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Monday June 30

13:48
Linux Mint 17: Fresh and Long-Lasting


Linux Mint 17, dubbed "Qiana," is one of the best releases from this community since Linux Mint 13 arrived in 2012 with the Cinnamon desktop. Qiana is filled with extensive improvements and embellishments to all five desktop editions. It is available in Cinnamon, Xfce, KDE, Mate and LMDE. Regardless of which desktop you favor, the core improvements are well worth the upgrade. They include improvements to the Update and Drivers managers, retooled Login and Welcome screens, and improvements to system, artwork and main components.

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13:47
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy Bundle for...

I have a deal for Mac gamers today, The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy Bundle. This is three games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That's a lot of first person shooting fun, and you get all three titles for US$39.99, and it's half the retail price. The games come via download through Steam, so you won't have to wait long after buying the bundle to start playing.


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13:42
Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks update

On Monday, Apple released its OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks operating system update. The new version, which stands at roughly a 958.2 megabyte via OS X’s Software Update utility, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

- Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks.

- Fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup.

- Improves the reliability of waking from sleep.

- Includes Safari 7.0.5.

OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 is available for free and requires any one of the following 64-bit Intel-based Macs to install and run:

iMac (Mid-2007 or later), MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17- inch, Late 2007 or later), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later), Mac Mini (...

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13:35
SpamSieve 2.9.15 - Robust spam filter for major...

SpamSieve is a robust spam filter for major email clients that uses powerful Bayesian spam filtering.

SpamSieve understands what your spam looks like in order to block it all, but also learns what your legitimate messages look like to avoid confusion. SpamSieve only marks spam in your email client so you never lose any mail.



Version 2.9.15:

  • Works with Apple Mail under Mac OS X 10.9.4. It’s easiest if you update to SpamSieve 2.9.15 before updating to Mac OS X 10.9.4. In any case, if you don’t see the SpamSieve commands in Apple Mail’s Message menu, be sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu. Otherwise, with the SpamSieve plug-in not installed, Mail will move good messages to the spam mailbox without consulting SpamSieve.
  • ...

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13:35
T-Mobile’s LTE footprint passes 230 million points...

T-Mobile held its un-carrier 5.0 (and 6.0) event a couple of weeks ago, and the company’s press release to go along with the event had T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray promising that the company would have an “LTE footprint north of 230 million pops by the end of [the] month.”

It appears that, just in time, the company has hit this goal. And in sarcastic and hilarious fashion, John Legere has taken to Twitter to confirm:

Neville confirmed we hit 230M POPs of LTE! Met our goal but still going! Where you at @Sprint? I hear you’re running behind. #sprintlikehell
John Legere (@JohnLegere)...

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13:33
Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 with wake-from-sleep and...

Andrew Cunningham

In addition to iOS 7.1.2, Apple today released OS X version 10.9.4 for all Macs running Mavericks. While 10.9.3 was a relatively large update that improved 4K display support on several Macs and restored local contact and calendar syncing, 10.9.4 is only a few hundred megabytes and focuses on smaller problems.

Apple's official release notes indicate that the update resolves a problem some Macs had with re-joining known Wi-Fi networks, makes wake-from-sleep more reliable, and solves a problem where the Apple logo wouldn't display correctly at boot. The update also includes Safari 7.0.5.

The small size and scope of this upgrade is probably attributable to the work the OS X team is doing on...

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13:32
Tim Cook, Eddy Cue get invites to 2014 Sun Valley...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, may be headed to the 2014 Sun Valley media and finance conference in Idaho, scheduled for next week, according to an invitation list. The extension of invitations doesn't necessarily mean the pair will show. Both attended the 2013 conference however, and Cook went by himself in 2012....



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13:30
New iOS emoji might include a Middle Finger and a...

The Unicode Standard that governs the types of emoji that appear on mobile messaging platforms was recently updated with a plethora of new options.

As initially relayed by The Verge, it's now up to Apple to pick which of the new 250 emoji icons it'd...

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13:26
Facebook Makes It Clear Users Are Playthings

Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.


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13:17
Apple to reportedly kick off 'Back to School...

According to a report on Monday, Apple will be launching its annual summertime "Back to School" sale campaign tomorrow, with this year's promotion again bringing iTunes gift cards to students buying Macs, iPads and iPhones.



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13:13
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 with iBeacon, mail...

Andrew Cunningham

Apple today released iOS 7.1.2, the second minor update to iOS 7.1. The list of changes is short and focused mainly on minor bugs—it "improves iBeacon connectivity and stability," patches a security hole whereby at-rest e-mail attachments could be accessed by an attacker if he or she had physical access to your phone, and fixes a problem with data transfers from accessories "including barcode scanners."

The e-mail attachment bug is probably the most important thing addressed by the update—it was reported widely back in April when Andreas Kurtz wrote about it on his blog. Kurtz was able to access e-mail attachments using standard tools on several different iOS devices running versions 7.1.1 and 7.0.4.

As part of the iBeacon update, iOS 7.1....

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13:08
Apple’s annual Back to School promotion to start...

Retro Apple Store Back to School display

As we reported two weeks ago, Apple’s annual Back to School promotion will begin tomorrow, according to sources. The program will be similar to last year’s offering, which provided $100 Mac App Store gift cards alongside Mac purchases and $50 cards with iPhone and iPad purchases. Apple will be re-decorating its stores overnight with a new education theme to go along with the new promotion. Earlier today, Apple unveiled upcoming iTunes U updates for the iPad,...

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13:00
Apple to Launch Annual 'Back to School'...

Apple is gearing up to begin its annual "Back to School" promotion in the United States and other countries on Tuesday, July 1, offering iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students that purchase a Mac, iPad, or iPhone.

According to a source who spoke to MacRumors, Apple's 2014 Back to School promotion will be similar to the 2013 promotion, providing students with a $100 App Store gift card for the purchase of a new Mac or a $50 App Store gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone.

2013 Back to School Retail Display
In the past, all iPhones, iPads, and Macs have been eligible for the promotion, with the exception of the Mac mini. The 2013 promotion was available in the following countries, with varying gift card amounts, and the 2014 promotion is likely to be similar: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland,...

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13:00
Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson help Apple celebrate LGBT...

Apple has long been a supporter of LGBT equality and the company was out in force yesterday at the 44th annual Pride parade in San Francisco.

Over 5,000 employees are estimated to have taken part in the parade, including CEO Tim Cook and Lisa...

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12:42
Apple launching Back to School promotion Tuesday

Apple will launch its annual Back to School promotion Tuesday, July 1. It’s unclear what sales will be featured this year, but last year’s promo featured $100 App Store gift cards with Mac purchases, and $50 gift cards with iPad or iPhone purchases made by students. It’s possible that there…

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12:30
Apple now routinely updating Maps with user...

After relying on Google Maps for five years, Apple launched its own Maps app in September of 2012 to joyful fanfare that quickly changed to befuddled confusion. The app's maps were buggy, sometimes directing you to drive across bodies of water to get...

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12:24
Possible 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Front Panel Compared to...

As we creep closer to the fall release date of the iPhone 6, component leaks are becoming more frequent. While we originally saw the alleged front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 back in April, 9to5Mac has shared additional photos of the component.

Depicted in both black and white, the front panel in the photos features a slight gloss and somewhat tapered edges, lending credence to both rumors and mockups that have suggested the iPhone 6 will have rounded iPod touch-style corners.

The two front panels in the photos appear to have relocated the front-facing camera hole to the left side of the earpiece, while sensors are located at the top of the device. This is similar to the design of the iPhone 4, which also had a left-sided front-facing camera. Currently, the iPhone...

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12:16
Logic Pro X: Deploying across multiple Mac systems...

Follow the steps below to deploy Logic Pro X across multiple Mac systems using Apple Remote Desktop, NetInstall, or NetRestore.

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12:16
Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue invited to Allen...

Investment bank Allen & Co. has once again extended an invitation for Apple CEO Tim Cook and services honcho Eddy Cue to attend the bank's annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho alongside a number of other technology and business luminaries.



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12:11
Goodbye Aperture, hello Photos

Last week an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company would be discontinuing the development of Aperture, Apple’s pro-level photo editing and management application, in favor of the new Photos app that will be released later this year;

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

Beyond a brief preview at WWDC, Apple has yet to offer many...

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12:08
Apple Rolls Out Apple TV 6.1.2 Update with Security...

Along with iOS 7.1.2 and OS X 10.9.4, Apple also rolled out Apple TV 6.1.2 on Monday. The update for Apple's set top streaming entertainment box includes several security-related fixes for second generation and newer models.


