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Wednesday June 25

10:00
TUAW Giveaway: Win one of three sets of RHA MA750i...

We've teamed up with Glasgow-based in-ear manufacturer, RHA, to giveaway three sets of its premium MA750i, iOS compatible in-ear headphones, each worth US$129.95.

I reviewed the MA750i headphones last year and was really impressed with their overall...

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09:39
9to5Toys Last Call: 4-port USB Wall Charger $10,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Home Deals: Dyson AM01 Fan (refurb) $90 (Reg. $300 new), Saeco Auto Espresso Machine (refurb) $330 (Reg. $999 new), more
  • WD Elements 2TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive ...
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09:38
Aereo faces shutdown after Supreme Court ruling...

Aereo has lost its battle against broadcasters, after the US Supreme Court ruled against the start-up. In a 6-3 ruling, the court states the company violates copyright law by streaming recordings of TV shows to its subscribers, classifying the streams as "public performances" and so requires that Aereo pay content licenses to broadcasters for their programming....



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09:25
Apps: MacFamilyTree, OmniOutliner, Simplify
09:24
Surprise iOS 7.1 jailbreak for most iPhones and...

PanGu

Developers in China have published what appears to be a reliable and malware-free jailbreak for most iPhones and iPads running the latest version of Apple's iOS. The release underscores how hard it is to keep such jailbreak exploits out of the public domain, since the code vulnerability that makes it possible appears to come from a highly secretive training class on iOS exploit development.

Jailbreaks allow iOS users to bypass Apple's iron-clad technical restrictions and install unauthorized third-party software that is not included in the App Store. The technique appeals to many users, but it also comes with significant risks. One is that the process could temporarily or possibly damage the device. Another is that jailbreak developers may bundle keyloggers or other types of malware inside the software that performs the operation, leaving users with a device that steals passwords, tracks geographic whereabouts, or...

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09:22
Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variant will feature...

If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with optical image stabilization (OIS), it may only be available on the rumored 5.5-inch version.

Per AppleInsider, a research note published by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that while the iPhone 6 will use a middle-mount open-loop voice coil motor, not an OIS VCM. The part is said to be an updated version of what is being used in the iPhone 5s.

Unlike common VCMs, an OIS system mechanically controls a light path as it travels from lens to sensor either through manipulation of lens elements or the sensor itself. OIS modules are more expensive than middle-mount VCMs and, in some cases, can be heavier...

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09:18
EU Regulators Expected to Decide on Apple's...

Apple's proposed acquisition of Beats Electronics is facing its first regulatory hurdle after the Cupertino company announced the deal last month. As reported by Reuters, European Union's Antitrust Commission is expected to make a decision on the purchase by July 30.

The EU regulators can approve the deal unconditionally, demand concessions if they have anti-competitive concerns or order a full investigation if they need more convincing that the acquisition will be a benefit and not a detriment to competition.

The pending $3 billion deal includes both Beats Electronics, which offers headphones and speakers, and Beats Music, a streaming music subscription service. Under the deal, Beats executives Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple, giving the company a significant boost to its music...

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09:00
Open XML SDK goes open source

Brian Jones is the principal GPM of the Office Development Platform.

Today is an exciting day for Office developers—we’re open sourcing the Open XML SDK on GitHub! We’re eager to work with the community on continual improvements to the SDK’s functionality and scalability, and to explore new platforms and technologies to support developer platforms such as Mono, an open source implementation of .NET Framework. It’s been over seven years since we released the initial preview of the Open XML SDK, and over that time it’s been one of the key tools developers have used for building solutions that consume, create, and modify Office documents.

I encourage you to head over to GitHub and take a look at the project. We’d love your participation! We posted it under the...

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09:00
EU to rule on antitrust compliance of Apple/Beats...

Antitrust regulators with the European Commission will rule by July 30th whether or not Apple's $3 billion takeover of Beats can go ahead as planned, according to Reuters. The Commission has several options available. It can authorize the deal as signed, or ask for concessions -- such as divestiture -- if it's determined that the buyout would give Apple too much industry control. In a worst-case scenario, the Commission could launch an investigation that might even scuttle the acquisition....



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09:00
Researchers crack iPad, iPhone PINs

"Shoulder surfing" refers to the practice of looking over someone's shoulder to watch them enter a PIN on a mobile device, like an iPad. It's not the most sophisticated hack ever, but it works, as long as the interloper has a line of sight. However,...

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08:57
Rumor: Sources indicate September 19th launch date...

If there’s a rumor out there, there’s generally some kernel of truth to it.

Per The Mac Observer, 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 albeit the unnamed sources and vagaries make this less than certain.

What’s currently presumed is that the next iPhone will come in two sizes with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display, a redesigned body that follows the iPad mini and iPad Air design, improved cameras, and faster processors.

