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Tuesday August 26

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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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08:44
∞ The value of Twitch

About a month ago, word spread that Google-owned YouTube had completed negotiations to buy game-streaming service Twitch with an all-cash offer of $1 billion.

Yesterday, YouTube had the rug pulled from under them when Twitch announced that they had accepted another all-cash bid for $970 million from Amazon. Here’s the thank you post from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.

So why would someone care about this? The key is the allure of Let’s Play, the...

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Digital factotum

Digital factotum

In this week’s roundup, you’ll find apps that turn your Mac into a surveillance camera, batch image editor, backup system, video player, and worldwide postal code directory.

AtHome Video Streamer 2.0.4

Circlely Networks’s AtHome Video Streamer (Mac App Store Link) turns your Mac into a surveillance camera.

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08:30
Follow Team USA in the World Cup with USA Basketball

The World Cup of basketball begins later this week in Spain. NBA Properties latest app USA Basketball allows you to closely follow the action of the United States team as it progresses through the three- week long tournament featuring the top...

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08:06
L.A. Unified School District Suspends $1 Billion...

Los Angeles school district superintendent John Deasy halted the district's iPad contract with Apple in mid-rollout, reports the LA Times. The $1-billion multi-year contract would supply LAUSD students with iPads that were pre-loaded with curriculum from Pearson.

The contract was administered in phases with an initial $30-million investment to equip a pilot group of students with iPads. Additional payments totaling almost $1 billion would expand the project to additional students and build out the wireless infrastructure to support tablet usage at the district's schools. Each phase was subject to approval with the option of canceling the...

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08:03
LaunchBar 6.1

Adds new Staging superpower, which enables you to create multiple selections and initiate them at once. ($29 new, free update, 10.0 MB)

 

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08:02
Verizon rolling out VoLTE service nationally in...

Verizon Wireless is gearing up to roll out its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service over its cellular network. Its planned service will be going live over the next few weeks, with the higher-quality HD Voice calling accompanied by a simplified video calling service built directly into the phone dialer, allowing users to seamlessly switch between voice-only and video calls....



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08:00
iPhone 6 cases are already showing up on Amazon

Apple has reportedly scheduled a special event for September 9, which many suspect it will feature the public debut of the next iPhone. While rumors have swirled for months about the release of Apple's next generation phone, very little has been...

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07:53
LA Unified School District’s “iPad for every student...

A plan by the LA Unified School District to provide an iPad for each of its 640,000 students by the end of this year has now been suspended, and appears likely to be abandoned altogether.

Apple proudly announced the plan in June of last year, but it wasn’t too long before the arrangement came into question. Rollout was temporarily halted last September, when it was found that students were able to bypass restrictions designed to ensure they were only used for school work when taken home. A month later, it was suggested  that the school district might have...

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07:52
Apple adds Showtime Anytime, iTunes Festival...

Apple on Tuesday added two new channel options to its set-top streamer, bringing on-demand Showtime Anytime from the cable network as well as a dedicated channel for the upcoming iTunes Festival in London.



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07:42
News: Showtime Anytime channel comes to Apple TV

Apple has just added the Showtime Anytime channel to Apple TV, following its reintroduction of the iTunes Festival channel. The new channel is basically Showtime’s version of HBO Go — it’s been available on the App Store for some time. Showtime Anytime has on-demand content and live streams of Showtime East and Showtime West for authenticated TV subscribers. Some free full episodes of Showtime shows are even available without cable or…

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07:33
Review: Parallels Desktop 10 brings even tighter OS...

Last week, Parallels launched the upgrade to v10 of their software and today, you can now get the full version online.

Parallels Desktop has long been one of the go-to applications for using your Mac to virtualize a wide variety of operating systems, and many considered its previous version 9 as more than sufficient for getting this job done. While the software shining point has always been its ability to run Windows truly parallel to the standard Mac OS X desktop, this version of Parallels...

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07:33
L.A. Unified school district halts contract for iPads

The LA Times:

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation’s second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.

The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.

Jump to the original Loop post for more detail and a link to the internal LA school district document that lays all this out.

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07:30
LA Schools Ditch iPad Contract Amid Controversy

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has cancelled a year-old contract with Apple to put iPads in student's hands following news that he, along with former Deputy Superintendent Jamie Aquino, had inappropriately close ties to the company. Documents showed the two may have been talking with Apple executives a couple years in advance, and that the bidding process may have been skewed in Apple's favor.

