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Tuesday July 22

11:37
Universal Car Mount w/360 Degree Adjustable Fit for...

We have a very practical deal for you today, a universal car mount for your iPhone or Android smartphone. This unit has a swivel mount that allows you to rotate your device a full 360 degrees. It has a ball joint for angling your device just so, too. Plus, it's only $14 through our deal, less than half the retail price of $29. It's made of ABS thermoplastic.


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11:21
Petition Demands Samsung Improve Factory Conditions...

A petition at The Petition Site is being circulated that demands Samsung improve working conditions at its Chinese factories. The petition targets Boo-Keun Yoon, CEO of the Samsung Group, and accuses the company of operating or contracting with scores of factories that have unsafe working conditions. 40,000 people have signed the petition so far.


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10:33
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-22

Apple has reportedly ordered a metric butt-load of big screen iPhones -- more than it's ever sold in a single quarter. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer some perspective on Apple's big numbers, plus they also take a look at the differences between Apple and Samsung marketing tactics.


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08:16
Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing...

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.


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07:18
AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday...

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is scheduled to start this afternoon at 5PM eastern time after the market closes. The conference call for analysts and investors will include the company's quarterly revenue and profit numbers, as well as sales figures for the iPhone, iPad and Mac product lines. The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage, s be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.


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07:00
WSJ: Apple asking suppliers to make 70-80M new...

Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture between 70-80 million units of its upcoming two new iPhones combined by Dec. 30, The Wall Street Journal reports. As noted in the report, this represents a significant step up from last year’s initial order of 50-60 million units for the iPhone…

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06:50
Netflix Adds Post-Play Feature to Apple TV

Netflix's Post-Play feature arrived on Apple TV on Monday without any fanfare, making it even easier to stay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. Post-Play automatically starts the next episode in a series a few seconds after the one you're currently watching wraps up.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's far too easy to keep watching shows with Post-Play enabled, so you better have a comfy couch.


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06:32
Apple ‘iTime’ patent includes wristband sensors

Apple was granted a patent today for an electronic wristband that can be coupled to an electronic wristwatch. The wristband, which can interact with the watch, can include digital sensors, wireless hardware, and other electronics, and could respond to gestures such as shaking and…

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Monday July 21

21:36
‘Stickers’ Apple Commercial Highlights User Love for...

Apple launched a new commercial on Monday called "Stickers." The spot is a rare one in that it solely features Mac hardware, and it shows some of the many ways that people decorate their MacBook Air laptops. It uses the tagline: "The notebook people love." All I know is that I love this spot. For one thing, it rings true. People do love decorating their MacBook Airs (and their Pros, for that matter). For another, it's great to see the Mac being promoted on TV. iOS, iPhone, iPad, and the iPod before it have long dominated Apple's advertising. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, you know, yay Mac!


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17:57
Apple Fixes MacBook Air (Mid 2011) Sleep Issue with...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 Monday for MacBook Air (Mid 2011). The update addresses an issue with sleep


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17:44
Apple Reportedly Orders 70-80 Million Large Screen...

Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million next-generation iPhones for delivery by December 30th, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The orders are for a mix of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which has been dubbed iPhone 6 in the media. If true, it would be a record number of iPhone units for any quarter, well above the 51 million iPhone record holiday quarter in 2013.


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16:47
Apps With Extensions in iOS 8

One of the new features of iOS 8 is Extensions, a way for apps to talk to each other in a standard Apple-approved way. This article contains a (regularly updated) list of those apps.


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14:21
The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

We have a broad developer course for beginners today, the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle. This package of training videos and course material has 64 hours of content that covers everything from HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, C++, C#, CSS, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, XCode, and Objective C. You'll also learn how to use GameSalad, Construct 2 and Unity3D, and it's all taught by developer John Bura. That's a lot of learning, and through our deal you can get it for $69 (regularly priced at $499). There are more details on the deal listing.


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13:30
OS X: The Best Ways to Share a Web Page (via Email)...

Occasionally, it's desirable to share a web page with someone via email, and there are several ways to do it in OS X Safari. Unfortunately, the fastest and easiest way has a notable problem. John Martellaro explains how to do it the right way.


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11:00
Jot Touch with Pixelpoint: Like Adobe’s Ink Stylus,...

When Adonit teamed up with Adobe to bring the design software company's stylus to market, Ink and Slide weren't the only pieces of gear to take advantage of the technology because Adonit also released its own Jot Touch with with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad. It costs less than Adobe's Ink and Slide, but does that lower price come at a cost? Read on to find out.


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10:35
Tips app debuts in iOS 8 beta 4

Apple’s new Tips app has debuted within the fourth beta of iOS 8. The app shows people how to use the device with a list of tips, each consisting of around a paragraph of text plus an animated image. A list of six tips is…

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10:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-21

Google and Apple have very different philosophies on product development and that's having an impact on how both companies are perceived. Today John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, and they also offer their take on the EU pushing Apple and Google to drop "free" from the description of games with in-app purchases.


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10:09
iTunes 12 makes its first appearance with iOS-style...

Alongside the latest OS X Yosemite beta preview, Apple has issued the first beta of iTunes 12. This represents the first time the app has been seen at all, although a new red icon was visible in the dock during Apple’s Yosemite presentation at WWDC.…

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09:54
Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 8

As expected, iOS 8 beta 4 has been released to registered developers, and is available as an over-the-air update as well as a download from Apple’s developer portal. This release comes two weeks after the third beta. We’ll update this story if any major changes are found.

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09:35
Voyager Q Conveniently Docks Your Extra SATA Drives

The Voyager Q dock from NewerTech allows you to access a 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drive with a Mac (or PC) using a conventional connection, USB, FireWire or eSATA. It's a boon for those moving on from the old Mac Pros or PC towers but want to keep a SATA drive or two active. NewerTech's implementation is very good, but not without some minor issues.


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09:20
Forensic scientist notes iOS ‘back doors’

Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and the author of five iOS-related books, has posted slides from a recent conference talk titled “Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.” Zdziarski’s talk, which he gave at the recent HOPE/X conference in New York, reveals an overview “of a…

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08:30
Zachs Rates AAPL Neutral on Potential iPhone...

Zachs analysts are rating Apple's stock as Neutral ahead of Tuesday's third fiscal quarter earnings report. The firm sees the upcoming iPhone 6 and rumored iWatch as big sellers for the company, but competition in the smartphone space will have an impact on Apple's bottom line.


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07:16
Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone...

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.


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06:01
Apple’s 2014 London iTunes Festival to Include...

Apple's annual iTunes Festival is set for September and once again will take place in London with performances from Maroon 5, Beck, Pharrell Williams, and more. The annual event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at the Roundhouse with tickets for each event given out through a lottery system.

The Mac Observer Spin: iTunes Festival is always a great event, so if you'll be in London in September be sure to sign up for the ticket lottery.


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05:48
Eighth annual iTunes Festival announced

Apple has announced the eighth annual iTunes Festival, a concert series held in London at the Roundhouse. There will be 30 days of concerts throughout September, which will be broadcast live to an iOS app, iTunes on the desktop, and Apple TV. This year’s…

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Sunday July 20

16:19
MGG 511: Geeky Tangents Are Good!

Searching Gmail from the iOS Mail app usually fails, and the guys tackle that for you. Did you know that Keynote files often store extra stuff you don't need? Listen and learn how to get rid of that. Then it's on to a discussion about guest networks on your AirPort base station. Want to learn about modifying the Finder's "Open With" menu. Geeks to the rescue. Join John and Dave as they answer all these issues and more. It's a blast!