The current rumor mill has it...

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08:56
Google Glass can now live stream video

On Tuesday, Google Inc. officially began offering the Livestream video-sharing app in its MyGlass store. The software lets Glass wearers share what they are seeing and hearing with other Livestream account holders free of charge by using the command, “OK Glass, start broadcasting.”

Sweet holy shit! No, Google!

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08:50
Tune in live to Google’s I/O press event live stream

Google I/O starts today, and as per usual, the company is kicking things off with a huge 2-hour press event set to start at 9 AM PT. The event is said to be bringing a multitude of new products and service announcements, rumored to include the “L” version of Android, Android Wear smartwatches, a new line of “Android Silver” smartphones, a second-generation Chromebook Pixel, an “Android TV” set-top box, Project Tango tablets, and Google Glass announcements.

Google’s head of Android Sundar Pichai did something a bit different this year,...

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08:48
Walmart smacks down the New York Times for its...

This is just priceless. Much respect to David Tovar, Vice President, Walmart Corporate Communications, for a great response.

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08:37
Art Text 2.4.7 - Create high quality headings, logos...

Art Text is an OS X application for creating high quality textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, Web site elements, and buttons. Thanks to multi-layer support, creating complex graphics is no sweat. Use the result with Apple iWork, iWeb, Microsoft Office, BeLight applications, and various other text-editing and Web-design programs.

Take a quick video tour

If you're creating a website for a business or for your personal needs, Art Text has all of the tools you need. The 250 editable materials and 600 supplied vector icons and shapes will give you a quick start to getting your site up and running, or create your own Web graphics effortlessly with the help of multiple layers.

Why use Art Text?

  • Headings and other text graphics created with Art Text will make business presentations catchy.
  • Attractive buttons and cool titles...

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08:34
Occupy Google

Net Neutrality advocates are running a campaign called Occupy Google. According to its Twitter timeline on this page, a number of arrests were made last night.

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08:30
Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Rules Warrantless...

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights.

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08:30
Apple reportedly loosens new guidelines for apps...

Earlier this month, Apple reportedly began swatting down apps that reward users for various actions including watching advertisements, rating the app, and purchasing other apps, but as TechCrunch now reports, that policy is loosening up a...

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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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08:15
Analysts forecast OIS to be limited to 5.5-inch...

It's likely that only the 5.5-inch iPhone will get optical image stabilization for its camera, several analysts are predicting. The most substantial claim comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Differing from market consensus, we don't expect the main camera of the 4.7" iPhone 6 to use OIS VCM due to production capacity restraint at iPhone 6 VCM suppliers Mitsumi (JP) and Alps (JP)," he writes. "Rather, we predict it will use a middle-mount type of open-loop VCM updated from the one used in the existing iPhone 5S. The 5.5" iPhone 6 is more likely to be equipped with OIS VCM due to...



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08:12
Samsung CFO Admits Publicly that 2nd Quarter Isn...

While we've been reporting on the myth that Samsung's S5 was a smash hit in various Patently Apple has been consistently reporting on the myth that Samsung's S5 is a smash hit in various reports since April. Our most recent report posted last week was titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials." That particular report sent one Android fan into a spitting tirade. It's on record ...

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08:01
Supreme Court side with networks, rules that Aereo...

Streaming video startup Aereo -- which sells "antenna subscriptions" that allow consumers to stream over-the-air television content to any Mac, iOS device or PC via their Internet connection -- is likely to shut down following a Supreme Court ruling that the company's business model violated federal copyright laws.



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08:00
iPhone 101: Moving your address book from Google to...

Are you a former Android user moving to the iPhone? Or an iPhone user who wants to switch from Google to iCloud for your online life? Thankfully, migrating between platforms isn't too difficult, especially when it comes to your address book.

Moving...

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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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07:30
Daily App: Use RoadTrippers to plan your next...

Roadtrippers is the companion iOS app to roadtrippers.com, a trip planning site for those who live in the US and Israel. Unlike most travel sites, Roadtrippers highlights the out-of-the-way destinations with its detailed road guides and daily travel...

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07:17
iPhone 6 allegedly due on Sept. 19 in 32 and 64GB...

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 should ship on Friday, September 19th, say sources for Chinese site Tencent. The site also claims that the device will launch in 32 and 64GB capacities, at local prices of 5,288 yuan ($846) and 6,288 yuan ($1,008), respectively. The implication appears to be that Apple is dropping 16GB as an option, since the prices mentioned are what 16 and 32GB versions of the iPhone 5s currently sell for....



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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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07:00
YouTube Find: Stop motion video staring iPhone and...

