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Friday August 22

06:31
Samsung mocks iPhone’s lack of waterproofing w/...

With just about everyone in the tech industry getting in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS (including Apple’s own Tim Cook and Dr. Dre), Samsung decided it would also be an appropriate time to mock the iPhone and others in the process.

The latest video posted to Samsung’s Mobile UK YouTube channel shows its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone taking the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominating the iPhone 5s, HTC One M8, and the Nokia Lumia 930. The S5, of course, comes with IP67 certification waterproofing features that lets the device be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. The HTC One M8 and Nokia devices advertise water resistance...

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06:14
News: Reuters: Backlight redesign disrupted iPhone 6...

Apple suppliers are “scrambling” to complete screens for the iPhone 6 after a component redesign caused a production setback, Reuters reports. A backlight had to be redesigned after Apple’s initial attempt at including a single layer of backlight film — as opposed to the typical two layers of film — was deemed to not be bright enough. According to the report, the backlight had to be redesigned with the extra layer. Suppliers…

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06:11
Apple iMovie 10.0.5 - Edit personal videos and share...

With an all-new design, Apple iMovie lets you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your clips more easily, instantly share your favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And when you’re ready to premiere on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet.

Version 10.0.5:

  • Includes iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater.



OS X 10.9.2 or later

Download Now

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06:08
Apple Keynote 6.2.2 - Apple's presentation...

Apple Keynote makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations. Powerful tools and dazzling effects bring your ideas to life. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft PowerPoint.

Version 6.2.2:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.



OS X 10.9 or later

Download Now

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06:08
Purportedly leaked data from Foxconn again points to...

A set of photographs published on Friday purport to show both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants of Apple's next-generation iPhone depicted in an engineering prototype overview, with both models sporting a protruding camera lens and all-metal rear casing.



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06:06
Apple Numbers 3.2.2 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.

Version 3.2.2:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.



OS X 10.9 or later

Download Now

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06:03
DropShare 3.3 for the Mac can now upload files to...

Timo Josten has given us Dropshare 3.3 for the Mac. It's now able to upload files to Rackspace Cloud Files. Also, Dropshare is now able to convert Markdown files to HTML before uploading them.

Dropshare is a menu bar app that enables you to drag and drop files, screenshots and even directories to your own server to share them. For it to work correctly, you have to have a server of your choice and a working SSH user account at your disposal.

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06:00
Best educational apps for elementary school students

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about heading back to school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education with a variety of quality educational iOS apps. Here are some of...

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05:56
Briefly: ESPN Scores Pebble app released, Chromecast...

ESPN has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, providing results for various sporting events. The Scores app includes results from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, and college basketball, and will vibrate to notify the wearer about game updates. The app is now available to download from the Pebble App Store for iOS and Android....



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05:45
OS X Finder: Customize Your Desktop

Did you know that you've got all kinds of options for how your Mac's Desktop looks and behaves? It's true. You can make the icons that appear there much larger or smaller, increase or decrease the space between them, and even force the items on your Desktop to sort themselves into rows. All of this magic is the subject of today's Quick Tip.


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05:38
OpenOffice 4.1.1 - Free and open-source office suite...

OpenOffice.org is both an Open Source product and a project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.

Version 4.1.1:

Improvements/Enhancements

  • The lookup gesture feature has been fixed
  • Translation added: Catalan
  • Translations updated: German, Hebrew, Khmer, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese
  • Dictionaries added: Catalan
  • Dictionaries updated: English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Slovenian

Bug Fixes

  • View...

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05:26
iPhone 6 production disrupted as Apple abandons...

Reuters is reporting that iPhone 6 production was disrupted for part of June and July after Apple was forced to abandon its plans to use a thinner display backlighting system in the new handset.

Suppliers to Apple are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month’s expected launch, supply chain sources said …

We reported in June that Apple’s quest for thinness had led the...

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05:19
Display production for Apple's 'iPhone 6...

Apple has encountered a serious issue with building displays for its next-generation iPhone just as it's gearing up to launch next month, forcing suppliers to redesign a key component, according to a new report.



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05:05
China Telecom advertises intent to sell iPhone 6...

If you thought things were messy with U.S. networks, Verizon and Sprint using CMDA and AT&T and T-Mobile using GSM, things are even worse in China – with WCDMA, CDMA2000, CDMA1X, GSM, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE all in use by different carriers in different combinations.

The iPhone 6 may be about to make life a whole lot easier, though, with Sina (via ZDNet) reporting that the model sold by China...

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04:45
External Link: OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Out — Get...

Apple has released the second public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite, but with no word about what might have changed. If you’re running the first public beta, get the new version from the Updates tab in the App Store app. You can still sign up for the public beta, and regardless, we recommend picking up a copy of Joe Kissell’s name-your-own-price “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite,” which provides complete details on preparing for, installing, and testing the Yosemite beta.

 

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04:33
OTT video services see opportunity to differentiate...

4K or Ultra HD is the future, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint to higher resolutions.  And while 1080p TV screens are the norm and mobile screen resolutions continue to climb, plenty of streamed HD content is still distributed in 720p or lower.  Over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix, VUDU, and M-GO, which exclusively distribute content over the Internet, are more eager to embrace 1080p and Ultra HD for connected CE devices in order to appear more innovative, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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04:07
Leica M-P 24MP rangefinder camera doubles memory...

Premium camera producer Leica has revealed an upgraded version of its Leica M rangefinder. The Leica M-P houses a full-frame 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, accompanied by a 2-gigabyte memory buffer double the size of the Leica M version, allowing it to be not only twice as fast, but also capable of up to 24 images in a burst mode at a speed of 3 fps....



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03:40
Apple Suppliers 'Scrambling' to Produce...

Apple's supply chain is scrambling to get enough displays ready for the iPhone 6 ahead of its launch next month, reports Reuters.

Front panel said to be from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6
The report notes that production issues were made prevalent when the backlight film for the device's display panel had to be redesigned, halting production for two months: Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July. One said Apple, aiming for the thinnest phone possible, initially wanted to cut back to a single layer of backlight film, instead of the standard two layers, for the 4.7-inch screen, which went into mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version. After the backlight film...

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02:56
iPhone 6 Information Leak Sourced from Foxconn...

French Apple website IGen.fr (Google Translate) has shared a variety of new details about Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, including dimensions for each model, info about the protruding camera ring on the rear of both devices, and more. The photos appear to be of internal information residing in a Foxconn factory, as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 carry code names of N56 and N61, respectively.

The information states that the final version of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will measure 158 mm long, 78 mm wide, and 7.1 mm thick (7.7 with the protruding camera), weighing 184.6 grams, or 6.5 ounces. Also spotted is information for a first prototype, which retained the same length and...

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00:00
Kool Tools: Mac Backup Guru

MacDaddy's Mac Backup Guru for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) has been revved to version 2.0. It's an update of the useful utility designed to back up files and disks. It adds a Snapshot mode that users system hard links to save space.

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Thursday August 21

22:53
Briefly: Otterbox's Alpha Glass protectors,...

Rugged accessories producer Otterbox has announced its introduction of a new screen protection product for iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Alpha Glass consists of fortified glass that features reactive touch and anti-shatter properties. Suitable for standalone use as a screen protector, Alpha Glass is installed by lightly coating the protector with its accompanied alcohol wipe, clean with the microfiber cloth and align it against the screen. Gentle pressure secures the protector, pushing out air that can create bubbles. Alpha Glass is removable with no leftover residue. Priced at $30, th...



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22:26
Sprint takes a jab at carriers with $60 single-line...

With the exit of Dan Hesse and the appointment of CEO Marcelo Claure earlier in the month, Sprint is kicking into a new gear with a bunch of new offerings. Following on a new family plan structure, including a $100 plan with up to 10 lines and 40 GB of date, Sprint announced a new single line plan that offers unlimited text, talk and data for only $60 per month. The new plan follows on previous reports that a similar plan was in the works for $50 a month....



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20:10
Apple removes anonymous Secret app from Brazilian...

Following a ruling by a Brazilian judge that anonymous social apps such as Secret violate the Brazilian constitution, Apple has removed the program from the App Store in that country, citing that its own guidelines require that apps comply with local laws in the country they're sold in. In addition to Apple, the judge ordered Google and Microsoft to also remove the app or similar apps. There has not, however, been any reports of Apple or the other companies remotely deleting the app from users' devices....



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20:07
Apple reportedly complies with Brazilian judge,...

Complying with an order from a Brazilian judge, Apple on Thursday appears to have removed anonymous social networking app Secret from its App Store, though it is unknown if the company took the prescribed step of wiping the app from users' phones.



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18:44
First Look: SETA stand for iPad with NanoSuction pads

After finding Kickstarter success with an iPhone stand last year, 1.0 Innovations is looking to fund two super-sized models with more NanoSuction stick for iPads and phablets.



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18:39
Apple removes Secret app from Brazilian App Store...

Following a recent ruling that Apple would have ten days to remove the anonymous social app Secret from its Brazilian App Store, Apple has complied with the order. The justification for the removal, according to a source close to the situation, can be found in section 22.1 of the App Store Guidelines:

Apps must comply with all legal...

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18:35
Apple CEO Cook visits iPad-using VA hospital in Palo...

