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Friday June 20

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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Thursday June 19

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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14:52
Analyst: Apple Unaffected By Amazon Fire Phone

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

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


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

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

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

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

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12:14
Apple Deployment Programs: Web Browser Support

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday June 18

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

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


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

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


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17:53
Kanye West Blesses Apple-Beats Deal

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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13:50
Kitchen Overlord’s Carbs Against Humanity

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

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13:18
Amazon Debuts Amazon Fire Phone

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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08:19
Apple TV to gain continuity feature?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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06:56
Apple TV price cut in Europe

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

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06:27
Adonit releases Jot Touch with Pixelpoint stylus

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

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

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

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


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05:31
OS X: Speed Up Logging In

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


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Tuesday June 17

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

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


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17:57
Wearable Dress Disappears One Tweet At A Time

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


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

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


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16:09
Sydney Mac Admins June 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,

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

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

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

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

I hope to see you there,

Marcus.

About Marcus Rowell

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

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

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


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

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


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13:57
Apple promoting books Amazon won’t sell

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Monday June 16

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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14:02
Ive promises new device materials in NYT interview

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

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13:53
Xsan: How to set Spotlight search levels

You can change how Spotlight searches work with your Xsan.

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

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


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12:05
How to Check Your Actual Netflix Streaming Speed

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


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11:59
FCC Investigating Netflix, ISP Streaming Deals

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

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


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

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

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11:07
Transportation Department looking to regulate...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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06:29
Apple apparently allowing Bitcoin wallet apps again

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

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

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

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

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Saturday June 14

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

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


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Friday June 13

17:35
Free Red Cross Apps For Emergencies Near You

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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12:34
Apple’s Command Key Origin Story

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


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

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

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


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

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

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12:20
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, giveaway update

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

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10:55
iLounge Game Spotlight: Lex

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

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

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

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


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

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


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08:05
Analysts Push their AAPL Target Above $100

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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Thursday June 12

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

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


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

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

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

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


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15:20
Monstrous Posters by Maurice Sendak

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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12:39
Apps: Broken Age, (R)evolve, Skype 5.0 + VVVVVV

Broken Age ($10) from Double Fine Productions is the first graphic adventure game in 16 years from developer Tim Schafer. Famously funded through Kickstarter, Broken Age is an iPad-only game which was first released on other platforms in January. Players control two teenagers who find themselves in similar situations,…

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11:22
Nest’s Fadell talks about relationship with Steve...

Nest founder and “father of the iPod” Tony Fadell is featured in a new Fortune profile that devotes plenty of time to his relationship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Fadell regrets that he never got to show Nest to Jobs. “I would have loved to have been able to…

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10:39
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-12

Amazon joined the streaming music market on Thursday with Prime Music, so Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro joined Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, Spotify, Apple and Beats. They also offered up their take on yesterday's anti-Uber protest from London's taxi drivers.


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09:44
Starbucks Announces Wireless Charging On Tables

Starbucks announced Thursday that wireless charging is being rolled out nationwide. In a partnership with Duracell, the company said it was installing Powermat charging spots at all locations, starting in San Francisco.

The Mac Observer Spin: Cool! I don't usually need to charge my phone at Starbucks, but all those dangling chargers at the Starbucks next to Moscone center show it's pretty common to need a boost during the day.


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09:38
MacTech Conference Discounts Good Through Sunday...

MacTech Conference has quickly become one of my favorite new conferences. It's small, you can really get to know everyone, you eat most/all meals together, and it really is all about community and learning simultaneously. Now in its 5th year, MacTech Conference has built up a bit of a name, not only for the aforementioned aspects (especially the learning), but also for its evening activities. While MacTech isn't quite ready to tell us exactly what this year's special event is, this picture they sent along today might give us some idea, especially when couched amongst the conference's history.


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08:45
Starbucks, Duracell announce wireless Powermat in-...

Starbucks has announced it will roll out wireless charging in its stores by use of Duracell’s Powermat charging system. The rollout will begin in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston before expanding nationally into other Starbucks stores and Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bars. Locations can be

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08:27
Amazon Launches Streaming Music Service with Over 1M...

Amazon threw its hat into the streaming music game on Thursday with the launch of its Prime Music service. Prime Music is free for Amazon Prime subscribers, includes over 1 million songs, and several hundred curated playlists.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon doesn't have a Spotify or iTunes Radio killer on its hands. Instead, it has yet another feature that makes its $99 a year Amazon Prime service more tantalizing.


