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21:59
Friday Deals: Fourth of July specials, Disney app...

Welcome to this week's installment of Friday Deals -- oh, and also America's birthday! Every Friday we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...



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20:00
Apple warns developers of upcoming wipe of CloudKit...

Apple has notified developers testing the latest iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas that it will have to erase the content of all CloudKit databases on July 7, both public and private. While the move will not affect most users, anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features of either iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 Yosemite will see any data store there wiped. Photos and videos stored on iOS 8-running devices will be preserved, and re-uploaded after the server-side erasure....



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18:03
ComScore: iOS continuing to grow share against...

According to the latest statistics from ComScore MobilLens and Mobile Metrix, Android remains the most widely-used mobile OS in the US -- but has stagnated in terms of growth, while Apple iOS devices slowly climb. As of the end of May, iOS accounted for 41.9 percent share of US smartphone users, a gain of 0.6 points from the month before. Android overall remained steady at 52.1 percent marketshare, but Apple continued to be the top individual manufacturer....



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16:02
Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

An anonymous reader writes With Apple rumored to be entering the wearables market this Fall, the company's string of notable hires continues. CNBC is reporting today that Apple recently poached Patrick Pruniaux away from TAG Heuer where he served as the company's VP of global sales for the past five years. TAG Heuer, in case you're unfamiliar, is a Swiss-based manufacturer of luxury watches. Word of the Pruniaux hire comes just shortly after it was discovered that Apple hired the lead software engineer away from Atlas Wearables, a company working on a fitness tracker capable of measuring a plethora of exercise related data.

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14:00
Mormon Church to provide 32,000 missionaries with...

There are no shortage of reports detailing the use of iPads in education, but this is something a little bit new. ABC News is reporting that the Mormon Church is planning to provide 32,000 missionaries with iPad minis to help them in their efforts to...

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13:39
Apple to wipe iCloudKit data for iOS 8 and Yosemite...

Apple on Friday sent out letters to developers testing the iOS 8 beta and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview, notifying them of an upcoming server-side wipe of all CloudKit databases scheduled for July 7.



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13:22
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, new July giveaway

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers…

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13:05
Apple Planning to Wipe CloudKit Data for iOS 8 and...

Apple has notified developers of plans for a server-side data wipe on CloudKit public and private databases for both the beta versions iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The wipe, which will take place on Monday, July 7, will erase data for iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop.

The wipe comes just a day ahead of the rumored launch date of iOS 8 beta 3 and also the likely launch date of the third Yosemite Developer Preview. Apple commonly seeds early versions of its iOS beta operating systems on roughly two-week intervals, moving on to three-week intervals later in the testing period. OS X beta updates have followed a similar update pattern in the past as well.

Apple's second iOS 8 and Yosemite betas...

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12:33
Apple to wipe all CloudKit data on July 7th,...

Apple has just informed developers that it will be wiping all CloudKit-based data stores on July 7th. This includes iCloud Photo Library, Mail Drop and iCloud Drive. Apple warned developers that this might happen with the release of the first iOS beta and it is not uncommon for wipes to happen several times during iOS and OS X beta cycles.

Dear Developer,

We will be performing a server-side data wipe on all CloudKit public and private databases for iOS 8 beta and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview users on July 7, 2014. The following iCloud features will be affected: iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop.

Photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library will remain on their original iOS 8 devices and will upload to iCloud Photo Library again automatically. iCloud Drive can be re-enabled from Set up Assistant after upgrade. If you choose to store your documents in iCloud Drive,...

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12:10
New service bypasses Apple’s Activation Lock theft...

A new service from smartphone unlocking company ChronicUnlocks is offering iPhone users the ability to remove Apple’s Activation Lock security feature that the company first introduced in iOS 7.

Activation Lock, a security feature that Apple first announced alongside iOS 7, is supposed to be a theft deterrent by making it harder for lost and stolen devices to be reactivated on the second hand market. The feature accomplishes this by linking a device’s activation to the user’s iCloud account. Since its launch Activation Lock has been credited by police as helping...

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12:00
Apogee Duet and Quartet audio interfaces for Mac and...

Apogee's Duet (US$495) and Quartet ($1395) are the respective steps up from Apogee's ONE, a single input interface with a built-in condenser mic. You can check out the review of the ONE here, but suffice to say it's a high-quality interface for those...

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11:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps and app...

Here are some of the best free apps and app sales that have landed in the App Store in time for the Independence Day holiday in the US. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now...

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10:30
Apple hires away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

With Apple rumored to be entering the wearables market this Fall, the company's string of notable hires continues. CNBC is reporting today that Apple recently poached Patrick Pruniaux away from TAG Heuer where he served as the company's VP of global...

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09:27
Finland's PM Blames Apple's Success for...

Last month 46 year old Alexander Stubb became the Prime Minister of Finland. He was formerly the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade from 2011 to 2014. As Prime Minister and someone who thoroughly understands economics and foreign trade, it was disturbing to read that he actually blamed Steve Jobs for killing Finland's economy. Finland is now undergoing its worst financial crisis in more than 20 years.

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09:14
Swiss watch exec leaves for Apple iWatch opportunity...

[VIDEO] CNBC:

Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch, as the technology group intend on using the prestigious “Swiss made” label to market its new gadget, the head of LVMH’s watch brands Jean-Claude Biver told CNBC.

Check out the video in the original post, in which Biver talks about the importance of talent. I think Biver has the right attitude here. He regrets losing a talented person, but he recognizes the value in moving on for a better opportunity.

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09:00
Celebrate the 4th with slow motion fireworks...

On July 4th the United States celebrates Independence Day, and there isn't much news to report. Hot dogs are cooking, families are gathering, and people are watching Netflix. It's a party! So, in keeping with the spirit of the holiday, we present you...

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08:54
Forums: Blu-ray player vs. iPad with Apple TV

This week in the MacNN forums, members debate which is better, a Blu-ray player or an iPad with Apple TV after Junior Member "phkc070408" stated that they are considering buying an Apple TV and simply downloading and streaming content from iTunes rather than getting a Blu-ray player. Forum-goers discuss ways to assist Forum Regular "Harvey" with his iMac after he reported that his screen went black....



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08:53
Apple Deals: MacBook Airs from $719

Right now, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished MacBook Air models on sale starting at $719 for the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $420 discount drops the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $779....



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08:51
DealNN: Chromebox, HDTVs, iMacs and more

Currently, Amazon is offering the Asus Chromebox desktop PC bundled with a wireless keyboard and mouse for $379 with free US shipping. That is $20 less than the list price of $399, and $30 less than buying this Chromebox configuration alone anywhere else. The unit features a 1.7GHz Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of solid state storage and runs Chrome OS....



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08:37
Apple hires Patrick Pruniaux, VP of Tag Heuer Sales...

Earlier today, the CEO of Tag Heuer revealed to CNBC that Apple has hired one of the watch-makers sales directors. However, the company did not announce the name of this “director” or the person’s exact position. A source directly familiar with the Apple hire confirmed that the Cupertino-based company hired Patrick Pruniaux late last month. Pruniaux is not just any “Sales Director:” he was the Vice President of Sales and Retail, a major loss for Tag Heuer and a significant hire for Apple in the run up the launch of the Apple smart watch in October. Pruniaux is pictured in the photo above (second person from the right), and his LinkedIn profile reveals his impressive work in jewelry and watch marketing...

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08:16
Independence Day sales hit the App Store with Motion...

iOS gamers can turn their Apple TV into a Wii for free during this long weekend with Motion Tennis for Apple TV, or fight tyrants and titans for half off in the Infinity Blade franchise, while parents can keep their children occupied on the cheap with Disney's 85 percent off sale.



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07:34
Review: Transcend’s JetDrives add whopping 240-960GB...

See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses...

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07:33
Holy Toledo, 32,000 Mormon Missionaries to get iPad...

Well I don't know about Toledo, but Salt Lake City's Mormon Church in Utah is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week.

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07:24
Apple signs its first retail deal in Saudi Arabia

Less than two months after the Saudi Arabia government cleared Apple to begin marketing products and officially operate in the region, Apple has struck a sales deal with major Saudi Arabia-based retailer Jarir Bookstore. The deal includes both official sales inside of the Jarir retail stores as well as technical support for the products. Previously, Jarir had to use third-party means to secure its supply of Apple products, but now with Apple officially providing product supply, costs will go down for both the Bookstore and its...

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07:10
TurboTax 2013.r28.001 - Manage your 2013 U.S. taxes...