One day after US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald called the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital one of the "crown jewels" of the VA healthcare system," the facility received a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who tweeted that he was "honored" to meet doctors alongside California legislator Anna Eshoo, noting that the facility is "now using iPads to help treat vets and families." The message was accompanied by a photo of Cook with an iPad-using staffer....



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18:23
Hack Day Produces Oculix, a Mind-Blowing Trip...


A team of Netflix programmers merged the company's videos with the virtual reality capability offered by the Oculus Rift headset as a fun project on Netflix Hack Day. The Oculix media app lets users browse a floating 3D Netflix video catalog using head turning movements and hand gestures. Once a selection is made, the user can watch the video in a VR theater setting. "This new user experience is potentially a very compelling differentiator," said Strategy Analytics' Eric Smith.

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17:30
Briefly: Google Play Music iOS update, N3twork...

Google Play Music has updated its app for iOS devices, featuring improved library management and additional functionality. Google Play Music is a music streaming subscription service, featuring access to millions of songs and custom radio stations. The latest version (1.3.2.2559) allows users to remove content from their library. The "Thumbs Up" playlist can now be sorted in reverse chronological order, and overall library management has been improved to include fewer duplicates and better playback to avoid skipping audio. Additional accessibility features are also included. The app is free to...

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17:20
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Where To? [iPhone; Now...

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17:02
Week of Who, Day Four: Inspector Spacetime

Day Four of my Week Of Who commences with a small Doctor tribute that has snowballed. On the TV show Community, a couple of characters are obsessed with the show Inspector Spacetime, a British show about a guy who travels through time and space in a phone booth. NBC decided not to make the show, so the actor cast as Inspector Spacetime started a web series. NBC would not let him continue, so he started a different show called Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. It's fun to watch and clever references make it even more enjoyable. Start with the first episode below:


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17:00
Apple issues minor updates to OS X iMovie, iWork...

On Thursday, Apple issued minor updates to its OS X versions of iMovie, Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The most significant of the updates appears to be for iMovie, updated to version 10.0.5 that offers iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater, though there is still no fix for the program under the Yosemite Public Beta. Also updated were Keynote (to v6.2.2), Pages (to 5.2.2), and Numbers (to version 3.2.2)....



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16:43
Twitter details how it fights off spam with BotMaker...

Twitter offered details on how it battles with spam on the service, showing off a specialized tool that the company made in the process. BotMaker was built by the team, which has so far been responsible for a reduction of 40-percent "in key spam metrics" since its launch. The company went into spill some of the specifics of its creation, something it needed to make since it offers real-time interactions and an exposed developer API....



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16:23
Nook Redux: Is B&N Shooting Itself in the Foot?


After Barnes & Noble bled serious cash trying to create its own Nook e-reading tablets to compete with Amazon's Fire and Apple's iPad -- eventually, scrapping most of the Nook-building unit -- I figured it was pretty much down for the count. The announcement in June of its deal to let Samsung give select tablets the "Nook" brand seemed more like a cry for help them a business decision that had much chance of success. I have to admit that I utterly missed how important this little summertime move really was, and will prove to be.

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16:20
Tim Cook pays a visit to VA hospital in Palo Alto...

Tim Cook took some time to visit a VA hospital in Palo Alto today, accompanied by Rep. Anna Eshoo of the CA-18 congressional district, according to a photo the executive tweeted. The Palo Alto VA hospital is one of many medical facilities around the country using Apple’s iPads to help treat members of the U.S. armed forces.

Honored to meet doctors & Veterans with @RepAnnaEshoo at @VAPaloAlto, now using iPads to help treat Vets & families....

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16:03
Pages 5.2.2 - Apple's word processor from the...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.

Version 5.2.2:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.



OS X 10.9 or later

Download Now

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16:00
Pic Navi shows you the 'when' and '...

Your iPhone tags photos with all sorts of information: your location, the time and date the photo was taken, even exposure information. This tagging function can be turned on or off under Privacy > Location Services in your iPhone settings....

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15:54
Tim Cook visits veterans and doctors at Palo Alto VA...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday tweeted out a photo and brief message highlighting a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., saying he was happy to meet with doctors who now use iPads to treat patients.



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15:52
Apple Releases Keynote 6.2.2 with ‘Stability...

Apple released Keynote 6.2.2 on Thursday. The patch notes are particularly sparse, noting only that, "This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes."


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15:45
Apple Releases iMovie 10.0.5 for iCloud and iMovie...

Apple released iMovie 10.0.5 on Thursday. The patch notes say the update addresses unspecified iCloud and iMovie theater issues.


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15:30
It is time to bug the aliens in Bugs vs. Aliens

Bugs vs. Aliens is a quirky endless runner where you play as a leader bug tasked with saving other bugs and attacking aliens while avoiding perilous traps. You can also pick up coins to buy boosters that help you get further in the level faster or...

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15:27
Antminer S3 453 GH/s Bitcoin Mining Rigs Improve...

As Bitcoin mining gets ever-more competitive, energy efficiency has become just as important as price. Accordingly, I took note of the Antminer S3 miners being offered at ZoomHash. They're 453 GH/s miners that use just 355 watts of power at the wall. In comparison, the S1 units I reviewed in March do 180 GH/s at 360 watts. At $349 for the S3 (on sale for pre-order), that makes them one of the most energy-efficient miners on the market, especially at that price. The 800 GH/s to 1 TH/s devices on the market typically need 800-1000 watts of power. That said, this is a pre-order price. They ship on September 20th from Hong Kong, and they'll take 3-4 business days to arrive in the U.S. (check for details on your location)-waiting a month will have an affect on your ROI, and mining is always a gamble. To help even that gamble, ZoomHash set up a 5 percent coupon for our readers (coupon code MacObserver). Just enter that coupon during the checkout process. I'll be posting a review once I...

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15:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at Amazon's new Android-based Fire smartphone.


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15:12
Most people don’t use phonebooks. So why do we still...

Vox:

Each year, you probably get a fat new yellow pages phone book delivered to your doorstep. It’s possible you also get the white pages either as a separate volume or combined as one book.

And if you’re like 70 percent of Americans, you probably don’t even open the phone book before the next year’s batch arrives.

For many of us, these are a giant PITA and just one more unwanted thing we need to deal with. Mine go straight into the recycling bin.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:01
Apple updates iMovie for Mac, iWork suite for OS X...

In what appears to be a routine maintenance update, Apple on Thursday rolled out minor iWork app point releases for both Mac and iOS, bringing stability improvements and bug fixes to the company's multi-platform productivity suite.



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15:00
Divoom Voombox Ongo: Rugged and bike-friendly...

Divoom is getting a name for itself for making inexpensive Bluetooth speakers. While the company is probably best known for the little Bluetune Bean and Solo speakers, they've just come out with a new speaker that adds weather resistance, long...

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14:37
Apple in talks with insurance companies about...

Apple is talking with at least two insurance companies about its HealthKit platform in iOS 8, according to Bloomberg. These include Humana, and UnitedHealth, the US' biggest such firm. It's not clear, though, what the parties might have in mind....



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14:30
The adorable MacBook bear

I'm enormously jealous of the bear on the right. Not because he's adorable, leads a carefree life, and has a friend he surfs the internet with -- no, that's all fine. I'm jealous of him because he has a black MacBook, and I don't.

[Photo credit:...

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14:21
iWork for Mac and iOS updated with bug fixes and...


Apple has published updates to all of the apps in its iWork suite on the Mac and iOS platforms. Pages for iPhone and iPad was bumped to version 2.2.2, while Pages for Mac reached version 5.2.2. Keynote for Mac was updated to version 6.2.2 and its iOS version went to 2.2.2. Both versions of Numbers were also...

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14:20
Apple’s Stock Holds Above $100 with New Record Close

Shares of Apple Inc. have maintained their position in record territory above US$100.30 per share, a record that had stood for almost two years. $AAPL ended Thursday at $100.58 per share. For those keeping score at home, that's a new record closing high.


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14:09
∞ The science of depression explained in a simple...

AsapSCIENCE:

While the science here is interesting and concentrates on how we think depression is linked heavily to genes, the important takeaway is that depression is a disease with a biological basis. Which is to say, it’s not just something people can “get over.” If you, or someone you know is depressed, understanding what’s really going on in the body is an important part of dealing with it.

I’m only just beginning to get a handle on my own personal issues with depression and, while this video won’t help, it is an interesting explanation of what some of the causes might be.

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14:00
Apple patent application reveals design for...

Over the past few days, there have been a number of reports and leaked photos suggesting that Apple is working on a Lightning cable featuring a reversible USB connector. While Apple rumors are a dime a dozen, a recently published patent filing from...

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13:38
Apple spoke with UnitedHealth, Humana regarding...

As part of a campaign designed to drive adoption of its forthcoming HealthKit biomedical tracking platform, Apple has reportedly held broad-stroke discussions with major U.S. insurers UnitedHealth and Humana about potential partnerships.



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13:37
Numerous Apple online services hit with outages

Many Apple online services were caught in a severe outage on Thursday, according to the company's official system status page. This included every iCloud service, such as Photos, device backups, Keychain, Mail, Documents in the Cloud, and web apps. Also impacted were Back to My Mac, Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, and iMovie Theater....



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13:30
UPS Stores hit by 'malware intrusion,'...