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08:22
Dev posts video of iOS 8 side-by-side apps

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who noted days ago that iOS 8 contained code for two apps to run side-by-side, has posted a YouTube video of the feature in action. Apparently manipulated using a two-finger gesture, an app is resized to create room for another app on the right side of…

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06:47
Amazon intros streaming Prime Music with iOS app

Amazon has introduced Prime Music, a new unlimited, ad-free streaming music service featuring more than a million songs and “hundreds of playlists.” It comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription ($99), but is otherwise inaccessible. Users can download songs and playlists for offline playback, as well. Amazon’s Cloud Player…

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06:47
Dropbox gets into Chat with Droptalk Purchase

Online storage company Dropbox has purchased the messaging service Droptalk -- a company you likely didn't even know existed. Droptalk's Web-based messaging service was still in beta and available only as a Google Chrome add-on, but it does give Dropbox a presence in the chat market along with the company's coders.

The Mac Observer Spin: Dropbox clearly wants to be the go-to service for online storage and file syncing, and buying Droptalk could make the company a strong player in document collaboration, too.


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05:45
Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

One of the nifty things you can do with Automator is create small applications to handle all sorts of tasks. For todayâs Quick Tip, weâre gonna learn how to make one thatâll extract the text from PDFs for us, no copying or pasting required. Come on in and find out how!


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Wednesday June 11

19:25
ACM 258: Google in Orbit, EU Tax Headaches, and...

Google is taking to the skies, or more accurately, to orbit with its own satellite imaging company, the European Union isn't happy with Ireland's corporate tax laws, and Apple wants us to exploit our personal fitness data, not other companies. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about what all of that means for Apple, plus they have a little Bel-Air easter egg for you.


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18:10
EU Officially Launches Probe Into Irish Tax Dealings...

The European Union's (EU) European Commission (EC) officially launched a probe into tax dealings member countries Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands have with multinational corporations like Apple Inc., Starbucks Corporation, and Fiat Finance & Trade SA. According to Bloomberg, the EC is investigating whether or not tax breaks offered to corporate subsidiaries in these countries constitute illegal state aid.


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17:28
U.S. Highway Shortfall Pushing Senate Towards Tax...

The needs of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund are pushing the U.S. Senate towards the idea of a tax holiday for U.S. companies that would allow them to repatriate offshore money into the U.S. The Highway Trust fund is projected to run out of money in August, while there are hundreds of billions of dollars worth of infrastructure repairs that need to be made on the system.


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16:58
Stuffit Deluxe for Mac for $9.99 Ends Soon

I have a killer deal for anyone who needs to send or receive large files on the Internet: Stuffit Deluxe for just $9.99, that's 80 percent off the regular price of $49.99. Today's Stuffit Deluxe comes with StuffIt Archive Manager, Stuffit Scheduler, and Stuffit Expander, and it's aimed at those who want to transmit files across the Internet as swiftly as possible. It also allows users to examine the contents of StuffIt X, Zip, Tar, and RARarchives, including encoded archives and compressed Tar archives (tarballs), without having to expand them. If you're interested in this deal, jump on it because it ends in just four days.


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16:35
Expedia Tosses Hat Into Bitcoin Ring

Expedia announced on Wednesday that it will accept Bitcoins for hotel reservations starting immediately. The company joins other large companies such as Overstock.com and Dish Networks in accepting the currency, propelling the cryptocurrency further into the mainstream.


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12:58
Amazon Puts Customers in the Middle of Warner...

Amazon is involved in another supplier dispute, this one with Warner Brothers, which means DVDs like The Lego Movie and 300: Rise Of An Empire are unavailable from the online retailer.

The Mac Observer Spin: How is it to Amazon's advantage to push customers away?


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12:43
Apple responds to EU tax investigation

As expected, the European Commission today officially announced an investigation into Apple’s tax practices in Ireland. The EU is checking whether the deal, along with separate deals made by Starbucks and Fiat, qualifies as illegal state aid, Bloomberg reports.  “Apple pays every euro of every tax that we…

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12:39
Parrot announces MiniDrone release dates, pricing

Parrot has announced availability and pricing for its two new MiniDrone products that originally debuted at CES 2014. Rolling Spider ($100) is an ultra-compact flying drone that can be used indoors or outside. It includes removable wheels that allow it to roll from floor to ceiling.

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12:19
Sir Mix-A-Lot With the Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony has a series called Sonic Evolutions, where they perform music from and inspired by local artists, so it was only a question of time before Sir Mix-A-Lot made it on the list. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I was a Sir Mix-A-Lot fan way before Baby Got Back, because he was a "local" rapper, and let's be honest, before Macklemore, he was the only one. So without further adieu, I will link you to the video for Baby Got Back which is making the rounds, but below is the video of the other song he performed, Posse On Broadway, one of my favorites from Sir Mix-A-Lot (it's in regular rotation on my iPhone). Definitely check out both videos, they're fun to watch.


