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13:30
TimeTrack Free tracks time and handles invoices

TimeTrack Free is a full-featured time tracker and invoicing system for iOS. It packs a lot of power into a clean, clear user interface. As a freelancer myself, I am always on the hunt for a way to track my time spent for my clients. So, it was with...

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13:20
Fifth OS X 10.9.5 beta goes out to developers

A little over a week after the last one, Apple has issued a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The code is identified as build 13F24. Areas of testing focus remain unchanged, and include Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards....



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13:00
Apple once again denied sales ban on Samsung devices...

Bloomberg reports that Apple has once again been denied a sales ban request on Samsung products that were already found to infringe its patents back in May.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) failed again to win a sales ban on Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)products found to infringe its smartphone patents, even after requesting what it described as a more limited prohibition.

According to the report, Apple had narrowed its request to focus on only certain smartphone models, but Koh still denied the sales ban despite Apple offering Samsung a period of time to implement workarounds for the infringing features: Apple tried to make its request more viable by targeting specific infringing features in nine Samsung devices, and by offering what it called a “sunset period” to give its Suwon, South Korea-based rival a...

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13:00
The Apple robot

If your old Mac is too busted, too slow, or too ancient to be repurposed or sold, what can you do with it? Turn it into a goofy robot, apparently. The Harman Kardon Soundsticks subwoofer as a head is a beautiful touch, I must say.

[Photo credit:...

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12:50
T-Mobile adds six music streaming services to Music...

T-Mobile is expanding its Music Freedom program, almost doubling the number of music streaming services which can be used by subscribers without touching their LTE allowance. The seven existing music services, including iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Spotify, have been joined by another six, just two months after the carrier launched the initiative....



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12:45
Report claims Apple unveiling new wearable device...

Mark your calendars, folks. September 9, 2014 is primed to be an exceedingly busy day.

A few weeks ago, John Paczkowski of Re/Code reported that Apple plans to hold an iPhone-oriented special media event on September 9. As we previously pointed out,...

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12:43
Apple’s wearable device will be revealed September 9...

A sixth-generation iPod Nano embedded in a watch band.

Aaron Muszalski

Re/code is reporting that Apple will introduce a wearable device on September 9 alongside two next-generation iPhones. Such a device from Apple has been highly anticipated since the wearable market received newcomers from Samsung, LG, and Motorola.

Apple's entry into this market was originally expected sometime in October based on an earlier report from Re/code. The site has a good track record of correctly predicting the timing of Apple product releases since before it...

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12:30
Wood Blocks for Kids is a construction game that...

Wood Blocks for Kids is a game where players construct buildings by arranging vividly colorful blocks. Players start out by choosing a block set, the first set is free and the other three are available through an in app purchase. After selecting a...

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12:24
One of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible devices...

Re/code:

August Smart Lock, an electronic lock that provides keyless entry into the home, started shipping in limited quantities this week to consumers who placed orders on the company’s website.

The device…lets people unlock their doors using a smartphone app (instead of a key).

The electronic lock replaces the interior portion of an existing deadbolt lock and opens whenever you, a house guest or the cleaner approaches with the right virtual key stored in the smartphone app.

The second to last sentence in the piece might be even more important/interesting and I think it is the future of any Apple wearable.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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12:16
Storytelling, comedy, comics, and film: A career...

Comics Alliance:

Ever since Bloom County became a sensation in the early ’80s, Berkeley Breathed has had an incredibly varied career. He followed Bloom County‘s initial success with two more popular comic strips, Outland and Opus; he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning; he wrote and illustrated best-selling children’s books; he adapted his own stories into a pair of animated TV specials, and he provided art for various environmental and animal-welfare charities.

…and last month, he made a rare convention appearance, playing to a packed room at San Diego Comic-Con. ComicsAlliance spoke with Breathed about his career in cartooning, his work in other media, and his upcoming projects.

Along with Gary Larson of The Far Side, I devoured everything Breathed did and loved all of it. I miss Opus.

...

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12:01
iWatch announcement due in September, not October,...

Apple is planning to announce the iWatch at its September 9th iPhone event, rather than in October as was originally anticipated, says Re/code's John Paczkowski. It's not clear whether Apple accelerated its schedule or if October was just a loose target. In any case, the watch is expected to exploit not just HealthKit -- Apple's health and fitness tracking platform -- but HomeKit, designed to hegemonize home automation technology....



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12:00
Hyperlapse by Instagram creates time lapse magic

Yesterday, the folks at Instagram unleashed yet another amazing tool for capturing your world in photos and video. Instagram revolutionized taking simple square photos, applying filters to them, and then sharing them with friends and followers. The...

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11:41
Samsung hypes Note 4 by copying Apple's iPhone...

With sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 flagging, Samsung has turned toward hyping its upcoming Note 4 stylus-based phablet using teaser ads targeting the same "for the colorful" characters Apple presented last year using iPhone 5c.



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11:40
Instagram details the technology behind its new...



As you can see above, Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app that debuted yesterday is one of the most simple apps on the surface. It does two things: shoots video in either portrait or landscape and changes speed from 1x to 12x for a time-lapse effect. There’s not very much other user interface aside from the record button and speed slider (and the share screen after you save a video), but under the hood there’s a lot of really smart stuff going on with Hyperlapse.

For those interested in...

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11:37
Spotify adds new hardware partners for Apple AirPlay...

Swedish streaming music provider Spotify on Wednesday announced the addition of multimedia hardware companies Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon to its list of partners for Spotify Connect, a wireless media streaming platform similar to Apple's AirPlay.



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11:33
Apple on Campus program no longer available in...

The Apple on Campus program -- which lets students buy discounted Macs and accessories through their school -- has been halted in Belgium and Switzerland, according to Apple officials. "Yes, Apple on Campus was stopped. However, the Apple Education Store discounts are obviously still valid," says a spokesperson for Apple Switzerland. Those prices are not as cheap as those that were available through Apple on Campus, however. One exception to the discontinuations is a program in Switzerland known as Neptune....



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11:30
Tim Cook calls slumping iPad sales a "speed...

Though Apple's earnings results last quarter were exceptional, tech observers couldn't help but notice that iPad sales only came in at 13.3 million units, a 9.2% decrease from the same quarter a year ago. What's more, iPad sales during the March...

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11:24
Text Expander iOS 8 Keyboard Replacement Goes to...

Smile Software announced Wednesday that TextExpander touch 3 was being opened to a public beta. This will be a keyboard replacement for iOS 8 (via Apple's new keyboard extension) that allows you to use your TextExpander snippets in every iOS app-even Apple's own apps. Smile also said the keyboard will include full VoiceOver accessibility support. If you want to participate in the public beta, follow Smile's special Twitter account @SmileTEBeta.


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11:15
Daily Deals for August 27, 2014, featuring ChargeKey...

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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11:00
Dropbox Pro changes increase storage to 1TB at the...

Perhaps the most useful utility on all of my Apple devices is Dropbox, which makes sharing data between all of those various and sundry devices a literal no-brainer. Until today, Dropbox users with a Dropbox Pro account paid US$99.99 a year for a...

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10:56
Instagram Hyperlapse Sparks Time-Lapse Video Craze


Instagram has released Hyperlapse, a free iOS app that takes the jitters out of time-lapse video. Just two weeks ago, Microsoft demonstrated a similar technology that bears the same name. The Instagram app "is the most impressive effect to hit smartphone video in recent memory," said tech analyst Ross Rubin. Consumer video cameras have technology built into them to offset camera shake, but those algorithms, until now, couldn't cope with the combination of movement and acceleration of playback speed involved in time-lapse video.

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10:56
Briefly: PayPal's 25 percent off UK iTunes...

PayPal is currently offering digital iTunes cards at 25 percent off for UK customers. Users can purchase iTunes codes to redeem for music, films, TV programs, games, apps and more from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store and the App Store. Content purchased can be accessed on iOS devices and Mac or PC computers. The discount offer is available until tonight at 11:59 BST....



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10:55
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F24 to...

Apple has released yet another beta build of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update. The current build number on today’s release is 13F24, while the previously build released to developers for testing came in at 13F18. Apple continues to ask developers to test USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, and Thunderbolt integration with 10.9.5. The update is available for developers running the previous 10.9.5 seed via Software Update in the Mac App Store.

Filed under: Developers Tagged: Apple, Mac App Store, mavericks, Mavericks 10.9.5, OS X,...

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10:49
Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Wearables ‘...

Some hedge analysts might be saying that Apple is having to delay its foray into wearables (i.e. the "iWatch"), but Re/code's well-informed John Paczkowski said that Apple will unveil it "alongside" new iPhones at the September 9th media event he also broke. Bryan Chaffin says if it's true, it means the iWatch is being built in Arizona.


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10:45
News: Report: Apple to unveil iWatch with new...

Apple plans on unveiling its new wearable device alongside its two new iPhones on September 9, Re/Code reports. As expected, the new device will “make good use of” Apple’s new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, though how the latter will be implemented isn’t quite clear. The wearable device has generally been referred to as iWatch, but the true name is still unknown at this point. According to the report, Apple will likely still…

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10:42
Apple's new Wearable Device may launch during...

John Paczkowski of Re/code is making a wild but exciting forecast that Apple is going to launch a wearable device during the iPhone event on September ninth.

