:15
Review: Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mind. While some manufacturers craft speakers with a shape that is specifically molded to hold a tablet and offer little use otherwise, others have caught on to a better design. Life n Soul attempted such a configuration with the BM211 Virtual Surround Sound Bluetooth speaker. Would the BM211 give consumers flexibility to have a speaker suited for tablets and every day use, or would they be left with another single use sound device? Find out in our review....



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22:38
Apple reportedly working with Dutch company NXP to...

Apple is reportedly planning to include NFC in the iPhone 6 for secure wireless payments using chips sourced from a Dutch company called XNP, the Financial Times reported today. It’s not the first time this rumor has cropped up before an iPhone launch, but other recent...

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22:02
Autodesk brings iOS photo editor Pixlr to Mac

After years of good reviews as a series of iOS apps, Autodesk has now brought its image-editing app Pixlr to the Mac. While it bears great resemblance to the myriad other filter-and-effect photo editors from the iOS world, the app does offer some features rarely seen in competitors, such as a "double exposure" collaging feature. As with the company's Sketchbook, Autodesk offers several "tiers" of use, the most "pro" level of which is available on an annual or monthly paid subscription....



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22:00
Reviews: Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mind. While some manufacturers craft speakers with a shape that is specifically molded to hold a tablet and offer little use otherwise, others have caught on to a better design. ......

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19:56
Security guards protest low wages, block Apple San...

A group of corporate and retail security guards for Apple stores staged a peaceful protest of what they consider to be low pay relative to other employees at the company's flagship San Francisco store on Thursday. The issue the guards were drawing attention to is not one specific to Apple, but endemic among tech firms in Silicon Valley -- who collectively tend to pay cleaning, support, maintenance and security staff lower wages on average than regular employees....



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18:57
Apple's 'iPhone 6' to supposedly...

Building on rumors that Apple will release an iOS-based mobile payments solution with its next-generation "iPhone 6," the well-connected John Gruber claims the new handset will feature NFC hardware and a new secure enclave to store credit card information.



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18:30
Apple updates iOS 8 terms, disallows developers from...

Apple has updated its iOS 8 terms of use, according to The Guardian, to note that developers are not allowed to resell any information gained through the upcoming HealthKit framework. The HealthKit software was announced as part of a larger event earlier this year, but it was only with the most recent beta that Apple made note of this restriction.

The move is not unexpected, as it would be very much against Apple’s modus operandi to allow developers access to such crucial data without some restrictions on its use in place as a protection for users. Similar restrictions exist for the Touch ID API, which doesn’t allow developers to access user fingerprint data at all,...

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18:30
Plantronics announces new Bluetooth headphones,...

Plantronics announced a new model of Bluetooth headphones this week with the BackBeat Pro. The over-the-ear headphones feature a long battery life, 40mm drivers, active noise-cancelling technology and "Plantronics signature audio performance and design." Not leaving noise cancelling as the only trick of the headphones, Plantronics also added a smart feature to help consumers pick up where they left off if the headphones are removed....



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17:37
Adobe's Photoshop Mix for iPad gets...

Adobe on Thursday issued the first update to its Creative Cloud-connected Photoshop Mix app for iPad, bringing hooks into Photoshop Express and Dropbox, as well as a few UI tweaks to the on-the-go image editing tool.



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17:25
Adobe updates Photoshop Mix for iPad with undo/redo...


Adobe has updated its Photoshop Mix iPad app with several new features and tweaks. Version 1.1 of the app includes undo and redo support for quickly rolling back edits up to three levels.

The update also introduces support for exporting a JPEG or masked PNG to the iPad’s camera roll. You can also import images to edit from Dropbox. Foregrounds and background layers can now be switched using the Image Swap feature. Other miscellaneous performance enhancements have also been made to allow for faster project loading.

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17:18
Hands-on with the fully reversible Lightning to USB...

Rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to release a new version of its Lightning to USB cable that would be reversible on both ends. Initially this cable was rumored to launch with the iPhone 6, but another report claims it will launch at a...

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17:06
Briefly: Original Bioshock for iOS, Notability app...

Notability, an iOS app well-regarded for its ability to handle multiple ways of taking notes -- audio recordings, handwriting, drag-and-drop and typing -- has arrived on the Mac. The OS X version ($10) matches the iPad and iPhone version feature-for-feature, but is optimized for the Mac environment. Users can drag in various file types to add to the note, scale and transform handwriting and sketches, and -- new to the program -- work with smart keyboard shortcuts. The iOS version is also available as a separate $3 purchase....



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17:01
Apple Granted 14 Years Protection for 5th Ave Glass...

Apple was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on the design of the glass cube entryway to the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store. The patent was filed in 2012, it gives Apple 14 years of protection for the design.


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17:00
Apple imposes restrictions on HealthKit data sharing...

A set of rules discovered in the latest iOS 8 beta show Apple is already taking steps to ensure sensitive user health data harvested by the upcoming HealthKit API remains private, especially as it applies to firms wanting to harness the information for targeted ad campaigns.



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16:39
Apple: HealthKit Data Off Limits to Advertisers

Apple's HealthKit will be off limits for advertisers, which means app developers planning on supporting the health and fitness logging platform won't be able to make money by selling information about how far we walk or how much we weigh to other companies. The rule should help keep personal information that should stay private out of the wrong hands, and could help boost trust in HealthKit once iOS 8 ships in the coming weeks.

The Mac Observer Spin: Locking down our health and fitness data so it can't be sold to advertisers is a great move on Apple's part. That'll go a long way towards helping iPhone owners feel like data that's very personal in nature won't be used to target them with inappropriate or embarrassing ads.


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16:23
Samsung, LG Unveil Smartwatches With Sex Appeal


Samsung and LG both announced brand-new smartwatches on Wednesday in the run-up to next week's IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. Featuring a sleek, curved Super AMOLED display along with 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the Samsung Gear S runs Tizen and allows users to make and receive phone calls. Customizable screen options and changeable straps give users the ability to adjust the device's appearance to suit their taste and style.

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16:00
Check out Nav Camera if you need precise location...

Nav Camera (US$3.99) is an innovative app that uses navigation, augmented reality and display overlays to tell you where you are, your altitude, the direction you are facing and more. The information appears on your image in real time and it's...

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15:40
Apple Blogger John Gruber Hints at NFC For iPhone 6

Following a report from Wired suggesting NFC-based mobile payments will be a "hallmark" feature of the iPhone 6 and a confirmation from Re/code, Apple blogger John Gruber has now thrown in his two cents, with a cryptic post hinting Apple is indeed planning on including NFC in the iPhone 6 as part of a new mobile payment solution.

Gruber's post references an earlier "joke" that pointed towards a wearable device debut in September, which turned out to be accurate in light of recent rumors also suggesting a September introduction for the device. I've been working on a new joke --...

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15:40
How To Free Up iPhone Storage by Deleting Photos...

If you send and receive a lot of photos in Messages, you might find it taking up a lot of space on your device. Kelly explains how to save the images you want to keep and how to delete the ones you don't.


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15:30
Germanium is addictive humility

Germanium, developed by Edamame, and compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (iOS 7.0 or later), is entertainment stripped down to the core. In the app store, the description promises a 100 second challenge that, "will utterly destroy every bit...

