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Friday September 5

07:46
FunBITS: Hosting Backyard Movie Night

A MacBook Air, an iPod Hi-Fi, a projector, and a projection screen become the ingredients for two backyard movie nights attended by dozens of little “Frozen” fanatics. Follow along and you could host your own event!

 

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07:38
Analyst: iWatch Won’t Have iPhone’s Appeal

Apple is hosting a media event on September 9 where it is expected to show off the iPhone 6 and the iWatch. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple's first wearable device will interest consumers, but won't have the same appeal as the iPhone because it will be seen more as jewelry or a status symbol.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the iWatch is perceived as more of a status symbol than a nice looking health and fitness tracker, it probably won't sell as well as the iPhone. That said, unless Apple completely fails on the device's design, it still has the potential to be a big hit for the company.


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07:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Almost there!

Almost there!

As we count down to next week’s presumed new-iPhone announcement, this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has products for every taste, from the ultra-modern to the lover of classic looks.

Bison Made

The iPhone 5 Sleeve (iPhone 5 and 5s; $65) is a hand-sewn sleeve, with a baseball-stitch pattern, that's designed to fit your handset with precision.

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07:25
Tim Cook Promises Improved iCloud Security

After the celebrity photo thefts from iCloud, Tim Cook spoke with the Wall Street Journal, promising better iCloud security. But with a high-profile product launch around the corner, is Apple doing enough to regain the trust of users?

 

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07:10
SketchUp 14.1.1283 - Create 3D design concepts with...

SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.

Version 14.1.1283:

General:

  • Fixed the File > Generate Report functionality which was failing to generate a report.
    Note: if you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 over a previous version of SketchUp 2014, you will need to go to the Extension Warehouse and update the Dynamic Components extension to receive this fix. If you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 for the first time, no further action is needed.
  • Fixed a "Callback function" error that could occur when a single non-...

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07:08
Data Rescue 4.0 - Powerful hard drive data recovery...

Data Rescue is a robust and reliable data recovery solution for your Mac. Data Rescue has a 5-star average rating on the Mac App Store a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, in addition to over 150 industry awards for best-in-class Mac recovery since it's debut in 2002.

  • Works on all Mac hard drives even if they fail to mount or only partially operate.
  • Recovers deleted, lost and damaged files.
  • Recovers digital pictures from your camera media even after it has been erased or reformatted.
  • Recover your entire Mac hard drive or just the files you need.
  • New Proprietary BootWell™ technology, which can boot and recover files from 64-bit Intel Macs.
  • Recovers all file types from any HFS/HFS+ formatted hard drive.
  • Tuned for all modern OS X versions 10.7.5 and newer.
  • Recovers from any iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, MacPro, including Retina displays.
  • RAW data...
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07:04
Google Ratchets Up Quantum Computing Efforts


Google this week announced a hardware initiative to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The effort is related to the launch last year of its Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. Physicist John Martinis, winner of the 2014 Fritz London Memorial Prize, leads a group of UCSB scientists who will collaborate with the Google team. "This is very exciting that John Martinis' group will join the Google effort," said Raymond Laflamme, Canada Research Chair in quantum information.

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07:00
iOS 8 Messages app feature: Sending and sharing your...

iOS 8 is getting closer every day. For those of us who have been using the developer betas for the past several months, it's been fun to see the glitches being worked out, watch performance getting better, and to start making use of the new features....

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06:57
Redesigned Apple Store app version 3.0 adds new...

Apple has updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0 with a number of new features, ahead of the company’s upcoming event. The app has been redesigned for iPhone and iPod touch and now allows users to start shopping on one device and finish on another — you can start on a Mac, for instance, and complete the order on your iOS device. A new Stores section shows users the closest Apple Stores, along with workshops and events at those shops. Additionally,…

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06:46
Review roundup: Motorola's Moto 360 is the best...

Motorola has finally released its Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch --?wisely or not, just days before Apple is expected to debut its "iWatch" -- and early reviews say that the device is a fine standard bearer for Google's wearable operating system, though it could benefit from some more time in the lab.



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06:43
Apple Store App gets Synchronized Shopping, More

Apple rolled out an update to its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this week that added the ability to start shopping on one device, and continue on another. The version 3.0 update also revamped the app interface for the iPhone and iPod touch so it more closely matches the iPad version.


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06:41
Apple Already Preparing to Seed Carrier Partners...

With still a few days to go until Apple's media event where it will undoubtedly announce its launch plans for iOS 8, the company is already preparing to seed its carrier partners with an iOS 8.0.1 update for testing, according to BGR. Details on the update are unknown, as is a release timeframe, although last year Apple released a launch-day iOS 7.0.1 update for the iPhone 5s and 5c to fix a few bugs on those devices.

Visits to MacRumors from devices running iOS 8.0.1 on Apple's networks
MacRumors has seen a significant increase in iOS 8.0.1 web log activity coming from Apple's networks over the past couple of weeks, although the first signs of the version appeared as long ago as mid-July.

The last developer release of iOS 8 came one month ago in the form of iOS 8 beta 5, with the company likely holding back...

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06:31
∞ Setting the iWatch bar

[Review and Video] Earlier this year, Motorola ended its short stay with Google when it was sold to Lenovo.

TechCrunch has confirmed reports that Lenovo is buying Motorola Mobility from Google. This is the division within Google that the company purchased in 2011 for $12.5 billion. Motorola Mobility will go to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.

Lenovo-owned Motorola quietly released a smart-watch yesterday, the Moto 360. Everyone’s tastes differ of course, but for me, this is the watch that sets the bar for Android and for smart-watches. This is the watch that you should keep in mind when and if Apple announces an iWatch next Tuesday.

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06:30
News: Daily Deal: Get TextExpander 4 for 50% off

In today’s iLounge Deal you can grab the award-winning TextExpander 4 for only $16.99—that’s 51% off the normal price. TextExpander allows you to turn frequently used text snippets into quick keyboard shortcuts and abbreviations, allowing you to save time and type faster when dealing with your mundane and repetitive tasks such as signature blocks or commonly-used links. Not only can you create shortcuts for frequently-used text,…

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06:10
News: Tim Cook says Apple to add more security alerts

Apple will soon issue more security alerts to users in an effort to boost privacy, CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal. The company will alert users when an account password change is attempted, when iCloud data is restored to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. New notifications will start in two weeks, and users will be able to make immediate changes — the account password can be changed, or Apple’s…

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06:00
Apple extending two-factor authentication to iCloud...

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company was taking additional steps to increase the security of iCloud accounts following the theft of private celebrity photos. These new measures will add new security...

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06:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: BioShock

Seven years ago, 2K Games impressed PC and console gamers with BioShock, an atypically engrossing action game that built upon Valve’s Half-Life and Ion Storm’s Deus Ex — first-person titles that transcended the shooter genre thanks to deep storylines and less gunfire-focused gameplay. BioShock’s hooks were a combination of Art Deco-inspired graphics, a large dose of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and jitter-inducing audiovisual set…

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05:59
Agenda set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

The agenda has been set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com), which will take place during IBC2014 on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.

The SuperMeet agenda will feature  film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey as well as user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, iZotope, Atomos, and HP. This SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, and Avid and editors, filmmakers, gurus and users during IBC2014 week.

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05:52
Apple's 'iWallet' payments seen as...

In looking at the potential options for Apple in launching a mobile payment platform, one analyst believes the company is most likely to start small and safe with a "proxy" approach -- a strategy that wouldn't make Apple much money, but would help lock users into the company's iPhone ecosystem.



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05:45
Pages: Locking Objects in Place

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to go over locking objects in place, one of her favorite features in Apple's Pages program. She has also mentioned that she may include a bonus tip on grouping and ungrouping multiple items, so come on in and join the fun.


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05:40
Apple, Intel, Google, Adobe appeal refusal of anti-...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are all appealing Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement that was hammered out last month. The quartet claims that Koh "committed clear legal error" by using her own assessment of the value of the case, rather than that of the participants who had been battling over the matter with the court for years....



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05:38
Mailplane 3.3

Automatically signs out if account has an empty password. ($24.95 new, free update, 17.4 MB)

 

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05:30
Score big this season with All Star Quarterback

Just in time for the start of the football season a new football simulation game, All Star Quarterback, is available at the iTunes store for downloading. This is a free universal app that requires iOS 7.0. All Star Quarterback is a football and...

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05:05
Dell announces 27-inch 5120×2880 display, a perfect...

Dell has just announced a brand-new 27inch external display with an insane resolution of 5120×2880. Pixel counts of this magnitude were thought to be several months out, stretching into mid 2015, so Dell’s abrupt announcement has come as a bit of surprise. In summary, the 27-inch panel has 14 million pixels across its surface, resulting in a PPI of 218. This is the same density as a 15inch Retina MacBook Pro, but obviously much much larger.

The monitor is expected to be available by the end of the year.

What’s notable about this resolution is it shows that a Retina iMac is now very feasible. 5120×2880 is exactly double 2560×1440 — the resolution of the current 27 inch iMac.

 

Using the panel in...

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04:58
Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X adds 4K support

Movavi has unveiled the latest version (5.0) of Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).

The software lets you open virtually any video or audio file and convert it to the format or device of your choice. Version 5 offers auto enhance, image conversion, as well as new editing features. Other improvements include 4K Ultra HD video support, SD to HD video conversion, and ready-made presets for the latest mobile devices.

