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Thursday September 4

11:34
FAVI Entertainment rolls out the MiraStick for iOS,...

FAVI Entertainment has introduced the MiraStick (http://tinyurl.com/mrydhce). The US$35 media streaming device allows you to stream content directly from any computer, tablet or smartphone to your television. 

To use you download and install an app on your device, plug the MiraStick  into the HDMI port on your TV or projector, connect it to your wireless network, and you're ready to stream digital movies, shows, and music wirelessly. It works with iOS and Mac OS X devices.

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11:30
We don't know anything about the iWatch, and...

I'll go ahead and say it -- Apple media events over the past few years have lost a little bit of their magic. To be clear, this isn't the result of Apple stagnating on the innovation front, but rather due to the fact that every month we're bombarded...

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11:23
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Field, a pocketable and adjustable stereo digital microphone for audio and video field recording. Now you can capture high-quality sound in the field with your Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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11:23
Apple will live stream Sept. 9 event

There you have it, you can watch the event for yourself. No need for any live blogs for this one.

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11:17
Apple to hold live stream of Sept. 9 event, begins...

With less than five days to go until Tim Cook takes the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Apple has begun promoting the event --?at which the iPhone 6, iWatch, and perhaps second-generation iPad Air will be unveiled -- on its homepage with a countdown timer to the live stream.



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11:10
iWatch coming in two sizes with curved OLEDs, NFC...

The Apple iWatch will come in two sizes and use a curved OLED display, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. The people add that it will also include a variety of health and fitness sensors, and an NFC chip, like the iPhone 6. "NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes," the Journal claims....



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11:06
Apple to Live Stream September 9 iPhone Event

Apple today updated its website to announce that it will indeed be streaming the September 9 iPhone event. A new Live page includes a countdown to the event and a note that it will host the event stream next Tuesday.

Apple will also likely stream the event to the Apple TV with a dedicated channel, as it has done for past events.

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11:05
Study alleges China iPhone factory riddled with...

New York Apple Store

Simon Greig

Labor rights groups said Thursday that a Chinese factory producing iPhone and iPad parts was found "to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations."

The groups, US-based China Labor Watch and Green America, said the 20,000 workers at the Catcher Technology-owned plant in Suqian were exposed to aluminum-magnesium alloy sheddings without protective equipment and encountered locked safety exits, forced unpaid overtime, and other labor violations.

The...

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11:01
Apple announces live stream for Sept. 9 iPhone/...

Apple has just announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming event later this month on September 9th. Its website also includes a countdown clock pictured above and a link for Apple users to add the event to their calendar. 

Apple previously announced the event scheduled to take place next week on September 9 at 10 a.m. PDT. This year the event gets a change of location from Apple’s usual Moscone West venue with the event set to go down at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. As we’ve reported in the weeks leading up to the event, Apple is also constructing a...

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: OpenHome Labs, Starfish, and...

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

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11:00
Why privacy rules for HealthKit and HomeKit are a...

This article was originally published on CITEworld.com.

Apple has issued new rules for iOS developers in relation around the new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms and third-party app extensions, including third-party keyboards, that will be standout features of iOS 8. Apple will likely highlight these at its press event next week, where the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced, because they provide a major competitive advantage: They force developers to see the user as their ultimate customer, rather than a means to collect data that can later be sold for profit.

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10:53
Amplified: I’ve Been Here All Summer!

With Dan still out, Shawn King and Jim talk about Apple’s upcoming September 9th event, the large scale celebrity iCloud hack, how to keep your passwords safe with 1Password, Marshall amps, and more!

Sponsored by Iconic by Ridgewood Publishing (visit iconicbook.com/5by5 for 20% off select editions of this beautiful coffee table book all about Apple).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:51
WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

Looks like there are a lot of great changes to WordPress 4.0. I’ll test it out before installing it on The Loop, but the video shows some nice new features.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:49
DeTune Extracts Your Media from an iPad, iPhone, or...

With his wife’s music library locked up in a rusty iPod touch, Josh Centers had to find a way to rescue it. Luckily, he found DeTune, which can copy media from an iOS device that can’t be accessed normally via iTunes.

 

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10:45
Withings’ new HomeKit-integrated video monitoring...

Withings, a company well-known for its line of iPhone-connected health and fitness tracking accessories, today announced a new video monitoring device with environmental sensors called  Home. While Home is a video monitoring solution that can be used for security, the company is also including some pretty unique features that it hopes will make your home both a healthier and safer environment.

For starters, the wide-angle HD camera (which also has night vision) is capable of detecting motion and noise, but will also specifically monitor for signs of distress: it also specifically recognizes crying and the presence of people. On top of that, the device includes environmental sensors for measuring various data points for things like temperature, humidity and air quality:

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-04

We're finally getting leaks confirming the iWatch is real, and they seem to be coming from inside Apple. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about why we're suddenly getting an apparent iWatch confirmation, along with some talk about information control tactics, and just how much they think Apple's wearable device will cost.


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10:36
Twitter forces Twitpic to shut down

A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.

Damn Twitter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:34
External Link: Farewell to Twitpic

The image-hosting service Twitpic has announced that it will shut down on 25 September 2014 after over 6 years. Twitpic blames Twitter for the shutdown, saying that the social networking company had threatened to pull API access if Twitpic did not abandon its trademark application. However, as Mashable’s Christina Warren pointed out on Twitter, the service has largely been irrelevant since Twitter added its own image-hosting capability in 2012, so this may simply have been a way to save face.

 

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10:30
World Beard Day is Sept. 6

This is a great list of things to do on World Beard Day like bar-b-q, change a tire, build an all-bearded human pyramid and other fun activities us bearded men do.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
Football fans battle it out with Fans Wars-Pro...

Some teams in the NFL have developed huge rivalries. Think Bears vs Packers, Chiefs vs Raiders, and Steeler vs Ravens. Now while those teams go at it on the field, their fans can compete with rival fans using Fan Wars-Pro Football Edition. The free...

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10:24
Wacom introduces four new styluses for the iPad

Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has introduced four new styluses for the iPad - two new generations of the Bamboo Stylus solo and duo, Bamboo Stylus fineline, and the second generation of the Intuos Creative Stylus, dubbed Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 

The new capacitive styluses, Bamboo solo (US$19.95)and duo ($29.95) have been upgraded with a new carbon fiber nib for a smoother stroke and greater precision over the iPad’s glass. 
 

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10:21
A guide to mastering audio for different formats

Justin Perkins:

There is much more to mastering than just the sonic aspects and it varies between different release formats. It’s also gotten more complex as digital distribution evolves, CDs become the minority, and vinyl makes a comeback.

What a great resource Justin put together. A few tips you may not have known about mastering songs for all the different audio formats available.

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10:21
Office Store—new home page, new international...

In a year filled with big plans for the Office Store, we’re excited to make a trio of announcements today: a major refresh of the Store experience; the launch of multiple new international markets; and increased visibility of third-party Store apps to both customers and Office sales and deployment partners.

Office Store refresh

This week marks the formal go-live date for the new, beautiful storefront at its new web page, Store.Office.com, which you can see here:

To help customers find relevant apps faster, the new Store home page features a sleek, modern interface with bold, wide-format app icons and a user-friendly Category browse experience down the left side. The free-text search tool has been improved, too.

Repeat visitors will see the best and latest apps near the top of the home page, thanks to a new robust...

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10:04
Groups accuse Apple supplier Catcher of labor,...

Another Apple supplier, Catcher Technology, is being accused of violating labor and safety standards, according to the New York Times. The paper says that two groups -- Green America, an environmental non-profit, and China Labor Watch -- have found that workers at a Catcher-owned factory in Suqian, China are being forced to work excessive overtime and in unsafe conditions. Although Catcher has contracts with other electronics firms, Apple is a major client, for whom it produces metal iPad and MacBook shells....



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10:00
iOS 8 Camera app: Smart Adjustments

When iOS 8 appears later this month photographers will get new and intuitive editing tools. One important update to the Camera app is what Apple calls Smart Adjustments. The adjustments can be grouped into three categories: adjusting light, adjusting...

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09:58
Top web companies join Internet Slowdown protest for...

Some of the world’s largest Internet companies -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, reddit, imgur, Foursquare, Vimeo, and Wordpress -- have announced that they will join Internet users and Battle for the Net activists for a creative action on Sept. 10.

These and other companies have answered activists' calls for a symbolic "Internet Slowdown" protest on Sept. 10 to encourage the FCC to change its current course and take necessary steps to protect net neutrality through Title II reclassification.

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09:49
U2 says reports of Apple tie-up for 'iPhone 6...

Rumors that mega-popular rock band U2 have struck a new partnership with Apple to release their upcoming album on the so-called iPhone 6 and could participate in next Tuesday's media event in Cupertino are without merit, a U2 spokesperson said on Thursday.



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09:31
Wacom revamps iPad stylus line with three new models

Wacom has unveiled a series of new devices at the German IFA show this week. Starting the reveals are the third generation Bamboo Stylus solo and Bamboo Stylus duo as a combination with a traditional ball pen for use on capacitive devices and paper. Also revealed are the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. Finally, the Bamboo fineline is a smart stylus with new "thin tip" technology for precise work with an iPad....