TurboTax guides you through your tax return step by step, does all the calculations, and checks your return for errors and overlooked deductions. It lets you file your return electronically to get your refund faster or prints IRS-approved forms on plain paper. Plus, TurboTax has more money-saving advice. It provides easy access to official IRS publications, Money Magazine's Income Tax Handbook, comprehensive Tax Planners, expert video clips, and more.

Version 2013.r28.001: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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07:01
Happy 4th of July from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

The staff at O’Grady’s PowerPage wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July, complete with friends, family, fireworks, tasty food, barbecue, sports and the chance to put down your Macs and devices for a bit and enjoy an amazing holiday.

Swing back on Monday and we’ll have the latest news as to what’s happening in the Mac and iOS mobile world.

Until then, have an amazing Fourth of July!!!

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06:52
Apple reaches accord with Saudi Arabian retailer to...

Consumers in Saudi Arabia will soon have a more direct link to Apple, as the iPhone maker has agreed to a deal with major book and electronics retailer Jarir Bookstore that will see the chain carry Apple's full product lineup and service customers.



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06:43
TAG Heuer Sales Director Joins Apple in Run-Up to...

Apple appears to have made another important iWatch-related hire as the device's rumored debut approaches, with CNBC reporting that the company has poached the sales director of luxury watch brand TAG Heuer.

The hiring was revealed by Jean-Claude Biver, head of Jewelry and Watches at TAG Heuer's parent company LVMH. Biver had claimed earlier this year that Apple had been trying to hire some of his employees but at that point none of them had agreed to join Apple.Biver said the watchmaker's sales director left as recently as last week, "to take a contract with Apple" in order to launch the iWatch. LVMH owns Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith. [...]

Biver said he was happy for the employee as the new role represents a great opportunity for him.

"If it had been a direct competitor...

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06:40
Apple Hires TAG Heuer's Sales Director to...

It was reported on CNBC this morning that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch. Apple intends on using the prestigious "Swiss made" label to market its new gadget, according to the head of LVMH's watch brands Jean-Claude Biver.

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06:31
Apple hires TAG Heuer exec, reportedly plans to...

CNBC news reports that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to work with the company on the launch of the iWatch, according to a statement from Jean-Claude Biver, head of TAG Heuer’s parent company. Biver notes that Apple reportedly plans to use…

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06:31
BMW 3D prints new thumbs for factory workers

The Guardian:

German car manufacturer BMW has turned to 3D printing to physically augment its car-plant workers, giving them stronger, augmented thumbs.

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06:26
Finland Prime Minister: Steve Jobs took our jobs

This article was translated from Swedish using Google Translate.

After the financial crisis of 2008, the country has not recovered.

“We had two pillars that supported us. Nalle Wahlroos described it pretty well when he said that iPhone struck down Nokia and iPad hit the forest industry. “

So Steve Jobs struck Finland?

“Yes, Steve Jobs took our jobs,” said Alexander Stubb.

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06:07
Google reinstates ‘forgotten’ links after pressure

BBC:

After widespread criticism, Google has begun reinstating some links it had earlier removed under the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling.

Articles posted online by the Guardian newspaper were removed earlier this week, but have now returned fully to the search engine.

Google has defended its actions, saying that it was a “difficult” process.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Qwerty

Qwerty

In this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, you’ll find a number of products that offer built-in stands, a protective accessory that brings hardware keys to your phone, and a even weapon from your favorite anime show.

Boxwave

The Keyboard Buddy (iPhone 5 and 5s; $72) comes with a fully integrated Bluetooth keyboard that works alongside your handset’s touch screen.

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

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05:39
Google Drive 1.16.6866.4367 - Access Google Drive...

Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond.

With Google Drive, you can:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere--on the Web, in your home, at...

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05:31
Apple hires sales director of Swiss watch maker TAG...

The sales director of luxury watch maker TAG Heuer, which also owns the brands Hublot and Zenith, has reportedly left the company to assist Apple in the anticipated launch of its rumored "iWatch" this fall.



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05:28
Music streaming up 42%, track sales down 13%

TechCrunch:

Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million. The report on US trends (not international) makes Apple’s acquisition of Beats looks smart, as its iTunes download sales model is quickly dying out. As a whole, dismal digital and physical sales dragged total music sales plus streaming industry down 3.3%.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:28
iWatch “an opportunity for high-end watch brands”...

CNBC reports that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer for an iWatch marketing role. The hire was reportedly confirmed by the head of the parent company’s watch brands, Jean-Claude Biver.

Biver said the watchmaker’s sales director left as recently as last week, “to take a contract with Apple” in order to launch the iWatch. LVMH owns Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith …

Analysts say that Apple has tried to hire a number of execs from luxury Swiss watchmakers, without much previous success.

Senior luxury goods analyst at Bernstein, Mario Ortelli says that while...

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05:18
Following Apple's Beats Music buy, new data...

The latest data from Nielsen shows that sales of digital albums are down 11.6 percent, while purchases of individual tracks are down 13 percent, as on-demand streaming audio has surged 50.1 percent, helping to provide some insight into why Apple purchased Beats Music.



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05:00
Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

As our U.S.-based editors are celebrating Independence Day, iLounge will be on a limited publishing schedule today. A very happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers. We’ll return to our normal schedule next week.

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05:00
Happy U.S. Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day - a U.S. holiday - The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 4th. We will return on Monday, July 7th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad and iPhone news. Enjoy the holiday!


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05:00
FunBITS: Blek Is a Curvy Challenge for iPhone and...

Blek is a minimalistic puzzle game based on calligraphy that will often leave you flummoxed.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:19
Apple Looks to Expand Sales in Saudi Arabia with new...

In the first deal of its kind in the Middle East, Apple has inked an agreement with Saudi ...

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04:18
Decline of music downloads continues as on-demand...

Apple’s presumed plans for an on-demand music service as part of its Beats acquisition is looking increasingly well-timed as Nielsen data shows that U.S. on-demand music consumption climbed 50.1 percent year-on-year, while music downloads fell by 12 percent in the same timeframe.

“With On-Demand streams surpassing 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, streaming continues to be an increasingly significant portion of the music industry,” says David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment …

Sales of individual tracks fell by 13 percent, with album downloads down 11.6 percent (giving a 12 percent overall average fall when an album is treated as ten tracks).

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04:08
Have a great Independence Day

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday here in the U.S., MacTech and MacNews will be closed today. But we'll be back on our regular schedule as of Friday, July 5.

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03:48
Verizon rumored to add LTE to prepaid Allset plans...

Verizon is getting close to providing its prepaid customers with LTE service, with an upgrade scheduled for later this month, according to a report. The company's Allset prepaid plans, launched in March, will allegedly start to use the company's 4G LTE network from July 17th, providing customers using the 3G-only service a considerable speed boost....



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00:17
Inside App Extensions: Apple, Inc's new Widgets...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new extensions enable a new type of widgets in Notification Center for both platforms, along with enabling third party Custom Keyboards for iOS.



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Thursday July 3

21:53
Mormon church to put iPad minis in the hands of 32,...

The Mormon church has announced plans to issue 32,000 iPad minis to its missionaries by early 2015, ABC News reports. The church hopes that these devices will enable a new generation of social media outreach. That figure represents about 36% of active Mormon missionaries throughout the world (currently around 86,000).

Those 32,000 iPads won’t only be deployed in the United States. The current plan involves rolling the device out in Canada, parts of Europe, and Japan in the same time frame. Missionaries in developed countries will be responsible for the $399 cost of the device, and will get to keep the iPad even after their ministry is finished. Those who can’t afford the price tag...

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21:02
Pond's 'Stream' case brings MFi-...

Announced by small tech firm Devant earlier this week, the Pond Wireless ecosystem of products looks to bring Qi wireless charging to Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s with a "Made for iPhone" charging case, tray and fob adapter.



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20:48
Patently Apple Wishes You a Happy Independence Day
20:39
UK agency calls Dungeon Keeper 'free-to-play...

It appears that regulators are catching onto the idea that Electronic Art's (EA) Dungeon Keeper mobile game isn't really what could be considered a "free-to-play" game. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent regulator of ads in the UK, ruled this week that ads promoting the game as free-to-play must not appear in the future....



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19:21
MarsEdit 3.6.5 - Quick and convenient blog editor. (...

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.6.5:

  • Restore functionality for Flickr after recent API changes
  • Fix a crash that could occur on some systems while trying to locate the Growl framework
  • Fix a bug where blank document windows were sometimes opened upon launching



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18:49
Briefly: Pioneer DJ's Rekordbox update, Week...