Japanese beverage maker Kirin pulls no stops in making this clever stop motion video that uses content on an iPhone as the backdrop for an animated story. Each character used in the ad was 3D-printed and is 1:48 scale, which is about the size of a...

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06:50
EU regulators plan to decide on Apple’s Beats deal...

Before the Apple and Beats marriage can really be official, the two companies must first gain regulatory approval from various governing bodies where the companies conduct business. Apple included the following expectation in its official press release announcing the deal: Subject to regulatory approvals, Apple expects the transaction to close in fiscal Q4.

For Apple, having regulatory approval and closing the transaction by the end of fiscal Q4 means it expects everything to be in order by the end of September. According to a Reuters report, regulators in the European Union will announce their decision on the deal by July 30th next month.

As the report notes, regulators could either approve the deal as is or ask for certain conditions to be met...

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06:42
MacFamilyTree 7.2 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts.

MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs.

Synchronize your data via iCloud, create webpages, or back your research with the help of the gigantic genealogy database "FamilySearch". You’re an avid genealogist, but you’re always on the go? Not a problem! Simply purchase MobileFamilyTree to use on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your options are virtually endless.

Version 7.2:

Completely...

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06:36
WiLAN Sues Apple Over 4G Technologies While Mocking...

Canada's WiLAN has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple alleging that Apple infringes five of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple'S alleged use of WiLAN's 4G and LTE technologies found in most of Apple's products.

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06:32
Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made...

“Come with me if you want to live.”

That’s how it started. One moment I was ordering a Ketel and tonic at the bar, and the next some hulking bodybuilder with a bad accent was getting blasted out the window.

Lovely bit of writing.

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06:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better batteries

Better batteries

This week's roundup of new iOS gear includes several new ways of powering up your iOS device when a power plug isn't nearby.

Braven

The $130 BRV-Bank is a 6000-mAh backup battery for your iOS devices. It has a rubberized exterior, making it perfect for an extra bit of power in the great outdoors. It can recharge two devices at once, and it comes in two colors, gray or black.

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06:25
EU regulators to decide on approval for Apple, Beats...

Seems like the deal will be approved. That it is a question of tinkering if the Commission sees any competition issues.

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06:23
External Link: The Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasters in their case against Aereo, the broadcast TV streaming service that is based around renting individual antennas for $8 per month. The court found that Aereo’s service violates the Copyright Act by playing recordings of broadcast content. While Aereo may bounce back, CEO Chet Kanojia said before the ruling, “If it’s a total straight-up loss, then it’s dead. We’re done.” In a formal response to the ruling, Kanojia said, “We are disappointed in the outcome, but our work is not done. We will continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on our world.”

 

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06:23
External Link: Supreme Court Says Cops Need Warrants...

In a rare unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to search the cell phones of arrestees. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion, “Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life.’”

 

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06:20
Google steps up and fixes Verizon data plan gaffe

ComputerWorld:

The LTE Chromebook Pixel was originally sold with a free two-year mobile broadband plan from Verizon — 100MB per month, with the option to purchase more data on a pay-as-you-go basis as needed. But as I reported yesterday, Verizon stopped honoring the plans halfway through that two-year term. Customer support agents for the carrier have been telling Pixel owners they weren’t aware of any two-year commitment, despite clear online documentation to the contrary.

Google fixed the problem with a $150 gift card.

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06:17
Cruise RP-1 Kit Transforms Regular Audis Into...


Cruise aims to spark a revolution among autopilot technology with a $10,000 accessory that consumers can use to create a self-driving car, of sorts. At the heart of the Cruise RP-1 system is a sensor pod that gets mounted on the roof of a car. It utilizes cameras, data and radar to analyze the vehicle's surroundings. With that information, it can make changes in steering to keep a driver within lane boundaries, monitor nearby vehicles or other obstacles, and move or brake to avoid a collision.

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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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06:10
Scosche launches new wall chargers

Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has released the superCUBE, which it says is the smallest universal 12W (2.1A) USB wall charger on the market, and .the superCUBE flip.

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06:09
European Commission to rule on Apple's Beats...

Apple will know whether European antitrust authorities will clear its $3 billion deal for headphone maker Beats by the end of this month, paving the way for the acquisition to close before the end of Apple's 2014 fiscal year.



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06:05
Autodesk to acquire Shotgun Software

Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Shotgun Software, a developer of scalable, cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for the film, television and games industries.

Shotgun's tools for production management are used by some of the world's leading production studios and are tightly integrated with many of the most widely used tools in the industry including Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software, according to CEO Don Parker. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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06:00
Apogee ONE: An audio interface and microphone for...

Apogee's revamped ONE (US$349) is a 2 IN 2 OUT USB audio interface with a built-in microphone for Mac and now iOS, too. This means you can plug the interface into your Mac or straight into your iPhone or iPad (via Apple's newer Lightning connector or...

