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Wednesday August 6

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

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



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

Bloomberg:

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

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

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

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



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

Oh, what times we live in.

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

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

There’s a new report out from Vision Mobile:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:00
Navdy May Drive Into the Sunset


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

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

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

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04:50
Kool Tools: Powerocks Magic Cube

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Licensing options for Edouard include:

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

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

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

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

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

New York Times:

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

Replacing our existing ID system needs to become a priority.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

 

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Tuesday August 5

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

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



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

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

Features:

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



Version 3.1.2:

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

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


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

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

CNET:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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16:24
Sprint Abandons Plans to Purchase T-Mobile

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

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

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



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16:00
iStat Menu 5 for Mac brings big improvements

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

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

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



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15:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Instatube - Best Player...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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14:30
iShadow?

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

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14:07
Apple files for US, European HealthKit trademarks

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



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

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

This is the...

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

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



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

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

Version 3.2.15:

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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13:12
iPhone 6 Roundup Update

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

Read our full roundup for details.

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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12:36
External Link: Register for iOSDevCamp 2014

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

 

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

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


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

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

Andrew Cunningham

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ignite Productivity with Fast, Accurate Dictation

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

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

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



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11:30
Daily Deals for August 5, 2014

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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

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


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

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

 

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

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



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10:55
App Store saw record numbers in July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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06:57
iTunes Extras Preview added to Apple TV

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

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

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

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


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05:25
Look Less Silly on Github

And with Git in General

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

 

Get the gist

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

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Monday August 4

16:45
Be Like Star-Lord: Make Your Own Guardians of the...

A good mix tape is a critical part of any galaxy guarding hero's arsenal, just as Star-Lord can tell you. His mix tape from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is worth of a Nova Corps commendation, so we searched through the iTunes Store to put together his list for you -- complete with the track that was cut from the movie.


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15:10
Satechi Spectrum Mouse Features Multi-Color LEDs

The lightweight and easy-to-use Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse from Satechi has a chrome finish that looks good next to your Apple computer. It also offers seven different colors of LED illumination as backlighting. The mouse works with both left-handed and right-handed users and offers a sensitivity of 1000 dpi.


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15:05
Synology NAS Products Hit with Synolock Ransomware

Synology NAS owners running older versions of the company's DiskStation Manager software are falling victim to a security flaw that lets attackers remotely lock them out of the files on their storage system and demand a ransom before unlocking the data. The attack, called SynoLock, encrypts files on victim's NAS devices, then demands .6 BitCoin (about US$350) in exchange for the decryption code.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great reminder that it's more than our desktop and laptop computers that are potential targets for tech-based attacks. If the software running your network attached storage (NAS) system isn't up to date, that's just another weakness waiting to be exploited.


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13:39
U.S. DOT mulling new ban on in-flight cell calls

The U.S. Department of Transportation may seek a formal ban on in-flight cellphone calls, reports The Wall Street Journal. Following a Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow in-flight cellular calling, airlines have suggested that they can self-determine whether cellphone service should be allowed, and have accused the DOT of…

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12:43
Arise For Mac: Wake Up To The Music You Want - Free

Kallaxa has been thinking differently about alerts, and the result is Arise. This app for the Mac uses your iTunes library to for alarms, alerts, and other reminders, rather than the beats, whoops, dings, and buzzes we normally get. It also has built-in jingles, support for Internet radio stations, and it has onscreen notifications. Arise is normally $19, but thanks to our deal, you can get it for free. Cool, eh?


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12:30
The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X...

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


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12:14
Apple Adds Spirometry Data Type to HealthKit in iOS...

Apple released iOS 8 Beta 5 on Monday. The new developer seed includes a host of fixes across the board in iOS 8, including developer APIs and user features.


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11:34
Apple Seeds Yosemite Developer Preview 5

Apple released Developer Preview 5 of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Monday. The new release includes a number of interface tweaks, new features in apps such as Safari, where Apple is testing some rendering abilities, and other minor changes.


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11:05
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-04

The White House signed the cellphone unlocking bill into law last week so it'll be easier to unbind our iPhones and other smartphones from specific carriers. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for consumers, and they offer up some tips on organizing the cables and power cords around our desks.


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11:03
New Apple TV beta changes icons, fonts to iOS 7 style

Unexpectedly, the just-released beta software version for Apple TV marks the debut of new icons and font changes within the UI. As one might expect, the changes closely resemble the iOS 7 style. A few of the icon colors for Apple channels have changed, as…

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10:17
Apple hires former Nike, Burberry social media chief

Apple has hired Musa Tariq, former social media chief of Nike and Burberry, 9to5Mac reports. Tariq’s new title is “Digital Marketing Director, Apple.” It’s noted that Tariq worked with Apple SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts while at Burberry; it’s speculated that he will again work closely…

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10:04
Apple releases iOS beta 5

Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. As expected, the release comes two weeks after the previous beta. We’ll update later on if there are any notable changes.