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11:35
Anti-Uber Protest Brings Central London to a...

A protest against Uber brought parts of central London to a standstill on Wednesday with taxi drivers picketing to pressure the UK government to enact regulations controlling the alternative taxi service.

The Mac Observer Spin: Uber has a way of disrupting traditional taxi services, so it isn't any surprise that London's taxi drivers aren't happy with company's expansion. It's no surprise they're pushing for regulations that help them better compete with Uber.


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10:44
Report: iPad Air 2 starts production this month with...

Apple will begin producing displays for the new iPad Air this month, and other components for the device next month, Korean site ET News reports. The new device will reportedly feature an 8MP rear camera — a bump up from the current 5MP camera — and an improved processor,…

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09:59
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-11

A report claims it's possible for the NSA to eavesdrop on your conversations through your iPhone even if it's turned off. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the implications of widespread government surveillance and the technical aspects of using our iPhones as remote spy devices. They also take a look at Dr. Bott's bankruptcy filing and explain why that isn't necessarily a bad thing.


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09:04
Disabling Mail services on OS X Server

You can customize which Mail services are running in the OS X Server. For example, you can disable POP if you want to use IMAP exclusively.

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08:16
Faster iMacs Reportedly Coming Next Week

Apple will be releasing new iMac models next week, according to insider sources. Instead of fancy new Retina Displays, however, the upgrade is expected to include little more than minor processor speed bumps.

The Mac Observer Spin: Slightly faster iMacs with a small price drop sounds nice, but would be a lot cooler if it included the updated Haswell processors from Intel which are due later this month.


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07:24
NSA Eavesdropping: Your iPhone isn’t Safe Even when...

The NSA has a reputation for spying on whoever they please and mass data collection from people who aren't suspects in crimes, and the agency can listen in on your conversations through your iPhone's built-in microphone even if the device is turned off. That trick can't, however, happen unless the NSA has gained physical access to your iPhone and installed either a hardware or software implant designed to make it appear your smartphone is off even though it isn't.

The Mac Observer Spin: It says a lot about the level of trust people have in the U.S. government when the discussion turns to ways to prevent the NSA from eavesdropping on our personal conversations.


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06:54
New iPhone 6 4.7” leaks surface

Another set of photos of Apple’s alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 have surfaced, this time on the Weibo account of dreamerjimmy. Photos of both the front and back of the device are seen, shot next to an iPhone 5s for comparison. The back of the…

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05:53
Apple Video Highlight’s OS X Yosemite’s New Look

Apple gave us a taste of what's to come when OS X Yosemite ships this fall during the keynote presentation that kicked off this year's Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month, and now you can get a closer look at some of the new interface elements in a short video, too. The video highlights Finder windows, Messages, Calendar, redesigned app icons, and more.


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Tuesday June 10

16:10
EU Set to Probe Ireland’s Tax Arrangements with Apple

The European Union's (EU) European Commission is set to launch a probe into Ireland's tax arrangements with large multinationals such as Apple. Reuters reported the news, but buried near the end of the story is that the Commission's focus is likely to be the tax regime that allows Apple and others to protect overseas revenues from local taxation, rather than Apple itself.


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15:02
Apple Releases MacBook Air Firmware Update for Sleep...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for mid-2013 and 2014 models Tuesday. The update addresses sleep and memory issues.


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14:46
Apple-Focused Distributor Dr. Bott Declares...

Dr. Bott, a long-time Apple-focused distributor of devices, cases, accessories, and other gear, recently declared bankruptcy. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection, and it's unclear if it intends to use that process to continue operations.


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14:05
Google Steps Closer to Robot Overlord Status with...

Internet search giant Google took another step closer to becoming our robot overlord on Tuesday with the US$500 million purchase of Skybox Imaging. Google plans to use Skybox's satellite network to improve its own Google Maps service.

The Mac Observer Spin: Google tracks us through our Web searches, browsing, and email, plus it has Google Glass to see what we see, and is building its own self driving cars. Next stop: robot overlords.


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13:10
Smile Launches ‘Get A Little, Give A Lot Promotion’...

Smile has launched the "Get a little, give a lot" promotion with a 20 percent off sale on PDFpen and PDFpenPro, and everyone who buys it can donate a free copy to a nonprofit of their choosing.

The Mac Observer Spin: Kelly pink puffy hearts Smile for about a squillion reasons, this is just the latest of them.