Pioneer has announced the release of an updated version of Rekordbox for OS X, its digital music management software. Rekordbox is designed for DJing, and allows users to export tracks and playlists to USB devices and the Rekordbox app. During a DJing session, performance history is automatically saved, and after a set the user can review and prepare for a future performance by adding comments and ratings to an old set....



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18:00
Original Mac team member boots up Mac 512K stored...

Chris Espinosa was a member of the original Mac team and is still an Apple employee -- with badge number 8! Yesterday he won the Internet with a series of photos on Imgur showing a Mac 512K that had been in storage for 30 years booting up as if it...

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17:58
No-IP domains returned without comment by Microsoft

Following Microsoft's seizure of dynamic DNS service No-IP domains on a claim that some were spreading malware, many customers' paid and free connections were no longer functioning. Many of these services have been restored tonight, as Microsoft has begun the process of returning domains to No-IP. As of this evening, all of the seized domains have been returned to the service, with .org redirect restoration waiting on the .org registrar to act. Not all DNS services have been updated, but Electronista can confirm that Verizon FiOS, Google, and OpenDNS are all resolving properly....



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17:00
Mythbuster Adam Savage on how to make stopmotion...

Adam Savage is no stranger to mixing science with whimsy. With his hit show Mythbusters, he and partner Jamie Hyneman have tackled everything from shark attacks to death rays. Of course, that show can't film all the time. To fill the other hours in...

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16:39
Android Wear gives us a glimpse at what home...

Home automation, a category more broadly referred to as the “internet of things,” is almost surely going to be a large and growing market in the coming years. And while Apple’s recently announced entry is the forthcoming HomeKit platform, Google has yet to announce anything exactly equivalent. At I/O 2014, however, Google did announce its plan for Nest, and shed much more light on its Android Wear smartwatch operating system.

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16:00
Samsung calls iPhone users "wall huggers"...

Samsung today released a new attack ad focusing on shortcomings in the iPhone's battery life. The commercial takes on a humorous, if not whimsical, tone as it shows us a few scenes -- which all take place in an airport -- of people dealing with the...

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15:49
Apple Continues to Trounce Samsung in Smartphone...

A new set of stats from a comScore report published today finds the latest trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for May 2014. According to comScore, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.9 percent OEM market share. While Google's Android took ...

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15:37
Rumor: Microsoft's Smart Band Will Play Well...


Microsoft is said to be preparing the launch of a wearable fitness device that will be compatible with the iOS and Android platforms, as well as Windows Phone. While the device likely will display the time, along with notifications from the user's smartphone, the form factor is expected to be a wristband rather than a smartwatch. The band reportedly will function mainly as a fitness tracker, recording the number of steps the wearer has taken, calories burned, heart rate and so on.

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15:00
Spotify updates with new iPhone controls in time for...

Spotify has been unleashing a slew of new updates this week. A few days ago they introduced a new redesign and the ability to search for downloaded music when users are offline. Now they've improved the way the iPhone and your computer interact with...

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14:44
Xsan: Unable to enable case insensitivity on a...

Xsan 2.3 introduces the ability to create case insensitive volumes. You can also change case sensitivity after you create a volume.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4793

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14:41
Xsan 2.3 or later: Deactivating a storage pool (...

It may be necessary to deactivate (down) an Xsan data storage pool in a volume, but retain access to data on other storage pools within the volume. You may need to do this if there is a LUN issue in an Xsan storage pool and Xsan clients are unable to mount the Xsan volume, for example.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4656

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14:39
Apple's iOS gains ground on Android in US as...

For the three months ending in May, Apple's iPhone grew its dominating lead as the top U.S. smartphone, while iOS gained ground on Google's Android, says research firm comScore.



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14:34
Gmail

 July 3, 2014 2:34:00 PM PDT

The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

Affected users received an error 500 message when attempting to access the Gmail web service.

 July 3, 2014 2:27:00 PM PDT

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 July 3, 2014 1:53:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.

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14:15
Latest iPhone 6 renders compare potential gold,...

Yesterday we posted some gorgeous iPhone 6 renders, and today some fresh renders, first highlighted by The Tech Block, that compare the next-generation iPhone’s potential gold, space gray, and silver/white designs have appeared online. You should check out the full gallery below, it’s probably the closest look you’ll get at Apple’s iPhone 6 marketing slides until the first half of September.

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14:00
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and I'm ok with...

It's rare that a game can be charming enough to turn an otherwise very standard gameplay idea into something worth $4.99, but that's just what Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake manages to do. The game is all about puzzles, but without introducing any...

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13:58
Briefly: Spotify iOS app update, Mophie's 64GB...

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its iOS app, adding new features for iPhone users. Spotify allows users to search for any track, artist or album, make and share playlists, and build a preferred music collection. The release of v1.4 features a Play Queue for iPhone, and a new confirmation for avoid duplicates in a playlist. Within the Your Music section, users can now sort and filter music in their Spotify collection. Free to download, Spotify's iOS app can be found through the iTunes App Store....



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13:55
Judge bars Apple from using terms like 'patent...

Apple must avoid using terms like "patent troll," "privateer," or "bandit" in its defense against a patent lawsuit from GPNE Corp., according to a pre-trial ruling by US District Judge Lucy Koh. The company will also be blocked from using terms like "shakedown" or "playing the lawsuit lottery." Koh argues that such expressions could potentially confuse or bias the jury, which is set to decide whether Apple violated data transmission patents reaching back to 1996....



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13:41
Apple Expected to Announce iPhone 6 in Early...

Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors.

Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event.

iPhone 6 render by Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino
An early September event is in line with previous rumors and with the event dates of the last two iPhone generations. The iPhone 5...

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13:17
New Samsung Galaxy S5 ad attacks iPhone's need...

Samsung has released a new TV ad (below) for the Galaxy S5, comparing it against the iPhone in terms of battery life. iPhone owners are depicted as "wall huggers," forced to constantly hunt for outlets at spaces like airports due to only being able to go a few hours on a charge. On the other side of the coin the ad touts the S5's removable battery, and its "ultra power saving mode," which disables non-essential functions and can allow the phone to run for a full day with just 10 percent power left....



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13:15
Apple Wants to Gobble Up Your Memories in iCloud

Apple's movement away from iPhoto and Aperture suggests that the company wants to restructure your life. Keeping your own photos organized and backed up, with selected images posted to photo services, is declared obsolete. But is iCloud the right place for all your photos?


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13:02
Twitter Shanghaied Email Notifications - Here’s How...

Twitter recently rejiggered notifications, a more direct way to monitor replies or retweets or other activity in your timeline if you aren't constanty connected to Twitter. Since Twitter's default "Tailored for you" is mysterious at best and useless at worst, Kelly explains how to un-Shanghai the new preferences.


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13:00
iPhone accounts for nearly 50% of UK smartphone web...

A new research report put together by Chitika finds that nearly half of all smartphone web traffic in the UK emanates from iPhones. Specifically, the report notes that as of June 2014, 48.9% of UK web traffic can be traced back to the iPhone,...

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12:56
Coffee Engineers: Apple Needs You [Update]

There's more than one way to work at Apple. A job listing at the company's website said the company is looking to hire a full time "iCup Technician." There's no coding required, but "some computer skills" are required.


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12:43
Civil Liberties Board Takes Heat for NSA Spying...


The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has come under fire for its latest report on NSA surveillance. The report essentially says collection of information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "has been valuable and effective in protecting the nation's security and producing useful foreign intelligence." However, because certain aspects of its implementation pertaining to surveillance of U.S. citizens have raised privacy concerns, the board has listed 10 policy recommendations to strengthen safeguards.

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12:41
Apple begins selling unlocked iPads in Japan

Apple confirmed today that it has released an unlocked variant of its cellular iPad in Japan allowing users to buy the device and use it with their carrier of choice.

The new iPads will be available through Apple retail stores in the country as well as through Apple’s online store. In addition to picking between local carriers, it will also allow users to use their iPads with SIM cards for other carriers when traveling abroad. The carrier unlocked iPads are available for both cellular iPad Air and iPad mini models.

Previously Apple sold cellular iPads through retail stores in the country with SIM cards locked to one of various supported carriers such as SoftBank and NTT Docomo.

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12:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Favorited [OS X; Now...

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12:24
Desperate Samsung Kicks the iPhone's Battery...

In late June we reported that Samsung's CFO Admitted Publicly that their 2nd Quarter wasn't going good. That's something we figured out a long time ago considering that the Samsung S5 is a dud and that Korean Security Firms had gone negative on Samsung. The iPhone's web traffic in the US and in Britain clearly show that Apple's iPhone users are the world's most productive people despite the fact that the iPhone doesn't have the best battery life. Yet if Samsung's new ad ...