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05:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.1 - Pro version of the popular...

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

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

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

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

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05:58
OmniOutliner 4.1 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

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

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

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

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

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05:55
FAA grounds Amazon’s drone delivery plans

Last December, Jeff Bezos raised the possibility of Amazon-branded drone based delivery.

I do love the impractical fantasy of that idea but, alas, the FAA has officially put the kibosh on it.

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05:54
Apple updates iWork for iCloud apps

Apple has updated its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — for iCloud. Both the Mac OS X and iOS versions have been upgraded.

Pages for iCloud, the document creation app; Numbers for iCloud; and Keynote for iCloud, the presentation application, all now now remember your last used document settings. The web version of the iWork apps also now boast contextual tips on using keyboard shortcuts. All can be used with a registered iCloud.com account.

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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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05:44
Briefly: Facebook spreads Slingshot, London...

Facebook has expanded the reach of its recently-launched reciprocal messaging app Slingshot to the rest of the world, following its United States-only launch. The app, available on iOS and Android internationally, will let recipients of images, video, and text-based messages view the contents only after replying another message back at the original sender....



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05:23
Another report predicts Apple's 'iPhone 6...

In what is likely just an educated guess, yet another rumor claims that Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone on Friday, Sept. 19, which would be about one year after the debut of the iPhone 5s.



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04:25
The Internet of Things to drive changes in the auto...

For the automotive industry the emergence of the IoT ("Internet of Things") constitutes a disruptive and transformative environment characterized by value chain and business model upheaval and a "collaborate or die" ecosystem friction reality prompting it to redefine and reinvent itself in order to capitalize on the huge opportunities in the new IoT economy, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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04:25
The Internet of Things to drive changes in the auto...

For the automotive industry the emergence of the IoT ("Internet of Things") constitutes a disruptive and transformative environment characterized by value chain and business model upheaval and a "collaborate or die" ecosystem friction reality prompting it to redefine and reinvent itself in order to capitalize on the huge opportunities in the new IoT economy, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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04:10
Kool Tools: Typinator 6 for Mac OS X

Ergonis Software's (http://www.ergonis.com) Typinator 6, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications, sports over 50 new features and improvements.

With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.

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03:55
iPhone 6 Said to Launch on Friday, September 19 in...

Apple will look to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 on Friday, September 19, according to a new report from Chinese web portal Tencent (Google Translate, via GforGames) citing inside sources. The news comes after German carrier Deutsche Telekom was reported to be informing customers of a similar release date for the device.

The report also notes that Apple will launch 32GB and 64GB capacities of the phone for 5,288 yuan ($846) and 6,288 yuan ($1008), indicating that Apple may launch the iPhone 6 without a 16GB model. Notably, 5,288 yuan is the current price for the 16GB iPhone 5s in China, while the 32GB iPhone 5s is listed at 6,088 yuan.

A September launch...

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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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07:14
Apple Camp Opens Enrollment for iMovie, iBooks...

Apple will be hosting its usual three-day summer classes for kids again, and this year they focus on iMovie and iBooks Author. The classes are geared towards children between at 8 and 12 years old and are free to attend.


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06:47
Nest Protect alarm returning to stores with lower...

The Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Detector is returning to stores with a new retail price of $99, down from $130, The New York Times reports. Nest recently halted sales of the alarm after finding a safety feature — Nest Wave — could cause the alarm…

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06:44
FiftyThree’s Pencil Stylus Draws Up Surface Pressure...

FiftyThree, the makers of the popular iPad drawing app Paper, are planning on adding a new angle to their Pencil stylus this fall when Apple launches iOS 8. The stylus will gain Surface Pressure control which lets users control the width and darkness of lines based on the tip's angle.


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06:31
Apple settles with states, consumers for e-book...

Apple has settled with states and consumers seeking damages from the company’s role in fixing e-book prices, Bloomberg reports. The company avoids a trial set for next month in which the company faced up to $840 million in damage claims; terms of the settlement were not disclosed. A judge…

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05:40
Apple Reaches Settlement with States in Ebook Price...

The lawsuit from several U.S. states against Apple over ebook price fixing allegations is coming to an end through a settlement outside of the court room. The states were seeking upwards of US$800 million after Federal Judge Denise Cote ruled that the iPhone and iPad maker had been the ring leader in a conspiracy with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple still says the ebook price fixing conspiracy didn't happen and that it was negotiating ebook deals independently with each of the big publishers. Settling with the states was most likely a tactic to avoid yet another trial and cut off the possibility of the states scoring a huge cash win. It also frees up Apple's legal resources to focus on overturning Judge Cote's ruling.

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Monday June 16

18:40
Skybox Could Allow Google to Predict iPhone Launch...