The UPS Store, Inc. reported that a number of its stores have been the target of a "broad-based malware intrusion," adding that customer data could have been accessed. The United Parcel Service (UPS) subsidiary became aware of the breach on July 31, the same day that the Department of Homeland Security sent out notices regarding a malware called "Backoff" according to the New York Times....



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13:30
Quickly send someone your travel time with On My Way...

On My Way Buddy is a very simple app with a single purpose: to let someone you're meeting up with know that you are on your way. When you get stuck in traffic or you're just running a little bit late, it could be tedious and downright dangerous to...

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13:23
News: Apps of the Week: Star Walk 2, Swing Copters,...

New Apps Lytro Mobile App (free) — Lytro has relaunched its Lytro Mobile App. The new app is universal, and allows users to interact with Lytro’s “living pictures” through various gestures. Both the old app and the new app are free, so if you’re a Lytro user, there’s no reason not to download this new edition. For the best viewing experience, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display are recommended. Star…

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13:17
Apple searches for engineers to work on VoLTE tech...

Apple has posted two job listings asking for people with experience in voice-over-LTE technology, better known as VoLTE. The first asks for a "cellular systems protocol engineer," while the second asks for a "wireless communication software engineer" familiar with "SIP, RTP, and VoIP related protocols." Although it's dependent on carrier support, VoLTE can allow for much better call quality than regular or even 3G voice channels....



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13:10
How Apple took over the only segment of the PC...

ZDNet:

If 6.4 million MacBook Airs sounds unimpressive for a full year’s sales, put it in perspective: Gartner estimates that only 22 million premium ultramobiles were sold in all of 2013. That gives Apple nearly 30 percent of this fast-growing market, which Gartner forecasts to grow by roughly 50 percent this year and more than 70 percent in 2015.

It’s also a profitable segment, with average selling prices of $1000 or more.

I plan on buying a MacBook Air once it gets the Retina display.

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13:01
The NFL Arrives on Apple TV

The NFL is now available on the Apple TV, and it’s mostly free. Unfortunately, it may not be what you’ve been hoping for.

 

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13:00
Sprint offering new unlimited plan for $60 a month

One of the major issues with moving all your media to the Cloud is how expensive data plans can be for mobile devices. You don't want to pay hefty overages just to stream your favorite Sam Smith song all the time when you can store it on the device....

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12:52
Five Deals on Mac Apps: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit...

For today's deal, I thought I'd do a round up of some of our deals on Mac software: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, and Crossover. TuneUp cleans up your iTunes library, TwistedWave is an audio editor, Stuffit Deluxe is the standard file compression tool for the Mac, Elite Keylogger lets you see what other people are doing on your Mac, and Crossover lets you run Windows apps without Boot Camp or a virtual machine. We have a deal on each of them, so enjoy!


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12:48
Quicken 2015 2.0.1 - Complete personal finance...

The new Quicken 2015 helps you manage all your personal finances in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, helps you stay on top of bills and set goals so you can save more. You can even access your data on the go.

Features:

  • VIEW ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS IN ONE PLACE
    • See all your bank, credit card, investment and retirement accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand. Quicken 2015 downloads your income and expenses from your accounts, so you don't have to enter transactions manually and avoid the hassle of going to multiple websites.

  • SEE EXACTLY WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING
    • Quicken 2015 automatically categorizes expenses like groceries, entertainment, and more, so you don't have to edit them manually. You can easily see where you’re spending and where you can save.

  • PLAN,...

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12:34
Apple releases second public OS X Yosemite beta, new...

Participants in the OS X Beta Program can now download a second public beta of OS X Yosemite via the Mac App Store. Changes are unlisted, but since it's following just a few days after the release of Developer Preview 6, it presumably incorporates that code's fixes and feature additions. Apple is believed to be building towards a final launch of Yosemite in October, which could mean one or two more public betas in the interim....



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12:30
Team Stream is one stop shopping for all your sports...

Team Stream lets you follow all your favorite teams: MLB, NFL, NCAA, NHL, NBA and more; plus your favorite players, including all those on your fantasy teams. If you use an app for scores, another one to track your favorite baseball team, a third for...

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12:00
Hot Pads helps you search for rental properties

If you are thinking about moving but don't know where to start, Hot Pads might be just for you. The free app uses your current location to find what rental properties are near you, or you can search any area of the country.

Hot Pads was recently...

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11:49
Apple confirms: Many iCloud services are down for...

Update: Apple says services have been restored shortly after 3 pm.

Readers have been reporting and now Apple has confirmed that many iCloud services are down. The problems began just after 1 PM ET today and appear to run the gamut of Apple’s Cloud services.

Thanks: Jake, Dom, Mike and everyone else who sent this in! 

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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11:45
Daily Deals for August 21, 2014, featuring discounts...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:30
Apple in Talks With Insurance Companies Over...

In addition to seeking partnerships with several different hospitals and health institutions for its HealthKit initiative, Apple is also speaking with major U.S. insurance companies like UnitedHealth and Humana.

In a report on rising medical costs and partnerships between insurance providers, corporate employers, and fitness device makers, Bloomberg suggests that Apple has spoken with insurance companies about HealthKit, but no specifics on the conversation were provided.

The focus of the piece, highlighting the insurance perks that companies can offer to employees with healthy habits, implies that Apple may be exploring partnerships that would possibly allow its collected data to be shared with insurance companies and other medical providers.Under the Affordable Care Act, the new national health-care law, companies can spend as much as 30...

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11:26
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 to testers

Beta users will also get a new build of iTunes 12.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple has just released the first update to the OS X Yosemite Public Beta, about a month after the first beta shipped. If you skipped the first beta but would like to give this one a try, Apple's sign-up page still appears to be accepting new testers (the company said that it would close the program down after the first million sign-ups, a number that apparently hasn't been hit yet).

The build number of the new beta indicates that it's roughly the same as Yosemite Developer Beta 6, which was released earlier this week to registered iOS and OS X developers. The first public beta was more or less identical to Developer Beta 4.

In the space of those two developer betas, Apple has been working to...

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11:23
Apple posts job listing for VoLTE-experienced...

A new set of job listings noticed by LightReading continue to show Apple’s focus on implementing VoLTE, or voice-over-LTE, support for including high quality call quality on new iPhones.

Specifically, the job listings seek both a Cellular Systems Protocol Engineer with hands-on experience in wireless technologies including VoLTE and an iOS Wireless Communication Software Engineer with “SIP, RTP, and VoIP related protocols”, showing the company is continuing to beef up its expertise around the technology.

9to5Mac first reported that Apple is targeting voice-over-LTE support for iOS 8 and future iPhone models earlier this year in April: ...

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11:23
First Look: Juno Labs Juno Power HUE Pro

We recently took a look at Juno Labs' Juno Power Junojumpr, a battery pack that will charge your mobile device and assist in jumpstarting your car. Juno Labs now has a 10,000 mAh battery pack with two USB ports called the HUE Pro ($60). The HUE Pro features an LCD screen that provides users with an estimated remaining charge indicator. As is the trend, an LED flashlight is also included in the battery pack....

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11:21
Is Open Source an Open Invitation to Hack Webmail...


In a move influenced by Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's email snooping, Yahoo and Google last week announced that they were cooperating on end-to-end encrypting their webmail products. "We will release source code this fall so that the open source community can help us refine the experience and hunt for bugs," said Yahoo CISO John Stamos. While the open source approach has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the code for security features to anyone with eyeballs still creates anxiety in some circles.

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11:20
An iPhone Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone on June 18 with several novel features and a 4.7-inch display. John Martellaro takes a close look at the Fire Phone with a technical review that steers away from politics and towards what the iPhone or any potential owner would want to know about this smartphone.


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11:15
Report claims iMessage spam on the rise, but little...

Despite accounts of purportedly wide-ranging unsolicited marketing campaigns plaguing iMessage users in recent months, spam on Apple's over-the-top messaging service appears to be the exception, rather than the rule.



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11:14
Apple talked HealthKit with insurance companies...

Bloomberg‘s Adam Satariano has an interesting profile out this morning regarding the usage of wearable fitness devices in work environments. The report says that some companies are offering devices, such as the FitBit, in order to track the fitness of its employees. With that information, companies are able to slice costs off of insurance plans if employees hit certain fitness data thresholds.

Slagle’s experience is an example of how companies, facing rising health expenses, are increasingly buying or subsidizing fitness-tracking devices to encourage employees and their dependents to be more fit. The tactic may reduce corporate health-care costs by encouraging healthier lifestyles, even as companies must overcome a creepy factor and concerns from privacy advocates...

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11:06
Lawfirm mulls possible suit over problems with 2011...

A DC-based lawfirm, Whitfield Bryson & Mason, is considering a possible class-action lawsuit over graphics problems with the 2011 MacBook Pro. In a post to a Facebook group organized around the issue, the firm says it has "commenced an investigation leading us to your community." It adds that while other posts are providing information, it wants people to fill out a survey to "determine if any legal claims may exist." The company's track record includes suits against companies like Google and Lenovo....



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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Sensors, battery packs,...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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10:57
CleanMyMac 2.2.7 - Delete files that waste your disk...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac 2 lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.

Version 2.2.7:

  • Applied the latest code-signing rules from Apple.
  • Fixed a scheduler issue that made CleanMyMac launch too often by itself.
  • Improved size calculation in Trash Cleanup.
  • Minor localization improvements.
  • All known crashes fixed.