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12:05
Sunrise Calendar comes to Mac, gets unique offline...

Developer Sunrise Atelier has released the first Mac version of its signature title, Sunrise Calendar. The software is functionally similar to its iOS and Android counterparts -- mixing and matching content from sources like Google, iCloud, and Facebook -- but has some platform-specific features. These include an offline mode, and native OS X notifications....



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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”  That was the news flash reported by Popular Mechanics in 1949. Twenty-eight years later, on the brink of the PC revolution, Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), a company that manufactured big mainframe computers for business, had another prediction: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”

Trying to predict the future is always tricky. Things change. And when it comes to technology, they often change rapidly. (When Popular Mechanics made its now laughable forecast about the future of computing, neither the transistor nor the microchip had been invented and the march toward...

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12:00
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is massive in all the...

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is not the kind of game you're likely to play in short bursts -- which is probably why the Monster Hunter franchise didn't make the trip to iOS devices sooner -- but that doesn't mean it's not a fantastic gaming...

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11:55
The Northern Spy: gone phishing

By Rick Sutcliffe

This month's column will be short but not entirely sweet. Following much ado about something in the two columns filed here from WWDC, the Spy has less to say this month, but that is not to suggest it has been a slow time.

WWDC

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11:30
Daily Deals for July 3, 2014, featuring The Walking...

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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11:29
Apple Still Eyeing a Foldable iPod Touch/iPhone Case...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on an iPod touch/iPhone case. Apple received a granted patent for this particular design back in March. It was originally filed with USPTO in January 2010. The thrust of the patent is about Apple's original iPad cover/case that was replaced with their Smart Cover and Smart Case. Now Apple is back at this invention and the question is why? Secondly, we discovered a patent application today covering testing processes of "small articles."

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11:08
Samsung's latest Apple-targeting ad slams...

Samsung on Thursday took its latest shot at Apple, in a new minute-long advertisement that refers to iPhone users as "wall huggers," suggesting they're constantly tethered to an outlet to keep their handset charged.



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11:03
Apps: 120 Sports, Civilization Revolution 2, Health...

The new 120 Sports app from the company of the same name is a new player in the world of sports coverage. A free app that requires no cable subscription, 120 Sports offers highlights and discussion of major sports leagues. 120 Sports claims to show “8+ hours of live…

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Four for the Fourth

Every 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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10:52
∞ New Samsung ad brought to you by BlackBerry

Now Samsung are calling iPhone owners “Wall Huggers,” a phrase first used by BlackBerry CEO John Chen, as Jordan Khan points out. Really, stealing from BlackBerry?

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10:48
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

Today's deal is for The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain, a $998 developer course that you can preorder through our deal for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


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10:36
VMware Fusion 6.0.4 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac.

Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility.

Version 6 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience.

The new VMware Fusion 6.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Create restricted virtual machines
  • Create expiring virtual machines
  • Create linked...

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10:35
Samsung Bashes iPhone Battery Life, Calls Users...

Samsung today released a new ad for its Galaxy S5 smartphone, which mocks the iPhone for having both an unchangeable battery and a short battery life. The ad depicts forlorn iPhone users sitting along walls in an airport as they charge their iOS devices, while Galaxy S5 users eschew battery charging with Samsung's power saving mode and the Galaxy S5's replaceable battery.

"There they are. Clustered around power outlets, near the recycling bins, stained carpeting, and bathrooms. Tethered to the wall. Denied the freedom to enjoy even the most basic things, like grabbing a drink, or sharing a laugh with your co-workers. Or sitting with someone you know. You're stuck here until your battery says so."An iPhone user charging his battery looks up enviously at a Samsung user, asking "Are you changing your battery? Is that the new Samsung?" While another Samsung user turns on power saving mode to save battery. "Don't be a...

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10:30
Facebook Messenger comes to iPad

Facebook has updated the iOS version of Messenger, adding a native iPad interface for the first time. Functionally the interface is similar to its iPhone equivalent, mostly displaying more contacts simultaneously, and providing extra screen space for images and text. Significantly though, iPad users don't have to switch between the contact view and message threads....



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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Revolution, too!

Revolution, too!

The game Civilization Revolution is back on iOS with a sequel. Other apps let you compare wines, get shopping deals, and better organize your photos.

Civilization Revolution 2

The $15 Civilization Revolution 2 for iOS has more of what made its predecessor so popular as a strategy game: more military might to send against your enemies, more kinds of buildings to build and technology to apply to your growing empire, and more “scenario challenges” to let you re-enact key moments from history.

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10:15
Sunrise Calendar announces new Mac client with...


Just a few weeks after rolling out a major update its iOS apps, Sunrise Calendar today announced the first version of Sunrise for Mac. Sunrise for Mac includes a variety of features and capabilities, many of which are similar to what you’d find in the company’s iOS apps. On OS X, the app takes almost all of its design cues from the iOS client with color-coded events, although the team notes that the Mac client was built “specifically for the...

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10:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-03

What's in a name? When you're a patent troll, apparently a lot. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Judge's ruling that Apple can't use the term in a patent infringement trial. They also offer up their take on the rumor that Apple might call the next iPhone the iPhone Air, and they share what they want to see in Apple's Photos app.


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10:02
Apple Makes Gains in U.S. Smartphone Market Share

Apple continues to be the number one handset manufacturer among consumers in the United States and has also made small gains in operating system share, according to ComScore's newest monthly survey of U.S. mobile phone users covering the February-May 2014 period.

Apple's smartphone market share increased from 41.3 percent in February to 41.9 percent in May, allowing Apple to retain its position as the top handset manufacturer. Samsung also made small gains over the period, rising to 27.8 percent share. LG, Motorola, and HTC's share fell slightly.

While Apple is the top handset maker, iOS has always fallen behind Android when it comes to operating system share, given the large number of Android-based phones on the market. Apple did make small gains during the period...

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10:00
Reading Rainbow reboot coming to Apple TV

Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow will soon hit an Apple TV near you. The original series aired on PBS from 1983 to 2006, promoting reading and exploration to countless kids and young people. LeVar and...

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10:00
How Does the MacBook Air Compare to the Latest...

Amid a recent middling upgrade to the MacBook Air line, some have wondered whether Apple’s ultrathin notebooks are starting to lag behind the competition. Despite the lack of Retina displays and other minor minuses, the MacBook Air line holds up fairly well against modern PC Ultrabooks.

 

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09:52
mophie announces 64GB Space Pack for the iPhone 5/5S

mophie has announced a 64GB version of its Space Pack for iPhone 5/5s. It's available for pre-sale on mophie.com for US$249.95 and is due to ship by end of July.

The folks at mophie claim the Space pack is the world’s first smartphone case with built-in storage for iPhone 5s/5, with 2GB and 16GB models having launched earlier this year. The 64GB model not only doubles the battery of iPhone 5/5s, but increases storage capacity, allowing users to keep more documents, videos (up to 28 hours), music (up to 18,000 songs) and photos (up to 32,000) than ever before.

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09:43
Samsung borrows a line from BlackBerry, calls iPhone...

As Samsung has done with past TV commercials for its flagship Galaxy S5, its latest ad for the device again takes the iPhone head-on. The new ad, titled “Wall Hugger”, focuses on mocking the iPhone’s battery life while showing off the S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode and removable battery features. And in usual Samsung-fashion, it also borrows a line from comments Blackberry executive John Chen made back in March… 

It’s certainly not the first time Samsung has gone after Apple directly in its commercials. In a recent TV spot from April for the Galaxy S5, Samsung...

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09:35
Facebook Messenger goes universal with new iPad-...

Social networking behemoth Facebook on Thursday released a new version of its Facebook Messenger application for iOS that brings with it a new user interface optimized specifically for the larger screens found on Apple's iPads.



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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Day One goes free, Infinity...

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:

Game/App Deals:

  • Day One iOS journaling app goes free ($5 value)
  • Rayman Fiesta Run available for ...
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09:21
Rumor: iPhone 6 to be announced on September 15th,...

The iPhone 6 launch date may have leaked.

Per MacRumors and GForGames, “inside sources” have cited that the iPhone 6 will be announced on Monday, September 15th and launch on Thursday, September 25th. The sources also claim that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the “iPhone Air”, with the 16GB version selling in China for 5,998 yuan (US$965). Meanwhile, the 4.7-inch version will reportedly start at 5,288 (US$850) for 32GB, which is the current price of the 16GB iPhone 5s in China.