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12:00
AlertsPro will keep you on top of bad weather

Here in the US we're gearing up for hurricane season, and that means severe thunderstorms and other violent weather. Of course, sever weather isn't restricted to those in hurricane zones. Hail, thunderstorms, severe wind and more happen across the...

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11:54
Apple Squashes 35 Security Bugs in iOS 7.1.2 for...

There weren't that many line items in the iOS 7.1.2 update Apple released on Monday, but the company smushed some 35 security bugs, including 18 memory leak issues in Safari alone. A security flaw that allowed someone to use Siri to view an iPhone's Contacts without a passcode was also addressed, as were a number of issues in WebKit.


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10:39
Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 with Safari 7.0...

Apple updated OS X Mavericks to version 10.9.4 on Monday. The update addresses an issue with sleep and Wi-Fi, as well as more general (unspecified) sleep issues. The update also includes Safari 7.0.5, but Apple didn't include any update notes for that release.


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10:22
About the security content of Apple TV 6.1.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.1.2.

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10:21
Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2 for iBeacon, Bar Code...

Apple released iOS 7.1.2 on Monday, a maintenance release that fixes three specified issues: an issue with Apple's iBeacon technology, an issue with data transfer with bar code scanners, and an issue with attachments in Mail.app.


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10:18
iOS 7: List of available trusted root certificates

The iOS Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with iOS.

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10:17
About the security content of iOS 7.1.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.1.2.

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10:15
OS X Mavericks: List of available trusted root...

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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10:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-30

Facebook conducted an experiment where it manipulated what some subscribers saw in their timelines to see what would happen to their emotional state, but they didn't bother to tell anyone what they were up to. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Facebook did, and to talk about Apple's involvement in this last weekend's Gay Pride parade in San Francisco.


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10:11
About the security content of Safari 6.1.5 and...

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.5 and Safari 7.0.5.

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10:11
About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.4...

This document describes the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.4 and Security Update 2014-003.

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10:10
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2

Apple has released iOS 7.1.2. The update “improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.” Other bug fixes and security updates include a data transfer bug fix, and a fixed issue with data protection class of Mail attachments – it was a known issue that iOS 7.1.1 was not encrypting email attachments…

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08:35
Apple Continues to Push Personal Empowerment with...

Apple rolled out a new commercial over the weekend that continues with the idea that the iPhone 5S is an empowering tool in our daily lives. The new ad, called Parenthood, shows families using their iPhones to learn, stay in touch, control their homes, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: The average user doesn't care about processors or megapixels. They want a smartphone that makes their life easier, and Apple gets that.


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07:58
Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2: Updating and working with...

Learn about updating and working with Final Cut Pro X 10.1 libraries.

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07:46
Aereo Shuts Down Following Supreme Court Ruling

Internet TV streaming company Aereo is shutting down, at least temporarily, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying it has been violating copyright laws. Several networks filed a lawsuit against the company claiming their content was being stolen and rebroadcast without permission and ultimately the Supreme Court agreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: With Aereo shut down it'll be interesting to see who the networks target next. Products and services that let us record programs and then stream remotely better keep looking over their shoulder.


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06:53
iPhone 6 antenna breaks to differ from mockups;...

Recent iPhone 6 mockups feature a basically accurate design, but the antenna breaks will differ from what’s been seen thus far, Nikkei reports. Numerous pictures have shown white stripes connecting the antennas in the iPhone 6 — as seen in the above graphic from…

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06:37
Apple’s iTunes U gets Student Discussions, Course...

Apple announced an update for the iTunes U app for the iPad on Monday with support for in-app student discussions, the ability for instructors to create courses, and improved class management tools. iTunes U is Apple's online education system for all grade levels and college courses, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is still pushing to make the iPad the go-to tool for education, and it's clear the company is serious about being a big part in the learning process.


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06:00
Video from JSS-autopkg-addon Presentation

JSS-autopkg-addon Presentation from Allister Banks on Vimeo.

On June 26th, I had the pleasure of being invited by @Tecnico1931 to the NYC Metro JAMF user group meeting.

A worksheet I created for this event may be found here: url.aru-b.com/jssAutopkg

See also Shea Craig’s python-jss, and thanks go out to James Barclay, Sam Johnson, and all the folks mentioned in the video.

About Allister Banks

Allister has spoken at LOPSA-East, MacTech Conference, MacAdmins Conference at Penn State, and lives in NYC. He contributes to...

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05:50
Apple to update iTunes U with course creation on...

Apple has announced that it will be updating its iTunes U app on July 8, 2014, adding new features that allow teachers to “create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first time,” while giving students the ability to begin discussions and pose questions from the…

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05:36
Google Ready to Kill Quickoffice for iOS, Android

Google is ready to pull Quickoffice from Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad as well as it's own Google Play store for Android. The Internet search giant said the app for editing Microsoft Office documents has outlived its usefulness thanks to recent Google Docs updates.

The Mac Observer Spin: Once Google started unbundling its Office-compatible productivity apps it was pretty clear Quickoffice was short for this world.


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Saturday June 28

15:30
How I Install Fonts Onto My iPad

Under iOS 7, you can install your own fonts, and use them in any app that supports the selection and changing of text font. Let Sandro Cuccia show you how he recently was able to do this on his iPad in order to accommodate a particular font for a Keynote presentation.


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Friday June 27

18:40
Backing Up and Restoring in iOS 7 - Now With Less...

Backing up iOS devices and restoring from those backups is known to be drudgery at best. Kelly explains how this necessary evil got a lot less evil with iOS 7, whether you back up to your computer or to iCloud.


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18:25
3 Free Do It Yourself Apps for iPhone and iPad

Fancy yourself handy with a screwdriver? Even experts can learn something new with these 3 free app that offer tip, how-tos and more in this week's Free on iTunes. DIY Tip Genius, WikiHow, and IFixIt.


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17:32
Get Free Bitcoins with 37 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 37 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 37 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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15:20
235 Degrees Super Fisheye Clip-On Lens for iPhone...

Hey iPhone photography enthusiasts, I have a cool lens for today's deal. Called the Super Fisheye Clip-On Lens, it offers you 235Â of image for a super fisheye effect. As the name suggests, it's a clip-on lens, and it's designed to work with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (with rear camera), and even HTC and Samsung Android smartphones with rear lenses. It's made of aluminum and glass, and it has a focal length of 0.2x. The regular price is $49, but thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we're able to offer it for $29.


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13:59
MainStage 3: Support resources

Apple offers a range of support and help options. Use the resources below to get support and find answers to your MainStage 3 questions.

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13:20
Seidio Innocell Plus Combo Case for iPhone 5/5s...

Seidioâs Innocell Plus Holster for iPhone 5/5s is a battery rechargeable case with 2000 mAh capacity and a detachable holster. The holster is modifiable, and it is totally easy to insert and remove the iPhone. Plus, there are a couple of sweet features to this case.


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12:43
Arrange apps on your iPhone
12:30
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, last chance for...

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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12:25
Hands-On with the T-Mobile Test Drive and iPhone

Curious about T-Mobileâs service? Have them send you an iPhone to try it out! TMOâs Melissa Holt signed up for the Test Drive, and in this article, sheâll tell us what they sent her, how she liked the experience, and what caveats to remember if you want to go for a Test Drive too.


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12:03
Volume Purchase Program: How to purchase VPP Credit

Businesses and educational institutions that are enrolled in the Volume Purchase Program can use VPP Credit as a way to buy apps or books. VPP Credit is just one of many ways your company or educational institution can pay for volume purchases.

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12:00
Microsoft’s Trade-in Program: MacBook Air for...

Microsoft has launched a trade-in program. Bring in, say, a MacBook Air or a Surface Pro 2, and get money towards a new Suface Pro 3. The program is a sign of great a desperation for a product that can't stand on its own merits and for which no one seems ready to stand in-line.


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11:59
Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.1.2 release notes

Learn about current and previous Final Cut Pro X updates.

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11:57
MainStage 3: Best practices for updating

Follow these steps before updating MainStage 3.

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11:54
Logic Pro X: Best practices for updating

Follow these steps before updating Logic Pro X.

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11:41
iLounge Game Spotlight: Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake

Cartoon Network’s newest game is Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake ($5), a puzzle game with lots of RPG elements. The game has a cutesy art style, but don’t let that turn you away — this title has plenty of depth and charm. While the…

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11:21
Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later: Back up libraries...

Learn about backing up the Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x application, your Final Cut Pro X libraries, and about archiving your projects.