When Google purchased Skybox Imaging earlier in June, it was seen as a play on satellite imaging related to maps. That's not the business Skybox claims it is in, however; the company sees itself as an information company, and it could help Google do things like predict when Apple will launch new iPhones.


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16:43
Samsung Discusses Buying Nuance, Maker of Siri’s...

Nuance Communications, the maker of Dragon speech recognition software and the provider of Siri's speech recognition engine, is thinking about selling itself. Among its suitors is Samsung, and The Wall Street Journal reported the two companies have held talks.


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15:01
Techtool Pro 7 and Checkmate Bundled for $49.99.

We have a deal for you today on Techtool Pro and Checkmate, two powerful diagnostic and monitoring programs for your Mac. Techtool Pro is a troubleshooting and repair utility for your hard drive. The software has been around for 25 years, and it can do one-click testing of your CPU, memory, and hard drive. If your hard drive has a problem, it can do data recovery, rebuild your volume, and more. Checkmate is software that sits in the background looking for problems. Micromat designed it so that it only operates when your Mac is idle, too, so it won't get in your way. Together these two apps cost $125, but through our friends at Stack Social we have it for $49.99.


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14:23
MGG 506: Nine Years, Two Geeks and Hundreds Of...

This past Friday marks 9 years of Mac Geek Gab, and your two favorite geeks are at it and stronger than ever. Download and/or press "Play" on today's show to hear some great listener-submitted tips about managing Finder settings, installing Yosemite beta, podcast management and more. Then your geeks answer listener questions, including a great segment on managing disk space, both inside iTunes and beyond. Also the great question is answered, "What are the true benefits of private cloud?" Don't miss it!


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14:02
Ive promises new device materials in NYT interview

The New York Times has released an edited transcript of an interview with Apple design chief Jony Ive, who was interviewed for the paper’s recent profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook. In the interview, Ive said, “I would love to talk about future stuff – they’re materials we…

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13:53
Xsan: How to set Spotlight search levels

You can change how Spotlight searches work with your Xsan.

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12:34
Apple Allows First Bitcoin Wallet Back to the App...

Apple has allowed the first Bitcoin wallet app back onto the App Store after publicly changing its policy on such apps earlier in June. A free app called Coin Pocket was released on Friday, and it allows users to both send and receive Bitcoins directly in the app.


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12:05
How to Check Your Actual Netflix Streaming Speed

Typical speed tests on a Mac or iOS device calculate a point to point speed from a distant server. The resulting number in Mbps, while useful for analysis of overall service, doesn't reflect what you'll actually get from Netflix. John Martellaro shows you how to see your actual Netflix delivery data rate.


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11:59
FCC Investigating Netflix, ISP Streaming Deals

The content streaming deals Netflix struck with Comcast and Verizon has finally caught the eye of the Federal Communication Commission. Chairman Tom Wheeler said the Commission will be looking into the peering deals after receiving complaints about their repercussions from Netflix and consumers.

The Mac Observer Spin: Since FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is ready to look into the peering agreements ISPs are forcing onto content providers we can only assume he's been having trouble streaming movies from Netflix.


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11:47
WSJ: Samsung possible suitor for Siri tech developer...

Nuance Communications — the company behind the speech-recognition technology used in Apple’s Siri — has held buy-out discussions with Samsung, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s reported that Nuance has discussed a sale with both Samsung and private-equity firms, but it’s unclear how close the company is to…

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11:07
Transportation Department looking to regulate...

A proposed transportation bill from the Obama administration would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration authority to regulate navigation aids in cars, including smartphone apps, reports The New York Times. The bill, known as the Grow America Act, contains a measure that would give the NHTSA the…

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10:30
Device Enrollment Program: iOS Activation Procedure...

iOS devices automatically connect to the Mobile Device Management (MDM) server during setup if the device is enrolled into the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and is assigned to an MDM server.

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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-16

Amazon may have a million songs on its new Prime Music service, but none of those are from Universal Music. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about why the company that represents the likes of The Who, Lady Gaga, Queen and U2 isn't buying into Amazon's music game. They also take a look at the familiar Command key that's on our Mac keyboards and the history that brought it to our finger tips.


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08:20
Apple Producing Enough Sapphire for iWatch, Two...

Apple's sapphire glass production has ramped up to the point where it is manufacturing enough to make surfaces for the rumored iWatch as well as two different sizes of iPhone. All of that sapphire glass is coming from GT Advanced Technologies, and the company is still installing more furnaces to meet Apple's needs.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming GTAT can produce enough synthetic sapphire glass for Apple, we could be seeing super-hard and more durable surfaces on iPhones and the rumored iWatch this fall. That also means Corning won't be selling nearly as much Gorilla Glass to Apple as it has been.