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10:40
Parallels Desktop 10: More Mobile Efficiency, More...

Parallels Desktop 10 for the Mac is now shipping. As with previous versions, Parallels has added some excellent new features that make the new version compelling and the upgrade price worthwhile. John Martellaro takes a closer look.


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10:30
Minnesota plans to roll out 40,000 iPads for students

Apple's deal with the L.A. Unified School District may have fallen through due to a variety of factors, but Minnesota's St. Paul School District remains committed to deploying 40,000 iPads to students as soon as possible. The district will supply...

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10:29
Apple to Unveil Wearable Device on September 9...

Apple has plans to unveil its upcoming wearable device in September, alongside the iPhone 6, reports Re/code. The site previously suggested Apple had planned to debut the device during an October event, but now says that plans have changed.

Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped to schedule a special event in October to show off a new wearable device? Remember how I also said this: "Could things change between now and fall? That's certainly possible." Turns out that was a prescient hedge, because things have changed. Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9th.According to Re/code, the device will "make good use" of both HealthKit and HomeKit, two sets of APIs that were introduced during WWDC. While HealthKit focuses on health and fitness, HomeKit is a home automation platform designed to allow users to control connected devices.

Though Apple has...

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10:27
Apple will reportedly unveil its wearable product...

via @EA_Roa

Last month Re/code’s John Paczkowski reported that Apple plans to introduce its new iPhone models at an event scheduled for next month, and today Re/code’s Paczkowski reports that Apple will also reveal its wearable product (i.e. iWatch/iBand) alongside the new iPhones:

Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9th. [...] The...

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10:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-27

There's a new report claiming Apple plans to start building 12.9-inch display iPads in early 2015. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont and join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think of a bigger format iPad, and they also take a look at what's happening at Duke University's technology program for students and faculty ten years after they started handing out iPods.


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10:24
Apple expected to unveil 'iWatch'...

Apple's hotly anticipated "iWatch" may be introduced to the public sooner than expected, with a new report claiming the device will be formally unveiled at an anticipated Sept. 9 event, where the next-generation iPhone is also expected to debut.



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10:07
Online Apple store now offering iPhone upgrades via...

Apple's US online store is now offering iPhone shoppers the chance to purchase a device via an AT&T Next upgrade plan, instead of just choosing a two-year contract or going unlocked. Previously, people on a Next plan had to upgrade through AT&T itself. Apple's site provides a chart illustrating the differences between the 12- and 18-month Next plans and going with a regular contract....



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10:00
The marriage of Eyefi Cloud and IFTTT is a very...

Eyefi SD/WiFi cards are a great solution for anyone who wants to shoot photos and immediately have those images sent from a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera to a Mac, iOS device, or even a cloud storage alternative like Dropbox, Flickr and especially...

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09:59
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain (http://maintain.se/cocktail) has served up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition). This version is a maintenance upgrade.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.

Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19. A demo is available for download.

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09:49
Apple adds AT&T Next as online payment option...

Apple on Thursday quietly added a new payment option to its online storefront, giving AT&T subscribers who are in the market for a new iPhone the ability to make their purchase using installments through the carrier's AT&T Next program.



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09:30
Whatt aims to make status updates more colorful,...

Whatt is an iPhone app that wants to turn social networking into more of a private affair for a closer circle of friends than social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter currently allow. It uses brief status updates as the basis for...

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09:20
Dropbox Drops Pro Price, Adds Pro Features

To compete with pricing from Google Drive and OneDrive, Dropbox is now offering a single 1 TB tier of Dropbox Pro for $9.99 per month. More interesting for those who don’t need any more space are Dropbox Pro’s new features, including view-only permissions for shared folders, password protection and expiration dates for shared links, and remote wipe of Dropbox folders on lost devices.

 

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09:11
Dropbox streamlines Pro account to single $9.99 1TB...

Cloud storage service Dropbox has drastically updated its paid offerings, changing not only the pricing, but also adding new features to the subscription. The new Pro account provides a large 1 terabyte allocation of cloud storage to customers, far more than the old Pro account allowed, with the Pro subscription priced at $9.99 per month....



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09:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $320, Acer 27″...

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:

Last Call updates:

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09:00
Search for sensitive content in SharePoint and...

Wesley Holley is a program manager on the Office 365 team and Shobhit Sahay is the technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Responsible organizations today use a variety of controls and policies to keep their data safe and secure. These controls become even more crucial if the data involved is sensitive information, which can range from industry-wide data (such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or customer information) to proprietary information (such as patents or confidential documents). Protecting this sensitive data is important because it enables organizations to comply with industry, government, and other regulations.

Office 365 already provides these necessary capabilities for email with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Exchange, Outlook, and OWA, along with a...

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09:00
Operation Smile: Nonprofit changes lives with help...

Operation Smile provides free surgeries to correct facial deformities for thousands of children every year. The nonprofit organization wanted to expand the reach of its work, but it needed better technology tools to support growth. The organization adopted Microsoft Office 365 to remove technological barriers and streamline collaboration. Operation Smile can now put the pieces in place to significantly increase its number of surgeries each year and make a difference in the lives of even more children.

For more on Office 365 at Operation Smile see the case study.

The post Operation Smile: Nonprofit changes lives with help from Office 365 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Operation Smile consolidates on OneDrive for Business

“OneDrive for Business has allowed us to consolidate all sorts of products, like Box and Dropbox, and aggregate all our content into one easy, consistent location. There’s plenty of space, and we can control it.”

Frank Byrum, Chief Technology Officer at Operation Smile

For more on Office 365 at Operation Smile see the case study.

The post Operation Smile consolidates on OneDrive for Business appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Juniper says tablet gaming revenue to triple by 2019...

Want to see an industry triple its sales in just five years? Keep an eye on tablet gaming, because that's what Juniper Research is predicting will happen by 2019. The typically well-regarded research firm claims that this year's revenue figure for...

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08:34
Apple will re-bid on nixed $1 billion LA Unified...

Though Apple's contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District to put iPads in the hands of every student was canceled this week, the company still has a shot to win out in the end, bidding once again on the troubled $1 billion project.



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08:25
Apps: LaunchBar, Cocktail, Cyberduck
08:19
More Evidence of NFC Support for Both iPhone 6 Models

Last week, Chinese repair firm GeekBar shared a claimed schematic for the iPhone 6 showing what was claimed to be the pinning diagram for the device's rumored near field communications (NFC) chip. The part addressed on the schematic, PN65V, was thought to be a version of NXP's PN65 NFC package currently used in several Android devices.

The leak is one of several schematics shared by GeekBar over the past week and a half, and while some of the components have been misidentified, it is looking increasingly likely that the schematics themselves are legitimate. Seen in that light, it is worth taking a look back at the NFC claim to see if there is additional evidence for it.

Closeup of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 logic board with likely NFC chip location boxed in red, LTE modem boxed in green
MacRumors forum member chrmjenkins has pointed us toward a...

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08:12
Thinner MacBook Air's release window is...

Despite earlier reports, the release window for a thinner MacBook Air -- possibly with a 12-inch screen -- is now ambiguous, according to Digitimes. Taiwanese supply chain sources say that the machine will ship "possibly at the end of 2014 or in 2015," although component production has allegedly started "in small volumes." That could mean that even if the product doesn't arrive this year, it will ship in the first quarter of 2015....



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08:12
Dropbox Ups the Cloud Storage Game with new 1TB for...

The online storage and file sharing service Dropbox increased its paid Pro storage option from 100GB a month for US$9.99 up to 1TB. The new price point brings Dropbox in line with Google Drive's 1TB offering, and it also brings some extra features to the table that make the deal even more enticing.

The Mac Observer Spin: 1TB for $9.99 a month is pretty competitive, especially since Dropbox is throwing other useful features, too. Your move, Apple.


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08:00
Foxconn Homicide Related to new iPhone 6 Security...

According to several reports out of China late last week, a homicide case took place in Foxconn’s Shenzhen Guanlan facility which makes the new iPhone 6.

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08:00
Catalyst Case for iPhone 5 / 5s provides rugged,...

Last year I reviewed the now defunct Griffin Survivor + Catalyst iPhone case. This year, Catalyst Lifestyle is now a stand-alone company with an updated range of cases. I had the opportunity to try out the Catalyst Waterproof Stealth Black case for...

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07:30
This ABC game is as easy as 123

The ABC Song is a game made up of mini games to teach children their ABCs. Each mini game offers players different ways to learn the alphabet and make connections between letters and objects that represent that letter. The ABC Song is compatible with...

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07:30
The Week in IOS Accessories: Rock and Roll, Hoochie...

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo

This week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes new ways to play both guitar and drums, as well as the usual array of cables, chargers, and more.

BiteMyApple

You know the tilt-shift effect on Instagram? The $70 Lensbaby lens for iPhone creates kind of an extreme version of that effect, letting you create dreamy pictures with a single point of focus, and surreal twisted lightscapes surrounding that point.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:23
Apple on Campus program reportedly no longer...

Mac4Ever is reporting that Apple has confirmed that the Apple on Campus program, allowing students to buy significantly discounted Macs and accessories via their college, is no longer available in either Belgium or Switzerland. The confirmation was provided in a one-line response by Apple Switzerland.