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11:17
About Apple ProRes

Apple ProRes codecs provide an unparalleled combination of multistream, real-time editing performance, impressive image quality, and reduced storage rates. Apple ProRes codecs take full advantage of multicore processing and feature fast, reduced-resolution decoding modes.

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11:15
Hiding Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 has a delay on...

When you hide Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 while using an external HDMI display, the display might fade to white or turn gray for two seconds before Final Cut Pro X hides.

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10:59
Compressor 4.1.2: Release notes

Learn about current and previous Compressor updates.

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10:55
Apple Axes Aperture

Development of Aperture and iPhoto has come to an end, according to a statement given to The Loop. Ultimately both will both be replaced by the Photos app coming in iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10.

The Mac Observer Spin: This might be bad news, but right now we simply don't know since we haven't seen enough of the forthcoming Photos app to know for sure.


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10:21
Audi to integrate CarPlay into 2015 cars

Audi has announced it will bring Apple’s CarPlay to its cars, to be available “in the first Audi models starting in 2015.” Interestingly, Audi was not introduced as an initial CarPlay partner in March. The announcement notes there is “intensive dialog” between Audi and Apple on CarPlay integration.…

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10:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-27

Apple's unannounced iWatch is doomed! Doomed! Or at least it is according to several analysts and journalists. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the list of people saying the iWatch will fail, plus they offer up their thoughts on the news that Apple is stopping Aperture development.


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10:08
Apple ceasing development for Aperture, iPhoto in...

Apple has told The Loop that it will be ceasing development of both Aperture and iPhoto for Mac in favor of its new iCloud-based Photos app that will be coming in iOS 8 and Yosemite. “With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you…

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08:47
Analyst: Get Ready for a Fast Move to Blend iTunes,...

Apple won't take its time to add Beats to its own offerings once the it completes buying the music and headphones company later this year. According to Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha, the iPhone and iPad maker will move quickly to add Beats Music into its own streaming music offerings as a way to grow iTunes marketshare.

The Mac Observer Spin: Teaming iTunes Radio and Beats Music could make for a powerhouse in the streaming music market. If that's what Apple has planned, Mr. Garcha's prediction is very likely spot on.


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07:40
iFixit Teardown Shows no Surprises in New 16GB iPod...

The only surprise surrounding the just updates 16GB iPod touch was the quiet announcement that it was available. iFixit has already stripped one down to a bare frame and what they found inside was exactly the same components from the 32GB model with the addition of a rear-facing camera -- a feature that was missing from the 16GB version until now.

The Mac Observer Spin: Looking for something new here? Move along, it's the same as last year. New comes later this year with the iWatch.


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06:57
Total POM: Never Misplace Your Kids or Pets Again

ECO Pact wants to make sure you don't have to go hunting for your family, pets, or belongings again, so the company has launched a Kickstarter for their Total POM personal tracker. Total POM lets you track locations through Bluetooth proximity, cellular signals and GPS, so it doesn't matter how near or far away the fob is. You can attach it to a pet's collar, wear it on your wrist, pop it in your pocket, or leave it in your computer bag and the device dutifully broadcasts its location for a year before you'll need to replace the battery, saving you from buying a new one. Total POM will come with a free year of tracking, and US$19.99 a year after that. ECO Pact's Kickstarter just started and the company is hoping to raise $75,000 to start production.


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05:57
Apple adds Best New Game Updates section to App Store

Apple has added a new section to its App Store for Best New Game Updates. The section reveals a list of newly updated titles, which often were previously featured in the Best New Games section — that section should now only feature brand new titles.…

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05:53
Apple Adds Atlas Wearables Engineer to iWatch Team

Apple has yet another new expert on its wearable tech team, this time it's Alex Hsieh from the fitness tech startup Atlas Wearables. The company has been working on a high end and versatile fitness activity tracker, and Mr. Hsieh was the lead software developer for the project.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple keeps hiring more people for its mystery project. Assuming it really is the iWatch, the rest of the smartwatch and fitness tracking market will have to step up their game in a serious way.


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05:25
iCloud: Resetting Documents & Data

Thereâs a little-known setting on iCloud.com that may help you resolve stubborn syncing issues with (for example) your Pages documents that you edit on multiple devices. So if youâre making changes to files on your Mac and donât see the results on your iPad, this tip may help you get it all fixed up.


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Thursday June 26

17:53
Nock Co Pen and Notebook Cases

In late 2012 I backed a Kickstarter project for a pen and notebook case from Nock. I heard about it from my "notebook nerd" friends, people who still rock the analog setup for various things. I got mine and I love it, I can carry my fountain pen, mechanical pencil, and either sharpie or ballpoint pen in one side, and my Moleskine notebook in the other. It's durable and has survived a number of trips and abuses. I'm glad to say that the company now has its storefront open, where you can get a nice enclosure for a notebook or index cards and a writing implement, or maybe a pouch instead. Everyone I know who has one says the same thing I do: It's super well-built and if you carry a notebook (or want to) this is a great way to do it. I'm always pleased when something I backed becomes a reality, and this is where they wanted to go. I'm glad I helped make it happen. (That's my Nock and its contents in the image.)

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16:51
IK Multimedia Launches Expandable iKlip Xpand for...

I liked the original iKlip from IK Multimedia, the first product designed to hold the original iPad on a mic stand. I've used it on stage, and it was amazingly handy. On Thursday the company announced what looks to be a big improvement, iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini. The iKlip Xpand ($49.99) is designed for iPad mini and iPad Air. Because it uses a spring-loaded clamping mechanism, as shown in the image, it has much greater flexibility than the original versions of the device. It will even hold an Android tablet if that's your thing. The iKlip Xpand Mini ($39.99) is designed for iPhone, iPod touch, or Android smartphones. Heck, it would even hold a Windows Phone device. Both devices are available now.


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16:45
Apple Rumored To Be Developing Homekit Hardware

An online report claims Apple is working on "smart home" hardware to work with HomeKit. Apple is reportedly "beyond the exploratory phase" of hardware development in this area, and believes that smart home hardware could be a mainstream device.


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16:15
The Apple iWatch Hall of Fail - 9 Predictions of...

Lest they be lost to time, Bryan Chaffin decided to keep a list of people predicting that Apple's iWatch will fail. He kicks it off with 9 predictions spanning the last 18 months.


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14:30
Behold the LG ‘G’ Android Smartwatch in Direct...

LG launched the G smartwatch to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday. The device was hardly met with fanfare, but a photograph posted to Twitter on Thursday reveals that LG might not thought this thing through all the way.


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13:56
Apple stores now selling prepaid T-Mobile, AT&T...

Apple retail stores are now selling and activating T-Mobile and AT&T phones with prepaid plans. The T-Mobile devices must be activated in store with $50 or $70 worth of service, and the offer is limited to one device per customer. 9to5Mac also confirmed AT&T is now selling iPhones with…

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13:53
CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac: $99.95

We have another bundle for animators, the CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac. This is the professional flip side to the CrazyTalk Animator bundle we ran a few weeks ago, and it includes CrazyTalk 7 Pro for Mac, the Bouncy Buddies Character Pack, the Auto Animation Library, Organic Auto Motion Samples, and the three hour CrazyTalk 7 Training Video. CrazyTalk 7 is for serious animators with a focus on facial animation. The bundle has a retail price of $235, but through our deal, you can get it for $99.95.


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11:50
John Martellaro Speaks Out on Tech Night Owl

TMO's John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl to talk about an infuriating New York Times article about Tim Cook and Apple. They also discussed how some observers misinterpreted what they saw during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 keynote.


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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-26

Apple rolled out a big update for the iPod touch today, and by "big" we mean "pretty much just a price drop." Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what they think this means for the iPod touch product line, and they dive into positive change in attitude towards Apple from the media and analysts.


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10:25
Apps: Opera Mini 8.0, The Rhythm of Fighters,...

Opera Software’s free Opera Mini Web browser has been updated to version 8.0.0. The UI for the speedy browser has been given an overhaul with new themes and a new compression mode. A QR reader has also been added. Opera boasts that Opera Mini allows web pages to load…

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09:54
Edit a mailbox on your iPhone
09:45
Add a page to your Reading List and come back to it...
08:20
Apple’s new 16GB iPod touch update: unboxing and...

iLounge has obtained a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, introduced this morning. The differences between this model and the existing 32/64GB models are extremely minor, but there are a few. Inside the box, along with the iPod, are a set of EarPods and a Lightning cable.…

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08:13
5.5-inch iPhone 6 May Offer 128GB Option

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may sport more storage to go along with its bigger display. The model will reportedly come with a 128GB storage option, up from the 64GB cap on current and previous iPhones, and will be a feature that sets it apart from the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple does finally offer a 128GB storage option on the iPhone, that'll rock. Limiting it to the 5.5-inch model, however, will suck. Not everyone has giant hands.