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04:49
Backup to Go now Yosemite compatible

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released Backup To Go 1.1, an update to their file backup tool for Mac OS X.

The utility was specifically designed to simplify the process of backing up important files and folders to disks that can easily be taken with the user. These include USB sticks, thumb drives, SD Cards and external Hard Disks. Version 1.1 includes 21 changes, to improve the stability and usability of the application, while also adding some "premium" features. It's also ready for OS X Yosemite.

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04:36
Apple & Google both appealing court ruling that...

The anti-poaching case rumbles on … After an antitrust class-action suit last year accused Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe of secretly agreeing not to poach staff from each other, the case appeared to be all over back in April when the parties reached a $324M settlement.

Settlements have to be signed-off by a court, however, to ensure that it is considered fair to all parties. Earlier this month, Judge Lucy Koh rejected the settlement, saying the amount should have been $380M.

Two days ago, the parties...

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04:30
Mass Fidelity introduces The Core wireless speaker...

Mass Fidelity has introduced The Core, a compact wireless speaker that combines "better than stereo" sound with an impressive feature set including, portability, multi-room functionality and crystal-clear audio, according to Ben Webster, CEO and founder of Mass Fidelity.


It uses Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), an audio rendering technique that produces a sonic image that sounds like two widely placed hi-fi speakers, he adds. Users can access and play music wherever they want—streaming straight from a smartphone or tablet or via digital and analog sources using a wired connection.  

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04:17
Answers for Mac OS X gets a maintenance upgrade

Tim Parnell has rolled out Answers 1.0.2 (http://nswrs.com), an update to his FAQ and Help documentation tool for Mac OS X.

The app was designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple. By allowing users to focus on the content, not the code, anyone can create help documents like software help books or website FAQs. Version 1.0.2 is a maintenance upgrade.

Answers is free to use and build with. Some options and build types are limited to pro users. Upgrading to a pro license costs US$29.

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04:07
Recommended Reading: 'The Art of LEGO...

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 system makes it easy for anyone to build and control robots. LEGO's block-based, colorful EV3 programming language is fine for first-timers, but it has more powerful features than you might think.

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04:05
Mobile Internet will continue to drive mobile...

In the first quarter (1Q) of 2014, the worldwide mobile service revenue increased 0.58% year-on-year (YoY) to US$264 billion according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), and the aggregate service revenue for 2014 will grow 2.9% YoY to US$1.01 trillion, mainly driven by the robust growth of the mobile Internet market.

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02:16
Misfit announces developer toolkit, list of more...

Fitness tracking firm Misfit on Thursday announced availability of an expanded developer toolkit for third-party apps and devices, opening the door to interesting partnerships like integration with Walgreens' Balance Rewards points program.



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01:12
Apple, Google appeal Judge Koh's rejection of...

In a court filing late Thursday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel appealed Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of a proposed $324.5 million settlement relating to a class action lawsuit leveled by Silicon Valley employees, calling the jurist's decision "rigid and formulaic."



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01:09
Motorola Launches $249 Moto 360 Smartwatch Featuring...

Motorola has officially launched its Moto 360 smartwatch, an Android Wear device featuring a circular 1.65-inch scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display, a leather band, "all-day" battery life, and a built-in pedometer and optical heart rate monitor. Motorola has also included wireless charging capabilities with an included dock and also states that the device is "water resistant."
The Moto 360 can pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher, as users can then receive notifications about weather, flight alerts, traffic, and more through Android Wear. The device also includes built-in Google Now functionality, as users can say "Ok Google" to send texts, set reminders, see directions, and more. Existing Android apps such as Facebook Messenger and Lyft also work with Moto 360.

The launch of the Moto 360 comes less than a week before Apple's...

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00:15
Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal...

Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes Store.



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00:00
Perfect party games for your next bash

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Thursday September 4

23:45
Developer tool iTunes Connect gets iCloud-like...

On the heels of a similar refresh for the Apple Store iOS app, Apple has also rejuvenated the iTunes Connect web app used by developers to gather statistics and information about sales, publishing data and other tidbits about their apps and App Store performance. The new design, originally shown off at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers' Conference but only just implemented on Thursday, offers more analytics and a new, more iOS-like design....



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21:59
Cook addresses celebrity images scandal, promises...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has formally addressed the recent celebrity selfies scandal, where some of the images obtained by hackers came from the victims' iCloud accounts (alongside other services, those responsible for the collection of the images have recently admitted). In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cook not only acknowledged that some celebrities' accounts were specifically targeted using conventional data-stealing techniques, but promised both educational and engineering improvements....



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20:08
Apple's secretive 'early field failure...

A report on Thursday offers a rare look inside Apple's secretive EFFA quality control division that runs down and fixes launch day hardware issues before they become larger, more costly problems.



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19:40
Hacker infiltrates Healthcare.gov, no personal...

Health care exchanges continue to hit rough patches, as the United States government has revealed that the federal health care portal Healthcare.gov was breached. While there is no evidence that any personal information from the 5.4 million people applying through the site was stolen during the event, the attack marks the first time an intrusion has successfully accessed systems attached to the website....



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19:26
Tim Cook says Apple to add security alerts for...

The Wall Street Journal:

Apple said it plans additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but denied that a lax attitude toward security had allowed intruders to post nude photos of celebrities on the Internet.

To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time.

This is just one of many steps Apple will take to protect themselves and users.

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19:19
Tim Cook: Apple to Add Security Alerts for iCloud...

Apple will add security alerts for iCloud users, broaden two-factor authentication and make a more aggressive effort to alert users about protecting their accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the recent hacking incident involving celebrities' iCloud accounts.
To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. Until now, users got an email when someone tried to change a password or log in for the first time from an unknown Apple device; there were no notifications for or restoring iCloud data.Cook said the new notifications will...

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19:10
Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security...

In response to a recently leaked cache of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.



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18:54
Tim Cook addresses iCloud photos hacking, says major...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally taken the iCloud leaked photos situation into his own hands. Cook today sat down with The Wall Street Journal for an interview regarding the breach, and the Apple executive shared details on key security improvements coming soon to iCloud. Cook first addressed what happened, confirming our own theories.

In his first interview on the subject, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said celebrities’ iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers correctly answered security questions to obtain their passwords, or when they were victimized by a phishing scam to obtain user IDs and passwords. He said none of the Apple IDs...

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18:49
Apple officially launches revamped iTunes Connect...

Ahead of next week’s iPhone 6 announcement, Apple has finally debuted the new design for its iTunes Connect web app that was initially shown off during the WWDC Platforms State of the Union. The new design features a more iOS-like look, similar to that of iCloud.com, and now gives developers even more information about their apps. Analytics feature have also been added for helping users track App Store page...

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18:24
New Xsan Installs?

Forums: General Xsan Talk

Haven't seen many new ones lately. There are so many options out there now, just curious what other people are doing now.

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18:19
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field microphone,...

Two new products are coming from IK Multimedia, as the company announced the iRig Mic Field and iKlip Xpand Stand. The iRig Mic Field offers high-quality stereo recording through Lightning-compatible devices for projects that need a separate audio recording like live bands or films. The new iKlip Xpand Stand offers tablet users a way to mount their tablets, giving them the flexibility to use them in a freestanding manner without bulky hardware or permanently attached fixtures....



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18:00
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

Galaxy Run [iOS...

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17:56
Apple online stores again down for some users for...

[Update: problems resolved as of approximately 7:45PM ET] For the second time in as many days, Apple's online stores are unavailable for an undetermined percentage of users. The current outage, which began around 4:30PM ET and is ongoing, is affecting the both the iOS and Mac App Stores, the iBookstore, and a variety of iTunes services such as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Radio and the iTunes Store. Other iCloud services, such as Siri, email, FaceTime and syncing services are not affected....



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17:48
iCracked beating out Gazelle iPhone trade-in prices...

Last month, we posted an in-depth comparison of several iPhone trade-in services ahead of the September 9th announcement of the new iPhones. We came away with Amazon being your best bet for its pricing, but while Apple’s prices aren’t the best, the convenience of being able to trade-in your older iPhone at purchase of a new model is compelling.

You can now add another trade-in program the list: iCracked. The company’s main differentiator is that they have representatives stationed across the United States who will actually meet you at a location of your choice to purchase...

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17:28
Bloomberg breaks down what happens to faulty launch-...

 

When Apple (or any company) launches a product, such as the upcoming iPhone 6, there’s always the chance that a critical flaw will be discovered by first adopters. How exactly the company handles the devices that are returned and tracks down the source of these issues has always been somewhat of a secret process.

Toady, Bloomberg’s Businessweek published a profile on the “early field failure analysis,” which is responsible for taking these returned devices apart, analyzing any issues, putting together a fix, and getting it into new production devices before the problems become even more widespread.

The idea is to keep easily resolved problems from...

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17:12
Infinity jumps into the portable speaker space with...

Not to be outdone by the other brands under the Harman banner, Infinity will be releasing a new portable speaker this fall. The Infinity One Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System, which was designed in a collaboration with the rock group Linkin Park, looks to bring a new level of premium audio to the Bluetooth speaker space....



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17:05
Will laser ‘tattoos’ replace fruit labels?