Yes, Apple on Campus was stopped. However, the Apple Education Store discounts are obviously still valid …

The discounts available through the Apple Education Store are lower than those available when buying through the Apple on Campus program.

It had earlier been thought that the decision might just...

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07:19
News: Daily Deal: Get up to $270 off on select...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a coupon to save up to $270 on select language sets from Rosetta Stone. With its guaranteed approach to learning a new language, Rosetta Stone focuses on the idea that learning a language should be a natural, intuitive process, and that interactive technology has the power to accelerate, personalize, and simplify language learning for anybody. With this offer, you can get $270 off select Rosetta Stone Language Sets…

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07:07
Apple offering iPhones on AT&T Next installment...

Following our report in late July that Apple was about to start selling iPhones through carrier upgrade/installment plans like AT&T’s Next, the company is now offering exactly that through its online store.

As of earlier this month, Apple’s website now displays the AT&T Next $0 down installment plan for existing AT&T customers upgrading to a new iPhone 5s, 5c, or 4S. That option is alongside its previous options of purchasing a device under a typical 2-year contract with one of the carriers or unlocked and contract-free.

While Apple is currently only offering the AT&T Next...

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07:00
10.8: Open a specific browser based on the URL

Usually I want to open Gmail in Chrome and URLs pointing to my development server in Firefox. For everything else I use Safari.



There is this nifty free app called LinCastor that enables you to register your own handler for an URL. Although it had beed designed to register your own non-standard URL schemes, it can intercept standard http and https as well.



In LinCastor (which you need to double-click twice to fully open for editing):

  • Add a new URL scheme
  • Choose AppleScript handler

Paste the following code in, (replacing the stub code at the bottom):

on handle_url(args)
if (|URL| of args starts with "https://mail.google.") then
tell application "Google Chrome"
open location |URL| of args
...

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07:00
YouTube Find: Is this the new iPhone 6?

Doldo411 of Second City Network introduces us to the iPhone 6 in what he claims is the biggest leak in Apple history. Will you be line-waiting for this one next month?...

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06:55
Scientists Zap Diamond With Laser to Record Quantum...


Researchers recently developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of one electron in a nanoscale defect in diamond. The team used ultra-fast pulses of laser light both to control the defect's entire quantum state and to observe how the state of one electron in the defect changes over time. "This experiment uses a 'trapped' electron contained within the negatively charged NV center," said team leader David Awschalom, which "results in a well isolated trapped electron whose spin state can be used as our qubit."

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06:52
LaCie unveils 48TB Thunderbolt 2 drive, Dropbox...

Apple users gained two additional high-capacity storage options on Wednesday, as external drive maker LaCie showed off its new rack-mount Thunderbolt 2 drive in a 48 terabyte configuration and cloud storage firm Dropbox announced that its $9.99-per-month Pro plan will now include 1 terabyte of space.



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06:47
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.4

Small maintenance release alleviates frustrations for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. (Free update, 113 MB)

 

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06:41
News: iPhone 6 parts leak reveals front panel...

A new group of alleged iPhone 6 parts have been posted on Chinese parts site ElekWorld, with a heretofore unseen front panel variation included among the pictures. While a picture of a completed front panel assembly for the 4.7” iPhone 6 looks similar to what’s been seen before, a separate picture of the front panel doesn’t match — it shows an extra sensor near the FaceTime camera. If this part is real, it’s possible that…

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06:40
On organizing your apps in iTunes

Kirk McElhearn wrote a nice little rant on the limited organization options iTunes give you when it comes to apps. I weighed in with my thoughts as well.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:39
Best Buy Canada Offers Canadian Students $100 off...

Best Buy Canada has a sale on Apple's iPad Air that started last night and will last ...

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06:37
Dropbox dramatically cuts pricing to compete, 1TB...

Dropbox has today slashed its pricing and doubled the maximum storage space from 500GB to 1TB. Up until yesterday, you’d have been paying $500/year for 500GB; today you can pay just $120/year (or $99/year when paying annually) for a terabyte.

The new deal finally brings Dropbox into line with Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Apple users may want to hold off for now, however, with Apple’s new iCloud pricing – which includes...

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06:36
EOL Notice: AppleCare Xsan Support

Forums: General Xsan Talk

News from Apple:

Apple is no longer selling AppleCare Xsan Support.

Existing Xsan AppleCare Support contracts are valid and will be supported by Apple until the contract expires.

I am not sure if it will still be supported with the Enterprise support..

Anybody else aware ?

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06:36
Cocktail 7.6 - General maintenance and optimization...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 7.6:

Note: Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X 10.9 Mavericks to run.

  • Added ability to disable DNS prefetching. (Interface - Safari)
  • Added ability to hide users with unique identifiers below 500 in the login window. (Interface - Login)
  • Added ability to...

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06:30
Scrum Master vs Product Manager

 

PS – You have to click on it.

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06:30
Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.


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06:22
LaCie ships new Thunderbolt 2 storage solution

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is shipping the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB capacity. The company says it's the "fastest, highest–capacity" Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on the market with speeds of up to 1330 MB/s and eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disks.

Built with 4K video workflows in mind, it delivers enough bandwidth to support 10–bit, 4K footage. Videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.

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06:22
LaunchBar 6.1 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name.

You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately.

Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.



Version 6.1:

General

  • Staging Area for creating multiple selections (see below for details).
  • Changed keyboard shortcuts for Info Browsing from Shift-...

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06:12
Anytime Ale releases 99-pack for $99

Hey, where did Jim go?

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06:09
∞ iPhone camera tricks

[VIDEO] The Washington Post ran this video showing a series of seven iPhone shooting tricks. Some of them were just OK, but I found a few of them to be brilliant.

Did you know you can use your headphone switch to take a picture? Combine that one with a water glass and you have a clever, albeit slightly risky way to take some underwater shots. I wonder if you could achieve the same thing with a very tall baggie.

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06:07
G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition...

G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition (http://tinyurl.com/nu2s5pp) is now available for the Mac. It's being offered for US$4.99 through Aug. 29; the normal price is $6.99.

Here's how the game is described: "The Ondine, the biggest and most luxurious cruise ship ever built, departed on her maiden voyage long ago. But her enormous pools, ornate casinos and grand ballroom were never seen again. Now the Trident Corporation has sent you to locate the ship and rescue its remains. During this dangerous mission, you lose all forms of contact and collide with the Ondine.

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06:02
Brawlerz : Nitro for Mac and PC is now on Steam...

Bail! Enemy Jet and Rum Theory has announced their new Steam Greenlight project for Brawlers : Nitro. It's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

Here's how Brawlers : Nitro is described: "The game offers fast paced retro arcade style gameplay, RPG elements and multiplayer all rolled into one super slick package. Choose the car that suits your strategy: it's a reflection of your inner maniac. This isn't a death race or rally, it's a fight to the death, pure and simple! The game supports Mac, Linux and Windows computers.

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06:00
Amazon's iPhone trade-in program is tough to...

If history is any indication, the Apple masses sometime in late September will begin lining up at Apple retail stores around the globe in order to get their hands on the iPhone 6. And like clockwork, once a new iPhone is unveiled, consumers begin...

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05:48
T-Mobile joins Walmart with its own iPhone discounts

Last week, Walmart knocked down the price of the iPhone 5c (to 97 cents – Yes, 97 cents) and the iPhone 5s ($79 with a new contract). Now T-Mobile has joined the fray.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and animation...

Maya is an award-winning software and powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface), or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.

Version 2015 (Service Pack 3):

What's Fixed:

  • Animation Character
    • Fixed an issue with blendShape DG evaluation
  • Animation General
    • Skinning : some vertices change position after skinning
    • GraphEditor : file will not save after changing keys in graph...

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05:45
iOS 7: Closing All Open Safari Windows on Your...

iOS 7's Private Browsing is handy if you want to secretly shop for gifts orâahemâview any other sites that you might not want people to see. In this Quick Tip, though, Melissa Holt's going to talk about using this feature as a way to close all of the Safari windows you've got open.


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05:37
Rumor: Apple to release thinner MacBook Air in late...

The MacBook Air could get even thinner by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Per MacRumors and DigiTimes, supply chain sources in Taiwan have noted that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014.

A report last month claimed that Intel’s continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may...

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05:34
Apple’s iPad business at-a-glance as CEO Tim Cook...

Tim Cook hinted at significant developments to the iPad line in describing the recent 16 percent drop in year-on-year sales yesterday as “a speedbump” in an interview with Re/code.

“We couldn’t be happier with how we’ve done with the first four years of the iPad. I’d call what’s going on recently a speed bump, and I’ve seen that in every category” …

He made that same comment before during the last earnings call and obviously that’s not the whole story…

Re/code pointed to the above ...

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05:30
Likes downloads Instagram pictures you have liked

Likes fixes a glaring problem with Instagram and it's free. The app is designed for iPhone 5 and up and for iOS 7 and up. In Instagram, you cannot save pictures you've liked. I save pictures because they inspire me, amuse me, because I want to later...

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05:21
Leaked component image bolsters rumors of redesigned...

A leaked image could possibly confirm rumors of a redesigned “True Tone’ flash unit for the iPhone 6 handset’s camera.

Per AppleInsider, Chinese smartphone repair company ElekWorld posted pictures of newly stocked parts, including purported “iPhone 6″ power flex cables with round multi-colored flash assemblies.