The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if the school district superintendent acted inappropriately or not because his integrity has been called into question, and by extension Apple's has been, too. This isn't going to make it any easier for Apple to score future contracts in Los Angeles schools.


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07:29
News: LA Unified School District suspends iPad...

L.A. Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has suspended the school system’s highly-publicized contract with Apple to provide iPads to students, the Los Angeles Times reports. The contract would have provided all students in the country’s second-largest school system with iPads, but recent accusations claim that Deasy and deputy superintendent Jaime Aquino had “especially close ties” to Apple executives. “Moving…

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07:24
Purported 'iPhone 6' speaker assembly...

A photo that is said to depict the loudspeaker assembly from Apple's next-generation iPhone surfaced on Tuesday from a wholesale electronics parts supplier in the Far East, alongside pictures of several other supposed "iPhone 6" components.



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07:19
Review: Simplicam, the Dropcam HD competitor that...

Home security cameras that send you alerts when they detect movement have been around for a while now. We reviewed Dropcam, one of the better-known names in the business, last October.

The problem, though, is that most movement isn’t likely to be of interest – especially if you have pets or are suseptivle to changes in nature from sunlight/wind. What we really want to know is when a person arrives, and that’s what Simplicam aims to deliver through face-detection software. You can thus choose to be notified about any one or more of three types of event: movement, sound and face-detection … 

It’s pretty clear that Simplicam is directly targeting the Dropcam HD, matching the 720p resolution, 107-degree...

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07:16
Premium Channel 'Showtime Anytime' Comes...

In addition to the return of the iTunes Festival channel for Apple TV today ahead of September's concert series in London, Apple has also added a new Showtime Anytime channel to its set-top box.

The Apple TV channel is a companion to the Showtime premium cable network and offers limited free content to all users. Most content, which includes live and on-demand shows and events, is limited to customers who subscribe to the network through a participating cable provider.

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07:15
Cyberduck 4.5.2 - FTP and SFTP browser. (Free)

Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain, and AppleScript are built-in.

Cyberduck is an Open Source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.

Version 4.5.2:

  • [Feature] Network diagnose option in connection failure alert (Windows)
  • [Bugfix] Folder contents in directory placeholders not listed (OpenStack Swift) (#8094)
  • [Bugfix] Use version 2 for sealed resources for compatibility with OS X 10.9.5...

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07:13
Apple Launches Apple TV Channel for 2014 London...

Apple today launched its iTunes Festival channel on the Apple TV ahead of the festival's start on September 1. Similar to previous years, the iTunes Festival channel contains information relevant to the upcoming London version of the popular music festival.

Ahead of the event, the channel allows you to browse information on the history of the festival, details on the Roadhouse, and the performance schedule for next month. When the festival begins, Apple TV owners can watch HD streams of both live and archived performances.

Apple recently filled its performance calendar adding well-known musicians such as Mary J. Blige and Tony Bennett to the festival lineup. These performers will join previously announced acts such as Maroon 5,...

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07:08
Apple adds 19 more acts to iTunes Festival London [u]

(Updated with iOS app, Apple TV channel news) Another 19 musical acts have been added to the list performing at next month's iTunes Festival in London. Some prominent names include Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran, Placebo, and Little Dragon. In all Apple has announced 40 artists, but over 20 more have yet to be made public....



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07:00
Flickr Find: What a way to start a Monday

Props to Flickr user Sam, aka "Purplelime," for filling her Monday with Mac, music and tea. I only wish my Mondays were marked by such serenity.

Did you know that TUAW has a Flickr pool? And that we encourage readers to submit their own Apple...

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06:49
LA Unified School District suspends iPad deal, faces...

Though it was much-touted when Apple signed the contract last year, the company's massive deal to sell iPads to the Los Angeles Unified School District has now officially been suspended, amid accusations that top employees at the district had improperly close ties with the Cupertino, Calif., company.



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06:46
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Limefuel...

Today is your last chance to pick up your Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for only $34.99 in our iLounge Deal. Equipped with 15000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel Lite is designed for portability, weighing only 12 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack,…

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06:43
Tinderbox 6.0.3 - Store and organize your notes,...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs.

Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful.

Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the internet.

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.



Version 6.0.3:

Attribute Browser

  • Add controls for sorting to attribute browser...

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06:39
NSA Shares Its Data Wealth


The U.S. National Security Agency secretly shares the communications data it has amassed over the years with nearly 24 government agencies using a search engine resembling Google Search, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. That's more than 850 billion records of phone calls, emails, cellphone locations and Internet chats. The ICREACH search engine's user interface is strikingly similar to that of Google. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration are key participants in ICREACH.

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06:18
News: iTunes Festival channel returns to Apple TV

The iTunes Festival channel has reappeared on Apple TV, not long before the festival kicks off in London. Apple’s iTunes Festival starts September 1 and runs through the whole month. As has been the case previously, the channel will let users watch live HD streaming video of the performances, as well as on-demand recordings after performances have ended. New acts, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, and Ed Sheeran, were recently added to the…

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06:08
Bad iPhone 5 Battery Life? Apple May Owe You a Free...

If your iPhone 5's battery life is much shorter than it should be, you aren't alone. In fact, enough people are suffering from the problem that Apple is replacing iPhone batteries for free. Here's how to see if you qualify.


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06:06
Apple Wins a Patent for their Famous NYC Glass Store...

In August 2010 Apple applied for a trademark related to the famous Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City that's a stunning Glass Cube. While that trademark is still pending, Apple has been granted a design patent ...

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06:05
Blue Microphones unveils Mo-Fi headphone line

Blue Microphones, a digital audio brand best known for its USB audio mics popular with both podcasters and musicians, has expanded into headphones with the release of its first Mo-Fi headphone set. As recently noted by one of our reviewers, most headphones sound much better when paired with a combination DAC and amplifier like the Sony's PHA-2 portable headphone amps -- but Blue has taken it a step further by building the amp directly into its headphones....



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06:02
Additional leaked details indicate iPhone 6 “...

A few new details have surfaced about the apparent “Phosphorous” sensor mentioned yesterday.

Per MacRumors, Weibo user GeekBar continued his leaks of claimed wiring schematics of iPhone 6 components with a new “Phosphorus” component that was interpreted as the next-generation version of Apple’s M7 co-processor. The M7 collects and tracks motion data from various sensors in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini, and with the iPhone 6 rumored to be including a number of new health- and fitness-related sensors, a more powerful version of the M7 seems...

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06:00
Apple adds Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett and others to...

As noted by The Loop, Apple has added several new high-profile performers to its iTunes Festival 2014 lineup. Notable performers include hip-hop and soul star Mary J. Blige and crooner Tony Bennett. The full list of performances that span the month...

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05:56
Seagate ships world’s first 8TB hard drives

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) is shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. It delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD, says Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.

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05:46
External Link: The Columbia Journalism Review...

John Siracusa sat down for a Q&A with the Columbia Journalism Review to discuss his nearly fourteen years of annual Mac OS X reviews. Siracusa talks about how Apple’s interactions with the press have changed, and what drives him to be so hypercritical.

 

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05:43
Verizon winding down stock of 32GB iPhone 5c ahead...

U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is burning through the last of its high-capacity 32-gigabyte iPhone 5c inventory, with almost all units now out of stock in its online store, in anticipation of a replacement with Apple's next-generation lineup of handsets, AppleInsider has learned.



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05:42
iTunes Festival London channel arrives on Apple TV...

Shortly after adding 19 more acts to the line-up for the iTunes Festival running in London throughout September, Apple has now pushed the iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV, ready for live HD streaming once the show begins … 

The channel is currently offering information about the line-up, the famous Roundhouse venue and a history of the festival.

The festival is now in its 8th year since its launch in 2007, and over 430 artists have performed to live...

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05:33
Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program...

This could come in handy.

Per Macworld, Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. Apple has stated that a “very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices” may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.

Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple’s site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.

If you have an affected device you’ll have the choice to replace...

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05:30
Talking Holidays Wheel is decent kids app, but...

Talking Holidays Wheel: Christmas Halloween Summer is an interesting combination of a children's game and an educational app with a title that can't possibly get anymore self-explanatory. The app includes three wheels for Christmas, Halloween and the...

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05:11
Apple has been Granted Two New Liquid Metal Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two of Apple's latest patent wins related to liquid metal that could one day be used for future Apple devices or parts of devices relating to displays including a TV, the iWatch ...