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Saturday July 19

12:45
Dueling Scanners: 2 Free iOS Scanner Apps You Should...

In this week's Free on iTunes Vern Seward takes a look at two free iOS document scanner apps that no iPhone should be without. JotNot Scanner and Scanner Mini.


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Friday July 18

18:48
Get Free Bitcoins with 41 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 41 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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14:36
Register for the PlayStation 4 Battlefield Bundle...

We have a very cool giveaway for you, the PlayStation 4 Battlefield Bundle Giveaway. One lucky winner will win a PlayStation 4 Console, two wireless controllers, and a copy of Battlefield 4. To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to our Mac Observer Deal emails-it's pretty darned simple. There's more details on the deal listing. Good luck!


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13:45
Apple Goes Back to the Future to Fight Google

This week's edition looks at how, in one case (Google), forgetting the past can have a negative impact on our perception of a company. In another duo of stories, John Martellaro looks at how denying change (by advertisers) can be a modern weapon against consumers. It all seems to fit together in TV land.


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13:08
iLounge Game Spotlight: Bio Inc.

Bio Inc. ($2) is a new game from DryGin Studios that’s being billed as a “biomedical strategy simulator.” The game challenges players to create the ultimate illness. It is decidedly not for everyone. Some have compared Bio Inc. to Plague Inc., for obvious reasons.…

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10:42
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-18

Amazon launched its new Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service today, and at $9.99 a month it's going to catch the eye of consumers and competitors. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate exactly why Kindle Unlimited is good -- or bad - for the publishing industry.


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08:42
Flappy Bird Where it Belongs: On the Apple IIc

Love it or hate it, Flappy Bird has been an amazingly successful game on the iPhone and iPad, but it's been missing from the one computer that's the perfect platform for its 8-bit flapping goodness: the Apple IIc. Dagen Brock has fixed that horrible oversite with his new Flappy Birds clone called Flapple Bird. Game play is keyboard-based, which makes sense considering touch screen computing wasn't a thing back in 1980s. You can download Flapple Bird for free, and it's available versions for 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks.


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08:22
Reminder: Apple Q3 2014 Earnings Report Next Tuesday

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is set for Tuesday, July 22. The conference call for analysts and investors will start around 5PM eastern time after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage. Be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.


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07:55
EU Pushes Apple, Google to Drop “Free” from Games...

The European Union's European Commission thinks free games with in-app purchases shouldn't be called "free," and has been pushing Apple and Google to change how they represent those apps to buyers. Google has capitulated, and now the EU is calling out Apple for failing to take action, although Apple thinks it's already doing more than other companies to keep consumers well informed.

The Mac Observer Spin: This comes down to the EU saying free isn't really free if in-app purchases are available. Apple seems to disagree, so now we get to sit back and watch to see who blinks first.


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07:15
Amazon Moves to Own More of the Ebook Market with...

Amazon officially announced its Kindle Unlimited ebook and audio book subscription service on Friday, and in the process reaffirmed its plan to own as much of the book market as it can. Kindle Unlimited is a US$9.99 a month subscription that gives users unlimited access to 600,000 ebooks and several thousand audio books on their Kindle, or in the Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

The Mac Observer Spin: Charging $9.99 a month for as many ebooks as you can read is a business model other retailers simply won't be able to compete against. If you read even two books a month it'll be more economical to subscribe than it would be to buy the titles anywhere else.


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06:35
iPhone 6 Production to Ramp Up Next Week

Apple is ready to start building the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next week, and will ramp up production of the larger 5.5-inch model during the second week in August. Rumors surrounding the features Apple plans to pack into the next iPhone model have been circulating for months, and more recently have grown to include a late September release which fits with a manufacturing ramp up now.

The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any firm evidence to back up the report that Apple will start building the iPhone 6 next week, but the timing does fit nicely for a late September release.


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06:24
EU criticizes Apple for in-app purchases

The European Commission said that Apple has “provided no concrete and immediate solutions” to in-app purchase problems, Reuters reports. Payment approvals within the App Store are still a sticking point for the EU. Google, on the other hand, was praised by the commission for taking measures to improve their…

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05:45
OS X: Move Jobs Between Printers

For todayâs Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to teach us how to move a job that weâve sent to the wrong printer to a different one. No more walking through the steps to reprint a document just because the printer you tried to use is at home, folks!


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05:36
Sue Wagner joins Apple board of directors as Bill...

Apple has announced the retirement of one of its longest-serving members on its board of directors, Bill Campbell, and the election of Susan L. Wagner of BlackRock to the board. Campbell has been with Apple since 1983, and is behind only Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula in length of…

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Thursday July 17

16:27
Apple Reportedly Reducing iPhone 6 Battery to 2mm...

Apple is reportedly reducing the thickness of the battery it will use in its next generation iPhone-dubbed the iPhone 6 in the media-to just 2mm. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said Apple has reduced the thickness of the battery by some 33 percent, down from 3mm, while keeping capacity at iPhone 5s levels.


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14:40
Bill Campbell Retires from Apple’s Board, Sue Wagner...

Apple announced on Thursday that Sue Wagner is joining its board of directors, while Silicon Valley legend Bill "Coach" Campbell is retiring. Ms. Wagner is a founding partner and a director at BlackRock, a Silicon Valley asset management firm, and she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women (#33) by Fortune in 2011.


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13:16
Five Times When Steve Jobs Dissed IBM

Bloomberg has published a great piece looking back at the late Steve Jobs dissing Big Blue. The article comes in the wake of a landmark agreement between Apple and IBM to team up for the Enterprise market on iPhones and iPads, and it makes for an interesting look back at a different era in computing. The five incidents include Apple's 1981 ad, "Welcome, IBM. Seriously;" the quickly-becoming-famous-photo of Steve Jobs giving IBM the finger; the iconic 1984 commercial, a 1985 Playboy interview when he said that IBM kills innovation; and the move to Intel, where Mr. Jobs dissed PowerPC processors. There are lots of details in the Bloomberg piece, and it's a fun read. That said, and as we discussed on Wednesday's TDO podcast, I have little doubt that Mr. Jobs would have supported the deal his successor worked out with IBM. It's impossible to know for sure, of course, but Mr. Jobs was infamous for turning on a dime and working with past enemies.

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12:49
Apple’s iTunes Pass is Not (Yet?) a Mobile Payment...

Over the past week Apple has staged a rollout of their new iTunes Pass feature, first in Japan and now in the USA, Germany and elsewhere. As it stands today, iTunes Pass is simply a way to add money to your iTunes/App Store account at an Apple Store, nothing more. At least not yet.


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12:04
Apps of the Week: Overcast, Ingress, Endless Numbers...

New Apps Google Analytics (free) — Google has released a new Google Analytics app that allows users to access their web and app data from an iOS device. For those not in the know, Google Analytics is a popular service that offers website owners…

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11:29
XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone Includes...

For today's deal, I have another device that qualifies for Cool Stuff Found, except that we get to offer it to you at a discount. It's called XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone. It has eight functions, including magnetically-attached lenses for your iPhone's camera, dual tripod mount, a multi-position stand, a capacitive stylus, ear-bud wrap, a key ring, and my favorite, a bottle opener. That's a lot of functionality, and it's normally priced at $70. Through our deal, you can get it for $44.99.