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07:52
NYT profile praises Cook’s humanity, questions...

Tim Cook is the subject of a New York Times profile that attempts to explain how the Apple CEO is reshaping the company in his own ways. While his predecessor Steve Jobs was known for being “maniacal about design,” Cook takes a less hands-on approach, with more decisions delegated…

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07:22
Company Accesses AT&T Customer Social Security...

Social Security numbers and call records for many AT&T Mobility subscribers have been accessed without authorization by a third-party service provider. The data was taken by employees at the service provider between April 9 and April 21, and AT&T isn't saying just how many of its customers were affected.

The Mac Observer Spin: This was a case where people that had access to personal information abused their position and not hackers using software vulnerabilities to break into company servers. It's a reminder that there are plenty of ways for people to access our personal information that go beyond computer security breaches.


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06:29
Apple apparently allowing Bitcoin wallet apps again

iOS Bitcoin wallet app Coin Pocket has recently been published in the App Store, as it appears Apple is again allowing such apps in its ecosystem. A recent report noted that Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines to allow for certain virtual currency apps. Coin Pocket is…

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06:04
Apple and Samsung End ITC Injunction Fight, Patent...

Apple and Samsung both dropped their appeals in the ITC investigation where several older model Samsung smartphones were banned from import into the United States. The ban will stay in place, and the two companies will continue to fight it out in court over their ongoing patent infringement accusations.

The Mac Observer Spin: With both Apple and Samsung agreeing to drop their injunction appeals in the ITC injunction we may be seeing an indication that the two companies are able to successfully complete negotiations, even if it is only on a small level. Don't expect to see their other patent infringement cases dropped any time soon, but this could be a spark of hope that they can come back to the table and resolve their infringement claims outside of the court room -- just don't hold your breath expecting that to happen any time soon.

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Saturday June 14

07:30
How to Work With Location Services in iOS 7

One of the biggest advantages to toting around an iOS device is the utility and pleasure derived from using location-aware apps and functionality. Sandro Cuccia shows you how you can mitigate any privacy concerns by applying fine controls to how Location Services are used on your device.


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Friday June 13

17:35
Free Red Cross Apps For Emergencies Near You

Vern Seward points out some stellar apps from Red Cross, including Red Cross Earthquake app, Flood, Hurricane, Wildfire, and Tornado apps. These you MUST have. They're free, and they might be just what you need if you find yourself in an emergency situation.


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17:16
Amazon Launched Prime Music Without Universal Music...

Amazon launched Prime Music, its entry into the burgeoning streaming music market, this week, but the company did so without the biggest catalog of music on the planet, Universal Music Group. That means artists like Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, The Who, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash, and...wait for it...Dr. Dre.


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15:04
Get a $15 Bonus Credit at SellYourMac.com

Have you heard of SellYourMac.com? It's like Gazelle, but for Macs. I would have mentioned as a Cool Stuff Found article, but instead I get to offer it to you as a deal through our friends at Stack Social. In any event, if you're looking for a hassle-free way to sell an old Mac, you can go to SellYourMac.com, enter the specifics of your Mac and get a quote. If you like the price, proceed. If not, don't. It's pretty simple. Just like with all of the sell-your-device services, including Gazelle, Apple, and Amazon, you'll get a better price if you sell it directly to someone else, but a lot of don't have the time or energy for dealing with that process. Our deal works like this: click through to the deal listing and follow the prompts. You'll get an instant digital coupon you can apply after you get your quote for a $15 bonus credit, and it's free. Cool, eh?

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13:40
The Unexpected Way Apple’s Growth is Exploited by...

When a company grows too large too fast, there's a temptation to do too much. On the other hand, simplifying for customers opens windows of opportunity for competitors. At WWDC 2014, we saw a glimpse of how Apple tries to strike a balance. Sometimes, the company wins dramatically and sometimes it falls short.


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12:34
Apple’s Command Key Origin Story

Via Reddit, we have a link to a brief history of that key next to the spacebar on Apple keyboards. It's unofficially called the Apple key, splat, the pretzel key, or the propeller, but the official name for it is the Command key. On the Apple II keyboard, the keys on either side of the spacebar were different; one was the "open Apple" and one was the "closed Apple." For some reason the open Apple key was the one that did more things, so to this day I still forget there's another key over there on the right. In fact, I called it the open Apple key for many years, and finally broke the habit about the time the Apple logo disappeared off that key entirely. Check out the story of how it came to be, and if you haven't heard it before, it's an interesting Steve Jobs tale.


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12:24
Apple Cracks Down On Faux Five Star Reviews in App...

Apple has increased scrutiny on suspicious App Store reviews, and in some cases has already started removing them, according to a report from TechCrunch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good! Discovery still isn't the greatest, but I'm glad those who game the system aren't going to be rewarded for it.