The report contrasts with a story...

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09:20
Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Safari slims down

If there’s a single app that defines the OS X experience, it’s probably Safari. Not everyone uses it (many of my friends and family members prefer Chrome), but as the default browser it’s the window on the Web for most Mac users. I’ve been using an early developer preview of Yosemite for the past few weeks, and it’s clear that Safari is the stock Apple app that will change the most when users install OS X Yosemite upon its arrival this fall.

Where’s the rest of me?

By default, Safari is sparsely decorated in Yosemite. There’s no longer a title bar with the name of webpages, and the “stoplight” window buttons have merged down into the toolbar as they have in some other apps. All other toolbars are off by default, and the address/search bar no longer even displays a full URL, just the name of the host that’s serving the page you’re viewing. (If you want to see the...

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09:15
On Tuesday, Apple launched iPads in Japan without...

It's being reported today in Japan that Apple Inc.’s Japanese unit has released an iPad without subscriber identity module locks, to allow users to choose their own service providers.

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09:03
Apps: ScreenFlow, Senuti, Timings
09:00
Judge: Apple may not use term "patent troll...

Apple and Hawaii-based GPNE Corp are preparing for a legal battle that's being heard by judge Lucy Koh, who has instituted a "no name-calling" rule. Specifically, Judge Koh has told Apple's attorneys that they may not refer to GPNE Corp as "patent...

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08:52
OS X Server: How to reset Profile Manager to its...

If you have migrated from another version of OS X Server but want to start over, you can reset Profile Manager.

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08:51
Leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 component could show focus...

The iPhone 6′s front display could be designed around one-handed use.

Per AppleInsider and Chinese web site iFanr, a series of leaked images and a video, the component could be designed around one-handed use, a concept that Apple seemed to have been toying with in 2012, although the company later opted for a larger display on the iPhone 5 and 5s handsets.

The site noted that the edges of the glass have an “arc” to them, sporting curved edges as opposed to the rounded off corners on the iPhone 5 class. The alleged “iPhone 6″ front glass is also noticeably thinner than its predecessor.

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08:48
Apple grows slightly to 42% of US smartphone market...


Comscore today released its usual quarterly report on U.S. smartphone market share for May with Apple holding its spot as top smartphone manufacturer ahead of Samsung. While...

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08:23
Facebook Messenger finally arrives on iPad, complete...



Facebook today updated its Messenger for iOS app finally adding a full iPad version. The iPad version works like the version found on the iPhone and iPod touch but takes advantage of the much larger display by showing more content like message threads while in other messages. The iPad version also features the same calling features found on the iPhone and iPod touch versions. Facebook’s various supported sticker packs are also...

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08:19
Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.

The Mac Observer Spin: iPhone Air on September 25? That just doesn't sound like the Apple way.


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08:08
Apple Explores Auto-Adjusting Security and Other...

Apple has applied for a patent that describes a method of adjusting security and other settings for mobile devices based on the location of the device (via AppleInsider). The location data gathered by the system also includes contextual information that helps to identify the phone's position as a familiar or unfamiliar place.

The system described in the patent titled "Location-sensitive security levels and setting profiles based on detected location" uses at least two pieces of data such as a saved Wi-Fi network or an identifiable cellular tower to determine the...

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08:03
Apple continues exploring Liquidmetal manufacturing...

Though Liquidmetal has yet to make a headline appearance in an Apple product, the company continues to explore new manufacturing methods for the amorphous alloy, most recently filing a divisional patent application for a new counter-gravity casting process.



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08:00
How to build a homemade version of the Adobe Ink...

Earlier this year, Adobe introduced Ink & Slide, an iPad stylus and ruler combination that works with its new drawing and drafting app, Adobe Line. The accessory pair will set you back US$200, but you can build your own for a fraction of the...

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08:00
Reviews: Epson LW-600P

Label makers are traditionally simple machines that perform a single task which people feel they can either live with or without. In many ways the LW-600P fits perfectly into this niche, however, the integration of Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful label creating design app allows the printer to ......



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07:41
Patent: Future iPhones may not Require External...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that describes an invention related to audio and more specifically to a magnetically biased electromagnet for audio applications. While Apple's invention will be appealing to true audiophiles who will appreciate Apple's determination to bring high-fidelity sound to ever smaller mobile devices, it's the side effects of this invention that may be the real news here. Imagine Jony Ive creating a future iPhone that didn't have to include external audio grilles. Imagine an iPhone that eliminated ...

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07:40
GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal's...

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed.



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07:24
Apple Introduces $49 Mac Pro Security Lock

If you feel nervous leaving your Mac Pro alone on a desk, Apple is offering a solution, though it will cost you.

 

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07:22
Video compares iPhone 6 cover panel versus iPhone 5s

A new video from Chinese site iFanr (below) shows an alleged 4.7-inch cover panel for the iPhone 6 in comparison with an iPhone 5s. While the part appears no different than the ones in a recent leak, the video does give a sense of how much larger an iPhone 6 might feel in the hand. It suggests that Apple is conceding on a former design principle, which was that a person should be able to reach all four corners of a phone's screen with their thumb....



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07:14
Despite Apple's Aperture Fumble, the Photos for...


There's a lot riding on Apple's new Photos for Mac OS X app. At WWDC, Apple briefly showed off an early version of its upcoming Photos app, which will integrate with iCloud and the iOS 8-based Photos app with the iCloud Photo Library service. Naturally, this plan raised some questions about Apple's iPhoto and Aperture products. Late last week, Apple revealed that it has stopped developing new features for Aperture and iPhoto. Instead, the company is focusing on Photos for OS X. Professionals are not happy.

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07:07
Ableton Live 9.1.3 - Record music using digital...

Ableton Live lets you create and record music on your Mac.

Use digital instruments, pre-recorded sounds, and sampled loops to arrange, produce, and perform your music like never before. Ableton Live is an all-in-one production suite.

Find your sound

  • Start in Arrangement View. Create and edit multitrack recordings in a straightforward linear view.
  • Go further in Session View. Switch to this one-of-a-kind interface to improvise and experiment with countless sounds and loops.
  • Access an endless palette of sounds. With 5 built-in synths, 3 samplers, 390 drum kits, and 4000 loops, the possibilities are endless.



Version 9.1.3:

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for AKAI MPK225, MPK249, MPK261.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed an issue which...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Tie a ribbon cable 'round the...

iPhone 6 mockups are a 'rough approximation' according to report, claims antenna design will differ signifcantly (9to5 Mac)

An Asian publication cites "supply chain sources" who claim that the iPhone 6 mockups seen thus far aren't accurate...

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06:58
Senuti 1.3 - Copy music from iPods to Macs. (Demo)

Senuti is a simple utility that makes transferring songs from an iPod to your computer quick and easy. It reads information from the iTunesDB file located on your iPod in order to quickly retrieve information on all of the songs on your iPod. Senuti is currently under active development and many features will be added in the future.

Version 1.3:

  • Bug fixes and other improvements
  • Improved comparability with OS X 10.9.4
  • Improved connection stability with iOS devices
  • Dropped support for PPC on OS X 10.5



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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06:56
Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.

The Mac Observer Spin: Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.


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06:51
No Tasks In The Sprint Got Moved To The Backlog!
06:50
How to avoid taking your digital life to the grave

How do you keep track of all the digital detritus in your life? I’ve got an encrypted file containing all my critical info, including account numbers, passwords, and lists of various things, like the location of my car title. My kids all know the location of this file and the password to decrypt the file.

Reading this article, I’m wondering if that’s enough.

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06:48
Apple patent details automatically adjusting...

A new patent application published today by the United States Patent & Trademark Office details a system Apple could use to automatically configure security and other settings of a device based on its location or the habits of its user. The majority of the patent discusses intelligently adjusting settings by detecting a device’s location while using retinal scans, DNA, fingerprints, or other biosensors to present an appropriate level of security to the user:

Mobile devices often have security requirements, such as passwords or...

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06:39
ClamXav 2.6.4 - Free virus checker, based on ClamAV...

ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

I hope you like and use ClamXav a lot and that it helps keep you and your friends/colleagues virus-free. Although I'm providing ClamXav for free, I am increasingly spending more and more time developing it and would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation please. All donations (no matter how small) are gratefully received and would be a huge incentive to help me work on future versions of ClamXav, but more importantly I rely on donations to pay for my bandwidth costs. Please consider it, see the ClamXav homepage, click the 'More Information' link above on this page.