BBC:

Laser “tattoos” could remove the need for sticky labels during the sale of fruit, developers say.

The technology removes pigment from the fruit’s surface to show information such as the item’s sell-by date and price.

The process does not affect the taste or the lifespan of the fruit.

I’d never thought about how much those paper labels cost. This is a fascinating idea.

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17:00
NYT provides iWatch details, claims iPhone 6 will...

The New York Times today published a report claiming that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will come with a "one-handed mode" to enable easier operation on account of what is rumored to be a larger display. As has been reported numerous times over the...

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16:53
Nvidia launches legal assault against Samsung GPU...

Graphic processor manufacturer Nvidia has filed suit against Qualcomm and Samsung, accusing both of patent abuse. In a conference call about the suit, Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said that "they're using our technology for free in their devices today and they're shipping an enormous number of devices." Nvidia is seeking a sales and importation embargo on Samsung devices using PowerVR architectures, as well as anything using a Qualcomm graphical chipset....



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16:45
JBL releasing cinema sound options, Bluetooth...

This fall three new products from JBL will be available for consumers looking to add some punch to their home theater setups without taking up much space or when listening to music on the go. The company announced that two new products in the Cinema line, the Cinema Base and Cinema SB350, and the Charge 2 Bluetooth speaker would be coming later in the year....



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16:39
Getty Images sues Microsoft over “Bing Image Widget”

The “Bing Image Widget,” released on Aug. 22, gives publishers the ability to create a panel on their websites that displays digital images supplied by Microsoft’s Bing search engine, according to the lawsuit.

Rather than draw from a pool of licensed images, the lawsuit claimed, the product grants access to the billions of images that can be found online, without regard to whether the photos are copyrighted.

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16:37
Apple’s digital stores face second outage this week...

Earlier this week, iOS users discovered that the App Store was experiencing some technical issues that caused every item for sale to become unavailable. Now, only two days later, the company’s status page indicates that the App Store on Mac and iOS, iBooks Store, and various iTunes services such as the music store and Radio, are all suffering from even more downtime.

According to the status page, the issues first cropped up around 4:30 PM and have persisted for about three hours so far. A notice on the page states that only “some users” are...

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16:26
Facebook-style filtered feed coming to Twitter

According to some recent comments from chief financial officer Anthony Noto, however, the company is doing a lot more than not ruling it out — it sounds like a done deal.

Sigh.

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16:22
Parody YouTube channel inspires tighter logic in “...

Daily Dot:

Basically, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was too good to mock. And as it turns out, there’s a reason for that. The film’s directors are fans of Honest Trailers, and they purposefully engineered the film so it would be harder to parody.

In a recent interview with Collider, Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo were asked how they felt about achieving a positive Honest Trailers review.

I’m a huge fan of Honest Trailers and love the fact they had a positive influence on a summer blockbuster.

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16:20
Apple overhauls iPhone Apple Store app to match iPad...

Apple has released an update to its Apple Store retail app for iOS that takes cues from the iPad, with better image quality and improved navigations. The app now features a fresh interface design, and introduces a feature that automatically syncs activity on the app to other devices through iCloud, allowing shoppers to start a session on one device and pick it up on another, including desktop and notebook using a browser....



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16:15
Twitter disputes it forced Twitpic to close

But in a statement, a spokesman for Twitter appeared to dispute Everett’s version of events, saying the company has no problem with Twitpic’s name.

“We’re sad to see Twitpic is shutting down,” the spokesman said. “We encourage developers to build on top of the Twitter service, as Twitpic has done for years, and we made it clear that they could operate using the Twitpic name. Of course, we also have to protect our brand, and that includes trademarks tied to the brand.”

So, Twitter would let them keep the name, but not the trademark? That’s how it seems to me.

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16:00
WunderStation iPad app: Nirvana for weather geeks

Weather Underground runs what it calls the PWS (Personal Weather Station) network, a mesh of over 37,000 individually-owned weather stations that send live weather info to the company as often as every 2.5 seconds. If you live near a PWS, you can be...

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15:52
Rovio releases Angry Birds Stella, Rdio unveils...

Gamers and music lovers both have App Store updates to be happy about Thursday, as Rovio released the latest edition of its blockbuster Angry Birds franchise and streaming radio firm Rdio unveiled a major update with a focus on stations.



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15:30
Harman Kardon announces new headphones, speakers...

Harman Kardon made a number of announcements about the new consumer audio devices that would be hitting the market this fall. Offerings are spread across the board, with a new set of Bluetooth on-ear headphones, a professional's Bluetooth speaker and a wireless in-home audio speaker system and adapter are coming to tackle a number of customer needs....



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15:30
Bounce to impressive heights with Kitten Mega Jump

Kitten Mega Jump is an iOS game that places a fun, blue kitten on a trampoline and leaves you in charge of maneuvering it to collect coins and avoid obstacles. When you reach a certain score, calculated based on a combination of both, you'll level up...

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15:21
IKEA Debuts ‘Amazing’ BookBook for 2015 with Eternal...

Not usually known for its technological offerings, IKEA released a video spotlighting the "amazing" BookBook for 2015, featuring high definition photos, a touch interface you can feel, and amazing eternal battery life. It also features "instant loading" on every page! Amazing. This is one of the more clever Apple spoofs we've seen, and it wasn't done to denigrate Apple (as is the case with most such spoofs), but rather to highlight Ikea and extoll the virtues of old-fashioned print catalogs. Discovered via The Loop. Note: You may need to watch it twice to catch everything, it's very clever.


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15:00
Soen Audio's sexy Transit XS Bluetooth speaker...

Bluetooth speakers are a hot growth item in the mobile world. It seems like every week, TUAW is inundated with pitches for a few more speakers from companies ranging from high-end audio equipment manufacturers to those that we say "Who?" about. The...

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14:58
iRig Mic Field, a Digital Stereo Mic for Lightning...

IK Multimedia announced on Thursday iRig Mic Field, a digital stereo microphone for Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This device is designed to capture high-quality audio using two high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), a 115 dB maximum SPL rating, and a built in low-noise, high-definition preamp. Because it uses the Lightning port, it can be used for either standalone audio or for capturing audio for a video, too. It works in conjunction with iRig Recorder, the company's audio recording app for iOS, but it's also compatible with Core Audio and Core Video-enabled apps, including Apple's GarageBand, Voice Memo, Camera, and iMovie. iRig Mic Field is US$99.99/â79.99, and it ships in October.

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14:45
Apple, financial firms negotiate lower fees for...

In preparation for its mobile payment technology, Apple has successfully negotiated deals with five major financial institutions -- American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America -- to lower transaction fees, sources say. One linchpin was convincing them that mobile payments constitute "card present" transactions, which have a lower discount rate than their opposite, owing to lower fraud risk. That card-present rate has been dropped another 15 to 25 basis points however, meaning that Apple should get a roughly 10 percent discount on processing rates....



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14:45
FCC levies $7.4 million fine on Verizon for privacy...

Verizon has agreed to a $7.4 million dollar fine, payable to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a result of not informing customers that they could "opt out" of Verizon marketing efforts tailored with gleaned user information. The fine, the largest of its kind, is assessed in parallel with the requirement that the company tell customers in every mailed bill that they can prevent the company from using data for advertising and marketing purposes....



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14:41
TextExpander 4 for Mac: $16.99

If you have been reading The Mac Observer or listening to our podcasts for any length of time, you probably know how much we love everything Smile Software does. That's particularly true for TextExpander, the company's killer utility for automating any kind of text string you frequently use. Your signature, a URL, your phone number, boilerplate language...anything. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we can offer you a deal on TextExpander 4 for US$16.99, less than half the retail price. Note that version 5 is in beta, and that this deal is only for version 4, but if you need it now, this is the discount you've been looking for.


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14:15
Apple Store app overhauled with cross-platform...

Ahead of an expected iPhone unveiling on Sept. 9, Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing cross-device shopping support, enhanced imagery and refined navigation.



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14:13
Microsoft Shines Spotlight on a Trio of New Lumias


Microsoft on Thursday unveiled the Nokia Lumia 830, 730 and 735 smartphones, along with several accessories and feature updates, at the IFA 2014 consumer electronics show in Berlin. The 830 is the thinnest and lightest member of the Lumia family. It has a 10mp camera and is positioned as an affordable flagship. "The Lumia 830 looks to me like a high-end smartphone masquerading as a mid-range device," said Ramon Llamas, a research manager at IDC. "You have a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 16 GB of storage expandable to 128 GB, and a 5-inch display."

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14:13
Mac: Mobee Technology Magic Hub

Mobee Technology is back with another cool Mac peripheral, this time taking its usual unique design to the world of USB hubs. Mobee’s Magic Hub is the world’s first four-port USB 3.0 hub designed to sit discretely at the back of an iMac or Apple Display. Not only does Magic Hub attach to the back of your Mac stand like it was designed to be there, but it’s even directly powered by your standard Apple power cord, passing power through…

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14:10
How To Manage Apple’s Photo Stream on Mac OS or...

Sometimes the need arises to manage iCloud Photo Streams from a computer. Kelly explains how to enable or disable Photo Streams and how to delete specific photos on both a Mac and a Windows machine.


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14:08
Dell teases world's first 27-inch 5K computer...