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12:53
Apple Products Slated To Return To Costco Warehouses

Four years ago, Apple's iPods and gift cards slowly disappeared from Costco, but are going to make a comeback. An internal company memo said that iPhones and iPads are returning to the warehouse chain, while separate sources said that gift cards are already reappearing.

The Mac Observer Spin: This generally means a permanent deal on gift cards, which is awesome for anyone. Not to mention getting a crack at being one of the devices at those displays in Costco, which is one of the few places left that doesn't seem to sell anything from Cupertino.


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12:23
Kloqe Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s is Sturdy,...

The Kloqe aluminum case for iPhone 5/5s is made of aluminum and is sleek, minimalist, and beautiful. Well designed plastic caps on each end allow the radios to work effectively. It is the most beautiful iPhone case John Martellaro has ever seen, but it does have one small flaw. John sizes up this amazing but possibly flawed case.


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12:20
Doxie One Portable, Battery-Powered Scanner - Just $...

For just a few more days you can save $50 and get the Doxie One portable scanner for just $99. You don't even have to have your computer with you to scan with this thing. Scans are stored on an included 2GB SD Card, and then you can sync that to your Mac when you're ready (the scanner has a USB port in case your computer can't directly read SD cards - they thought of it all!). Full 300dpi sheets will scan in just eight seconds, and the Doxie app includes OCR and the ability to create searchable PDFs (among other formats). Upload directly to Evernote or Dropbox if that's your fancy. If you haven't gone paperless yet, this is your chance!


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11:51
EU to investigate Apple’s Irish tax practices

The European Commission will launch a formal investigation into Apple’s tax practices in Ireland, RTE reports. It’s expected that the commission will officially announce the investigation tomorrow. Apple CEO Tim Cook testified on Apple’s tax policies to a U.S. Senate subcommittee last year. Recently, a March report

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11:26
iPhoto for Mac: Troubleshooting ordering prints and...

Use these steps to troubleshoot Print Services issues.

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11:25
iTunes Radio adds ESPN Radio, local NPR stations

ESPN Radio and a number of local NPR stations are now available on iTunes Radio. The stations are notably live streaming stations, rather than customizable iTunes Radio stations. NPR launched its first iTunes Radio station, NPR News and Culture, in March. A search for…

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11:10
Xsan 2.3 or later: Deactivating a storage pool

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

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

Apple has a different take on just how the information our personal tracking devices should be used, and that bit of information came out in a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about just how differently Apple sees our personal information, and to share their hopes for a better future for Skype.


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08:49
Apple plans 1,000 in-house ad/marketing employees,...

Ad Age has a new comprehensive report on Apple’s shifting strategies in advertising and marketing, claiming the company is “madly building an internal agency that it’s telling recruits will eventually number 1,000.” The article starts with an anecdote about a pitch from Apple’s longtime ad agency partner TBWA/Media Arts…

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08:08
Apps: FIFA 2.0, Kindle 4.3, Sky Force 2014 + Sleep...

FIFA has updated its free FIFA Official App before the start of the World Cup this week. As one might expect, the updated app has more information about the World Cup, including the latest news, rosters, schedule, and information on the Brazilian stadiums and cities hosting the tournament. Another…

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07:20
Apparent Oleg Pliss iPhone Hackers Arrested

Two Russian men apparently linked to the iPhone lockout scam that hit Australia in May have been arrested. The two have been accused of remotely locking victim's iPhones and then demanding a ransom, and while authorities stopped short of saying they were involved on the Oleg Pliss attacks, their actions sound exactly the same.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not the real Oleg Pliss attackers are in custody, this is a great reminder to avoid offers that are too good to be true, and to stay away from websites that you think aren't trustworthy.


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06:04
Netflix Backs Down from ISP Speed Shaming

Netflix has backed down from its Internet bandwidth shaming campaign against Verizon, bringing an end to what the video streaming company called a trial run to let customers know why the movies they want to watch download slowly. After the warnings gained media attention, Verizon threatened legal action if Netflix didn't stop.

The Mac Observer Spin: Netflix backed down, which means either Verizon won this round or Netflix played a gamble to force the ISP into more talks about bandwidth availability. Either way, it's pretty clear Verizon isn't interested in a Net Neutrality that's equally open for all data.


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Monday June 9

17:10
Apple Launches ‘Soccer Fever’ iTunes Collection of...

Apple launched a collection of apps and games in the App Store called "Soccer Fever." The move is timed for World Cup 2014, which begins this month in Brazil.


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16:46
Apple Sees Mobile Tech As Opportunity for Users to...