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09:30
Former Apple SVP of Retail Ron Johnson talks Apple...

Former Apple Senior Vice President of Retail (then ousted JCPenney CEO) Ron Johnson made a somewhat rare public-facing appearance on Andreessen Horowitz’s podcast. The discussion comes in at just under half an hour and features the former head of Apple Retail discussing his experience with leading the Apple Store as well as the challenge for up-and-coming startup brands to afford brick-and-mortar retail channels, but more interesting from an Apple perspective is Johnson’s praise for Microsoft’s retail stores and the Surface 3 tablet that the company heavily markets...

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09:30
Apple supplier accused of labor violations once again

Just days away from the unveiling of Apple's newest smartphone -- and quite possibly our first look at a wearable as well -- the company is yet again dealing with allegations that one of its suppliers isn't treating its employees well. According to a...

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09:26
News: WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to both have NFC

Both Apple’s upcoming iWatch and iPhone 6 will include near field communication, The Wall Street Journal reports, adding its voice to the chorus of those expecting Apple to use NFC in upcoming devices. NFC is “central” to Apple’s plans for a mobile payment system, the report notes. The report also claims the iWatch will come in two sizes, both featuring a “curved organic” LED screen. While Apple plans on taking…

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09:22
WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to link via NFC, watch coming...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal today is corroborating many previous rumors about Apple’s upcoming wearable, including that the device will include some form of NFC technology and will be shipping in multiple sizes. Furthermore, the report notes that Apple will also be bringing NFC to its next iPhone as seen in previous leaks, making it easier for the two devices to pair and signifying that the watch will be more than just a fitness gadget:

The gadget’s use of near...

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09:13
Drone Aerial Footage Reveals Mystery Flint Center...

As part of its planned September 9th event, Apple is building a massive structure in front of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus in Cupertino, California. The structure is covered by a white barricade that conceals the details of the building underneath.

Earlier photos gave us a hint of the building, but recent aerial footage captured using a drone piloted by Sachin Patel reveals the size and scope of the project (via 9to5Mac). The building sits in front of the Flint Center on top of the college's Sunken Garden and wraps around the sides of a pre-existing fountain.

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09:09
iWatch With Curved OLED Display to Include NFC for...

Apple's upcoming "iWatch", reportedly set to be unveiled at next Tuesday's media event, will include near field communications (NFC) technology, according to The Wall Street Journal. The technology, which has already been seen on a leaked iPhone 6 logic board, will likely be used to support a mobile payments initiative.NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes, people close to Apple said.The report goes on to claim the iWatch will be available in two sizes and carry a curved OLED display. And as extensively rumored, the device will include a variety of health and fitness sensors.

The report also reiterates recent claims that while the iWatch will be unveiled next...

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09:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air starting at $400, new...

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:

Apple iPad Air from $400, select Retina mini models $100 off at Staples

Headphones:

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09:04
Both Apple's 'iPhone 6' and '...

Yet another publication chimed in on Thursday to say that Apple's next iPhone and its anticipated wearable "iWatch" will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the "iWatch" is also said to sport a curved OLED display.



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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 014 with James...

In episode 14, Jeremy Thake chats to James Lau about the OneNote developer story with the public APIs available when accessing notebooks through OneDrive.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP14_JamesLau.mp3

Download the podcast here directly.

Weekly updates

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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: A good investment?

Others of note

This week’s roundup of new and updated iOS apps includes an app that “invests your loose change” into a diversified portfolio. Plus: apps for gamers, art fans, sports lovers and more.

Acorns

This is an unusual investing app: Acorns is free for iPhone; you connect your credit or debit card account to the app and, anytime you make a purchase, it invests your “loose change” into a diversified porfolio. (Buy lunch, for example, for $12.50, and the app will round that amount up to $13—using the 50-cent difference for the investment.) You can also choose to directly invest funds in amounts of your choosing. Acorns charges $1 a month, plus annual management fees, once you’ve started investing. Will microinvesting yield big returns? Only time will tell.

To read this article in...

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09:00
Rovio launches highly-commercialized Angry Birds...

Rovio today launched Angry Birds Stella, the latest game in the popular Angry Birds series. In Stella, players assume the role of heroine Stella and her five bird friends as they protect their home of Golden Island from Gale the Bad Princess and her...

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08:55
Apps: Together, MacGourmet Deluxe, Acorn
08:51
Bartender 1.2.21 - Organize your menu bar apps. (...

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps.

Features:

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.



Version 1.2.21:

New

  • Bartender Bar will now match the theme of the menu bar in OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • The menu bar icon also inverts for Dark mode
  • ...

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08:50
News: New report alleges continued violations at...

A new report released by Green America and China Labor Watch titled “Two Years of Broken Promises” accuses Apple of failing to fix violations at supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China. Many violations found in a 2013 investigation at the supplier — violations which were shared with Apple — were reportedly seen again in an undercover investigation conducted this August. Employees are said to work excessive overtime and long shifts…

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08:49
∞ IKEA spoofs Apple ad, and it’s brilliant

Much respect to IKEA, they did a brilliant job on this ad.

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08:43
MetroPCS loosens data caps, expands coverage to 10...

T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS has announced several important changes, the most important being the loosening of its 4G data caps. People on the carrier's $40-per-month plan are getting their cap lifted from 500MB to 1GB. The $50 plan is getting a similar boost, from 2.5GB to 3GB....



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08:30
Overhead view of Apple's event building

There's speculation about just what Apple intends to do with a decent-sized, temporary structure it has erected for its September 9 press event. Here's an overhead photo of the structure taken from a drone.

Does anyone else think drones will replace...

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08:29
Apple Said to Upgrade iPad Air With Gold Option and...

In a bit of a surprise prediction, Apple may use its upcoming September 9 event to introduce the iPad Air 2 along with the iPhone 6 and iWatch, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a research report released today. That plan would differ from Apple's announcement schedules in recent years that have seen the company unveil the iPhone in September and the iPad in October at a second press event.

Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air
According to Kuo, Apple is preparing modest upgrades primarily for the iPad Air and not the iPad mini, because the larger iPad is more popular among consumers. While the iPad Air 2 is said to carry several improvements, including an anti-reflective display as previously rumored, the second-generation Retina iPad mini may receive only...

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08:26
News: Orbotix launches Ollie by Sphero

Orbotix has officially launched Ollie ($100), the new app-controlled toy by Sphero. First seen at CES 2014 as Sphero 2B — the two-wheeled robot earned an iLounge Best of Show award — Ollie can travel up to 14 mph and get up to one hour of play on a full three-hour USB charge. Ollie is controlled using an app and connects to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart, boasting a range of 30 meters (98 feet). The toy’s polycarbonate body features…

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08:19
Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There’s an...

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.


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08:00
iOS 8 Messages app feature: Video messages

Yesterday we showed you one of the fun new features of the iOS 8 Messages app -- Audio messages. But did you know that iOS 8 also brings you video messages? It's even more fun, and potentially more useful.

To quickly send a fast video message to a...

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07:56
Apple supplier Catcher Technology accused of labor...

Workers at a Catcher-owned facility in Suqian, China are subjected to discriminatory hiring policies, forced to handle toxic materials without proper protective gear, and made to work excessive overtime to manufacture parts for Apple's next-generation iPad Air, according to a scathing undercover report released Thursday by China Labor Watch and Green America.



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07:50
Apple's Jonathan Ive acknowledges iWatch's...

In an unexpected move, lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive has admitted that the iWatch exists. Speaking with the New York Times, Ive brags about the product, claiming that the Swiss watch industry is in trouble. Apple has yet to formally reveal the iWatch, and typically refuses to confirm or deny unannounced products beyond saying that a particular category might be of interest....



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07:43
News: Harman Kardon debuts Infinity One, Esquire...

Harman Kardon introduced its fall lineup today, including its new premium portable Bluetooth speaker, Infinity One ($300). Infinity One has passive radiators which claim to make the small speaker sound like a much larger system. The water-resistant speaker also includes a 5V 2.1A output for charging. Now available for preorder, Harman Kardon expects Infinity One to ship on November 9. Additionally, Harman Kardon’s Bluetooth-equipped Esquire…

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07:38
Tonality Pro 1.1 - Professional-grade monochrome...

Tonality Pro gives you the power to create stunning and dramatic black & white images. This is a complete monochrome image editor with more than 150 one-click style presets, totally unique creativity tools, stackable layers, adjustable brushes, RAW file support and so much more will blow you away. A non-Pro version of Tonality is available on the Mac App Store; find out more here.

An introductory video to Tonality Pro is available here.

Features:

  • Professional image quality with a proprietary 16-bit RAW processing engine
  • Scores of inspiring professional presets provide one-click "magic"
  • Unique adaptive exposure and smart contrast tools for advanced tone control
  • Multiple effect layers offer true advancements in creative toolsets
  • Adjustable, pressure-sensitive brushes and masking tools
  • ...

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07:34
Report details labor violations left unresolved at...


A new report published today by non-profit organization Green America and industry watchdog China Labor Watch accuses Apple of various violations of Chinese labor laws at one of its suppliers in the country (via NYTimes). The investigation focused on Apple supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China and claims to have found violations similar to those found during an audit of the same supplier last year:...