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08:47
Touch This: BioShock Coming to iPhone this Summer

The ever popular and always creepy first person shooter BioShock is making the jump to the small-ish screen this summer when it is finally released for the iPhone and iPad. The game was launched in 2007 and is currently available for gaming consoles, the Mac, and PCs, but so far has shied away from iOS's touch-based interface. There isn't any word yet on exactly when this summer it'll launch, or how much gamers will have to pay. Considering this is the original BioShock, and it's seven years old, we're betting it'll come in around the US$14.99 mark. Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.


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08:32
iOS global usage drops below Android for first time

iOS global usage now trails Android for the first time, according to Net Applications. Android had 44.62 percent of the market share in July, with iOS grabbing 44.19 percent. Though the percentage difference between platforms is at this point very small, iOS controlled more than 55 percent of market…

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08:11
Sprint lets iPhone in on Framily Wall Action

Sprint's Framily Wall opened up to iPhone users on Monday, bringing the private chat network Apple's smartphone for the first time. Framily Wall is a feature open to Sprint's Framily Plan subscribers for sharing messages, photos, video, and audio only between participants.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you want to share photos and videos, plus participate in chats with a small group of people, outside of services like Facebook, Framily Wall may be a good option. Assuming you, or someone you want to share with, is a Sprint subscriber, of course.


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08:08
2K bringing BioShock to iOS this summer

2K announced today that it’s bringing the hit game BioShock to iOS this summer. The critically acclaimed first-person shooter, originally released in 2007, will offer touch controls, as well as full MFi game controller support. No exact release date or pricing information is now at…

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07:08
US May Ban In-flight Calls, But not Over Safety...

The FCC doesn't see any problem with travelers making cell phone calls on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation still plans to push for a ban on in-flight calls. Instead of citing safety concerns, the DOT wants to prohibit cell phone calls because they would be too disruptive to other passengers.

The Mac Observer Spin: You can read ebooks, listen to music and watch movies, play Angry Birds, and even text and email on your flights, but make a call? Looks like the DOT doesn't want to have anything to do with that.


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06:58
NFL Now channel coming to Apple TV this month

The NFL will launch a dedicated Apple TV channel for its upcoming NFL Now service this month, 9to5Mac reports. A photo of the channel undergoing testing was reportedly taken by an NFL employee. First announced in January, NFL Now will feature original content,…

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06:38
Alleged iPad Air 2 rear shell shows slight redesign

Images of an alleged rear shell for Apple’s second-generation iPad Air were posted on Weibo this weekend. The images show redesigned speaker holes containing one row of large openings instead of two rows of small ones, as well as recessed volume controls. Also, the microphone…

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06:07
Microsoft Sues Samsung for Failure to Pay Patent...

Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday over claims the electronics maker stopped paying patent licensing fees it agreed to in a three year old deal. According to the lawsuit, Samsung temporarily stopped making its routine payments last fall after Microsoft purchased Nokia and is now claiming the deal constitutes a breach of contract.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple didn't strike any patent licensing deals with Samsung, but Microsoft did. IT looks like Samsung doesn't have much respect for intellectual property even when it does agree to licensing terms.


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Sunday August 3

09:14
MGG 513: Lucky Number (Five-)Thirteen with Cool...

Dave's back from his Phishing Expedition and he and John jump right into Cool Stuff Found. More docking solutions, more mailbox solutions, Control Center for your Mac and lots more. Download, press play and enjoy!


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Saturday August 2

21:11
Apple Releases ‘Dreams’ Commercial Highlighting iOS...

Apple has released another commercial in its You're More Powerful Than You Think series called Dreams. The commercial features a variety of professionals using iPhones, iPads, and Macs at their job. Fire fighters, teachers, a jewelry designer, scientists, a pilot, a veterinarian, and more. The commercial features a song called "When I Grow Up" by Jennifer OâConnor.


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Friday August 1

17:43
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


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17:35
How to Identify Power Bricks in One Clever Stroke

Everything comes with its own custom power brick these days. Here's a quick lifehack that helps Future You figure out how to match everything up with the appropriate power supply.


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15:48
Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into...

Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.


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15:18
Brilliant ‘Apple Clickbait Generator’ Makes Apple-...