At today's Dell Business event, the Texas manufacturer showed off a pair of new displays. The first, a 55-inch widescreen display delivers full HD resolution and is intended for teleconferencing. Additionally, the company previewed its Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K monitor, the world's first display with 5120 x 2880 Ultra HD 5K resolution....



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14:07
NYT: iWatch has flexible display, iPhone 6 has one-...

The New York Times is corroborating other reports on the iWatch and iPhone 6, and adding some extra details. The iWatch is once again expected to come in two sizes, and offer a mix of health/fitness tracking and smartphone-like functions. Significantly, the paper adds that the watch's display is flexible and protected with sapphire, and that its circuitboard is about the same size as a postage stamp....



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14:01
Apple Store App Gets Redesigned Look, Improved...

Apple today updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0, adding several new improvements and design updates. The app now features new icons along the bottom bar, with the "Products" section renamed to "Shop" to make it easier for users to make purchases within the app. The overall app icon has shifted from a cart to a bag.

There's also a new icon for "Stores," and an "Account" tab that replaces the previous "More" tab. Several other UI elements have been redesigned as well, giving the iPhone app a cleaner feel that's more in-line with the iPad version.

According to Apple's release notes, it's now possible to start shopping on one device and seamlessly switch to another device, including a Mac or PC. The "Stores" tab also includes information about upcoming events at a user's local retail location, and the iPad app has been updated with the ability to create One to One reservations.What's New in Version 3.0
- Now start shopping on one device and...

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14:00
Video: How to easily make your own ringtones in...

While the iPhone's standard ringtones certainly have their respective charms there's nothing quite like picking your own ringtones. It's your own little inside joke whenever your Grandmother calls and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" plays or you get a...

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13:59
Apple reportedly wrangles lower credit card...

Adding to rumors regarding Apple's supposed mobile payments solution, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant has managed to negotiate lower transaction fees from five credit card issuing banks.



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13:58
Apple Store app redesigned, gains upcoming events...

Ahead of its major media event next week, Apple has issued a significant update to its Apple Store shopping iOS app. The first addition is a complete redesign for the iPhone and iPod touch application’s interface. The new design is more in-line with the recently released iPad variant. Speaking of the iPad version, the tablet-optimized layout is now a universal bundle (single download) with the iPhone/iPod touch version, and it has also gained support for making Apple Store One to One reservations. The app also has a new Stores section to search for upcoming...

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13:55
Samsung’s “half-baked” announcements set Apple up...

In a note to investors on Thursday, White, of Cantor Fitzgerald, used the words “underwhelming,” “rushed,” and “half-baked” to describe Samsung’s announcements, which also included the Gear VR partnership with Oculus, a Gear S smartwatch, and the new Note Edge handset with a side-facing display. White said he believes Samsung’s announcements were a subpar attempt at garnering buzz for its products before Apple holds its own presentation next Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Analyst Brian White isn’t the only one saying this about Samsung’s announcements. As I said yesterday, things could get rough for Samsung in the coming months.

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13:46
News: Withings unveils Home video monitor

Withings has announced Home ($220), an HD camera with environmental sensors, designed for video and audio monitoring. The camera offers HD video up to 1080p with zoom, and two digital microphones allow for two-way talk. Users can receive notifications based on events such as movement or crying. Each time an event is detected, Home takes a photo and a video, and stores it for two days. The clips can be downloaded and kept free of charge, and additional…

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13:45
Marshall unveils the Woburn, a new consumer-level...

Marshall, the company best known for guitar amps and headphones, announced that a new consumer speaker is coming this year called the Woburn. The new speaker is a joint work between Marshall Amplification and Marshall Headphones, bringing a new level of music freedom to the market. Consumers can look forward to the classic Marshall styling in the unit, as it utilizes gold piping, fret grille cloth and a vinyl covering....



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13:44
Line 6 Sonic Port VX for iOS

With Sonic Port™ VX, it’s finally possible to record complete songs anywhere inspiration strikes. The guitar/bass input features 120dB of dynamic range for incomparable tone and best-in-class dynamics. A stereo line input lets you record keys, drum machines, DJ mixers and other sources. Zero-latency monitoring means you can record without distraction. And with professional-level 1/4” stereo outputs, you can easily connect studio monitors and perfect your mixes. With Sonic Port VX, the world is your studio.

Sonic Port VX brings three built-in professional condenser microphones to the party. Matched stereo mics let you record live performances with remarkable clarity.

This is an impressive looking device. I haven’t heard it yet, but I have one of the original Sonic Ports and love it.

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13:43
WSJ Claims iWatch Will Have NFC for Mobile Payment...

Apple's iWatch will come with NFC to be used with a mobile payment system, according to unnamed source cited by The Wall Street Journal. This will be an extension of the rumored mobile payment system that Apple will also be unveiling with the iPhone 6 during the company's September 9th media event.


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13:31
∞ Aerial footage of Apple’s Sept. 9 event structure

That’s a huge building for an event that’s going to last a few hours. Typical of Apple, they go all out.

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13:24
Apple to livestream September 9th media event

Apple’s much-anticipated September 9th media event will be live streamed next Tuesday.

Per The Unoffocial Apple Weblog, Apple today announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming media event scheduled to take place next Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time. The page includes a running countdown timer along with the following teaser: “Live video from our special event will be right here. And so will a whole lot more.”

As opposed to most other Apple events, next week’s event is slated to take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. Notably, the Flint Center is where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Mac and also where the original Bondi Blue iMac was introduced...

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13:22
Big Pharma Joins Google's Quest for Aging...


Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie on Wednesday announced it was teaming up with Google-funded Calico, the life sciences initiative aimed at helping patients deal with diseases and other negative effects associated with aging. Under the terms of the partnership, both AbbVie and Calico will invest up to $250 million in the project, with the possibility of another $500 million each. That money will go toward understanding and fighting diseases such as cancer or neurodegenerative disorders that are common in the aging population.

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13:21
Enabling two-step verification for your Apple ID

If you’re worried at all about the security of your Apple ID, you should have two-step verification enabled. Allyson Kazmucha does a great job of explaining what it is and how to enable it.

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13:18
1Password’s iOS 8 extension supported by over 100...

We can’t share the full list of developers yet (we just cracked 100!). But we can show you nearly 20 apps that are already working on integrating 1Password’s iOS 8 App Extension for fast, one-tap logging in and even updating your passwords!

The 1Password extension is going to be one of the most important extensions on iOS 8. Security and having safe passwords are always a pain in the ass, but having easy access to 1Password through this extension will make things much easier. I’m looking forward to it.

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13:13
Apple to Live Stream Sept 9 Media Event

Apple special media event on September 9 just became a little more accessible because the iPhone and iPad maker will be live streaming the invitation-only presentation. The company is expected to unveil new iPhone models along with the rumored iWatch wearable fitness tracker.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's pretty clear Apple has some big announcements in store for next Tuesday, and the company wants to make sure as many people as possible get in on its message.


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13:10
Pioneer announces new professional on-ear headphones...

Pioneer Electronics announced a new set of professional headphones in its DJ line today, with the HDJ-C70. The company took a different stance on design with the HDJ-C70s than other DJ headphones in the past, moving to create a lightweight headset to fit the sound quality demands and comfort needed for heavy use....



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13:07
Report: Apple negotiated lower card transaction fees...

Apple has successfully negotiated lower card transaction fees for its upcoming mobile payment system, according to Bank Innovation. The Cupertino company has reportedly reached deals with American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America. Apparently, Apple has convinced the financial institutions to consider the mobile payments as “card present” transactions, and has settled on a reduced “card present”…

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13:00
Amazon Game Studios decides to play nice with iPad

When Amazon first announced it would be developing its own gaming apps under the name Amazon Game Studios, it was easy to imagine the software the group was working on would be exclusive to the company's own devices. The new release of Sev Zero: Air...

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12:58
Rumor: iPhone 6, iWatch to incorporate NFC wireless...

The rumor mill is going at full speed with only five days until Apple’s September 9th media event.

This time, the Wall Street Journal has stated that Apple’s next iPhone and its anticipated wearable “iWatch” will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the “iWatch” is also said to sport a curved OLED display.

According to AppleInsider, The Journal cited unnamed sources familiar with the unannounced devices. Both the “...

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12:49
Apple to live-stream September 9th press event

Apple has posted a webpage announcing a live stream of its September 9th press event, and counting down to the hour. "Live video from our special event will be right here. And so will a whole lot more," the page reads. Visitors can quickly add the event to their calendar on platforms that support ICS files....



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12:44
Apple reportedly negotiated transaction fee...

Financial site Bank Innovation reports that Apple has negotiated lower transaction fees with American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Citigroup, and JP Morgan Chase ahead of the debut of its mobile payment system expected to be announced alongside the new iPhone models next week. The report notes that the banks were likely willing to lower rates to ensure participation and due to Apple’s security measures including the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor.

The first thing Apple has done is convince these four FIs to consider transactions from Apple’s upcoming payments venture — said to launch with its forthcoming iPhone 6 introduction — as “card present” transactions, which carry a lower discount rate than “card not present” transactions, because of lower fraud risk.

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12:44
Twit Pic shutting down under threat of API...

Under threat from microblogging service Twitter, photo storage domain Twit Pic is closing its doors on September 25. Citing a legal demand to abandon a trademark application it filed for in 2009, or it would lose access to the Twitter API, the founder has declared that he cannot "fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe wholeheartedly is rightfully ours."...