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05:00
Blue Releases Mo-Fi Headphones with Onboard Amp,...

Blue Microphones announced on Tuesday Mo-Fi, the company's first foray into over-the-ear headphones. The device features an onboard amplifier paired with "ultra-premium 50mm hi-fi drivers." Mo-Fi also has an incredibly comfortable* four bar linkage system in place of the standard headband, along with a clever pivoting arm for adjusting the ear cups.


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04:51
Worldwide sales of connected digital fitness...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says that the number of connected digital trackers sold worldwide rose from 6.6 million in 2012 to 13.6 million in 2013 and will double again in 2014 to exceed 22 million. Factors driving consumer adoption of these device include the impact of new solutions such as the Fitbit, Google Fit, and Apple's HealthKit.

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04:33
Apple Wins a Flexible Display Patent with Unique...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that relates to flexible displays that may include one or more flexible layers. A display cover such as a cover glass layer may be mounted over a flexible display. The display-based speaker structures may ...

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04:24
TypeBook Creator for Mac OS X gets new interface

Veenix Software has updated TypeBook Creator (http://tinyurl.com/yjew3jw), professional font cataloging and specimen printing software for the Mac. The new version features a modern, streamlined interface that emphasizes key features of the software and compliments the look of the latest Mac operating systems.

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04:08
Kool Tools: UN-Wireless rDock-uni

Arcam's US$299 rDock-uni — The UN-Wireless Digital Lightning Dock DAC for iOS devices allows the highest quality and easiest connection to any AV or Hi-Fi.

The rDock — a great product for music lovers — extracts digital audio from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and processes the music via an audiophile DAC, the Burr-Brown/TI PCM1502 and a Arcam's de-jittering circuitry. The analogue stereo out goes straight to any form of audio system — or to improve the sound even further, the pure digital signal can be fed to a higher grade DAC such as Arcam's $700 irDAC or $3200 FMJ D33.

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03:33
Apple Wins a Patent for an e-Clapperboard for TV...

On August 26, 2014, The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent that covers Apple's work on an e-clapperboard for the TV and Film industry. Jeff Roenning, a 13 year veteran engineer at Apple was once an assistant editor at Motion Picture ...

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02:48
Apple patent embeds physical iPhone control,...

In a new patent discovered on Tuesday, Apple details a flexible mobile device screen that deforms to reveal buttons hidden beneath its surface, accepts sound and pressure input and provides haptic feedback.



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00:33
Apple fills out iTunes Festival lineup, deadmau5 to...

Apple on Tuesday added 16 new artists to the upcoming iTunes Festival in London bill, including crooner Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige and opening act deadmau5.



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Monday August 25

23:28
Apple Once Again Adds to Lineup for 2014 iTunes...

As first reported by The Loop, Apple has announced that it will again be expanding the lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London to include 19 more acts such as Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran, and more. The festival's schedule has also been updated to show when artists will perform, as deadmau5 will kick off the show on September 1, which will be followed by Beck and Jenny Lewis the next day. Apple has not yet revealed the lineup for the final day.

Apple announced earlier this month that it would be expanding its original lineup to include acts such as Lenny Kravitz and Foxes. The festival's date was...

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23:22
iTunes Festival 2014 schedule updated with new acts...

Apple has once again updated the lineup for its upcoming iTunes Festival in London, adding several new musical artists to the schedule, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, Tony Bennett, and Ed Sheeran. The addition...

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23:15
Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater experiences. Epson, however, hopes to simplify that with the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, a projector that offers full 1080p without breaking the bank like some home theater choices. But does the projec...



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23:01
∞ Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett join iTunes Festival...

Apple on Monday announced a number of new artists that would be joining them for shows at iTunes Festival London in September, including Mary J. Blige and the legendary Tony Bennett.[...]

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22:31
Apple to turn off CloudKit for older iOS 8, OS X...

In something of an unusual move, Apple has sent emails to developers informing them that they must keep up to date with iOS 8 and Yosemite betas if they want to continue testing new features, particularly the CloudKit functionality that is part of the forthcoming iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library and MailDrop technologies. The change, which could be due to a change in iCloud sandboxing, will also impact Safari histories and call histories. Developers must be on Beta 5 of either platform in order to continue working with CloudKit....