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15:05
Last Chance for TuneUp Deal at $19.95

Our deal for TuneUp was a big hit with our readers, but it's coming to a close. TuneUp is a utility that cleans up your iTunes library. It will fix your track names (nuking things like "Track 01" in the process), fills in missing cover art, finds and removes duplicate files, and can deliver background information on your artists. Through our deal, it's $19.95, but there's only one more day left.


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15:04
Apple again rumored to unveil 'iWatch'...

Seemingly corroborating recent claims that Apple will launch its long-awaited "iWatch" wearable at an upcoming iPhone special event, Bloomberg on Thursday reported that the company decided to pair the two hardware announcements in order to "manage expectations" of the hotly anticipated wearable.



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15:00
HooToo TripMate Elite: A travel jack-of-all-trades

Traveling in the mobile age can be an exercise in trying to pack all of your tech gear so that it's easily accessible during the journey. For short trips, you might be able to get away with as little as a charging cable and an external battery pack...

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14:48
The loneliest whale in the world

Slate:

The whale that Joe George and Velma Ronquille heard was an anomaly: His sound patterns were recognizable as those of a blue whale, but his frequency was unheard-of. It was absolutely unprecedented. So they paid attention. They kept tracking him for years, every migration season, as he made his way south from Alaska to Mexico. His path wasn’t unusual, only his song—and the fact that they never detected any other whales around him. He always seemed to be alone.

So this whale was calling out high, and he was calling out to no one—or at least, no one seemed to be answering.

What a sad and remarkable story.

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14:43
75% of all IKEA’s product images are CGI

The Computer Graphics Society:

In the summer of 2004, IKEA decided to change the way they produced their product images. They made the first tentative moves toward CG rendered, rather than photographic, images.

Wow. I figured the catalog images were “photoshopped” but I had no idea so many of them were straight up CGI.

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14:30
Two Apple keyboards, 24 years apart

Here we have an Apple Lisa keyboard alongside one of the company's current offerings.

There's something about those old, massive keyboards that still feels great. The massive key travel distance, the satisfying snap of a keystroke, and the fact that...

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14:13
More Claims of September 9 Debut for Apple's...

Yesterday, Re/code broke the news that Apple planned to introduce its upcoming wearable device alongside the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg is seconding that rumor, pointing towards a simultaneous debut of two different iPhones and a wearable device at Apple's September 9 event.

According to Re/code, Apple had originally planned to introduce its wearable device at an October event separate from its September iPhone event, but later ended up changing its plans. Bloomberg speculates that Apple's plan to debut the wearable device alongside the iPhone may be the company's way of limiting expectations for the device, positioning it more as an iPhone accessory rather than a standalone device.Apple will give the new wearable a boost by pairing its debut with its...

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14:12
Bloomberg corroborates Apple wearable to be...

As we reported earlier today, Apple has sent out invitations to the press for a September 9th media event. During that event the company will likely unveil the next-gen iPhone, but a report from Re/code also indicated that it may...

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14:09
Judge Lucy Koh Rejects Apple's Quest For Anti-...

The Associated Press, in a story carried by The Financial Express, reports that Federal Judge Lucy Koh has has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago. The Register also carries the story, and notes Perhaps because the ongoing battle was turning the two companies into law firms rather than tech titans, the two agreed to abandon all patent lawsuits outside the USA earlier this month. However, Apple still wanted the infringing features extirpated from American stores, and was seeking to have phones nobody bought banned as ammo for...

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14:05
The dark side of almond use

Three things:

  1. 82% of the world’s almonds come from California.
  2. California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in its history.
  3. This year’s almond crop is one of the largest ever.

That water’s got to come from somewhere.

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14:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Sago Mini Monsters [iOS...

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13:56
Billings Pro for Mac OS X, iOS revved to version 1.8

Marketcircle has unveiled Billings Pro 1.8 (http://www.marketcircle.com/billingspro), an update to its time billing and invoicing solution for Mac OS X and iOS devices.

It's a multi-user time tracking and invoicing application for for multi-user businesses, with a web interface for workers to track time. Version 1.8 is designed to maximize the capabilities of the iPhone and iPad to create a one-stop app for freelancers and working professionals to track their time, expenses, and mileage and to send invoices and track payments.

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13:51
HealthKit policies updated to block data use by...

Apple has updated the language in its privacy policy for HealthKit to prevent apps from selling data to "advertising platforms, data brokers or information resellers," notes the Financial Times. HealthKit will allow iOS 8 apps to exchange health and fitness data tracked via various accessories, such as the iWatch. The iOS upgrade is rumored to launch next month alongside the iWatch and the iPhone 6....



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13:46
Ralph Lauren Takes a Swing at Fitness Tech


Ralph Lauren this week merged the tech and fashion worlds with a new smart Polo shirt. Knitted into the Polo Tech shirt's core are sensors that read biological and physiological information. The company partnered with Msignal to develop a "black box" that includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction. Data is captured and sent to the cloud, where it is analyzed using a set of algorithms. Out comes information on heart rate, respiration, stress level and energy output.

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13:38
Mac: Incase Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite

Incase is synonymous with laptop sleeves and cases. The company just announced its Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite ($70), which provides maximum protection for your 13” or 15” MacBook Pro when you drop it. What exactly is Tensaerlite? Incase describes the material as providing “maximum impact absorption through a lightweight bumper frame.” In short, it offers solid shock protection without a lot of heft....

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13:30
Letterspace gets iOS writing and editing right

It's easy to write on an iPad or iPhone, but editing and revising, not so much. At this moment I have six separate writing apps on my iPad and the all share the same problem: if you want to edit or change a word or phrase, you are required to touch...

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13:20
Despite Slower Smartphone Growth in Mature Markets,...

According to a new IDC report, Phablets in the 5.5" to 7" range will grow from 14% of the market to almost one third of the market by 2018.

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13:20
Uber prevails in German court, yet service called...

The Hamburg, Germany court system has reauthorized Uber to operate, at least temporarily. Despite the resurrection, which was based on a technicality, the court did dictate that the service was "probably illegal" as drivers for the service lack a passenger transportation license, similar to the situation that Lyft faced in New York City....



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13:06
Contact Center for iPhone

Contact Center is from the same people that developed Launch Center Pro. I had a look at the video on the Web site and this looks like a solid app. Great idea bringing what they learned in Launch Center over to this new app.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
Checkmark 2.1 makes reminders better

Checkmark 2 ($2.99) has been updated to version 2.1, which introduces several very nice changes. The iPhone reminders app from Snoman has been on my home screen since I first reviewed it, and this update only affirms that decision.

One big change is...

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12:57
Video Review: Parrot’s Jumping Sumo and Rolling...

Parrot’s new Minidrones, the Jumping Sumo (reviewed here) and Rolling Spider (reviewed here) are the newest featured products in our latest video review. Check out these new toys in action and hear what we have to say about the experience. This is our second video review, following last week’s look at the Otterbox Agility Tablet System — feel free to share your feedback!...

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12:51
Perspective Icons 2: Custom icons for OmniFocus 2

With 100 icons available in multiple colors and resolutions, our set will let you add a touch of personality to your OmniFocus 2 custom perspectives. Whether it’s for work or play, team management or that trip to Italy you need to organize, Perspective Icons 2 has the right icon for the right context.

These look really well done and the price is definitely right.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:43
Apple's mysterious 2-story structure at site of...