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07:30
Atoms HD is atomic powered learning

Atoms HD is a logic charged Sokoban type puzzle game that educates players about molecules. Players learn about molecules like glycerin and polytetrafluoroethylene in 88 levels with helpful summaries that explain where the molecules are commonly...

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07:26
News: Daily Deal: Get Access to Premium WordPress...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a lifetime subscription to a great collection of premium WordPress themes for only $69—80% off the normal price. The TeslaThemes Developer Plan gives you access to over 25 feature-rich WordPress themes, with 1-2 new themes added each month. Each of the themes is easily customizable and includes all theme files, HTML documentation with snapshots and step-by-step instructions, an import demo XML, optional…

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07:21
We Can Fly to the Moon, but We Can't Secure the...


The entire freaking tech industry is falling down on the job, and Apple, my favorite company in the world, is stumbling around too. What's worse is that it doesn't seem to care. Apple is the most profitable consumer tech company in the world, with billions of dollars in the bank. Yet the company can't seem to be bothered to imagine that iCloud user accounts could be compromised by brute force password attacks launched with a Python script offered up on GitHub?

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07:18
CleanApp 5.0.0 Beta 1 - Application deinstaller and...

CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.

Why does OS X need an uninstaller?

Have you ever unsuccessfully tried to get rid of a program and all the files that came with it? Are logfiles, plists and caches cluttering folders and volumes on your Mac? Don't you ask yourself from time to time where the multiple gigabytes of hard disk space continuously vanish to? Uninstall, archive, backup and analysis; CleanApp analyzes, archives and removes applications and on your Mac, complete with all relevant files.

New user interface
CleanApp 4 has been rewritten from the ground up in order to make your work with CleanApp more pleasant. The brand new user interface focusses on the most often required features and offers you quick access to all important tasks. If required, help texts are displayed to explain what a specific features is good for and what you can accomplish by using it.

New Clean Community...

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07:16
iPhone 6 May Lose Sapphire Cover Lens, Gain 128GB...

In a research note released today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be announced next week at Apple's iPhone press event. Kuo believes Apple will stagger the launch with the 4.7-inch model arriving in mid-September and the 5.5-inch model following 5 to 10 weeks later.

Kuo believes both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will face supply constraints at launch as demand likely will outpace Apple's ability to manufacture the device. Labor shortages at Foxconn will impact the production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while the 5.5-inch faces an additional hurdle due to production issues with assembly and other components.

In line with earlier reports, Kuo says Apple will boost the internal storage of the iPhone to 128GB. Both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will ship with this higher capacity option. It is unclear whether Apple will add the 128GB as a...

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07:09
Apple’s Jonathon Ive Apparently Confirms iWatch,...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan Ive, seems to have tipped the company's hand and revealed that the iWatch is real, and that it won't look like every other smartwatch that's hit the market. Mr. Ive has apparently been bragging about the device and one of the designers who has been working on the project told the New York Times just what he said.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple product designers openly talking about unannounced products? Unless the New York Times misunderstood what the Apple employee said -- or the source misconstrued Mr. Ive's comments -- the fact that they confirmed the iWatch is real is even more surprising than what features it will include.


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07:04
Exclusive aerial footage of Apple's mysterious...

Not too far from Apple's Campus 2 project, a temporary structure is rising for the company's September 9 event, and new aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer using a flying camera drone offer a closer look at the mysterious white box that has generated considerable buzz.



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07:00
Older browser behavior changes in Google search

As of August 29, 2014, Google has decided to intentionally break old browsers. They say it's not a bug, it's by design here, even though Google's support page says it accepts Safari 4 as a fully supported browser.



If you want Google searches to go back to the modern style, you need to change your User-Agent string. For Safari, enable the Develop Window and use an option in there that works. Internet Explorer 9 (Windows) works, for example.



[crarko adds: I don't have an older system active at the moment to try this. It's inevitable that older software becomes obsolete, the same way older hardware does. I think the actual hint here is a reminder that if a site misbehaves, changing the user agent can be an effective troubleshooting tool.]

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Passing the click savings on to you

Analyst says not to expect reversible USB Lightning connector to ship with iPhone 6 (9to5 Mac)

"Accurate" analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gets no points for saying something we already knew. Assuming this rumored accessory was ever a real thing to begin with...

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06:53
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are racing to patent...

SpaceX is challenging the Blue Origin reusable rocket patent. Big stakes here.

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06:38
News: Ive on the iWatch: Switzerland is in trouble

A new story about wearable tech in The New York Times contains a striking supposed quote from Apple design chief Jony Ive about Apple’s upcoming iWatch. According to an Apple designer, Ive was bragging about how cool the iWatch would be, and said that Switzerland is in trouble — though Ive’s preferred language was stronger than “trouble.” It’s a little morsel of hype for a device expected to make its official debut…

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06:28
Apple's iWatch Pegged for 2015 Debut in Two...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research note today with updated information on Apple's rumored iWatch wearable device. Echoing earlier reports, Kuo believes Apple will unveil the iWatch at its upcoming September event, with sales starting in 2015. This early announcement would create a buzz about the product and provide developers with adequate time to prepare apps for this new device.

2.5-inch iWatch concept from SET Solution with curved, rectangular display
According to Kuo, the iWatch may have a rectangular design and will include 8GB of internal storage with 512MB LPDDR3. The wristwatch will be available in two screen sizes of 1.3 and 1.5-inches in order to accommodate different wrist sizes. Apple may use between two to four different...

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06:25
Skype 5.4 adds ability to host group audio calls...




It’s not quite group video calling, but Skype is rolling out an update to its iPhone app to support hosting group audio calls in the...

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06:14
Apple's 'iWatch' to have two sizes,...

With Apple design chief Jony Ive reportedly confident of the so-called "iWatch's" chances when pitted against the famous Swiss watchmakers, a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will offer its upcoming wearable -- which is unlikely to hit shelves before 2015 -- in at least two sizes with 8 gigabytes of internal storage and a variety of color and material options, including gold



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06:09
Realore introduces Viking Saga for Mac OS X

Realore (http://realore.com/) has introduced Viking Saga 1.0, its new resource management game for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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06:06
'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but...

Apple's "iPhone 6" will not feature a scratch-resistant sapphire screen cover, but both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions will come with new higher-capacity options of 128 gigabytes of storage, a barometric pressure sensor, and a programmable power button, according to one well-connected insider.



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06:04
Everdow releases Comburet 2.0 for Mac OS X

Everdow (www.everdow.co.uk) has launched Comburet 2.0, an update of their professional burning app for OS X.

It's an auto-find burning device that blends Everdow's AudioBurner and DiscBurner applications with extra enhanced features. Localized in 74 different languages, Comburet can be used to burn music CDs and data folders as well as erase rewritable discs. Comburet also allows users to create DMG and ISO files as well as burn DMG and ISO image files. Comburet supports CD, DVD, and BD.

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06:03
U2 Denies Involvement in Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Following reports that U2 would perform at Apple's September 9 media event and launch their next album by bundling it with the unannounced iPhone 6, the band has come out denying it will be involved at all.

The Mac Observer Spin: The rumor that U2 would play at Apple's media event, along with the fact that shoppers are already lining up for unannounced products, shows just how much excitement there is surrounding the launch. You don't see lines like this, or big name band rumors, for Microsoft surface announcements, or Samsung's latest smartphone release.


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06:00
HighPoint uncovers RocketStor 6451A Thunderbolt 2...

HighPoint Technologies has launched the world's first Thunderbolt 2 powered connectivity dock -- the RocketStor 6351A. Each of the dual 5Gb/s USB 3.0 ports and 6Gb/s eSATA port is powered by dedicated controller, allowing for peak speed for connected peripherals. Audio and Gigabit Ethernet ports round out connectivity options, with a pass-through Thunderbolt 2 port to daisy chain up to five devices downstream of the dock....



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06:00
Automatic launches a Web Dashboard; Progressive...

Automatic is a handy little device that plugs into your car's OBD (On Board Diagnostics) port, linking to your iPhone to give you an idea of how efficient your driving is. TUAW reviewed the US$99.95 Automatic earlier in 2014, and the device does an...

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05:56
KGI report claims both iPhone 6s to offer 128GB...

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a report this morning, states that both 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 will be launched next week and will both offer 128GB storage option. If Apple retains its usual three-tier structure this would suggest 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models – though it could be that 128GB would be a fourth tier, as with its iPad Air models. Or, as a previous report suggested, Apple could keep the 16GB option as a very low price tier and skip 32GB.

The same report predicts that the iPad Air 2 will be announced on the same day as the iPhone 6 rather than in a separate event in October. In this scenario, Apple would forgo any physical updates to the iPad Mini line (perhaps price drops?) If true, this suggests that it could be a...

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05:51
Fans already lining up for iPhone 6 at NYC Apple...

Amazing. It’ll be interesting to see how big this line gets. If anyone is in NYC and happens by the 5th avenue Apple Store, please tweet me (@davemark) with the current line count. I’ll retweet.

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05:49
KGI on iWatch: 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 1.3 and 1.5...