Version 2.6.4:

  • ClamAV engine updated 0.98.4
  • ClamXav now supports going full screen on OS X 10.7 or later
  • Fixed issue where ClamXav might...

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06:35
Amazon stands up to FTC demands for more parental...

Tech Crunch:

Amazon is refusing to comply with a request from the Federal Trade Commission to implement stricter controls that would prevent children from making in-app purchases.

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06:30
Apple's new Mac Pro Security Adapter keeps your...

You spent a lot of money on that fancy new Mac Pro—now’s the time to make sure that investment stays safe and secure. Earlier this week, Apple quietly started selling the Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter for just such a purpose.

Keep in mind, the $49 attachment isn’t itself a lock; it merely adds a standard Kensington lock port to the Mac Pro. According to Apple, you won’t need to modify the enclosure or even use tools to apply the adapter, which not only lets you physically secure the desktop computer to something (your desk, for example), but also prevents anyone from opening the computer and, say, removing your SSD or memory.

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06:22
Apple may not call patent troll a “patent troll”...

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh oversees a case pitting Apple against GPNE. GPNE is suing Apple for infringing on one of its patents.

The case itself is important, in that GPNE is demanding payment for every iPhone sold. To my untrained eye, the claim seems laughable, were it not for the fact that much money is being spent to defend this case.

Judge Koh issued this order:

In an unusual order, a federal judge last week told Apple that it may not call a Hawaii-based company names like “patent troll” or “privateer” or “bandit,” nor tell a jury that the company is engaged in a “shakedown” or “playing the lawsuit lottery.”

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06:08
Technichor introduces Horcrux Email Backup for the...

Technichor has introduced Horcrux Email Backup (http://thehorcrux.com/), a Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services.

Horcrux takes daily snapshots of email accounts. The app is continuous and in real time, so that as soon as a new email is added it will be transferred. It gives users the option to change email providers without losing prior data. Horcrux will also migrate the emails to another email service.

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06:01
Goldman Sachs demands Google delete one of its e-...

Reuters:

Goldman Sachs Group Inc said a contractor emailed confidential client data to a stranger’s Gmail account by mistake, and the bank has asked a U.S. judge to order Google Inc to delete the email to avert a “needless and massive” breach of privacy.

This raises some questions. Who owns a specific piece of email? Who has the right to delete it? Is it owned by the sender? The recipient? Google?

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06:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 005 with Corey...

At TechEd North America 2014 in June in Austin, Texas, Jeremy Thake managed to get some time to sit down with Corey Roth to talk about topics near and dear to Corey’s heart around SharePoint development. Corey is well known for his blog focusing on topics related to SharePoint Search, Business Connectivity Services (BCS), and SharePoint App Model development. Corey talks about how he learned Search and BCS development, as well as how things are going with the Office Store.

 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP05_CoreyRoth.mp3

 

Weekly updates

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06:00
Daily App: ActivBeacon offers to call for help if...

ActivBeacon is an interesting idea for active people who fall down and need assistance. Using the built-in iPhone sensors, the app sends a voice or text message to designated family or friends and gives them your GPS location.

The developers ask you...

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05:51
Lock Down Your Mac Pro with Apple’s New Kensington-...

Seeing an empty space on the desk where your expensive new Mac Pro used to be will totally ruin your day, so Apple finally took steps to help keep that from happening by introducing a lock accessory for its pro level tower tube. The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter was released this week and is compatible with the industry standard Kensington lock system.


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05:49
Apple Invents Intelligent Location-Based Security...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published another security related patent application from Apple. Apple's first security invention published earlier today revealed a "Dual-Factor Authentication System for the iTunes Store." In this second security-centric patent application, Apple reveals advanced security based on location. Apple covers "fixed locations" like your home or Office and "mobile locations" like when you're shopping, at a coffee shop or inside your car (or other vehicles). The specific system designed for the car is ...

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05:33
Alleged 4.7" front panel for Apple's...

The latest alleged "iPhone 6" parts leak claims to show the device's front glass panel, with a video showcasing its larger 4.7-inch size and how much of the display can be reached by holding it with one hand.



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04:57
Microsoft smartwatch rumored to take after Samsung...

The rumored smartwatch from Microsoft could in fact be a fitness tracker, according to a report. A recent rumor stating the smartwatch will be more like Samsung's Gear Fit rather than something from Android Wear or the the Gear 2 has been given more credence, with the claim that the device will have the appearance of a wristband with a small screen for the time and notifications....



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04:45
iWatermark Pro 1.56r3 - Easily add watermarks to art...

iWatermark Pro - The Essential Watermarking App for Professionals, Business and Personal Use.

iWatermark, is the No. 1 and only watermarking tool available for all 4 platforms iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android and Windows. iWatermark is the most popular professional watermarking tool for photos.

Easily, secure and protect your photos with a text, graphic, signature or QR watermark. Once added to a photo this visible watermark displays it is created and owned by you.

Features

  • Works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto, Aperture and other photo organizers
  • Batch processing or sequential
  • Input/Output to all major file types JPEG, TIFF, PNG, RAW, etc.
  • Create text, graphic, or QR watermarks
  • Adjust opacity, font, color, border, scale, rotation, shadow, special effects, etc.
  • Use metadata (GPS, Exif, XMP) as watermarks
  • Design, edit and manage a library of watermarks
  • Export...

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04:23
Video shows how 4.7-inch iPhone 6 screen will feel...

We showed you photos a few days ago of what is claimed to be the display covers for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which appeared to have slightly curved edges. Chinese site iFanr (via NWE) has now posted a video of the same part, giving a sense of how the larger phone will feel in the hand compared to the iPhone 5s … 

We’ve of course seen a number of such comparisons with mockups, but this is the first with what is claimed to be a genuine part.

While Apple has issued...

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04:06
Image Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.7, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.

Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.7 adds the ability to delete via Move to Trash in menus and via Command-D. It also improvers performance.


Image Viewer require Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.

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04:00
Annual digital payments to reach $4.7 trillion by...

A new report from Juniper Research (http://www.juniperresearch.com) finds that the annual transaction value of online, mobile and contactless payments will reach US$4.7 trillion by 2019, up from just over $2.5 trillion this year.

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03:50
ScreenFlow 4.5.2

Maintenance release for the screencast recording app focused on fixes. ($99 new, free update, 39.1 MB)

 

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03:40
New Video Shows Closer Look at Purported 4.7-Inch...

Earlier this week, new photos of the iPhone 6's alleged front panel surfaced, which followed an earlier leak of the component in April. Now, a new video from Chinese blog iFanr (Google Translate, via Nowhereelse.fr) appears to show a closer look of the black front panel, featuring a comparison to the current iPhone 5s.

Like the previous leak, the video shows the front panel having a thinner bezel and rounded edges, in line with rumors that the iPhone 6 will feature a thinner profile and a curved design. The hole for the front-...

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03:23
Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

Patches numerous security vulnerabilities in Mountain Lion and Lion, many of the same found in the 10.9.4 Mavericks update. (Free updates, various sizes)

 

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03:19
Apple Invents Dual-Factor Authentication System for...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new dual-factor authentication system for Apple's iTunes Store and beyond. Whether you're buying a Mac or renting a movie from iTunes, Apple wants to beef up security to safeguard your account. The new system will introduce two key elements ...

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02:56
Report Claims September 25 Launch for iPhone 6, 16GB...

Apple will look to announce the iPhone 6 on Monday, September 15th ahead of a launch on Thursday, September 25, according to various Chinese media reports citing "inside sources" (Google Translate, via GForGames). The sources also claim that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the "iPhone Air", with the 16GB version selling in China for 5,998 yuan ($965). Meanwhile, the 4.7-inch version will reportedly start at 5,288 ($850) for 32GB, which is the current price of the 16GB iPhone 5s in China.

The report contrasts a story from Chinese web...

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02:49
Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication...

A patent application published on Thursday reveals an Apple solution that dynamically changes a mobile device's user interface, security levels and other behaviors based on its location, whether it be at the office or in a user's home.



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02:20
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' to launch...

Another questionable rumor out of China on Thursday claims Apple will announce its next-gen iPhone on Sept. 15 ahead of a Sept. 25 launch date, while mention is made of a 16GB 5.5-inch version that will supposedly be called "iPhone Air."



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00:55
Inside App Extensions: the Cloud Kit-savvy Photos...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new extensions will change photo editing on both platforms, where the new Photos app will replace today's iPhoto and Aperture.



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00:00
Kool Tools: Nighthawk X6 tri-band wireless router

NetGear has shipped the US$299.99 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000) (www.netgear.com/R8000), the first tri-band WiFi router available for purchase incorporating the new Broadcom 5G WiFi XStream platform. It sports six high-performance antennas and three network bands, one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz.