The cables, which are now available in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations, feature what appears to be a dual-LED flash assembly with “cool” and “warm” tints, a hallmark of Apple’s branded True Tone technology.

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04:56
Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook Air given vague...

The latest rumor on Apple's anticipated redesign of the MacBook Air casts a particularly wide net, suggesting that a thinner model could launch either this fall, or it could miss the holiday shopping season and debut at some point in 2015.



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04:24
Indoor location market worth $3.9 billion by 2019

MarketsandMarkets (www.marketsandmarkets.com) says the indoor location market will be worth US$3.9 billion by 2019. The pressing needs from the end customers for location based services are playing the major role in defining the future of the market, adds the research group.

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04:01
Kool Tools: J BlueStor networked storage server

JRM Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of the Dual RAID BlueStor Networked Storage server.

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03:04
Thinner MacBook to launch later this year or early...

Digitimes is claiming Apple will launch a new model of MacBook soon, potentially by the end of 2014. According to the report, component production has already begun in small quantities. The current MacBook Air tapers from 0.3 cm to 1.7cm, so it is unclear in what form the new product will be thinner. Although the report is not specific, the report could be referencing the long-rumored 12 inch Retina MacBook Air.

Digitimes’ report lacks any specifics aside from the release window. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo first mentioned the idea of a brand new Retina Air in 2013, predicting a launch in Q3 2014. The Air is expected to feature a radical new design, high-resolution display and a ...

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02:42
Apple to Reportedly Launch Thinner MacBook in Late...

Apple will launch a thinner MacBook near the end of this year or early next year, according to a new report from Digitimes. Citing supply chain sources in Taiwan, the report notes that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014.

A report last month claimed that Intel's continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may either be a successor to the MacBook Air or join Apple's current 11-inch and 13-inch models.

A previous report in June stated that Apple would begin...

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Tuesday August 26

23:07
Minnesota set to deploy 40,000 iPads to students

Even as questions arise about the LA Unified School District's handling of its botched and now-abandoned iPad program, Apple continues to win school districts over to the tablet. The St. Paul School District in Minnesota is launching a program that will offer tens of thousands of iPads to students in a total of 61 schools over time, with an initial rollout to 37 schools in the city. The district is leasing the equipment from Apple, which includes up to 1,000 unspecified MacBook models....



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21:03
Use Get Info to See Information About Multiple Files...

When doing a regular get info, you will have a screen (the Inspector) that shows you some basic information about a file or folder. This screen changes as the file changes, so if you were downloading a file, as the download completes, the file displays an ever increasing size. To see this screen, use the Command key and the i key (Cmd + i). If you have multiple objects selected when using the key, you’ll see each show a summary in its own screen.

However, at times you’ll want to see a Summary Info screen, which shows information about multiple selected objects. This screen doesn’t change as the files that are selected change. To see this screen, highlight a number of files and then use the Command, Control and i keys concurrently (⌘^i) to see a screen as follows.

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21:00
Cook upbeat on future of iPad in new interview

In a brief but new interview with Walter Mossberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook dismisses concerns that the tablet market has peaked. Addressing the two quarters of slight declines in iPad sales, Cook said that he'd "call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen that in every category." Mossberg writes that even in the most recent quarter, the iPad alone brought in $6 billion -- more revenue than the combined earnings of Facebook, Twitter Yahoo, LinkedIn, Tesla and Groupon....



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21:00
Briefly: iAd changes, TrueTone camera flash redesign...

Apple continues to tweak its iAd mobile advertising platform, now offering new formats, including full-screen interstitial ads (as often seen on iTunes Radio in iTunes) as well as Facebook-style "pre-roll" videos where video clips begin playing silently until clicked on by users, which opens the full video with sound. A new implementation guide has also been issued with the updated offerings. Additionally, the company says that the iAd network is now available in Russia and Switzerland beginning today. Ad creators can choose to update their ads to target either or both countries using iAd work...

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20:16
Starbucks offers one free month of Luminosity’s...

Starbucks has been continuously updating how its customers can redeem its iconic Pick of the Week promotion. Last year, the chain started offering digital Pick of the Week through the Starbucks app. Starbucks then updated its app to support redeeming Pick of the Week cards with the device’s camera. Now for the first time, the Starbucks App is offering an in-app purchase as its Pick of the Week: a month of...

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20:09
Open Source Software: Sailing Into Friendlier Seas


Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation, as a recent survey conducted by Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners found. Developers and corporate leaders now view open source software as a strategic advantage.

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19:31
New photos of purported True Tone flash and other...


New photos of what appear to be the True Tone flash components for both versions of the iPhone 6 have appeared on ElekWorld, providing even more evidence that Apple is planning to announce and release both models at around the same time. Interestingly, the website also carries a whole host of purported iPhone 6 parts, including front display panels, volume rockers, and home button assemblies.

Apple, of course, is expected to announce a redesigned 4.7″...

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18:54
BBEdit 10.5.12 and TextWrangler 4.5.10

Updated code signing to ensure compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($49.99/free new, free updates, 12.5/9.4 MB)

 

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18:47
BBEdit 10.5.12 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (...

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.

Version 10.5.12:

  • Updated code signing as required by OS X 10.9.4 and later



OS X 10.6.8 or later

Download Now

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18:47
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

BLiP [iOS Universal;...

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18:39
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.4 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2011 helps you create professional documents and presentations. And since Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere.

Work well with others. Be on the same page with Office for Mac and Office for Windows, including new features in Office 2010. Whether you're looking to share files or work together online, now you can do it with complete confidence, knowing that Office for Mac is most compatible with Office for Windows. With Office being used on more than 1 billion Macs and PCs worldwide, you can work with practically anyone you want, how you want, wherever you want-with no worries.

Save time with software you already know. Learning new software can be time-consuming. Office for Mac 2011 contains the familiar commands, formats, and interfaces you already know, so you can start working right away. It's never been easier to switch...

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18:30
Briefly: T-Mobile iPhone sale, Otterbox exploring...

Starting on Wednesday, T-Mobile will offer a discount of up to $50 off the full price of all iPhones, according to a leaked internal memo. The offer will not affect subsidized iPhones, but applies to "device only" (no contract) sales. The discount will vary depending on the model and capacity, notes TmoNews, and is likely a reaction to recent price-cutting of contract phones by retailers like Walmart, which has dropped the price of the iPhone 5c to 97 cents and the iPhone 5s to $79 with a two-year contract....



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18:28
T-Mobile to reportedly slash up to $50 off iPhone...

As iPhone resellers dump existing stock in preparation of an impending next-generation refresh, U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile will supposedly cut up to $50 off device-only pricing in an across-the-line sale, according to leaked internal documents.



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18:24
TextWrangler 4.5.10 - Free general purpose text...

TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool. Oh, and also, like the best things in life, it's free. TextWrangler is the "little brother" to BBEdit, a leading professional HTML and text editor.

Features:

  • General Purpose Text Editor
  • Programmer's Text Editor
  • Unix And Server Administrator's Tool
  • Powerful Text Transformer And Manipulator
  • Good Mac OS Citizen
  • Powerfully Useful Tool
  • Product developed in the best traditions of Bare Bones Software, with high performance, ease of use, a rich feature set, and the ability to read its own release notes



Version 4.5.10:

  • Updated code signing as required by OS X 10.9.4 and later



OS X 10.6.8 or later

Download...

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18:16
Seagate Ships First 8TB Hard Drives for Enterprise

Seagate announced Tuesday that has shipped the first 8TB hard drive, a 33 percent increase in capacity from the 6TB enterprise monsters that were announced just last April. The devices come in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, and it doesn't use helium to increase capacity, a concept being pursued by Western Digital. Instead, as noted by Computerworld, Seagate is using a technology called shingled magnetic recording (SMR). The company hasn't announced pricing, and said that it was shipping the drive to "select customers," with wider availability starting next quarter. The 6TB enterprise drive shown below can be purchased for US$599. Now, if I could just get an iPhone with more than 64GB of storage.


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18:01
T-Mobile offering up to $50 off all iPhone models...

As noted by the folks over at TmoNews, the magenta-branded un-carrier will be offering a discount of up to $50 on all iPhones starting tomorrow. An internal memo leaked from the company indicates that not every model will get the full $50 drop, but at least a few will. The cut comes off of the “device-only price,” or the full price of the phone. Subsidized models won’t be affected, it seems.

This discount is just the latest blow in the ongoing war between U.S. mobile carriers. Sprint recently announced...

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17:50
Is this iPhone case company worth $2.5B? Goldman...

From Reuters:

Otter Products LLC, the privately held company that makes the OtterBox protective cases for mobile phones, is exploring a sale that could value the company at more than $2.5 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

Otter Products, founded in 1998 by entrepreneur Curt Richardson and owned by him and his family, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to manage the sale process, the people said this week.

Some private equity firms have expressed interest in the company, the people added, cautioning that no deal is certain.

Looks like smartphone case maker Otterbox may be looking to cash in on its success to the...

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17:46
Apple's iBeacon Technology is being adopted by...

In May we reported on Duane Reade Inc. testing out Apple's iBeacon technology for it New York drugstore and convenient store chain. Today it's being reported that IPC Media, the publisher of magazines including Chat and Woman, will next month run the first UK-wide campaign using the Bluetooth beacon technology that Apple pioneered in its stores.