"Why Everything Is Bad for Apple." So reads the title of the article you'll find at Apple Clickbait Generator (ACG), a brilliant idea created by Kirk Lennon and Owen Evans [via TUAW]. Every time you load up the ACG, you get a randomly generated article that explains why Apple is doomed. They're randomly generated, but many of the lines are culled from actual published clickbait. The result is so good, I expect many so-called journalists and their so-called publishers might start cribbing Apple-Is-Doomed straight from the ACG. Be it Apple's pricing, Apple's lefty obsession with Green, the lack of innovation, or the reality that the next iPhone will disappoint, the ACG has you covered. Brilliant!


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15:15
Microsoft’s Sobering Realization: It Can Never Win,...

Microsoft has struggled over the years to develop its own hardware. The Xbox has been the only notable success, and even that product has had its share of struggles. One has to wonder, how long can Microsoft endure without getting its mobile hardware part right?


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15:10
Kensington X3 Bluetooth Keyboard/Case for iPad Air...

Kensingtonâs integrated Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Air is a delight to use and offers several useful features. Notable is the ability to access the internal battery for emergency use and a magnetic gutter to hold the iPad securely in place.


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13:12
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain has just 10 days left to preorder for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


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13:01
Apple appoints Beats Music chief to head up iTunes...

Apple has picked Beats Music subscription service CEO Ian Rogers to additionally head up iTunes Radio, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Rogers will still continue to run the Beats Music subscription service while working…

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12:20
Facebook promises monthly iOS app updates

Facebook has released version 13.0 of its iOS app to the App Store, with update notes promising that the social network will now bring regular updates to the App Store “every 4 weeks,” while explaining how to enable iOS 7 automatic updates to stay current. Facebook notes…

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10:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.


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09:55
Create 100′s of Autopkg Recipes With This One Weird...

If you’re like me, you love autopkg. You don’t even want to perform web searches for download links anymore.
I’m told there are certain things that can’t be automated. But, when I first saw that many recipes could follow roughly the same format, I thought to myself ‘we have to go deeper’(BUMMMMMMM!BUMBUM!)
I created RecipeGenerationUtils, which lazily generates plists in an easily-customizable format. This allows you to follow a suggested pipeline of making download, then munki, then pkg recipes for apps that leverage the Sparkle framework of checking an RSS feed to discover updates. Each recipe step builds upon the previous, and one can obviously extend it for Absolute Manage, DeployStudio, FileWave, or Casper recipes just the same. I threw in a convenience script to find .app bundles and the associated appcast URL/bundle identifier in your ~/Downloads, /...

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08:18
Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.


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08:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: 80 Days

80 Days ($5) is an interactive fiction adventure from inkle based on Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. This game brings steampunk into the story as well, as players try find the quickest way around the globe through exploration and…

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07:43
Typo iPhone keyboard returns, updated, as Typo 2

Following an injunction by Blackberry earlier this year against its original Typo Keyboard Case (iLounge Rating: B-), Typo Products has released Typo 2, an updated version of its eponymous hardware keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the first…

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07:42
BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your...

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.

The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.


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06:51
Apple posts official Beats welcome announcement

Apple has officially welcomed Beats to the Apple family, commemorating the finalization of its $3 billion acquisition initiated earlier this year. Noting that “[m]usic has always held a special place in our hearts,” the announcement includes a link back to beatsbydre.com, where a similar announcement…

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06:48
Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M

Apple hasn't completed its Beats purchase, but is already a part owner in the company. Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase of the company some time this quarter.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.


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06:35
Report: Vivendi SA sold its Beats stake for $404...

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that as part of Apple’s Beats acquisition, Paris-based Vivendi SA sold its approximately 13 percent stake in Beats Electronics to Apple for $404 million. Held by the company’s Universal Music Group, the stake’s value reportedly almost doubled in value from a September 2013 estimate…

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05:45
OS X: Configuring FileVault

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac-FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)


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Thursday July 31

18:43
U.S. Appeals Court Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over...

An appeals court ruled on Friday that Microsoft must turn over email sought in a U.S. warrant, even though the customer's email is being hosted on servers in Ireland, not the U.S. Microsoft argued the US warrant has no jurisdiction in Ireland, but the court disagreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a big deal. It must be to put Verizon and AT&T on the same side as Microsoft and Apple.


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17:27
T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.

The Mac Observer Spin: With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out how Sprint thinks they can buy out T-Mobile.


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16:41
That Time the iPhone Owner Punched His Mugger in the...

A drawn out attempt at "Apple" picking on Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, was thwarted when the would-be victim punched his would-be mugger in the face. Bryan Chaffin finds something satisfying in the way things worked out.


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14:52
The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39.99

Check out the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a collection of service subscriptions that include access to design templates, testing, graphics, Web hosting, and design. There are details on the apps and services on the deal listing. Combined they would add up to $943 retail, making the $39.99 deal price a huge bargain.


