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Wednesday August 6

10:03
China drops Apple from procurement list over “...

The latest procurement list used by the Chinese government has dropped Apple's products, including the iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, reports Bloomberg. Public money can no longer be used to buy Apple hardware due to "security concerns."

The procurement list, created by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, limits the purchasing of all government departments, ministries, and local governments in China. A draft created in June included the Apple products, but the final version from July omits them.

Apple is in good company. Prior drafts of the list have dropped Symantec and Kaspersky antivirus software, and Microsoft's Windows 8 has been excluded because of "energy efficiency" concerns. The removal is consistent with growing antagonism between the Chinese government and non-Chinese companies....

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10:02
Initial Statistics for ABC News Live Video on Apple...

A new infographic published today details the initial results of ABC Live Video being on Apple TV and they're fantastic. According to ABC infographic, "Users watch 50% more ABC live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined." The research also uncovered that "viewers spend ...

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10:00
Yahoo Mail improves email inbox searching with new...

Yahoo today pushed out an update to its iOS Mail app, adding an improved search experience to the app's lineup of features. This latest update, available now in the App Store, brings the email client up to version 3.2.0.

The new search option allows...

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09:56
Sam Sung is auctioning off his Apple business card

Sam Sung:

I came across one of my old business cards the other day when it fell out of a book.

So, with a view to raising money for a very deserving charity, I’m auctioning the only “Apple Sam Sung” business card I have left and I’m going to donate ALL of the proceeds [minus eBay fees] to Children’s Wish, BC & Yukon – a not-for-profit that grants wishes to sick children.

You may remember the funny story a while back of the Apple employee named “Sam Sung”. He no longer works at Apple Retail but is auctioning off some of his Apple employee gear for a (local to me) good charity.

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09:39
Schools lament shortcomings of Apple's iPad as...

Even as Apple's education sales boom, some schools have begun to transition students and classrooms away from the iPad in favor of laptops -- including Google's cheap cloud-based Chromebooks -- as weaknesses have begun to emerge with the tablet form factor.



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09:10
ABC News' New Apple TV Channel Showing Strong...

Roughly six weeks ago, ABC News launched a new Apple TV channel offering a wide range of live and on-demand content from both national and select local feeds. Based on the first 30 days of availability, ABC News has now put together an infographic that offers a look at how the channel is being used. Among the interesting observations:

- Live video usage on Apple TV, which accounts for 20 percent of channel views, is 50 percent higher than on mobile and desktop combined.

- Apple TV viewers spend 65 percent more time per visit than desktop users.

- Peak usage for the ABC News Apple TV channel falls at 9 PM Eastern Time, likely due to that time period encompassing evening viewing hours for most of the United States.

Click for full infographic
Alongside today's usage data release, ABC...

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09:09
ABC News viewers are watching 50% more live video on...

Since launching its new ABC News channel on Apple TV a month ago, ABC today reached out with some stats on how people have been using the app and also announced the addition of new local stations.

Since Apple TV is still a relatively closed platform only available to select Apple partners, we often don’t hear much on stats in terms of viewers vs other platforms. Today we learn that in the first 30 days of being available on Apple TV, ABC News is experiencing users watching 50% more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. It also says viewers spend 65% more time per visit on...

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09:06
Samsung Temporarily Beats Apple in US Smartphone...

A new Counterpoint report published today notes that Apple & Samsung have, combined, controlled two-thirds of the US smartphone market for the last 10 quarters. Last month Hong Kong's Counterpoint reported that Apple's iPhone 5S was the number one Smartphone in the world, while missing out in China as the number two smartphone. Obviously Apple's iPhone 5S made gains around the world in order to become the number one smartphone, as they were also number two in the US.

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09:00
Porch increases productivity with Office 365

Porch, an online home improvement network, had a mix of software, but needed a common set of technology tools to support its rapid growth.

The company tried using Google Apps in an effort to standardize, but opted to instead adopt Microsoft Office 365 to gain multiple cloud-based services that would help it run more cohesively and efficiently.

Employees now use comprehensive calendaring, document collaboration, and streamlined business practices, which have resulted in a boost in their productivity.  Read the Porch customer story to learn more.

 

The post Porch increases productivity with Office 365 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Navdy HUD preorders begin w/ 40...

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:

Last Call updates:

  • Navdy HUD may finally make it safe to tweet and drive
  • IK Multimedia launches the new ...
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09:00
Exploring the idea that Apple might abandon Intel...

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee published an interesting piece earlier this week exploring the idea that Apple, some time down the road, might abandon Intel and instead rely upon ARM chips for its entire Mac lineup. As it stands now, Apple...

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08:56
Apple claims to have created 630,000 European jobs

Apple has posted a new promotional page, touting the company's alleged benefits to the European economy. It claims to have "created or supported" 629,000 jobs on the continent, with over 500,000 of those being linked to the "app economy." Of the over $20 billion it has paid out to developers, about $6.5 billion is said to have gone to European outfits. Among Apple's 280,500 registered developers, 52,000 are in Germany alone, and 30,000 are in France. The local iOS app economy is said to have about 20,000 open positions....



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08:46
About EFI firmware updates (Apple KB)

Learn how to identify if your Intel-based Macintosh computer needs an EFI firmware update and how to apply EFI firmware updates to Intel-based Macintosh computers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3706

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08:41
Synology encourages users to update due to...

Synology has been investigating and working with users affected by a recent ransomware called "SynoLocker."

Synology has confirmed the ransomware affects Synology NAS servers running older versions of DiskStation Manager, by exploiting a vulnerability that was fixed in December 2013, at which time Synology released patched software and notified users to update via various channels. Affected users may encounter the following symptoms:
 
° When attempting to log in to DSM, a screen appears informing users that data has been encrypted and a fee is required to unlock data.

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08:39
Foursquare’s location discovery-focused app overhaul...



Earlier this year Foursquare announced its plans to split check-ins and social features from location discovery and reviewing features from its mobile apps. Swarm, the new app focused on check-ins, launched earlier this year in May while Foursquare gave its users some time to become familiar with having two apps for two different purposes....

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08:34
Apple, Samsung Drop International Patent...

Apple and Samsung made a surprise on Tuesday when they released a joint statement saying they're dropping all of their patent infringement lawsuits against each other outside of the United States. Their unified decision doesn't, however, mean their ongoing fight over mobile device patents is coming to an end.


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08:30
Rumor: Apple to incorporate 2100mAh battery in...

You might see a pretty impressive boost in the battery life between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6.

Per AppleInsider and GforGames, analyst Sun Chang Xu has posted a note suggesting that the 4.7-inch version of Apple’s next iPhone will boast a 2,100mAh battery.

If true, that would represent a huge 45.8 percent increase over the 1,440mAh battery Apple currently features in the iPhone 5s. It’s possible that Apple could accomplish the increase by decreasing the size of other internal components, and...

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08:20
News: China excludes Apple products from government...

China’s government has excluded iPads and MacBooks from a list of products that can be purchased with public money, Bloomberg reports. Citing security concerns as the reason for the omissions, government officials have left ten Apple products off the official procurement list, including both the iPad and iPad mini — the list does not include smartphones. Apple declined comment. This is yet another challenge for Apple in developing its growing…

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08:05
Rumor: 'iPhone 6' to feature 2100mAh...

In addition to an expected bigger 4.7-inch display, Apple's next iPhone may also pack in a much larger battery, representing a 45 percent increase in capacity from the company's current flagship iPhone 5s.



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08:00
Using the iPhone Compass app to hang pictures...

Most people don't even seem to know that an iPhone with iOS 7 comes with a built-in Compass app. Although that app could use some help in terms of accuracy, it also has a feature that works pretty well -- a bubble level.

Just launch the Compass app...

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07:37
China's Smartphone OEM's Attacking Samsung...

"China has been famous for fake products, but now Chinese smartphone manufacturers are pushing into the local Korean market," notes a new Korean report published today. They further noted that "It proves that they have grown rapidly such that they are ready to penetrate the home ground of Korean handset makers, who are dominant players in the worldwide smartphone market." Isn't it funny how the Koreans see China's smartphones as being "fake products," or copycat products – yet don't even blink when their local hero Samsung copied Apple's features?

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07:34
Yahoo Mail iOS app adds improved search w/ filters...

Yahoo updated its Mail app today for iPhone and iPad with a new and improved search experience that makes it easier to find emails and specific content within emails when searching for contacts.

With the updated app, users can now apply filters after searching for a contact that will filter results by emails, photos, or files. The update will make it easy to, for example, find a specific attachment within an email or conversation.

The update also includes unspecified performance improvements and bug fixes.

The updated Yahoo Mail app for iPhone and iPad, version 3.2.0, is available now...

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07:31
China excludes Apple products from government...

The Chinese government has excluded 10 Apple products from its latest procurement list dictating which products can be bought using public funds, according to officials cited by Bloomberg. Some notable omissions include the iPad, iPad mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. The products were on a June version of the list, but are said to have been left out as of July due to security worries....



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07:20
China excludes Apple products from government...

China’s government has excluded iPads and MacBooks from a list of products that can be purchased with public money, Bloomberg reports. Citing security concerns as the reason for the omissions, government officials have left ten Apple products off the official procurement list, including both the iPad and iPad mini…

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07:14
Review: iKettle, the iPhone-controlled kettle for...