Apple sees mobile technology platforms, "as an opportunity for people to learn more about themselves," according to discussions held with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials. Highlights from the meeting show that Apple used the meeting to talk about medtech sensors, including a glucometer, regulations for such sensors, and the FDA's stance on apps dedicated to medical monitoring.


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16:10
Apple Configurator: Transitioning to Apple...

You can deploy Mac and iOS devices in education and business environments using Apple Configurator or the Apple Deployment Programs. This article helps you decide which to use.

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14:55
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I have a great deal for you on Scrivener, a product I personally endorse in the strongest terms. Scrivener is a writing tool aimed at novelists, screenwriters, short story writers, and any other writers out there. I've been using it for almost three years to work on two novels, and I can't imagine using anything else. In addition to being wonderful for organizing your work into scenes and chapters, research documents, and more, it also has incredible output tools that can turn your manuscript into a Word doc for submission to the industry, an Epub file for iBooks, a Kindle file, a PDF, and many, many other formats. With our deal, you can get it for $20, less than half the retail price of $45, but you only have five more days to get it at that price. If you want more info on Scrivener, check out John Martellaro's review.

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14:15
MGG 505: WWDC Dissected - What it Means For Users

You've heard about the WWDC keynote, but you haven't heard a deep dive from the sessions yet. This year Apple loosened up the NDA such that attendees to the sessions can talk a little bit more detail than they could in the past. Dave was at most of those sessions, and he and John will deep dive into a few topics from there and, more importantly, how you, as a user, will be impacted by the changes now afforded to developers. After that, of course, it's time to answer your questions, and they piled up quite high over the past week. Lots to cover, and your geeks get to it all. Download today and enjoy!


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13:13
Dev: iOS 8 includes code for side-by-side apps

iOS 8’s SpringBoard includes code to run two apps side-by-side, according to a tweet from developer Steven Troughton-Smith. He notes that the code anticipates that side-by-side apps will be run at 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4 size. While a previous report noted that Apple would add split-screen multitasking to iOS…

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12:48
FOIA request reveals Apple, FDA medical sensor...

Apple and the FDA discussed Apple’s interest in including medical sensors in mobile devices, according to a report from Apple Toolbox, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request to gain insight into Apple’s December meeting with the FDA. The response notes that “[w]ith the potential for more sensors…

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12:46
Apple Addresses MacBook Air Battery Issue with...

Apple released MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0 on Monday to address a battery drain issue affecting the mid 2013 MacBook Air model. The problem occurs when the laptop lid is closed and the computer should otherwise be in a low power use mode.


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12:25
Report: Apple rejects apps rewarding video ads,...

Apple is now cracking down on apps that reward users for watching videos or sharing socially, according to TechCrunch. App developers are now reportedly receiving rejection notices as Apple cites sections 2.25 and 3.10 in its App Store Review Guidelines. Section 2.25 reads: “Apps that display Apps other…

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12:15
How Apple’s WWDC Keynote Blew Away All the Editorial...

There is nothing like a WWDC Keynote, a two hour glimpse into the psyche of Apple, to provide a solid picture of what the company is up to. Observers may or may not like the personality of Tim Cook or the current product line, but last week's keynote illustrates how the efforts of thousands of Apple engineers have come to fruition. It obliterated the Apple hysteria.


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12:07
Skype Announces Big Changes in Upcoming iPhone...

Microsoft has announced a redesign of Skype for iPhone on the Skype blog. This update is a big one, and includes not only some design changes but some speed updates as well.


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11:49
Apple’s iOS 8 Protects Mobile Privacy from Wi-Fi...

One of the improved privacy features of iOS 8 could also foil marketers tracking smartphone data. A Swiss scientist has revealed that MAC address tracking-a common method marketers (and also malware) can use to monitor mobile phones (and therefore customers) as they move through a store-is foiled by Apple's latest iOS 8 beta releases.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's nice to see this baked into iOS, rather than it being a separate utility. It would be nice if this became the norm.


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11:06
Apple looking for ‘high-profile’ corporate...

Apple is hoping to find some “high-profile external candidates” in its search for a new VP of worldwide corporate communications, Re/Code reports. The company is looking to fill the position vacated by longtime PR chief Katie Cotton, whose retirement was announced last month. CEO Tim Cook is reportedly…

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10:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-09

Apple bought the location discovery app company Spotsetter, but not to get into the social networking business. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's really behind the purchase, and to explain what today's 7-to-1 stock split means for Apple investors.


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09:45
Apple Doesn’t Need to Be First to Home Automation;...