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10:14
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-17

Apple's iTunes Pass landed in the United States today, but exactly what does it do? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain just what iTunes Pass is for and what it could become if Apple wants to turn our iPhones into digital wallets. They also take a look and Microsoft's big layoff plans and how that could impact the company.


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08:44
How to Add iTunes Pass to Passbook on your iPhone

Apple's new iTunes Pass lets you use your iPhone as a sort of digital wallet in Apple retail stores, but setting it up isn't quite as straight forward as it could be. Read on to learn just how to get iTunes Pass up and running.


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07:39
Apple Expands iPhone iTunes Pass Mobile Payments to...

Apple's Passbook-based iTunes Pass mobile payment system for the iPhone launched in Japan only days ago and now is available in the United States, too. The system lets users pre-load a Passbook card for making purchases in Apple's own retail stores.

The Mac Observer Spin: iTunes Pass may be limited to purchases in Apple's retail stores, but that will likely change as soon as the company is ready to announce partnerships with other retailers.


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07:01
iPhone 6: 1810 mAh battery, improved color 13MP...

Two new reports claim the iPhone 6 will be getting an upgraded battery and camera. NowhereElse located a picture of the alleged iPhone 6 4.7” model battery, which has a stated capacity of 1810 mAh. The iPhone 5s had a 1560 mAh cell, so…

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06:56
Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Biggest Layoff in...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed on Thursday that he's planning massive layoffs amounting to the biggest in the company's history. About 18,000 employees will get pink slips over the next year and the majority of those will come from staff that was absorbed from its purchase of Nokia's handset division.

The Mac Observer Spin: A 15 percent workforce reduction is pretty big. Mr. Nadella seems to really want to see serious change at Microsoft now that he's in charge.


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05:54
Blue’s Mikey Digital for iPhone gets Lightning...

Blue announced the immediate availability of a Lightning connector version of its popular Mikey Digital microphone for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday. Like its 30-pin Dock Connector predecessor, the Lightning Mikey Digital lets users capture higher quality audio compared to their iPhone or iPad's built-in microphone.


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05:43
iTunes Pass service extends to U.S., other countries

After launching in Japan on Tuesday, Apple’s new iTunes Pass credit system has been rolled out in the United States, as well as Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The system allows iTunes customers to refill their iTunes Store balance by having an Apple…

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Wednesday July 16

17:30
ACM 263: Apple Gets Serious about Enterprise,...

Apple is making a new push into the enterprise market with IBM, and that could spell bad news for Android smartphone and tablet makers. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin Share their thoughts on the MobileFirst for iOS program, take a look at the state of the smartphone industry and how coverage of Samsung is beginning to turn, and more.


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16:52
Eight, a Natural Acoustic Amplifier for Your iPhone...

This has got to be one of the most interesting and beautiful speaker docks I have seen. It's called Eight, and it's a natural acoustic amplifier for the speaker in your iPhone 5 or 5s. It's made of wood-the dark part is walnut, while the light middle section is birdseye maple-and it funnels the sound from your speaker to one side, using the properties of wood and the shape of Eight to amplify that sound. The other side serves as a receiver for your iPhone's microphone so you can use Eight for phone calls. There are no electronics other than your iPhone involved, though it has a slot for an included Lightning cable to charge your iPhone. I haven't heard Eight, but it's a beautiful design and a fascinating idea. It's also pricey at $288-but that's because it's made from solid pieces of wood, hand-crafted, and hand-oiled. The company making Eight-Stark Design-is making each Eight to order, requiring 2-4 weeks before you get it.

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16:23
Loot Crate Three Month Subscription for $48

How did I not know about Loot Crate? Because no one told me about it, I'm guessing, but now I'm telling you. This is a subscription service where you pay them some money and they send you a mystery box full of stuff every month. By stuff, I mean gaming, comic, and nerd stuff-you don't know what you're getting until you get your box and open it. That's way too much fun. July's theme is villains, BTW, so again, too much fun. The regular price for this service is $18.60 a month, but through our friends at StackSocial, we get to offer it to you for $16. It's not a huge discount, but you're already getting a discount because the value of each Loot Crate is pegged at $120.


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12:26
Apple Agrees to $400M Settlement in Ebook Price...

Apple has decided not to fight a class action lawsuit over claims it orchestrated a price fixing scheme to artificially drive up the cost of books and will instead pay a US$400 million settlement. That payout is contingent on the outcome of Apple's appeal in the DOJ's antitrust case, so don't expect to see money changing hands any time soon.

The Mac Observer Spin: Settling with the States in the class action lawsuit makes financial sense for Apple. The alternative includes ongoing legal expenses and a potentially much higher fine that it's facing through the settlement. Agreeing to the deal doesn't mean Apple is admitting any wrong doing, although that's exactly how the State Attorneys General will spin it.


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11:55
NFL Sunday Ticket to stream on iPad, iPhone with no...

A DirecTV promotional page for NFLSundayTicket.TV reveals a plan in which iOS and Mac users can receive the NFL Sunday Ticket package without a satellite subscription for the 2014 NFL season. An NFLSundayTicket.TV Digital package allows users to stream live, out-of-market NFL games to…

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10:27
Apple agrees to $450 million settlement in e-book...

In the latest chapter of the e-book price fixing saga, Apple has agreed to pay a settlement of $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims, pending appeal in New York State, [via Reuters reports. Of that amount, $400 million is intended for consumers. Though the settlement was…

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10:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-16

Apple and IBM are teaming up to take on the mobile enterprise market with the iPhone and iPad. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their take on what that means for Apple and their competitors. They also take a look at Citigroup's renewed coverage of AAPL and its not so positive coverage from the past.


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08:51
Overcast: Get Ready for Your New Podcast Listening...

Apple's Podcast app for the iPhone doesn't quite cut it for many people, so well known developer Marco Arment took on the task of making something he thinks nails the needs of mobile listeners. The result: Overcast.


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08:28
Citigroup Starts AAPL Coverage with $110 Target

Citigroup's Jim Suva started covering Apple's stock for investors on Wednesday with a US$110 target price. Like other analysts, he expects the introduction of the iPhone 6 will have a positive impact on revenue, and he also thinks other analysts are underestimating consumer demand once the new iPhone model is released.


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07:16
Paul McCartney re-releases five classic albums as...

Five classic Paul McCartney albums have been re-released as standalone iPad apps by Concord Music Group. All five albums include remastered audio and extra content, including interviews, photos, and video clips. The albums are: McCartney’s first solo album, McCartney, and the follow-up Ram,…

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06:51
Analyst: Apple, IBM Partnership No Big Deal for...

Apple and IBM announced a partnership on Tuesday to push iOS deeper into the enterprise market through the MobileFirst for iOS program. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster doesn't see the team up as a big deal for Apple sales, but only because the iPhone and iPad are already being tested or deployed in nearly every Fortune 500 company.

The Mac Observer Spin: Even if MobileFirst doesn't significantly drive up iPhone and iPad sales, it'll boost confidence in companies that otherwise might be concerned that Apple is making only a half hearted attempt at bringing mobile products and support to the enterprise market.


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05:45
OS X: Use Any Color on Your Screen

In todayâs Quick Tip, Melissa Holtâs going to cover a feature that not many people use, despite it having been around since approximately the dawn of time. OS Xâs Color Picker can grab any color on your screen, so you can apply the exact shade of a logo, a t-shirt you took a picture of, or pretty much anything else to your objects and text. Handy!