A new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo sheds some interesting light on the iWatch specifications. Kuo believes the iWatch will feature 8 GB of internal storage, with 512 MB of RAM. Naturally, these stats are lower than current iOS devices (which have upwards of 16 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM), but still seems high for a wearable smartwatch. This may suggest the device can act more independently from an iPhone than most assume. 8 GB of storage space is quite a lot and could be used for things like caching maps, or perhaps enable offline voice recognition.

KGI also believes the iWatch will come in two sizes, with a 1.3 inch and a 1.5 inch screen. This reflects longstanding rumours that Apple is targeting two sizes, to make it appeal to both gender’s...

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05:44
Next-gen iPad Air with Touch ID, new gold color...

At a media event already expected to be packed with the unveiling of two new iPhone models and a so-called "iWatch," the company may also showcase its next full-size iPad Air with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new gold color option, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.



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05:43
Ginger Keyboard brings customizable themes to iOS 8’...


More developers are stepping forward with early looks at upcoming third-party keyboards for iOS 8. Today, Ginger Keyboard is going public with a keyboard that focuses on customization. The actual keyboard itself while used across iOS 8 does not add much new functionality, but many users will likely enjoy being able to completely customize the design of their keyboard.

Above a video of the keyboard in action.

While the keyboard extension itself across iOS does not add much functionality across the system...

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05:30
NY Times on wearables and Apple’s potential iWatch

There’s an alleged comment by Jonathan Ive on traditional watchmakers, plus a solid take on the existing state of wearables.

Fine watches are a passion for many people. It’ll take something really special to get those people to turn away from Tag Heuer and the like. If Apple does indeed deliver the goods here, the traditional watchmakers may well be in trouble.

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05:30
Meet Ollie, 3 times faster than Sphero and tuned for...

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05:30
Knock those pins down with Bowling Paradise 2

Bowling Paradise 2 is a new version of an old favorite of mine, Bowling Paradise. This version is a free universal app that requires iOS 6.0. You will also find a version optimized for the iPad. Both have wonderful graphics, are easy to play and...

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05:19
Drones-eye-view of Flint Center highlights the...

With Apple’s iPhone event only a few days away, speculation is still mounting as to what exactly will be announced. The Flint Center building is of particular interest. Sachin Patel used a drone to get a full aerial shot of the complex, and helps clear up what exactly Apple is building. Apple has constructed a gigantic secondary building in front of the Flint Center, seemingly taller than the theatre itself.

The development has a gap at the front to leave the fountain intact. Unfortunately, as Apple has covered the entire structure in a white veil, the purpose of the site is still unknown. The...

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05:15
Casper Suite 9.4 - Powerful sysadmin/enterprise tool...

Casper Suite is the answer for creating order out of chaos because more organizations are using Macs, iPads, and iPhones than ever before. At JAMF Software, connecting the Apple user experience with IT requirements has been our business for the last decade. With the Casper Suite for Mac, iPad, and iPhone management, IT can support an extraordinary Apple experience for the end user while meeting or exceeding organization goals and requirements.

Whether you work at a school, business, or government agency, the Casper Suite has been developed to meet your needs--because it's supported by Apple specialists for the enterprise. Because we understand the potential of Apple in the enterprise, and how to help you get where you want to be.

To begin your journey, take the first step: learn how the Casper Suite can transform Apple management in your organization. Then engage with JAMF Software to help every step of the way.

Note: Pricing...

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04:58
Exports Standard can now split QuarkXPress documents...

Badia Software (www.badiasoftware.com) has announced Exportools Standard 5.0 for QuarkXPress 10, its flagship software for high-end exporting of QuarkXPress documents.

With Exportools Standard, users can export pages, spreads and selections to several popular formats, including PDF, PostScript, EPS, rich text, Microsoft Word, PNG, JPEG and ePub. This new version includes the ability to split QuarkXPress documents into smaller documents, a brand-new interface, and several time-saving features.

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04:53
Acorn 4.5.1 - Bitmap image editor. (Demo)

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using the...

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04:41
Dyson announces iPhone-controlled robot vacuum...

There’s no shortage of robot vacuum cleaners these days, but it looks like the Dyson 360 Eye – due for launch next year – could be the best one yet.

The 360 Eye uses Dyson’s cyclone technology, where centrifugal force is used to throw dirt out of spiral airflows, making it more powerful than anything on the market. But the clever part is the 360-degree camera system, which allows the device to accurately position itself by 3D reference points rather than the simpler 2D systems used in existing robocleaners.

The Dyson Link iPhone app will allow you to start, stop and schedule cleaning sessions, as well as monitor its progress remotely. The device’s firmware can also be updated via the app.

Dyson is launching first...

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04:36
30% of U.S. broadband households own and use at...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that nearly 30% of U.S. broadband households own and use at least one connected health device.

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04:18
Apple invents a Visual Reminder System for the...

On September 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new visual reminder system for the iPhone that could incorporate pop-up maps as a handy reminder of the location of your appointment. Our report also provides you with links to several other mildly interesting patents published today covering varying technologies. One is about ...

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04:16
Cocoatech releases Path Finder 7 for Mac OS X

Cocoatech has relesaed Path Finder 7, an update to its file organizer. The new version has been under development for over a year.

Path Finder allows developers, writers, artists, and casual users alike to manage their files according to their own tastes, needs, and workflow. Version 7 introduces an array of new features and improvements. You can find the lengthy list at http://www.cocoatech.com/ . Also new to Path Finder 7 is the logo, as well as the re-branded slogan, "Stay Organized" which turned into a hash-tagged social media hit leading up to Path Finder 7's release.

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04:15
Kool Tools: booq's Cobra brief for traveling...

booq's (www.booqbags.com) US$295 Cobra brief is a handy, if pricey (US$295) tool for traveling professionals.It boasts durable materials such as 1680 denier ballistic nylon, weatherproof coating, YKK zippers and top-grain leather trims.

The brief’s exterior features a front zipper pocket for quick access to business cards or boarding passes, an additional pocket perfect for storing an iPad and a third back pocket for larger documents like notebooks or magazines.

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04:02
Freemium Angry Birds Stella hits the app store with...

The latest Angry Birds edition, Stella, hit the app store today, with pink, female characters apparently designed to appeal to girls. The game itself, though, is a variation on the familiar theme of firing birds at pigs hidden in the scenery … 

Join Stella and her super adventurous friends on a quest to protect Golden Island from the greedy Bad Princess and her clueless piggies! Meet this fierce new bunch, master their amazing superpowers, and play over 120 action-packed levels!

Stella has teamed up with Dahlia, Poppy, Willow and Luca – the newest flock on the block! These fearless pals have a strong bond but even stronger personalities. You could even say they’re best friends forever… most of the time.

But now these brave birds need to pull together and fight to save the island from Gale, the...

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03:19
Together 3.2.3 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.

Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.

Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and...

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03:06
Apple invents iPhone-based augmented reality...

According to a pair of patent applications published on Thursday, Apple is investigating augmented reality systems for iOS capable of providing users with enhanced virtual overlays of their surroundings, including an "X-ray vision" mode that peels away walls.



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03:00
Instagram's Hyperlapse turns your videos into...

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02:53
Apple invents method of hardening sapphire screens...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent describing a method of implanting ions in a sapphire display structure, strengthening the already hard material without using chemical treatments.



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Wednesday September 3

22:30
Rumor: U2 may be involved with iPhone 6 launch next...

A variety of rumors have surfaced suggesting that U2 -- the legendary Irish band whose members have close ties to former and current Apple executives -- may be involved in some manner with the launch of the iPhone 6, which is expected to happen at a scheduled press event next Tuesday, September 9. Reports range from Bono (and perhaps the rest of the band) performing at the end of the Apple event to the possibility that the group's new album would be pre-loaded onto the iPhone, though the latter seems highly speculative....



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22:16
Rdio preps revamped music streaming app with a focus...


The Rdio music streaming service is preparing to release an updated version of its mobile app later today will place a new focus on its free “stations” feature as competitors like Spotify, Pandora, and Apple’s one-two punch of iTunes Radio and Beats Music crank up the pressure on the service.

Rdio claims its free music library is as much as fifteen times bigger than those of competing apps. Like other online radio services, the new Rdio will...

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21:20
Consumers experience Polk Audio gaming headsets,...

Polk Audio brought a few of its audio units tuned for gaming to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over the weekend. Offering the existing 4 Shot Gaming Headset, N1 Gaming Sound Bar and Striker Gaming Headset for users to listen to, patrons of the gaming convention were able to get a listen to what a company with more than 40 years of experience in audio can bring to gaming....



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20:58
Expedia redesigns its iPad app with combined flight...

Travel booking website Expedia has revamped its iPad application with a new, tablet-optimized look and improved search. Expedia says that its app is faster at helping you book travel than apps from the competition because of its combined search feature.

You just enter your destination and the app will provide results for both hotels and flights in one panel. The app has a handful of other helpful features, according to Expedia:

  • Single Search Box: To eliminate hefty search interfaces, the new tablet app offers a single search box to do the lifting. When a traveler enters a city] name, landmark, or airport code, the app will surface hotels and flights relevant to that query – no dates or specific details are required at the start....
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20:09
OnOne opens pre-orders for Perfect Photo Suite 9,...