Last week at WWDC Apple quickly announced HomeKit, the company's home automation framework for developers. Many folks have been asking if Apple is too late with this; if the market is already saturated such that there's no room for Apple (or any other new "platform"). It's possible that Apple is late to the party, but I will offer this: Apple is rarely first at anything, but Apple is often the best.


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08:52
Wells Fargo Analyst Adjusts AAPL Target Following...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um has lowered his target price range for Apple's stock to reflect its value following Monday morning's 7-to-1 stock split. His new 12 month target price range is between US$86 and $93, and was between $388 and $645 last week before the stock split.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's stock is already trading above Mr. Um's target range. That doesn't, however, mean he's underestimating how it will perform over the next 12 months.


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08:39
iOS 8 randomizes MAC addresses when searching for Wi...

As tweeted by Swiss programmer Frederic Jacobs on Sunday, iOS 8 will randomize a device’s MAC address while scanning for available Wi-Fi networks. Companies are currently able to use device-specific MAC addresses to track the location of devices — for instance, MAC addresses allow retailers to recognize if…

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08:06
New photos of alleged iPhone 6 rear shell surface

New photos of the alleged 4.7” iPhone 6 rear shell have surfaced on Xiaolongchakan.com. The new photos match another photo of the alleged shell in late May, albeit without a sticker on the shell. It now appears as if the majority of the…

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07:24
Researchers Find Yet Another Major OPenSSL Security...

As if Heartbleed wasn't enough of a headache for OpenSSL, security researchers have found another major flaw that lets attackers bypass the protocol's encryption without being detected. The flaw exploits the OpenSSL handshake to force sending and receiving computers to use weak passwords attackers can decrypt through man in the middle attacks.

The Mac Observer Spin: OpenSSL is a powerful tool for encrypting information passing between your computer and Web servers, but this threat and Heartbleed show it isn't necessarily as safe as previously thought. The OpenSSL team is stretched thin, so there just isn't enough manpower to stay on top of every security issue. Translation: Don't blindly assume the information passing between your computer and Internet servers is always encrypted.

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05:54
AAPL 7-to-1 Stock Split Trading Starts Today, Over $...

After closing on Friday at US$645.57, Apple's stock is trading in the pre-market Monday morning around $92. That drop doesn't, however, indicate a decrease in Apple's stock value but instead comes from the promised 7-to-1 stock split scheduled to take effect today.


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05:46
Dr. Dre profile highlights perfectionism, mysterious...

A Wall Street Journal profile of Beats Electronics co-founder and new Apple executive Dr. Dre says that the vaunted producer and rapper is a perfectionist, and “serves as Beats’ ‘cultural barometer’ of what is cool,” but uses a “mysterious process” and is “rarely seen at Beats headquarters.” In detailing…

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05:11
Report: Apple Maps improvements derailed by internal...

A new report from TechCrunch purports to explain the absence of major improvements this year to Maps, Apple’s iOS and OS X competitor to Google Maps, blaming bad “planning, project management, and internal politics” for delays of features that were expected to debut at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC)…

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04:29
Episode Nine – Change the People

Pardon the break, we’re back with a long-ago recorded episode to give you all flashbacks to the MacIT conference, audibly. Hopefully the sound quality is passable, as it was recorded under less-than ideal conditions, but what an episode! We have Duncan McCracken, newly added to the advisory board of the MacIT conference, being prodded by Charles Edge (returning host and now former CTO of 318, Inc.) about Australian Rules ‘Football’ and animals down under. Originally titled ‘#@$% Off Nerds, This is Sportland’, we somehow skipped the need for an explicit tag.

 

And as the delay in the publishing of this episode might lead one to suspect, this may very well end season one. It’s been a great run, and my thanks to all of the participants and listeners for helping me entertain y’all up until now.Special thanks indeed to Mike Boylan, Pepijn Bruienne, Charles Edge, Graham Gilbert, Luis Giraldo, Sam Keeley, Andrina Kelly, Michael Lynn, Ed Marczak, Seb Nash, Derick...

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Saturday June 7

07:30
How to Run iPhone Apps on iPad (and Why You’d Want...

Most apps for iPhone and iPod touch can be used with iPad, but they might not take advantage of the larger screen. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to find and use apps specific to the small-screen devices, and why you might want to.


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Friday June 6

14:15
3 Free iOS Games for Sodoku, Word Jumble, and...

Flabby brains equal more senior moments. Vern Seward offers a cure in this week's Free on iTunes with 3 puzzlers for iOS. Sudoku:), Word Search, and Crossword Jewels.


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14:04
Apple Stores to Offer Pre-Paid and Month-to-Month...