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12:36
Pulled report denies any U2 involvement in iPhone 6...

A spokeswoman for Irish rock band U2 has categorically denied rumors the band will be involved with next week's iPhone 6 announcement, according to a now-pulled report by The Independent. "They are not releasing their album on the iPhone, and they are not performing at the iPhone launch," the representative was quoted as saying. It's not clear why the Independent removed the report though, which may or may not mean there is some merit to the rumors....



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12:33
News: NYT: iWatch to have flexible screen, wireless...

Another new report has surfaced on the verge of Apple’s introduction of the iWatch and iPhone 6, this one from The New York Times. According to the report, Apple’s iWatch will have a flexible display panel covered by sapphire. The device will also utilize wireless charging. On the new iPhones, the Times reports that a one-handed mode will be available. That mode — which can be switched on or off — will make it easier to use the larger…

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12:30
Menote is yet another diary app

Your iPhone or iPad can make remarkably handy devices to chronicle your life with. Diary and note taking apps can make the process easier and perhaps even fun. But not all diary apps are equal. Menote is YADA-Yet Another Diary App. It's free,...

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12:26
Apple's 'iWatch' has flexible...

As hype builds for Apple's Sept. 9 announcement, yet another report chimes in with alleged details, saying the company's wearable "iWatch" will sport a flexible screen and wireless charging, while the company's larger iPhone models will apparently offer a one-handed mode for ease of use.



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12:25
Apple's 'iWatch' to Feature Flexible...

Adding to this morning's report from The Wall Street Journal pointing towards a curved OLED screen for Apple's upcoming "iWatch", The New York Times has released several details about the wearable device, suggesting it will have a flexible display and wireless charging capabilities.

Echoing past rumors, The New York Times says the iWatch will come in two separate sizes, focusing on health/fitness and mobile computing tasks, and that it will allow people to make purchases with included NFC support. Its flexible display is described as "unique," and Apple is said to have settled on wireless charging after a failed experiment with solar charging.It has a flexible display panel that is protected by a cover composed of sapphire, a type of tougher glass, they said. The...

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12:21
iPhone 6 to Support 'One-Handed Mode' to...

In a lengthy article covering Apple's iWatch and iPhone 6 plans for next Tuesday's media event, The New York Times reports the iPhone 6 will support an optional "one-handed mode" to make it easier for users on the larger-screened devices.To deal with concerns that a bigger phone will make typing with one hand difficult (the current iPhone has a 4-inch screen), some changes to the design of the iPhones’ software interface will allow people to type or use apps with just one hand — there will be a one-handed mode that can be switched on and off, two employees said.The report reiterates rumors that the iPhone 6 will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes, considerably larger than the 4-inch screen included on recent iPhone models. Apple has touted the ease of one-handed use on its current lineup as competitors have moved to even larger displays, and this new one-handed mode...

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12:20
News: Apps of the Week: The Met, Iconic, Infinity...

New Apps The Met (free) — The country’s largest art museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, has released its own official app — The Met. A great starting point for visiting the museum, the app lets users browse listings of current exhibitions and daily events. Museum admission, membership, and event tickets can all be purchased from the app, as well. Though it’s best for visitors, The Met will likely be of interest…

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12:15
Apple plans to live stream its upcoming September 9...

Apple this afternoon announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming media event scheduled to take place next Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time. The page includes a running countdown timer along with the following teaser: "Live video from our...

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12:12
NYT: iWatch to feature flexible display panel,...

The New York Times is weighing in on Apple’s imminent iPhone event, corroborating past information as well as adding some new tidbits about Apple’s newest iPhones (the ‘iPhone 6′) and its brand new wearable (dubbed ‘iWatch’).

Most interestingly, it says that the iWatch will feature a flexible display. Assumedly, this will allow the product to morph to fit comfortably on user’s arms. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple’s use of a flexible panel in July. The screen is protected by sapphire glass. As 9to5Mac has...

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12:05
Apple Negotiates Lower Transaction Fees With Credit...

As part of its upcoming payments initiative, Apple has reportedly negotiated deals for lower credit card transaction fees with several credit card issuers. According to Bank Innovation, Apple has entered into agreements with American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America.

The banks have agreed to allow all of Apple's transactions to be conducted as "card present," a set fee charged when a customer uses a card in a physical retail location. Typically, there's also a higher "card not present" fee that's charged when a card is used online, due to security issues. Apple's also managed to secure a lower "card present" fee on top of that, cutting its costs further.Beyond that, Apple has also managed to bump down the actual "card present" rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the talks. Normal "card...

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12:00
Daily Deals for September 4, 2014, featuring the...

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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11:40
Apple announces live stream for September 9 event

Apple has announced that it will live stream its September 9 event. The company’s website now has a “live” page featuring a countdown clock to the time of the event. Apple users are also offered a link to add the event to their calendars. It’s expected that Apple will reveal its newest iPhones and debut its iWatch next Tuesday....

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11:35
Apple to live stream Sep. 9 event on its website,...

On the off chance that you can’t tune in to the usual witty banter between yours truly and our own editorial director, Jason Snell, as we live blog September 9’s Apple event, good news: Apple will be streaming the whole shindig on its site, in living color.

The page, posted on Thursday, features a countdown clock, merrily ticking away the seconds, minutes, hours, and days until Apple releases, well, whatever the heck it’s going to release. Apple promises that live video from the event “will be right here,” adding tantalizingly, “And so will a whole lot more.” The stream kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

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11:34
Samsung's 'rushed,' 'half-baked...

Samsung this week made a slew of announcements, most notably its next-generation big-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, but none of the products were enough to impress analyst Brian White, who doesn't think the South Korean electronics maker is well positioned to compete with Apple's anticipated fall product lineup.



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11:34
FAVI Entertainment rolls out the MiraStick for iOS,...

FAVI Entertainment has introduced the MiraStick (http://tinyurl.com/mrydhce). The US$35 media streaming device allows you to stream content directly from any computer, tablet or smartphone to your television. 

To use you download and install an app on your device, plug the MiraStick  into the HDMI port on your TV or projector, connect it to your wireless network, and you're ready to stream digital movies, shows, and music wirelessly. It works with iOS and Mac OS X devices.

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11:30
We don't know anything about the iWatch, and...

I'll go ahead and say it -- Apple media events over the past few years have lost a little bit of their magic. To be clear, this isn't the result of Apple stagnating on the innovation front, but rather due to the fact that every month we're bombarded...

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11:23
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Field, a pocketable and adjustable stereo digital microphone for audio and video field recording. Now you can capture high-quality sound in the field with your Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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11:23
Apple will live stream Sept. 9 event

There you have it, you can watch the event for yourself. No need for any live blogs for this one.

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11:17
Apple to hold live stream of Sept. 9 event, begins...

With less than five days to go until Tim Cook takes the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Apple has begun promoting the event --?at which the iPhone 6, iWatch, and perhaps second-generation iPad Air will be unveiled -- on its homepage with a countdown timer to the live stream.



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11:10
iWatch coming in two sizes with curved OLEDs, NFC...

The Apple iWatch will come in two sizes and use a curved OLED display, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. The people add that it will also include a variety of health and fitness sensors, and an NFC chip, like the iPhone 6. "NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes," the Journal claims....



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11:06
Apple to Live Stream September 9 iPhone Event

Apple today updated its website to announce that it will indeed be streaming the September 9 iPhone event. A new Live page includes a countdown to the event and a note that it will host the event stream next Tuesday.

Apple will also likely stream the event to the Apple TV with a dedicated channel, as it has done for past events.

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11:05
Study alleges China iPhone factory riddled with...

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Labor rights groups said Thursday that a Chinese factory producing iPhone and iPad parts was found "to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations."

The groups, US-based China Labor Watch and Green America, said the 20,000 workers at the Catcher Technology-owned plant in Suqian were exposed to aluminum-magnesium alloy sheddings without protective equipment and encountered locked safety exits, forced unpaid overtime, and other labor violations.

The...

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11:01
Apple announces live stream for Sept. 9 iPhone/...

Apple has just announced that it will be live streaming its upcoming event later this month on September 9th. Its website also includes a countdown clock pictured above and a link for Apple users to add the event to their calendar. 

Apple previously announced the event scheduled to take place next week on September 9 at 10 a.m. PDT. This year the event gets a change of location from Apple’s usual Moscone West venue with the event set to go down at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. As we’ve reported in the weeks leading up to the event, Apple is also constructing a...

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: OpenHome Labs, Starfish, and...

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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11:00
Why privacy rules for HealthKit and HomeKit are a...

This article was originally published on CITEworld.com.

Apple has issued new rules for iOS developers in relation around the new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms and third-party app extensions, including third-party keyboards, that will be standout features of iOS 8. Apple will likely highlight these at its press event next week, where the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced, because they provide a major competitive advantage: They force developers to see the user as their ultimate customer, rather than a means to collect data that can later be sold for profit.

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10:53
Amplified: I’ve Been Here All Summer!

With Dan still out, Shawn King and Jim talk about Apple’s upcoming September 9th event, the large scale celebrity iCloud hack, how to keep your passwords safe with 1Password, Marshall amps, and more!