On Wednesday, photo software maker onOne has announced that it is now accepting pre-orders on a new version of its Perfect Photo Suite, version 9, in late October. The software, which will be available as a standalone "Basic" set or a "Premium" version, also offers plug-ins to most of the top photo-editing programs. Changes in the forthcoming v9 include an overhaul of the Browse module for faster "culling" of RAW images, a new Smart Photo editing feature, a new Quick Mask brush, noise reduction features and more....



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19:37
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' event may...

Bits of circumstantial evidence set the Apple rumor mill churning on Wednesday, with reports hinting U2 is somehow connected with the company's Sept. 9 media event expected to bring word of a new iPhone lineup.



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19:36
Intel considers bringing commercial PCIe SSD...

Intel could be considering a move into a different class of data storage that is based on its existing solid state storage in data centers and other commercial areas. While there would still be a considerable time to get a product to the market, Intel is looking into the idea of moving its data center class storage into the consumer retail space with PCIe solid state drives (SSD)....



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19:19
Apple's iWatch may Radically Change Smartwatch...

A new report found in the fashion section of the New York Times is brutally honest. Reporter Nick Bolton states that "It’s time we stopped calling the current crop of gadgets "wearable tech." Instead, I propose we start giving them a more appropriate name: "ugly tech." I think most would agree with Bolton. The only one that could change all of that would likely be Apple ...

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19:03
DesktopLyrics 2.6.2 - Displays current iTunes song...

DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes; DesktopLyrics does nothing to fetch them if they aren't available in iTunes. If you don't want to type-in all your lyrics manually you can use an application like "Harmonic", "GimmieSomeTune" or "Get Lyrical" .

Note: As of version 2.0.0, DesktopLyrics is no longer free and costs $3.99. A 'Lite', unsupported version of the app is available here.

Version 2.6.2:

  • Fixed problem where the presentation mode popup would be disabled
  • Made presentation-mode settings apply immediately if mode is currently enabled
  • Made it obvious that 'presentation mode' needs to be activated to be in effect
  • Fixed problem where the lyrics in the tooltip would be editable
  • ...

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18:59
Jen Taylor, voice of Microsoft Windows Cortana,...

Actress Jen Taylor, who voiced the the Cortana AI character in Halo games as well as providing the voice of Microsoft's identically named Siri-like assistant for Windows Mobile, actually uses an iPhone.



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18:57
SMARTReporter 3.1.3 - Hard drive pre-failure warning...

SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of some hard disk drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drive. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard disk drives that acts as an "early warning system" for pending hard disk drive problems. SMARTReporter can notify you of impending hard disk drive failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application. The current status of your hard disk drives is always displayed through the customizable menu item. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of OS X, it only supports ATA, SATA or eSATA hard disk drives, if you want S.M.A.R.T. support for your FireWire hard disk drive, send feedback to Apple. Please note that a S.M.A.R.T. alert doesn't mean that your HDD will completely fail for sure, nor can S.M.A.R.T. catch all...

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18:43
Apple, Google, others re-open settlement talks in...

The remaining four tech firms involved in a California lawsuit stemming from a "gentlemen's agreement" to stop poaching each other's employees have headed back to the bargaining table to hammer out another settlement after the first attempt was rejected by the judge in the case. Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel have resumed settlement talks with plaintiffs representing thousands of employees who say the cooperation limited their job opportunities and illegally suppressed wages....



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18:40
Matthew Miller: The Remaking of Fedora 1, 2, 3


Fedora is perhaps one of the hallmark Linux distributions. It is sponsored by Red Hat, the commercial developer of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat's investment in the Fedora community is collaborative. Fedora Linux releases often provide RHEL developers with a field test environment that incubates innovative open source software technologies. Red Hat Linux 1.0 was released in late 1994 as Red Hat Commercial Linux. It was the first Linux distribution to use the RPM Package Manager as its packaging format.

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18:13
Jony Ive On iWatch: Switzerland is in Trouble

Ahead of Apple's September 9 event, in which the company is expected to finally show off the much-rumored iWatch, an Apple designer told the New York Times (via 9to5Mac), in a larger piece about fashion and technology, that Jony Ive is bragging that the iWatch could endanger traditional watchmakers.
According to a designer who works at Apple, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, in bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s...

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18:09
Jony Ive reportedly says 'iWatch' will be...

Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive reportedly put the entire country of Switzerland on notice in touting the company's long-rumored wearable device, suggesting a fit and finish comparable to or surpassing that of traditional watches.



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18:06
What if the iWatch’s design is based on the iPhone 6...

We now know that “Switzerland is in trouble” thanks to Apple design head Jony Ive, but what exactly will the Apple wearable look like? Nobody has been able to provide a good feel (yet) of the appearance, but a new concept by designer Martin Hajek points us into a potentially solid direction: a wearable device that is a bit of a mix between the iPhone 6’s design and the Nike FuelBand. Take a look at the concept shots below, and let us know what you think in the comments. I personally think this looks pretty cool, but we’ll know for sure if Apple has something better up its sleeves early next week....

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18:06
Apple's rumored iPhone 6 mobile payment system...

Apple's upcoming product releases will lay the groundwork for an aggressive leap into the mobile payments sector that could eventually erode PayPal's firm foundation, according to one research analyst.



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17:40
Broadcom Launches New 650Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi Chip...

Communications chip maker Broadcom today announced a new 5G 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip designed for smartphones.

Capable of data throughput speeds of up to 650 Mbps, the BC4358 is Broadcom's second chip to use 2x2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output), bringing up to twice the Wi-Fi performance with 25 percent more power efficiency than 1x1 MIMO chips.

MIMO is a technology that utilizes multiple antennas for both the transmitter and receiver to improve communication performance. Apple has adopted MIMO technology in the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.Today's content-centric consumer spends an average of 4–5 hours a day on Wi-Fi1. With 650 Mbps Wi-Fi data throughput and 50 percent better coexistence performance with Bluetooth, consumers can download content two times faster, stream videos with less buffering and connect to multiple Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices concurrently (e.g. listen to music...

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17:38
Apple design head Jony Ive ahead of iWatch debut: ‘...

Ahead of Apple’s September 9th event that will include the introduction of Apple’s first wearable computer, along new, larger iPhones, The New York Times has profiled the existing wearable market. The juiciest bit from the story? A purported quote from Apple design chief Jony Ive, relayed by another Apple designer. Said Ive, referring to the existing watch market, “Switzerland is in trouble.”

Here’s the full section:

According to a designer who works at Apple, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design...

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17:33
The Phablet Market to Explode in 2015 with Apple...

Today Samsung introduced their all-new Galaxy Note Edge in Berlin to show that they intend to take the battle to Apple as the iPhone is expected to enter the Phablet market next week with a 5.5 inch model. With Apple coming onboard, the Phablet market ...

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17:29
How To Disable Your iOS Photo Stream

Syncing your entire Photo Stream to iCloud may not be what you want to do, but you may not even know you're doing it. Kelly explains how to find and enable or disable the setting as needed.


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17:10
Plantronics puts Rig Surround, Rig Flex headsets on...

Plantronics brought its new gaming headsets to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, giving gamers a chance to put the system through its paces. Electronista was on hand to talk to Plantronics about the Dolby certified 7.1 surround sound headset Rig Surround and the lightweight Rig Flex that were announced earlier in the year at GamesCom....



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17:00
Analysts raise AAPL targets on iPhones, iWatch, iOS...

The long-awaited but finally-approaching arrival of larger-screen iPhone models and Apple's probable entries into health, home automation and mobile payments have some Wall Street analysts believing Apple's oft-repeated mantra that its forthcoming product and services pipeline is the strongest the company has had in years, if not ever. In new notes to clients, both Cantor Fitzgerald and Piper Jaffray have raised targets for AAPL to new all-time highs....

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17:00
PDF forms for iOS is powerful but needs better...

PDF Forms, a universal iOS app, has just about everything you need to edit, annotate, and even sign PDF forms. The US$8.99 app is as full-featured a PDF manager as I have seen, with many features other PDF apps just don't have.

Imported documents...

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16:44
Multiple Rumors Hint at U2's Possible...

Several rumors circulating today have suggested that Apple might be planning to somehow involve U2 in the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6. A tipster told MacRumors that the iPhone 6 will come preloaded with the new U2 album, and there's also been some unverified chatter on Twitter from reporters in Ireland pointing towards that possibility.

Most of the rumors seem to come from a recent video shoot U2 did in Dublin, which was conducted in secrecy with "black sheets strategically placed to obscure what was happening from public view." Music promoter Stephen Browne managed to snap a blurry photo of the shoot, and he says the "focus of the 'video' on the bridge last week was a phone." It is impossible to tell what device is depicted in the photo,...

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16:34
Customer lawsuit over iTunes Breaking Bad pricing...

As we reported last year, a fan named Noam Lazebnik has filed a lawsuit against Apple over its decision to split the fifth and final season of AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad into two sections, the “fifth season” and the “final season.” The distribution scheme matched up with the network’s decision to air the season over the course of two years,...

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Van Gogh [iOS...

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15:02
Samsung's Gear VR Hits New Note


Samsung and Oculus on Wednesday unveiled the Gear VR -- a virtual reality wireless headset optimized for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 phablet, also announced Wednesday. The Gear VR -- or "Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition," as Oculus describes it -- will be compatible with a wide range of film, gaming, 360-degree video, and educational and experiential content. It will be released later this year at a price yet to be announced. Targeting VR enthusiasts, developers and other early adopters, the Gear VR has broken new ground.