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Tuesday July 15

13:57
Apple, IBM Team Up to Own the Mobile Enterprise...

In a world where up is down and black is white, Apple and IBM have teamed up to take on the mobile enterprise market. The companies announced their new partnership Tuesday afternoon with plans to bring IBM's big data analytics resources to the iPhone and iPad.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you ever questioned if Apple wanted to own the mobile enterprise market, doubt no more.


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13:55
Apple, IBM partner up for giant iOS business...

Apple and IBM have announced a new global partnership to bring “IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.” The partnership, which aims to “transform enterprise mobility,” will introduce more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions for iPhone and iPad, unique IBM cloud services for iOS, a new…

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13:42
PayPal 5.5 app update scans, stores loyalty cards

PayPal’s most recent update of its free iOS app has notably added the ability to digitize and store loyalty cards. Version 5.5 lets users carry virtual versions of an impressive variety of loyalty cards within the app. After selecting the specific retailer from a…

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13:10
Samsung Ready to Release its Next iPhone Killer

Samsung is ramping up to launch its next smartphone designed to take down Apple's iPhone in August, and the electronics maker is hoping its preemptive strike will draw in consumers before the iPhone 6 hits store shelves. The latest iPhone contender from Samsung will be called the Galaxy Alpha and will be more of a cross between its not so successful Galaxy S5 smartphone and mini tablet Galaxy Note.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung has proven time and again that it doesn't need to be the best to have a large slice of the smartphone market; It just needs to be good enough. That's all we're expecting from the company's next iPhone killer competitor.


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11:40
It’s a Mistake to Declare Apple Supply Chain Rumors...

The Mac web is good at picking up on supply chain rumors about problems that Apple may be having with manufacturing. That's often interesting reading, but where we can get into trouble is the conclusions that are drawn.


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10:59
Apple Says iOS Adoption is now at 90 Percent

Apple's developer support program tracks the iOS version in use on iOS capable devices. That data is posted for developers to look at. Currently, 90 percent of iOS capable devices are running iOS 7.


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10:32
Word Crimes: Battle Hymn of the Literate

Parody and satire musical artist Weird Al Yankovic has been rolling out videos for his just released album, and his latest, titled "Word Crimes," is nothing short of a call to arms for the grammatically inclined. It's so good (or at least fun) that it ought to be required viewing for all english classes. Start watching because there will be a quiz.


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10:02
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-15

Apple is turning the iPhone in Japan into your digital wallet, and that may expand to other markets. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of mobile device digital payments, and they offer up their take on Nest and Samsung's new Thread smart home network protocol.


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08:50
Nest, Samsung Spin Up Thread Smart Home...

Learning thermostat maker Nest, along with Samsung, ARM and a handful of other companies have teamed up to create a new wireless networking standard for smart home devices they're calling Thread. Instead of relying on traditional WiFi or Bluetooth, Thread uses ZigBee's 802.15.4-based wireless hardware, giving smart homes a network outside of the systems we're already using.

The Mac Observer Spin: WiFi and Bluetooth are already capable of handling the communication needs for most smart home devices, but the idea of a special network just for those does sound interesting. Unless Nest and Samsung can rope in and control ZigBee's fragmentation, however, Thread probably won't gain much traction.


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08:06
Get Ready for Big Layoffs at Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees last week he wants to reinvent the company, and now it looks like part of that vision includes massive layoffs. The Windows maker may be planning on firing more that 5,800 employees, making this the the largest worker cutback so far in the company's history.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how marketing-heavy Microsoft was under former CEO Steve Ballmer, it won't be any surprise to see a large percentage of Mr. Nadella's layoffs coming from there.


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07:07
28-Port Powered MondoHub - $55 - Deal Ends Tomorrow

This was popular last month when it came around, and for one more day you can get the 28-Port USB MondoHub for just $55! MondoHub has Twenty-Four USB 2.0 ports and Four USB 3.0 ports for a total of 28 USB ports, all hanging off your USB3 Bus. This will work with your USB2 bus, too, if that's what you have. You can switch power for each port on and off independently, and there are ports on the top and two sides of the device making for plenty of cable-plugging room while remaining as compact as possible. Be done with upgrading to a new hub each time you get a new device (or plug in all those Bitcoin miners and go to town!). For a penny less than US$55 this is what you want!


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06:57
Apple Considers Former White House Press Secretary...

Former Obama administration Press Secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to become Apple's next PR boss, replacing Katie Cotton. Apple announced her planned departure in May, but as of yet hasn't said when she's leaving or who will take her place.

The Mac Observer Spin: Jay Carney has media experience with Time Magazine and has spent time in the trenches handling public relations for the President. Those are pretty big bullet points for an Apple PR boss resume.


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06:23
Report: Former White House press secretary Jay...

In an article about Uber, Re/Code reports that name of former Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney is “being bandied about” for the open PR chief position at Apple. Carney, who is also reportedly being considered for a job at Uber, would replace longtime Apple vice president of…

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05:52
Apple Launches iPhone Mobile Device Payment System...

Apple is making the move into iPhone mobile payments, at least in a small way. The company has launched a mobile payment system in Japan based on iOS 7's Passbook app that lets users pay for apps through its iTunes-based App Store and products in its Apple Stores.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple wants to test drive iPhone-based mobile payments, Japan is a great place to start. The company has only a handful of stores in the country, so it'll be easier to monitor before turning everyone's iPhone into a digital wallet.


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05:51
Apple launches iTunes Pass credit system in Japan

Apple has launched a new Passbook feature in Japan called iTunes Pass, allowing iTunes Store customers to add purchasing credit at Apple’s retail Stores. Once the pass has been added to the user’s iPhone or iPod touch, a Specialist at the Store can scan…

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Monday July 14

15:15
The Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle for...

We have another developer deal for you today, the Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle. Designed for beginners, this bundle of training courses has 65 hours of Xcode training and 25 hours of training for Apple's new Swift developer language. The training is focused around building App Store-ready apps, and you'll produce 20 such apps for iOS 7 and another 20 apps for iOS 8. It covers design, coding, and even uploading to the App Store.


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15:11
iPhone 5S Ranks as World’s Best Selling Smartphone

Apple's iPhone 5S is the best selling smartphone around the world, beating out Samsung's Galaxy S5 and S4. That proclamation comes courtesy of the market research company Counterpoint Technology after compiling sales data from 35 countries.

The Mac Observer Spin: Size may matter to some consumers, but not enough to make Samsung's tabletphones outsell the iPhone 5S.


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14:29
The Bidding is Open: Have Lunch With Apple’s Eddy Cue

Apple's Senior Vide President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is following the lead of his boss, Tim Cook, and offering himself for a lunch date to the winning bidder. Plus, he'll throw in a MacBook Air.


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13:59
Apple Denied Trademark Protection for ‘Touch ID’

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's application for the trademark of 'Touch ID,' its fingerprint recognition system. The refusal was based on the similarity to a previously registered trademark by Kronos Technology.


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13:31
NY Post: Apple to rely on Iovine for marketing help

Apple may part with longtime ad agency partner TBWA/Media Arts Lab after 30 years, as the company may look to Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine “to help it regain its marketing mojo,” the New York Post reports. According to the report, unnamed ad executives believe Apple might “put its entire…

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12:45
Barclays Upgrades Apple Outlook, Sets AAPL Target at...

Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes has upgraded Apple stock from Equal Weight status to Overweight and set a price target for AAPL at US$110. That's based on a belief that CEO Tim Cook has solidified his strategy, regained the confidence of stockholders and reversed warning signs seen earlier in the year.


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11:25
MainStage 3: Reducing latency in MainStage 3

Use the information in this article to minimize audio latency in MainStage.

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11:10
China Declares iPhone National Security Threat:...

Last Friday, a China broadcast source declared that the Apple iPhone is a national security threat because of its built-in location tracking capability. Apple has formally responded to the accusation.


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10:52
Apple: iPad is a Vagina-free Zone

Buy an iPad from Apple's online store and you can get it engraved with "penis," but "vagina" is right out. Sex-positive blogger Justyn Hintze found that out when she tried to have a poem engraved on her new iPad that included the V word only to be told that's unacceptable.


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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-14

Apple hasn't announced new iPhone models yet, and already there's talk of a potential product launch delay. Today Adam Christianson and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what a staggered iPhone launch could mean for Apple and customers. They also offer up their take on Apple's policy blocking certain female sexual terms from iPad engraving and whether or not that's a sexist move on the company's part.


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08:35
Report links original iPad to nickel allergies

A new report in Pediatrics investigates an increase in nickel allergies that may be linked to the iPad, the Washington Post reports. The article cites the specific case of an 11-year-old boy with a rash. His skin tested positive for nickel, which doctors traced back to a

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07:47
PSA: No Device Is Worth Your Life, not Even an iPad

A woman attempting to retrieve her lost iPod from the NYC Subway tracks was hit and killed over the weekend.

The Mac Observer Spin: Please don't endanger your life for a device. It's spendy to replace lost tech, but it's impossible to replace you.


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07:39
Apple responds to Chinese iPhone tracking concerns

Apple has issued a response on its Chinese website to concerns about iPhone location tracking raised by Chinese state-run media. The new post from Apple, titled “Your Location Privacy,” explains how the company uses location data, and how it offers customers choices over data collection. Curiously but perhaps…

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07:15
National Federation of the Blind praises Apple,...

Responding to the fallout from last week’s problematic Reuters article, Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, commented on Apple within a blog post. Riccobono called the original Reuters story “provocative and poorly reported,” and Reuters issued a partial correction for the story. He…

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06:51
Analyst: No 5.5-inch iPhone Until 2015

If you're planning on picking up a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this fall, you may be in for a wait. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the rumored big screen iPhone is coming, but most likely won't show up on store shelves this year because Apple can't get parts in the quantities it needs.

The Mac Observer Spin: Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction fits with idea that Apple will roll out a single new iPhone model this fall, and it'll sport a 4.7-inch display.


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06:33
Apple iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC filings

Apple has filed documents with the FCC that appear to reveal first-party iBeacon hardware. First discovered by Securifi, the hardware is registered as “Apple iBeacon.” The device has a highest working frequency of 2.4 GHz, which means that it’s a Bluetooth-specific product. It’s possible…

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06:03
Court Rules Apple isn’t Infringing on Emblaze...

The jury in a Federal Court case has ruled Apple didn't infringe on a live streaming media patent owned by Emblaze. The company accused Apple of forcing developers to use QuickTime's streaming media tools, and that it held the patent on that technology.

The Mac Observer Spin: Emblaze tried to make its own smartphone and failed. It tried to sue Apple for patent infringement and failed. That's one company with some seriously bad luck.


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Sunday July 13

09:02
MGG 510: Talking To Your Technology While You Travel

It's summertime (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) and that means lots of travel. It also means some really interesting travel-related technology problems to solve. Listen to John and Dave as they did into solving issues with streaming movies from your house to your favorite travel destination... or to a mobile destination if that's your preferred way to roll. Dave digs in a bit to the specific USB speeds of Thunderbolt docks, and the boys discuss their favorite battery charging strategies. Plus some bonuses and tangents, because they know you love those!


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Saturday July 12

20:18
PSU MacAdmins 2014 Slides

Thanks to all the great presenters at PSU MacAdmins this year and @frogor (Michael Lynn) on twitter, here is a partial list of presenter slides that were posted to Twitter under the #psumac hashtag:

 

Modular Image Creation

Beyond the Thunderdome: Managing OS X without OS X

Automate yourself out of a job and Multi tenanted Munki with Puppet and Sal

The Proper Care & Feeding of Your IT Professional

Getting Your Issue on Apple’s Radar

Manage Third Party Applications with Profiles...

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Friday July 11

17:36
3 Free iOS Art Apps for a Soulful Feast

Feed your soul with these three free iOS apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Poems by Heart, MoMA, Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience.


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17:16
Apple Launches Swift Developer Blog, Its First-Ever...

Apple is changing, and those changes are for the better. On Friday, the company launched Swift Blog, its first ever official Apple blog on the company's website. The blog is part of Apple's Developer connection, and it's stated purpose is to be a direct conduit to developers.


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16:03
Apple Signs on to White House Program for Paying...

The White House announced on Friday that Apple, Cocacola, IBM, CVS, FedEx, Honda, and Walgreens, and 19 other large companies have signed on to participate in SupplierPay. The voluntary program is designed to get large companies to pay the small companies in their supply chain more swiftly in order to boost cash flow and increase investment in small businesses.


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14:55
How to Filter Email Messages Using Sub-Addresses

Yesterday we talked about spam, today we'll talk about some easy ways to filter some of the other mail you regularly receive, and how to automate some basic filtering.


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13:45
Poke a Used and Reset Android Phone: it’ll Spill its...

With our rapidly advancing smartphone technology, there is much turn-over, and millions of smartphones are sold to refurbishment companies or to strangers. The original owners often assume that when the phone is reset that their personal data is gone forever. But is it? Maybe not if it's an Android phone.


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13:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: Beyond Gravity

Qwiboo’s Beyond Gravity ($2) comes to iOS after debuting earlier on a number of other platforms. A simple platformer, Beyond Gravity is “procedurally generated,” so that each run through the game is a completely different experience. The title is currently on sale for $1,…

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12:03
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, July giveaway reminder

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

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12:02
Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized...

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier...Adobe's powerful applications are de rigueur throughout much of the professional world. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, has a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79. That level of pass is usually $500, so if you're looking for the training, get on it.


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10:30
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-11

Get ready for the new Microsoft. Well, maybe. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's plan to reinvent the company, what that could mean for the tech market, and whether or not he can pull it off. They also take a look at the state of Macs in science and just how amazingly powerful the new Mac Pro really is.


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08:16
Report: iPhone 6 A8 chip to reach 2GHz range

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will be equipped with an A8 dual-core microprocessor that will reach or exceed 2GHz per core, Chinese site cnBeta claims. This would be a significant jump from the current 1.3GHz A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s. It’s believed the chip will remain 64-bit, and…

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07:43
iPhoto ’09: Unexpectedly quits when you export

iPhoto ’09 might unexpectedly quit when you export photos in OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 or later. This can happen if you're exporting photos that you imported from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7.

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07:36
Apple joins SupplierPay program to pay small...

The Obama Administration said that Apple, along with about two dozen other companies, has agreed to join the administration’s voluntary SupplierPay program, according to The Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama is preparing to announce the program, in which “companies commit to paying small suppliers faster or help them…

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07:34
Canaccord Raises AAPL Target to $112 on Strong...

Apple is poised to sell the iPhone 6 in big numbers, and will charge more for the expected bigger display, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. He thinks high demand plus a bigger price tag will turn into even more sales worldwide, so he's raising his target price for the company's stock from US$102 up to $112.