Apple stores will soon be able to connect a newly purchased (full price) iPhone to a pre-paid or month-to-month plan right in the store. Right now a full-price phone can only be connected in a carrier store or to a separately purchased pre-paid SIM card.


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13:51
Last Chance to Get Borderlands 2 for Mac for $9.99

We have a deal for Mac gamers today: you can get Borderlands 2 for Mac for US$9.99, which is half off the retail price. It's a great deal, but it expires in one day. That means if you want it, you should hop on it, and pronto. There's a trailer for the game on the deal listing, and it's been described as, "pure, unadulterated, shoot-em-up fun thatâs wrapped in an absurd, colorful, and interactive package," though it may not be for the squeamish. Have fun!


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13:47
iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, giveaway reminder

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

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13:29
Lego + Sugru = Organized Keys and Cables

If you aren't familiar with Sugru, it is a miracle substance that starts sort of rubbery and after it cures it becomes silicone. It's one of the common fixes for frayed cables, so common that Sugru now comes in white for those wanting a less obvious repair for their Apple cables. Sugru highlights some of the neater hacks on its site, and the latest one making the rounds at TMO Towers is a Lego hack. Here's the scoop: Take some Sugru and attach a flat plate to the desired surface, attach a Lego minifig, and let the little Lego guy hold your Lightning cable. You can also attach a Lego brick to your keys, and attach your keys to the same plate. Lego/Sugru hacks are relatively common, check out the site for a bit of inspiration.


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13:16
Apple Buys Spotsetter, a Social Discovery Engine for...

Apple has bought Spotsetter, a company that provides a socially-sourced discovery engine for locations. Without naming sources, TechCrunch reported that Apple bought the company in order to acquire both the technology and the company's founders.


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12:38
iLounge Game Spotlight: Final Kick, Penalty Cup...

This week, we’ll be taking a look at three recent soccer games that have hit the App Store in time for the World Cup, which starts next week. First up are Final Kick (free) and the laboriously titled Penalty Cup Soccer 2014 — World Edition: Football Champion of…

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12:33
Netflix, Verizon, and Net Neutrality: the Ongoing...

Netflix and Verizon are fighting over Verizon's right to throttle traffic, Netflix's right to have its data delivered to customers, and customers' rights to get the data they're paying for. Netflix recently began telling customers that Netflix was reponsible for any streaming issues, and on Thursday, Verizon fired off a cease and desist letter demanding that Netflix stop.


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12:29
Report: Apple acquires social search engine...

Apple has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine, TechCrunch reports. According to Spotsetter’s website, the search engine “provides personalized recommendations for places to go.” The deal was reportedly made to acquire Spotsetter’s technology and its two founders, Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee, with some of the Spotsetter team…

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12:19
In-app purchased content is not deployed to managed...

In-app purchased content is designed to be downloaded using the app that offers the content. This content isn't deployed from Apple Configurator, Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Profile Manager.

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11:51
Apple Reportedly Planning Wearable Media Event for...

Apple is planning to unveil its highly-anticipated and much rumored foray into wearable computing-a.k.a. the iWatch-in October, according to online reports. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code's John Paczkowski said that Apple "hopes to schedule a special event [in October] to show off the device."


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11:21
Apple to intro in-store prepaid and month-to-month...

Apple is readying prepaid and month-to-month plans for iPhones in its retail stores, 9to5Mac reports. A source claims the move is being made to boost iPhone sales. Customers will soon be able to purchase a full-price iPhone, and then connect it to prepaid or month-to-month calling and data plans…

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11:06
The CIA Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Its First Tweet

There is so much to say about the CIA's new Twitter account, starting with the fact that the CIA has a new Twitter account. Twitter says that it's verified, too. It's the spy agency's first tweet, however, that has gone almost instantaneously viral. "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." That's brilliant, and it's hilarious to see that someone at the CIA has a sense of humor, even if there is little that is funny about what it does. The tweet is 20 minutes old as of this writing, and in that time, it has been retweeted 17,000 times and the agency itself has gained 20,000 followers.

We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.
- CIA (@CIA) June 6, 2014


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10:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-06

Verizon and Netflix are fighting over Net Neutrality and claims that they're both throttling streaming video. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort through what's happening and why it matters consumers, plus they take a look at Apple's decision to use the HealthKit name even though there's already another company using it and offering similar services.


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07:19
PayPal looking to integrate Touch ID into mobile...

PayPal is “moving quickly” to integrate the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID into its mobile payment apps, Business Insider reports. PayPal developers recently attended a session on Touch ID at WWDC. “It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we’re still kicking the tires,” a source from…

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07:16
Poll: What new feature are you most looking forward...