Any tea drinker will know the experience. You wander into the kitchen to put the kettle on to make tea, wander back to the living-room or office and half an hour later realize you forgot all about it. So the second time you stand there waiting impatiently for it to boil. This is the problem the iKettle sets out to solve.

That, at least, is my excuse. The reality, of course, is that it’s a kettle with wifi – how could anyone reasonably expect me to resist … ? 

Appearance

In overall appearance, the iKettle doesn’t look too different from any modern kettle. It’s in the obligatory stainless steel, and has a powered base, leaving the kettle cordless. Even the temperature settings are becoming standard these days on higher-end kettles.

If you’re not a tea aficionado, boiling water (100C) is...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Back to the future?

Back to the future?

This week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes a famous prop from "Back to the Future." (Alas, you won't do any time traveling.) We've also got cables, speakers, stands, and more.

Bite My Apple

The $65 Boomerang is a mounting system stand for most iPads. Its stand can be adjusted to any of three different viewing angles, or you can mount your iPad directly to a wall. Spend an extra $15 and you can buy the mount system for the iPad Air, if that’s your tablet preference.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
YouTube Find: How Find My iPhone saved an injured...

You often hear how Find My iPhone helps locate a stolen to lost handset, but a recent story from Washington's KIRO 7 TV reveals how the service can save someone's life. In this case, the app was the key factor that helped locate of a lost and injured...

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06:52
What you should expect from Apple’s “iPhone 6”

It hardly seems like it’s been a year since the iPhone 5S was released, but word on the street is that Apple is planning to reveal its next-generation iPhone on September 9. That’s just over a month from now, and the rumor mill has been in full swing all summer, churning out speculation about what Apple will introduce. Since 2008’s iPhone 3G, iPhones released in even-numbered years get a new design while phones in odd-numbered years are just and sped up and tweaked. Since this is a redesign year, people are especially interested in seeing how Apple moves the platform forward.

This close to a new iPhone’s launch, rumors firm up a bit and begin to agree on specific aspects of the new hardware. Apple has a big supply chain and...

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06:42
Apple Touts European Job Creation Numbers, Including...

Several years ago, Apple rolled out a new page on its site touting job growth associated with its businesses in the United States, calculating that included over 300,000 workers directly tied to the company and its business partners, as well as over 200,000 more workers that were part of the App Store economy. The total number is now approaching 600,000 workers, driven largely by increases in the App Store segment over the past two years.

Now, Apple is bringing the same public relations effort to Europe, with a series of pages touting Apple's job creation numbers in Europe, as noted by The Wall Street Journal.Throughout our...

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06:30
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.7.7

Adds support for Swift source code files and now requires Lion 10.7.5. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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06:24
iStat Menus 5 Offers More System Data, OS X Yosemite...

Bjango's new iStat Menus 5 is out with features OS X Mavericks users have been hoping for like per-app power usage, compressed memory support, per-app disk read and write stats, and more. OS X Yosemite users get to share in on the new features, too, plus version 5 supports menubar dark mode, too.


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06:23
Brother debuts two models in new line of small...

Printer manufacturer Brother today announced the MFC-J5620DW and the MFC-J5720DW, the first two model from its new line of color inkjet all-in-ones for small businesses, the Business Smart Plus Series. The new model offers printing up to 11x17, with print speeds of up to 22ppm black and 20ppm color....



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06:14
Apple, Samsung agree to end non-US patent suits

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent suits against each other outside of the U.S., Bloomberg reports. A joint statement issued by the two companies confirms that ongoing claims in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.K. are all being abandoned. Although…

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06:14
OmniOutliner Pro 4.1.2 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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06:10
Sprint to cease pursuit of T-Mobile

Sprint has decided to stop pursuing T-Mobile as a merger partner, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company also decided at a Tuesday board meeting to replace CEO Dan Hesse with Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure. It was first reported in December that Sprint was working toward a bid…

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06:10
OmniOutliner 4.1.2 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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06:09
Addonics announces drive readers to prevent data...

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the Sapphire family of Write-Protect readers that treat hard drive, SSD or flash media as READ only storage to protect against virus contamination or data tampering.

There are two Sapphire Write-Protect readers — a 3.5”/2.5” HDD reader and a 2.5” HDD/Flash reader. Both are equipped with an interface bridge that disables the write function at the hardware level. This allows you to access data on the hard drive or flash media without the risk of accidentally erasing or altering content on the drive.

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06:00
City of Cupertino shares official updated aerial...

Following an update late last month from the City of Cupertino on progress being made at Apple’s currently under construction Campus 2 project, now the City has shared an official updated aerial photo of the site from Apple. 

Last month the city shared the first official photo with an overhead shot showing the entire campus and surrounding area. Today’s shot shows that progress is continuing on the main structure’s foundation and surrounding campus, but also gives us a wider field of view for a nice perspective of how the site fits into the surrounding city. Previously...

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06:00
Apple and Samsung agree to drop legal disputes in...

It's increasingly starting to look that Apple's obsession with taking Samsung to task for allegedly copying the iPhone may be starting to wane. Originally reported by Bloomberg, news broke on Tuesday evening that Apple and Samsung have agreed to end...

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05:58
China bans government agencies from purchasing Apple...

New procurement regulations handed down last month by the Chinese central government will prevent both national and local agencies from considering future purchases of some Apple products with public funds, a Wednesday report said.



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05:48
Should your driverless car kill you to save a child?

Quartz:

Consider this thought experiment: you are traveling along a single-lane mountain road in an autonomous car that is fast approaching a narrow tunnel. Just before entering the tunnel a child attempts to run across the road but trips in the centre of the lane, effectively blocking the entrance to the tunnel. The car has but two options: hit and kill the child, or swerve into the wall on either side of the tunnel, thus killing you.

This might seem a pointless exercise, but as the field of robotics matures and artificial intelligence design takes on the burdens of critical decision making, this ethical dilemma will force itself on software designers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:48
Apple, Samsung dropping all lawsuits outside the U.S.

Apple and Samsung, in a joint statement, say they've agreed to abandon all lawsuits against each other in countries outside the U.S., including Australia, Japan, South, Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France and Italy, reports Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com).

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05:46
Reminders: Printing Out Your Lists

You may have noticed that the Reminders app in OS X doesn't offer a way to print out your lists, which is a strange and curious oversight. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about what we think is the easiest way to overcome this weird problem.


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05:38
Apple Reminds European Leaders that Apple is...

In July the arrest of a German intelligence employee for allegedly spying for the US had caused an uproar among German politicians. The country's foreign minister had demanded an immediate clarification of the situation from Washington. Of course this was putting salt in an already open wound ...

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05:35
First look: Autodesk's SketchBook Pro 7 for OS X

Autodesk on Wednesday launched SketchBook Pro 7, the latest version of the company's easy-to-use -- yet feature-rich -- desktop drawing app with new tools, animation options, layer editor enhancements and more.



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05:21
China said to exclude Apple products from “public...

Bloomberg:

Ten Apple products — including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July, according to officials who read it and asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The models were on a June version of the list drafted by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, the officials said.

Apple is the latest U.S. technology company to be excluded from Chinese government purchases amid escalating tensions between the countries over claims of hacking and cyberspying. China’s procurement agency told departments to stop buying antivirus software from Symantec Corp. (SYMC) and Kaspersky Lab, while Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was shut out of a government purchase of energy-efficient computers.

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05:19
Apple says its App Store has resulted in a half-...

Apple on Wednesday began touting its success in Europe, claiming that it has created or supported 629,000 new jobs in the continent, with nearly 500,000 of those from the so-called "app economy."



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05:14
Tycoon allowed to sue Google for defamation because...

Oh, what times we live in.

A Hong Kong court has ruled that a local tycoon can sue Google Inc for defamation because searches for his name on Google suggest adding the word ‘triad’, Hong Kong’s notorious organized crime groups.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:11
iOS supports more European app developers than any...

There’s a new report out from Vision Mobile:

Apple’s iOS operating system forms the basis 497,000 jobs in Europe – around half of all ‘app economy’ jobs on the continent – according to a new report by Vision Mobile.

Although more developers overall use Google’s Android operating system, iOS is the preferred platform for professional developers (as opposed to hobbyists and explorers), prioritised by 43 per cent of professional developers, compared to 35 per cent for Android.

Interesting economics. 497,000 jobs in Europe alone, based on an OS that was released about 7 years ago.

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05:08
Chinese government’s war on Apple escalates as it...

After a Chinese state-run TV channel last month described the iPhone as a “national security concern” (a claim Apple denied), Bloomberg reports that the Chinese government has stepped up its war on Apple by removing the company’s products from its procurement lists.

Ten Apple products — including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July, according to officials who read it and asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The models were on a June version of the list drafted by the National...

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05:00
Navdy May Drive Into the Sunset


Navdy has announced an aftermarket car heads-up display console that lets drivers access their iOS or Android smartphone's apps without taking their eyes off the road. It projects a 6-inch transparent image within the driver's field of vision showing simplified versions of the user's smartphone apps. The device also will have its own apps. The screen splits to simultaneously display navigation instructions and notifications. The Navdy offers both voice and gesture controls.