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17:02
Automattic strengthens WordPress with BruteProtect...

Automattic, the company responsible for the WordPress blog platform, announced today that it acquired BruteProtect. The pick up will allow the company to strengthen security of the WordPress platform through its Jetpack service, without additional cost to users. BruteProtect started its life as a plug-in for the popular blogging software, only to expand into other areas of security, server management and premium services....



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17:00
Instagram's new Hyperlapse video app is a time...

The video capabilities of the iPhone took a massive leap forward today with the release of Hyperlapse, a powerful new time lapse photography app from Instagram. Hyperlapse uses Instagram's stabilization technology to shoot cinematic time lapse...

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16:50
Hands-On with Blue’s Mo-Fi Headphones: Comfort...

Blue Microphones Mo-Fi headphones offer a high-end listening experience aimed at audiophiles and music professionals. With a flat sound, an onboard amp, and a radically reengineered approach to how they sit on your head, Mo-Fi marries comfort to high fidelity.


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16:26
iPhone-controlled August Smart Lock finally starts...

After nearly a year's wait, Yves Behar-designed August Smart Locks finally started shipping out to preorder customers on Tuesday and the company plans to have supply ready for a wider launch by October.



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16:19
USA Today iOS app reveals future CarPlay...

The USA Today newspaper app for iOS is temporarily removing the program's ability to feature audio versions of top articles, revealing that the reason is due to a change of serving technology needed to prepare a forthcoming update of the app to be CarPlay-compatible. In the current update of the app, the announcement was buried in the program's release notes, and there is no mention of when the audio feature will return....

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16:00
Verizon to roll out Voice over LTE support in coming...

Verizon today announced plans to roll out Voice over LTE support in the coming weeks, thus enabling subscribers to experience crisper and higher fidelity phone calls. In addition, subscribers will be able to take advantage of HD video calls,...

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15:30
Do You Believe: is it worth it?

Do You Believe is an educational app available on all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or later where users can pick a category and decide if they believe a certain statement is true. For example, if you pick the technology category, one of the questions...

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15:26
Cook says tablet sales slump is 'speed bump,...

In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook characterized an apparent slowdown in tablet sales as a "speed bump," a sentiment that runs counter to some industry pundits who claim slates like the iPad are past their prime.



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15:10
Uber testing 10-minute food delivery service...

Ride share service Uber is apparently looking to expand into some other functions, as it's testing a service dubbed UberFresh starting today. The program is attempting to deliver lunch to people in a short time frame utilizing a menu specific to the area being tested. The service is only being offered for a limited time, but a successfully test could mean the program is expanded further....



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15:04
iPad sales slump a 'speed bump,' according...

Flagging iPad sales during the last two quarters are nothing to worry about, says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a new interview. "We couldn't be happier with how we've done with the first four years of the iPad," he tells Re/Code's Walt Mossberg. "I'd call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen that in every category."...



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15:02
Apple rolls out new iAd formats, launches network in...

Apple announced two changes to its iAd platform today, expanding the reach and available formats of the ad network in an attempt to reel in more advertisers. The first of these changes is support for brand new iAd styles, including those pre-roll videos we’ve all come to know and love on YouTube. Full-screeninterstitial have also been added to the selection, with both new formats detailed in an updated implementation guide.

The company also announced that it starting today the iAd network is available in two new countries: Russia and...

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15:00
T-Mobile wants to give your iPad a ton of data for $...

The battle for the loyalty of tablet users sees another shot fired today, as T-Mobile has announced a deal that duplicates the data allowance of any phone plan if you add a tablet. For the US$10 monthly tablet fee, whatever data plan you currently...

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14:43
Seagate reveals first 8TB hard drive for enterprise

Storage solutions provider Seagate today announced it is shipping the world's first 8TB hard disk drive. The five-platter enterprise-oriented drive is in limited availability right now to "select customers," with wide scale availability next quarter, and a retail release shortly thereafter....



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14:38
Apple rolls out full-screen interstitial and pre-...

In a notice to developers on Tuesday, Apple announced availability of new iAd options including pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads for iOS apps, as well as support for Russia and Switzerland.



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14:32
Google Gives Glass a Good Polish


An update to the software that runs Glass gives users of Google's wearable computing device more control over their interactions with contacts. The latest version of the software -- also known as version XE20.1 -- adds the flexibility to choose how to reach out to a contact after selecting the person from the contacts list. "Now, when you tap on one of your contacts, you can swipe between Hangouts, email or SMS -- whichever strikes your fancy at that moment," explained Joel Kalmanowicz, a Glass product manager.

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14:31
iPhone-connected August smart lock finally overcomes...

The August smart lock system, which was originally announced in May 2013 and expected to ship in Q1 2014, has finally overcome shipping challenges and delays, the company announced today. The Yves Behar-designed device has already started shipping to a few buyers, and pre-order pricing has ended, bringing the price up to $249.99.

The August is one of many similar replacements for traditional keyed deadbolts that uses Bluetooth and a smartphone app to manage who can and can’t unlock your doors. Owners can add and remove authorized users through the iOS application, and the door will automatically unlock whenever the Bluetooth-enabled smartphone of one of these users comes within range.

Users who pre-ordered the August lock can expect to finally...

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14:30
The best VPN solution for iOS and OS X

The Sweet Setup:

For Mac and iOS users, what are the options? We want to use free WiFi when it is available, but how do we stay secure? There are so many VPN services to help ensure your browsing is secure, but I’m going to focus on 3 for the purposes of this article.

I’ve used Cloak in the past but, for the most part, avoid doing any “serious work” on public WiFi.

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14:30
Rumors that just won’t die, gigantic iPad edition

Maybe two screen sizes aren't enough anymore?

Andrew Cunningham

Some rumors spring eternal, and today it's the one about the larger iPad. Sometimes dubbed the "iPad Pro" by Apple rumor sites, Bloomberg claims that a new 12.9-inch iPad could join the current 9.7- and 7.9-inch models at some point early next year.

This rumor has been floating around for a while now, though information has generally been gleaned from disreputable sources like DigiTimes. The most credible report dates back to July of 2013, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "testing" larger displays for the iPad and the iPhone. We've since seen plenty of proof...

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14:30
HP announces four new e-All-in-One printers for...

Four new e-All-in-One printers were announced by HP today, adding a few new options for consumers and businesses looking to add a printer that can be used with a number of devices. HP stated that it is adding three low cost options to the Envy line for in home use and an Officejet model for home offices to suit different customer needs. Desktop and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, ChromeOS, Windows 8 and the Kindle Fire HDX, can all be utilized with the new e-All-in-One units....



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14:30
Monitor Your Twitter Mojo With Merlo

Can you tweet more effectively? Merlo, a new iOS app, might help you to do just that (but only if you can make out the tiny graphic displays-more on that below). Merlo requires iOS 7.1 or later, is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is...

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14:25
12.9-inch iPad going into production by Q1 2015,...

Apple suppliers are preparing to build a long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad, with production scheduled to start by the first quarter of 2015, sources tell Bloomberg. The people don't have any further details on the tablet except that Apple has been working with suppliers for a year or more to develop larger touchscreen devices. As for the iPad Air and iPad mini, a new Air is said to be in production now, while a new Mini is on the cusp. Both should ship later this year....



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14:08
Hands On With QuickBoard, a Quick Text Insertion...

When iOS 8 is released to the public in the fall, iOS users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including system wide third-party keyboards, which will bring fresh functionality to the default iOS keyboard.

Third-party keyboards are available on Android devices and have been long-desired on iOS, so several popular keyboard developers announced plans to bring their software to iOS shortly after third-party keyboard integration was announced at WWDC. After iOS 8 launches, we'll be seeing new keyboards from well-known developers like Fleksy, Swype, SwiftKey, and TouchPal.

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14:08
Rumored circular True Tone flash for 4.7" and 5...

Seemingly confirming ongoing rumors that Apple's next iPhone will feature a redesigned 'True Tone' flash unit, an electronics wholesaler on Tuesday published high-resolution pictures of circular dual-LED flash assemblies supposedly bound for both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models.



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14:00
Dropbox for iOS now lets you search within Word and...

Finding exactly what you're looking for in Dropbox has gotten even easier thanks to the latest update to its iOS app. Thanks to newly improved "high fidelity" previews, users can now search within Word and PowerPoint documents for the content they're...

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13:58
USA Today for iPhone outs itself as a future CarPlay...

USA Today has revealed that it will soon be added to Apple’s list of supported third party apps with support for CarPlay. The mention slipped into the release notes of the USA Today’s latest iPhone app update mentioning that the app would no longer feature audio versions of articles as it prepares to add integration with CarPlay.

Audio versions of top articles have been temporarily removed while we prepare for a seamless integration with CarPlay.

Support for CarPlay is currently limited to apps officially whitelisted by Apple. Since the official announcement of Apple’s feature integrating iPhone apps with car infotainment systems earlier this year, MBL At Bat has been the only third party app to join the initial list of supported apps....

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13:51
VPN Unlimited 3-Year Premium Plan for $19

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Donât trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? We have a deal for you that can help with these issues. For $19, you can get a three year plan with VPN Unlimited. With VPN Unlimited, you can access restricted content (think being in China and being able to access sites that are blocked by the Great Firewall). Plus, your data is encrypted. With this three year plan, you can access your VPN service from your Mac, PC, or Linux box, as well as your iOS or Android mobile devices. It retails for $65, making the $19 price a killer deal. There are more details on the deal listing.