Sponsored by Iconic by Ridgewood Publishing (visit iconicbook.com/5by5 for 20% off select editions of this beautiful coffee table book all about Apple).

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10:51
WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

Looks like there are a lot of great changes to WordPress 4.0. I’ll test it out before installing it on The Loop, but the video shows some nice new features.

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10:49
DeTune Extracts Your Media from an iPad, iPhone, or...

With his wife’s music library locked up in a rusty iPod touch, Josh Centers had to find a way to rescue it. Luckily, he found DeTune, which can copy media from an iOS device that can’t be accessed normally via iTunes.

 

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10:45
Withings’ new HomeKit-integrated video monitoring...

Withings, a company well-known for its line of iPhone-connected health and fitness tracking accessories, today announced a new video monitoring device with environmental sensors called  Home. While Home is a video monitoring solution that can be used for security, the company is also including some pretty unique features that it hopes will make your home both a healthier and safer environment.

For starters, the wide-angle HD camera (which also has night vision) is capable of detecting motion and noise, but will also specifically monitor for signs of distress: it also specifically recognizes crying and the presence of people. On top of that, the device includes environmental sensors for measuring various data points for things like temperature, humidity and air quality:

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-04

We're finally getting leaks confirming the iWatch is real, and they seem to be coming from inside Apple. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about why we're suddenly getting an apparent iWatch confirmation, along with some talk about information control tactics, and just how much they think Apple's wearable device will cost.


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10:36
Twitter forces Twitpic to shut down

A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.

Damn Twitter.

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10:34
External Link: Farewell to Twitpic

The image-hosting service Twitpic has announced that it will shut down on 25 September 2014 after over 6 years. Twitpic blames Twitter for the shutdown, saying that the social networking company had threatened to pull API access if Twitpic did not abandon its trademark application. However, as Mashable’s Christina Warren pointed out on Twitter, the service has largely been irrelevant since Twitter added its own image-hosting capability in 2012, so this may simply have been a way to save face.

 

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10:30
World Beard Day is Sept. 6

This is a great list of things to do on World Beard Day like bar-b-q, change a tire, build an all-bearded human pyramid and other fun activities us bearded men do.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
Football fans battle it out with Fans Wars-Pro...

Some teams in the NFL have developed huge rivalries. Think Bears vs Packers, Chiefs vs Raiders, and Steeler vs Ravens. Now while those teams go at it on the field, their fans can compete with rival fans using Fan Wars-Pro Football Edition. The free...

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10:24
Wacom introduces four new styluses for the iPad

Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has introduced four new styluses for the iPad - two new generations of the Bamboo Stylus solo and duo, Bamboo Stylus fineline, and the second generation of the Intuos Creative Stylus, dubbed Intuos Creative Stylus 2. 

The new capacitive styluses, Bamboo solo (US$19.95)and duo ($29.95) have been upgraded with a new carbon fiber nib for a smoother stroke and greater precision over the iPad’s glass. 
 

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10:21
A guide to mastering audio for different formats

Justin Perkins:

There is much more to mastering than just the sonic aspects and it varies between different release formats. It’s also gotten more complex as digital distribution evolves, CDs become the minority, and vinyl makes a comeback.

What a great resource Justin put together. A few tips you may not have known about mastering songs for all the different audio formats available.

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10:21
Office Store—new home page, new international...

In a year filled with big plans for the Office Store, we’re excited to make a trio of announcements today: a major refresh of the Store experience; the launch of multiple new international markets; and increased visibility of third-party Store apps to both customers and Office sales and deployment partners.

Office Store refresh

This week marks the formal go-live date for the new, beautiful storefront at its new web page, Store.Office.com, which you can see here:

To help customers find relevant apps faster, the new Store home page features a sleek, modern interface with bold, wide-format app icons and a user-friendly Category browse experience down the left side. The free-text search tool has been improved, too.

Repeat visitors will see the best and latest apps near the top of the home page, thanks to a new robust...

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10:04
Groups accuse Apple supplier Catcher of labor,...

Another Apple supplier, Catcher Technology, is being accused of violating labor and safety standards, according to the New York Times. The paper says that two groups -- Green America, an environmental non-profit, and China Labor Watch -- have found that workers at a Catcher-owned factory in Suqian, China are being forced to work excessive overtime and in unsafe conditions. Although Catcher has contracts with other electronics firms, Apple is a major client, for whom it produces metal iPad and MacBook shells....



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10:00
iOS 8 Camera app: Smart Adjustments

When iOS 8 appears later this month photographers will get new and intuitive editing tools. One important update to the Camera app is what Apple calls Smart Adjustments. The adjustments can be grouped into three categories: adjusting light, adjusting...

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09:58
Top web companies join Internet Slowdown protest for...

Some of the world’s largest Internet companies -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, reddit, imgur, Foursquare, Vimeo, and Wordpress -- have announced that they will join Internet users and Battle for the Net activists for a creative action on Sept. 10.

These and other companies have answered activists' calls for a symbolic "Internet Slowdown" protest on Sept. 10 to encourage the FCC to change its current course and take necessary steps to protect net neutrality through Title II reclassification.

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09:49
U2 says reports of Apple tie-up for 'iPhone 6...

Rumors that mega-popular rock band U2 have struck a new partnership with Apple to release their upcoming album on the so-called iPhone 6 and could participate in next Tuesday's media event in Cupertino are without merit, a U2 spokesperson said on Thursday.



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09:31
Wacom revamps iPad stylus line with three new models

Wacom has unveiled a series of new devices at the German IFA show this week. Starting the reveals are the third generation Bamboo Stylus solo and Bamboo Stylus duo as a combination with a traditional ball pen for use on capacitive devices and paper. Also revealed are the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. Finally, the Bamboo fineline is a smart stylus with new "thin tip" technology for precise work with an iPad....



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09:30
Former Apple SVP of Retail Ron Johnson talks Apple...

Former Apple Senior Vice President of Retail (then ousted JCPenney CEO) Ron Johnson made a somewhat rare public-facing appearance on Andreessen Horowitz’s podcast. The discussion comes in at just under half an hour and features the former head of Apple Retail discussing his experience with leading the Apple Store as well as the challenge for up-and-coming startup brands to afford brick-and-mortar retail channels, but more interesting from an Apple perspective is Johnson’s praise for Microsoft’s retail stores and the Surface 3 tablet that the company heavily markets...

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09:30
Apple supplier accused of labor violations once again

Just days away from the unveiling of Apple's newest smartphone -- and quite possibly our first look at a wearable as well -- the company is yet again dealing with allegations that one of its suppliers isn't treating its employees well. According to a...

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09:26
News: WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to both have NFC

Both Apple’s upcoming iWatch and iPhone 6 will include near field communication, The Wall Street Journal reports, adding its voice to the chorus of those expecting Apple to use NFC in upcoming devices. NFC is “central” to Apple’s plans for a mobile payment system, the report notes. The report also claims the iWatch will come in two sizes, both featuring a “curved organic” LED screen. While Apple plans on taking…

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09:22
WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to link via NFC, watch coming...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal today is corroborating many previous rumors about Apple’s upcoming wearable, including that the device will include some form of NFC technology and will be shipping in multiple sizes. Furthermore, the report notes that Apple will also be bringing NFC to its next iPhone as seen in previous leaks, making it easier for the two devices to pair and signifying that the watch will be more than just a fitness gadget:

The gadget’s use of near...

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09:13
Drone Aerial Footage Reveals Mystery Flint Center...

As part of its planned September 9th event, Apple is building a massive structure in front of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus in Cupertino, California. The structure is covered by a white barricade that conceals the details of the building underneath.

Earlier photos gave us a hint of the building, but recent aerial footage captured using a drone piloted by Sachin Patel reveals the size and scope of the project (via 9to5Mac). The building sits in front of the Flint Center on top of the college's Sunken Garden and wraps around the sides of a pre-existing fountain.

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09:09
iWatch With Curved OLED Display to Include NFC for...

Apple's upcoming "iWatch", reportedly set to be unveiled at next Tuesday's media event, will include near field communications (NFC) technology, according to The Wall Street Journal. The technology, which has already been seen on a leaked iPhone 6 logic board, will likely be used to support a mobile payments initiative.NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes, people close to Apple said.The report goes on to claim the iWatch will be available in two sizes and carry a curved OLED display. And as extensively rumored, the device will include a variety of health and fitness sensors.

The report also reiterates recent claims that while the iWatch will be unveiled next...

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09:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air starting at $400, new...

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:

Apple iPad Air from $400, select Retina mini models $100 off at Staples

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09:04
Both Apple's 'iPhone 6' and '...

Yet another publication chimed in on Thursday to say that Apple's next iPhone and its anticipated wearable "iWatch" will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the "iWatch" is also said to sport a curved OLED display.



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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 014 with James...

In episode 14, Jeremy Thake chats to James Lau about the OneNote developer story with the public APIs available when accessing notebooks through OneDrive.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP14_JamesLau.mp3

Download the podcast here directly.

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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: A good investment?

Others of note

This week’s roundup of new and updated iOS apps includes an app that “invests your loose change” into a diversified portfolio. Plus: apps for gamers, art fans, sports lovers and more.