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07:05
Report: Apple working on smart home hardware

Apple is reportedly working on its own smart home hardware products that integrate with the company’s current devices, according to 9to5Mac. Development of these home devices has advanced “beyond the exploratory phase,” and sources said Apple thinks the devices could have “mainstream” usage — sources noted Apple is looking…

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07:00
Analyst: Apple to sell 80M iPhone 6 Units in 2014

Topology Research Institute thinks demand is so high for the unannounced iPhone 6 that Apple will sell 80 million units by the end of the year. Assuming the new model, or models, launch in September, that equates to about 20 million iPhone 6 units sold every month for the last four months of the year.

The Mac Observer Spin: There's clearly a lot of interest in Apple's next iPhone model. Assuming the company can produce inventory fast enough, it may be able to hit TRI's numbers.


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05:39
Apple Adds Rear Camera to 16GB iPod touch, Lowers...

Apple quietly updated the 16GBV iPod touch on Thursday, adding a 5 megapixel camera to the iOS-based media player. The company also lowered the model's price to US$199 from $229, and cut the prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple introduced the 16GB iPod touch last year in May, so if a rear-facing camera and price cuts are the only updates this year, it's a pretty good indicator the company is focusing more on the iPhone and iPad. That said, the lower prices are a welcome change.


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05:32
Apple intros new 16GB iPod touch, cuts prices on 32/...

Apple has quietly switched up its iPod touch 5G lineup, replacing the rear camera-less 16GB model introduced last year with a model that now has feature parity with the higher capacity units. Further, this new 16GB iPod touch now sells for $199—$30 less…

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Wednesday June 25

18:20
ACM 260: Google I/O, Nest and Giving Up Our Privacy

Google's I/O conference keynote happened earlier today and the Internet search giant made it clear it wants a place on our wrists and in our homes. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about why it's up to Apple to think outside the box in the wearables market, what Google's plans means for our personal privacy, and how they feel about Nest sharing our information with Google.


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18:03
Google I/O 2014 Keynote Highlights: Wear, Cars, and...

Google kicked off its own developer conference Wednesday, titled Google I/O, with a keynote address. Not content with just phones and tablets, the Android OS has extended to cars and TVs and watches too. With health tracking.

The Mac Observer Spin: Different approaches to the same issue are a good thing. It's fascinating to watch Google show an alternate path. I was really interested until I saw that giant slab of glass on each presenter's wrist.


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14:05
Up Close With the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad

olloclip is well known for its lens kits for the iPhone going back to the iPhone 4s. These small, easy-to-attach lenses typically include a wide-angle, fisheye and Macro capability. Now, olloclip has launched the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad, and it carries on a great tradition.


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13:38
The SmartPlane, a Smartphone-Controlled Aircraft: $...

Longtime readers know that I love toys, especially when they're controlled from my iPhone or iPad. Check out the SmartPlane, a biwing airplane that can be controlled from most iOS devices and some Android devices. It uses Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth Smart) for controlling, and the company said pairing is easy from the custom control app. It works with iphone 4S or newer; iPod touch 5th Gen or newer; iPad 3rd Gen or newer; iPad mini. On the Android side, you need Bluetooth Smart and Android 4.3 or newer. There's a video showing the plane in use, but please don't be that guy that buzzes passersby. Through our deal, the SmartPlane is $49.99.


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13:16
Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Searches Require...

In a decision that backs up the idea that cell phones and smartphones deserve the same privacy protections from the government as other parts of our lives, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled police must obtain search warrants before looking through the contents of our iPhones. Previously, law enforcement agencies could look through text messages, email messages, photos and more on smartphones to collect evidence without using search warrants.


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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-25

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of TV networks and against Aereo's online streaming video business, and in a separate ruling said police need a search warrant to look at what's on our smartphones. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about both, and Jeff gets his rant on over protecting our personal privacy.


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08:29
Supreme Court Rules Video Streaming Company Aereo...

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Aereo a ruling on Wednesday saying the online video streaming company has been violating copyright law by transmitting broadcast TV content over the Internet. Fox, NBC, ABC, and other broadcasters accused Aereo of essentially stealing their programming and reselling it through a paid online service.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether Aereo should've been allowed to continue or be shut down, the Supreme Court ruling takes away one of the options available to viewers looking for ways to break free from cable and satellite TV channel packages.


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07:47
Report Claims iPhone 6 Launching Sept 19

Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company's track record makes a September release plausible, but expecting unnamed sources who are probably in the parts supply chain to know Apple's product launch plans seems unlikely.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't made any announcements about new iPhone models, so for all we know the next model includes holographic displays and pink buttons. That said, the company's track record points to a September launch, and the 19th sounds like as good a date as any.


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07:09
Boinx Software Wants to Build PartySnapper With Your...

One of the Boinx employees built a prototype of an app to display (via projector) the photos guests were taking at his wedding, and at the end all the photos were also stored on his device, so he had all those pictures immediately instead of waiting for email and Dropbox and Facebook and whatever other way people share photos. Now Boinx wants to turn this into a real app, but coding isn't cheap so there's now an Indiegogo campaign to help make that happen. I say help because each dollar raised in the campaign gets matched by two Boinx dollars. This is really a way to measure interest in the app before investing significant resources into it. As with all crowd funding campaigns, there are perks and these range from one "party ticket" for US $5 all the way up to the $5,000 level which gets you food, drinks, and a room in Munich to come party with the Boinx crew at Oktoberfest (travel costs excluded). If you feel particularly generous, there are million dollar (Apple CEO level) and...

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06:16
iWork for iCloud gets Persistent Settings

Apple added more features to the beta versions of iWork for iCloud on Tuesday, including the ability to remember your last used settings in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The iPhone and iPad maker has been working to improve the online versions of the apps as it gets closer to offering feature parity with its Mac and iOS versions.


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05:45
OS X: Merging and Removing Unused Calendars

In todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to discuss how to combine the events from two different calendars, so if youâd like to condense your calendar list by removing some unnecessary categories, this is the way to go about it. Weâll also cover how youâll verify your data before you do any deleting. And how in the heck can you remove an entire calendar anyway? Melissa Holt might just have the scoop.


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Tuesday June 24

16:49
Decibel Mac Music Player for Audiophiles for $19.99

We have a deal for you today on Decibel, a Mac music player for audiophiles. It has a minimal interface, an optional 31-band equalizer, and it supports FLAC,Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, Monkeyâs Audio, Speex, True Audio, Apple Lossless, AAC, MP3, MOD, DSF, DSDIFF, WAVE and AIFF. That's about as close to "all music formats" as I've seen, and it makes Decibel a powerful music playback app for your Mac. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we have it for US$19.99. The regular price is $32.99. You can read more about it on the deal page.


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16:25
Nest Will Open Up Devices to Google After All

You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.


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15:01
The MIXBAG, a Remarkably Versatile Bag for Gadget...

Check out the MIXBAG, a "transformer" bag designed for gadget owners. It's remarkably versatile-it's designed to be carried ten different ways and it can be configured in three different volumes-from a small bag to a backpack-as shown in the image. It has a ton of pockets and includes a rain cover. It has clips for your keys, a bottle holder, and can be carried like a saddlebag. If that's not enough, it's also designed to be used with a portable 1300 mAh charger. The MIXBAG is available in two colors, beige and black, and two sizes, 11.6-inch ($212) and 13.3-inch ($237).


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12:46
Report: Apple relaxes app rejections for ad viewing...

Apple is reportedly “rolling back” a new policy in which the company rejected apps for including rewards for watching video ads or sharing socially, TechCrunch reports. Rejections are now “being undone,” with some offending apps allowed back into the App Store. This follows a report from two weeks…

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12:30
Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s: Pros Outweigh...

The Rokform Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s has military good looks and ruggedness. It is one of the best cases reviewed to date with respect to ultimate protection and has many strengths. However, there are a few negatives that keep it from being great. John Martellaro explains.


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12:21
Apps: Air Stylus, Amazon Instant Video 2.7, Assassin...

Avatron Software’s Air Stylus ($20) enables the use of an iPad as a pressure-sensitive, wireless drawing surface for your Mac. Users can draw or paint directly onto the iPad screen using one of many popular graphics programs, and the screen becomes an extension of the computer desktop through the…

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12:20
Angela Ahrendts Writes About a New Job, Though Not...

Angela Ahrendts has written on LinkedIn about starting a new job. However, she hasn't really said much about starting her new job, Senior Vice President of Apple Retail.