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04:54
China Ratchets up Tension with US by Excluding Apple...

It's being reported today that China’s government has officially excluded Apple iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns, according to government officials familiar with the matter. This shouldn't come as any surprise – as the government was likely the force behind getting China's CCTV to get the ball rolling ...

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04:50
Kool Tools: Powerocks Magic Cube

Powerocks' Magic Cube power bank is a portable back-up power supply for smartphones and other devices. It's not the smallest such product around -- that would be the Powerock Tarot -- but it can charge two devices simultaneously, which makes it handy.

Let's say your iPhone is running out of juice. Just plug your Apple smartphone into the Magic Cube and it will charge your phone for emergency power, immediately turning on the phone as soon as you plug it in. After charging, the power bank can be re-charged when you get home using the included USB cable.

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04:49
Apple says it has created or supported 629,000 jobs...

Apple is today touting a lot of new stats regarding Apple’s contribution to European economies. The company has done similar things for the United States, in the past. For Europe, Apple claims to have created or supported 629,000 jobs across Europe, with over 500,000 of those representing the ‘app economy’. Apple says this number is made up of employees whose jobs can be directly attributed to the App Store. Out of $20 billion in worldwide developer earnings, $6.5 billion has gone to European developers.

In 2014, Apple estimates the ‘app economy’ will add $86 billion to worldwide GDP this year. Aside from the App Store, Apple employees 16,000 Europeans directly and indirectly supports a total of 132,000 jobs elsewhere. The...

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04:26
Edouard biz management system gets new localizations...

Flying Pig (www.flyingpigcorp.com) has released Edouard 1.6, an update to its business management system for Mac OS X. The upgrade brings new localizations, bug fixes and performance improvements.

Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, Edouard supports classic business needs such as inventory management, contacts, purchases, sales, production, accountancy and more. It runs on Mac OS X and iOS. for a free update. Prior to purchase, Edouard remains available as a time and feature unlimited demo.

Licensing options for Edouard include:

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04:21
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X gets improvements to its...

Houdah Software has announced HoudahSpot 3.9 for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version (a free update for registered users of version 3.x) brings improvements to results display, file tagging and third party workflow integration.

HoudahSpot is a file search tool based on Apple's Spotlight engine. It's designed to help users create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to.

HoudahSpot 3.9 is priced at US$24 for a single-user license. A full-featured demo version is available at the Houdah Software store (www.houdah.com).

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04:20
Russian gang amasses more than a billion internet...

New York Times:

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.

Replacing our existing ID system needs to become a priority.

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04:04
Survey: NSA, retail breaches influenced corporate...

Sixty eight percent of businesses stated that the NSA breach by Edward Snowden and the number of retail/point of sale (PoS) system breaches in the past year were the most impactful in terms of changing security strategies to protect against the latest threats, according to a global survey by the CyberArk (www.cyberark.com) security company.

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03:59
Latest sketchy iPhone 6 battery rumor claims...

A claimed iPhone 6 battery with a capacity of 1810mAh was a ‘test unit,’ claims a Chinese news analyst cited by GforGames, while the real thing “might” have a capacity of 2100mAh.

According to her supply-chain sources, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 might actually sport a larger 2,100 mAh battery as opposed to a 1,810 mAh unit. Reportedly, the 1,810 mAh battery we’ve seen in the aforementioned leaked picture is as real as it can be, but according to Sung Chang Xu’s sources, these units have been used solely for testing purposes.

It should be noted that GforGames specializes in quoting every Chinese source going, and even the source doesn’t appear too confident in this case, so we’re...

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03:55
Uber starts private beta testing of UberPool car...

Cab-hailing service Uber is looking to lower the cost of rides for its customers, by offering the option to car-pool with other users. Rolling out as a private beta, UberPool will allow customers to hail a car as normal, but it will attempt to find others requesting a similar journey so the car can be shared, with the cost significantly reduced for each UberPool participant....



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02:55
Report Claims 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Will Feature 2,100...

Last month, new photos of a purported battery for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 revealed a 1,810 mAh capacity for the device, which is a modest improvement over the 1,560 mAh battery currently found in the iPhone 5s. Now, ESM-China electronics analyst Sung Chang Xu claims (Google Translate, via G for Games) that the final version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will actually feature a 2,100 mAh battery.

Citing sources at supply chains across China, the analyst also adds that the previous images of the battery showed test units. A capacity of 2,100 mAh for the iPhone 6's battery would put it below competing phones such as the...

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02:11
External Link: Using Swift in Place of AppleScript

Programmers typically have to learn several languages to do their jobs. In the Apple world, that might include Objective-C to code Mac and iOS apps and AppleScript to automate common tasks. But developer Filip W has shown that Apple’s new Swift programming language can be used both for app development and as a scripting language. As a proof of concept, he developed a script to change his Mac’s wallpaper in Swift, without using Xcode.

 

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Tuesday August 5

23:06
Samsung, Apple agree to end all non-US legal disputes

In a joint email sent to the press, Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent lawsuits against each other in all countries except the US, without any settlement, cross-license agreement or any other consideration. The US court system will be the sole arbiter of the numerous patent disputes the two companies have brought against each other, and comes on the heels of a series of moves to de-escalate the standoffs between them. Samsung and Apple agreed to drop appeals of an ITC case in June....



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20:59
Capo 3.1.2 - Slow down and learn to play your...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

Features:

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available



Version 3.1.2:

  • Chord Intelligence no longer skews its results when faced with certain audio sample rates
  • When clicking note entries in the spectrogram, they now play for their actual duration
  • Capo no longer fails to show the spectrogram in certain cases
  • The speed callout now appears even when using keyboard shortcuts to adjust speed
  • Fixed some issues with duplicate beat numbers in the timeline, and other beat display issues
  • The loop button can no longer be...

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20:14
The Connected Car, Part 1: The Future Starts Now -...


The Age of the Connected Car is dawning. The Linux Foundation is positioning an open source Linux OS to take the front seat in steering carmakers to adopting Automotive Grade Linux as the engine driving all in-car electronics. Today's automobile has from 60 to 100 sensors to control everything from climate to airbags and dozens of vehicle components. That number could double as cars get smarter. The so-called "smartcar" will use these sensors to do much more than give the driver a hands-free option for changing lanes, breaking and parking.

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19:40
Apple, Samsung agree to bury overseas litigation ax

CNET:

Apple and Samsung announced late Tuesday that they have agreed to settle all lawsuits filed against each other outside the United States but said patent lawsuits filed in the US would be unaffected by the deal.

“Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts,” the companies said in a statement.

This doesn’t mean there won’t be future lawsuits.

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19:31
Apple and Samsung Agree to End Non-U.S. Patent...

Apple and Samsung have issued a joint statement today announcing an agreement to drop all patent lawsuits against each other outside of the United States, according to Bloomberg.

“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” the companies said in the statement. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”The move is yet another signal that the long-running patent dispute between Apple and Samsung may be winding down, as it was reported in June that the two companies were trying to find "common ground". The two also agreed to...

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19:19
Samsung and Apple agree to end all patent disputes...

Samsung and Apple just announced that they have agreed to drop all patent suits against each other in countries outside the United States, Bloomberg reports. The two companies will drop suits against each other in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France and Italy. This agreement does not include any licensing agreements, though. This has no effect on United States battles either.

In a joint statement, the two companies had the following to say:

“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any...

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19:09
Apple and Samsung agree to settle all non-US...

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Apple and Samsung said they have dropped all ongoing patent litigation outside of the U.S., a move that could save both companies millions of dollars in legal fees from protracted court proceedings.



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18:17
Report: Sprint no longer pursuing deal to acquire T-...

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that T-Mobile's possible purchase by Sprint may no longer be on the table. Sources tell the publication that Sprint's parent company, SoftBank, no longer believes that it would be able to convince regulators that the merger of the two companies would be favorable to the wireless industry. It's believed that officials had given enough of a signal that it would oppose any change in the current wireless market....



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17:54
Apple warns testers of iCloud Drive outages, ongoing...

Apple has sent out an email to registered participants in the AppleSeed beta-testing program, most of whom are currently working with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that those who opted to engage the iCloud Drive feature may see "more downtime" than has been previously seen. Still in development, Apple's iCloud Drive is expected to be included in the formal release of Yosemite and iOS 8, and allows users to store any kind of document or image/video file, as well as enable other features....



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17:36
Apple notifies developers of ongoing iCloud Drive...

Apple on Tuesday sent out emails to developers using OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview builds, warning them to perform regular backups as the company performs ongoing maintenance of iCloud services, including iCloud Drive.



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17:17
Stream to Speakers with Audioengine B1 Premium...

Audioengine announced the B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver on Tuesday. This device acts as a Bluetooth receiver for any audio system or powered speakers, allowing you to stream music from your iPhone, iPad, Mac or other Bluetooth device. The B1 receives your Bluetooth signal and has a stereo analog RCA outputs and a digital optical (SPDIF) output for connecting to your stereo, receiver, or powered speakers. This is an easy way to stream music to any setup that doesn't support Apple's AirPlay technology. We haven't tested this device yet, but we're big fans of Audioengine at TMO. We look forward to putting it through its paces. The B1 is priced at US$189, and it's eligible for Audioengine's 30-Day Audition.