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13:36
Ralph Lauren introduces iPhone-connected ‘Polo Tech...

Ralph Lauren has announced it’s about to introduce a new iPhone-connected, sensor-filled Polo shirt capable of tracking and sending biometric data directly to your smartphone.

The Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt features sensors knitted into the core of the product to read biological and physiological information. With Ralph Lauren’s leadership in the design community, the compression shirt also has a sleek look in black with a signature yellow Polo Player logo. The second-skin fit enhances comfort and agility.

The company described a bit about how the technology it’s using from Canadian company OMsignal works:

With OMsignal, the data collected by the shirt is stored by a “black box,” which includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction....

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13:35
Daily Deals for August 26, 2014, featuring the White...

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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13:30
BitTorrent Sync 1.4.72 - Sync files securely without...

BitTorrent Sync allows you to sync unlimited files between your own devices, or share a folder with friends and family to automatically sync anything.

File transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud and your data is protected by private keys.

BitTorrent Sync is specifically designed to handle large files, so feel free to sync original, high quality, uncompressed files.

Version 1.4.72:

  • New simplified UI
  • UI was fully revised and now looks similar on all platforms. Also, UI was simplified significantly to make Sync usage more fast, understandable and convenient.
  • HTTPS links support
  • HTTPS links can be produced by Sync, shared over non-secure channels and used on remote peer to exchange Keys securely, using X.509 certificates
  • Proxy server support added
  • Direct connection is possible if only one of two peers resides behind the proxy though
  • ...

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13:30
Apple's Beats Music launches iTunes Festival...

Apple-owned Beats Music has launched a US contest to promote itself and next month's iTunes Festival in London. The #GoWithMe promotion offers 25 winners a chance to take a friend to see one of five concerts. Options include Kiesza, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams/Jungle, Maroon 5/Matthew Koma, or Ed Sheeran/Foy Vance....



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13:22
STM introduces the Cable Wrap cable management system

STM (www.stmbags.com) has created the US$24.99 Cable Wrap. Designed with a "dedicated space for everything," it's built to offer a way to store flash drives, chargers, cable adapters, headphones, backup batteries and other electronic device accessories.

Made with water resistant fabric, the Cable Wrap unfolds to reveal four storage panels. One end of the wrap features a large mesh pocket for securing small items such as flash drives, adapters for universal chargers, lip balm, even spare change.

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13:20
Bloomberg reignites the Old Rumor of a Coming Larger...

As far back as May 2013 there were rumors of "Apple working on a Larger iPad for Education Market." This same rumor resurfaced again in December 2013 and with Apple's CEO Tim Cook showing that he's sharply focused on the iPad during Apple's latest financial conference call with hints of significant innovation on the way – the rumor mill is resurrecting the rumor of a 12.9 or larger iPad is in the works. This time it's Bloomberg that's shuffling the dust, though there's not much evidence of anything really in play.

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13:09
This is Uber’s playbook for sabotaging Lyft

The Verge:

Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors.

Interviews with current and former contractors, along with internal documents obtained by The Verge, outline the company’s evolving methods. Using contractors it calls “brand ambassadors,” Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets.

Uber calls the program “SLOG,” and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors.

If true, and there’s no reason to believe it’s not given previous Uber tactics, this is, at the very least embarrassing to Uber. It’s definitely...

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13:00
iAd Has Expanded to Russia and Switzerland

You can now promote your apps in 16 countries or regions on the iAd App Network. With iAd Workbench, you can choose your audience, set your price, and create a campaign that drives downloads. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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13:00
iAd Has Expanded to Russia and Switzerland

You can now promote your apps in 16 countries or regions on the iAd App Network. With iAd Workbench, you can choose your audience, set your price, and create a campaign that drives downloads. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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13:00
Generate More Revenue with New Ad Formats from iAd

Now you can deliver highly engaging ads from leading brands. Optimized for your app, pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads are now available on iOS. Learn how to integrate them into your app by reading Implementing iAd in Your iOS Apps.

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13:00
Generate More Revenue with New Ad Formats from iAd

Now you can deliver highly engaging ads from leading brands. Optimized for your app, pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads are now available on iOS. Learn how to integrate them into your app by reading Implementing iAd in Your iOS Apps.

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13:00
FireScribe for iPhone lets you share colorful...

FireScribe (US$0.99) is a cute app for sending something beyond a typical text message. The app creates fireworks against any background you choose, then spells out your custom message in pyrotechnics, letter by letter.

You start be selecting a...

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12:54
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Drop in iPad Sales Just a '...

Just before news of Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro was reported by Bloomberg, Re/Code's Walt Mossberg shared a snippet of an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook commenting on the recent state of the tablet market, which has been on the decline. According to Cook, the dip in iPad sales over the past two quarters is just a "speed bump" for Apple.In a brief interview about tablets I had this week with Apple CEO Tim Cook, he said, "We couldn't be happier with how we've done with the first four years of the iPad," and added that, "I'd call what's going on recently a speed bump, and I've seen that in every category."The sentiment echoes comments that Cook made during the company's third quarter earnings call, where Apple announced iPad...

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12:45
Seagate announces massive 8TB hard drive for bulk...

In the market for a whole lot of digital storage? Seagate has an announcement you’ll want to hear.

The Cupertino-based company announced today that it is now shipping the ‘world’s first’ 8TB hard drives surpassing the previous storage capacity limits in a single 3.5-inch hard disk drive. As the company mentions in their announcement, packing that much storage in a single drive allows data centers to be more efficient with data center rack space. Previously Seagate and the industry’s highest enterprise storage capacity 3.5 HDD’s reached 6TB in a single drive.

“Seagate’s new 8TB HDD provides IT managers with a new option for improving storage density in the data center, thus helping them to tackle one of the largest and fastest growing data categories within enterprise storage economically,” Scott Horn, Seagate’s VP of marketing said...

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12:44
Q&A with John Siracusa

Columbia Journalism Review’s Chris Ip interviews John Siracusa, one of the industries most respected writers. John’s OS reviews are simply epic in length and detail, but it’s also nice to see what motivates Siracusa in his reviews.

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12:40
Instagram's new Hyperlapse app simplifies...

Facebook's Instagram launched a new application on Tuesday dubbed Hyperlapse, which allows users to quickly shoot polished time-lapse videos. In addition, Square updated its Cash app for iOS to version 2.0, bringing a host of new features including transferring cash to any number over text message and address book importing.



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12:38
Hyperlapse is like a $15,000 video setup in your hand

Wired:

Using clever algorithm processing, Hyperlapse makes it easy to use your phone to create tracking shots and fast, time-lapse videos that look as if they’re shot by Scorsese or Michael Mann. What was once only possible with a Steadicam or a $15,000 tracking rig is now possible on your iPhone, for free. And that’s all thanks to some clever engineering and an elegantly pared-down interaction design.

I don’t know if Hyperlapse will encourage me to shoot more video but anything that can help the queasy-inducing shake of most handheld iPhone video is a good thing.

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12:33
Quick Start guide may show design, announcement date...

French site Nowhereelse has published a photo of what it claims is the Quick Start guide for the iPhone 6. If authentic, the guide shows the layout of the device, including a sleep/wake button relocated from the top to the side, presumably because of the phone's larger size. The date on the phone is also set to "Tuesday, September 9," when Apple is generally expected to announce new iPhones. Past Quick Start guides have also used announcement dates....



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12:30
Marcus Level is an endless runner with character

Marcus Level is a playful endless runner with platformer elements. There are 20 levels spanning four worlds in Marcus Level and players must complete certain tasks to earn badges to unlock the boss and bonus levels in each world. Players progress...

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12:30
News: Bloomberg: Apple now plans 12.9” iPad for...

Apple suppliers are getting ready to manufacture a new iPad with a 12.9-inch screen by the first quarter of 2015, Bloomberg reports. Such a device has already been rumored for some time — previous reports claimed Apple was testing a larger iPad, with one late 2013 report claiming the company was testing five different 12.9-inch iPad prototypes for a release of two possible versions of such a device. Talk about the device has been quiet for some…

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12:24
Forums: stubborn files, encryption keys and more

Yesterday Mac Elite "jeff k" took to the MacNN forums looking for assistance with trying to figure out why a stubborn file won't clear out of the trash can. Mac Elite "rotuts" sparked a conversation about apps that can be used to catalog hard drive file usage by date....



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12:23
Apple deals: iMacs as low as $1,099

Right now at Apple's online store, find big savings on refurbished iMac models. A $200 price cut can be had on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,099. For $1,399 is a 21.5-inch iMac originally released in October of 2012, with a 3.1GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....



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12:20
DealNN: Mac minis, hard drives and headphones

This week at Adorama.com get the Mac mini desktop computer for the reduced price of $879 with free shipping. That's $20 less than the retail price and lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by the same price margin. This Mac mini features a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i7 processor, 1TB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:15
Los Angeles school district halts $1B plan to give...

Jacqui Cheng

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the United States, has halted its proposed $1 billion plan to provide iPads for every student.