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11:18
Google Just Turned Nest into Your Smart Home Hub

The Nest Learning Thermostat just became more than a slick way to manage the temperature in your home. With the new Works with Nest platform, third-party companies can tie into the thermostat to remotely control devices or to adjust your home's temperature based on what you're doing or where you are -- even if that's in your car.

The Mac Observer Spin: Works with Nest and Apple's HomeKit. Welcome to the new fight to control our home automation dreams.


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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-24

Withings is jumping into the upscale fitness tracking watch market and may have parallels to Apple's rumored iWatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to dive into the Withings announcement, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and whether or not there's a market for Activite and the rumored iWatch.


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08:39
Apple TV gets ABC News, PBS Kids, More

Apple pushed out more channels to Apple TV, giving users access to ABC News, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and AOL On on Tuesday. Like other channel updates, Apple quietly pushed the new content out to users without any need to run updaters or reboot.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing more channels appear on Apple TV is great, but forcing viewers to still pay for a cable TV package really sucks. TV viewers are slowing moving towards wanting to pay for just what they want to see instead of hundreds of channels they aren't interested in.


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08:02
New Apple TV channels: ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids,...

Apple has added four new channels to Apple TV: ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, and Willow. The ABC News channel features live streams and a variety of shows. AOL On is AOL’s video library service, which also features original programming. PBS Kids features popular…

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07:08
Samsung Legal Team gets $2M Fine for Leaking Apple...

The legal firm of Quinn Emanuel was slapped with a US$2 million fine for leaking confidential licensing agreements between Apple and Nokia to Samsung. The documents were part of the ongoing mobile device patent infringement fight between Apple and Samsung, and were intended only for expert witnesses and not the Korean electronics maker's eyes.

The Mac Observer Spin: Coughing up $2 million is more like digging for pocket change from Samsung's perspective. The electronics maker has a track record for staying ahead of the legal system while it makes products other companies say infringe on their products. That's not going to change now, and Quinn Emanuel won't have to take a financial hit because Samsung will no doubt write the checks for the full amount.

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06:42
Withings unveils Activité fitness tracking watch

Withings has debuted Activité ($390), a new iOS-compatible fitness tracking watch. Activité has the look of a real watch, and connects to the Withings Health Mate fitness tracking app using Bluetooth LE. It uses the smartphone connection to display “the exact time, always,” automatically adjusting to time zone…

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06:11
Bloomberg: New iPhones could launch at same time

Apple’s upcoming 4.7” and 5.5” iPhones will enter mass production next month and might become available at the same time, Bloomberg reports. The report claims the phones may ship to retailers “around September,” which corroborates some past reports claiming a September release. Bloomberg also notes the 5.5” iPhone is…

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05:48
Withings goes Upscale with Activite Fitness Tracker...

Health and fitness monitoring company Withings introduced its Activite fitness tracker on Tuesday with a traditional analog wristwatch design. The Activite uses watch hands to show the time as well as your overall daily fitness activity level.


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Monday June 23

16:07
Head to Head Comparison of 14 Streaming Music...

Bryan Chaffin updated his feature comparison of streaming music services with another service, Rhapsody/Napster, for a total of 14 different services. In addition, the device list was updated with additional services that are compatible with Sonos. If you're curious about streaming services, this is a good place to start.


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13:43
The Foolishness of Predicting ‘Apple’s Smartwatch...

It looks like it's time to start the iWatch Death Knell Counter. I'm kidding, mostly, but a headline caught my attention today that specifically stated that the "Apple's Smartwatch Will Probably Fail." Bryan Chaffin says it's nonsense.


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13:12
Bono questions Apple’s treatment of (RED) branding

Speaking at a Cannes Lions presentation about his global AIDS nonprofit agency (RED), U2 frontman Bono took Apple to task for the way the company has branded its (RED) products, Adweek reports. Bono criticized the company with his friend and Apple design chief Jony Ive seated on stage, saying…

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11:35
Bono Describes Fight with Steve Jobs Over (RED)...

Apple's designer-in-chief Jony Ive and U2 frontman Bono took part in an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The two were speaking about Project (RED), the AIDS charity headed by Bono, as part of Bono being awarded the LionHeart Award for his (RED) work. Apple has been a longtime (RED) partner, and Sir Jony has additionally spent his own time designing one-off products for (RED) fundraising auctions. Cannes Lion released a highlight reel (via MacRumors) from the day seven that includes part of the Bono and Jony Ive interview. In the highlight, Bono describes the late Steve Jobs as "a kind of co-creator" for (RED) because he was advising Bono early in the process. Note his effort at a Steve Jobs impression, which I found entertaining. He also described a fight he had with Mr. Jobs about (RED) branding, and how resistant the then-Apple CEO was about using the parenthesis in (RED) branding and the semi-compromise they came to.

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11:30
How Apple’s iOS Became the Darling OS for Mobile...

Apple has created a new webpage full of resources for IT and enterprise developers. Videos drawn from various sources including WWDC plus PDF documents provide a wealth of technical information for developers, but also provide evidence of the scope of Apple's initiatives and success with iOS in the enterprise.


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11:28
LEGO Blends Real Life with Virtual Brick Building in...

LEGO is bridging the gap between building in the real world and virtual worlds on your iPad with its new Fusion kits. Think of it as Minecraft that starts on your kitchen table, then moves into your iPad. Each kit includes 200 bricks you can use to build a virtual town, resort, raceway or fort, depending on which pack you buy. You start by crafting building facades, then snap photos with the iPad camera. Each facade you capture becomes a 3D building in your virtual world where you work to keep your virtual minifigs happy. Kits are priced at US$34.99 each and will be available starting in August. The accompanying iPad app will be a free download from Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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11:01
How to Help the Apple Store Help You

Here's a quick way to help Apple employees help you if you have an appointment at a retail store and you're checking in via your iPhone. It's a great way to to make your appointment go as smoothly as possible.


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10:35
Microsoft Steps Up its Cloud Game with Big OneDrive...

Microsoft ramped up the competition in the online storage market on Monday with big increases to its OneDrive service. Users now get 15GB storage for free, up from 7GB, and paid storage plans saw a nice bump up for less money, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's clear everyone wants to be the gate keeper of our files online, and the competition is heating up. That's good news for consumers because the features we get should continue to improve while prices drop.


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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-23

Nest is buying Dropcam, but Nest is owned by Google. Do we need to be concerned about losing more of our privacy? Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about that and to dive into the big online streaming music options available today including iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Beats.


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08:10
Traveling Steve Jobs Patent Exhibit Moves to Denver

Denver often feels like a city left out when traveling exhibits make the rounds, but Steve Jobs -- or at least his patents -- are showing the front range town some love. An exhibit that started at the Smithsonian showing off patents bearing his name just opened at the Denver Public Library.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you're in or near Denver, be sure to make the trip to the DPL Central Library. This is a fascinating exhibit that's worth checking out.


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06:49
Foxconn Hunting for 100K People to Build iPhone 6

Foxconn is apparently on the biggest hiring spree in the company's history as it hunts for 100,000 people to build Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Foxconn has been building iPhone models for Apple for years and is expected to produce 70 percent of the what the company has ordered.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Foxconn and Pegatron really are hiring as many new employees as it sounds like, Apple has some pretty big iPhone orders in the works. Bringing on over 100,000 new workers also helps back up the idea that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models really are happening.


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06:02
Foxconn, Pegatron hiring for iPhone 6 production

Foxconn and Pegatron, two of Apple’s largest manufacturing partners, have begun hiring workers to produce the iPhone 6. The former is recruiting more than 100,000 people, a Chinese continental record, according to reports from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and Reuters. The bulk of the orders will go to…

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05:47
Nest to Buy Dropcam in $555M Deal

Smart thermostat and smoke detector maker Nest is buying the home monitoring camera company Dropcam in a US$555 million deal. Nest itself was recently purchased by Google, but the purchase independently of the Internet search giant, which puts Dropcam completely under Nest's control.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Google is smart, it'll make sure in-the-home products like Nest Thermostats and Dropcam cameras operate independently of its other products. If not, get ready for a huge backlash over personal privacy concerns.


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Sunday June 22

08:51
MGG 507: Blow It Out To Cool It Off

Got dust? You've probably got heat, too. Your favorite geeks - and fellow listeners - have your advice for you. How about managing a NAS drive and keeping your data in the right place? What about the disks themselves? How about some general tips for running about in the Terminal? Traveling and want to bring good-sounding tunes with you? All this and more in today's show!