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15:02
Marshall and Softube enter partnership

This is more than a passing collaboration; it’s a long term project with long term goals. Marshall and Softube already have several new products under development.

Okay, this is exciting news for fans of Marshall amps. Softube is great at making software plugins, so I expect them to do a really good job at producing some Marshall sounds.

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15:00
V-Moda XS On-Ear Headphones provide comfort,...

With apologies to the folks at Apple-owned Beats, I think V-Moda makes some pretty nice headphones. I've been using a pair of custom Crossfade LPs for years, and the sound quality and comfort of the 'phones always makes me glad I've got 'em. Today I...

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14:55
Samsung’s Note 4 underwhelms

Mobile phone analysts said that, while packed full of hundreds of features and many of the latest hardware specs, there is little in the Note 4 to excite new users.

Jokes aside, this is a serious issue for Samsung, and one that couldn’t come at a better time for Apple. With disappointing sales of the Galaxy S5, the last thing Samsung needed was another failure, especially with Apple announcing new products next week. It certainly doesn’t sound like the Note 4 will be a blockbuster success.

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14:43
Pacifist 3.2.16 - 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 3.2.16:

  • Fixed a bug that could affect the integrity of the extracted files when extracting...

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14:36
Line forms at 5th Ave. Apple Store 6 days ahead of...

While Apple prepares for its Sept. 9 media event, enthusiastic fans are already lining up at the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York, hoping to be one of the first in the world to nab an expected next-generation iPhone.



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14:30
The only way to make your iCloud security questions...

The recent leak of nude photographs from some of America's biggest female celebrities has drawn attention to the security of Apple's iCloud. If there's one takeaway from this incident, other than people who share the private photos of other are scum,...

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14:18
Line already forming for iPhone 6 at Fifth Avenue...

People are already lining up at Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City in preparation for the launch of the iPhone 6, notes CNBC. Two of them, Brian Ceballo and Joseph Cruz, are said to have arrived on August 31st in an attempt to beat a previous 18-day camp-out record by one day. Continuing a trend with other recent iPhone launches, Ceballo and Cruz are promoting a company, BuyBackWorld. They in turn were paid $2,500 by two other people -- Jason and Moon Ray -- to give up their positions at the head of the line. The Rays are promoting a VideoMedicine app that lets patients communicat...



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14:00
YouTube Find: Very enthusisatic dumpster diver pulls...

While dumpster diving last year, "Mom the Ebayer" found a stash of electronics that housed a rare find -- a working MacBook notebook. Regardless of what you think about dumpster diving, you just gotta love this enthusiastic reaction to Apple...

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13:59
Case manufacturer ClamCase data purloined, customer...

Apple iPad case seller ClamCase is the victim of a computer intrusion, revealing its customer information to hackers. Emails to customers have been arriving in recent days, claiming that the company has fallen victim to the hack, and purchase data from that period has been stolen. Information stolen includes customer names, addresses, and credit card information....



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13:54
Apple, Google reopen settlement talks in Silicon...

In a joint court filing on Wednesday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel said settlement talks have resumed in a class action lawsuit over alleged wage-fixing arrangements.



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13:52
Now Netflix Members Can Pick Which Friends Can See...


Recommending movies and TV shows you've watched on Netflix to individual Facebook friends just got easier. The company on Tuesday launched a new social recommendation feature that lets users pick and choose the contacts they'd like to interact with after viewing a video. Netflix previously allowed its members to recommend what they'd watched to their Facebook friends, but only by broadcasting their viewing choices to all of them at the same time. Now your recommendations can be tailored to individual friends.

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13:52
Security Trade-Offs

The single-worst piece I’ve seen regarding last week’s iCloud celebrity photo leak is, by far, this one from David Auerbach at Slate. To see where Auerbach is coming from, let’s skip ahead to his conclusion first:

But whether or not any of these problems were directly responsible
for the leak, Apple users, from Jennifer Lawrence to corporate
executives to laptop musicians to you, should be out for blood,
and other companies should use this as a lesson to double- and
triple-check their own security stories. Apple will probably
survive though. IPhones [sic] are so cool and pretty.

The old “Apple customers are shallow fools drawn to shiny things, and easily swayed by popular opinion” angle.

Here’s the problem with Auerbach’s piece:

Whether or not this particular vulnerability...

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13:45
How to Check Your AT&T iPhone Upgrade Eligibility

With Apple's formally announced Media Event on September 9, the expectation is that Apple will be announcing an iPhone 6, perhaps in two sizes. Here's a handy guide to help you determine if your current iPhone is eligible for an upgrade with AT&T.


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13:40
Logitech K480 keyboard switches between phones,...

Logitech has announced a new keyboard peripheral, the K480. While usable as a generic, compact Bluetooth keyboard, the K480 is unique in being able to connect to three devices simultaneously, including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and even Chrome OS devices. A dial lets users change which device is being controlled....



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13:39
Apple, Google, Intel, & Adobe resume settlement...

Reuters reports that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have resumed settlement talks in the ongoing lawsuit with employees over anti-poaching hiring practices. The news comes following a judge in the case rejecting an earlier $324.5 million settlement reached between employees and the companies last month.

In the court filing on Wednesday, both sides said they had resumed mediation with a retired judge but provided no additional details on the talks. They also asked Koh to set a new trial date.

The lawsuit also...

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13:38
Netflix was forced to pay Comcast for faster speeds

Netflix speeds became so slow in December 2013 and January 2014 that customers grew irate, Netflix said in its petition. Calls made to Netflix’s customer support center about slow-loading videos more than quadrupled during those months.

It’s sad when people are forced to cancel their subscription to Netflix because the Comcast speeds were so slow. No wonder Netflix decided to pay Comcast; they really had no other choice.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Atoms Puzzle is a brainteaser for your inner...

For everyone's inner scientist (or for those of us who have a soft spot for high school physics), Atoms Puzzle just might be the free-time iPhone indulgence. Optimized for iPhone 5 but available universally, and requiring iOS 4.3 or later, Atoms is a...

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13:11
Nokia bringing HERE back to iOS with offline maps

Nokia's HERE maps app should be coming back to iOS later this year, and with offline mapping functions, says the Wall Street Journal. The app is said to be in the last stages of development, and due to arrive by the end of the year. Users should be able to both search and navigate while offline....



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13:07
∞ Heineken pop-up city lounge

I need one of these.

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12:38
Japanese smartphone buyers prefer Apple's...

Consumers in Japan -- now one of Apple's most important markets -- are excited by the prospect of a larger iPhone and the increased screen size could be a key driver of sales to new customers in the Asian nation, according to new survey data released this week.



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12:37
A lot of speculation arises around U2’s involvement...

We received a tip earlier today regarding a possible U2 and Apple tie-up for the iPhone 6. It seems to be mostly speculation at this point, but some local journalists claim that U2’s latest video shoot in Dublin last week starred a possible next-gen iPhone. They also claim the device will come preloaded with a U2 album:

U2's new album will come pre loaded on the iPhone 6... Expect a promotion onslaught from next Tuesday when it'll premiere on Dublin's 2FM


Bryan MacDonald (@27KHV) September 03, 2014

Looks like @U2 new...

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12:30
Chicken Scramble is like 2048 with a unique barnyard...

Chicken Scramble is a brand new app for iOS that draws inspiration from the popular 2048 puzzle game. Instead of swiping up, down, left or right to merge numbers, you start out by merging eggs until they hatch into chickens. The game is broken down...

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12:28
News: Bowers & Wilkins debuts new P5, C5 Series...

Bowers & Wilkins has debuted its new P5 Series 2 ($300) on-ear headphones and C5 Series 2 ($180) earphones. The new P5 headphones are said to combine the former P5’s portable form factor with the power and sonic approach of the company’s P7 headphones (reviewed here). Featuring new drivers, and new internal components, the P5 Series 2 still sport high-end materials such as leather ear cup covers and a metal headband frame....

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12:20
Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 2 Twin 10G network...

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter, a near-plug-and-play solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard -- offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet....



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12:16
Circus Ponies NoteBook 4.0.5 - Electronic notebook...

Circus Ponies NoteBook stores and organizes your notes and other information in electronic notebooks that look and work just like the paper ones you've used all your life. With outlining, diagramming, sketching, voice annotation, even PDF mark-up, NoteBook helps you take great notes whatever your note-taking style. And NoteBook makes it easy to find anything with just a few clicks in the Multidex™, an auto-generated dictionary of the content in your Notebooks. Circus Ponies NoteBook is the perfect app for managing projects of any size, assignments and classwork, client information, research, and much more.

Organize all of your important information in electronic notebooks that look and work just like paper

  • Stay organized with pages, tabs, sections, just like the paper notebooks you've used all your life
  • Store information of any kind and from any source, including notes, web clippings, documents, URLs, tabular data, action...

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12:15
How to Delete Photos From Photo Stream

While iCloud photo sharing can be useful, not everything needs to be synced. Kelly explains how to delete photos from Photo Stream.


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12:10
IKEA parodies iPad launch video to debut its 2015...