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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10:47
Apple Job Postings Point Towards Continued Work on...

Several new job listings suggest Apple is continuing to work on building support for Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) into its line of mobile devices. VoLTE is designed to allow carriers to send voice calls over LTE networks, right alongside data. On the consumer end, this results in higher quality voice calls and faster call connection times.

Subscribers on CDMA networks (Sprint and Verizon) will further benefit from VoLTE, as it allows the simultaneous use of data and voice, something that's not currently possible.

First discovered by LightReading (via Gigaom) job openings at Apple include Cellular Systems Protocol Engineer and...

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10:43
Mac: Rain Design iLevel 2

Rain Design has released an updated version of its iLevel laptop stand, the iLevel 2 ($70). The iLevel 2 brings your MacBook to eye level for improved ergonomics and posture. This anodized aluminum stand is designed to complement the look of your MacBook....

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10:37
News: Apple releases new iTunes 12 beta

Apple has released a new beta for iTunes 12. We took an in-depth look at the first iTunes 12 beta in late July, and we’ll update this story with changes found in the new edition. The latest beta includes a few more cosmetic changes, such as redesigned media section icons and a new “Recently Added” section in areas such as Movies and TV Shows.

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10:35
External Link: Journalists: Print Newspapers Are...

At Medium, journalism professor and inveterate Internet observer Clay Shirky declares the end of the print newspaper and makes a blunt recommendation, “If you are a journalist at a print publication, your job is in danger. Period. Time to do something about it.” In particular, he encourages current journalists to learn to understand and present data, become comfortable with social media as a newsroom tool, and get experience working in teams to launch new products.

 

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10:32
T-Mobile taunts Sprint, offers year of free LTE data...

T-Mobile is ramping up its fight against Sprint, by attempting to coax subscribers to switch carrier. From August 29th, whenever a T-Mobile customer convinces another person to sign up to the carrier, both accounts will receive unlimited LTE data free for an entire year, or in the case of existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customers already having unlimited LTE, a $10 monthly credit for one year instead....



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10:31
Apple TV sells out after iTunes Festival London...

The Apple TV is showing up as ‘Unavailable for pickup’ at Apple Stores across the U.S., with multiple NY Apple Stores we called saying that in-store stocks had been exhausted by demand created by the promotion offering $25 iTunes credit with every purchase, along with that generated by the upcoming London iTunes festival as well as the recent Lollapalooza livestream.

iTunes Festival is incredible in so many ways for Apple and its customers. It looks like they may have underestimated demand this year though.

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10:24
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, new...

Apple on Thursday provided members of its public beta program the second test build of OS X Yosemite, while a new build of iTunes 12 for Yosemite is also available.



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10:23
Eric Clapton’s favorite guitar solo

What a great story. Not a bad player to choose for your favorite either.

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10:16
Apple Releases Second OS X Yosemite Public Beta,...

Apple today released the second Yosemite public beta for beta testers, following the release of the sixth Developer Preview earlier this week. Apple has also released a new version of iTunes 12 for Yosemite.

The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store.

It's likely the new public beta bundles the content introduced in the last several developer updates, including multiple design changes added with DP 6. The last beta included new wallpapers, new System Preferences icons, and more.

Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite to the general public later this year, possibly following an October event that may also introduce both the iWatch and new iPads.

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10:15
Kool Tools: booq's Cobra brief for traveling...

booq's (www.booqbags.com) US$295 Cobra brief is a handy, if pricey (US$295) tool for traveling professionals.It boasts durable materials such as 1680 denier ballistic nylon, weatherproof coating, YKK zippers and top-grain leather trims.

The brief’s exterior features a front zipper pocket for quick access to business cards or boarding passes, an additional pocket perfect for storing an iPad and a third back pocket for larger documents like notebooks or magazines.

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10:14
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 &...

Apple today released the second version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta. The update is available via Software Update on the Mac App Store for those running the initial beta release; the first beta was released at the end of July. It appears Public Beta 2 is nearly the same build as the Developer Preview 6 (build r, up from f) released to Yosemite developers earlier this week. Apple has also released an updated version of the redesigned iTunes 12:

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10:04
Apple Introduces Sensor-Assisted Location Technology...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Advances Automatic Vehicle Location Services for Parking." It was one of three new location based patent filings revealed today by the US Patent Office. In a third filing today titled "Sensor-Assisted Location Fix," Apple describes location scenarios beyond parking and discusses location-centric problems and solutions associated with driving in urban canyons, which is a powerful image when you think of cities like New York, Hong Kong, Osaka, Beijing, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and others that have massive buildings in their downtown business cores.

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10:02
Amplified: I’m Going to Have to Go Smash a Guitar Now

Jim and Dan talk about Balmer’s final departure from Microsoft, Apple commercials, Pokemon coming to the iPad (and the iPad gaming ecosystem), Dan tries to stump Jim’s music knowlege, and more.

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10:00
Tesla may soon let you start your car with your...

If you're obsessed with feeling like a secret agent, you might already be interested in one of Tesla's sexy electric cars, but if these images of the company's upcoming 6.0 software update are to be believed, you're going to really want one. That's...

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09:54
Heroes & Legends: Conquerers of Kolhar comes to...

Phoenix Online Publishing has released its strategy role-playing game, Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar, for Mac, PC and Linux systems.

Features include a full-fledged armor and weapon crafting system, both story-driven and random encounters, over 130 monsters to battle and dozens of unlockable powers and abilities to wield against foes as you fight save Kolhar from an evil prophecy's unfolding.

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09:49
Apps: Web Snapper, Videobox, Tidy Up
09:46
Juno Power introduces Lightning cable made of cloth

Juno Power (www.JunoPower.com) has announced a new line of Lightning adaptor cables. The Kaebo is an Apple certified charge and sync cable.

Unlike traditional rubber cables, it features high strength cloth that makes it resistant to rips or tears, according to Juno Power CEO Johnson Jeng. The cable’s aluminum build is designed to withstand virtually any type of accidental damage, he adds.

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09:45
Sprint announces new $60 unlimited service plan

Breaking up is hard to do. Even if you were never officially together in the first place. Earlier today, T-Mobile announced a new promotion specifically targeting Sprint customers and in turn the Kansas-based carrier has announced a new plan for individual accounts and guess who it’s being directed towards? Starting tomorrow, August 22nd, new and existing Sprint customers can sign up for unlimited talk, text and data for just $60 per month.

If you’re keeping score, that’s $20 less per month than T-Mobile’s unlimited service plan. In addition to its feud with T-Mobile, Sprint’s latest press release points out that Verizon and AT&T don’t offer unlimited data plans at all. To qualify for...

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09:35
Walmart is selling the iPhone 5c for $0.79

If you're in the market for a new iPhone and you don't care about getting the latest model, Walmart has a great deal for you. Engadget is reporting that for the next 90 days Walmart will be selling the iPhone 5c at a staggeringly low $0.79, with a...

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09:29
Bike2Power launches the MountCase ArmorGuard Kit for...

Bike2Power (www.bike2power.com) has announced their newest accessory for the iPhone 5/5S: the US$79.95 MountCase ArmorGuard Kit, which is constructed to exceed military standards for water and particle infiltration.

The MountCase ArmorGuard boasts a slim, compact protective case and can purportedly fit in a pocket as easily as it fits on a bike. It's a total turn-key kit that includes a mount case, outer shell and mounting bracket. The mount also guarantees absolute protection and is rated IPX8 Waterproof Submersible.

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09:27
News: Daily Deal: Mac App Madness, 60% off TuneUp,...

Today in iLounge Deals we have some great prices on three different Mac apps; you can grab TuneUp, CrossOver 13, and TwistedWave each at 60% of their regular prices. Get your iTunes library sorted out with TuneUp for only $19.95, easily run Window apps on your Mac with CrossOver 13 for only $29.95, and record and produce studio quality mixes with TwistedWave for only $20.

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09:25
EBay considers spinning off Paypal

It’s really interesting that eBay and PayPal fit so well together, yet investors feel PayPal would do better without the eBay baggage.

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09:25
Schematics suggest iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and...

Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers....



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09:21
External Link: How Apple is Winning the PC Market

Ed Bott of ZDNet argues that Apple is winning the PC market, or at least the only segment of it that still makes money. Though less than 6 percent of last year’s PC sales belonged to Apple, Bott estimates that Apple’s MacBook Air owns 30 percent of the “premium ultramobile” market, which comprises high-end, lightweight machines, like ultrabooks and PC tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface. That market is highly profitable, and is expected to grow by 50 percent this year alone.

 

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09:16
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Filemaker...

Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) has announced Tutor for Filemaker Pro - The Basics, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 49 video chapters averaging five minutes each.

These chapters include Filemaker Pro Terminology to creating a solution to adding tables and fields to adding value lists to creating relationships. By watching the tutorial, the user will have a basic understanding of how to create database solutions using Filemaker Pro.

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09:14
MacFamilyTree 7.2.4 - Create and explore your family...

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

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

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

Version 7.2.4:

  • Fixes for OS X 10.10...

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09:08
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Monoprice Lightning keychain $...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Put a 6-inch MFi Lightning cable on your keychain for $13.49 (Reg. $14.99)

Storage Deals:

  • Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB 2.5″ SATA III SSD ...
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09:02
Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for the Mac

Intuit has released Quicken 2015 for Mac (http://www.quicken.com/mac), an update of the personal finance software that sports an interface designed specifically for the Mac and new investment capabilities.