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Wednesday July 2

21:34
How GM and Philips almost killed “Toy Story” and all...

SlashFilm:

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull recently published a book called Creativity Inc., bout how creativity and business can work hand in hand. The book is filled with stories from Catmull’s journey at Pixar, some details of which have never been told publicly before. One of the stories is about how a business deal came within seven days from changing history as we know it. Not only would Toy Story never have been made, it is very likely the computer animation revolution would have happened entirely differently or maybe not even at all.

The world would be a less joyous place if this had happened.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:33
T-Mobile moves to add future accessories to...

Anticipating a plethora of new add-on equipment releases over the rest of the year, carrier T-Mobile in the US has issued a memo saying it will start adding certain accessories to its Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) beginning July 20. This would allow users to upgrade the amount being financed on their two-year agreements alongside the smartphone itself in order to add the accessories. Smartwatches, fitness bands and other high-end devices could be among the devices considered for financing....



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19:33
ScreenFlow 4.5.2 - Create screen recordings. (Demo)

Save 5% with the MacUpdate coupon code: 68031AE15F -- Buy now!

ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.

Version 4.5.2:

  • Fixed a hang that could occur when opening documents with a high zoom factor
  • Fixed crash that occurred when recording a...

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19:15
Briefly: Tweetbot for Twitter 1.6, Dazzle hard drive...

Twitter client app Tweetbot has received an update for its OS X version, offering additional support for feed content viewing. The client allows users to view multiple timelines and windows, accommodates additional app integrations, and more. As is available for the iOS version, support for viewing and posting multiple Twitter images has been added--though the feature will not show up in search or streaming timeline until Twitter enables it in the future. Instagram videos are now marked with a play icon. Priced at $20, Tweetbot for Twitter requires OS X 10.7.4 or later to run....

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18:33
Analysts optimistic on iPhone sales in June,...

At least some Wall Street analysts believe that Apple may have found a way to do well in the traditionally-slower summer months leading up the reveal of the next iPhone, expected sometime this fall. Maynard Um of Wells Fargo believes that Apple may be in a position to set an all-time record for June quarterly sales in its next report , predicting the company has sold some 36.5 million smartphones by opening up new markets. Meanwhile, Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra looks to a spectacular holiday season....



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18:13
Yahoo winds down 'less popular' services...

Yahoo announced today that it's consolidating and shutting down a number of services to better fit with their mission statement. The company will shutter several services in the near future, and either integrate some of their features into other software or see their existence ended altogether. Shutting the little used services down allows Yahoo to focus on their four core areas....



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17:59
ACM 261: Facebook Has Privacy Issues and Amazon’s...

Facebook has broken user's trust thanks to an experiment it conducted where we were the subjects without our knowledge. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin dive into the whole Facebook mess, and online social networking in general. They also have some favorite iPhone and iPad games to share, and take a look at ComiXology's new customer survey than may be getting results the company didn't expect.


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17:48
Microsoft rumored to debut platform-agnostic '...

According to a rumor, Microsoft's expected foray into the burgeoning wearables market will be an activity-minded wristband-style device that works with all major mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Google's Android and Apple's iOS.



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17:45
Microsoft reportedly working on iOS-compatible...


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Microsoft is planning its own entry into the wearable market, but won’t make it exclusive to Windows devices, according to a report from Paul Thurrott. The device won’t be a watch, but a simple fitness band that can sync with multiple smartphone platforms, including Windows, iOS, and Android.

The company is said to be aiming for a Q4 release with pricing similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. No word yet on whether the hardware will work with Apple’s own Health software or will require an app created by Microsoft.

Filed under: iOS Tagged: Android,...

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17:29
Microsoft Working on Fitness Band That Will Work...

Microsoft, like Google, Apple, and Samsung, has been working on its own wrist-worn device for more than a year. While early rumors suggested the device would be a smart watch with a 1.5-inch display, a new report from Windows blogger Paul Thurrott suggests that Microsoft's project is actually more of a fitness band than a smart watch.

More akin to the band-style Samsung Gear Fit than the watch-style Galaxy Gear, Microsoft's band is said to have a wristband form factor that's able to display smart phone-based notifications. Like the offerings from Samsung and Apple's rumored iWatch, the band is expected to include several different sensors, tracking fitness metrics like calories burned...

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17:27
Microsoft's Threshold: Low Expectations but...


As the anticipated April 2015 launch of Threshold, the next major version of Windows OS, draws closer, Microsoft is tightening up its features. One of the OS Group's main goals in the design and development of Threshold is to make it more palatable to Windows 7 users, it seems. New features aimed at desktop users who may or may not use touch input are expected. The new OS may or may not be called "Windows 9," because Microsoft may want to shake off the taint of Windows 8, which did not quite meet its expectations for reviving PC sales.

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17:20
How To Create A Recovery USB Drive

Sometimes you need to boot from a recovery volume. However, if you don't have a recovery partition set up, you still have options. Kelly explains how to create and boot from a USB stick recovery drive.


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17:06
Nearly 50% of UK's Web Traffic is generated by...

Yesterday we reported that a new Kantar smartphone study found that Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C were the top selling smartphones in Britain with Samsung's Galaxy S5 a distant third. Today, in a new study published by Chitika, we're able to see that Britain's iPhone users account for close to 50% of the country's web traffic.

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17:02
Apple ends AIM logins with legacy Mac IDs for OS X...

It appears that Apple's plan to discontinue iChat support for AIM logins using Mac.com and Me.com IDs on OS X 10.7.1 and earlier is affecting some users running newer versions of the Mac operating system, including OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.



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17:00
Apple trims max iPhone trade-in value in US, Canada

Last August, Apple launched its iPhone trade-in program in Apple Stores across the United States, offering up to $250 of trade-in credit for top of the line devices. Now, with the impending release of the iPhone 6 this fall, prices have dropped....

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16:50
Amazon warns FTC it will take battle over in-app...

Amazon has decided to take a hard line against the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) pressure to change their approach to in-app purchases. In a letter to the commission, the company stated that it would defend its "customer-centric approach" through courts if the FCC pursued a complaint in federal court. The FTC is looking for Amazon to settle the in-app purchase matter in a fashion similar to Apple....



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16:06
Security update for Lion, Lion Server, Mountain Lion...

Alongside the release of OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks for newer Macs, Apple has also releases security-oriented updates for OS X 10.7.x (Lion), the server version of Lion, and for 10.8.x Mountain Lion. The vulnerabilities patched for all three versions include an update to the certificate trust policy, a flaw in the "copyfile" command, and an issue with the Dock that could allow apps to circumvent the sandboxing restrictions. Numerous other discovered potential security vulnerabilities were also addressed....



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16:01
∞ Thoughts on OS X Yosemite

I’ve taken much longer to write about OS X Yosemite than any other modern Mac operating system that I can remember. Part of the reason for the delay is that I’m quite taken with the new design and wanted to see if I like it over the long term, but I also think this is one of the most important OS X releases ever. [...]

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16:00
Smartphone owners use an average of 27 apps per month

During WWDC a few weeks ago, Apple, as it's prone to do, provided us with some updates regarding the ever increasing popularity of the App Store. As of early June, Tim Cook noted that iOS users have cumulatively downloaded 75 billion apps from an App...

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15:54
∞ In Canada

Chris Hadfield:

For fun this Canada Day, my brother and I set out to make the most Canadian music video ever. How’d we do?

I’d say you did right some good my son.

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15:42
These iPhone 6 renders show design details that...

For months, physical mockups, display components, front covers, and schematics for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 have leaked on the web. However, the physical reconstructions and diagrams simply do not do the potential design of the redesigned smartphone justice. Based on...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 2, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:20
Keep thieves from stealing your 2013 Mac Pro with a...

Ars Technica:

You know the 2013 Mac Pro, that computer you can spend as much as $9,599 on if you really try? Apple has just released a $49 new lock accessory for the computer that will keep people from unplugging everything, picking it up, and walking out the door with it.

This is one of those things you’d think Apple would have had available day of launch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Grab a Coke and a Shine: Misfit's Coca-Cola Red...

Some products are known by their iconic color, and for Coca-Cola, it's that bright red stripe. Misfit, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, has teamed up with Coca-Cola to create a version of its little device that's is that exact red hue...

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14:49
Keep thieves from stealing your 2013 Mac Pro with a...

Mac Pro in chains.