Acorns

This is an unusual investing app: Acorns is free for iPhone; you connect your credit or debit card account to the app and, anytime you make a purchase, it invests your “loose change” into a diversified porfolio. (Buy lunch, for example, for $12.50, and the app will round that amount up to $13—using the 50-cent difference for the investment.) You can also choose to directly invest funds in amounts of your choosing. Acorns charges $1 a month, plus annual management fees, once you’ve started investing. Will microinvesting yield big returns? Only time will tell.

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09:00
Rovio launches highly-commercialized Angry Birds...

Rovio today launched Angry Birds Stella, the latest game in the popular Angry Birds series. In Stella, players assume the role of heroine Stella and her five bird friends as they protect their home of Golden Island from Gale the Bad Princess and her...

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08:55
Apps: Together, MacGourmet Deluxe, Acorn
08:51
Bartender 1.2.21 - Organize your menu bar apps. (...

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps.

Features:

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.



Version 1.2.21:

New

  • Bartender Bar will now match the theme of the menu bar in OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • The menu bar icon also inverts for Dark mode
  • ...

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08:50
News: New report alleges continued violations at...

A new report released by Green America and China Labor Watch titled “Two Years of Broken Promises” accuses Apple of failing to fix violations at supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China. Many violations found in a 2013 investigation at the supplier — violations which were shared with Apple — were reportedly seen again in an undercover investigation conducted this August. Employees are said to work excessive overtime and long shifts…

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08:49
∞ IKEA spoofs Apple ad, and it’s brilliant

Much respect to IKEA, they did a brilliant job on this ad.

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08:43
MetroPCS loosens data caps, expands coverage to 10...

T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS has announced several important changes, the most important being the loosening of its 4G data caps. People on the carrier's $40-per-month plan are getting their cap lifted from 500MB to 1GB. The $50 plan is getting a similar boost, from 2.5GB to 3GB....



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08:30
Overhead view of Apple's event building

There's speculation about just what Apple intends to do with a decent-sized, temporary structure it has erected for its September 9 press event. Here's an overhead photo of the structure taken from a drone.

Does anyone else think drones will replace...

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08:29
Apple Said to Upgrade iPad Air With Gold Option and...

In a bit of a surprise prediction, Apple may use its upcoming September 9 event to introduce the iPad Air 2 along with the iPhone 6 and iWatch, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a research report released today. That plan would differ from Apple's announcement schedules in recent years that have seen the company unveil the iPhone in September and the iPad in October at a second press event.

Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air
According to Kuo, Apple is preparing modest upgrades primarily for the iPad Air and not the iPad mini, because the larger iPad is more popular among consumers. While the iPad Air 2 is said to carry several improvements, including an anti-reflective display as previously rumored, the second-generation Retina iPad mini may receive only...

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08:26
News: Orbotix launches Ollie by Sphero

Orbotix has officially launched Ollie ($100), the new app-controlled toy by Sphero. First seen at CES 2014 as Sphero 2B — the two-wheeled robot earned an iLounge Best of Show award — Ollie can travel up to 14 mph and get up to one hour of play on a full three-hour USB charge. Ollie is controlled using an app and connects to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart, boasting a range of 30 meters (98 feet). The toy’s polycarbonate body features…

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08:19
Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There’s an...

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.


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08:00
iOS 8 Messages app feature: Video messages

Yesterday we showed you one of the fun new features of the iOS 8 Messages app -- Audio messages. But did you know that iOS 8 also brings you video messages? It's even more fun, and potentially more useful.

To quickly send a fast video message to a...

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07:56
Apple supplier Catcher Technology accused of labor...

Workers at a Catcher-owned facility in Suqian, China are subjected to discriminatory hiring policies, forced to handle toxic materials without proper protective gear, and made to work excessive overtime to manufacture parts for Apple's next-generation iPad Air, according to a scathing undercover report released Thursday by China Labor Watch and Green America.



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07:50
Apple's Jonathan Ive acknowledges iWatch's...

In an unexpected move, lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive has admitted that the iWatch exists. Speaking with the New York Times, Ive brags about the product, claiming that the Swiss watch industry is in trouble. Apple has yet to formally reveal the iWatch, and typically refuses to confirm or deny unannounced products beyond saying that a particular category might be of interest....



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07:43
News: Harman Kardon debuts Infinity One, Esquire...

Harman Kardon introduced its fall lineup today, including its new premium portable Bluetooth speaker, Infinity One ($300). Infinity One has passive radiators which claim to make the small speaker sound like a much larger system. The water-resistant speaker also includes a 5V 2.1A output for charging. Now available for preorder, Harman Kardon expects Infinity One to ship on November 9. Additionally, Harman Kardon’s Bluetooth-equipped Esquire…

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07:38
Tonality Pro 1.1 - Professional-grade monochrome...

Tonality Pro gives you the power to create stunning and dramatic black & white images. This is a complete monochrome image editor with more than 150 one-click style presets, totally unique creativity tools, stackable layers, adjustable brushes, RAW file support and so much more will blow you away. A non-Pro version of Tonality is available on the Mac App Store; find out more here.

An introductory video to Tonality Pro is available here.

Features:

  • Professional image quality with a proprietary 16-bit RAW processing engine
  • Scores of inspiring professional presets provide one-click "magic"
  • Unique adaptive exposure and smart contrast tools for advanced tone control
  • Multiple effect layers offer true advancements in creative toolsets
  • Adjustable, pressure-sensitive brushes and masking tools
  • ...

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07:34
Report details labor violations left unresolved at...


A new report published today by non-profit organization Green America and industry watchdog China Labor Watch accuses Apple of various violations of Chinese labor laws at one of its suppliers in the country (via NYTimes). The investigation focused on Apple supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China and claims to have found violations similar to those found during an audit of the same supplier last year:...

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07:30
Atoms HD is atomic powered learning

Atoms HD is a logic charged Sokoban type puzzle game that educates players about molecules. Players learn about molecules like glycerin and polytetrafluoroethylene in 88 levels with helpful summaries that explain where the molecules are commonly...

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07:26
News: Daily Deal: Get Access to Premium WordPress...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a lifetime subscription to a great collection of premium WordPress themes for only $69—80% off the normal price. The TeslaThemes Developer Plan gives you access to over 25 feature-rich WordPress themes, with 1-2 new themes added each month. Each of the themes is easily customizable and includes all theme files, HTML documentation with snapshots and step-by-step instructions, an import demo XML, optional…

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07:21
We Can Fly to the Moon, but We Can't Secure the...


The entire freaking tech industry is falling down on the job, and Apple, my favorite company in the world, is stumbling around too. What's worse is that it doesn't seem to care. Apple is the most profitable consumer tech company in the world, with billions of dollars in the bank. Yet the company can't seem to be bothered to imagine that iCloud user accounts could be compromised by brute force password attacks launched with a Python script offered up on GitHub?

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07:18
CleanApp 5.0.0 Beta 1 - Application deinstaller and...

CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.

Why does OS X need an uninstaller?

Have you ever unsuccessfully tried to get rid of a program and all the files that came with it? Are logfiles, plists and caches cluttering folders and volumes on your Mac? Don't you ask yourself from time to time where the multiple gigabytes of hard disk space continuously vanish to? Uninstall, archive, backup and analysis; CleanApp analyzes, archives and removes applications and on your Mac, complete with all relevant files.

New user interface
CleanApp 4 has been rewritten from the ground up in order to make your work with CleanApp more pleasant. The brand new user interface focusses on the most often required features and offers you quick access to all important tasks. If required, help texts are displayed to explain what a specific features is good for and what you can accomplish by using it.

New Clean Community...

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07:16
iPhone 6 May Lose Sapphire Cover Lens, Gain 128GB...

In a research note released today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be announced next week at Apple's iPhone press event. Kuo believes Apple will stagger the launch with the 4.7-inch model arriving in mid-September and the 5.5-inch model following 5 to 10 weeks later.

Kuo believes both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will face supply constraints at launch as demand likely will outpace Apple's ability to manufacture the device. Labor shortages at Foxconn will impact the production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while the 5.5-inch faces an additional hurdle due to production issues with assembly and other components.

In line with earlier reports, Kuo says Apple will boost the internal storage of the iPhone to 128GB. Both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will ship with this higher capacity option. It is unclear whether Apple will add the 128GB as a...

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07:09
Apple’s Jonathon Ive Apparently Confirms iWatch,...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan Ive, seems to have tipped the company's hand and revealed that the iWatch is real, and that it won't look like every other smartwatch that's hit the market. Mr. Ive has apparently been bragging about the device and one of the designers who has been working on the project told the New York Times just what he said.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple product designers openly talking about unannounced products? Unless the New York Times misunderstood what the Apple employee said -- or the source misconstrued Mr. Ive's comments -- the fact that they confirmed the iWatch is real is even more surprising than what features it will include.


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07:04
Exclusive aerial footage of Apple's mysterious...

Not too far from Apple's Campus 2 project, a temporary structure is rising for the company's September 9 event, and new aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer using a flying camera drone offer a closer look at the mysterious white box that has generated considerable buzz.



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07:00
Older browser behavior changes in Google search

As of August 29, 2014, Google has decided to intentionally break old browsers. They say it's not a bug, it's by design here, even though Google's support page says it accepts Safari 4 as a fully supported browser.



If you want Google searches to go back to the modern style, you need to change your User-Agent string. For Safari, enable the Develop Window and use an option in there that works. Internet Explorer 9 (Windows) works, for example.