The Mac Observer Spin: Analysts have high expectations for the iPhone 6. If Apple doesn't live up to those expectations get ready for the usual "Apple is doomed" reports.


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06:40
China calls iPhone tracking a ‘national security...

State-run China Central Television has called the iPhone’s location-tracking a “national security concern,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The broadcaster criticized the “frequent locations” function in iOS 7; researchers quoted in the report claimed those with access to the data could learn state secrets. It’s noted that CCTV’s broadcasts…

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06:35
Apple Blocks Older Flash Versions on Mac Over...

Apple updated the built-in security safeguards in OS X to block versions of Flash prior to 14.0.0.145 from running following the discovery of a flaw in the multimedia platform that could let attackers steal login credentials for thousands of websites. Adobe released an update for Flash on Mac, Windows, and Linux earlier this week to address the issue, too.


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05:45
Safari: Use a Shortcut to Clear Your History

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to create a keyboard shortcut to clear Safariâs browsing history on your Mac, quick as a wink. We understand that sometimes you look at sites that you donât want other people to know about, and hey, we wonât judge you. Well, we wonât judge you much, anyhow.


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Thursday July 10

16:46
CEO Satya Nadella Willing to Shed the Past and...

Newly-installed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has offered the first hint that he is ready and willing to ditch the Windows legacy and move Microsoft into a sustainable and relevant future. In a letter to employees, Mr. Nadella dropped the "devices and services" mantra of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, and called Microsoft a "productivity" company for a "mobile-first and cloud-first world."


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16:10
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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15:03
Making of Reel for Game of Thrones Offers Amazing...

The special effects wizards who put the realism into HBO's Game of Thrones (loosely inspired by George R. R. Martin's The Song of Ice and Fire) have put out an amazing video. The Making-of Reel for Season 4 of the popular series shows just how good these folks are at adding special effects that don't seem in any way to be special effects. It's a remarkable video that shows just how far this industry has come-I'm looking at you, obviously CGI Legolas on the back of an obviously CGI troll. In any event, it's so frakking cool, so check it out. [Via IGN via Melissa Davis (@TheMacMommy).]


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14:10
How to Report Spam To Common Email Providers

Everyone gets spam. Those more persistent accounts should be reported to the email services being abused, and Kelly has compiled a list to help you get those accounts suspended and keep from sending even more spam.


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13:58
Take Better Photos & Video With The KICK for $149

Today's deal could also be a Cool Stuff Found mention. It's called The KICK, and it's a smartphone-sized bank of LED lights you can use for lighting your scene for photos and videos. That's cool by itself, but The KICK can be controlled from your iPhone or Android device. You can control color, brightness, and a variety of built-in "effects" settings to help you get the perfect shot. It's rechargeable and mountable on a tripod. There's a video on the deal page showing it in use, along with more details. Through our deal, you can get it for $149.


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13:16
Apps of the Week: Capo touch, Dino Dog, Minecraft 0....

New Apps Capo touch ($10) — Capo touch is a new iOS app based on Capo, the app featured today in our Mac section. The app, from SuperMegaUltraGroovy, teaches users how to play the songs in an iTunes library through automatic chord detection. Capo touch is currently…

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11:15
Black Holes and Scientific Computing with Apple’s...

Dr. Gaurav Khanna is a computational scientist who has been using Apple's new Mac Pro to great advantage. In an interview with TMO, Dr. Khanna explains how Apple has helped him succeed with virtually supercomputer computations of black holes on his desktop.


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

How is Apple's fight for market domination against Samsung working out? John Martellaro says Apple is winning, so he joined Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin today to talk about that and why Apple TV doesn't seem to be able to keep up with Roku in the United States.


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08:39
iTunes 11.3 Adds iTunes Extras for HD Movies

Apple released iTunes 11.3 for OS X and Windows on Thursday, adding support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. The company said HD movie extras are available on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2, and will be available in iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad when it ships this fall.


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08:24
Apple to FTC: Check Out Google’s App Store Policies

Parents who found their kids were racking up purchases through Apple's iTunes-base App Store complained to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about the issue. Apple apparently didn't want to be left out, so it's legal team made a point to let the FTC know Google's app store used similar policies, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's important for companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google to have reasonable and responsible online purchase safeguards in place. It's also unfortunate that these companies are held responsible for parents failing to monitor their kids.


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08:12
iTunes 11.3 brings HD Extras to Mac; iTunes Extras...

Apple has released iTunes 11.3, bringing iTunes Extras for HD movies to the Mac — iTunes Extras has also been added to Apple TV within software update 6.2 for the set-top box. As noted in the release, “iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films,…

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07:49
4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer

Alf Watt, former Apple Wi-Fi engineer and creator of iStumbler, joined us on this week's Mac Geek Gab 509 to talk all things Wi-Fi. The episode contains a bunch of juicy Wi-Fi tips and I highly recommend you give it a listen, but we figured we'd take a few of our favorite tips and list them here for you.


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07:17
iPhone 6 to feature haptic feedback?

The iPhone 6 will reportedly feature haptic feedback, according to Chinese site Laoyaoba. A tactile feedback linear motor would allow the phone to send differing, subtle vibrations to users through the touchscreen. Users would also be able to feel vibrations on specific areas of the screen. It’s claimed this…

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06:33
WSJ: TSMC shipping microprocessors to Apple

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has started shipping its microprocessors to Apple as of this year’s second quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports. There have long been reports of Apple using TSMC for its chips in order to decrease dependence on Samsung, which previously manufactured all the microprocessors for Apple’s…

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06:03
It’s Time for Some U.S. Apple TV Marketing

Roku accounts for nearly half of the streaming media set top boxes sold in the U.S. in 2013, and Apple TV sales came in just over 25 percent. That sales gap can be squarely placed on Apple's shoulders because the company isn't adequately marketing the device to U.S. customers. It's time for that to change, or Apple faces losing the market to Roku, Google and Amazon.


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Wednesday July 9

19:02
Apple Claims Its Carbon Footprint Shrank 3% from...

Apple released its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report on Wednesday, and in that report the company claimed that its carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. This, despite strong growth in the company's sales, headcount, Apple Store locations, and just about every other aspect of the company's operations.


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18:05
ACM 262: Apple’s Threat to High-End Watch Makers

Apple may be set to accidentally impact the high-end watch market when its rumored iWatch ships later this year. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep into that, plus they look at the damage Amazon could unleash on the book industry with its contract fight with Hachette.


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14:09
The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

We have the opportunity for you to enter a giveaway for an 11-inch MacBook Air through our friends at StackSocial. To enter, sign up to receive exclusive offers via email from Mac Observer Deals. That's it.


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13:45
iPhone 6 part leaks point to possible color...

Recent leaks of alleged iPhone 6 parts point to various questionable color options on the upcoming devices. A parts leak on Czech site letemsvetemapplem shows three SIM card trays for the iPhone 6 in what appears to be space gray, silver, and gold, matching…

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12:50
Apple’s Secret War Against Samsung is Working

As in warfare, a major element of global economic competition is logistics. Logistics is a subtle behind the scenes operation on which victory hinges, but it seldom gets a lot of attention until it fails. Guess what Tim Cook is a master of?


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12:45
Quirky Launches Wink Home Automation, Releases...

Wink, a spinoff of Quirky, has released hardware which is now available at Home Depot and Amazon. There is a free iOS app which controls both the Wink hub, and some of the home automation devices you may already own.