The abrupt change was announced late Monday evening after the Los Angeles Times reported that there were notable improprieties in the bidding process. This issue came amidst more fundamental questions about the efficacy and usefulness of the plan itself.

As the Times reported:

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12:08
Trend Micro report claims Google Play store loaded...

Typically, a fake version of an app is created by copying the .apk file and inserting code, with the possible goal of creating malware. While there are certainly knock-offs that have made their way onto Apple’s app store, there’s a review process to prevent this sort of malware factory.

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12:08
Rumor: Apple's jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad in...

Apple will expand the iPad lineup in early 2015 with a new, larger 12.9-inch model flanking the existing 9.7-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini, a new report claims.



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12:06
Apple TV now channeling Showtime, iTunes Festival

Naturally, just as we rounded up the complete list of Apple TV channels, Cupertino added a few more options to its set-top box on Tuesday. Alongside a new app for the premium Showtime network, the company also launched a channel for content from its own annual iTunes Festival.

The Showtime app, much like that of rival HBO, offers a catalog of movies and the company’s own original programming. In an unusual move, however, the app also boasts the ability to watch live TV, letting subscribers flip over to whatever’s currently airing on either Showtime East or Showtime West. You can also get a look at what’s coming up on the channel later in the day or week. Of course, in order to actually watch any of the content, you’ll have to authenticate with your TV provider—sorry, cord cutters.

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12:05
External Link: Marco Arment’s Mega Review of...

Overcast developer Marco Arment is on a quest to find the perfect pair of headphones, and he has acquired and reviewed 19 pairs of portable, closed headphones to find the best in that category. Surprisingly, the often-derided Beats Studio, which Arment credits for popularizing high-end headphones, wasn’t the worst of the lot. The winner in both sound quality and comfort might surprise you, as it was one of the least expensive models he tested.

 

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12:02
Minnesota school district set to roll Apple's...

Minnesota's St. Paul School District is preparing to deploy tens of thousands of iPads to students in 37 schools around the city, marking another victory for Apple in education even as a similar program in Los Angeles comes under fire.



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12:02
Apple to Launch 12.9-Inch iPad in Early 2015

Apple is planning to launch its much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015, reports Bloomberg. Hints of the tablet, which has been dubbed the "iPad Pro" in rumors, first appeared in mid-2013, with a prospective 2014 launch date. Recent rumors, however, suggested plans for the tablet had been put on hold.

Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook AirThe new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren't public. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch...

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12:00
Visio webcasts are back! Register now for Visio...

Join us Tuesday, September 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET to kick off the new Visio webcast series with a session all about organizational diagramming.

This highly customizable session contains tools and techniques that can dramatically increase the understanding, efficiency, and productivity of Visio users, turning Visio generalists into true Visio power users.

In this session, you will learn about the following critical features and common tasks:

  • Understanding the OrgChart template
  • OrgChart versus OrgChart wizard
  • Manually creating an OrgChart
  • Re-layout nodes
  • Team frame
  • Dotted-line reports
  • Adding pictures
  • Backgrounds
  • Manual updating
  • Understanding the OrgChart wizard
  • Configuring the external data source
  • Using data graphics
  • Data graphic legends
  • Updating the OrgChart
  • Re-attaching to the external data
  • New, modified and...
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12:00
If you thought Samsung copying was bad...

In April of 2011 Apple kicked off a wave of international litigation when it filed its first lawsuit against Samsung for "slavishly copying" the user interface of the iPhone. These days, Apple and Samsung are seemingly on a path to finally put their...

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11:57
Bloomberg: Apple planning to release 12.9-inch iPad...

Following several reports and rumors earlier this year, Bloomberg is reporting today that Apple is preparing to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015:

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company’s largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter… The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public

We’ve seen several reports as far back as last year claiming that Apple has been preparing a larger iPad somewhere in the neighbourhood...

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11:40
The top iOS 8 features for business users

When it shows up in the coming weeks, Apple’s iOS 8 is set to bring several new features, including its HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, to the iPhone and iPad. Many of the advances are consumer-oriented and focused on creating a seamless experience across iOS devices and Macs running the forthcoming OS X Yosemite.

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11:29
In Defense of Tablets

Re/code:

The tablet is doomed. It was a fad. Who needs one, anyway?

At least that’s the conventional wisdom forming around the iPad and other tablets in the wake of some recent negative sales news. Apple’s iPad sales have been down in the last couple of quarters. Samsung says demand for its tablets has grown “sluggish.” Microsoft’s Surface tablet line has failed to take off.

Many commentators…argue that the tablet boom is over, and that their makers are out of ideas. Others say the tablet was supposed to replace the PC, but has failed to do so.

Maybe so. The recent sales troubles for big-name tablets are undeniable. But I think the conclusions that are being drawn from them are wrong.

I think the tablet is a terrific device.

I agree with Mossberg. I use my iPad dozens of times a day, even with a Macbook Pro within reach. And, when it comes to traveling, whether on public transit or a plane, I’m more likely to pull out the iPad than...

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11:20
It’s “Pumpkin Spice Latte” time again!

Seattle Met:

Since the pumpkin spice latte’s inception 11 years ago, customers have ordered more than 200 million, each topped with whipped cream and a parting shake of spices. It arrives while the summer sun still beats down hot over most of the country, but a combination of masterful marketing and a fan base with the kind of obsession usually reserved for pop stars has transformed this drink into a national harbinger of fall.

Like the Mcdonald’s McRib, this is another one of those things that mystify me about the foods we eat and crave. Granted, I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I prefer my coffee to simply be coffee flavoured. But the excitement of so many for this drink’s arrival is fascinating. Is it marketing generated though?

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11:16
Verizon draining remaining 32GB iPhone 5c stocks,...

Verizon is deliberately letting its remaining 32GB iPhone 5c inventory run dry, a source tells AppleInsider. The carrier has allegedly "retired" the model as it prepares for Apple to launch new iPhones next month. The Verizon online store is in fact already out of the 32GB 5c in all colors except for blue. Every 16GB model is still in stock, as are all editions of the iPhone 5s....



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11:15
Yahoo Screen app for iOS adds personalized video...

Yahoo announced a new partnership with the NFL today that brings content from the recently launched NFL Now network to Yahoo apps on the web, iPhone and iPad.

Earlier this month Apple added the NFL Now channel to the Apple TV and before that dedicated apps for iPhone and iPad launched on the App Store. Yahoo is hoping its experience through the Yahoo Screen mobile app (and later the Yahoo Sports app) will offer a better way to view the content:

With NFL Now, each morning you’...

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11:15
Can’t Wait for OS X Yosemite? Disable Mavericks’...

OS X Yosemite is coming soon, and it moves the widgets from the Dashboard, which will be no more, to the Notification Center. But if you can't wait to get rid of it in Mavericks, John Martellaro shows how.


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11:15
Researchers: iPhones, iPads connected to Windows PCs...

Attackers could compromise iPads and iPhones on a large scale through the infected computers that make up botnets, researchers say.

Nearly a quarter of zombie computers that make up certain known botnets eventually connect with Apple iOS devices, making these phones and tablets vulnerable to infection from malicious applications, a team from Georgia Institute of Technology said last week at the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium.

Attackers would install malicious applications on the iOS devices when they connect to infected PCs via USB cable or Wi-Fi, says the team led by Tielei Wang. The apps would steal passwords and other personal information.

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11:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-26

The Los Angeles school district canceled its contract with Apple for iPads in the classroom. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the reasons why that happened, and they also take a look at what's on the TMO staff's iPhone Home screens.


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11:00
How not to use rice to save your iPhone

Here's the thing: Rice can indeed dry out your iDevice if it ends up taking an unexpected tumble into a pool, pond, or -- tech gods forbid -- toilet. That being said, this is not the way to do it. Leave your device off for as long as possible, and...

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10:57
Gadget Ogling: A New Nook, a Good (M8), a Lock With...


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook conflates lots of different things: It's an Android tablet designed for reading, made by Samsung for Barnes & Noble. That might seem confusing, and I'd agree. It's essentially a branded version of the Galaxy Tab 4 with an e-commerce focus. Specifically, there's a Barnes & Noble Newsstand app, with games, movies and books on offer. However, if I wanted a tablet to make buying digital goods easier, I'd more likely opt for Amazon's Kindle Fire or an iPad.

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10:52
Beats Music Launches Promotional iTunes Festival...

In an attempt to garner new users from parent company Apple, Beats Music has launched a contest to coincide with the upcoming London iTunes Festival. Beats Music's #GoWithMe contest is offering 25 Beats Music users in the United States a chance to win two tickets to see one of several musical acts during the festival, with the prize package including airfare to London and hotel accommodation.

Users do not need to pay for Beats Music to enter the contest, but a Beats Music account is required. After signing up for an account, Beats listeners can enter to win tickets to one of five performances by navigating to the artist's page on the Beats Music site: Kiesza, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams + Jungle, Maroon 5 + Matthew Koma, and Ed Sheeran + Foy Vance....

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10:47
Mac: Satechi BT Wireless Smart Keyboard

Satechi has been working towards the ultimate keyboard experience for Mac users for nearly a decade. The newly-released BT Wireless Smart Keyboard ($55) is its latest attempt at a compelling multi-platform keyboard device. Designed to sync with 5 devices at a time, it’s an ultra-efficient keyboard for users with productivity in mind. Using the keyboard’s function key in addition to the 1-5 number keys, users can seamlessly switch between…

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10:36
News: More new Apple TV channels: SVT Play in Sweden...