Following Apple's announcement that it would move its September media event -- at which both the "iPhone 6" and "iWatch" are said to be unveiled -- from the company's typical event stage in San Francisco to much larger space in Cupertino, new photos show that they have also constructed a bespoke two-story building on the grounds likely dedicated to the event.



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12:39
JPMorgan Chase systems infiltrated, banking data may...

JP Morgan Chase & Co plus at least four other financial institutions have reportedly come under attack by hackers. According to a quartet of people familiar with the investigation, the possibility exists that gigabytes of customer data, including banking information, may have been stolen by the assailants with a "zero-day" attack, who may to be linked to Russian state-sponsored hackers....



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12:39
Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 Bluetooth Speaker

Billed on the company's website as a "seriously grown up speaker," Cambridge Audio's Bluetone 100 ($300) gets its name from its 100-watt amplifier power and Bluetooth capabilities; it houses two 4" drivers that promise room-filling sound. Adjustable bass controls are offered on the speaker, which does need to be connected to an outlet. RCA and 3.5 mm inputs are also included. Coming only in glossy black, Bluetone 100 isn't cheap, but it looks to provide…

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12:30
Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac is still on the...

Yesterday we ran a story announcing that the Mac version of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth has been postponed for an indefinite, or undetermined, amount of time. We have since reached out to a source working on the Mac version of Beyond Earth...

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12:07
Cloud 3.0.0 - File sharing from your menu bar. (Demo)

Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard that you can give to a friend over Twitter, IM, email, or smoke signals. While other applications make sharing a chore, CloudApp stays out of your way adapting to your specific needs.

  • Share files and links (Drops).
  • Upload by drag-n-drop or using global keyboard shortcuts.
  • Share Drops using private or public links.
  • View a history of your Drops right from the menubar.
  • Re-copy the link to a Drop from the menubar.
  • Toggle the privacy level for a Drop from the menubar.
  • Delete Drops from the menubar.
  • Rename Drops from the menubar.
  • Personalized upload notifications.



Version 3.0.0: Overall:

  • CloudApp Motion (animated gif and soon high-fidelity)
  • New...

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12:00
Daily Deals for August 28, 2014, featuring the final...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:55
OneDrive for iOS updated with All Photos view and...

Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage mobile app received an update today across multiple platforms. The iOS flavor of the refreshed software introduces improved file search options for iPhone and iPad, along with All Photos view for fast access to your saved pictures. This section displays your photos in chronological order and lets you keep an eye on your camera’s backup status.

Not stopping at search and photos improvements, Microsoft says it’s going to bring features like security PINs and merged access to business and personal accounts to its iOS and Windows Phone apps in the months ahead. Oddly, these features are already available in the Android version of the company’s cloud storage...

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11:45
Cambridge Audio Go v2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Cambridge Audio's Go v2 ($180) is the newest version of its Minx Go speaker, this time coming with a built-in battery pack. That USB battery pack can fully charge in two hours and last for up to 18 hours, streaming music via Bluetooth. It comes equipped with two titanium tweeters, two 2" drivers, and a rear-firing bass radiator. Each Go v2 unit can remember up to eight devices for a quick connection. The speaker can also charge a phone or tablet through…

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11:35
Apple's Milestone Event Will be Held at the...

Apple officially sent out invitations for the Apple event occurring on September ninth. The venue being the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino instead of the Apple campus or Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco may be hinting that the event is going to be a milestone. After years of incremental product updates, it appears that Apple is preparing to launch some new products to markets beyond the iPhone.

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11:30
Crowdfunding Roundup: A bunch of dogs and one bright...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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11:25
'Massive structure' in place at Flint...

A "massive structure" is being constructed on the campus of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the site of Apple's September 9th press event, accounts say. The structure is encased in a white barricade, and thought to be about three stories tall. "Scads" of security staff are reportedly protecting it, and administrators will only say that "We are not at liberty to discuss that [structure] due to client wishes."...



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11:09
ESPN updates SportsCenter for iOS with new football...

Sports fans now have new ways to keep up with scores and stats on the go following the latest update to ESPN's SportsCenter app, while users of anonymous sharing app Secret can now create impromptu polls and insert images from Flickr.



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11:00
Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

Why do people stand in line every year for a new iPhone? Why is iPhone technology changing so fast? Conversely, why are iPad sales more or less ho-hum? Why isn't iPad technology exploding? John Martellaro reflects on the situation.


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11:00
BioShock on iOS is, unfortunately, exactly what you...

Let me start by saying that I never in a million years would have thought that BioShock -- one of the most atmospheric and gorgeous shooters I've ever played on console and PC -- would ever make its way to iOS. The fact that it exists at all is an...

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10:51
Apple officially announces September 9th press event

As anticipated, Apple has formally announced a September 9th press event. Unlike past fall events, however, this one will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, rather than the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It will begin at 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern....



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10:50
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-28

If's official: Apple is hosting a special media event on September 9, presumably to introduce the new iPhone 6. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect from the media event, and they also discuss whether or not Parallels Desktop 10 is a worthy upgrade.


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10:34
More photos of the structure Apple is building at...


In addition to officially announcing its special event to be held on September 9th where two new iPhones and the long rumored wearable device is expected to debut, Apple has begun to build some sort of structure at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, as ...

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10:31
∞ Apple has held three previous events at Flint...

For many people the Flint Center for the Performing Arts is not a familiar venue for Apple events, but Apple has held previous events at this location. [...]

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10:26
News: Apps of the Week: Hyperlapse, BioShock,...

New Apps Google Slides (free) — Google debuted its Slides app this week. The presentation-creating app joins Google Docs and Google Sheets as yet another Google Drive-based app. Slides allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files; the autosaving app can also work without an Internet connection. Hyperlapse from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s Hyperlapse is a new app that seems like it could become a sensation. Users can…

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10:24
Sept. 9 Apple event

Apple has issued invitations to a September 9th press event. More details shortly.



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10:12
The Issue of Smartphone Subsidy Cuts is heating up...

Today, it's being reported by Bloomberg that "China’s state-run wireless operators are slashing subsidies they pay to make devices more affordable for consumers just as the biggest phone-makers are set to introduce upgraded products."

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10:09
∞ Pictures: Apple constructs its own building at...

When I saw that Apple was going to hold their Sept. 9 event at the Flint Center for Performing Arts, I thought I would take a drive over and see if anything was happening. To be honest, I didn’t expect much because all of the work would be going on inside—I was wrong. [...]

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10:00
Judge rebuffs Apple's effort to secure sales...

Samsung and Apple may have settled all of their international legal disputes, but the two tech giants are still busy duking it out here in the States.

The latest news from the ongoing Apple/Samsung legal saga is that Judge Lucy Koh recently rejected...

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10:00
Submitting Apps that Use the Advertising Identifier

When submitting your app for review, you’ll be asked whether your app uses the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) to serve advertisements. If you indicate that your app uses the IDFA, but it does not have ad functionality or does not display ads properly, your app may be rejected. Make sure to test your app on an iOS device to verify that ads work correctly. Similarly, if you indicate that your app does not use the IDFA, but it does, your app will be put into the “Invalid Binary” status. Learn more about the IDFA in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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10:00
Submitting Apps that Use the Advertising Identifier

When submitting your app for review, you’ll be asked whether your app uses the Advertising Identifier (IDFA) to serve advertisements. If you indicate that your app uses the IDFA, but it does not have ad functionality or does not display ads properly, your app may be rejected. Make sure to test your app on an iOS device to verify that ads work correctly. Similarly, if you indicate that your app does not use the IDFA, but it does, your app will be put into the “Invalid Binary” status. Learn more about the IDFA in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

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09:55
Apple sends out invites to September 9 event

Apple has sent out invitations to its September 9 event. The invites simply list the date on a white Apple logo background with the words: “Wish we could say more.” This time around, the event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. As usual, the event will be held at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET. It’s expected that we’ll see two new iPhones at the event, and according to a Wednesday report,…

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09:50
Hacker Attacks on Healthcare Providers Jump 600...