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12:05
Basic Tips for Using the Dock and Trash in OS X

Nancy Carroll Gravley offers up some basic tips for using and understanding the Dock and the Trash in OS X that will particularly helpful to people who are new to Macs.


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11:04
Apple content delivery network for faster downloads...

Apple’s new content delivery network has gone live in the U.S. and Europe, according to Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. The network is able to deliver multiple terabits of data per second, which should allow Apple to offer faster iOS downloads. Rayburn claims Apple is still using other…

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10:54
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-31

Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both companies refuse to comply. They also jump into the middle of Amazon's latest posturing in its ongoing book pricing fight with Hachette.


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08:18
Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.

The Mac Observer Spin: Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.


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07:33
Apps of the Week: NPR One, Crazy Taxi: City Rush,...

New Apps Beehive (free) — Beehive - The Social Network Filter from Kendall Innovations is that rare thing: a new social networking app that should be useful to certain people. The app takes your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, and lets you narrow them…

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07:15
Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

The Mac Observer Spin: Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.


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06:06
Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.

The Mac Observer Spin: One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.


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Wednesday July 30

20:45
ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook’s App Breakup

Ford is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry, plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private messages into a separate iPhone app, and they go with a listener request and look at the magic PC market numbers Gartner and IDC spew.


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17:25
Brett Domino Explains Pop Music’s Formula

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought there had to be a formula behind pop music? Well Brett Domino found one, and has broken it down on YouTube for everyone to see. Not only can you enjoy the results of his formula in the initial video, but once you have mastered his original techniques, you can level up with the advanced techniques. It took until very nearly August, but I think we have the song of the summer in Pinocchio from the advanced class.


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16:03
New iPhones: Now With Less Sapphire

Sapphire glass covers on the new iPhone models are less likely all the time. According to a report from LED Inside, supply chain analysts state orders should have been placed in large numbers by now, and thus far those orders do not exist.


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14:55
What Amazon Didn’t Say in Its Blog Post about...

Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children-and indeed publishers and authors, too-and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.


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13:16
Apple Releases Fixed Version of MacBook Air EFI...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9.1 on Wednesday to replace the problem-ridden 2.9 version it rolled out, and then pulled, earlier in July. The update addresses an issue where the 2011 MacBook Air failed to properly wake from sleep.


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12:45
OS X Yosemite: How to Turn Translucency Off or On

OS X Yosemite lets parts of windows take on the general color of the background behind it. It's a translucent effect because details cannot be readily made out. For those who don't like it, John Martellaro shows how to turn it off.


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11:59
Report: Apple TV relaunch not coming this year

Apple engineers working on the new version of Apple TV have been on timelines that assume a 2015 launch, The Information reports. Those engineers “have been told by their bosses not to expect a launch this year.” It’s been expected for some time that Apple would release a newer…

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11:43
Report: Apple eliminating positions of some Beats...

Apple has started transitioning employees and technology from Beats, but not all Beats employees will be making the move, 9to5Mac reports. While many Beats employees in development and creative roles have been offered jobs at Apple, Beats’ support, finance, and HR departments “have already been largely dismantled,” according to…

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10:53
About integrated video on Intel-based Macs

Learn more about the integrated GPUs available with Intel-based Apple computers and the amount of system memory they share.

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10:53
Thunderbolt ports and displays: Frequently asked...

Learn about the Thunderbolt ports on Apple computers and displays, their uses with OS X and Boot Camp, and system requirements for Thunderbolt usage.

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10:52
MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013): Using 192 kHz...

Learn how to use 192 kHz sample rate optical digital audio with your MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013).

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10:52
Mac OS X versions (builds) for computers

Learn which Mac OS X versions (builds) originally shipped with or are available for your computer via retail discs, downloads, or Software Update.

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10:52
Intel-Based Apple notebooks: Identifying the right...

Learn which power adapter, power cord, and plug are appropriate for each Intel-based Apple notebook. Remember that size, shape, and color of replacement adapters and cords may vary.

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10:52
Mac computers: How do I configure PPPoE on a new...

When you set up a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2012 and later), MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 and later), Mac Mini (Late 2012), or iMac (Late 2012 and later) the Setup Assistant does not offer to configure PPPoE connections. Follow the steps below to set one up on your new Mac.

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10:52
Mac computers: Apple USB SuperDrive and MacBook Air...

The Apple USB SuperDrive and MacBook Air SuperDrive allow you to install software, play, and burn both CDs and DVDs. Use the table below to determine if your computer can support the Apple USB SuperDrive or MacBook Air SuperDrive.

 

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10:52
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

Learn more about using USB 3 ports and devices on Mac computers.

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10:52
MacBook Pro: Frequently asked questions about using...