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Saturday June 21

07:30
How to Obtain and Use Enhanced-Quality System Voices...

In 1984, the first Macintosh had text-to-speech capabilities. Sandro Cuccia shows you how crude, robotic speech synthesis has evolved to the enhanced-quality, human-like System Voice in OS X and how you can take advantage of this technology on your Mac.


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Friday June 20

22:26
MacDMV and MacTech meet in Washington DC on Tues...

Tuesday night, June 24th will be the next MacDMV Event. We’ll be at RFD on 7th Street NW in Chinatown just five blocks from the Sheraton Four Points, and we’ll be starting at 6pm and running til 9pm. We’ll be just a block from the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro on the Red, Green and Yellow lines of the Metro, or a walkable 10 blocks from Metro Center. Parking will be available on the street or in nearby garages for reasonable sums.

You can sign up on our Eventbrite page.

We’ll have a quick tech talk from Justin Rummel on using AutoPKG with JAMF’s Casper Suite and a stump-the-chumps with Tom Bridge on WiFi networking issues, as well as a good social crowd. See you at 6 at RFD!

About Tom Bridge

Once an in-house IT admin with 200 users across 10 offices at an education non-profit, Tom is now a...

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19:53
Amazon Is Not A Serious Apple Competitor…Yet

Yesterday Kelly agreed with analyst Brian White's confidence in Apple up until he said "Apple is unique in its ability to develop hardware, software and services that work together seamlessly.â While he's right that Apple is the only one right now, it seems that Amazon is aspiring to the same thing.


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17:55
Head to Head Comparison of 13 Streaming Music...

The launch of Rhapsody's unRadio got Bryan Chaffin thinking about the differences in streaming music services. He put together a feature shoot out looking at price, quality, catalog depth, and the different features 13 streaming services offer.


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14:30
Is Amazon Setting the World on Fire? Or to Itself?

The recent revelations about the NSA, the endless parade of online hacking and theft of credit card or personal information, and the desire by Amazon to seduce customers into ever more purchases has created a strong pendulum in the direction of the erosion of human dignity. There may be money to be made and unexpected success to be found as the pendulum swings in the other direction.


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13:40
Report: Apple using pro athletes to test iWatch...

Apple is reportedly using professional athletes to put its iWatch fitness features to the test in “intense training environments,” according to 9to5Mac. Athletes involved are said to include Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, and an unnamed Boston Red Sox player, among…

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13:28
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, giveaway reminder

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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13:28
iStabilizer Dolly for Smartphones and Cameras for $...

Today's deal is for the iStabilizer Dolly, an adjustable dolly on wheels that you can use to stabilize photographs and video taken with a camera or your iPhone. It's a great way to add a cinematic feel to your videos, unless of course, you like herky-jerky images that will make your friends and YouTube followers suspect you've been spending some quality time with meth. Check out the deal page for a video showing it in use. This is a very cool device, and you can get and the smartphone mount for $38.99, a little more than half price from retail at $65.


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13:25
Air Stylus turns Your iPad into a Graphics Tablet...

Avatron Software is already known for its Air Display 2 app that turns your iPad into a second display for your Mac, and now they're turning your iPad into a graphics tablet, too. Their new Air Stylus app works with more than 30 Mac art and design apps such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and supports pressure sensitive styluses, plus it lets users draw on their iPad screen much like Wacom's pro-level Cintiq tablets. It links your iPad and Mac via Bluetooth, so there aren't any wires to get in the way. Air Stylus looks like a cool alternative to using an actual graphics tablet, and is an awesome example of just how versatile the iPad really is. Air Stylus is priced at US$19.99 and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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12:49
Apple’s iWatch to Launch with Multiple Models,...

Apple's rumored smartwatch will launch in October, and will be available in multiple sizes and models. That's according to insider sources claiming to be privy to the iPhone and iPad maker's plans.

The Mac Observer Spin: An October iWatch launch is looking more believable every day, and at this point it seems all but confirmed. What we don't know is exactly what form the device will take, how much it will cost, and what sizes it will be available in.


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12:31
Numbers for Mac: Using headers and footers for...

Numbers for Mac 3.2 and later includes options for headers and footers when printing your spreadsheets.

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12:19
iTunes Store: Windows XP SP2 unable to connect

You might notice that the iTunes Store is empty and has no content on a PC with Windows XP.
 

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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-20

More iWatch rumors are coming out and it's looking more and more like Apple will jump into the wearable tech market this October. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what the want and what they expect from Apple's wearable tech efforts, and they dive into round two on whether or not Apple did the right thing with its new entry level iMac.


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08:38
iLounge Game Spotlight: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes:...

Harry Potter. Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. LEGO has firmly established a successful pattern of obtaining the rights to popular properties, building toys out of them, and then turning them into truly fun games. Its latest title, produced by Warner Bros., is no different. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes:…

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07:39
Judge Koh Questions Fairness of Apple, Google Anti-...

Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh has reservations about approving the US$324.5 million settlement Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel have agreed to in a lawsuit accusing the companies of forming a pact to not hire away employees from each other. During a hearing on Thursday she said she wasn't sure the deal would be fair to the plaintiffs in the case, but didn't say she planned to deny the settlement.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Judge Koh approves the settlement, the employees who said the anti-poaching pack artificially capped their pay will get their cut sooner than they would by going to trial. Even though at least one plaintiff isn't happy with the settlement amount, it's likely Judge Koh will ultimately approve the deal and bring an end to the case.

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06:36
T-Mobile gives Subscribers Free Music Streaming for...

T-Mobile has made another move to set itself apart from Verizon and AT&T by announcing subscribers can stream music from several online services without worrying about hitting their wireless data cap. The company said T-Mobile Simple Choice subscribers can stream music from iTunes Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Spotify over LTE without incurring any data charges.

The Mac Observer Spin: T-Mobile is getting pretty agressive with its push to draw customers away from the big cell service providers. It's your move, Verizon and AT&T.


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05:44
WSJ: iWatch to come in multiple designs, have 10+...

A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims Apple’s iWatch will likely be available in multiple screen sizes. Also according to sources, “The new wrist device from Apple will include more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness.” Additional reporting from Chinese website Laoyaoba

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05:25
OS X: Sharing a Printer with Other Macs

So you own a printer that doesnât have Wi-Fi. Guess youâve gotta be directly connected to it to use it, right? Nope! In this Quick Tip, weâll discuss how to use one Mac in your house as a makeshift print server so that other computers can print to any devices connected to it.


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Thursday June 19

17:35
Apple’s Sapphire Supplier Continues to Expand...

Apple's sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, is continuing to expand its capacity to produce the synthetic material. According to documents filed with the SEC (as noted by Seeking Alpha), the company is opening new facilities that add another 20 million screens to the 200 million unit capacity the company already has.


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17:10
Take Control Of Podcasting on the Mac, featuring...

You may have heard of Take Control Books, a great source of information about how to bend various Apple-centric topics to your will, such as Take Control of Pages or Apple Mail. One of their most recent releases is the updated Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac. This new edition includes profiles of some notable podcasters including Chuck Joiner, Louis Trapani, Kirk McElhearn, and yours truly! I talked to author Andy Affleck about my setup for podcasting and how excited I am about podcasting. I endorse all Take Control titles-they make some complex topics really approachable, and they're good references. It's a US$10.00 book, but if you buy three or more books you get 30% off, so check out some of the other titles and see if you can't build a nice little bundle of information.

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16:21
Reuters Claims iWatch Will Have Curved 2.5” Display...

Apple will begin production of the iWatch in July and ship it in October, according to unnamed sources cited by Reuters. Those sources also said the device will feature a 2.5-inch display with a curved surface.


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16:00
8 GB of RAM in the New Entry-Level iMac is Just Fine

Many observers are whining about how the 8 GB of RAM in Apple's new 2014 entry-level iMac is not upgradable. John Martellaro thinks it's a non-issue and explains why the critics are wrong.


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15:21
iTunes Store: How to delete a downloading purchase...

When you make a purchase from the iTunes Store on your iOS device, the purchase will appear in your download queue until it is finished downloading. You can delete items from your download queue. 

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14:52
Analyst: Apple Unaffected By Amazon Fire Phone

Analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald wrote a note to clients right after Amazon's announcement of its new device, saying "âwe do not anticipate any impact to Appleâs iPhone franchise."

The Mac Observer Spin: Until we can actually see and use the device, it seems like it's just a thing to buy so I can buy more things, which isn't the feeling I get from the iPhone.


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13:39
Report: Apple exploring changes to AppleCare+,...