IKEA has posted a video to announce its new 2015 catalog. As you’ll quickly notice, it’s a direct parody of the 2010 iPad launch video featuring Apple executives. IKEA video is above, and the Apple video is below for comparison. (via SetteB.it).

Oh, and the packaging (via comments):

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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12:01
Mac: VMware Fusion 7

VMware has announced Fusion 7 ($70), its newest software allowing users to run Windows programs on a Mac. The release is no surprise — every year VMware and Parallels Software release their new virtualizers around the same time, supporting the latest OS X revisions. As expected, Fusion 7 is compatible with OS X Yosemite, featuring enhanced Retina display support, multi-GPU optimizations, and over 40% improvements in both performance and energy utilization…

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12:00
Watch 6 years of iPhone evolution in 6 minutes...

Things have changed a lot since the introduction of the iPhone, thanks to its consistent evolution and changing audience expectations. When the iPhone 3G was introduced, people marveled at its 2 megapixel camera. When the 3GS hit the stage, the...

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11:55
Logitech’s new Bluetooth Multi-Device keyboard...

Logitech today announced a new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard (K480) that doesn’t just make switching between devices easy, it also doubles as a stand for your iPhone or iPad. While Logitech has made similar keyboards previously that let you switch between connected devices, the new keyboard adds a “Easy-Switch dial” that makes it super easy to switch between three devices on the fly:

Now you can type a report on your computer and, with the flick of the Easy-Switch™ dial, respond to a message on your smartphone and type a tweet on your tablet. The universal keyboard can connect to three different Bluetooth wireless devices at once, whether you are using a Windows®, Mac® or Chrome OS™ computer, or an Android™ or iOS tablet or smartphone.

The keyboard is available now in the US and Europe for $50 in two color schemes (white & black). You can images of the...

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11:49
Google Drive for iOS updated w/ syncing speed boost...



It’s been a few months since Google released version 3.1 of its Drive app for iOS, and today an update in the form of Google Drive 3.2 is available for users. The changes are slim but something users will likely appreciate.

In the latest version, Google says Drive is now faster at syncing data, and uploading files now shows a progress indicator as well as the destination for the file.

The update follows the...

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11:45
Daily Deals for September 3, 2014, featuring Award-...

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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11:40
External Link: Verizon Settles with FCC over Privacy...

Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for not telling subscribers that they could opt out of their personal information being used for marketing campaigns. Approximately two million customers did not receive the opt-out notice between 2006 and 2012, a violation of the Communications Act. Verizon has also agreed to include opt-out notices on every customer’s bill for three years and to set up a monitoring system to ensure that notices are being sent.

 

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11:40
Campers Already Lining Up for iPhone 6 at Flagship...

Despite the fact that there are still five days to go until Apple's September 9 media event, customers hoping to purchase one of Apple's new devices have already begun lining up at the flagship 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City.

Apple is expected to announce the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at the event, along with its much-rumored wearable device and possibly a mobile payments initiative. Only the iPhone 6 is expected to ship to consumers in September however, and not until later in the month. People camping out now may be waiting more than two weeks to get their hands on one of Apple's new devices.

Campers waiting outside the 5th Avenue Apple Store, via CNBC
As is typical, many of the campers lining up early are participating in publicity stunts to garner recognition for their companies, given the media attention early waiters tend to receive. Campers seem to be arriving earlier...

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11:39
Line Forms at NYC Apple Store One Week Before Media...

Apple hasn't even had its media event, and yet people are already lining up at the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store in New York City. Dan Benton (@dcbandor) posted photos to Twitter of four people who were bundled up in portable chairs on the sidewalk a week ahead of Apple's September 9th media event.


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11:35
Epson announces three new Epson WorkForce...

Printer manufacturer Epson today announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series of all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 utilize Epson's new PrecisionCore printhead technology, and include enhanced connectivity options to simplify printing from tablets and smartphones....



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11:30
Nokia says they are giving iOS mapping another try

Nokia had a pretty bad experience with its Here Maps on iOS late in 2012. I reviewed the app back then and found it wanting in almost every way.

Now the company tells the Wall Street Journal it's ready to try again with a new, improved navigation...

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11:29
NASA's Opportunity to Lose Total Recall, Gain...


The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration next month will reformat the flash memory of the Mars exploration rover Opportunity. Opportunity's been undergoing computer resets with increasing frequency -- it had 12 in August alone. Recovery from each of the resets takes one to two days, which means the rover was out of action for most of the month. Reformatting clears the flash memory. It also helps identify bad cells and flag them to be avoided.

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11:29
IFA: Sony launches QX1, QX30 'lens-style'...

Sony surprisingly launched two "lens-style" cameras at IFA, rather than the single device was originally rumored. The QX30 is similar to the original QX10 and QX100 launched one year ago, but adds a 30x zoom, while the QX1 allows users to attach any E-Mount lenses they already own, giving the photographer more customization options....

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11:26
Red Giant upgrades Universe to version 12

As part of its expansion of new tools and host support, Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has announced Universe 12. The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions.

Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.

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11:04
News: The Room Three coming to iOS next spring

Fireproof Games has announced that The Room Three will hit the App Store in spring 2015. An early announcement, The Room Three is sure to be a highly anticipated title as the newest game in the popular atmospheric puzzle series. The Room Two was released late last year, and The Room (reviewed here) was first released in 2012. Fireproof says the newest Room game “promises to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder…

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11:00
iOS 8 camera app: Smart Composition

Certainly one of the iPhone's most-used features is the camera. There are a huge number of camera apps available, and I certainly take more photos than I make phone calls.

The iPhone camera doesn't compete with a dedicated DSLR, but it is among the...

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10:58
Rumor: Apple working on thinner, more powerful “iPad...

The iPad could become even more thinner and powerful this year.

Per Boy Genius Report and Digitimes‘ discussions with supply chain sources, touch panel makers TPK and GIS have received iPad Air 2 orders from Apple for “full-lamination” units. The upcoming tablet is expected to have the same 9.7-inch size and screen resolution, but the device is supposed to be thinner than the previous iPad Air model, and pack an “enhanced processor” – likely the A8 chip that will be...

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10:50
Apple Reported to be Ramping up Production of iPad...

A supply chain rumor has Apple ramping up production of what's been most often called the iPad Air 2. The new iPad is reported to have the same size display, an enhanced processor and Touch ID.


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10:30
SportsManias is custom team feeds and news, nothing...

SportsManias Sports News app, available for free on the iPad and iPhone 5 in iTunes, is an app that will polarize sports fans. It is just as useful as it is flawed. I downloaded it, and after it installed, I was greeted by an app that was easy to...

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10:29
DJI Phantom FC40 Drone: $499

Speaking of drones, check out today's deal on the DJI Phantom FC40. This thing has an onboard camera that will send your iPhone a live feed of what it's shooting over a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection from up to 328 feet away. The drone also has an auto-hover feature, an auto-pilot, and the remote control unit works up to 1,640 feet away. It's a lot of drone, and it retails for $649. Through our deal, you can get it for $499. Use coupon code PHANTOM35 at checkout, and take another $35 off. There are five days left on this deal as of this writing.


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10:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-03

Dave Hamilton, John Martellaro, and substitute host Bryan Chaffin talk about Apple's potential with credit card transactions and how that plays into security. Speaking of security, they also look at Apple's efforts to manage the fallout from the celebrity photo theft in advance of the September 9th media event.


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10:04
Apple hits new iPhone Milestone in India this Year

According to a new Indian report published today, Apple has sold more than a million iPhones in India since its current fiscal year started in October, a major milestone for a company that wasn't serious on the South Asian market until a couple of years ago.

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10:00
A new iOS 8 Messages app feature: Audio messages

One of the features you're going to love in iOS 8 will keep you from doing a lot of typing or dictation to get your messages across, and that's the new audio messages capability in the Messages app.

After launching the new Messages app and tapping...

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09:57
Supply chain 'ramping up' components for...

Supply firms are ramping up production for the second-generation iPad Air, sources say. The people indicate that touch panel makers like TPK and GIS are receiving Apple orders for full-lamination units. Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display -- typically believed to be the tablet's main LCD suppliers -- are also reportedly receiving an uptick in orders, but for the iPhone....



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09:56
Sony announces iPhone-compatible QX30 camera lens...

The next generation of Sony's iPhone-compatible wireless camera lenses was officially unveiled on Wednesday with two new models: One with a whopping 30-times optical zoom, and another that allows users to insert any E-Mount compatible lens and connect and control it from their smartphone.



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09:52
Sony reboots its lens-style cameras with new QX1 and...

Alongside new smartphones, tablets, and wearables, Sony has also today announced a refresh for its lineup of lens-style cameras with two new models: QX1 and QX30. The devices are made to be able to work on their own or clip onto the back of a smartphone, and if you go with the latter option, they’re able to connect via NFC (when applicable) or Wi-Fi and have their display via the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app.

The QX1 features the very same APS-C CMOS image sensor found in the...

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09:46
Epson expands WorkForce printing solutions

Epson America has announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 leverage Epson’s PreCisionCore printhead technology.

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09:44
Briefly: Sunrise Calendar update, DiRT Showdown Mac...