With Apple having taken the wraps off iOS 8 at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we’re curious to know what you, our readers, think is the single most significant feature that was announced this week. Does the idea of seamlessly integrating your Mac, iPhone, and iPad experience with Apple’s new…

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06:55
Report: Apple employees reveal issues with iTunes...

The development of Apple’s iTunes Radio and Ping suffered from shortsighted management, and Apple engineers often preferred to use Spotify and Pandora, according to a new report from Buzzfeed, which interviewed both former and current Apple employees. “Pandora is an awesome radio that blows iTunes Radio out of the…

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06:28
Apple Chips in $2M to Help Offset Tax Payer Super...

Apple, Google, and several other tech companies have chipped in US$2 million each to help defer taxpayer costs for Super Bowl 50, which will be hosted in San Jose. The contributions are part of a $40 million fund started by the Super Bowl Host Committee.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's nice to see big companies doing something to help keep down the bill tax payers will get stuck with because the Super Bowl is coming to town. Even better would be to find a way to fund the event so tax payers don't have to pick up any of the tab.


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06:22
Report: iWatch to have October launch, curved OLED...

Apple’s rumored iWatch will launch in October with a curved OLED touchscreen, Nikkei Asian Review reports. The report, which only refers to the device as “a wearable health-monitoring device” and “watch-like wearable gear,” claims iWatch will run on iOS 8 and use biometric sensors to collect health data. Apple…

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05:25
OS X: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail

If youâre the kind of person whoâs got 47,000 messages in his inbox, then you might also be the kind of person whoâd like to learn how to archive some of those emails out of the Mail program. This simple process can clean up your inbox and any other mailboxes you have while still letting you access your old messages if you need to in the future. Come on in to find out how!


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Thursday June 5

15:22
Apple, Google, and Facebook CEOS Sign Open Letter...

The CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook (among others) added their names to an open letter to the US Senate as part of the Reset The Net campaign. The letter urges better protections for U.S. consumers than those provided under the House version of the USA Freedom Act.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and Microsoft and Facebook and Google agree this is a bad scene. What more do you need to know?


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15:10
OS X Yosemite: System Requirements and Resources

If you're planning to try the public Beta of OS X Yosemite, you'll want to refer to the Macintosh System requirements.
Plus, we've included some helpful Yosemite links, all in one place.


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14:58
Sprint Reportedly Near to a Deal to Buyout T-Mobile

Sprint and T-Mobile are "zeroing in" on terms of a deal that would have Sprint-the 3rd largest wireless carrier in the U.S.-buy T-Mobile-the 4th largest carrier-for US$32 billion. According to The New York Times's DealBook column, the price has been more or less agreed to, but other aspects of the deal still have to be worked out, and it could be some time before it is announced.


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14:08
Apple Gets a Cameo in New Beats By Dre Video

A new video from Beats by Dre, titled "The Game Before The Game," features Apple in a couple of notable cameos among other celebrity appearances.


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13:42
Philips reveals iOS 8 Hue widget concept

Philips, maker of the Hue smart bulb, has tweeted a concept prototype showing Hue being used within an iOS 8 widget. The concept shows the widget within Notification Center — a user could simply swipe down to change the lighting in a room set up with Hue bulbs.

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13:40
OS X Yosemite Features Explained and Ranked

As with all OS X releases, Apple has added plenty of new features to Yosemite. How do these features rank in terms of usefulness and likely wide adoption? Which ones will become signature features? John Martellaro sizes them up.


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12:32
Apps: Angry Birds Space 2.0, Catan 4.0.5, Disney...

Rovio is claiming its newest update for Angry Birds Space ($1) is its biggest update ever, and has given it a fitting name: Beak Impact. The new episode in version 2.0.0 introduces 40 new levels, in addition to 10 bonus levels. Players can unlock bonus levels by, strangely enough,…

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11:44
Apple’s Jony Ive and Bono Will Talk About (RED) at...

Apple's designer-in-chief, Sir Jony Ive, will join U2 frontman Bono at the Cannes film Festival to talk about (RED), the AIDS charity cofounded by Bono. The two will be talking about (RED)' success in working with corporate partners like Apple, the charity's single biggest contributor.


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11:23
Griffin Wired Keyboard for iOS Devices Eliminates...

The Griffin wired keyboard for iOS devices is designed for those who, well, donât like Bluetooth or work in environments where Bluetooth isn't practical or allowed when needed. For example, classrooms, government offices and commercial flights. This full-size keyboard solves that problem. Plus it doesn't need batteries.


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