Apple is considering a number of customer support tweaks including changes to AppleCare+, 9to5Mac reports. The company is considering making AppleCare+ available for 60 days after purchasing a supported device, rather than the current 30 days. AppleCare+ may also be pushed as a subscription service, which has been reported…

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12:20
Report: iWatch to feature 2.5” screen, wireless...

Taiwan’s Quanta Computer will start mass producing Apple’s iWatch next month, and the device will reportedly feature a 2.5” “slightly rectangular” display, touch interface, wireless charging capabilities, and a sensor that monitors a user’s pulse, according to Reuters. The report claims that “the watch face will protrude slightly from…

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12:14
Apple Deployment Programs: Web Browser Support

If you are seeing issues when setting up your device deployment or administrating your Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account, make sure you are using a supported web browser.

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11:19
Apps: Asphalt 8 1.4, Delectable 4.0, Godfire + Star...

Gameloft’s newest update to Asphalt 8: Airborne (free) adds a number of new cars to the racing game, among a few other new features. Version 1.4 offers players the chance to drive the Chrysler ME 412, Ferrari FF, Ford 2006 GT, Hennessey Venom GT, Mercedes Benz CLK GTR AMG,…

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11:02
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril comes to...

LEGO's popular Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril hit the iPad on Thursday, bringing with it Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and many more super heroes to save our world. The game includes more than 91 characters from the Marvel universe, 45 missions, and plenty of LEGO action to keep you busy while protecting the world from super villains. Considering how good the game play is in LEGO's other iPad-based super hero games are, we're excited to dive in and see just how much Hulk can smash. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril costs US$4.99 and and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-19

The streaming music service Rhapsody is reinventing itself and has teamed up with T-Mobile to help make that happen. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to examine whether or not it matters with so many competing services already on the market. They also take a look at T-Mobile's new Test Drive program that lets prospective customers try out an unlimited plan and Apple's iPhone 5S.


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07:27
Want to Try the iPhone 5S for Free? Ask T-Mobile

T-Mobile is offering prospective subscribers a way to try out its cell network for free, and it teamed up with Apple to use the iPhone 5S as the smartphone of choice for the deal. The T-Mobile Test Drive program gives you an iPhone 5S for a week, along with unlimited nation-wide service, plus it gives people the opportunity to see Apple's popular smartphone in action.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a good move for T-Mobile and a great way for Apple to give prospective iPhone buyers a way to try before they buy. Yet again, T-Mobile is trying something it's bigger competitors aren't doing.


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07:23
Apple’s Activation Lock said to cause drop in iPhone...

Police officers in New York, London, and San Francisco claim they’re seeing a drop in smartphone theft, and Apple’s Activation Lock may be the reason, The New York Times reports. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón both believe the Apple “kill…

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06:24
T-Mobile intros Test Drive program with iPhone 5s

T-Mobile has introduced Test Drive, a new program that lets prospective users try out the T-Mobile network for free while using an iPhone 5s. Upon signing up for the program, T-Mobile will send you an iPhone 5s, which can be used for free for seven days to make unlimited…

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05:48
Apple Limits New iMac to Casual Use Without Upgrade...

Apple's new US$1,099 entry level iMac is clearly aimed at more casual users -- so much so that it isn't upgradable. The 8GB RAM it ships with is all this iMac will ever hold, and replacing the hard drive involves steps most Mac owners wouldn't want to try.

The Mac Observer Spin: A look inside the new iMac shows this isn't a step up from your current Mac. It's targeting a psychological price point to help draw in new users, not serve long-time Mac owners. It's the fresh blood Mac.


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Wednesday June 18

21:21
Rhapsody Launches unRadio, Yet Another Streaming...

Rhapsody International, whom you may remember as the parent of such hits as Rhapsody and Napster (via purchase), announced on Wednesday its own entry into the ever-more crowded streaming music market. The company's service is called unRadio, it was launched at a T-Mobile media event, and no one will care.


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18:30
ACM 259: Apple’s New iMac, Adobe’s Stylus and Amazon...

It's hardware-palooza day on Apple Context Machine with Apple introducing a new entry level 21.5-inch iMac, Amazon unveiling its Android-based Fire Phone smartphone, and Adobe launching its own iPad stylus and ruler combo called Ink and Slide. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin dive into all three announcements and don't hold back on what they do -- and don't -- like.


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17:53
Kanye West Blesses Apple-Beats Deal

Kanye West discussed Apple and its connection to culture at the Cannes Lions festival as part of a seminar titled "Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape," according to Adweek. He (again) cited Steve Jobs as an influence and talked about Apple's deal with Beats.

The Mac Observer Spin: Oh Kanye. Can you hear yourself when you speak? I wonder, I really do.


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14:38
Adonit Joins Creative Cloud with Jot Touch with...

Adonit gave the Jot Touch pressure sensitive stylus a smaller tip and Adobe Creative Cloud support on Wednesday, adding to the iPad stylus news for the day. The new Jot Touch with Pixelpoint sports a 3.18 mm tip, and can copy and paste content through Creative Cloud, much like Adobe's own Ink and Slide, also announced today and co-developed with Adonit.


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14:05
Name Your Own Price Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle...

We have another name your own price bundle from our friends at Stack Social, the Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle. This is ten apps, including Path Finder and Fantastical, an app that won the TMO Editors' Choice Award. The other apps are Flux 4, Gemini, Logoist, Tunes Cleaner, MacX iPhone DVD Ripper, DiscLabel, SyncMate Expert 5, and Tangerine. Here's how it works: you can pay any price you want and get three of the apps (Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5). If you pay more than the average, which is currently US$10.89, you'll get all 10 apps. But there's more: 10 percent of the profits go to a charity of your choice, and if you pay enough to make the Top 10, you'll be entered into a drawing for a MacBook Air. It's hard to lose with that.


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13:55
Apple’s New Entry-Level iMac Will Create Heartburn...

When Apple saw what the iPad was doing to the sales of PCs, the company must have been very pleased. And with the Mac gaining market share against PCs as well, why not pour on the coals? John Marellaro foresees heartburn in PC land.


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13:50
Kitchen Overlord’s Carbs Against Humanity

This is a twofold Cool Stuff Found. First, there's the Kitchen Overlord's Illustrated Geek Cookbook Kickstarter campaign, which is a wonderful thing you should totally check out. Then there's the "stretch goals" for the campaign; a custom Cards Against Humanity deck, dubbed Carbs Against Humanity. If you ever wanted a nifty expansion pack for your CaH deck, now is your chance to expand it deliciously. (If you have no idea what Cards Against Humanity is, NSFW is putting it mildly. You have been warned.) Right now the Kickstarter is sitting at just over US$8,400 and at $9,000 every backer who buys the print book will also get a caricature of Star Trek's Sulu, an action shot of him skewering Tribbles (shown at left). I love the illustrations, and I love the recipes, and the video tells you all you need to know about the actual cooking of things from the cookbook. So check it out, it's nice to have a source for nerdy noms besides the Star Wars Cookbooks, right?

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13:18
Amazon Debuts Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon has released the Amazon Fire Phone, which debuted at a live event in Seattle on Wednesday. As rumored, it sports four front-facing cameras to track the position of the user's head and uses that data to create "Dynamic Perspective," which means 3D views of some things and a tilt to scroll feature.

The Mac Observer Spin: This looks like kind of a neat phone, but even more it looks like another way to buy stuff that happens to also let you call people.


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12:45
Apple and Samsung Burying the Hatchet? Don’t Count...

A new report claims Apple and Samsung have decided to knuckle down and work to bring an end to their ongoing mobile device patent infringement fight. That sounds great, but the reality is that it just doesn't fit with Samsung's strategy, or Apple's intense desire to protect its intellectual property.


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11:46
Adobe Unveils Ink and Slide Stylus and Ruler Combo...

Adobe's Mighty and Napoleon iPad stylus and ruler have finally moved from the drawing board to shipping products, although now they have new names: Ink and Slide. The Ink stylus is pressure sensitive, and the two devices work together with Adobe's Creative Cloud for accessing, storing and sharing content.

The Mac Observer Spin: Adobe is serious about being a strong player in the mobile market, and its Ink and Slide combo have the potential to turn our iPad styluses into more than replacements for our finger tips. The new stylus and ruler are also a clear sign that Adobe wants to make Creative Cloud an indispensable part of our creative world.


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11:45
Kensington Blackbelt 2nd Degree Case for iPad mini...

Nancy Gravley reviews the Kensington BlackBelt 2nd Degree case for iPad mini case to see how it holds up under the ministrations of an active two year old. With military-grade MIL-STF-810G testing protocols for all-around protection against drops and scratches, it did its job.