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09:00
Meet the new Office Dev Center

We are excited to announce that the Office Dev Center has gone through a major redesign and content overhaul, as we create a home for the Microsoft Office 365 developer audience. This site not only speaks to developers, but also to the technical and business decision makers by highlighting the opportunity and the getting started experience for building on Office 365. We also want to make sure that we provide the essential training and guidance for developers who are transforming solutions to the cloud.

We also heard the resounding feedback that developers had to constantly hunt and peck for key resources, such as the various events and recordings of our latest announcements and launches....

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 012 with Alex...

In episode 12, Jeremy Thake chats to Alex Randall about SharePoint workflow in Visual Studio and some of his open source projects.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP12_AlexRandall.mp3

Download the podcast here directly

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09:00
Logic Pro X, MainStage 3: Issues installing...

Installing the Logic Pro X or MainStage 3 additional content may not complete, or the estimated time may be longer than you expect.

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09:00
Your iPhone could help you find where you parked...

Two freshly published Apple patents might make your next visit to the mall a bit less stressful. "Automatic Identification of Vehicle Location" and "Vehicle Location In Weak Signal Scenarios" -- which were both filed in early 2013 and became public...

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08:57
Logic Pro X : Using shared network volumes

If you store a project or it's audio files on a shared network volume, the following issues could occur: 

Audio files might not be edited in the Audio File Editor. 
Fades might not be created or updated. 
Playback may stutter or have other issues. 

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08:51
Lawyers Researching Possible Class Action Lawsuit...

Back in January, we profiled growing concerns from owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models over failing graphics chips and system crashes. While Apple has assisted some customers with logic board replacements, the issues have been known to reoccur after servicing and some users have been faced with expensive repair bills to address the problem.

With a Facebook group exceeding 2,200 members and a change.org petition requesting a more substantial response from Apple having surpassed 10,000 signatures, the issue appears to be a fairly widespread one, and now lawyers are getting involved in the situation.

Attorneys from Washington, DC-based Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP have...

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08:49
T-Mobile offering Sprint, AT&T and Verizon...

After an unsuccessful union with Sprint, T-Mobile is going after its former suitor’s customers, as well as its other competitors’ subcribers in the wireless world. Today, the magenta-colored carrier announced an aggressive promotional campaign that offers a free year of LTE data to castaways from AT&T, Verizon and of course Sprint.

Starting on August 29th, whenever an existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customer successfully refers someone from America’s other big three wireless carriers, the Un-carrier will reward them and their new recruit with free unlimited LTE data for one year. If you’re already a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer who with unlimited data, the carrier will give you a $10 bill credit...

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08:47
Apple files to kick off expanded, potentially ‘...

Apple and State of Arizona filings have come to light today that indicate Apple is rapidly expanding its Mesa, Arizona operations and GT-Advanced sapphire crystal production. PTT Research Senior Analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis shared the new documents from his latest research with 9to5Mac. The first interesting piece of the filings is a letter from Apple’s Director of Global Trade Compliance James J. Patton from early July to the U.S Department of Commerce:

The letter indicates this plan for expansion by Apple as well as an “aggressive go-live timeline of August...

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08:37
Apple Reveals Furthers Details on Reversible USB...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published another Apple patent application that describes a reversible USB connector with a "double orientation design." (Via AppleInsider) Today's patent application, filed in February and titled "Reversible USB Connector with Compliant Member to Spread Stress and Increase Contact Normal Force," differs slightly from a separate application made a few weeks earlier by highlighting a key design detail that adds flexibility to the USB connector contacts.

According to the patent...

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08:30
Pentumble really sticks with you

Pentumble is an exciting platformer where you face many dangerous obstacles in your race against time to get the most stars in each level. Players must avoid hitting spiky wheels of death, fire, and other such ominous elements in a quest to reach the...

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08:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Thanks, Hanks

Thanks, Hanks

This week, America’s Greatest Living Actor introduces a new app that will make your iPad seem a little more old-fashioned. Plus we have apps for style, food, entertainment, and more.

Folia

This free iPad app is made for writing and creating, and to connect your words to ideas that support them: The “authoring tool” lets you link to other webpages, yes, but also to other documents—in any number of file formats—and even annotate the documents to which you’re linking. The result? Documents that convey “richer connections” than the same old hyperlinks you’re used to. (The developers explain their product here.)

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08:27
Android Wear watches at IFA: Handicapping Asus, LG...

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08:19
Google Play Music for iPhone updated with ability to...



It’s been just over a month since the last big update to Google Play Music for iPhone, and today the Google Play Music team is rolling out another update with new features and...

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08:04
Quicken 2015 for Mac brings new features, strips...

Intuit has officially released Quicken 2015 for Mac, a long-awaited update of its personal finance software. Some improvements include a new UI design, matched to OS X Yosemite, and support for syncing data with a companion iOS app, which can also be used to snap photos of receipts to record purchases. New investment tools update quotes continuously, and track factors like cost basis and capital gains....



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08:00
Best educational apps for pre-schoolers

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education with a variety of quality educational iOS apps. Here are some of the best titles...

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07:50
News: Alleged rear shell for 5.5” iPhone 6 leaked

While we’ve seen plenty of alleged leaked parts for the 4.7” iPhone 6, there’s been relatively few leaks for the 5.5” iPhone 6. A new leak posted at evasi0njailbreak.com claims to show the rear shell of the 5.5” iPhone 6 compared to the 4.7” model. The images are said to have come from “deep within Apple’s supply chain in China,” and they could be prototype parts. Unsurprisingly, the 5.5”…

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07:49
Apple Invents an Intelligent Home Screen for iOS

On August 21, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the addition of a new intelligent dimension to a future iOS Home Screen.

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07:48
Videobox 4.1.1 - Download Flash video through your...

Videobox allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most all of the popular video sites on the internet. Videobox will convert the video into a native Quicktime format so it's ready to view on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iTunes.

Version 4.1.1:

  • [NEW] Some fast downloaders now automatically update on Videobox startup.
  • [NEW] Updated series search
  • [FIX] Fixed conversion bug when using 2-pass conversion.
  • [NEW] New licensing mechanism, easier to use and more reliable. Current users are unaffected by this update.



OS X 10.6 or later

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07:44
Rumor: LG Display to act as primary supplier of...

The majority of the display panels for the iPhone 6 will be made by LG Display.

Per G for Games and MacRumors, LG Display will be the largest supplier of display panels for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.The Korean company allegedly beat out rivals Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display to earn the top supplier spot. A March report had claimed Apple was working with LG, Japan Display, and Sharp on the panels, but a May follow-up indicated Sharp had been dropped over quality issues as Apple turned to Taiwanese company Innolux to fill out its display supplier...

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07:30
What the deceptive Samsung "wall-hugger"...

I have to admit that of all of Samsung's TV ads, I kinda like the "wall-hugger" ad seen below. It's funny, and quite realistic if you've ever walked through an airport and seen people desperately seeking a charge before they get on their flights....

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07:29
3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks...

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.


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07:25
Apple TV 'unavailable for pickup' at many...

The Apple TV is showing as "unavailable for pickup" at many Apple Stores across the US, including the most high-profile ones in California, Texas, and New York. The absent stocks are reportedly being blamed on the ongoing $25 iTunes card bundle. Sales may also be influenced by a recent Lollapalooza livestream, and Apple's planned coverage of iTunes Festival London....



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07:06
Web Snapper 3.3.5 - Capture entire Web pages as...

Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the need to cut, paste and crop multiple screen-shots when trying to create an image or PDF. Web Snapper integrates with Safari via a toolbar button. When clicked, it takes a picture of the current site - but it will also work with any browser as a stand-alone application that accepts drag-and-drop URLs. Regardless of how you invoke it, Web Snapper converts the URL it was given into a continuous vector PDF with everything on the page looking exactly as you originally saw it in the browser.

Version 3.3.5:

  • [FIX] Fixed perennial bug in the Preferences pane.
  • [NEW] Fix for some dynamic web pages.
  • [NEW] New licensing mechanism, easier to use and more reliable. Current users are unaffected by this update.


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07:04
News: Video Review: Otterbox Agility Tablet System

Otterbox’s new Agility Tablet System for iPad Air (reviewed here) is the featured product in our brand new video review. You can see the ups and downs of this multi-accessory case, mounting, and charging solution, complete with iLounge’s honest evaluation of its pros and cons. We’re currently testing video reviews to give iLounge readers a different way to get a closer look at new products. As this is an early effort, let us know…

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: The snake is eating its own tail

Alleged Schematic Shows iPhone 6 Coming with 1GB of RAM [Updated] (MacRumors)

When one of these rumor blogs appends (updated) to the end, you know it's got to be amusing. And it is: according to the article, this schematic "more likely refers to...

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06:51
LucasArts’ ‘Star Wars: Commander’ is a free-to-play...

A new Star Wars game from the now Disney-owned LucasArts is landing on iPhones and iPads, and it’s a free-to-play combat strategy game (which won’t be free for too long if you don’t have the patience to wait real time for your structures to be built). The game is called Star Wars: Commander, and while it’s only today reaching the US, it has been available in at least one other country for a little while and has received some great reviews. 