The Mac Observer Spin: Glorious! If this thing can help me need less apps for my home automation hardware, this is a wonderful thing indeed.


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11:12
Cook says Apple will release diversity data

Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Sun Valley media conference that his company will release information “at some point” regarding the diversity of Apple’s workforce, Bloomberg reports. Cook didn’t give an exact timeline for such a disclosure, saying, “We are more focused on actions.” Silicon Valley companies have…

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10:56
How To View and Move Skype’s Chat Window During Calls

The new release of Skype for Mac automatically hides the chat in every call you make. Fortunately, this is easy to remedy... as is the location of that chat. One is a button click, the other is defined by the width of your Skype window.


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10:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-09

Home automation is getting cheaper and more accessible thanks to Home Depot's decision to start carrying Wink. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Wink's home automation platform might fit with Apple's HomeKit in iOS 8, and to talk about the new Here For You initiative to make mobile directions more useful for the visually -- or navigationally -- impaired.


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08:41
They Might Be Giants Offers Free Live Album Download

They Might Be Giants fans have a little something special waiting for them online: a free download of the band's First Album Live album. The recordings were made during the band's 2013 world tour, and the album includes 19 tracks in MP3 format. If that isn't enough for you, TMBG has plans to release more free content throughout the year. Time to download and listen up!


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08:20
Reuters: Advocates for disabled want more...

Advocates for the disabled are debating how to approach Apple in a push for expanded accessibility features, Reuters reports. Though many advocates for the blind and deaf consider Apple to be a longtime ally, those advocates are ultimately seeking enforced accessibility requirements for apps sold within the App Store.…

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07:51
Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Website Login...

Adobe released an out of cycle update for its Flash multimedia platform on Mac, Windows and Linux on Tuesday to patch a security flaw that gives attackers the ability to hijack user's login credentials for popular websites like Twitter, eBay, Instagram, and more. Potentially thousands of sites are susceptible to the flaw, making the update critical for all Flash users.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you really, really need Flash on your computer, then install this security patch immediately. If not, then maybe it's time to uninstall Flash.


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06:45
Apple Hires Former Nike FuelBand Engineers for...

Apple has added to its wearables team yet again by hiring two former Nike FuelBand engineers. Jon Gale wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey was a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team, and their new jobs make it even more clear that Apple is working on fitness tracking devices.

The Mac Observer Spin: At this point Apple may as well go ahead and announce the iWatch. The company has hired so many people from the health and fitness market that all we need now is an official product shot.


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06:31
Apple hires two FuelBand engineers

Apple has hired two more engineers who worked on Nike’s FuelBand, 9to5Mac reports. As confirmed by their LinkedIn pages, mechanical design engineer Ryan Bailey and sensing systems engineer Jon Gale have joined Apple. The report notes Bailey’s wearable experience and Gale’s firmware experience with the FuelBand, both as relating…

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05:45
iPhoto: Splitting Events

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover some easy ways to move your iPhoto images into new Events, making organization much more simple. Hey, you may not know why your Mac lumped your momâs birthday pictures in with the ones from your gory knee surgery, but at least youâll now know how to fix it!


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Tuesday July 8

18:47
CapMac Launches Here For You Initiative, Putting...

CapMac, the Capital Mac Users Group in Austin Texas has launched Here For You, an initiative to include precise latitude and longitude information as part of a location. This way, particularly for someone visually impaired, directions can be more precise and get someone to the door of an establishment, not just a parking lot.


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17:56
Apple Offers Certified Refurb iPhones on eBay

A new "Factory Outlet" store has popped up on eBay, selling unlocked models of the iPhone 5 with an Apple warranty.

The Mac Observer Spin: Well if the iPhone 5 indeed has a finite number of days, it makes sense to take the extras to eBay and unload them.


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17:23
Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.


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16:19
Apple Releases iTunes U 2.0 with Course Creation on...

Apple updated its iTunes U app to version 2.0 on Tuesday. The new version improves the way students can interact with teachers, and it also adds the ability for teachers to create courses directly in the app on their iPad.


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15:12
Apple Maps Expands to Find My iPhone in iCloud Beta

Brave souls using the iCloud beta site are seeing a new map in the Find my iPhone application, one from Apple instead of one from Google. The change represents yet another step in Apple's long divorce with Google Maps.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's about time Apple relied on its own maps all the way around. Hopefully since it's in the iCloud beta site it will just happen and not have to wait for a Mac OS or iOS release.


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14:40
Pure Python Hacker Bundle: Master Python &...

We have a great deal for anyone wanting to learn or improve their mastery of Python, the programming and scripting language. Through our friends at StackSocial, we have a complete bundle of Python training courses, including: Python For Beginners, Python, The Next Level (Intermediate), Learn Python, it's CAKE (Beginners), Learn Python Django From Scratch, The Ultimate Python Programming Tutorial, MatchMaker & Geolocator - Coding For Entrepreneurs, and Introduction To Bash Scripting & Python 101. That's a ton of training-some 50 hours of videos-for $49. If you bought them through retail channels, it would be $553. Have fun scripting.


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14:11
MGG 509: WiFi Answers with Wi-Fi Guru Alf Watt of...

Alf Watt, developer of iStumbler and also formerly of Apple's Wi-Fi group, joins John and Dave today to answer all of your (and their!) Wi-Fi concerns. Join these three geeks to absorb all the Wi-Fi knowledge you can. Download, press play and enjoy!


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13:56
Apple launches iTunes U 2.0, as expected

As Apple previously announced, the company has updated its iTunes U app today. iTunes U 2.0 allows teachers to create courses within the free app on iPad. The iPad’s camera can be used to take photos or videos to be uploaded for course…

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13:55
How to Manage OS X Notifications and Notification...

Notifications in OS X can be a bit complicated when first explored. Basically, there are notifications themselves as well as the OS X Notification Center where they are sumarized. This how-to shows the basics of managing both.


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13:40
Finding the "Five Rs" of iPod...

Having trouble with your iPod?

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12:07
Apple Plans July Opening for Basel Apple Store in...

Apple announced a July 12th, 2014 opening date for a new Apple Store in Basel, Switzerland. The country's third most populace city (195,000 people), Basel will be the site of the fourth Swiss Apple Store-and perhaps coincidentally, it's in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry.

The Mac Observer Spin: Bryan Chaffin thinks the choice of Basel was more than just demographics and opportunity-Apple wants to have a presence in the center of Swiss Watchland.


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10:18
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-08

Apple revealed more of its new self through a video showing how employees prepped for and participated in San Francisco's Pride parage. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the video and take a look at another video claiming to show the sapphire glass surface from the unannounced iPhone 6.


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08:59
Apple Maps engineer leaves for Uber

Apple Maps engineer Chris Blumenberg has left the company for Uber, The Information reports. Blumenberg was a senior engineering manager at Apple, and one of the first engineers to work on the Maps iPhone software. A June report noted that a number of issues prevented Apple from debuting…

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08:27
Samsung’s Profits Decline on Weak Smartphone Sales

Samsung's second fiscal quarterly profits are down by nearly 25 percent thanks to weak smartphone sales. The sharp dip is sales came thanks to what the electronics maker called a market slowdown coupled with increased competition.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung was pretty optimistic about its Q2 smartphone sales, and Apple didn't have any new phone models to compete against. Assuming Apple ships the iPhone 6 before the end of Samsung's Q3, don't expect that optimism to pay off.