The MacBook Pro with Retina display has a pixel density that is so high, your eyes can't discern individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. The Retina display packs four times the pixels of the standard MacBook Pro display, giving content incredible detail and dramatically improving the viewing experience. See the frequently asked questions below to learn more about using your MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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10:52
Avoiding image persistence on Apple displays

This article explains how to avoid image persistence on certain Apple displays, and describes the unique characteristics of IPS display technology.

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10:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-30

Apple keeps rolling out minor updates to its Mac product line, but hasn't had a major release announcement since last fall. John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of big news from Apple, the incremental update cycle the company seems to be locked into right now, and how that could be impacting its image.


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08:26
Russian government seeks Apple source code

The Russian government is asking for access to Apple’s source code, in order to ensure the company’s products aren’t used for spying purposes, Reuters reports. Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said in a statement, “Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services’ public statements about the strengthening of…

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08:26
Apple May Have Accidentally Leaked New 27-inch iMac

Apple first accidentally mentioned a new Mac mini model in its Boot Camp support documents, and may have leaked a 27-inch iMac refresh, too. A chart showing the current 27-inch iMac, along with a model tagged as "Mid 2014," looks like a hint that an update is coming soon.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple listed two unreleased Mac models in its Boot Camp compatibility chart, either someone needs some remedial copy and paste training, or a reminder that unannounced products shouldn't appear in support documents.


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07:00
Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for...

Following reports that it was purchasing Swell, the iPhone app for building custom talk radio-like stations, Apple has confirmed it is the new owner of the app and its developer Concept.io.

The Mac Observer Spin: Fist BookLight and now Swell. It looks like Apple is getting serious about improving content discovery through the iTunes Store.


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06:27
Square announces new Reader for chip cards

Square has announced Square Reader for chip cards, a new credit card reader built to handle EMV chip cards—credit cards equipped with microchips, as already found in many countries around the world. The major U.S. credit card companies have planned to implement a fraud…

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05:45
iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.


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Tuesday July 29

20:02
Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with Cmd-V.


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18:02
Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

The Mac Observer Spin: I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with cmd-V.


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17:57
Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global...

Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for Apple's enterprise ambition, which recently announced a mobile alliance with IBM.


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15:04
‘Window Plug’ Portable Solar Charger Concept Design

Yanko Design is showing off a concept called "Window Plug," and it's very cool. It's a portable solar charger that you can stick on a window. It has a built-in battery that self-charges, but it also has a plug for accessing that power for your devices. So far, this is a concept only. In the comments, the creator said that he still has technical hurdles to overcome, not least of which is having the device generate enough power to meet the needs of a wide variety of devices. But I am lust with the idea of a charger that I could stick on a hotel window, a car window, or...wait for it...a airplane window. Accordingly, I'm pulling for the product to come to market.


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13:19
MotionArtist for Mac: $9

MotionArtist is a very cool piece of software that allows you to layout comics in traditional panel form with word bubbles, and also add motion, sound, and even a 3D parallax effect to scenes. The animation tools are designed to be quite easy to use, and it's focused primarily on adding motion. Through our deal, you can get it for $9, a lot less than the $60 retail price.


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11:10
OS X Yosemite: How to Trek into Dark Mode

OS X Yosemite public beta enables an intriguing feature referred to as Dark Mode. No one is quite sure why it's there, but it's very cool. John Martellaro explains how to enable it.


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10:45
Apple Retail Out Almost $310K in Scam, Suspect...

Apple lost US$309,768 in merchandise out of its retail stores in 16 states thanks to Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. and a debit card scam. Authorities have arrested Mr. Parrish, and thanks to his clever social engineering, Apple will likely be left holding the bill.

The Mac Observer Spin: Forced code scams happen more often than you'd think, so it isn't surprising Mr. Parrish was able to make off with so much before getting caught. Apple will most likely change its policies to require employees to call banks on declined cards instead of leaving that in customer's hands


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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-29

The future for magazines looked promising thanks to the iPad, but not everyone is pleased with how that worked out. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the digital magazine has been something of a disappointment, and why John is planning on going back to print. They also offer up their take on companies like Facebook splitting features across multiple apps.


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08:14
Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

The Mac Observer Spin: More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.


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07:27
Apple TV adds FOX Now, CNBC channels

Apple TV has added two new channels, FOX Now and CNBC. Both channels require a cable subscription to access full content, although a number of FOX episodes and CNBC clips are available for viewing without authentication. The FOX Now channel includes a number of popular…

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06:55
Apple Drops Samsung Patent Appeal, Ends Injunction...

Apple is throwing in the towel on its efforts to get an injunction blocking the sale of several Samsung smartphones related to their first patent infringement trial. Apple told the court on Monday that it is dropping its cross appeal in the case and now will instead focus on winning an injunction in their second mobile device infringement trial.