Getting started, you’ll have to pick between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, which in turn will determine what kinds of characters you get to train as well as the kinds of vehicles and structures you get to build. You’ll be building a base, sending your troops out to battle, and completing a wide...

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06:49
Intuit's Quicken 2015 for Mac revamps interface...

Venerable financial software Quicken is ready to help you with all of your newest accounting needs. Intuit on Thursday announced the release of Quicken 2015 for Mac, the latest update to the long-running app for tracking your personal finances.

Highlights of the new version are a simplified interface designed ground-up for the Mac and new features related to keeping track of investment portfolios. The latter allows for users to create Schedule D tax reports for capital gains, making things easy when April 15 rolls around.

Lest you think that finances haven’t yet entered the 21st century, Intuit is also offering a free mobile app for iOS and Android that works with Quicken for Mac, allowing you to photograph and keep track of your receipts while you’re on the go. You can also use the mobile app to keep tabs on your finances,...

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06:36
Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs...

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.



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06:25
Leaked Schematics Suggest 128 GB Storage Option for...

Leaked schematics from phone repair company GeekBar (via G 4 Games) suggest Apple may be preparing to release a 128 GB iPhone 6 model. An accompanying part supply list contains entries for NAND flash modules from Toshiba and Hynix in capacities of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The 32 GB storage option is notably absent from the list, although the reason for its exclusion is unknown.

Previous rumors have suggested Apple has been working on a 128 GB iPhone model, with one rumor claiming the higher capacity module would debut in the 5.5-inch model only. The same leak also predicted Apple would drop the 16 GB option, introducing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model with two storage options (32 and 64 GB) and a 5.5-inch model with three storage capacities (...

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06:13
Disney expands 'Star Wars' iOS franchise...

After soft-launching in the Australian iOS App Store nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive's "Star Wars: Commander" saw wide release on Thursday, bringing real-time strategy "Rebellion vs. Empire" gameplay to Apple's mobile devices.



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06:12
Apple's Second Reversible USB Connector...

In late July we posted a report titled "Apple Invents a Reversible USB Connector." Shortly thereafter a rumor of Apple preparing to launch this connector in connection with the upcoming iPhone 6 surfaced and a second rumor came to light this past Monday. I don't know about the iPhone 6, but having a reversible USB connector coming to market for Macs is ...

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06:02
Samsung Doesn’t Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees...

Apple's bid to make Samsung pay US$16 million for attorney fees it racked up in the 2012 trial accusing the electronics maker of copying the iPhone's design was shot down by Federal Judge Lucy Koh this week. The Judge said one of the reasons Samsung doesn't need to cover Apple's attorney costs was because the iPhone's design wasn't famous before the copycat devices were made.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's 2012 patent infringement win against Samsung is looking more like a hollow victory every day.


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06:00
Q Design introduces QBracelet, a fashion accessory...

New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.

The QBracelet will...

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06:00
Intuit releases Quicken 2015 for Mac, with stock...

Loyal users of Quicken for Mac, Intuit's flagship personal finance manager, have not had the easiest road over the past few years. The product froze in amber with the Quicken 2007 release, which remained on its legacy PowerPC code base well past the...

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05:57
Parallels Desktop 10

Major new release adds support for OS X Yosemite while also optimizing performance. ($79.99 new, $49.99 upgrade)

 

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05:47
China moves to end Apple, Samsung phone subsidies

China Daily:

China should end smartphone subsidies to overseas vendors and give more support to local brands, industry insiders said on Tuesday, as telecom carriers pledged to cut operating expenses and Apple Inc gets ready to debut its next-generation iPhone.

Xiang Ligang, a telecom researcher in Beijing, said cutting carriers’ subsidies to foreign-made handsets will not only reduce carriers’ operating expense but also leave local players with more market demand.

The perception is that buyers of high end phones are price insensitive and will buy the phones even without the subsidies.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:25
Apple Advances Automatic Vehicle Location Services...

Apple's intent to create a parking app for future iDevices began to surface with a pair of inventions (one, two) that we reported on back in 2013. Since that time there have been two follow-up patents in 2014 including this one and an important second one that we'll point to later in this report. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's third patent application of the year that relates to finding your car or any vehicle in an outside parking lot, a marina, inside a Parkade and beyond. Last Saturday we posted a report titled "Apple and Google Headed for an Indoor Location Services War" illustrating that indoor location services are going to go far beyond just parking applications. Yet for now, we have to wonder if Apple's new parking location app will make it into iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The good news is that we'll get the answer to that question in just a few weeks' time.

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05:18
Forget your Tesla S key fob? Use your iPhone instead

The new Tesla S electronics update will communicate with your iPhone (there’s no Android support), sending you notifications and allowing you to use your iPhone to start your car. The question has been asked before about the security of remote start systems like this. No car is theft proof. And the convenience seems high enough to be worth the potential risk.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:13
Calls to Apple confirm: Apple TV promotion and...

The Apple TV is showing up as ‘Unavailable for pickup’ at Apple Stores across the U.S., with multiple NY Apple Stores we called saying that in-store stocks had been exhausted by demand created by the promotion offering $25 iTunes credit with every purchase, along with that generated by the upcoming London iTunes festival as well as the recent Lollapalooza livestream. Apple has been promoting the music festival as a good reason to buy the box now … 

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05:06
Another purported 'iPhone 6' document...

Apple's next iPhone could be the company's highest-capacity handset yet, with new documents suggesting the company could offer a whopping 128 gigabytes of capacity in its so-called "iPhone 6."



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05:00
Close Your Eyes and Rest Easy - Blink Is Watching...


One of the most troubling issues with home security and remote-monitoring products is the complexity and cost to set them up. Blink, a new Kickstarter project, is different. It promises to be astoundingly easy, and it's inexpensive, too. Backers can get a simple remote motion detection and video camera unit for just $69 -- or two for $119. Better yet, no yearly or monthly subscription service is required to use Blink. And the batteries last a year. Amazingly sensible. So far, nearly 4,700 project backers agree, having pledged $684,888.

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04:59
ABI Research: high profile data breaches drive $1.7...

Cyber-attacks directed against enterprises have grown both in numbers and sophistication over the past decade to a point where breach and data theft have become inevitable, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). In 2013, more than 800 million records were exposed as a result of data breach incidents.

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04:39
Recommended Reading: 'Build Your Own Website...

Many of us have considered building a website, whether to promote a business, stay in touch with family, or just share our thoughts with the world. Now the author-artist team of Nate Cooper and Kim Gee hope to make building a website a bit easier with their comic-filled "Build Your Own Website (http://tinyurl.com/mjm2nuk).

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04:31
128GB iPhone 6? Leaked schematics suggest it may...

 

GeekBar’s Weibo account just posted (via G4Games) schematics which appear to show an iPhone 6 model with 128GB of NAND Flash storage. The images, above and another below, show that Apple may finally blow out the storage on the iPhone and bring it in line with the iPad Air. It also presents the question of whether or not Apple will create another price tier...

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04:19
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support...

Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements.

Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes.

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04:16
New Photos Claim to Show Various Internal Parts from...

New photos shared by French Apple news website iPhonote (Google Translate) claim to show a number of components for the upcoming iPad Air 2, including the device's GPS antenna, microphone, and Wi-Fi module. While previous leaks have shown off the device's front panel and rear shell, these images could be the first look at the various internal components in the iPad Air 2.

Purported iPad Air 2 GPS antenna, microphone, and WiFi module
The website...

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04:13
Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked...

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal.



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04:07
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

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04:00
iMessage “being taken over by spammers,” accounts...

Security company Cloudmark claims that almost a third of mobile spam messages are now being sent via iMessage thanks to the ease with which they can be sent from a Mac, reports Wired.

Thanks to one particularly aggressive campaign from a junk mailer, [iMessage spam] accounts for more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages [...]

“It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Cloudmark’s Tom Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Applescripts, you can tell your Mac to send message to whoever they want.”

Part of the issue is that spammers don’t need your cell number to send you an iMessage: your email address is all they need if you’ve...

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03:08
Apple invents a 3D Feature for Future iPhone Camera

In 2012 we posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents a Killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices" which was way ahead of Google's Project Tango. Interestingly Project Tango is shone to be using Apple's new technology acquired from PrimeSense. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for manipulating mobile device imagery in a 3D space on future iDevices and Macs.

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02:45
Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables...

In what could be the first images of internal components destined for Apple's iPad Air refresh, fresh photos out of the Far East reportedly show a batch of flex cables including easily recognizable antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.



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01:52
New Research Claims iMessage Accounts for 30% of...

iMessage is responsible for more than 30% of all spam messages on mobile devices, according to research done by security expert Tom Landesman and anti-spam company Cloudmark (via Wired). The researcher notes that there are multiple reasons as to why the platform has become a prime choice for spammers, stating that iMessage's reach across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac along with its accessibility have made it easy to target users: That fusion of the desktop and mobile world makes it particularly easy for scammers to write a Mac OS script that can send messages to all types of devices just as fast as Apple will allow. “It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,” says Landesman. “With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want.”
With iMessage, spammers can send unwanted messages to a user's associated emails and phone...

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Wednesday August 20

23:06
Walmart discounts 16GB iPhone 5c to 97 cents, 16GB...