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22:00
Reviews: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater e ......



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21:45
Briefly: Dropbox iOS update, Thunderbolt 2 SATA...

Cloud storage platform Dropbox has updated its iOS app today. Allowing users to access any file saved to their Dropbox from an iOS device, v3.3 can now offer search within Word and PowerPoint documents. Larger animated GIFs are supported, and improved caching allows the app to use less data and disk space....



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18:49
Google bolsters iOS productivity suite with Slides,...

Google on Monday released presentation app Slides alongside updates to existing iOS apps Docs and Sheets, offering a free Web-connected alternative to similar productivity suites from Microsoft and Apple.



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18:38
RBC: manufacturing cost rise for Apple heralds...

An analyst with RBC Capital Markets has told investors that a strong increase in Apple's manufacturing costs means that the company is gearing up for more than just refreshes of existing products. Amit Daryanani has noted that Apple's component and manufacturing costs are up 18.5 percent despite generally-falling component prices, suggesting both Apple's raised expectations about the success of the iPhone 6 (which may or may not comprised two new models) and the alleged "iWatch."...



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18:36
Apple says Yosemite and iOS 8 beta 4 and older will...

Apple has sent an email developers alerting them to the fact that certain older betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will no longer be able to take advantage of CloudKit functions like MailDrop, iCloud Photo Library, or iCloud Drive. This is likely due to an older sandbox server being taken offline as the operating systems come closer to reaching their public releases.

Developers who wish to keep testing against these features will need to update to at least beta 5 of each operating system. CloudKit and its various applications are part of iOS 8 and Yosemite, which will be required for all users who wish to use these functions when they are released later this fall.

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPhone 6...

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18:15
Apple to restrict CloudKit services to latest iOS 8...

In an email sent out on Monday, Apple informed developers that upcoming iCloud-based features like iCloud Drive, Mail Drop and more will require iOS 8 beta 5 or OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5 or later to operate.



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18:00
Seven iPhone photography tricks take the basic...

Lorenz Holder is a professional photographer and part of the Cooperative of Photography, a community-focused online photography magazine. The goal of the Cooperative is to recognize and promote exceptional visions within the photography community as...

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17:54
Torvalds Says Yes to the Desktop


It was just a few short weeks ago that we here in the Linux blogosphere were rehashing the open source world's documentation dilemma -- one of those perennial topics bloggers love to resurrect whenever there appears to be a lull in the conversation. At the time, alert readers may recall, Linux Girl compared the topic to the ongoing "Year of Linux on the Desktop" debate -- another favorite that just keeps coming back for more. Well guess what? That one's now back too, courtesy of none other than Linux creator Linus Torvalds himself.

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17:53
Mac Observer Staff: What’s on Your iPhone Home...

Kelly asked around TMO Towers to discover what everyone keeps on their home screens. Like a rainbow, the home screens show the full spectrum of personality types.


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17:20
California Governor Brown signs cell phone '...

The office of California Governor Jerry Brown announced that bill SB 962 was signed today, making cell phone "kill switches" mandatory in the state. While the bill won't go into effect immediately, manufacturers must have the kill switches in place for all smartphones made after July 1, 2015. It was widely believed that Governor Brown would sign the bill after it was sent to his office after passing through the Senate on August 12....



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17:09
California Gov. Signs Smartphone Kill-Switch...

California governor Jerry Brown signed SB-962 into law on Monday. The law requires all smartphones made on or after July 1st, 2015, to come with a kill-switch that will make the device unusable in the event it is lost or stolen. Apple and Google had both already pledged to do so-and Apple has had kill switches in place for years-but the law makes it mandatory.


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17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Full Screen Private...

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16:33
[Sponsor] MailChimp

More than 6 million people use MailChimp to create, send, and track email newsletters. Whether you’re self-employed, you manage projects for clients, or you work for a Fortune 500 company, MailChimp has features and integrations that will suit your email marketing needs.

Create signup forms that match your brand’s look and feel, and send your subscribers product updates, event invitations, announcements, or editorial content. Use our reports to improve your campaigns and learn more about your readers. Best of all? MailChimp is free for lists of up to 2,000 subscribers.

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16:00
Survey shows parents are open to using tech to...

Privacy issues are a big topic in America right now, but for kids under 17 privacy is almost always going to be dependent upon their parents. There are no unlawful search and seizure laws governing parents, and a new survey indicates that Big Mother...