The recent data breach at Community Health Systems, in which Chinese hackers stole the personal information of 4.3 million patients, was another sign of a disturbing trend that security researchers at Websense have been observing for months: Healthcare providers are coming under cyberattack at an alarming rate. "We've seen a 600 percent increase in attacks on the healthcare sector in the last 10 months," said Carl Leonard, senior manager at Websense Security Labs. Much of the attack activity is aimed at hospitals.

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09:48
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-Q 2 equalizer plug-...

FabFilter has released FabFilter Pro-Q 2, an update to the Pro-Q equalizer plug-in. It sports new features such as full screen mode, natural phase processing, Aauto gain, spectrum gGrab, Gain-Q interaction, and slope support for all filter types.

For Pro-Q 2, FabFilter has redesigned the internal filter engine from the ground up. It's also boosted by user interface innovations.

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09:46
Sprint rolling out free international WiFi calling,...

Today, Sprint announced a new international WiFi calling option that lets its customers place calls to the US from over 100 countries at no additional charge. The new feature is now available to Samsung Galaxy S4 owners via an over-the-air software update, however Sprint says that support will come to other devices (we’re assuming the iPhone) throughout the year.

In addition to calls over home and public WiFi networks while abroad, this service ships with a messaging option, which makes it easier to make contact with people back home who might not be available for a voice call right away. Not a bad option for people who often find themselves abroad, but support for just one device (an older one at that) is somewhat frustrating. Hopefully Sprint will bring this option to iOS devices soon, especially since T-Mobile has...

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09:41
iPhone 6 will include NFC-based payment tech,...

The next-generation iPhone should include NFC-based mobile payment technology, sources tell Wired. The magazine doesn't go into specifics, except to claim that the mobile payment system will be "one of the hallmark features of the device when it's unveiled on September 9." A past report from The Information suggested that there might be a "secure element" in the new iPhone that would safeguard financial information....



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09:33
Apple Building Massive Structure at Flint Center for...

Apple today issued invitations for its upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9, which is also said to include its much-anticipated wearable device. According to the invitations, Apple is planning to host the event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, the same location where Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac 30 years ago.

For the occasion, it appears that Apple has been building a massive structure on the campus, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade. A MacRumors reader has sent in images of a mysterious structure at the Flint Center, which appears to span three stories and is protected by "scads" of security people. Administrators had previously declined to comment on what the structure is for, stating only "We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes."

Image of mysterious structure taken on August 20...

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09:30
Save time with Contact Center

Two years ago, Contrast's David Barnard released Launch Center Pro, a handy utility that lets iPhone users launch apps as well as complex, custom workflows (my initial review here). It's super useful and was embraced by -- let's face it -- the geeks...

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09:27
Apple Issues Invites for September 9th Media Event

Apple has issued invitations to the press for a media event on September 9th. Titled simply "Wish we could say more," the invitation features little that anyone will be able parse for hints of what's coming.


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09:26
Apple officially announces Sept. 9 media event

It's official: Apple is planning a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The company has sent out invitations to the press dubbed: "9.9.2014. Wish we could say more."

Almost certainly the company will announce the long-rumored iPhone 6, which is expected to be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. Recent rumors have added that Apple will also unveil a smartwatch, the "iWatch," at the event.

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09:20
Use an ipsw to Manually Upgrade an iOS Device

Recently, I needed to test the behavior of something during the upgrade process of an iOS device. The device was running the latest version of iOS so I needed to use an ipsw to load a specific version of the OS. Usually I use Configurator for running a lot of updates, but I didn’t want to restore the device, so I used iTunes. After I backed up the device, here’s what I did:

  • Download the ipsw file from Apple for that specific device
  • Connect the device (make sure Configurator isn’t open, enter a passcode if needed and then launch iTunes
  • Click on the device in iTunes (You might need to show sidebar if you don’t initially see it)
  • Click on the Summary tab
  • Option-Click on Check for Update (Alt-Click on Windows)
  • Select the ipsw previously downloaded
  • When prompted, click Update
  • When the device...
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09:15
Apple sends out official invitations for Sept. 9...

It's official -- Apple will hold a special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, CA at 10 AM PT on September 9. This message comes courtesy of The Beard (AKA Jim Dalrymple), the proprietor of Loop Insight.

As usual, TUAW...

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09:11
“Wish we could say more”: Apple makes the September...

Apple

The rumors were true: Apple has just sent out invitations for an event on September 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California. Apple's invitations often include subtle hints or wink-and-a-nod references to whatever it is the company plans to announce—analyzing (and over-analyzing) these "clues" has become something of a joke among Apple writers—but this invitation is almost entirely unadorned. "Wish we could say more," it reads, as if to tease those who would hope to unlock its secrets.

Of course we already have plenty of indications about what Apple is going to announce—we'll likely be treated to one or more brand-new...

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09:06
Apple Issues Media Invitations for September 9 Event...

As noted by The Loop, Apple today issued media invitations to the expected September 9 event where the company is expected to show off not only the iPhone 6 but also its first wearable device, popularly referred to as the iWatch. The invitations carry the tagline "Wish we could say more."

The event will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of De Anza College in Cupertino.

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09:05
Apple announces Sept. 9 event for expected '...

Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will hold a media event on Sept. 9, with a teaser sent to members of the media showcasing the date and a teasing tagline that reads: "Wish we could say more."



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09:04
Apple announces special event for September 9th: ‘...

 

Apple has just sent out press invites for its latest event, via The Loop, where the company is expected to announce the iPhone 6. The event is scheduled for 10 AM Pacific Time on September 9th. Atypically, Apple is holding the event at a new venue, the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. This is the same venue that Apple introduced the original Mac, over 30 years ago. As noted by MacRumors, Apple has constructed a ‘three-story structure’ at the site, which may be used as the hands-on area after the presentation is over. Usually, Apple’s demo areas are only the size of a large room and do not span multiple floors.

Yesterday, Recode reported that Apple will ...

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09:02
∞ Apple announces special event for Sept. 9

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a special event being held on Sept. 9, 2014 at 10:00 am. [...]

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09:00
Open sourcing Exchange Web Services (EWS) Java API

Victor Boctor is a principal architect on the Exchange team.

Our last release of Exchange Web Services Java API was in January 2013 (see blog post). Since then, we’ve received feedback about several issues with our model for supporting the Java client APIs. These issues include:

  • License is restrictive. It doesn’t allow sharing of source code modifications except with Microsoft.
  • Hard to contribute. The project doesn’t utilize collaboration platforms like CodePlex or GitHub to facilitate the process for contributing bugs, reports, patches, and other kinds of contributions.
  • Release cycle. There should be a more regular release rhythm, with more fixes and improvements.