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17:00
Reverb: A unique personalized news tool for iOS

Personalization is the Holy Grail for news apps. Give the app an idea of what you want to hear about, and let it learn over time so that your news reading is always relevant.

Reverb (free) bills itself as a personalized news discovery app. You can...

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16:54
LinkedIn pays out almost $6 million in wages,...

LinkedIn agreed on Monday to pay out nearly $6 million in overtimes wages and damages after a probe by the United States Department of Labor. The job networking service company was found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by not properly keeping records in regard to time worked, as well as overtime laws....



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16:51
More photos show rebar, substructure work on Apple...

New photos from KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi has revealed further progress on Apple's new Campus 2 structure from the last surveillance, done about three weeks ago. In the new pictures, troughs being dug that are intended for both lower levels of the facility as well as transportation tunnels are seen more clearly, with rebar work being done for the retaining walls and other substructure that will be needed for the below-ground levels of the facility....

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16:43
Shares of Apple, Inc. near ex-dividend as it gears...

On August 14, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.47 per share, but investors will need to have purchased the company's stock by the market's close next Monday, August 11 in order to qualify.



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16:31
Sprint gives up its plans to acquire T-Mobile USA...

Sprint’s plans to buy out the U.S. arm of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom came to an end today, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the Journal, Sprint’s leadership was concerned that it would be too difficult to get United States regulators to agree to the merger.

The announcement is not yet official, but is said to be planned for Wednesday. If the merger had suceeded, the two companies would have united under the Sprint banner, possibly abandoning all of the “un-carrier” moves made by T-Mobile in recent years, including free one-week iPhone test drives on the network and unlimited music streaming on a variety of services....

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16:24
Sprint Abandons Plans to Purchase T-Mobile

Sprint is abandoning plans to purchase T-Mobile US, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the site, Sprint and its parent company Softbank believe it would be too hard to gain regulatory approval for the deal, with Sprint planning to make an announcement on Wednesday.Sprint Corp. is ending its pursuit of T-Mobile US, according to people familiar with the matter. The company and its parent, SoftBank Corp. decided it simply would be too difficult to win approval from regulators, the people said.News that Sprint was working on a potential purchase of T-Mobile US first came in December of 2013, when The Wall Street Journal suggested Sprint was preparing a takeover bid. The deal, which could have been worth more than $20 billion, would have been subjected to significant...

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16:04
Sprint reportedly drops takeover bid for T-Mobile,...

After months of speculation and rumor, a report on Tuesday claims Sprint is no longer considering a takeover of T-Mobile, a merger that would have created a viable competitor to dominant U.S. cellular providers Verizon and AT&T.



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16:00
iStat Menu 5 for Mac brings big improvements

iStat Menu is a powerful system monitoring tool that gives you a clear, simple, explanation of the resources your computer is currently using. For US$16 the app monitors everything from CPU activity to your internal fan speed, showing you real time...

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15:49
Briefly: Catalyst's waterproof sleeves, Ooloo...

Rugged tech accessories producer, Catalyst, has introduced a new line of protective waterproof sleeves for use with tablets, laptops and even documents. Suitable for commuters and students, the Catalyst Waterproof Sleeve aims to offer a minimalist design with an IP66 Waterproof rating. The sleeves feature a double-lock watertight closure that is capable of completely sealing out rain, snow, dirt, spills and brief submersions underwater. Its strap system and be adjusted for use as a backpack, a single-shoulder sling bag, or the sleeve can be used simply as a protective case layer....



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15:30
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

Instatube - Best Player...

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15:14
Apple warns Yosemite testers of ongoing iCloud Drive...

Apple has started sending out emails to members of the AppleSeed beta testing program informing them of ongoing maintenance to iCloud Drive. According to the message, due to the in-development nature of the updated iCloud backend, users should expect to see more downtime than they experienced with older versions of OS X.

Unlike the developer previews, however, Apple notes that these outages are not likely affect files stored in iCloud. Twice previously the company has wiped all data...

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15:00
Booq Cobra pack: The ultimate lightweight laptop...

Whether you're a college student lugging around a MacBook Air and some books or a creative professional with a MacBook Pro who travels constantly on the job, you probably like the hands-free convenience of a backpack for your laptop. Booq's Cobra...

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14:39
Justin.tv shutting down immediately, claims Twitch...

The online streaming site that spawned Twitch announced that it is closing down effective today. Justin.tv, which was launched in 2007 by Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt, changed its website to a goodbye video and answering some questions about the future of the company and its users. The streaming service was touted as a "life streaming" platform that allowed a look into the everyday lives of the users....



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14:33
How-To Update Synology DSM to Version 5 for...

Some Synology users are falling victim to a security flaw that was patched in December 2013. If you have a Synology NAS and haven't updated to version 5 yet, here's how.


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14:30
iShadow?

It's been a while since Apple sued someone for copying its iOS design copyrights, but it looks like department store makeup could be the next target. iShadow, anyone?...

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14:07
Apple files for US, European HealthKit trademarks

Apple has filed to trademark the term "HealthKit" in the US and the European Union, documents show. The US application covers "computer software used in developing other software applications," and "application development software." In the EU however, Apple's trademark may achieve a wider scope, covering not just computers and peripherals but health, fitness, and medical sensors and services, along with timekeeping devices....



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14:00
Apple to open third Netherlands retail store this...

Apple has announced that it will be opening another Apple Store in the Netherlands this coming Saturday, August 9. The store will be located at The Hague's Passage mall, and joins the company's other stores in Haarlem and Amsterdam.

This is the...

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13:51
Forums: hard drive, slideshows, Illustrator and more

Yesterday in the MacNN forums Grizzled Veteran "chasg" was asking fellow members if they knew what brand hard drive their 24-inch iMac came with, as they want to upgrade and heard that it would need to be a "like for like" swap. "Thorzdad" asks if there is a way to re-start a slideshow after it has been paused, restarting it at the exact moment that it had been paused....



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13:50
Pacifist 3.2.15 - Install individual files from .pkg...

Pacifist opens up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar. tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives and more, and lets you extract or install individual files out of them. This is useful if you need to install just one file out of a package instead of the entire package (for example, if you deleted your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), or if you want to inspect a downloaded package to see what it will do before installing it. Pacifist can also load some archive types over HTTP, in case you want to extract just a single file from a large .zip archive without waiting for the entire archive to download. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.

Version 3.2.15:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause spurious DiskArbitration errors when extracting certain...

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13:50
Apple deals: 5 MacBook Air models for $979 or less

Right now Apple's online store is offering refurbished MacBook Air models at low prices, with 5 configurations landing at sub $1,000 price points. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $130 down to $719. A refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air originally released in June 2012 with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $420 to $779....



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13:48
DealNN: new Mac Pro now $3,199

Currently Adorama.com has the new Mac Pro on sale for $3,199. That's $200 off the list price of $3,399, and about $150 less than the lowest price seen anywhere else. This Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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13:47
BrandPost: Staying in touch: great ways to save,...

The Rolodex was put out to pasture years ago. Today, most address books and contact lists live on smartphones. While your iPhone makes for an incredibly convenient way to keep the names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone you’ve ever met ready at a moment’s notice, it isn’t always easy to make sure everything’s up to date. People move. Email addresses change. How do you ensure your contact list has the latest information? Relying on one device to maintain your contact list also puts that data at significant risk. What happens if your phone gets lost or is stolen?

Don’t let your iPhone’s address book be a passive document, and don’t limit your potential (or leave your data at risk) by using it as your sole resource for staying in touch. Turbocharge it with these essential apps.

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13:32
New photos of Apple Campus 2 show concrete...

Three new aerial photos of Apple's Campus 2 construction site show rapid progress being made on the main circular building's foundation, including rebar work for below grade retaining walls and the addition of interior "tunnels."



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13:29
Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield smartphone display takes a...

Kyocera has published a new video of its Sapphire Shield smartphone cover in action, pitting it against standard impact-resistant glass in a few drop and scratch tests. As you might expect, the sapphire cover fared much better than the glass. While the glass display was easily scratched and shattered using a piece of granite, the Sapphire Shield looked like it had just come out of the box.

The Sapphire Shield can currently be found on Kyocera’s Brigadier smartphone, which became available from Verizon last week. The phone is currently one of a few to sport a sapphire display, though it’s widely believed that Apple will be...

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13:25
Google Glass Get Redefined in new Granted Design...

Today Google was granted a design patent for a new Google Glass design. It's more balanced and capable of blending in the crowd instead of looking like a pirate. It's a design I think will appeal to a broader range of consumers. The new design ...

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13:12
iPhone 6 Roundup Update

Our iPhone 6 roundup has been updated with the latest information. Several reliable media sources have reported Apple is planning to hold a major media event on September 9, where it will introduce the long-awaited larger-screened iPhone 6.

Read our full roundup for details.

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13:06
App Store hit record revenue in July, Apple says

The App Store witnessed record revenue figures in July, Apple tells business network CNBC. The platform is also said to have achieved a record number of people making transactions. Apple has not, however, provided any specific figures, something it usually reserves for press events, major milestones, and/or quarterly results calls....