The Mac Observer Spin: It seems that -- at least on some level -- both Apple and Samsung are getting tired of their ongoing patent infringement fight, although not tired enough to find some sort of agreement. For Samsung, giving up doesn't make sense considering its drag-it-out-in-court tactics are working just fine.


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05:46
Retina MacBook Pro gets Faster Processors, More RAM

Apple confirmed the Retina MacBook Pro update rumors on Tuesday when it rolled out new models with faster processors and more RAM. The new 13-inch and 15-inch models look just like the versions they replace, but with more power under the hood.

The Mac Observer Spin: With today's Retina MacBook Pro refresh, that leaves only the Mac mini waiting for an update.


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Monday July 28

19:20
Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App,...

Beats Music, the music streaming service being acquired by Apple, released a new version of its iOS app that adds several user controls. Beats Music 2.2.0 includes a "Tune Your Taste" control that allows you change your "Just For You" recommendations. The service has also begun verifying user profile for the famous and well-to-do.


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18:48
Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging...

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download a separate app.

The Mac Observer Spin: I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.


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16:56
Blockchain.info Brings Bitcoin Wallet App Back to...

Blockchain.info has brought its Bitcoin wallet app back to the App Store after having been kicked out by Apple in February. Blockchain 2.0.1 has the ability to send and receive Bitcoins from your iPhone, an important feature for Bitcoin users.


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15:56
‘Another One Bites The Dust’ Played Using Disk Drives

Check out the latest from Arganalth, a musician who uses the noises made by hard drives and floppy drives to make music. Watching videos like "Misirlou" is hypnotic as the drive heads slip back and forth making noise, so they're fun to see as well as hear. His latest one is "Another One Bites The Dust," by Queen. While all of the videos are impressive, this is a standout among them. Enjoy it below [Via Macgasm]:


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14:57
Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy...

Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.

The Mac Observer Spin: This could be neato, this could be horrible. Difficult to say.


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14:18
The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

We have a great bundle of training videos for you designed to you master your Mac. It has eight individual course, including:

Mac Clarity - Master Your Mac
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iPhoto For Beginners
Basics Of Using A Mac

That's hundreds of lectures and more than 30 hours of video training. Individually, these training courses are $408, but through our deal you can get them for $29.


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13:39
Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.


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12:55
OS X Yosemite: What Does That Little Green Button do...

Since the beginning of time, well since 2001, the little green button at the top of every OS X window has expanded the current window to take up all available space. OS X Yosemite changes the default behavior of that green button for the first time.


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12:03
Popular Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain returns to App...

Apple has reinstated popular Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain to the App Store. It’s not an entirely unexpected move, considering Apple recently started allowing Bitcoin apps back in the App Store, after making a change to its App Store Review Guidelines. Blockchain was originally pulled from the App…

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11:02
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-28

Apple just bout BookLight and is in the process of buying Swell. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple's latest media acquisitions mean for the ebook, news and podcasting world, as well as end users. Plus, bonus oblique Joss Whedon and Space Ghost references.


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07:55
Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal

The radio news talk show listening app Swell is about to be snapped up by Apple in a US$30 million deal. Swell is known for its ability to build custom news playlists with content from sources such NPR, BBC, and ABC and play back that content through its iPhone app.

The Mac Observer Spin: First Apple buys BookLamp, and now it's about to close a deal with Swell. Purchases like these sure make it look like Apple wants to find a better way for consumers to discover online content and books.


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07:09
Report Claims Retina MacBook Pro Speed Bump Coming...

Apple is reportedly planning on giving the Retina MacBook Pro a speed bump on Tuesday with updated Intel Haswell Core i7 processors. The new models will still be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and will all come with at least 16 GB RAM.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the report about tomorrow's Retina MacBook Pro refresh is accurate, it's welcome even if it isn't dramatic.


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07:04
Report: Apple Stores to support carrier early iPhone...

Apple Stores will soon allow customers to purchase new iPhones using early upgrade programs from carriers, including AT&T Next, T-Mobile JUMP, and Verizon Edge, according to 9to5Mac. It’s unclear whether or when Apple will support Sprint’s One Up program. The report claims that “many” stores will offer the purchase…

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06:04
EU Greenlights Apple’s Beats Acquisition

Apple made a big leap forward in its planned US$3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music when the European Commission announced on Monday that is has approved the deal. The Commission doesn't see a combined Apple and Beats as a serious threat to the headphone market, and said there are plenty of competitors who make substantially different products.

The Mac Observer Spin: With the EC's approval out of the way Apple is a step closer to closing its Beats purchase. Next stop: U.S. approval.