Based on this feedback, we decided...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iTunes GC 33% off, Sony 50″...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iTunes gift cards:

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 013 with...

In episode 13, Jeremy Thake chats to Chakkaradeep Chandran about the Office 365 APIs in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP13_ChakkaradeepChandran.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Expanding the classroom to global proportions with...

Lindsay Parenteau, senior student, University of Massachusetts, shares her experience with Office 365.

It wasn’t until my senior year as a biochemistry student at UMass that I experienced the potential of cloud computing. I had signed up for an elective course called Decision Making in the Age of Cloud Computing. It’s a combination of biology and business studies where we work with students from around the world to research the efficacy of different biotech companies. We used productivity tools to literally erase the geographical and time zone barriers of working with team members in Russia, Egypt, and Ireland. It was as if our classroom expanded to global proportions to offer an experience that I didn’t think was possible without studying abroad.

My first impression of Office 365 was how intuitive it is to use the cloud-based tools—email, shared calendars, video conferencing, instant messaging, and a collaborative online portal. We went to the portal to get...

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09:00
NFL Mobile updated for 2014 Season with new Fantasy...

The NFL today updated its NFL Mobile app for the upcoming 2014-2015 football season. The app allows you to watch live games, receive up-to-the minute NFL game scores and follow the latest football action from your iPhone and iPad.

The latest update...

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08:47
Photos indicate silver, gold, space gray colors for...

New photos from French site Nowhereelse indicate that the iPhone 6 will come in silver, gold, and space gray tones. SIM trays and Touch ID sensors all show the same range of colors used for the iPhone 5s. The trays may also be somewhat curved, presumably to fit the rounded edges on the iPhone 6's chassis....



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08:47
Twitter Opens Analytics Tools to All Users

If you're curious how many people read your Twitter posts, what type of people follow you, and what they're interested in, all of that information is now at your fingertips. This week Twitter opened its analytics tools to all of its users for free, and there's plenty of data to sift through.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing so much information about your Twitter followers is great, but it does open the possibility that people will try to craft all their tweets just to push up numbers instead of going for friendly engagement. Please don't be that guy.


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08:38
Checkmark 2.1 for iPhone

I’ve always like this app—nice interface and easy to use.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Old games, new life

Old games, new life

This week’s roundup includes new and updated apps from three much-loved franchises: BioShock, Pac-Man, and Star Wars. We've also got finance and video apps, if you have any time left over after gaming.

BioShock

It’s billed as “one of the greatest first-person shooters of all time” and who wants to argue? BioShock is now available on the iPhone and iPad for $15—and it’s so advanced it’ll run only on the most recent iOS devices: the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. If you’re an iOS gamer, you’ve officially run out of reasons not to upgrade your equipment.

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08:28
Access your work files with the new OneDrive for...

Reuben Krippner is a director of product management for Office 365.

The lines between work and personal life have blurred. People use the same devices for work and personal purposes. Anywhere and anytime, people need to be able to easily access, share, edit and collaborate on the files that matter to them.  

Today we are excited to announce the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android, part of a significant update to the existing personal OneDrive app. It’s our first app that brings together OneDrive and OneDrive for Business in a single experience. Now, people who use Android phones and tablets can seamlessly navigate between personal and work files within the same app. Everything you save to your personal OneDrive remains separate and distinct from everything you save to your OneDrive for Business, but switching between the two is simply one tap away.  

You can read more about the new and improved...

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08:06
The Buzz Builds for Apple's iWallet to debut on...

Today, Christina Bonnington of Wired Magazine reports that Apple's "next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC."

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08:00
Bioshock now available for the iPhone and iPad

Ready to explore Rapture and fight Big Daddy on your iOS device? Then we have some good news for you as 2K Games has finished its port of Bioshock, and the the popular first person shooter is now available for the iPhone and iPad.

Bioshock first...

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07:59
iPhone 5 & 5S trade-ins surge 2800% at Gazelle;...

Last week, Gazelle began offering customers the ability to lock in cash trade-in prices ahead of Apple's anticipated Sept. 9 "iPhone 6" unveiling, and for the next 48 hours, AppleInsider readers can get an additional $10 cash bonus on their iPhone 5s trade in thanks to an exclusive partnership.



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07:57
News: Daily Deal: Get the Sensordrone Bluetooth...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Sensordrone for your iOS device for only $149. Featuring eleven different sensors in a single package small enough to fit on a keychain, Sensordrone lets you monitor the world around you for things such as carbon dioxide, temperature, gas leaks, light levels, weather, and more. An open platform and API also lets you connect external sensors for any other project you’re working on and have the data beamed…

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07:52
LibreOffice 4.3.1.2 - Free Open Source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 4.3.1.2:

  • This release is is bit-identical to 4.3.1 Release Candidate 2 -- you don't need to download or reinstall if you have that version already
  • This version still contains a few annoying bugs, as listed here.
  • quickstarter on windows has been removed



  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Intel32 version for OS X 10.6 or later under Download link in links bar



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07:45
Ricoh launches Pentax K-S1 20MP DSLR with LED...

Ricoh's Pentax K-camera collection has been joined by a new mid-class camera. The Pentax K-S1 is a DSLR with a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the Prime MII imaging engine, giving it a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200, a top shutter speed of 1/6000 of a second, and a continuous shooting rate of up to 5.4 frames per second....



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07:44
SlingPlayer Plugin 3.3.20.505 - Browser plug-in for...

SlingPlayer is the screen interface software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to make your TV viewing experience just like that at home. It features an array of innovative features and controls, including a favorites bar, customizable remote controls, and the best streaming video money can buy.

Version 3.3.20.475: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Safari 6, Firefox 25, or Chrome 30 or later (requires 64-bit)
  • 1GB RAM
  • One of the following Slingbox models with the latest Slingbox Software installed:
    • Slingbox PRO-HD
    • Slingbox PRO
    • Slingbox SOLO
    • Slingbox 350
    • Slingbox 500
  • A Sling Account



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07:42
Report Claims this is the Year of the NFC iPhone

Reports that Apple will include Near Field Communication, or NFC, in the next iPhone have routinely preceded device updates, and so far have proven to be wrong. Now there's word that this time Apple really, really, will include NFC in the iPhone 6, which is expected to be introduced on September 9.

The Mac Observer Spin: Just because we continue to hear that this is the year Apple will add NFC to the iPhone doesn't mean it will happen. People thought Apple would give in and add Blu-ray drives to the Mac lineup for years, and that didn't happen, either.


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07:30
Shoot your way through the beautiful void in...

Spaceborn is a beautiful, yet challenging shooter set in space. You navigate a spaceship between obstacles, avoiding enemy fire while trying to get as far as possible in each run. There is a lot of trial and error in this shooter as the difficulty...

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07:29
NFC-Based Mobile Payments Said to Be a '...

Apple's next iPhone may indeed include a mobile payment platform, claims WIRED in a report released Thursday. Wired's sources didn't not reveal how the system would work, but the publication was told that near field communications (NFC) technology will be part of the system. The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC. Rumors of NFC support in the iPhone have been an annual occurrence over the past several years, but things may finally be coming together for Apple with NFC and its rumored mobile payments initiative. Additional evidence for NFC was spotted in schematics leaked by GeekBar, which suggest Apple may be using a version...