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12:23
Report: Apple cracking down on fake app ratings

Apple has reportedly been removing fake App Store reviews that have improved the chart ranking of certain apps, according to TechCrunch. These rating removals have been going on for an indeterminate amount of time. A recent tweet noted one app saw 20,000 ratings removed “overnight,” and the report claims…

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12:20
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, giveaway update

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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10:55
iLounge Game Spotlight: Lex

Lex ($1) is a new word game from Simple Machine. Players are tasked with building words as fast as they can. Though there’s no board, the game should feel familiar to Scrabble players. Players in Lex make words from a “rack” of nine letters.…

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10:31
Angela Ahrendts Visits Tokyo Retail Store Grand...

Apple's new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts, attended the opening of the latest Apple retail location in Tokyo, the third store in the city.

The Mac Observer Spin: If this is how Tim Cook corrects mistakes, by all means continue fixing them in this fashion. Angela Ahrendts is shaping up to be an excellent choice to lead retail.


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10:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-13

Apple improved App Store discovery with a new category browsing feature, but the company isn't going far enough to help iPhone owners find new apps. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain why and talk about why Apple wouldn't have bought Tony Fadell's Nest thermostat company.


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08:05
Analysts Push their AAPL Target Above $100

Analysts from RBC, Deutsche Bank, and Monness Crespi & Hardt raised their target prices for Apple's stock this week to US$100 or higher. The changes follow Apple's 7-to-1 stock split on Monday and show analysts are positive overall about the company's growth potential.

The Mac Observer Spin: The 7-to-1 stock split along with the prospect of the iPhone 6 coming this fall and the rumored iWatch has investors and analysts optimistic about Apple's prospects.


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06:39
European iPhone Charger Adapters Overheating, Apple...

Apple launched a European iPhone charger adapter replacement program on Friday after finding that the device could dangerously overheat. The company isn't saying the charger adapters pose a fire threat, but did say it is a "safety risk."

The Mac Observer Spin: Safety issues are a big deal, so it's good to see Apple proactively addressing the problem even though there aren't any reports of related fires or injuries.


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05:50
iOS 7: The “Summarize Photos” Feature

The Years, Collections, and Moments views in iOS 7âs Photos app can be a bit overwhelming to scroll through. Luckily, thereâs a âSummarize Photosâ setting you can use to cut down on the number of images youâll see within Years and Collections, so you can more quickly find exactly the time period you want. In this article, weâll figure out how to use it (and how to turn it off if you donât like it)!


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05:29
Apple announces exchange program for some European...

Apple has announced an exchange program for its 5W European USB power adapters that “may overheat and pose a safety risk.” The affected adapters came with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S models shipped from October 2009 to September 2012 in a number of European countries —…

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Thursday June 12

20:19
Aerial Photos Show Progress on Apple’s Spaceship HQ

Aerial photos taken by Bay Area reporter Ron Cervi show the progress being made on the construction site of Apple Campus 2. Being built in Cupertino, the so-called Spaceship HQ is starting to take physical shape, with an outside wall bringing physical reality to the circular design of the building.


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17:55
Tony Fadell: I Would Have Loved to Show Steve Jobs...

Tony Fadell sold his company-Nest Inc.-to Google for US$3.2 billion, but in an in-depth profile in Fortune magazine, the father of the iPod revealed that he wished he could have shown the Nest Thermostat to his former boss, Steve Jobs. "I would have loved to have been able to show it to him, but the timing didnât work," he told the magazine. Mr. Fadell, shown in the image, said that Steve Jobs kept in touch with him when Nest was still in stealth mode, but by the time he was ready to show the device, Mr. Jobs had grown to ill. The piece offers an excellent look at Mr. Fadell, his career, how Nest was founded, his combative tenure at Apple, and why Google bought the firm. Fortune also reminded us that Mr. Fadell is one of the few Apple executives to see success after they left Apple.

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17:04
Apple Launches ‘Browse by Category’ in App Store for...

Apple launched a new "Browse by Category" feature for the App Store on Thursday. The feature allows users a fast visual way to narrow down their app search for improved discovery.


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15:20
Monstrous Posters by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak's birthday would have celebrated his 86th birthday this week. Sadly, he rumpused his last in 2012, and therefore won't come across this tribute to him on his birthday. Via Brain Pickings we discover the wondrous book Posters by Maurice Sendak, a large format/coffeetable book ofâwell, of his posters. Some of them are the "yay reading!" type found in libraries and classrooms, which are the ones I remember most vividly, as they hung in the libraries and classrooms where I spent lots of time as a kid. In fact I convinced my mom to hang one in her classroom for me because I loved it so much. Head over to Brain Pickings and check out some images from this book. And if you're inspired to start a wild rumpus, well, that's on you.