Walmart on Wednesday announced an aggressive 90-day iPhone sale that shaves $20 off Apple's 16GB iPhone 5s and about $28 off the 16GB iPhone 5c, bringing the latter model's up-front cost down to less than a dollar.



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23:00
Take a screenshot, build a shopping list with SnapUp

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22:52
Briefly: Walmart iPhone sale, new Tesla car-starting...

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion)....



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21:40
Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney...

On Wednesday, US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on two motions in the ongoing leftover matters related to the first Apple vs. Samsung patent trial from 2012. The first ruling denied Apple the opportunity to recover attorney's fees from Samsung related to its guilty verdict on trade dress claims, and the second returned a $2.6 million Apple bond the company had put up to enforce a sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was found to have copied Apple's iPad technology. No action was ever taken on the ban due to the appeals process, and both companies have since agreed t...



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21:15
Walmart temporarily cuts 16 GB iPhone 5c price to $....

Walmart has cut the prices of both of the current iPhone models substantially in what looks like some early prep for the iPhone 6, which is expected next month. As noted by Engadget, you’ll be able to get the 16 GB model of the iPhone 5c for only $.97. No, that’s not a typo. The phone is now selling for ninety-seven cents.

The 16 GB iPhone 5s also got yet another price cut, this time down from $99 to $79. Both of these prices are only temporary and will climb back to their usual points in 90 days—unless of course a newer model comes along and knocks the...

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20:34
Swing Copters from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen...

In case you hadn’t heard, the creator of the infamous Flappy Bird is back and making another attempt at stealing your attention when you just need a quick iPhone gaming fix. The game is called Swing Copters and, quite frankly, it looks like a vertical remake of its predecessor—which spawned dozens of clones without the help of this spin-off. While we won’t know for a while whether or not this game will live up to the success of Flappy Bird, it’s now rolling out on the App Store in many locales.

In the past, Dong Nguyen partly...

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20:28
Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/...

Tesla Motors, known for changing the automobile industry with its innovative electric cars, will update its Model S firmware in the coming months to allow owners to start and drive the Model S with only an iPhone. While it isn’t yet exactly certain how this will work, there is speculation that it will involve Touch ID and may coincide with the launch of iOS 8 next month. The above screenshot of Version 6 is said to be in late beta...

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20:00
Alleged iPhone 5.5-inch chassis backplate leaked in...

New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone....



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19:12
SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo


The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card and puzzle titles. Two, they build in links to the PlayOnLinux and Steam websites. Historically, few Linux distros have catered to serious game playing. The few that did are mostly now discontinued or inactive.

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19:11
Judge rules that Apple can’t recover $16M legal fees...

Judge Lucy Koh ruled earlier today that Apple would not be able to recover the roughly $16 million in legal fees incurred while suing Samsung for patent infringement, according to a new report. Apple would have had to prove to the court that the case was exception in order to recover the legal costs, which Koh said it had failed to do.

Judge Koh rejects Apple bid for about $16 mln in legal fees from Samsung. A drop in the bucket for those attys.


Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) August 21, 2014...

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19:03
Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3

Improves the reliability of burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image ($299.99 new, free update, 2.28 GB)

 

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18:40
Week Of Who, Day 3: Craigy Who and Mr Timey Pants

Today's entry in the Week Of Who is near and dear to TMO Towers, for the Doctor Who fans around the Towers also enjoy The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Craig was a musician back in the day, and at one point he was in a band called The Dreamboys, with his friend Peter Capaldi who starts his reign as The Doctor August 23rd. Why does this matter? Because someone else who knew about this created a comic called Craigy Who and Mister Timey Pants which is lovely and silly and Capaldi Approved. And let's be honest, if it's Capaldi Approved, it's best you don't argue*.

This is pretty deeply in the NSFW category. You have been warned.


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18:34
Judge denies Apple bid to recover attorneys'...

U.S. district Judge Lucy Koh handed down two orders on Wednesday dealing with the first Apple v. Samsung California court trial, one denying Apple's motion to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung and another releasing a $2.6 million bond posted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.



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18:00
Apple updates Safari 7.1/6.2 beta, OS X Mavericks...

On Wednesday, Apple released two betas for its Safari web browser, as well as a new beta for OS X Server. The Safari betas, 7.1 for Mavericks and 6.2 for Lion and later, add new features to WebKit, the rendering engine at the heart of the browser. In addition, Apple has asked testers to focus on general website compatibility in light of changes in some defaults, and tie-ins to forthcoming features in OS X and iOS. The new OS X Server beta requires the latest Mavericks (10.9.4)....



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17:50
Twitter makes random tweets, favorites on timelines...

Twitter users may have seen a number of items showing up in their feeds from users they don't follow for the last few weeks. In what was thought to be one of the company's experiments, tweets from users that aren't followed and random favorites from others were showing up in timelines. It appears that the feature is no longer in testing, as Twitter has added the new feature to its help page about timelines....



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17:47
Will Apple Address the Growing Trend Towards Hybrid...

In June we reported that Apple's iPhone 5S was the number one smartphone in the world as reported by research firm Counterpoint. That particular report further noted that 3 out of the top smartphones were in the phablet category which marked a 40% increase in just the past year. That's great news as Apple is about to ride that surging wave come September and take those stats to new historical highs. Yet just as Apple is tackling that market segment that they originally missed, IDC is now reporting that the phablet market will begin to drop as 7" tablets with built-in telephony will rule the day in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region.

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17:17
Apple releases Safari 7.1 and 6.2, OS X Server 3.2...

Apple on Wednesday seeded the latest Safari 7.1 and 6.2 beta 3 builds and OS X Server 3.2 to developers, asking testers to focus on AutoFill, Smart Search and extensions, among other new features.



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17:16
Picasa 3.9.138 - Organize, edit, and share your...

Picasa and Picasa Web Albums allows you to organize, edit, and upload your photos to the Web from your computer in quick, simple steps. Arrange your photos into folders and albums and erase their blemishes using powerful editing tools in Picasa. Then use Picasa Web Albums to share those perfected photos online with family, friends, and the world.

Version 3.9.138:

Note: The Download link still accesses version 3.9.137.163. Version 3.9.138 is currently only available via in-app update.

  • AutoBackup for MacOS would sometimes get into a 100% CPU usage state.
  • Proper display of Drive storage used when user has unlimited quota.
  • Save button in Picasa's OneUp mode not properly enabled for large (>500 photos) folders/albums.
  • Picasa was not properly refining images with pending edits in TwoUp (A|B) mode.
  • [Internal] Enhance AutoBackup upload to anticipate changes to API.
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17:00
Circle the Dot: A simple puzzle game that will make...

I hate Circle the Dot, but just spent three hours playing it. This simple puzzle game gives you a grid full of orange dots and one lonesome blue dot. Your goal is to circle the blue dot with orange dots in as few moves as possible. Only the blue dot...

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16:31
First photos of purported 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6...

A batch of photos out of Asia on Wednesday supposedly reveal a rear shell bound for Apple's "iPhone 6" and show a direct comparison between another alleged handset part.



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16:30
Premier Live: Football European Style

American interest in soccer, or football as it is known in the rest of the world, reached an all time high during the recent World Cup in Brazil. More and more Americans are following the top European leagues. Rifra has five apps that will allow you...

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16:15
Photo of Possible 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell...

While we've seen dozens of part leaks for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, parts for the rumored 5.5-inch version of the device have thus far been scarce, possibly due to the fact that the larger iPhone 6 is said to have entered production later than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Photos depicting what might be the rear shell of the larger device have finally surfaced, however, and have been shared by Evasi0nJailbreak.com. According to the site, the photos have been sourced from "deep within Apple's supply chain in China," and may be only a prototype of the final rear shell.

Outside of 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell compared to inside of 4.7-inch rear shell
That said, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell images, which are compared in the photos to the rear shell of a 4.7-inch iPhone, do resemble...

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16:12
OS X Server 3.2 developer preview, Safari 7.1 and 6....

Apple has released new beta builds of two coming versions of its Safari browser, versions 7.1 and 6.2. The two updates will be available for Mavericks and Mountain Lion users later this year, presumably. The update will introduce updates to the WebKit engine, including support for IndexedDB, Javascript Promies, and new CSS capabilities.

The last seed for these updates was published nearly a month ago, while the first build of each was...

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16:12
Meet the hero designer who publicly shamed Showtime...

AdWeek:

When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design “contest” he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it.

After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm (“I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs”), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter.

Good for him! Far too many places want people to work for “exposure”. As soon as I can use exposure to pay my rent and buy food, I’ll work for it.

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16:00
World's largest Apple retail store may soon be...

Edgar Daily reports that an upcoming Apple retail store planned for the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai may prove to be Apple's largest yet.

After regional media picked up on UAE-based job advertisements by the Californian company, we have insider...

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15:49
ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve...

Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics maker isn't China's Apple, plus they look at the future of Apple's marketing strategy, and note Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft's board of directors so he can focus on the Los Angeles Clippers.


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15:46
New photos claim to show 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 6L’ shell...

New photos leaked online today claim to show the body of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone, recently dubbed the “iPhone 6L” in another leak. The parts in the images are said to have come directly from Apple’s supply chain, though that claim is obviously quite difficult to verify. The design of the body...

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15:38
Jeff Gamet, John Martellaro Talk Sci-Fi Tech on...