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07:19
Samsung Unveils their Next-Gen Smartwatch the Gear S

Samsung unveiled their new smartwatch today that they claimed was the first capable of making and receiving phone calls without a mobile phone nearby. Samsung has been pushing hard to develop new wearable devices as it looks to counter slowing earnings in their mobile division, which has led to weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings and internal turf wars.

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07:18
Apple wins patent on Fifth Avenue store's...

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted an Apple design patent on the most recent incarnation of the glass cube sitting over the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City. The original cube -- paid for and partly designed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- used 90 panes of glass. In 2011, however, Apple spent some $6.7 million on installing a simpler, more visually appealing version of the cube with 15 panes....



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07:10
News: Report: iPhone 6 to feature NFC mobile payments

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will come with its own mobile payment system, and the solution will use NFC, Wired reports. Use of near field communication has been rumored in the iPhone for years — speculation began around the time of the iPhone 4 in 2010, and every iPhone since has been accompanied by an NFC report that never came true. Talk about the use of NFC in the iPhone has heated up again in recent weeks, though considering the device’s…

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07:02
Rumor: Apple to enter mobile payment space with NFC-...

Near-field communications chips have been rumored to become part of the iPhone lineup for years, but this year's anticipated "iPhone 6" may see Apple finally take the plunge, according to a new report.



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07:00
Analyst & GTAT investor claims all 5.5-inch...

An investment note we’ve seen from analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis claims that all 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 will come with sapphire screens, while the 4.7-inch model will get either sapphire or Gorilla Glass depending on the specification.

According to sources close to Foxconn’s manufacturing operations the iPhone 6 will come built with sapphire cover screens in both sizes. These sources have also indicated that the 4.7” Phone 6 is being assembled in two varieties, a sapphire cover screen version and a version featuring Gorilla Glass. At this point I do not know the approximate mix between the two cover screen options on the 4.7” iPhone 6. My latest check on the 5.5” iPhone 6 indicates that all units of the device are expected to come protected by a sapphire cover screen at this point …

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Clickbaiters gonna clickbait

Next-generation M7 coprocessor, codenamed 'Phosphorus', reportedly shown in iPhone schematics (U: Likely expected barometer/air pressure sensor) (9to5 Mac)

Once again, in their rush to be FIRST!, the rumor blogs whiffed it on their interpretation of...

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06:49
A survey of Apple developers focuses on frustration

Tapdaq put together a survey of 50 indie iOS developers. A worthwhile read for anyone involved with the App Store.

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06:45
Apple exploring double-duty NFC, inductive charging...

On the heels of a report suggesting that Apple's long-anticipated "iWatch" could be unveiled within the next two weeks, a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that the company has continued to contemplate wireless charging solutions for just such a device.



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06:42
Leaked iPhone 6 component pictures show purported...

A series of new photos shows a variety of components that are said to be destined for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.

Per MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr, images of the device’s SIM card trays, an embedded Apple logo and the internal speaker and vibrational motor have been leaked.

The first set of images show SIM card trays and home buttons in a range of three different colors, which may indicate that the iPhone 6 will keep the same space grey, gold, and silver options from the iPhone 5s. This is in line with a previous leaks, including one...

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06:39
WIRED now also saying iPhone 6 will have NFC and...

WIRED is the latest publication to report that the soon-to-be-announced iPhone 6 will be accompanied by a new mobile payment system using NFC technology.

The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC.

NFC, or near field communication, has long been a rumored addition for the iPhone hardware with reports claiming each year that the next...

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06:27
Apple invents an iPhone with Sidewall Displays, an...

On August 28, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention regarding flexible displays and more importantly, sidewall displays built into an iDevice like an iPhone. In this report we also link to several other patent applications of interest that includes one for intelligent scrolling on a device such as an iPad that will allow users to scroll through publications both vertically and horizontally.

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06:24
Apple Denied Samsung Sales Injunction Yet Again

US Federal Judge Lucy Koh shot down a request from Apple to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of some Android-based Samsung mobile devices over pantent infringement claims. The motion was part of Apple's second patent infringement case with Samsung, and Judge Koh said the iPhone and iPad maker didn't show that its reputation or ability to innovate had been damaged.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's injunction request covered older Samsung products, so denying the injunction request won't have a big impact on device sales for either company. Still, winning the injunction would've been a handy tool to tuck away in Apple's legal strategy handbag.


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06:14
New StuffIt Deluxe 16 lets Mac users store, share...

Smith Micro Software has launched StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac with Cloud Services integration, a new cloud-based file transfer feature that lets users send large files without the dealing with email attachments or FTP. 

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06:13
The inside story of how Netflix came to pay Comcast...

Netflix lawyers just delivered this document to the FCC, arguing against Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

From the document:

Comcast made clear that Netflix would have to pay Comcast an access fee if Netflix wanted to directly connect with Comcast or use third-party CDNs. In essence, Comcast sought to meter Netflix traffic requested by Comcast’s broadband subscribers.

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06:00
No one deserves a bootleg iPhone 6

Friends don't let friends buy crappy bootlegged iPhones, and even your enemies should be spared. With the release of the iPhone 6 quickly approaching, scammers and opportunists are getting ready to screw over unsuspecting rubes. People who don't know...

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05:59
AKVIS Refocus for Mac OS X gets new refocusing...

AKVIS (http://akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 5.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software improves sharpness of out of focus images and adds lens blur effects to photos. Version 5.0 provides a new refocusing algorithm.

A 10-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$39.

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05:55
myTuner Relax is a new relaxation app for Mac OS X

AppGeneration has introduced myTuner Relax Pro for Mac OS X. It offers more than five hours of relaxing songs encoded at 320 Kbps.

myTuner Relax also allows users to tune the best 85 radio stations that feature relaxing music from all around the globe and to record their favorite songs. Additionally, they can check the top selling relaxing songs in any country.

myTuner Relax requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available for US$4.99 (for a limited time ) for Mac OS X in the Mac App Store in the Health & Fitness category.

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05:53
Rumor: Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6 at...

In spite of the rumors of delays, Apple’s “iWatch” may be introduced to the public sooner than expected.

Per AppleInsider and the well-connected John Paczkowski of Re/code, who referred to the device as a “new wearable” that will be worn on the user’s wrist. He also reaffirmed claims that the device will tap into the new HealthKit and HomeKit functions of Apple’s forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system update.

Paczkowski had previously reported in June that the “iWatch” event would be held...

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05:30
In-depth analysis of soccer teams available with...

The FuteNotes app is intended to be used by local youth soccer coaches or parents assisting the coaches but could also be used by fans who like to track their favorite professional team. The app, priced at US$2.99 works on the iPad and requires iOS...

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05:11
Apple wins patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Ave...

The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.



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05:10
Apple Invents an iPhone Dock with Lightning...

On August 28, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an improved method of producing a lightning connector that has a newly defined breaking strength. This new feature will ...

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05:00
Robo Brain Teaches a Robot to Fish


A team of university researchers have been busy building Robo Brain, a large-scale computational system that collates information from the Internet, as well as data from computer simulations and real-life robot trials, and learns from it. That knowledge base will be used to drive prototypes for robotics research, household robots and self-driving cars. The researchers have begun downloading 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million manuals and how-to documents to the database.

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04:55
ConceptDraw Pro revved to version 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the next generation of thier cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software: ConceptDraw PRO 10.