Apple

You know the 2013 Mac Pro, that computer you can spend as much as $9,599 on if you really try? Apple has just released a $49 new lock accessory for the computer that will keep people from unplugging everything, picking it up, and walking out the door with it.

The adapter is compatible with all Kensington locks and "attaches to Mac Pro without tools or enclosure modification." When a lock is attached, it will also prevent the Mac Pro's case from being opened, so people won't be able to swipe your RAM or one of your GPUs or anything.

Apple originally announced the new Mac Pro design at WWDC in 2013,...

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14:30
Lock your Mac Pro to your desk with Apple's...

Macs are great computers, but they don't come cheap. The desktop Mac Pro model in particular will set you back $2,999 just for its most basic version. If you're worried about security, there's good news today. Apple has made it easier to protect your...

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14:23
Apple's Cook says iOS 8 voice messaging a key...

Citing a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, an analyst released a report on Wednesday predicting iOS 8's new voice messaging feature could trickle down to a long-rumored "iWatch" wearable device, noting the gesture-based messaging technique is ideal for small-screened devices.



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14:21
OS X 10.9.4 makes unannounced fixes to Mac Pro...

This Monday's OS X 10.9.4 update appears to have made undocumented fixes to rendering problems with the 2013 Mac Pro, users say. Under v10.9.3, people running video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve were encountering problems such as crashes, freezes, pink and green lines in exported clips, and videos stalling during the export process. Posts on Adobe and Blackmagic's forums indicate that after updating OS X, video output is back to normal....



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14:05
Amazon would go to court to avoid FTC restrictions...

Amazon's Fire Phone, the latest hardware window into its app and media stores.

Sam Machkovech

Amazon is fighting the US Federal Trade Commission's efforts to restrict in-app purchases on its phones and tablets, The Wall Street Journal reported today. The FTC argues that unauthorized in-app purchases made by children using Amazon's devices have affected "thousands" of parents, and the commission wants Amazon to agree to fines and more explicit restrictions on when and how in-app purchases can be made.

For its part, Amazon believes that its current protections are getting the job done, and Amazon Associate General Counsel Andrew DeVore said in a letter that Amazon would "defend [its] approach in court" rather than agree to the FTC's restrictions. DeVore also said that Amazon has refunded any...

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13:55
TUAW TV Live: No fireworks, just Steve & Doc

It's a US holiday week, which means that some of us at TUAW will be taking a few days off from the daily deluge of Apple news and reviews to spend time in the warm summer weather enjoying ourselves. Before we do that, though, we're going to hang out...

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13:44
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks voice messaging in analyst...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently advocated voice messaging in a private talk, according to a new memo by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. "When we visited with Tim Cook, he said that walking down streets in China one sees people speaking into their phones sending voice rather than text messages," the note reads . "Porting this capability to the [i]watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone. It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go."...



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13:23
Apple Sued for Trademark Infringement in Shanghai

It's being reported today in China that a Shanghai tech firm by the name of Shanghai Yishijia Network Technology is suing Apple and Shanghai Woshang Information Technology over the usage right of a trademark Yishijia owns on Apple's App Store.

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13:23
Apple Targets Six New Cities in China for Ten New...

According to a new report out of China today, Apple is seeking senior managers to manage ten new Apple stores that it plans to open on the Chinese mainland, as part of efforts to triple the number of Apple Stores in the country.

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13:20
Lessons From the Los Angeles School District iPad...

The Los Angeles Unified School District learned some tough lessons with its iPad rollout. The L.A. Times told the story, but there is much to ponder in scenarios like this. John Martellaro offers some food for thought.


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13:07
Want In-app Purchases Back in ComiXology? There’s a...

When ComiXology pulled in-app purchases from its iPad app after being bought by Amazon, the digital comic experience was ruined for a lot of us. If that includes you, it's time to make your voice heard. Comixology is conducting a customer survey right now where you can tell the company exactly how you feel about losing in-app purchases.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon really doesn't like the idea of sharing 30 percent of ComiXology's sales with Apple, so it won't be easy to convince the company to change. Still, if we don't try there isn't any hope of making ComiXology into the great experience it once was.


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13:04
Increased Messages security leaves iChat, third-...

Sometimes there’s no choice but to let go of the past. Case in point, those with AOL Instant Messenger accounts based on their Mac.com and Me.com email addresses. Many of those folks were surprised on Tuesday when they found themselves unable to log in either on older versions of OS X or via third-party IM clients, such as Adium.

Thanks to enhanced security that Apple has put in place as of July 1, folks with those specific usernames can no longer connect to the AIM service with clients other than Messages running on OS X 10.7.2 or later.

The use of Mac.com screennames dates back to 2002, around the time Apple first launched iChat—for those keeping score at home, that’s three iterations of Apple’s online service ago. (It was still iTools at that point.) Upon the service’s transition to MobileMe, Apple added the ability for users to log in with their Me.com addresses as well.

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13:01
Responsive full background image using CSS

I’ve seen some others, but this one requires no JavaScript.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Samsung to guard against anticipated 'iPhone 6...

With a 4.7-inch iPhone rumored to be on the horizon, Samsung is reportedly readying its first non-plastic handset for a September unveiling in what could be an attempt to stave off defections from Galaxy buyers waiting for a larger-screened option from Apple.



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13:00
Polymo makes organizing your iPhone photos easy

Polymo is a new camera app for iPhone with some nice twists. It just came out today, but I've been testing it for a while and I can say that at its US$1.99 pricetag, it's a really slick tool to have.

This isn't a fancy photo app with a bunch of...

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12:54
Why online tracking is getting creepier

It truly is frightening how far this is going.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:54
T-Mobile expected to start offering accessories on...

According to a leaked internal T-Mobile memo, accessories being sold to eligible customers will qualify for an EIP (equipment installment plan) starting on July 20th (via TmoNews). Much more expensive smartphone accessories such as smartwatches and high-end Beats headphones are surely becoming more and more attractive to customers, and the un-carrier seemingly wants to give customers an easier way to get their hands on them.

The current EIP programs, which allow you to pay for your device typically over a period of 24 months will be coming to accessories in some form and should be presented to customers as “part of the complete solution” according to the memo. And customers may very well be enticed by the deal because that would mean that they’re able to walk out of a brick-and-mortar store with a lot of new product without having to pay much up-front.

Sadly...

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12:54
Yahoo Saves Greendale in 'Community' Rescue


Fans of the sitcom Community have cause to celebrate after Yahoo renewed the show for a sixth season. Creator and showrunner Dan Harmon has signed on, along with seven core cast members. The season will have at least 13 episodes and will air weekly starting this fall. NBC ran the show, which centers on the fictional Greendale Community College, for five seasons before canceling it earlier this year. Since then, rumors abounded that other networks or online services might keep Community alive.

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12:32
macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro for $24.99

We have a great deal on macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro from Macware today. Regularly priced at $110, you can get them through our deal for $24.99. macTuneUp keeps your Mac running fast and it can fix problems with your system, too. It will clear your caches and log file, find duplicates, remove unused language files and more. With DiskTooks Pro, you can defrag your Mac's hard drive (Dave Hamilton will yell at you if you defrag an SSD), repair volumes, create bootable backups, benchmark your drives, find and repair broken aliases, and much more. This deal ends in 4 days.


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12:30
Video: Talking to the developers of the LaMetric...

One of the hottest Kickstarter campaigns right now is that for LaMetric -- it's a smart ticker from a company called Smart Atoms that displays just about anything you can imagine. With 30 days to go in the campaign, LaMetric has gathered almost 1,500...

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12:27
Pro video editors say OS X 10.9.4 update resolves...

Earlier this week, Apple released OS X 10.9.4 with various enhancements and bug fixes for wake-from-sleep and WiFi connectivity. In addition to those fixes, many professional video editors who use Mac Pros are reporting that graphics rendering and performance issues found in the preceding OS X 10.9.3 have been resolved. Graphics card incompatibility issues with 2013 Mac Pros bundled with AMD D700 and D500 graphics engines resulted in videos stalling during the exporting process,...

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12:16
[Sponsor] Bellroy: Slim Your Wallet

Slimmer iPad? Check. Thinner iPhone? On its way (probably). Your laptop? Light as air.

But what about your wallet?

Dividing all of your cards with leather adds significant bulk to a wallet. Instead, stacking your cards together saves loads of space. Bellroy craft wallets that don’t have those little voids. This uses less material and helps create a slimmer silhouette, even with the same contents. Visit Bellroy’s online shop to find out why John Gruber thinks his Bellroy is the “best wallet I’ve ever used”.

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