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05:45
Report: Apple buying talk radio app Swell

Re/code is reporting that Apple is about to acquire Swell, an app described as “Pandora-for-talk-radio,” for $30 million. Although it hasn’t yet been confirmed by either company, the report cites multiple sources, and Re/code has a strong track record when it comes to Apple…

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Friday July 25

18:03
3 Free iOS Apps To Help You Find Something To Watch

Looking for something to watch? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll help in this week's Free on iTubes. Yidio, Frequency, and Fan TV.


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17:57
9 Swift Resources for iOS 8 Developers

If you're interested in Apple's new programming language announced at WWDC, there are a variety of resources available online now. Kelly Guimont gathered up nine resources to help you get going.


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16:39
OS X and iOS Application Compatibility Table

If you are waiting to install a new OS (such as the Yosemite Public Beta) because you are worried about compatibility issues, check out the Application Compatibility Table over at RoaringApps. There are compatibility charts from Snow Leopard up to Yosemite, and from iOS 5 up to iOS 8. If you don't see an app listed there and you know its status, you can submit it to the list. It's a great resource that is easily searchable if you need to determine what does and doesn't work.


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15:35
Best News in the Verse: Firefly Cast Reuniting for...

Browncoats everywhere are celebrating the news that the full cast of Joss Whedon's Firefly are reuniting for Firefly Online (site down as of this writing). io9 reported the news from San Diego Comicon Friday that Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass will all be contributing voice acting to the game reprising their characters in the most successful failed show of all time. Alan Tudyk will be doing additional characters, as well, and Michael Fairman will be reprising his role as Niska. As a teaser, the game producers posted a video called "If I Were a Captain" (below) that features the voice of Ron Glass and Captain Mal himself (near the end). Color me giddy!


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15:26
Bose Sues Apple Acquisition Beats for Patent...

Bose Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Friday accusing Beats Electronics of willfully infringing on five patents. Bose also launched a parallel lawsuit. Beats is in the process of being acquired by Apple, and Bose has accused the company of violating its patents in Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones.


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14:11
iZZi Slim 4-Lenses-In-One Photo Kit: $95

iPhoneographers, we have a deal for you today called iZZi Slim, a case with a built-in lens kit for your iPhone 5 and 5s. The iZZi Slim included 4 lenses on one attachment, allowing you to switch lenses just by turning them for fast changes. The lenses include Fisheye lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, Macro Lens and Wide-Angle Lens (you access the macro lens by unscrewing the wide angle lens). The iZZi Slim is regularly priced at $155, but through our deal you can get it for $95. This price also includes a bonus Bluetooth shutter.


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12:44
Take Control of Yosemite Beta Testing Released

There were a few hurdles in the release of the Yosemite public beta, primarily in people successfully downloading the installer. Now that it's more likely you actually have the installer, Joe Kissell has some tips for you on running a Mac OS Beta. He's been beta testing since 10.3, so he knows of what he speaks. He's put together a great set of tips in Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite, the latest title from Take Control Books. This one has a suggested price of $5 and is available via Leanpub to allow for quicker turnaround on updates (since betas can evolve dramatically). This is more than just a grand tour of new features, it also discusses what beta testing entails, tips for both before and after installing, and advice on how to report bugs.


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12:33
Congress passes bill to legalize phone unlocking

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill today that will legalize cell phone unlocking, following the Senate’s approval of the bill last week. All the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” needs now is for President Obama to sign the bill into law — a virtual…

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11:09
Bose sues Beats over noise-canceling patents

BREAKING: Bose sues Apple's Beats over noise-canceling headphone patents. (via @CNBCJosh) $AAPL— CNBC (@CNBC) July 25, 2014 Bose is suing Beats over noise-canceling technology patents used in headphones, according to CNBC. Patent search site PriorSmart.com appears to have a list…

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10:42
Judge Cote Calls Apple Ebook Settlement Unfair to...

Judge Denise Cote, the Federal Judge who ruled Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with publishers to drive up the price of books, is concerned that the settlement the iPhone and iPad maker agreed to in a related class action lawsuit will be unfair to consumers. Apple agreed to pay US$400 million in the settlement, but that number drops to $50 million plus attorney fees if the Appeals Court sends the case back for further proceedings.

The Mac Observer Spin: Both Apple and the states found the settlement terms reasonable, so maybe Judge Cote is being a little over critical there. The stipulation that Apple doesn't have to pay interest during the Appeals process seems like something she's justified in complaining about.