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14:02
CrazyTalk Animator 2 for Mac Plus Training Videos...

We have a deal today on animation tool called CrazyTalk Animator 2 Standard for Mac. This is an animation product designed, in part, for people who aren't artists. It comes with a wide array of stock characters that can then be customized in any number of ways. It also has the ability to turn 2D photos into talking characters. One of the things I like about this deal is that it also includes six hours of training videos to help you learn how to use the software. You get the software plus the training videos for $49, but the sale ends in six days.


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13:35
How to Log in From a Mac to Linux in Parallels...

The default installation of, for example, a Linux Virtual Machine in Parallels on, say, a Mac uses a shared network mode that prevents incoming log in attempts (ssh). John Martellaro briefly describes how to fix that.


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13:23
Beats To Pay Out Equity Deal To LeBron James

Barketball star LeBron James is set to receive an equity payout as part of the Beats sale to Apple. Reports said that Mr. James will receive more than US$30 million in cash and stock as a result of a 2008 deal that gave him a stake in the company.


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Celebrate Summer With a Cat in the Hat Learning Library Sale Posted by Ellis Spice on July 22nd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
MyTaskList Review
MyTaskList Review By Jennifer Allen on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: EFFECTIVE IF PLAINUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It’s not the most stylish of task management apps, but MyTaskList has all the features you could... | Read more »
FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines Review
FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines Review By Jennifer Allen on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: TRICKY FLYINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A tough game of careful thrusting and navigation, FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines... | Read more »
MTN Review
MTN Review By Jessica Fisher on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: ADORABLE, SERENE, AND AMUSINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad MTN is an adorable, talking pet mountain that is less game and more zen garden.   | Read more »
Fly High with Ninja UP! Now Available o...
Fly High with Ninja UP! Now Available on the App Store Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 22nd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Bio Inc. Review
Bio Inc. Review By Nadia Oxford on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: SICKENING - IN A COMPELLING WAYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Bio Inc is about orchestrating the medical destruction of a single person. If that doesn’... | Read more »
HELMUT Review
HELMUT Review By Andrew Fisher on July 21st, 2014 Our Rating: :: TRUNDLE SIMULATOR 2014Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad HELMUT is a fun, fleeting time-sink that offers a momentary distraction and nothing else.   | Read more »
Walkr Review
Walkr Review By Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2014 Our Rating: :: ORIGINAL WALKINGiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Walking is a bit more exciting thanks to this planet building/discovering sim reliant... | Read more »
Zombie Commando Review
Zombie Commando Review By Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2014 Our Rating: :: MINDLESS SLAUGHTERUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Briefly fun but ultimately forgettable, Zombie Commando will scratch an itch then be... | Read more »
Swords & Poker Adventures Review
Swords & Poker Adventures Review By Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2014 Our Rating: :: SOULLESS POKER PLAYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Swords & Poker Adventures is a mishmash of Poker and RPGing, but it lacks... | Read more »

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15-inch 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Retina on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 15″ 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1829 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $170 off MSRP. B&H will also include free copies of Parallels... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis for up t...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished Mac minis for up to $150 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 2.5GHz Mac... Read more
Twelve South HiRise For MacBook – Height-Adju...
If you use your MacBook as a workhorse desktop substitute, as many of us do, a laptop stand combined with an external keyboard and pointing device are pretty much obligatory if you want to avoid... Read more
Why The Mac Was Not Included In The Apple/IBM...
TUAW’s Yoni Heisler cites Fredrick Paul of Network World whoi blogged last week that the Mac’s conspicuous absence from Apple and IBM’s landmark partnership agreement represents a huge squandered... Read more
Save $100 on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros, plu...
Adorama has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: - 13″ 2.4GHz/128GB MacBook Pro with Retina Display: $1199 - 13″ 2.... Read more
Blurr it 2.3 for iOS – Quickly Blurs Selected...
Hyderabad, India based TouchLabs has announced a new update of Blurr it 2.3, their photography app for iOS users. Blurr it allows you to blur part of the image to hide potentially sensitive or... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP, start...
Best Buy has the new 2014 MacBook Airs on sale for up to $100 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Prices valid for online orders only... Read more
Amazon Announces Kindle Unlimited: Unlimited...
Amazon.com has introduced Kindle Unlimited — a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to... Read more
New Linksys Wireless Range Extenders Boost Wi...
Linksys has announced its new lineup of Linksys Wi-Fi Range Extenders. Consumers often experience a weak wireless signal in some parts of their house or apartment caused by blocking elements such as... Read more
MacBook Airs available starting at $719
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2013 & 2012 MacBook Airs in stock today starting at $719. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: 2013... Read more

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