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07:18
Leaked iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass gets Durability Test

Apple hasn't confirmed any features for the next iPhone model, but that hasn't stopped parts from leaking onto the Internet, and the latest shows a 4.7-inch display put through some serious abuse. Assuming the video is legit, it backs up bigger display rumors and shows the glass for the next model is surprisingly durable.

The Mac Observer Spin: If this really is Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass display, good luck scratching it, and say goodbye to screen protectors.


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06:50
iOS 8 Health app adds step and caffeine tracking

Apple has updated its Health app in iOS 8 beta 3. The app now uses the M7 chip — currently only found in the iPhone 5s — to track steps, as pointed out by 9to5Mac. A full week of data is added to the…

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05:59
Apple to Add 100 Acres to North Carolina Solar Farm

Apple's North Carolina data center is about to expand its solar farm by 100 acres. The iPhone and iPad maker is planning on applying for a grading permit before the end of the year, and once completed, the US$55 million project will generate 17.5 megawatts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is already generating over 40 megawatts for its Maiden data center's electrical needs. Adding in a third solar farm for an additional 17.5 megawatts means the company has some serious power consumption expansion coming.


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Monday July 7

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20:18
Apple Releases Video Showcasing Support for San...

Apple released a video on YouTube showcasing the company's support and involvement with the Pride Parade in San Francisco on June 29th. The video offers a hint of the corporate logistics involved in Apple's participation of the parade, and the company emphasized its corporate belief that "inclusion inspires innovation."


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16:26
Last Call for the Name Your Own Price Summer...

There's just one more day left on the Name Your Own Price Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle, a 10-app bundle for your Mac. This deal lets you name your own price to receive Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5. If you pay more than the average price-which is $11.91 at this time-you'll also get Path Finder 6, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors' Choice Award), Flux 4, Gemini, Logoist, Tunes Cleaner, and MacX iPhone DVD Ripper. It's a great deal, but there's more. Not only does buying this bundle help support the developers and TMO, 10 percent of the profits go to a charity. And if you pay enough to make the Leader Board (currently starting at $100), you'll be entered to win an 11-inch MacBook Air. This deal expires on Tuesday morning.


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15:30
Tim Cook May Be Planning Much-Needed Expansion for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking to expand his company's board of directors, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that Mr. Cook is "actively seeking new directors" to add to the eight-member board, a remarkably small board for a company as large as Apple.


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13:05
WSJ: Cook looking for new Apple board directors

A new Wall Street Journal profile on Apple’s Tim Cook claims the CEO is “actively seeking” new directors for Apple’s eight-person board. The piece points out that six of the seven outside directors on the board are 63 or older. Most of the profile covers relatively well-established ground, pointing…

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12:30
Adam Savage, Marty Cooper, and an iPhone Get Animated

Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) can also be found over at Tested.com, a site for, as it says, "anything awesome." This includes a video featuring Marty Cooper, a guy who shoots animation out in the world on his iPhone. He draws little characters on overhead projector sheets and holds them up in front of his iPhone to make Instagram videos or sometimes just a still. After talking a little about animation, Adam signed up to be in one of these videos, and Marty set to work creating it. I won't give away the ending or the special video guest, just check out the video below and see what you think. It was fun to see it come together, and everything he needs fits in a backpack!


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10:56
Samsung’s Latest Anti-Apple Ad is Deceptive but...

The role of a good video/TV ad is to develop a voice and a brand, catch people's attention, amuse them and perhaps even tell a compelling story. Samsung's latest anti-Apple does that. What's lacking? Pretty much the truth.


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10:54
Foxconn Bringing in Robots for iPhone 6 Assembly

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Looks like Foxconn is ready to roll out its own robot overlords. If they perform as expected it's a safe bet there will be fewer human factory worker hires in the future.


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10:49
Passengers Entering US Must Power On Electronic...

Passengers entering the US from "certain overseas airports" will need to be sure their electronic devices turn on, or the device will not be allowed on the plane and the passenger subject to additional screening.

The Mac Observer Spin: You have to turn your iPhone off! You have to turn your iPhone on! I'm confused.


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10:04
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-07

Apple has a new employee, straight from high end watch maker Tag Heuer. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what his role at our favorite Cupertino will be, and they take a look at the new Foxconn assembly line that's about to start building iPhones for Apple.


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09:55
iOS 8 beta 3 released to developers

A little less than three weeks after releasing the second beta of its upcoming iOS 8 software, Apple has released beta 3 to registered developers. We’ll update here with any notable information on what’s included in the new beta.

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08:30
Privacy Group EPIC Files FTC Complaint Over Facebook...

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission over the social network's experiment where it manipulated the posts users saw to gauge emotional reactions. The group claims Facebook acted unethically and "purposefully messed with people's minds."

The Mac Observer Spin: EPIC's FTC complaint doesn't come as a surprise. Facebook better be ready for more complaints like this, and lawsuits will probably start surfacing soon, too.


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07:08
South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App...

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.

The Mac Observer Spin: An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.


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06:33
Apple ordered to change App Store terms, refunds in...

Apple and Google were both ordered to change “unfair provisions” in their app stores by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Korea Herald reports. Among those provisions to be revised is Apple’s App Store refund policy — currently, each refund request is reviewed before approval from Apple. ‘‘We expect…

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06:18
Apple Hires Patrick Pruniaux from Swiss Watch Maker...

Apple hired yet another retail expert recently, this time from the high end watch maker Tag Heuer. The iPhone and iPad maker brought on board the company's vice president for sales Patrick Pruniaux and his fist official day at his new job is Monday.

The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if Mr. Pruniaux was hired to be part of the retail team or the rumored iWatch project. Apple has been on a hiring spree bringing on board top-notch people and is driving home the idea that it is very serious about what it is working on. Other tech companies should be very worried.


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05:56
Foxconn to use robots in iPhone production

According to a report from IThome.com, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced at a recent shareholder meeting that new manufacturing robots are in the final testing stage. The first company to take advantage of the new robots’ capabilities will be Apple, presumably for the iPhone 6. Called “Foxbots,” these robots…

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Saturday July 5

07:30
25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography - 100...

Sandro Cuccia wraps up his series on 100 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography with this last set of 25 - arguably, the best of the lot!


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05:30
iOS 7: Organize Your Music App

Letâs talk about the Music appâs toolbar. Wanna change it? Wanna remove that iTunes Radio icon and put in something that you actually use? Hey, we understand. Thatâs what weâve got for you here in this Quick Tip!


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Friday July 4

13:22
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, new July giveaway

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

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

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

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05:00
Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

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

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05:00
Happy U.S. Independence Day

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


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Thursday July 3

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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08:19
Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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Wednesday July 2

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

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


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17:20
How To Create A Recovery USB Drive

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


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

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


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

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

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


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12:32
macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro for $24.99

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


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11:34
UK Launches Investigation into Facebook’s Emotional...

Facebook's experiment into what happens when to subscriber's moods when their timelines were manipulated to gauge their emotional state has caught the eye of UK regulators. The country's Information Commissioner's Office has started an investigation into Facebook's 2012 experiment to determine whether or not any laws were broken and if fines that could reach Â500,000 should be imposed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the level of anger surrounding the Facebook experiment, it's likely we'll see other governments getting involved with looking into the company's practices. For Facebook, the issue will be to find the fine line it can walk between offering users a social network service and manipulating those same subscribers for its own financial gain.

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