More new channels have been added to Apple TV, this time in Scandinavia. SVT Play has been added as a channel in Sweden, and NRK has been added for Apple TV users in Norway. SVT Play is a free service offering on-demand and live television, including sports, news, drama, documentaries, and children’s shows. NRK is a Norwegian public broadcaster now offering 40,000 shows on demand through Apple TV. Earlier today, Apple added Showtime Anytime…

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10:34
Xsan mounting issues

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi folks

I have an issue with a setup I'm trying to upgrade for a client.

Current setup consists of 3 Intel Xserves on Xsan version 2.2.2 running 10.6.8 on a Qlogic switch.

We need to upgrade the Xserves to 10.9 so I have added 2 new Mac minis (10.9.3) with SANLink 2 thunderbolt to fibre channel adapters to act as MDCs and as temp servers while I upgrade the Xserves and get everything up to the same level.

Eventually they will all have access to the single SAN volume and I will redistribute which are MDCs. 2 of the current Xserves act as MDCs. One is strictly a client (and will remain so)

Here's the issue:

I have everything setup correctly (public and private IPs, all machines can see each other and ping etc...)

I can add the 2 new Minis via XSAN admin on themselves to the SAN but they will not...

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10:30
Google releases Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, Linux

Google has released Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The biggest change affects only Windows users, in the form of DirectWrite support for better font rendering. Previously Chrome for Windows depended on the Graphics Device Interface, and Google explains that the change "required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine."...



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10:10
Apps: Showtimes, Instagram, TSN GO
10:00
iPod touch stolen, used by war vet for prosthetic...

The opinion people have about thieves in general is pretty low, but a thief who broke into the truck of 27-year-old Afghanistan war vet Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle deserves loathing of a special kind. The thief took an iPod touch especially configured with...

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09:55
BRAVEN colors the audio world with 705 speakers for...

BRAVEN (www.braven.com) is shipping the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker, which is available in eight colors. Battery powered, it provides sound for over 12 hours.

The BRAVEN 705 doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. It's clutch-sized and sports a unibody design.
 

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09:49
T-Mobile expands Simple Choice to ten lines, adds...

T-Mobile has announced its second set of price plan changes in as many days. The carrier is extending the line capacity of its Simple Choice plans from five lines to a maximum of ten per account, while a new scheme will provide tablets added to a Simple Choice plan the same amount of LTE data as allocated to smartphones on the same account....



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09:40
WatchABC & NPR One iOS apps add Chromecast...


A couple notable mobile apps for both Android and iOS are receiving updates today that bring Chromecast support including NPR One and the WatchABC apps. 

NPR One, the recently released app from NPR that offers a curated stream of stories and personalized content, now allows you to beam beautiful...

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09:36
L.A. School District Suspends a Massive iPad Contract

At the top of the month we posted a report titled "Apple's iPad Dominance in Education is Being Challenged by new Common Core Rules, Chromebooks and Hybrid Devices." The report covered a number of school districts that were opting for iPad alternatives like hybrid notebooks so that their students could meet the needs of the Common Core rules. Today, the L.A Times is reporting that that L.A. Unified, the second largest school system in the U.S. have officially cancelled a one billion dollar contract with Apple for iPads ...

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09:34
Beloit College Mindset List for this year’s college...

Beloit College:

Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996.

Among those who have never been alive in their lifetime are Tupac Shakur, JonBenet Ramsey, Carl Sagan, and Tiny Tim.

Do not read this story unless you want to feel old.

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09:32
deadmau5 to Open 2014 iTunes Festival

Apple added several more artists to its 2014 iTunes Festival lineup in London, including deadmau5 as the event's opening act. The company also added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV Tuesday morning ahead of next week's concert series.


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09:31
Netflix formally objects to Comcast and Time Warner...

Video streamer Netflix has formally objected to the Comcast and Time Warner Cable Merger, with a complaint filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this week. The streamer believes that the merger hampers consumer access to data, and "would set up an ecosystem that calls into question what we have to date taken for granted: that a consumer who pays for connectivity to the Internet will be able to get the content she requests."...



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09:30
Showtime Anytime arrives on Apple TV

In addition to an updated iTunes Festival app, the Apple TV has also been refreshed with Showtime Anytime, an app for the Showtime TV network. While some episodes are available on-demand for free, full use of the app -- including live streaming -- requires authenticating a subscription with compatible providers. That list includes AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, Optimum, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and a number of regional firms....



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09:27
Verizon Preparing to Launch Voice Over LTE Network...

Verizon today announced that it is preparing to launch its voice over LTE (VoLTE) service sometime in September, reports CNET. The new service will be available nationwide on supported phones that are connected to the carrier's LTE network.

VoLTE will provide high-definition quality voice and video calls that will significantly improve the overall calling experience. Not only will customers notice an enhancement in voice call quality, they also will be able to initiate a FaceTime-like video call right from the dialer app. Once you experience the HD quality voice, you don't want to go back," Greg Dial, executive director of mobile services for Verizon, said in a pre-briefing and demonstration of the new service with reporters. "The tight integration of the video calling feature is also significant. You can launch it right from the dialer. There's no opening a...

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09:25
Headphones mega-review

Marco Arment:

My criteria for this review is what someone seeking good headphones today probably wants:

Semi-portable, over-ear headphones — not pocketable, but should fit comfortably in a small bag; suitable for listening at your desk and bringing on an airplane, or maybe wearing outside

Closed-back design with at least moderate isolation

A straight, short cable with a 3-button clicker

The hard price cap is $400, but ideally, these should be under $300.

I’ve been thinking about new studio headphones so Marco’s review was of interest for the variety he tested if nothing else.

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09:19
Introducing the Sound Blaster Roar by Creative Labs...

The Sound Blaster Roar is the epitome of audio quality, features and great looks combined into one device.

Musicality, accurate timbre, tonality, with deep, tight bass within a portable Bluetooth wireless speaker shouldn’t be a pipe dream. Creative Labs boasts of defying these laws of acoustic engineering with their Sound Blaster Roar.

Through their innovative acoustic chamber design with an impressive 5-driver speaker setup consisting of 2 amplifiers and 1 built-in subwoofer, the Roar proves that it is possible to have powerful, balanced, and well-defined sound with heart-thumping bass from a device no larger than a booklet. All this, without sacrificing battery performance.

Not just a wireless speaker, the Roar also comes integrated with a whole host of useful features:

  • NFC-compatible
  • Supports aptX and AAC high definition codec
  • ...
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09:15
SANS Institute announces Apple, Mac, iDevice...

To help digital forensic and incident response (DFIR) professionals take on any Apple case, the SANS Institute today introduced the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course. This hands-on forensic analysis course is designed to help Windows-based investigators broaden their analysis capabilities and achieve the confidence and knowledge needed to comfortably analyze any Mac or iOS system without hesitation.

SANS will debut the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course at SANS Crystal City in Virginia, Sept. 8-13. A second run course will be offered at SANS Seattle 2014, Sept. 29- Oct. 6.

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09:01
Where’s the best place to trade in an iPhone? $400+...

We’re 2 short weeks away from Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement and that of course means it is almost time to trade in your current but now outdated tiny iPhone 3/4/5/s/c. Giving your non-sapphire 4-incher to a friend or relative? That’s nice of you but for those in the US who prefer cold hard cash, there are lots of great options out there.

In years past, we’ve put together roundups (2013, 2012) that include 12 different options but...

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09:00
Lync Mobile update–Gallery View on iPad and...

Barak Manor, product manager for Lync Mobile

The Lync Mobile team continues to make the key investments that create value for meetings on the go. This update introduces the Gallery View for the iPad, Lobby Control and promote/demote participants for both iPad and iPhone.

Gallery View

Today we’re pleased to share that now we bring you not only one, but four video streams in a Lync Meeting on the iPad. Lync automatically detects and shows the video streams of the most active speakers in the meeting.

With the new Gallery View on the iPad, and the four live video streams, you can now feel the same wonderful experience you have on the Desktop and on Lync for Windows 8.  To learn more about the Gallery view,  visit the Gallery View blog; and  Gallery View...

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09:00
Los Angeles doesn't want $500 million worth of...

A US$1 billion plan to give every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District an iPad, while beefing up the district's internet capabilities and other infrastructure, is now dead, according to the L.A. Times. The deal would have started with a...

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09:00
BitTorrent Sync Gets Revamped Sharing Workflow and...

BitTorrent Sync on Tuesday saw a huge update in its subtly-named 1.4 release, now allowing users a much simpler way to start sharing synced folders with others. If you haven't been using BitTorrent Sync yet, you probably will start soon, largely due to some of the new features they've added today.


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08:47
LA Unified School District halts further use of iPads

The superintendent of Los Angeles' Unified School District, John Deasy, has formally suspended future implementation of an iPad contract with Apple. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.," he writes in a memo issued to the Board of Education. "Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]."...



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08:45
Apple was Granted 57 Patents Today Covering a Future...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we mainly cover Apple's possible future shopping app and briefly touch on a revised multitouch patent. We also cover several new design patents issued to Apple today. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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