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13:00
Yes, our podcasts are gone but no, we're not...

While it's a sad thing to sunset any fun project like our long-running Talkcast, TUAW TV and Daily Update podcasts, the practical upshot is that this frees us up to work on some other projects. We think you're going to like what we're cooking...

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12:50
Apple Reportedly Planning iPhone Media Event for...

Apple has scheduled its next media event for September 9th. With no mention of sources, Re/code's excellent, rumor-focused "Code/red" column said that it would be Apple's iPhone event.


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12:40
Sheep Systems releases three new apps that work with...

Mac users now have three new ways to manage bookmarks in their web browsers. Sheep Systems (sheepsystems.com) has announced three new apps: Smarky, Synkmark and Markster have been spun out of BookMacster, its master bookmarks manager app for the Mac.

The three new apps are each focused on a particular use case. All are compatible with Apples iCloud, and correctly push changes to iOS devices when exporting to Safari.

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12:36
External Link: Register for iOSDevCamp 2014

iOSDevCamp 2014 is coming up on 22 August 2014 at the eBay Offices in San Jose, California, and there’s still time to register. The three-day hackathon will cover all of Apple’s upcoming technologies, like HealthKit and HomeKit, as well as robotics, big data, alternate currencies and more. Also, you can look forward to catered meals on Saturday and Sunday, Saturday night gaming, and chances to win prizes (everyone will have something to take home).

 

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12:15
The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X...

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what new features in each release have been significant and were brought into daily use - and which ones ended up just being gimmicks. This is part II: Lion to Yosemite.


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12:11
Re/code: Apple’s next iPhone event happens on...

This iPhone 5S is likely to be superseded in September.

Andrew Cunningham

After a summer full of rumors and part leaks, Re/code reports that Apple is planning to hold its next iPhone event on Tuesday, September 9. Re/code co-founder Walt Mossberg has a long history with Apple, and his prior publication AllThingsD correctly predicted the dates of Apple's iPhone and iPad events last year, so there's a good chance this is the real thing.

This year Apple is widely expected to release a redesigned "iPhone 6" with a larger screen. Reports have varied, but anonymous sources have told multiple publications that the company is planning a 4.7-inch...

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12:00
Steve Jobs' vision for free Wi-Fi for the masses

Writing for Re/Code, Walt Mossberg today relays an interesting anecdote about Steve Jobs and his desire to deliver free Wi-Fi to the masses. More than just an idealistic pipe dream, Jobs told Mossberg that he hoped to get big name companies on board...

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11:56
Dragon Dictate 4.0.3 - Premium voice recognition...

With Dragon Dictate speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Far more than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more - quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Open and close or navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase. Use your iPhone or iPod as a wireless microphone, or capture your notes on-the-go using a digital voice recorder and Dragon Dictate 3 will transcribe them for you.

Ignite Productivity with Fast, Accurate Dictation

Say words and watch them appear on your computer screen -- three times faster than typing -- with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the box. Correcting or revising your dictated text is simple with a new, more powerful correction...

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11:43
Pebble unveils new limited-edition iOS-compatible...

With competition in the smartwatch space heating up, arguable market leader Pebble on Tuesday took the covers off of a new fashion-focused push that will see a limited run of Fly Blue, Fresh Green, and Hot Pink versions of its original plastic-framed device made available to the public.



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11:30
Daily Deals for August 5, 2014

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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11:19
The Ultimate iPad Bundle - Case, Protector, Keyboard...

We have a deal for those who tend to ride their iPad 2/3/4 hard and put it away wet. It's called the Ultimate iPad Bundle from our friends at Stack Social, and it includes a case, a keyboard, a screen protector, and a stylus, all for $39 (regular price is $69). The case is made from aluminum, and it offers two viewing angle-the keyboard is built right into the case. The keyboard is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that offers up to 55 hours of uninterrupted use. As noted above, it's compatible with iPad 2, 3, and 4.


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11:16
External Link: Steve Jobs Dreamed of Open Wi-Fi...

After the release of the iPhone, Steve Jobs told Re/code’s Walt Mossberg that he was so frustrated by AT&T’s slow cellular network and the general lack of open Wi-Fi access points that he came up with a plan to make it easy for users to share their Wi-Fi networks with strangers safely. He even wanted to create an industry consortium of sorts to make guest networks a standard feature of wireless routers. Jobs’s frustration could have been the inspiration for the guest network feature in AirPort base stations, though it might also have just been a natural development.

 

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11:14
Apple's recent buybacks set new record for...

Apple's most recent stock buybacks set a record for "the highest four-month returns among the 20 biggest quarterly repurchases by any company since 1998," says Bloomberg, using data gathered in collaboration with Standard & Poor's. The publication notes that Apple's stock value has increased 77 percent during the last 15 months, and 25 percent since last year's $18 billion buyback. It adds that "the ratio of Apple's per-share profit growth to its overall earnings has increased due to buybacks;" in the last quarter, per-share profit grew 19.6 percent year-over-year, versus a net income growth...



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11:13
Apple files for 'HealthKit' trademarks in...

Nearly three months after first protecting the "HealthKit" moniker in the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Apple has officially filed paperwork to expand that protection to the U.S. and the European Union.



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11:10
64-bit Chrome for OS X spotted in Canary and Dev...

64-bit Chrome running on the OS X Yosemite public beta. It's beta software all the way down!

Andrew Cunningham

About two months after issuing the first 64-bit Chrome beta builds to Windows users, Google has introduced 64-bit support to the OS X version of the Chrome beta as well. The change was first spotted by iClarified, and we downloaded the Canary version of Chrome to confirm for ourselves. Chrome's Canary channel is the least stable of all the release channels, and it's often where new or experimental features make their first appearance. The...

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11:00
Verizon responds to FCC unlimited LTE customer...

Verizon is the first mobile provider that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has queried about Internet speed slowdown. In a response filed with the FCC yesterday, the wireless company explained its rationale for doing so, and noted that a user need to consume 4.7GB of mobile data to be put in the class of users that it would throttle to protect the experience of the rest of its customers on the network....



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11:00
What photo/video features would you like to see in...

Every year, it seems like the photo and video features of our iPhones get just a little bit better. We'd like to know what you think would be the best possible feature to add to future iPhones. Take the poll, and be sure to share your answer with...

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10:55
App Store saw record numbers in July

Thanks to our amazing developer community! Apple says July was record-setting month for app store revenue http://t.co/BI8wFTTG5V— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 5, 2014 Apple has told CNBC that its App Store set record revenue numbers this July. The App Store also…

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10:44
Apple iPhone event scheduled for September 9

Apple has announced a special event for September 9, 2014 -- exactly 364 days since the iPhone 5s and 5c were revealed. The inevitable iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6es, depending on which rumor you buy into) is thought to be significantly larger than the...

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10:39
A Deadly Aluminum Dust Explosion in China Triggers...

According to initial reports, Chinese government authorities have called for emergency safety inspections that could halt Foxconn production. While many reports are claiming that the China factory explosion could reportedly affect iPhone-6 production – there's still no official word from Foxconn to confirm this.

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10:31
Seventh Amsterdam SuperMeet to feature editors of...

The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) say the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. (6:30) with the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 20 software and hardware developers. SuperMeet Presentations will begin at 7 p.m.(19:00) and continue until 11 p.m. (23:00). Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of Euro 10 each, plus ticket fee. and Euro 10 for students and Teachers with valid ID. Earlybird sales end Aug. 15.

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10:27
Apple’s 2014 iPhone event scheduled for September 9

Apple will hold an event to introduce its new iPhones on September 9, Re/Code reports. It’s believed that both the upcoming 4.7” and 5.5” iPhones will be unveiled at the event, though what it means for the respective release dates of the phones is still unclear; the company traditionally…

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10:20
Panasonic to Help Make Tesla's Gigafactory...


Tesla and Panasonic last week signed what is effectively a memorandum of understanding regarding their collaboration on Tesla's Gigafactory -- a large-scale battery manufacturing facility. The agreement sets out the responsibilities of both partners, but there will be further discussions over the details. When completed sometime in 2017, the Gigafactory will address one of the major problems holding back production of Tesla's electric vehicles: the shortage of batteries.

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10:20
Apple using new AAE sidecar format for iOS 8 photos?

The latest iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite betas have revealed what appears to be a new file format for transferring non-destructive photo adjustments between different apps and Apple devices. When using Yosemite’s built-in photo transfer app Image Capture, iOS 8 JPEG photos transferred to the Mac now…

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10:19
It’s time for open, shared home Wi-Fi

Re/code:

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs loved to walk around his neighborhood in Palo Alto, California. And after his pride and joy, the iPhone, was born, he naturally took it along with him on walks. The first iPhone had a lousy, sluggish, cellular-data network, but it also had a much faster data option: Wi-Fi. It even had a feature (still present, but much less touted) that popped up a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks on the screen, so you could always find one in range.

But, he once told me, there was a big problem with that technique, one that he wanted to fix: Most of the Wi-Fi networks that popped up on his screen couldn’t be used, because they were secured with passwords. Jobs said he understood the need for security, but he was determined to figure out a way to make free, safe, Wi-Fi sharing from homes and small local businesses...