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11:00
Adobe intros Ink and Slide iPad accessories, new apps

Adobe officially introduced its Ink and Slide accessories for iPad today — the accessories were previously announced as the Project Mighty cloud pen and Napoleon ruler. Ink is a three-sided aluminum stylus that uses Adonit’s Pixelpoint technology, which was also seen in today’s earlier announcement of the considerably less…

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10:53
Report: iPhone 6 may include barometer, air pressure...

Apple’s iPhone 6 could contain a barometer and air pressure sensors, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that new references within Xcode 6 and iOS 8 are dedicated to altitude tracking and will require new Apple hardware. It’s possible that altitude tracking abilities might be incorporated in the new…

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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-18

Apple unveiled a new 21.5-inch today priced just over $1,000, but for $200 more you can get a more powerful model. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain what's up with the new entry level iMac and whether or not it's worth recommending to family and friends. They also take a look at a new art project that uses social networking to make a dress see-through.


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08:19
Apple TV to gain continuity feature?

Some users running the newest betas for iOS, OS X, and Apple TV have seen a notification that “Apple TV is now available for Continuity,” according to 9to5Mac. It’s possible Apple TV will gain some parts of the new Continuity feature seen in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite,…

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08:19
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014): Setting up your Audio...

Use this article to lean how to set up audio devices on your iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014). You can use Audio Midi Setup in your Applications folder to select audio channel input and output devices, configure output speakers, set clock rates, and control audio levels.

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08:18
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014): Memory specifications

Learn about the memory in your iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014) computer.

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07:10
Samsung Galaxy S5 Misses Sales Targets, Disappoints...

Samsung has most likely missed its own Galaxy S5 smartphone quarterly shipments by 25 percent, and local securities firms aren't happy. Samsung expected to ship 21 million units, but instead will come in around 15 million -- and that means the electronics maker sold even less because units shipped doesn't equal units sold.


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06:56
Apple TV price cut in Europe

Apple has dropped the price of the Apple TV in European markets. The Apple TV is now €99 in Europe and £79 in the United Kingdom, down from €109 and £99, respectively. In the U.S., the Apple TV remains $99. On Tuesday, a new…

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06:27
Adonit releases Jot Touch with Pixelpoint stylus

Adonit has released its newest stylus, the Jot Touch with Pixelpoint ($120). Pixelpoint is a 3.18 mm fine point tip designed to improve precision and accuracy. The new stylus comes with programmable shortcut buttons and the ability to connect to Adobe Creative Cloud. It also offers 2,048 levels of…

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05:54
Apple Adds Entry Level 21.5-inch iMac to Desktop...

Apple introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac on Wednesday the company is calling its entry level model. Pricing starts at just over US$1,000, includes Intel's Core i5 processor, and the same design as its larger screen siblings.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't been a company known for targeting low-end buyers, but this new entry level iMac market sure makes it look like the company wants to steal away more of the desktop from the PC market.


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05:31
OS X: Speed Up Logging In

There are a couple of fast and easy steps you can take to potentially improve how quickly your Mac logs you in, and weâre going to discuss them in this article (hereâs a hint: You may have a ton of stuff thatâs opening automatically without you even knowing). Hey, spinning beach balls, you can kiss ourâum, grits. Yeah, grits.


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Tuesday June 17

18:58
Apple Happily Promotes Hachette Preorders that...

So you remember that thing where Amazon is blocking the sale of products on its website from Hachette (and Time Warner) as a negotiating tactic? Well, Apple would like you to know it would be pleased as punch to sell you those books on the iBooks Store.


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17:57
Wearable Dress Disappears One Tweet At A Time

As an art project, two NYU designers have created a dress that disappears-literally disappears-as data is collected about the wearer, according to the Daily Dot. Powered by smartphones, the x.pose dress designers refer to it as a "wearable data-driven sculpture" that reveals more skin underneath as personal data is released via Facebook and Twitter.


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17:37
Some Record Labels Are Cranky about YouTube’s...

YouTube is planning to launch a paid music streaming service to compliment its ad-supported and otherwise free music streaming service. According to NBC, YouTube has already signed 95 percent of the major and independent music labels, though not all them are happy about the terms.


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16:09
Sydney Mac Admins June 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 25th of June.

We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. You don’t need to be an expert. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.

You can now RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/

I hope to see you there,

Marcus.

About Marcus Rowell

Marcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.

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14:58
Jony Ive Teases New Materials for Unreleased Apple...

Jony Ive let us know that we should expect "new materials" in "future stuff." In an interview, Sir Jony said that he's been working with some new materials for several years, though he didn't offer any specifics.


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14:55
28-Port Powered MondoHub With 4 USB 3.0 Ports - $55

The MondoHub has Twenty-Four USB 2.0 ports and Four USB 3.0 ports for a total of 28 USB ports, all hanging off your USB3 Bus. This will work with your USB2 bus, too, if that's what you have. You can switch power for each port on and off independently, and there are ports on the top and two sides of the device making for plenty of cable-plugging room while remaining as compact as possible. Be done with upgrading to a new hub each time you get a new device. For a penny less than US$55 this is your final answer!


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13:57
Apple promoting books Amazon won’t sell

Apple is looking to take advantage of Amazon’s ongoing dispute with Hachette Book Group — or at least ruffle Amazon’s feathers — by promoting discounted Hachette books in its iTunes Store. Currently, Apple is promoting 26 books under the heading “Popular Pre-Orders: $9.99 or Less,” and all of the books…

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12:21
Apps: Automatic 2.0, Paper 1.2, Slingshot + WebMD 5.0

Automatic Labs, makers of the Automatic Link, has released version 2.0 of the Automatic app. The free app, which can only be used in conjunction with the accessory, has been redesigned and can now give users fuel level updates and low-fuel warnings. Also, the speed warning alerts can…

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12:00
OS X Mavericks: How to Easily Reset the...

In the early years of OS X, the Mac operating system was sold on a DVD. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way (of several) would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Nowadays, there is no install disc provided with OS X, and so an alternative method is necessary.


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10:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-17

Nuance powers part of Siri's speech recognition for Apple, and the company may be up for sale with Samsung as a potential buyer. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their take on what a Samsung-owned Nuance could mean for Apple, and they also take a look at Google's ability to serve as an industrial espionage broker from the sky once it completes its purchase of Skybox.


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10:20
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 2, Apple TV beta software...

Apple has released iOS 8 beta 2 to registered developers. The release is available over-the-air through Settings. 9to5Mac reports that a new Apple TV software beta has also been released. We’ll update in the near future with any pertinent information on what’s new and notable within iOS 8 beta…

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09:17
Photos of iPad Air 2 physical mockup show Touch ID

Photos of an iPad Air 2 physical mockup including Touch ID have surfaced online. The mockup looks much like the current iPad Air, with a few changes. In addition to the Touch ID, the mockup has recessed volume controls. There’s also a new hole on…

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08:34
Cowen Raises AAPL Target to $102 on iPhone 6...

Cowen & Company analyst Timothy Arcuri thinks Apple's smartphone sales will remain strong this year and the upcoming iPhone 6 will drive those numbers up enough to warrant bumping his target price for the company's stock from US$90 up to $102. He said Apple has been able to maintain strong sales despite the fact that it doesn't offer a smartphone with a larger screen, although that's expected to change this fall with the launch of the iPhone 6.

The Mac Observer Spin: Everyone is expecting bigger screens and bigger sales for the iPhone 6 this fall. Get ready for a lot of disappointment in the stock market if Apple sticks with the current iPhone 5S display.


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07:38
Amazon to Announce Smartphone on Wednesday, AT&T...

Amazon is expected to introduce its own smartphone on Wednesday, and AT&T will be the exclusive carrier. Apple struck a similar deal with AT&T when the iPhone first launched, which gave the cell service provider a healthy boost in its competition with U.S. market leader Verizon.

The Mac Observer Spin: An Amazon-branded smartphone is yet another way to help lock customers into the giant online retailer just as it already does with the Kindle ebook reader lineup. The price will likely be relatively low, too, as an incentive to draw in more potential online shoppers.


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07:30
Unicode Standard update adds new characters, 250 new...

The Unicode Consortium has announced version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard, which includes 2,834 new characters and approximately 250 emoji. Emojipedia has the full list of brief descriptions for the new emoji characters, including Thermometer, Hot Pepper, Derelict House Building, Waving White Flag, Man In Business Suit Levitating,…

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**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
Sr. Product Leader, *Apple* Store Apps - Ap...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
WW Sales Program Manager, *Apple* Online St...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
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