The new version boasts features inspired by customer feedback, such as native round-trip import and export of Visio 2013 files. Now Mac and Windows users alike can use ConceptDraw PRO 10’s features to open and edit files made with the latest version of Visio.

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04:50
64% of all smart devices are part of a security or...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that nearly 4% of U.S. households will have a smart home controller by the end of 2014, with an estimated increase to nearly 6% by 2015.

The research group's study, which includes data from a 1Q 2014 survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, also reports 64% of all smart devices currently in households operate as part of a security or home controls system. Smart devices include motorized door controls, lighting controls, networked security camera, and programmable thermostats, among other devices.

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04:37
Replace a Dying iPhone 5 Battery: Take Two

After Adam Engst’s struggles with replacing his iPhone 5 battery on his own, Josh Centers takes the Apple-approved path, and found that it can be every bit as frustrating.

 

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04:10
Recommended Reading: 'Seven Concurrency Models...

Your software needs to leverage multiple cores, handle thousands of users and terabytes of data, and continue working in the face of both hardware and software failure. Concurrency and parallelism are the keys: "Seven Concurrency Models in Seven Weeks: When Threads Unravel" (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $38 paper, $25 ebook) equips you for this.

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04:10
Recommended Reading: 'Seven Concurrency Models...

Your software needs to leverage multiple cores, handle thousands of users and terabytes of data, and continue working in the face of both hardware and software failure. Concurrency and parallelism are the keys: "Seven Concurrency Models in Seven Weeks: When Threads Unravel" (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $38 paper, $25 ebook) equips you for this.

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04:00
Apple successfully patents iconic glass cube design...

A few weeks after Apple was granted a European trademark on the key design elements of its retail stores, the company has been awarded a U.S. patent on the iconic glass cube design of its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. Steve Jobs is one of those credited as an inventor.

Patently Apple reports that Apple also applied for a trademark...

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03:47
The Phenomenal BioShock Game is now available on...

In August it was reported that BioShock was coming to iOS and today it's now available on iTunes. Whether this new release will play at an elevated level using Apple's new Metal technology in iOS 8 later next month is unknown at this time.

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03:41
Olympus adds selfie-friendly display to Pen E-PL7...

The latest in the Olympus Pen Micro Four Thirds camera line has been revealed as a shooter that caters itself to selfie photography. The PEN E-PL7 features a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touch-enabled display on the back capable of flipping 180 degrees downwards, an action which triggers a "Selfie Mode" that optimizes settings for self portraits....



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02:56
Get Lyrical 3.8 - Auto-magically adds lyrics to...

Get Lyrical auto-magically add lyrics to songs in iTunes.

You can choose either a selection of tracks, or the current track. Or turn on "Active Tagging" to get lyrics for songs as you play them.

You can also browse and edit the lyrics of your iTunes tracks right from Get Lyrical.



New in 3.8:

  • New icon by Byteful Travel!
  • Fix for songs with '$' in track or artist name.
  • Fix for iPhones not showing lyrics.



  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • iTunes 5 or later



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02:43
Apple Reveals Future iDevices like an iWatch with...

On Aug 28, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals electronic devices such as an iWatch with wireless charging circuitry. The news of Apple's future iWatch possibly offering wireless charging first surfaced in June. According to the patent filing, Apple's future iWatch will be able to work with wireless payment system at retailers and one day even ...

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02:35
New Photos of Claimed iPhone 6 Parts Show Closer...

New photos of various components said to be from the iPhone 6 have been shared by Nowhereelse.fr (Google Translate), giving us a glimpse at both internal and external parts to be used in the device.

The first set of images show SIM card trays and home buttons in a range of three different colors, which may indicate that the iPhone 6 will keep the same space grey, gold, and silver options from the iPhone 5s. This is in line with a previous leaks, including one from last month which also showed SIM trays in three different colors. The SIM trays shown in the photos also appear to be slightly curved, and was likely designed with the iPhone 6's thinner,...

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01:22
More iPhone 6 component photos ‘confirm’ silver,...


In the latest round of iPhone 6 images, NowhereElse.fr has a new set of photos showing a selection of SIM trays, home buttons, speakers and vibrator motors. The SIM trays are once again show in the same three colors as the iPhone 5s, silver, gray and gold. It seems like the gray is of a slightly lighter shade than the Space Gray of the iPhone 5s, but the quality of the pictures makes it difficult to tell for sure. What is very noticeable is the curved edge to the SIM tray, which will make a seamless line with the...

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Wednesday August 27

23:06
Microsoft updates Office for Mac 2011 to version 14....

On Wednesday, Microsoft updated its standalone version of Office for Mac, Office 2011, to version 14.4.4. The update provides the latest fixes for Office, and includes general functionality improvements in Microsoft Word, particularly with keyboard language detection. For PowerPoint, it improves handling of certain complex objects, and in Outlook the update includes new descriptions for supported account types....



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21:45
Report: Eight high-profile sites hit by browser...

A "malvertising" campaign made the rounds last week hitting at least eight high-profile websites according to security firm Fox-IT. The firma noticed that the sites were redirecting their visits to other places, allowing it to discover that sites were using vulnerabilities in software like Java and Flash to inject malicious programs. The purpose of the "malvertising" was to infect machines with botnet malware involved in boosting advertisement clicks....



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21:25
Costco phone kiosks will begin selling AppleCare+...

A leaked internal memo seems to reveal that Costco's in-store wireless kiosks may begin offering AppleCare+ on iPhones and iPads beginning on Thursday, August 28. The offer applies only to devices activated at the kiosk rather than iPhones or iPads that may be offered on the main sales floor. Costco resumed selling iTunes gift cards after a nearly four-year dispute with Apple ended in early June; iPhone and iPad sales were resumed just before the end of that month....



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21:00
Smash hit 'BioShock' comes to iPhone, iPad...

After years of rumors and speculation, developer 2K Games on Wednesday released a universal iOS port of BioShock, finally bringing the critically acclaimed first-person shooter to Apple's portable devices.



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20:07
Kano's Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That


Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. It took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days. Barely one year later, Kano is getting ready to deliver 18,000 preordered kits purchased for $129 each. The idea behind Kano Blocks came from the then 6-year-old son of cofounder Saul Klein.

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19:51
LG and Samsung announce new smartwatches ahead of...

In a possible bid to get word out before an expected Apple iWatch announcement sucks the air out of the room, LG on Wednesday took the wraps off a circular display-toting G Watch R, while Samsung touted a new cellular 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch.



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19:48
BioShock for iOS brings the classic console shooter...

Earlier this month, 2K Games announced that it would be bringing its landmark horror-shooter BioShock to the iPhone and iPad. Tonight, the game finally arrived on the App Store in most of its original glory. The story, game mechanics, level design, and audio have all be ported to the mobile devices, though the graphics have been toned down to make it run on phones and tablets.

BioShock is set in the underwater would-be utopia of Rapture, which has been overrun by its own psychotic, drug-addled citizens on one especially-unfortunate New Years Eve. Players take on the role of Jack, who arrives in Rapture after a plane crash that leaves him stranded in the middle of the Atlantic, and must utilize a...

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19:44
Samsung and LG unveil more smartwatches ahead of...


Just a few hours after yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would be taking the wraps off of its new wearable at an event next month, both LG and Samsung have announced new wearable devices tonight.

LG has officially unveiled the G Watch R this evening, which features a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED display that is a full 360 degrees, unlike the Moto 360, which has an area of dead space at the bottom of the display....