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet and John Martellaro paid a visit to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices this week to talk about how sci-fi tech has shaped out world, and what they expect from technological advances still to come. They also debate whether or not we expect too much from our technology, how technology may change our society, and how they want to interact with their computers in the future.


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15:30
Downloads for iOS is a decent file manager with...

Downloads - File Downloader & Manager is, as the name suggests, a universal app for iPhone and iPad that can download various types of files like documents, images, ZIP and RAR files. The app can then display certain (but not all) files you've...

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15:18
Briefly: FEMA's Spanish-language app, PopChar X...

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a free Spanish-language app that provides disaster-related information for families and communities. Key features of the app include preparation-related safety tips for events such as flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters, and an emergency meeting location tool that allows users to plan primary, secondary and out of state meeting locations. Users can locate a disaster recovery center after a Major Disaster Declaration with Individual Assistance has been issued. The feature provides information about how to offer volunteer servi...

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15:17
Best Buy slashes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi,...

Ahead of an expected refresh of Apple's iPad lineup, Best Buy on Wednesday announced a special one-day-only sale that takes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi models and the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular, bringing the cost of entry down to $425.



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15:15
Heartbleed suspected to be point of entry for CMS...

Security firm TrustedSec says that it learned how hackers were able to obtain records from Community Health Systems (CHS). According to a statement released by the firm yesterday, the initial attack occurred through an OpenSSL vulnerability. An anonymous source tied to the investigation told the company that Heartbleed, a vulnerability that has made headlines in recent history, is to blame for the breach....



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15:12
Barnes & Noble Thrusts Nook Into Samsung's...


Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday jointly announced the Samsung the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It is essentially the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet, rebranded and preloaded with B&N's content. The move immediately sparked a not-quite-favorable comparison to Amazon.
"It's an impressive effort, but even if they take a beachhead, they can't hold it," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. "Amazon can easily afford to counter them if they need to, and it is more likely to run them out of business more quickly."

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15:00
Beautifully crafted Desktop Chair v2 has your iPad...

There are a lot of ways to prop your iPad up without holding it in your hands. For example, just the other day we looked at the Ten One Design Magnus Air. Our iPad stand du jour is the Desktop Chair v2 (US$59.99), a design that was funded through...

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15:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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15:00
Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Safari 7.1 beta 3 and Safari 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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14:39
Latest OS X Yosemite beta enables screensharing via...

The sixth OS X Yosemite beta enables promised screensharing via Messages, a report notes. The feature requires simply that a person have an iMessage or Apple ID account. Some options include turning audio conversation on and off, pausing sharing, and blocking requests from a particular user....



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14:30
Over the iMac rainbow

I'm not sure if there are computers in these boxes, but if so, that's a dangerous game. Still, it's probably worth it for the sense of accomplishment you'd feel after pulling something like this off, right?

[Photo credit: Imgur]...

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14:26
Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $...

We have a last minute deal for you on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices. It features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99, but there are only 6 more hours in this deal. If you want it, get on it.


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14:15
Symantec condenses security line-up into one suite,...

Symantec announced earlier this week that it would be issuing a sweeping change to its line of antivirus software to offer consumers a single solution. Starting September 23, the company will begin offering Norton Security for around $80 per year. The change effectively ends releases of Norton Antivirus, the company's main product line that has seen annual releases since the early 90s....



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14:00
Apple releases a new video celebrating diversity of...

Apple recently released statistics touting the diversity found among its employees which, when compared to other tech companies, shows the company is working hard to mix up the makeup of its workforce. The same day Apple released that info, the...

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Transmit 4.4.7 - Excellent FTP/SFTP clie...
Transmit is an excellent FTP (file transfer protocol), SFTP, S3 (Amazon.com file hosting) and iDisk/WebDAV client that allows you to upload, download, and delete files over the internet. With the... Read more
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.10.8.1715 - Blu-r...
Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray... Read more
Capture One Pro 8.0.0.433 - RAW workflow...
Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It... Read more
Adobe Acrobat Pro 11.0.09 - Powerful PDF...
Adobe Acrobat allows users to communicate and collaborate more effectively and securely. Unify a wide range of content in a single organized PDF Portfolio. Collaborate through electronic document... Read more
Adobe Reader 11.0.09 - View PDF document...
Adobe Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you've probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to... Read more
iFFmpeg 4.6.1 - Convert multimedia files...
iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does... Read more
NTFS 11.3.62 - Provides full read and wr...
Paragon NTFS breaks down the barriers between Windows and OS X. Paragon NTFS effectively solves the communication problems between the Mac system and NTFS, providing full read and write access to... Read more
OS X Yosemite 10.10 DP8 - Developer Prev...
Note: This is a Developer Preview. You must be a registered Apple Mac Developer to download this update. You can also sign up for the free OS X Beta Program to download and preview public beta... Read more
FotoMagico 4.5 - Powerful slideshow crea...
FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. It sports a very clean and intuitive yet powerful user interface. High image... Read more
Screenshot Path 1.2.1 - Change the defau...
Screenshot Path lets you change the folder where OS X saves screenshots. Screenshots are saved by default to the user’s desktop. This is handy for the occasional screenshot but those looking to take... Read more

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Zynga Unveils First Look at Looney Tunes...
Zynga Unveils First Look at Looney Tunes Dash! Posted by Ellis Spice on September 16th, 2014 [ permalink ] Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I’m hunting wunners featuwing wabbits, and luckily, it’s duck season wunner season. | Read more »
Guardians on the Go – How to Connect to...
At this point I’m relatively certain most of the country is familiar with Destiny. And for those looking to augment their game a bit, Bungie has changed their Bungie Mobile Companion App to Destiny Companion. | Read more »
Kunin Review
Kunin Review By Jordan Minor on September 16th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SHURIKEN DO ITUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Kunin is a nervous test of ninja reflexes.   Developer: Dodreams Price: FREE Version Reviewed: 1.0.1... | Read more »
4 KEMCO Titles are Just $0.99 for a Limi...
4 KEMCO Titles are Just $0.99 for a Limited Time Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 16th, 2014 [ permalink ] KEMCO RPGs Destiny Fantasia, Infinite Dunamis, Bonds of the Sk | Read more »
Introducing Flash, the Latest Wearable F...
Introducing Flash, the Latest Wearable Fitness Monitor from Misfit Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 16th, 2014 [ permalink ] The Misfit Flash is the newly-released fitness and sleep monitor from | Read more »
Hyper Trip Review
Hyper Trip Review By Jennifer Allen on September 16th, 2014 Our Rating: :: HYPER TWITCHYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Tough and unforgiving, Hyper Trip is a bit like Snake – if Snake was really harsh.   | Read more »
Collectible Card Game Earthcore: Shatter...
Collectible Card Game Earthcore: Shattered Elements is Set to Arrive on iOS in 2015 Posted by Ellis Spice on September 16th, 2014 [ permalink ] Polish developers | Read more »
Boogey Boy Review
Boogey Boy Review By Jennifer Allen on September 16th, 2014 Our Rating: :: PRETTY BUT BASICUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It looks delightful but lack of Game Center support and more variety really affects the fun... | Read more »
Vizzywig 4K (Photography)
Vizzywig 4K 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $999.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: REQUIRES: iOS 7 on iPhone 5S with 32GB or 64GB. (Do not use iOS 8)The world's FIRST mobile 4K video capture, editing and... | Read more »
The Sleeping Prince Review
The Sleeping Prince Review By Jennifer Allen on September 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: RESTRICTIVE KINGDOM SAVINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad The Sleeping Prince looks and feels great to play, but its lack of peril and... | Read more »

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Sprint offers 16GB iPad mini for $199.99 with...
Sprint is offering 1st generation 16GB iPad minis for $199.99 with a 2-year service agreement. Standard MSRP for this iPad is $429. Their price is the lowest available for this model. Read more
2.5GHz Mac mini remains on sale for $549, sav...
B&H Photo has the 2.5GHz Mac mini on sale for $549.99 including free shipping. That’s $50 off MSRP, and B&H will also include a free copy of Parallels Desktop software. NY sales tax only. Read more
Apple refurbished iMacs available for up to $...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $300 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. These are the best prices on... Read more
13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro offered for $100 off M...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Free GIMP Professional Grade Graphics App Ver...
The latest 2.8.14 version of the oddly-named GIMP (acronym for: GNU Image Manipulation Program) open source, high-end image editing and creation alternative to Adobe’s Photoshop and refuge from... Read more
Apple Announces Record Pre-orders for iPhone...
Apple has released metrics showing a record number of first day pre-orders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with over four million sold in the first 24 hours. Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the... Read more
10% off iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Otterbox cases
Get 10% off on popular Otterbox iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases at MacMall through September 19th. Use code OTTERBOX10 to see the discount. Read more
15-inch MacBook Pros on sale for up to $125 o...
Amazon has the new 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $125 off MSRP including free shipping: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1899.99 save $100 - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $2374... Read more
27-inch 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1698, $101 o...
Abt has the 27″ 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1698 including free shipping. Their price is $101 off MSRP. Read more
More To Making A Larger iPad Than Expanded Sc...
CNET’s Ross Rubin has posted a thoughtful analysis of prospects for a larger display iPad Pro, noting that Microsoft and Samsung currently have the large-display touchscreen tablet category to... Read more

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