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10:19
Apple to Hold iPhone Event on September 9

Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, reports Re/code. The company has reportedly scheduled a big media event for that date and in the past, September has been a month reserved for the introduction of new iPhones.

4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models compared to iPhone 5s
Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6 event will see the debut of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which is expected to include an redesigned chassis, an A8 processor and an upgraded camera. The event may also see the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is said to be experiencing production issues and may debut somewhat later than the 4.7-inch version.

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10:17
Apple reportedly schedules new iPhone event for Sept...

Lining up with our earlier report, Apple has reportedly scheduled a media event for Tuesday, September 9, which we can only assume will be the unveiling of its new iPhone lineup expected this fall. ReCode reports:

Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 — a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance. As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger...

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10:17
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-05

Apple may be making a more serious move into social media by hiring Nike's Musa Tariq. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on Apple's limited social media presence and how Mr. Tariq could change that. They also dive into Apple's big Gatekeeper change that's forcing developers to update their apps, and they look as NAS security issues, too.


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10:15
Apple to hold 'iPhone 6' media event on...

Apple is reportedly set to hold a "big media event" on Tuesday, Sept. 9, where it's expected the company will reveal its next-generation iPhone, rumored to come in two larger screen sizes and an all-new form factor.



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10:11
Apple Says App Store Saw Record Revenue, Customer...

July was a record-setting month for App Store revenue, according to Apple, seeing both record revenue numbers and a record number of customers making transactions. The company revealed the news to CNBC.Apple's app store saw record-setting revenue numbers in July, the company told CNBC.

The Cupertino-based company also said that its app store saw a record number of customers making transactions.During the company's recent financial results call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that iTunes software and services were the fastest growing part of Apple's business during the quarter that ended in June. iTunes billings grew 25 percent year over year to an all time quarterly high, and Apple saw iTunes revenue of $4.5 billion, largely due to the...

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10:11
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition

OWC has released the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition, an external storage device that can connect to the newest Mac Pro via single or dual ThunderBolt 2 cables.

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10:10
App Store revenue, number of customers both reached...

Apple on Tuesday revealed that the month of July was the best ever for its digital software downloads, as the App Store generated more revenue and had more customers make purchases than ever before.



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10:05
Apple says it had record month in July for App Store...

Apple has announced that July was a record setting month for App Store revenue following its earnings report last month where the company reported strong iTunes results for the three-month period that ended June (via CNBC).

The company also told CNBC today that it saw “a record number of customers making transactions” for the App Store during the month:

Apple’s app store saw record-setting revenue numbers in July, the company told CNBC. The Cupertino-based company also said that its app store saw a record number of customers making...

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10:04
iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia now shipping

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) is shipping the US$129.99 iRig Mic HD, a mobile digital microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. The sequel to IK'siRig Mic, iRig Mic HD it's a tool for singers, podcasters, online radio broadcasters, journalists, videographers, home studio enthusiasts and anyone else who needs to record high-definition digital audio on the go.

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10:00
Office 365 API tool for Visual Studio 2013 – summer...

Chakkaradeep Chandran is a program manager with Visual Studio.

Today, we are releasing an update to the Office 365 API Tool for Visual Studio 2013, which includes Office 365 API client libraries for .NET applications and JavaScript for multi-device hybrid applications. This update addresses some of the key feedback and bug fixes since the previous release.

Tooling updates
Updated flow

When you open the tool for the first time to add Office 365 APIs to your project, the Register your app link makes it explicit that you are registering a new application in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD).

 

When you click...

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10:00
Oh look, everyone hates Facebook Messenger

For a massive technology company, Facebook is surprisingly dumb about apps. It has had far more flops than successful ventures when it comes to smartphone software -- in fact, the default Facebook app is just about the only one that has been able to...

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09:42
Apple awarded patent for magnetic power that could...

Apple on Tuesday was officially awarded a patent related to wireless, magnetic power systems that could one day in the future allow low-power devices like keyboards and mice to be powered over the air, without any physical contact or even battery necessary.



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09:38
Google introduces 64-bit Mac version of Chrome Canary

The latest build of Chrome Canary for the Mac has switched to a 64-bit codebase, reports note. Canary is Google's "experimental" version of Chrome, based on the absolute latest changes, which can make it unstable but with the benefit of early access to upcoming features. The first 64-bit build is listed as "Version 38.0.2114.2 canary (64-bit)."...



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09:33
Apple files for HealthKit trademarks w/...

Apple has just filed for Healthkit trademarks in both the US and Europe ahead of iOS 8’s launch this fall and in at least one filing includes watches in a list of goods that could take advantage of the health-tracking software.

While the filing in the US (filed July 31) only includes classifications for computer software and covers the Healthkit text, a filing in Europe (published yesterday) extends classifications to include health, fitness, and exercise sensors, medical devices, and watches:

List of goods and services...

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09:30
Navdy gives your car an iPhone-powered HUD

We love our cars, and we love our iPhones, but sometimes we don't love them so much together. Navigation and entertainment apps provide a wonderful road trip experience, but controlling those apps by touch or by voice is tougher -- and more dangerous...

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09:24
Google silently launches Chrome 64-bit Canary and...

Google recently released a 64-bit version beta version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 users and for an encore the company has turned its efforts towards Apple’s OS X. The search giant has silently added 64-bit support to its Chrome Canary and Dev channels for Mac users. If you’re running the latest version of Canary on your Mac, the software should read as 64-bit capable in its About tab.

Now, before you rush to take advantage of this new 64-bit goodness, please be advised that Canary and Dev releases are not final builds of Google’s web browser, so expect to encounter a bug or two along the way. This...

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09:20
External Link: Read The Magazine for Free

Our own Glenn Fleishman’s general-interest publication, The Magazine, has revamped its iOS app, releasing a version 2.0 using the TypeEngine publishing system. To mark the change, he’s opening up the app’s first 47 issues for free download via the new app. New issues, starting with number 48, cost $1.99 each, or come twice monthly for subscribers at $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. After 29 August, individual back issues will cost $1.99.

 

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09:08
Steve Jobs' Vision of Widespread Free Public Wi...

In a commentary piece arguing for users to open up free guest networks on their Wi-Fi access points to the public, Re/code's Walt Mossberg shares the story of how Steve Jobs saw such networks as the future of Internet access, supplementing cellular networks to allow for faster and broader access for users.

Mossberg notes that Jobs envisioned the open Wi-Fi networks during development of the original iPhone, which was hampered by a "lousy, sluggish cellular-data network." An open Wi-Fi network built on the cooperation of both business and private citizens who were wiling to share their Wi-Fi connections with strangers would have addressed this problem by offering another connectivity option for iPhone users.His idea was to get as many wireless router makers as possible to build in a “guest network” option — essentially a second Wi-Fi network, securely walled off from the rest of the home network...

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09:01
Jobs wanted to make shared Wi-Fi standard, report...

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once wanted to make shared Wi-Fi commonplace in homes and small businesses, says Re/Code's Walt Mossberg. The impetus is said to have been the first-generation iPhone, which lacked 3G. Although people could get around slow 2G speeds by connecting to Wi-Fi, most hotspots were and are password-protected, and Jobs wanted people to be able to leap seamlessly from network to network, much in the same way people transition between celltowers without noticing....



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09:00
Apple Store iPhone 5s screen replacements coming to...

Earlier this week, Apple started replacing iPhone 5s glass screens in Apple Stores for the first time. But the catch is that the service is only available in the United States and Canada. That will change, though, next week. Sources say that the program will expand across Apple’s official retail locations in Europe as soon as Monday, August 11th. The pricing for the screen replacements will likely come in around the equivalent of $150. iPhone 5c screen replacements started across Apple’s locations earlier this year.

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iMac $220 off w/ .edu, Schlage...

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:

Best Buy takes $120 off new iMacs, deals as low as $880 with .edu email

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09:00
Apple news bites for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's been very, very quiet in the world of Apple the past few weeks, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing happening out there. Here are a few little snack-sized bits of news that we've picked up this morning:

Did you break the screen on your...

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08:53
Apple Files for HealthKit Trademark in the US and...

On August 05, the US and European Trademark Offices published trademark filings for "HealthKit." The US filing notes that Apple officially ...

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08:44
Apple’s recent buybacks brought highest 4-month...

Data from Bloomberg today shows just how profitable Apple’s recent buybacks have been with the company experiencing the highest returns of any company in over a decade. The buybacks, which were also the biggest ever since Bloomberg and S&P started tracking these numbers, came as Apple stock increased 77 percent over the last 15 months and 25 percent since its $18 billion buyback last year:

Those are the highest four-month returns among the 20 biggest quarterly repurchases by any company since 1998, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and Standard & Poor’s. S&P 500 constituents have spent $211 billion on their own stock this year amid concern the five-year bull market is prone to selloffs...

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08:22
Apple's Steve Jobs had vision of building an...

Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is said to have been unhappy with the high cost and slow speed of mobile data networks, and hoped to solve the problem by convincing consumers and businesses to share their high-speed Internet connections via free and open "guest" Wi-Fi networks.



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08:11
Third Dutch Apple Store to open in the Hague on...