Free calendar app Sunrise Calendar has received an update, capable of syncing schedule information from Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. Featuring timezone support, background sync and Facebook date integration, Sunrise aims to function as a consolidated day planner. Sunrise Calendar v2.5 includes a new search function, allowing for past or future events search by title, location and attendees. Its new Google Calendar push function means that any changes to one's events within Google Calendar will be pushed to Sunrise in real-time, upon enabling the future. Lastly, Todoist integration is...



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09:37
Sony Unveils New Calling-Capable SmartBand Talk,...

Not content to allow Samsung to steal the spotlight, Sony today also kicked off the IFA 2014 conference with its own press event that unveiled new wearable devices, new smartphone photography accessories, and several new mobile devices. Sony's newest hardware is slated to arrive in the coming months with price points that are yet to be determined.

Perhaps most relevant to Apple fans given Apple's impending wearable device announcement is Sony's pair of announcements in that area, starting with the new SmartBand Talk that embeds a low-power, 1.4-inch e-ink display into a fitness tracker. The band also includes a microphone and speaker for phone calls, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 for syncing to a smartphone. Rounding out the feature set is IP68 waterproofing, accelerometer and altimeter sensors, and integration with Sony's...

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09:36
Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2...

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/kk4hmda), a "near-plug-and-play" solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.

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09:35
PSW14 Deals: $600 off DSLRs, $300 off Pentax Lenses...

Photoshop World 2014 formally kicked off in Vegas on Wednesday, delivering 72-hour deals from Apple Authorized resellers participating in the conference. Among them are deep discounts on Canon & Nikon DSLR Cameras, Pentax lenses, lighting systems & photo shoot kits, Thunderbolt storage devices, camera bags, photo accessories, and up to $260 off Mac Pros, $700 off MacBook Pros, and $300 off MacBook Airs.

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09:30
PowerBook takes a dive

Ever wonder what a PowerBook would look like after falling from the top of a building? Apparently that's exactly what happened to this poor fella. The photographer who snapped this tragic picture doesn't provide much detail beyond the fact that it...

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09:05
AAPL dips below $100/share on iCloud security and...

Apple stock is off over 4% in trading today on fears that the iCloud security news will adversely affect Apple’s upcoming product announcements scheduled for September 9th. Apple is announcing new health and payments related initiatives next week, so perhaps investors fear that consumers will not trust those new services in light of the iCloud situation:

If iCloud really is the source of this pic leak, Apple may have some challenges selling storing credit cards and health data next week.


Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 01, 2014

To go along with the iCloud/celebrity hacking troubles, Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store took some outage hits last...

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09:02
VMWare releases Fusion 7 with support for OS X...

Virtualization firm VMWare on Wednesday announced the availability of VMWare Fusion 7, the latest release of its popular consumer virtualization package that brings compatibility with Apple's upcoming OS X Yosemite as well as better performance.



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09:00
Announcing Office 365 deployment benefits for new...

Office 365 provides the best cloud productivity experience by giving businesses new ways to help their people to collaborate, gain valuable business insights and ultimately get things done.  As a cloud based service customers can move to Office 365 faster than a traditional on-premises solution and we’re focused on making that transition to the cloud as fast and seamless as possible.

Continuous improvement of the Office 365 deployment experience

Last year as part of that commitment we introduced FastTrack which encompasses our onboarding methodology, tools, and process to streamline deployments.  FastTrack has helped thousands of customers, together with their partners, move to Office 365.  While feedback has been very positive, we’re continuing to identify best practices and we believe that providing support directly from the Office 365 Service team during the critical phases of on-boarding can shorten the time for deployment. The result is the...

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09:00
New OneDrive SDK: announcing the Android open file...

One of the most basic and common things to do with OneDrive is opening a file, but sadly doing this simple operation hasn’t been so simple for developers. We recognized this pain point and are excited to finally release the Android open picker to make this common task easy and seamless for developers and OneDrive users.

Before, a developer would waste precious time building UI and all the other components of a file picker just to let their users select a file from OneDrive. Our goal here was to give you this time back.

With the Android open picker, you can get started opening files in minutes instead of days. The picker lets you get links to download file content directly or view links that are great for sharing, as well as a set of thumbnails for image files.

The Android file picker flow.

To get started,...

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09:00
Propose New Time—a new feature for Outlook Web App...

Will Holmes is a senior program manager on the Exchange engineering team.

We all have lots of meetings, which means our schedules are busy and it’s often hard to find a good time when everyone can meet. Now, with the Propose New Time feature in Outlook Web App in Office 365, resolving scheduling conflicts is easier than ever. When you receive a meeting invitation, Outlook Web App (OWA) empowers you to suggest better times with just a few clicks, so there’s no need to simply decline or engage in time-consuming back-and-forth with meeting organizers to find better times. As a meeting organizer, you’ll love this feature too. You can easily review the proposals for alternate times that you receive from attendees, confident that you can find a new meeting time that will work the best time for your attendees.

For most Office 365 users, Propose New Time in Outlook Web App is available today in Outlook Web App. All Office 365 users will have it by the end of...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin WeMo home automation 20...

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:

Amazon GoldBox: 20% or more off popular Belkin, WeMo, and Linksys...

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09:00
Updated App Store review guidelines cover HealthKit...

Ahead of the fall launch of iOS 8, Apple has updated its App Store review guidelines to include guidance on new features such as extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit and TestFlight. These guidelines detail how developers may use these new features provided...

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08:51
Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 reveals two...

Samsung's Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event at IFA has concluded, and has seen the launch of multiple devices from the company. The expected Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is joined by the Galaxy Edge, a previously-rumored smartphone which adds a small display over the side of the device. While Samsung has already revealed the Gear S smartwatch, it has also formally unveiled its Gear VR virtual reality headset which pairs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4....



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08:44
Apple sets out rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, other...

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to define rules on how several new iOS 8 technologies can be used. With HealthKit, for example, developers are not only prevented from selling data to advertisers and brokers, but blocked from storing that information in iCloud. Apps using HomeKit are barred from collecting data for advertising or data mining, and must state in marketing that their primary purpose is home automation....



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08:40
ACM 270: Apple iCloud Reputation, iPhone NFC, and...

Apple has its hands full with managing the fallout from the theft of celebrity photos, and the company is being aggressive to get ahead of the story. Then there's the September 9th media event and growing reports that Apple will-at long last-embrace NFC. Lastly, drones are ever-more capable and ever-more affordable-what will that mean for companies like Apple who work so hard to protect their secrets.


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08:30
Microsoft Office for iPad adds monthly subscription...

Microsoft's productivity software finally made the long walk to iPad earlier this year, but if the relatively steep price tag of the Microsoft Office apps has prevented you from giving them a try, Microsoft thinks you might just want to pay monthly...

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08:12
The Garage Series for Office 365: Assessing the Top...

In this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined by cyber security expert and author, Mark Russinovich, to assess the most frequently heard cloud security threats. Mark describes each threat with its threat level and shares how Microsoft architects its cloud services to maximize data security and protect against data loss. Jeremy and Mark also give pro tips to protect against credential loss and contain the risk of user-driven shadow IT. 

Cloud security and data privacy are top themes this week and with many IT departments returning from quiet summer months, we thought we’d continue to tackle the topic of security and the most commonly heard threats. This week we’re privileged to invite cyber security expert and author of some of the best cyber security thriller novels, Mark Russinovich, back to the Garage Series.

Last week we described the processes for...

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08:12
Samsung Launched the Galaxy Note Edge in Berlin...

Just ahead of Apple's iPhone 6 debuting next week, especially the 5.5 inch model, Samsung unveiled their next generation Galaxy Note Edge smartphone that offers a unique curved display at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Samsung also added a metallic frame ...

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08:01
Samsung's wrap-around smartphone screen concept...

First teased a year and a half ago, Samsung's concept for a smartphone with a slanted screen edge that can be more easily viewed from side angles is set to become a reality later this year, in the form of the company's new Galaxy Note Edge smartphone.



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Flickr Find: Red, red, and more red

It's easy to spot a desk filled with Apple gear -- just look for all the aluminum. That's why it is nice to see this desk from Ren Jinshen Ryu, who accents his menagerie of metallic products with a splash of red. You can check out a few more shots of...

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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Hamsterdan notes that Apple has posted an update to its investigation into the recently celebrity photo leak, which was attributed to a breach of iCloud. Apple says the leak was not due to any flaw in iCloud or Find My iPhone, but rather the result of "a targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." Despite this, Wired reports that hackers on an anonymous web board have been openly discussing a piece of software designed for use by law enforcement. Whether it was involved in the celebrity attacks or not, it's currently being used to impersonate a user's device in order to download iCloud backups. "For Apple, the use of government forensic tools by criminal hackers raises questions about how cooperative it may be with Elcomsoft. The Russian company’s tool, as Zdziarski describes it, doesn't depend on any 'backdoor' agreement with Apple and instead required Elcomsoft to fully reverse engineer Apple’s protocol for communicating between iCloud and its iOS devices....

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VMware Fusion 7 adds Yosemite support, better Win 8....

VMware has introduced Fusion 7, a major update of its virtualization tool. The software lets users run Windows apps within OS X instead of having to boot to a separate partition. Fusion 7 brings support for OS X Yosemite, and should be better compatible with Windows 8.1. The look of the program has in fact been overhauled for Yosemite, and optimized for Retina displays....



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