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10:26
iLounge Game Spotlight: Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Modern Combat 5: Blackout ($7) is one of the most high-profile iOS games to be released this year. Blackout is the latest first-person shooter in Gameloft’s Call of Duty-esque series, and this time around, there are no in-app purchases to be found. However, an…

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10:15
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-25

Just because an analyst says Apple could be doomed doesn't mean we'll all be using Android smartphones in three years. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet dissect what Noster Capital's Pedro de Noronha really meant when he said Apple could be obsolete in three years, plus they look at Judge Denise Cote's comments on Apple's ebook price fixing class action lawsuit settlement.


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07:24
comiXology Intros DRM-free Digital Comic Backups

Amazon's digital comicbook distribution company comiXology announced on Thursday that is is now offering customers DRM-free copies of the comics they buy for backup. Users can download PDF and CBZ versions of the comics they have already purchased, although not every comic sold is available.

The Mac Observer Spin: Offering downloadable files for backup is great. What's even greater is that they're DRM-free so you can read your comics on any device that has a PDF or CBZ-compatible reader app.


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05:45
OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

For todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery-repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder wonât let you edit files or an application is telling you that you donât have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley.


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Thursday July 24

17:48
Hedge Fund: ‘Apple Might Become Obsolete in 2-3...

Pedro de Noronha, managing partner at hedge fund Noster Capital, ain't got no truck with these newfangled tech companies, including Apple. The problem, he said, is that you don't know where they'll be in 5 to 10 years. Even Apple, according to him, could be "obsolete in two to three years."


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14:40
MGG 512: Two Zero Zero Hexes Your Favorite Geeks

Celebrating their 200th show (in hexadecimal, anyway!), your two favorite geeks dig deep this week to help solve issues regarding remote management, slow networks, the Finder and much more. That, and listen in as both John and Dave get hexed! Download today, press play, and enjoy!


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13:41
TwistedWave Audio Recorder and Editor for Mac: $20

We have a deal on an audio recorder and editor for your Mac called TwistedWave. You might remember Mark Greentree's review of the iOS version for TMO in 2012 where it got 4 stars. TwistedWave supports a huge amount of file formats, including WAV, AIFF, CAF, MP2, MP3, Mpeg4/AAC, ALAC, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis, WavPack, Wave64, AU, SD2, and WMA. it can detect silence, supports batch processing of multiple files, and includes multichannel editing, as well as mastering features. It's priced at $59, but through our deal you can get it for $20.


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12:47
Apple’s Yosemite Beta: Don’t Use TRIM with SSD

For those who are succeeding where others have failed at getting their hands on the public beta of Yosemite, make sure you disable TRIM before installing on a 3rd party solid state drives (SSDs). Users are reporting that having TRIM controls enabled will resort in your Mac not booting up.

The Mac Observer Spin: If this post doesn't make sense, maybe hold off on installing the beta for now.


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11:50
Apps of the Week: ShipAntics, Modern Combat 5, This...

New Apps Matter ($2) — Photo app maker Pixite is back with Matter, a new app that allows users to add 3D effects to photos. Those effects come in the form of various 3D objects — users have the ability to change the traits…

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Are We Now In The Post-Post-PC Era?
A longtime and thoroughgoing laptop aficionado, I was more than a little dismayed by Steve Jobs’s declaration back in 2010 when he sprang the iPad on an unsuspecting world. that we’d entered a “post-... Read more
PC Outlook Improves, But 2014 Shipments Still...
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -3.7 percent in 2014. To hat’s actually an improvement from the... Read more
IDC Lowers Tablet Sales Projections for 2014...
Following a second consecutive quarter of softer than expected demand, International Data Corporation (IDC) has lowered its worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast for 2014 to 233.1 million units. The... Read more
Apple now offering refurbished 21-inch 1.4GHz...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 21″ 1.4GHz iMacs for $929 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $170 off the cost of new models,... Read more
Save $50 on the 2.5GHz Mac mini, on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2.5GHz Mac mini on sale for $549.99 including free shipping. That’s $50 off MSRP, and B&H will also include a free copy of Parallels Desktop software. NY sales tax only. Read more
Save up to $300 on an iMac with Apple refurbi...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $300 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. These are the best prices on... Read more
The Rise of Phablets
Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, a businesses and technology consulting firm focused solely on the financial services industry, has released an infographic depicting the convergence of... Read more
Bad Driver Database App Allows Good Drivers t...
Bad Driver Database 1.4 by Facile Group is a new iOS and Android app that lets users instantly input and see how many times a careless, reckless or just plain stupid driver has been added to the... Read more
Eddy – Cloud Music Player for iPhone/iPad Fre...
Ukraine based CapableBits announces the release of Eddy, its tiny, but smart and powerful cloud music player for iPhone and iPad that allows users to stream or download music directly from cloud... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Senior Event Manager, *Apple* Retail Market...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global event strategy. Delivering an overarching brand story; in-store, Read more
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