[crarko adds: I don't have an older system active at the moment to try this. It's inevitable that older software becomes obsolete, the same way older hardware does. I think the actual hint here is a reminder that if a site misbehaves, changing the user agent can be an effective troubleshooting tool.]

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Passing the click savings on to you

Analyst says not to expect reversible USB Lightning connector to ship with iPhone 6 (9to5 Mac)

"Accurate" analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gets no points for saying something we already knew. Assuming this rumored accessory was ever a real thing to begin with...

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06:53
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are racing to patent...

SpaceX is challenging the Blue Origin reusable rocket patent. Big stakes here.

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06:38
News: Ive on the iWatch: Switzerland is in trouble

A new story about wearable tech in The New York Times contains a striking supposed quote from Apple design chief Jony Ive about Apple’s upcoming iWatch. According to an Apple designer, Ive was bragging about how cool the iWatch would be, and said that Switzerland is in trouble — though Ive’s preferred language was stronger than “trouble.” It’s a little morsel of hype for a device expected to make its official debut…

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06:28
Apple's iWatch Pegged for 2015 Debut in Two...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research note today with updated information on Apple's rumored iWatch wearable device. Echoing earlier reports, Kuo believes Apple will unveil the iWatch at its upcoming September event, with sales starting in 2015. This early announcement would create a buzz about the product and provide developers with adequate time to prepare apps for this new device.

2.5-inch iWatch concept from SET Solution with curved, rectangular display
According to Kuo, the iWatch may have a rectangular design and will include 8GB of internal storage with 512MB LPDDR3. The wristwatch will be available in two screen sizes of 1.3 and 1.5-inches in order to accommodate different wrist sizes. Apple may use between two to four different...

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06:25
Skype 5.4 adds ability to host group audio calls...




It’s not quite group video calling, but Skype is rolling out an update to its iPhone app to support hosting group audio calls in the...

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06:14
Apple's 'iWatch' to have two sizes,...

With Apple design chief Jony Ive reportedly confident of the so-called "iWatch's" chances when pitted against the famous Swiss watchmakers, a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will offer its upcoming wearable -- which is unlikely to hit shelves before 2015 -- in at least two sizes with 8 gigabytes of internal storage and a variety of color and material options, including gold



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06:09
Realore introduces Viking Saga for Mac OS X

Realore (http://realore.com/) has introduced Viking Saga 1.0, its new resource management game for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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06:06
'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but...

Apple's "iPhone 6" will not feature a scratch-resistant sapphire screen cover, but both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions will come with new higher-capacity options of 128 gigabytes of storage, a barometric pressure sensor, and a programmable power button, according to one well-connected insider.



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06:04
Everdow releases Comburet 2.0 for Mac OS X

Everdow (www.everdow.co.uk) has launched Comburet 2.0, an update of their professional burning app for OS X.

It's an auto-find burning device that blends Everdow's AudioBurner and DiscBurner applications with extra enhanced features. Localized in 74 different languages, Comburet can be used to burn music CDs and data folders as well as erase rewritable discs. Comburet also allows users to create DMG and ISO files as well as burn DMG and ISO image files. Comburet supports CD, DVD, and BD.

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06:03
U2 Denies Involvement in Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Following reports that U2 would perform at Apple's September 9 media event and launch their next album by bundling it with the unannounced iPhone 6, the band has come out denying it will be involved at all.

The Mac Observer Spin: The rumor that U2 would play at Apple's media event, along with the fact that shoppers are already lining up for unannounced products, shows just how much excitement there is surrounding the launch. You don't see lines like this, or big name band rumors, for Microsoft surface announcements, or Samsung's latest smartphone release.


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06:00
HighPoint uncovers RocketStor 6451A Thunderbolt 2...

HighPoint Technologies has launched the world's first Thunderbolt 2 powered connectivity dock -- the RocketStor 6351A. Each of the dual 5Gb/s USB 3.0 ports and 6Gb/s eSATA port is powered by dedicated controller, allowing for peak speed for connected peripherals. Audio and Gigabit Ethernet ports round out connectivity options, with a pass-through Thunderbolt 2 port to daisy chain up to five devices downstream of the dock....



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06:00
Automatic launches a Web Dashboard; Progressive...

Automatic is a handy little device that plugs into your car's OBD (On Board Diagnostics) port, linking to your iPhone to give you an idea of how efficient your driving is. TUAW reviewed the US$99.95 Automatic earlier in 2014, and the device does an...

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05:56
KGI report claims both iPhone 6s to offer 128GB...

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a report this morning, states that both 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 will be launched next week and will both offer 128GB storage option. If Apple retains its usual three-tier structure this would suggest 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models – though it could be that 128GB would be a fourth tier, as with its iPad Air models. Or, as a previous report suggested, Apple could keep the 16GB option as a very low price tier and skip 32GB.

The same report predicts that the iPad Air 2 will be announced on the same day as the iPhone 6 rather than in a separate event in October. In this scenario, Apple would forgo any physical updates to the iPad Mini line (perhaps price drops?) If true, this suggests that it could be a...

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05:51
Fans already lining up for iPhone 6 at NYC Apple...

Amazing. It’ll be interesting to see how big this line gets. If anyone is in NYC and happens by the 5th avenue Apple Store, please tweet me (@davemark) with the current line count. I’ll retweet.

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05:49
KGI on iWatch: 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 1.3 and 1.5...

A new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo sheds some interesting light on the iWatch specifications. Kuo believes the iWatch will feature 8 GB of internal storage, with 512 MB of RAM. Naturally, these stats are lower than current iOS devices (which have upwards of 16 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM), but still seems high for a wearable smartwatch. This may suggest the device can act more independently from an iPhone than most assume. 8 GB of storage space is quite a lot and could be used for things like caching maps, or perhaps enable offline voice recognition.

KGI also believes the iWatch will come in two sizes, with a 1.3 inch and a 1.5 inch screen. This reflects longstanding rumours that Apple is targeting two sizes, to make it appeal to both gender’s...

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05:44
Next-gen iPad Air with Touch ID, new gold color...

At a media event already expected to be packed with the unveiling of two new iPhone models and a so-called "iWatch," the company may also showcase its next full-size iPad Air with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new gold color option, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.



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05:43
Ginger Keyboard brings customizable themes to iOS 8’...


More developers are stepping forward with early looks at upcoming third-party keyboards for iOS 8. Today, Ginger Keyboard is going public with a keyboard that focuses on customization. The actual keyboard itself while used across iOS 8 does not add much new functionality, but many users will likely enjoy being able to completely customize the design of their keyboard.

Above a video of the keyboard in action.

While the keyboard extension itself across iOS does not add much functionality across the system...

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05:30
NY Times on wearables and Apple’s potential iWatch

There’s an alleged comment by Jonathan Ive on traditional watchmakers, plus a solid take on the existing state of wearables.

Fine watches are a passion for many people. It’ll take something really special to get those people to turn away from Tag Heuer and the like. If Apple does indeed deliver the goods here, the traditional watchmakers may well be in trouble.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Meet Ollie, 3 times faster than Sphero and tuned for...

Video

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05:30
Knock those pins down with Bowling Paradise 2

Bowling Paradise 2 is a new version of an old favorite of mine, Bowling Paradise. This version is a free universal app that requires iOS 6.0. You will also find a version optimized for the iPad. Both have wonderful graphics, are easy to play and...

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05:19
Drones-eye-view of Flint Center highlights the...

With Apple’s iPhone event only a few days away, speculation is still mounting as to what exactly will be announced. The Flint Center building is of particular interest. Sachin Patel used a drone to get a full aerial shot of the complex, and helps clear up what exactly Apple is building. Apple has constructed a gigantic secondary building in front of the Flint Center, seemingly taller than the theatre itself.

The development has a gap at the front to leave the fountain intact. Unfortunately, as Apple has covered the entire structure in a white veil, the purpose of the site is still unknown. The...

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Casper Suite 9.4 - Powerful sysadmin/enterprise tool...

Casper Suite is the answer for creating order out of chaos because more organizations are using Macs, iPads, and iPhones than ever before. At JAMF Software, connecting the Apple user experience with IT requirements has been our business for the last decade. With the Casper Suite for Mac, iPad, and iPhone management, IT can support an extraordinary Apple experience for the end user while meeting or exceeding organization goals and requirements.

Whether you work at a school, business, or government agency, the Casper Suite has been developed to meet your needs--because it's supported by Apple specialists for the enterprise. Because we understand the potential of Apple in the enterprise, and how to help you get where you want to be.

To begin your journey, take the first step: learn how the Casper Suite can transform Apple management in your organization. Then engage with JAMF Software to help every step of the way.

Note: Pricing...

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Exports Standard can now split QuarkXPress documents...

Badia Software (www.badiasoftware.com) has announced Exportools Standard 5.0 for QuarkXPress 10, its flagship software for high-end exporting of QuarkXPress documents.

With Exportools Standard, users can export pages, spreads and selections to several popular formats, including PDF, PostScript, EPS, rich text, Microsoft Word, PNG, JPEG and ePub. This new version includes the ability to split QuarkXPress documents into smaller documents, a brand-new interface, and several time-saving features.

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Acorn 4.5.1 - Bitmap image editor. (Demo)

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using the...

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