Apple is set to open its third Dutch Apple Store on Saturday, August 9th at 10AM local time, according to an official store listing. Located at Passage 39 in the Hague, the shop will have most of Apple's regular design features, with the notable distinction of a 360-degree Genius Bar. Most Apple Stores use a counter arrangement for technical support....



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08:00
Apple Granted 58 Patents Today Covering Mac Pro...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two patents. The first covers flexible circuitry suitable for smaller devices like a wristwatch. The second covers Siri. Apple was also granted ten design patents today ...

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08:00
Mac 101: How to create a time-saving printer pool in...

Yesterday I had a call from an old consulting client of mine, who was wondering if there was a way that she could set up a way of sending print jobs from a Mac to any printer in her office -- any printer that wasn't already tied up printing something...

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07:56
Mobile Device Management Chapter Of Take Control Of...

The Mobile Device Management chapter (Chapter 9 if you’re keeping track) of Take Control of OS X Server is now up and available at TidBits.com for TidBits members at http://tidbits.com/article/14967. Hope you enjoy!

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07:53
Apple continues European retail expansion with new...

Consumers in at least two European nations are set to gain more brick-and-mortar options for purchasing Apple products and receiving service, as the iPhone maker is readying a second store in Istanbul to open next month while a new shop in The Hague will host its own debut on Saturday.



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07:39
Apple Stores officially begin iPhone 5s screen...

As predicted, Apple Stores have officially begun replacing iPhone 5s screens. Accounts indicate that the procedure can take as little as an hour, and is rolling out across the US, although it may not be available at every location. Previously, if an Apple Store didn't replace a phone outright it would ship the unit out for service, something that could take several days....



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07:29
Apple’s Social Media Secret Weapon: Musa Tariq

Musa Tariq was Burberry's digital marketing directory, then Nike's social media director, and now he works for Apple. Mr. Tariq is Apple's new retail Digital Marketing Director, and his new job is a pretty clear indicator that the company is serious about building up its own in-house marketing efforts, and may finally have a real interest in social media, too.


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07:26
External Link: Flappy Bird Returns as a Fire TV...

Flappy Bird was a smash hit on the iPhone and iPad until developer Dong Nguyen pulled it for fear of its addictive gameplay. Now, Flappy Bird is back as an exclusive to Amazon’s Fire TV. Relaunched as Flappy Bird Family, the game now features multiplayer support and additional hazards, like ghosts.

 

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07:24
∞ Xiaomi passes Samsung in China, Micromax passes...

Two huge markets, two big market losses for Samsung. [See the full post]

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07:24
GraphicConverter 9.3 - Graphics editor with powerful...

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats.

The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.



Version 9.3:

New features

  • added option to record mouse clicks
  • added option to export keyword palette entries as textfile
  • added support for world map coordinate display
  • added option to apply browser extension filter to folders
  • added lossy png export
  • added tritan colorblindness simulation
  • added change color usage dynamically function
  • added concat function for all open images
  • added Lens Correction effect
  • added Browse Flat menu item
  • added...

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07:17
Retailers Harassed by Backoff Malware


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week sounded an alarm warning retailers of a family of malicious programs aimed at compromising point-of-sale systems. Attackers used such software last year in massive data breaches that nicked millions of consumer records at Target and Nieman Marcus. Variants of the Backoff family -- capable of scraping memory for credit card data, among other things -- have turned up in at least three forensic investigations, according to the department's Computer Emergency Response Team.

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07:15
GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, could...

Apple should be able to make its quota for items that require a sapphire coating, especially the iPhone 6, with the opening of GT Advanced Technologies’ new factory in Arizona.

Per AppleInsider, GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.

In its released results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014, the company revealed that its 1.4 million-square-foot plant in Arizona — a joint Apple build dubbed Project Cascade — is nearing completion, meaning the facility’s output...

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07:13
Apple's Supply Chain Diversification Hitting...

Apple has been expanding its supply chain, bringing in companies like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to produce components for its iPhone and iPad devices. This supply chain diversification may benefit Apple, but it is having a negative effect on rival Samsung's chip manufacturing business, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Since 2007, Samsung has enjoyed the coveted position of being the only manufacturer of Apple's Ax series of processors and their predecessors. But after several years of negotiations and technical work as the popularity of Apple's iOS devices has soared, Apple has brought TSMC on board to produce A-series chips for the next generation of devices. This transition away from Samsung as the sole supplier of the main chip for iOS devices is cutting into the Korean company's logic...

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07:04
Apps: HoudahSpot, Dropbox, DEVONthink Pro
07:00
Office Lens updates: improved document clean up and...

Yu Ukai is a Program Manager on the Office Lens team in Japan.

Office Lens for Windows Phone is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it digitalizes notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don’t lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

You spoke and we listened. Today, we’re happy to announce that Office Lens is updated with the two most popular pieces of feedback we’ve received: improved document clean up and OneNote location picker.

Document pictures are cleaned up—like a real scanner.

Capturing quality images of documents is important. That’s why we worked hard to give you a better experience. The difference is literally clear! In document mode, you’ll notice better image color. Now you can use Office Lens as you would a real document scanner....

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07:00
The Status of Apple's Ecosystem from '...

An amusing look at Apple's ecosystem inspired by Apple's System Status page. Image originally created by The Joy of Tech....

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06:57
iTunes Extras Preview added to Apple TV

Apple has recently added iTunes Extras Preview to Apple TV.  Following the addition of new iTunes Extras to iTunes Store HD movie downloads last month, the new Preview feature allows users to see the iTunes Extras menus for a movie without having to buy…

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06:56
The dream of open, shared Wi-Fi is alive at Recode
06:52
How closely is Google reading your email?

Last week, a Houston TV station reported on the arrest of a man on charges of child pornography, purely based on a tip from Google. Should Google, Apple, and others be reading your email?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:42
Steve Jobs had plans to make free, shared Wi-Fi the...

There were lots of hints that Steve Jobs was interested in changing the way we all access the internet on the devices he helped create. Back in 2011 there were reports that Apple considered developing its own network for the original iPhone that could potentially replace traditional carrier services using Wi-Fi spectrum. Before that rumours claimed Jobs was interested in Fon, a WiFi sharing service that encourages users to share wireless internet access with others. Today, Walt Mossberg from ReCode shares another story about Jobs’ interest in a world of shared Wi-...

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06:09
Samsung's chipmaking business posts weak...

To date, Samsung has been the sole supplier of custom A-series processors for Apple's popular iPhone and iPad, but industry watchers again expect that to change after the South Korean company signaled that its microprocessor business has a bleak outlook.



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06:08
MAXON unveils CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16)

MAXON has unveiled CINEMA 4A Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application. It's available for Mac OS X and Windows.

In addition to workflow enhancements, CINEMA 4D R16 delivers new features including a modeling PolyPen "super tool," a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity.

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06:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Grab bag

Grab bag

From keeping your files safe to making sure that your servers are doing their jobs, this week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a veritable cornucopia of goodies for your Mac.

BatchPhoto 4.0.0

Bits & Coffee’s $30 BatchPhoto allows you to quickly process and convert a group of photos with a simple and intuitive user interface.

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06:00
Wake Up Time alarm is a simple, effective desktop...

Wake Up Time from Rocky Sand is a desktop alarm clock that'll work like a charm as long as your Mac is awake. The app is a simple alarm clock with a handful of pleasing alarm sounds that range from "wake me up now" to "what a pleasant sound to snooze...

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06:00
OS X Gatekeeper Update Holds Headaches for...

A beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 held a surprise for Mac developers thanks to changes in the Gatekeeper app security feature that could leave end users scratching their heads wondering why apps no longer launch. Apple is changing how apps will be digitally signed to verify they aren't malware, and developers will need to recompile their code to comply with the Gatekeeper update.

The Mac Observer Spin: This surprise change to Gatekeeper will no doubt be a serious pain for some developers and confusing for some end users. Making the change now, however, instead of this fall with Yosemite's release gives developers a head start on updating their apps. That said, this was a pretty big surprise to spring on developers unannounced.


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05:53
Apple Granted Patent Backside iPad Gaming Controls...

Late last month we posted a report titled "Microsoft considers a new Splittable Xbox Controller for Surface Tablet Game Play," and therein noted that the smartest approach to gaming controls on a tablet actually came by way of Apple's cool patent about backside touch controls for the iPad. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent. With Apple bringing their new gaming "Metal" technology to iOS 8 next month ....

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05:41
The emerging threat (to Google) of modified Android...

Android is available in two different flavors. There’s the Google-endorsed Android, which is used by companies that agree to the terms and conditions of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

The other side is the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), a far-freer version that lets device makers tinker with all manner of elements of the software.

Amazon’s Kindles run AOSP, replacing Google’s services with their own. The AOSP market is growing quickly and is emerging as a threat to Google.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:25
Look Less Silly on Github

And with Git in General

So you’ve gotten ok with scripts, or at least have tasked yourself with sorting through and in some cases slinging around plain text files. You’ve even heard about this Github thing, maybe you’ve already made an account, maybe you’re even digging in to it more often. What could go wrong? Instead of me just being critical of strangers on Twitter, here’s a few things you may want to avoid when starting out, with some other background to get a better handle on things. Let me know what I’m overlooking or am just plain wrong about in the comments!