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18:51
WSJ: Apple, Pearson to re-bid on LA school district...

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that both Apple and educational curriculum and textbook publisher Pearson will re-bid on a new contract to supply the LA United School District (LAUSD) with computer and tablet options as part of a program that could eventually grow to $500 million. Both companies were the core of the previous contract that would have seen all students receiving iPads, but questions of cost overruns, problems and lack of transparency combined to force the district to cancel that arrangement....



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18:00
"Showtime Anytime" channel added to the...

With each passing month, Apple continues to flesh out the offerings available to Apple TV users. Earlier this week, Apple added "Showtime Anytime" -- Showtime's on-demand video service -- to its ever increasing lineup of compelling channels. Much...

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17:37
Costco to begin selling AppleCare+ for iPhone and...

Just in time for the iPhone 6, an internal memo sent to employees at Costco stores indicates that the company will begin offerring AppleCare+ on iPhones and iPads sold through its wireless kiosks tomorrow. The notice details the process for selling the extended warranties and states that the offer only applies to “connected/embedded iPads” sold at the kiosk, not those sold on the sales floor.

The wholesaler only recently started carrying Apple’s mobile products again earlier this year after a multi-year spat that...

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17:27
Apple can’t have an injunction against Samsung...

Back in May of this year, a jury awarded Apple $120 million in damages in its second major patent trial against Samsung. Apple also asked the court to ban the sale of those Samsung phones that infringed on its three patents in question. But today, Northern California District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Apple had not proven to the court that it deserves an injunction against infringing Samsung products.

In a court ruling on Wednesdsay, Koh wrote:

First and most importantly, Apple has not satisfied its burden of demonstrating irreparable harm and linking that harm to Samsung’s exploitation of any of Apple’s...

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17:16
Amplified: Clappin’ Like A Seal

Shawn King fills in for Dan, Jim talks 13” iPads, The iTunes Festival and his favorite headphones!

Sponsored by MailChimp (use code and send 12,000 emails per month, to 2,000 subscribers, forever), Harvest (start tracking your time painlessly and if you use the code 5BY5 by October 15th you’ll receive 50% off your first month), and Iconic by Ridgewood Publishing (visit for 20% off select editions).

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

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16:30
Apple is about to introduce full screen ads to your...

Apple has formally announced two new ad formats for the iAd platform that will make ignoring advertising harder than ever. Developers can now include full-screen interstitial banner ads and pre-roll video ads within their apps. Thanks to the sizes of...

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16:16
The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle...

Check out the Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Bundle, a deal on six training courses with more than 45 hours of Ruby on Rails instruction. The courses include The Startup's Guide To Web Development With Ruby On Rails, Ruby On Rails For Beginners, Learn Ruby On Rails From Scratch, Advanced Ruby Programming: 10 Steps To Mastery, Create & Deploy A Web App In 3 Hours, and Become a Heroku Rails Ninja. Combined, they have some 250 lectures, which is a ton of instruction. Through our deal, you can get it for $49, a small fraction of the $631 retail price.


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16:00
Bluelounge Soba cable director organizes your wiring...

Wiring and cabling, especially when you have a lot of computer equipment, can quickly get out of control. The space between my Apple Wireless Keyboard and iMac, as an example, looks like someone dumped a bowl of black and white noodles into a pile....

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15:29
ACM 269: China’s OS Ambition, iWatch Rumors, Cool...

Bryan and Jeff dig into China's plans to unseat Western tech companies with a home grown operating system. Plus, there are new iWatch rumors with all sorts of interesting ramifications (if true). And for headphone enthusiasts, they take a closer look at Blue's Mo-Fi over-the-ear headphones.


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15:00
Simplicam is a new entry in the home monitoring derby

More and more companies want to help you monitor your home or apartment via your iPhone or iPad, and Simplicam has a new system that is attracting some attention.

Simplicam provides a camera that works with your home WiFi, free iOS apps to monitor...

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14:54
A Big Honking iPad Could Roll Right Over Apple'...


While the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is working to establish itself as the perfect tweener device between tablet and laptop, one hot rumor suggests that Apple's answer for more working space on an iPad will come in the form of a bigger screen -- 12.9 inches of touch-sensitive glory. The rumor comes from Bloomberg, which vaguely cited "people with knowledge of the matter." The only way it could get more vague than that is if the cited source were a little birdie that happened to fly by.

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14:45
Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac has been...

When Sid Meiser's Civilization: Beyond Earth was announced in April, Apple users rejoiced in the news that the game would be hitting Macs and PCs at the same time. Now with the game's release coming up on October 24, it appears that promise is a...

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14:30
A nostalgic look at the Macintosh Portable, Apple...

The Macintosh Portable, Apple's first laptop and the first consumer laptop to travel into space, was released in 1989. Groundbreaking in its day, the laptop was still a bulky travel companion, roughly the size of the phone book at four inches at its...

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14:24
How Duke Turned an iPod Giveaway into a University-...

A decade ago, Duke University gave iPods to incoming freshmen. That idea evolved into the Duke Digital Initiative, a way to integrate emerging technology into courses. Kelly looks at how that initiative has grown and changed in the last ten years.


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14:20
Mastering the Van Halen power-shuffle

Hot For Teacher, I’m the One, The Full Bug, Ice Cream Man—all classics in the Van Halen catalog. Strap a jet engine to the tried-and-true blues shuffle and you get an uptempo sprint that defines the Van Halen sound. The fast and furious pace make these some of the most challenging rock songs to play on the guitar—unless you know the secrets!

Alex Vollmer is a great guitarist and I really like his lessons—they’re professional, explained clearly and very detailed. You can preview and purchase this lesson on his Web site.

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14:14
REmatrix multilayer convolution plug-in

REmatrix combines five individual IRs to create dense, complex and unique spaces. The reverb is then processed with an effects chain designed to add liveliness, create warmth, or even completely reshape decay and create a reverb character that cannot be obtained with any other tool.

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14:04
Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung...

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.



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14:03
California court denies Apple injunction against...

The US District Court for the Northern District of California has denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung products accused of violating three of its patents. Although the court and a jury found that Samsung did indeed infringe Apple IP -- including an infamous "slide to unlock" patent -- the judge in the case, Lucy Koh, explains that Apple couldn't show that an injunction was warranted. She rejects, for instance, an Apple assertion that claimed reputational harm didn't require showing a "causal nexus" stemming from patent infringement. "Even if harm will be done to Apple's reput...



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14:00
TextExpander touch 3 beta testers wanted

TextExpander is a great app and the folks at Smile are among my favorite developers. If you want to help beta test the new version, you can contact them directly.

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14:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

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14:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F24) Now Available

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14:00
iOS users are the biggest porn hounds

Which smartphone users partake in mobile pornography the most? According to Pornhub's data, the majority of the site's smartphone traffic comes from Android users, who make up just over 48%. iOS, trails behind with a little over 40%, while the...

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13:34
Viber 4.2.2 - Send messages and make calls for free...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.

Features:

  • Best-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices

Download Viber, enter your phone number, and start connecting with your friends.

Version 4.2.2:

  • Brand new conversation feed Dockable sticker menu. A new fun and easy way to browse through collections and stickers! Improved video quality and app performance ​

    • OS X 10.7 or later...

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Qube Kingdom Review
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Fire in the Hole Review
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