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15:53
California governor signs bill requiring all...

As we’ve previously covered, the state of California has been in the process of passing a bill that would require all smartphones sold within the state to come with a remote killswitch option to deter thieves. The bill was passed by the state legislature earlier this year, and today it was...

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15:45
California governor signs 'kill switch'...

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers provide a remote "kill switch" for handsets sold within the state.



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15:30
Nourish knowledge with Gro Garden

Get those green thumbs ready with Gro Garden (US$2.99, universal), an educational app that helps budding explorers discover organic gardening in a creative and competitive way. Did you ever trick your kids into eating their veggies by sneaking the...

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15:26
California now requires a kill switch on all...

A California bill requiring all smartphones sold in the state to have antitheft technology installed was today signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown. Introduced in February, the SB-962 Smartphones bill, which mandates a “kill switch” for cellular devices, was initially approved by the California State Assembly in early August and passed a final vote in the California Senate shortly after.

I’m in favor of this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:22
California Law Now Requires All Smartphones to Have...

A California bill requiring all smartphones sold in the state to have antitheft technology installed was today signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown. Introduced in February, the SB-962 Smartphones bill, which mandates a "kill switch" for cellular devices, was initially approved by the California State Assembly in early August and passed a final vote in the California Senate shortly after.

The law requires smartphones to include software or hardware that will render the device inoperable to an unauthorized user in the event that the...

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15:09
The Emerging Smart Clothing Market Gets a Giant...

In April we posted a report titled "Could Apple be Eying Smart Clothing as the Next Big Thing?." In that report we discussed Apple's new fashion world star power now on hand and wondered aloud if Apple could be eyeing the smart clothing market as one of the next big things. We also covered clothing like pants that could use a future glass fiber material capable of recharging your device when it's sitting in your pocket. Today, Ralf Lauren launched a new line of sports shirts that contain a series of biometric sensors that will work with an iPhone. The technology behind the new shirts is from a Canadian Company by the name of OMsignal as seen in the video above.

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15:03
Kickstarter: iPhone-connected Starfish child seat...

A Kickstarter campaign launched earlier this month is aiming to help save the lives of children across the country with an iPhone-connected, weight-activated child seat sensor called Starfish. The concept is fairly simple. The Starfish sensor pairs with your iPhone via Bluetooth, then fits under the padding of a child safety seat in your car.

Once the sensor detects a child in the seat, it creates a small geofence of about 20 feet. Anytime the paired phone leaves that geofenced zone, it receives a push notification informing notifying the user of the potential danger the child is in. If the notification goes unanswered for five minutes, the app automatically reaches out to an emergency contact and informs them of the situation.

The Kickstarter campaign runs for another 11 days (and ends on September 5th), but thus far hasn’t even reached half of its $15,000 goal. The retail price...

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15:00
Best educational apps for middle schoolers

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about heading back to school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education and stimulate them to get involved with quality educational iOS...

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14:59
Facebook attempting to reduce 'click-baiting...

In a blog post from Facebook today, the social media company said that it's trying to improve the News Feed by reducing "click-baiting headlines." The company stated that it wants to help users find posts and links that are interesting, while removing stories that are generally considered spam by people that don't want them to turn up in their feeds....



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14:48
Some iOS apps vulnerable to auto-dialing URLs,...

A number of iOS apps -- including Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and Google+ -- have a security vulnerability that could allow malicious parties to force an iPhone to auto-dial, observes Romanian developer Andrei Neculaesei. iOS supports a tel:// URI that can make a call automatically, even though developers are allowed to bypass confirmation prompts for the dialer if they want. Through a vulnerable app and the right web code, a person could potentially be tricked into dialing a toll number. A FaceTime variant could let someone capture images of a person before disconnecting....



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14:35
Sony DDoS Attack May Have Been Smokescreen


Sony's PlayStation and Sony Entertainment networks were taken down over the weekend by a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack. The hackers, who call themselves the "Lizard Squad," also forced authorities to divert a plane Sony Entertainment president was on by tweeting that there might be a bomb on board. A hacker with the handle "FamedGod," purportedly a member of the Anonymous hacking group, later claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack and retaliated against the Lizard Squad for stealing his thunder.