 

Get the gist

I’m not going to provide a full introduction to code sharing sites, but it comes up often enough that you can also paste code you’re working on at Github’s associated gist.github.com site. Even anonymously, this is a quick and easy way to let others see log files or code you’re working on, stack multiple files behind one URL, and keep it ‘private’ so only folks you...

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05:01
Samsung’s SoC profits down as Apple chooses TSMC for...

Samsung has been having some issues lately, reporting falling profits in the most recent quarter. Although most of this is due to shrinking growth in phone sales, where Apple continues to dominate in terms of profit share, Apple has also affected Samsung’s income from its microprocessor production business. With TSMC having exclusivity over Apple’s A8 production, to be used in the upcoming iPhone 6, Samsung’s outlook for ‘logic chips’ is also gloomy, as The Wall Street Journal highlights in a new report.

Samsung executives admitted on a recent conference call that the outlook isn’t so bright for this business.

“Sales and profitability from System LSI (logic chip business) worsened as demand from main customers continued to decline,” Robert Yi, Samsung’s head of investor relations said last week....

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05:00
iPhone 6 clones almost perfectly mimic an Apple...

Apple may have a new competitor to its upcoming 4.7 inch iPhone 6, but now they’ll have to compete against their own designs. Some sources have been reporting that iPhone 6 “clones” are showing up in China that closely resemble the so-called iPhone 6 prototypes that have been leaked. One such reporter, Danny Winget, got his hands on one and created a video showing off the device. The device looks like it is running iOS (although he keeps saying iOS 8, I don’t see anything indicating this instead of iOS 7), but the device is in fact running a version of Android with an impressive iOS makeover.

The clone, identified as a “Wico6″, is powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, has 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.  The screen is a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 (234 ppi). As Winget shows in the video, the...

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04:58
Architects hate Apple’s spaceship design, but Pixar...

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt says that even at an international conference of 6,000 architects, he couldn’t find a single one who liked the spaceship design of Apple’s new campus building. Though if the single quote given is representative of the quality of the critiques, this may not be saying much.

“Does it have to be a spaceship?” asked an official at the American Institute of Architects.

Pixar president Ed Catmull wrote in his book Creativity Inc that they are failing to understand a key feature of the building, derived from a lesson Steve Jobs learned when leading the design of Pixar’s headquarters …

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04:54
IDC: Network virtualization to revolutionize...

According to new research from IDC (www.idc.com), network virtualization is set to revolutionize the telecom industry as it transforms the culture and operational infrastructure, as well as the fabric of legacy proprietary infrastructures that have, until now, dominated the space.

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04:53
DEVONtechnologies releases DEVONthink and DEVONnote...

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart document and information manager DEVONthink. as well as of DEVONnote and the freeware menubar launcher XMenu.

The updates are free and recommended for all users. DEVONthink is the document and information manager for the Mac. Version 2.7.7 recognizes Swift source code files as plain text, retains more metadata than before when exporting documents, and prefills the Save panel with tags.

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04:31
Apple Granted a Surprise Patent for a Microwave...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a surprising invention that relates to communications systems, and more particularly to an autonomous battery-free microwave frequency communication device like an iPhone which can communicate with a wireless disposable wristband. Apple introduced their new HealthKit framework ...

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04:22
Pentax Q-S1 revealed with 12.4MP sensor, multiple...

Ricoh has launched another camera in its Q-range of Pentax compact snappers, which it claims is one of the world's smallest and lightest with interchangeable lenses. The Q-S1 has a 12.4-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, housed inside a retro-styled body which customers are able to heavily personalize, thanks to its wide selection of color combinations....



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04:03
Apple’s third Dutch store opening in The Hague on...

IfoAppleStore drew our attention to the fact that Apple is opening its third Dutch retail store on Saturday, in Den Haag (The Hague). Apple’s existing stores in the Netherlands are in Amsterdam and Haarlem.

While Amsterdam is the official capital of the Netherlands, Den Haag is where the country’s government is based, being home to its parliament and Supreme Court. The Hague is best known for the International Criminal Court, where war crimes and crimes against humanity are heard … 

Apple recently obtained a European...

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03:02
HoudahSpot 3.9 - Advanced front-end for Spotlight. (...

HoudahSpot is an advanced file search utility based upon the powerful Mac OS X Spotlight database. Spotlight unleashed

  • Create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file you need
  • Narrow down searches. Step by step, zero in on files
  • Save active queries for direct access to your favorite files
  • Set up templates for frequently performed searches

Your files at your fingertips

  • Keep frequently used files within reach
  • Retrieve the files you didn't know you still had
  • Preview matches within text content
  • Copy results as tab-delimted values



Version 3.9:

  • New feature: HoudahSpot can tag found files using both OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Finder and Open Meta tags
  • New feature: Search results can now be copied as tab-delimited list for use in spreadsheets
  • New feature: The Inspector adds an option to filter results to find similar files
  • ...

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02:44
Apple Granted a Major Magnetic Resonance Power...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent that is titled "Combining power from multiple resonance magnetic receivers in resonance magnetic power system," which relate generally to utilizing a wireless power transmission in a portable computing environment.

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Monday August 4

22:29
Briefly: NFL Now for Apple TV, DevonThink and...

The NFL is due to be launching its new NFL Now app for Apple TV as a dedicated application, according to 9to5 Mac. Featuring personalized NFL content with on-demand highlights, archives and news broadcasts, NFL Now's upcoming launch is said to occur before the 2014-2015 NFL season. NFL Now will be the first app exclusive about football for Apple TV, which will also launch for iOS devices as well....



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22:29
Briefly: DevonThink and DevonNote 2.7.7

DevonTechnologies has released updated versions of its document and information management software for Mac. The latest version of DevonThink, v2.7.7, recognizes Swift source code files as plain text, and retains more metadata when exporting documents. The program's interface can now retain scroll position, insertion mark position, and selection when toggling views. Able to index external folders faster, the software can support OS X Mavericks tags based on former labels....



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21:10
Adobe publishes Aperture-to-Lightroom guide for...

Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager called Photos, Adobe has published a new guide intended to help current Aperture users switch and migrate their images and projects to Lightroom, its own pro-level image manager. While Photos, with its support of third-party plug-ins, may grow into a program that both pros and amateurs can use, its mission is aimed more at "prosumer" users....

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20:59
ExpanDrive 4.1.5 - Access remote files over SSH/SFTP...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
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Review: Simple.tv

For consumers trying to cut the cord and rely solely on the Internet for television entertainment, there are still some issues. Mainly, the problem is that local channels aren't accessible through existing streaming methods, outside of the some clips or news shorts from a website. Are there other options out there for people that still want to see their local news or sporting events without maintaining a cable subscription? Yes, thanks to Simple.tv. But does the device work in a manner that is consumer-friendly, or does it cause more problems than its worth? Find out in our review....



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Apple Stores begin on-site iPhone 5s screen...

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Apple to require developers to re-sign, update older...

A upcoming change in the way the OS X security feature Gatekeeper works is essentially going to force developers to re-build and re-"sign" their applications and submit updates to Apple for programs that need to run in Mavericks or Yosemite. The upcoming change for security purposes only affects those running the forthcoming 10.9.5 or later, but cause cause apps that aren't updated to "break" (not launch) except through bypassing Gatekeeper, which most users will be loathe to do. The change will not force users to update their OS versions....



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Beating the Bushes for the Best Linux Browsers


Browsers have been a hot topic lately here in the Linux blogosphere, not just because of all the woes plaguing Tor in recent weeks, but also because of the increasingly worried mumbling about Firefox's future. It's been difficult to discern where a FOSS fan should turn for his or her Internet browsing needs, so it was with great relief that Linux Girl recently came upon an article dedicated to that very topic. Web browsers for the Linux desktop have evolved over the years, said Datamation's Matt Hartley.

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Verizon responds to FCC concerns over data...

In response to U.S. Federal Communications Commission chief Tom Wheeler's concerns over Verizon's plan to throttle LTE data speeds for high-use customers, the nation's No. 1 carrier called the practice fair and said it is not alone in using such tactics.



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Manything turns any iOS device into a home video...

Video security for your home or small business just got a lot easier and a lot less expensive thanks to Manything. Manything is an all-in-one home video monitoring system for iOS that allows you to stream, record, and view video remotely from any iOS...

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Reviews: Simple.tv

For consumers trying to cut the cord to rely solely on the Internet for television entertainment, there are still some issues. Mainly, the problem is that local channels aren't accessible through existing streaming methods outside of the some clips or news shorts from a website. Are there other options out there for people that still want to see their local news or sporting events without maintai ......

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Chitika: Apple still double the NA web traffic of...

A new study of North American smartphone share by mobile ad platform Chitika shows that some 78.7 percent of all smartphone web traffic in the region is run off just two brands of smartphones: Apple and Samsung, with the former's share being roughly double that of the latter (52.3 percent versus 26.4 percent). Korean manufacturer Samsung saw a higher percentage growth between February and July of this year, at 1.2 percent, but the figure shows how little volatility there remains in the mature NA market....



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