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14:30
360iDev: Onboarding and the first 60 seconds

One of the most critical parts of any app is the onboarding process -- what it takes to get you interested in, educated about, and logged into an app or service. Developer Ben Johnson of Raizlabs provided a look at first impressions in apps in a...

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14:18
China Hopes to Unseat Apple, Microsoft, Google with...

China is going to stick it to those Western tech giants dominating the Chinese desktop and mobile platforms, according to a local report. The country's communist government is backing development of a homegrown, though Linux-based, operating system to compete with Apple, Microsoft, and Google.


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14:03
Amazon buys Twitch for $970M, pushes into video...

Amazon on Monday grew its digital media presence with the purchase of gaming-centric video streaming service Twitch, which agreed to a $970 million buyout that will take effect later this year.



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14:00
360iDev 2014 starts off with a bang

Denver has been a host city for the 360|iDev conference for a number of years, and this year's event for developers is currently underway in the Mile High City. TUAW is at the conference to see what the best brains in iOS development are up to....

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13:50
TiVo Brings DVR to Over-the-Air Cord Cutters

TiVo has taken a big step into the world of cord-cutting with the introduction of TiVo Roamio OTA, a DVR for over-the-air (OTA) TV signals. With this device, cord-cutters can go back to the future and digitally record SD and HD broadcasts from local TV stations and watch them like they would with any other DVR. Cool, eh? TiVo Roamio OTA can record up to four programs at once, and it has a 500GB hard drive for up to 75 hours of recorded HD content. If you have a broadband connection, the device also has apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, "and more," plus it supports TiVo's own TiVo Stream for watching your recorded shows on other devices. It's a brilliant move that could allow TiVo to expand its business outside of the cable and satellite industries where it started. Better yet, the box is only US$49.99 (available exclusively at Best Buy starting in September). It also requires a $14.99 monthly subscription to function, which is where TiVo actually makes its money.

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13:30
Easy Scan really does scan so easily

Easy Scan (Smart Scanner) is a new entry into the iDevice-Camera-As-Document-Scanner category. What distinguishes it from all of the other ones I have tried (and I have tried a lot of them) is in how simple it is. It lacks many of the bells and...

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13:00
NPR One for iOS makes radio personal

Think of it sort of like Pandora for news. The free NPR One app streams news stories that should be of interest to you, using your local NPR station and any other that generates news you are likely to connect with.

You sign up using your NPR ID (if...

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12:53
ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone...

Check out the ioShutter SLR, a cable that connects your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung or Hasselblad SLR camera. The cable connects to your camera and your iOS device, where a dedicated app allows you to remotely control your camera without touching the camera. In addition to landscapes, cityscapes, and the like, where a still camera can be just what you need, ioShutter SLR also allows you to do time lapses. Depending on your camera, you can also control autofocus and do voice-activated shots (think selfies and group selfies). ioShutter SLR retails for $75, but you can get it for $29.99 through our deal.


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12:48
Ralph Lauren debuts iOS-connected fitness &...

Legendary fashion house Ralph Lauren is making a big splash in the wearable devices market this week, as a number of ball boys and one player at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships are outfitted with new, iOS-connected nylon shirts that track health and fitness data.



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Apple Fitness Sensors Everywhere: It’s More than the...

HealthKit in iOS 8 offers the promise of a centralized system so iPhone owners can collect and track their own health and fitness data in a single place, and it gives other companies a common platform to feed information into. Apple will no doubt capitalize on that with the rumored iWatch as its first move into the fitness tracking market. But it doesn't seem likely the company will be content to stick to just our wrists, which opens the door for a whole line of wearable tech -- including versatile sensors that know what data to collect based on where they are on your body.


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Dropbox for iOS updated w/ search support within...



A minor update to Dropbox for iPhone and iPad is out today bringing a few new features and enhancements.

With Dropbox version 3.3, the app now supports search within Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint documents. Dropbox says this improvement is due to “new, higher fidelity previews” available in this version. The latest update also adds larger animated GIF...

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Known iOS auto-call feature sparks concerns about...

Technical oversights on the part of some of the iOS ecosystem's most prominent developers -- including Facebook and Google --?could allow attackers to exploit a documented iOS feature that allows apps to initiate phone calls without a prompt, spurring reminders that iPhone owners should be careful what they tap on.



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