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Monday August 18

11:06
Photo shows Lightning cable with reversible USB...

A new photo (below) from well-known leak source Sonny Dickson shows what's said to be an Apple Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector. While current official cables are reversible on the Lightning end, the USB connector can only be facing a single direction when it's plugged into a computer. Dickson isn't the first person to show images of updated Lightning cables, but a leak from last week came from a more questionable source, especially since third parties manufacture Lightning cables with and without Apple's permission....



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11:00
Water isn't always the kiss of death for an...

Water and technology don't mix. If you drop your iPhone in a lake, pond, toilet, or martini, there's a fantastic chance it will end up being completely destroyed. Many of the little electrical bits inside the device don't take kindly to be drenched,...

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10:55
SharePoint Online simplifies storage management

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.

The journey to simplify the admin experience in Office 365 continues. Previously, we increased all OneDrive for Business users’ storage allotment to 1 TB. Along with this adjustment, we removed the OneDrive for Business quota management tab from the SharePoint Online admin center.

Today we are introducing a new storage model based on usage, making it easier to manage availability of storage across your SharePoint Online team sites. In addition, we increased the number of site collections limits to parallel and adjust the new usage model.

Let’s dive into the details.

The new usage model

The first thing administrators will notice is they reclaim a lot more...

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10:53
Here are all of OS X Yosemite’s beautiful new...

Apple released OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 6 today as we reported ahead of its expected public debut in October, and four new beautiful wallpapers of Yosemite National Park have been included. Other changes include several redesigned icons in the System Preferences app, tweaked user interfaces throughout the operating system, and more. Read our coverage of the latest OS X Developer Preview here, and check below for each of the new Yosemite-inspired wallpapers below....

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10:52
Moshi launches urban inspired bag line

Moshi has released its urban-inspired Venturo and Urbana bags. They're meant to complement the mobile lifestyle and carry your essential accessories.

The Venturo is a single-strap laptop backpack influenced by the style and function of messenger bags. The crossbody design features one strap. Its interior boasts cushioned compartments to secure an up to 15-inch laptop and an iPad or tablet. Additional pockets can organize your cables, accessories and other necessities.

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10:35
TYLT introduces USB cable with Lightning, micro-USB...

TYLT has introduced the Syncable-Duo a universal cable solution for charging and syncing data to smartphones and tablets. It eliminates the need for multiple cables by incorporating both micro-USB and Apple Lightning connectors into one product.

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10:25
Apple Wins Emmy for “Misunderstood” iPhone Ad

Apple's holiday iPhone commercial, "Misunderstood," scored an Emmy award for best commercial. The beat out two Super Bowl ads from Budweiser, along with ads from Nike and GE.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's long standing partnership with TBWA has produced several award winning advertising campaigns. We'll see if Apple can keep that up now that it's bringing more of its advertising efforts in house.


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10:11
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6,...

Apple on Monday issued its sixth beta releases of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers for testing ahead of their scheduled launches this fall, though no new beta of iOS 8 was released.



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10:03
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6

Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the fifth Developer Preview and more than two months after unveiling the new desktop operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update, build 14A3429f, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6 beta 6.

OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages.

Over the course of the beta testing period, each...

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10:00
Which email application is right for you: Outlook or...

In the modern cloud-connected world ubiquitous access to email, files and contacts is key to your productivity and effectiveness—at work and in your personal life. The Microsoft email solution comprised of Outlook and Outlook Web App (OWA) can not only increase your productivity, but also ensure you can collaborate with others, right within your email, in a highly secure environment.

However, only you can decide which email solution is right for you. To help with that decision, we have created an interactive infographic that shows a side-by-side comparison of OWA, Outlook and Gmail. This infographic will answer most of your questions at a glance, while also providing links to more detailed information.

Nothing is more...

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10:00
Noke Bluetooth app-enabled padlock launches on...

I was so excited about this Kickstarter campaign that launched this morning that I decided to forgo waiting until our usual Thursday crowdfunding roundup to write it up. The new project is from FÜZ Designs, the same team that brought you the...

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10:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 Now Available

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09:52
The design of the original Apple mouse

Jim Yurchenco was just beginning his incredible design career when he was asked to design a mouse for a revolutionary new computer Apple was working on, the Lisa.

Yurchenco started looking at other input devices to see how it could all be done more elegantly. He found his answer in an Atari arcade machine. Its trackball seemed perfect for the job.

The Atari machine differed from the Xerox mouse in a few key ways. For one, its trackball wasn’t forced up or down. Instead, it just floated. Yurchenco tried doing the same and found the mouse functioned just fine if you let gravity do the work. Moreover, it resulted in less friction and fewer parts. That was one key insight. The Atari machine also used optics to track the trackball’s movement, relying on interrupted beams of light instead of mechanical switches. By borrowing this concept, Yurchenco further streamlined the internal components. That was insight number two.

The third insight came in how you use the...

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09:28
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Fission 2.2.2, Alfred 2.4, Delicious Library 3.2.2, CloudPull 2.5.4, Corel Painter 2015, and Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6.

 

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09:28
ExtraBITS for 18 August 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple has banned two potent toxins from iPhone assembly plants, we delve into the origins of clicking “x” to close a window, Apple releases a not-so-diverse diversity report, and the New York Times gets an inside peek at Apple University.

 

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09:24
Rumor: Apple unlikely to sell sapphire display...

If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with a nigh-indestructible sapphire display, this may not be your year.

Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall has issued a note to investors, in which he reacted to a report from last week suggesting that sapphire display costs remain high. The source of that rumor was The Wall Street Journal, which made highly questionable claims that suggested Apple remains undecided about whether to use sapphire displays on its next iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled on Sept. 9.

Hall noted that Apple’s sapphire partner, GT Advanced Technologies, has acquired a company known as Twin Creeks, which uses a...

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09:17
App developers can now earn affiliate commissions...

Apple’s iTunes Affiliate program has notified users of the program that developers can now earn affiliate commission via the Store Kit feature in iOS 8. StoreKit Product Sheet, which has existed since 2012’s iOS 6, allows developers to put a page inside of their apps to download other items from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore. However, the feature was not compatible with affiliates until iOS 8. Here’s Apple’s email to affiliate users:

We are excited to announce that Store Kit Product Sheet is now affiliate commissionable on iOS 8.

Store Kit Product Sheet allows app developers to promote the purchase of music, apps, books and more directly from a sheet within your app and earn the standard affiliate commission on all sales within 24 hours.

We encourage you...

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09:15
'Misunderstood' iPhone ad takes home...

Apple's "Misunderstood" iPhone ad, aired during the holidays last year, has been awarded a 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Commercial. The spot was produced with the help of TBWA/Media Arts Lab and Park Pictures, and features a boy who appears to be ignoring friends and family in favor of his iPhone, but is really shooting and editing a special video. It beat out efforts on behalf of corporations like GE, Nike, and Budweiser....



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09:08
Review: Review: Ten One Design Magnus Air

Unlike the original Magnus, which was almost entirely made from iPad-matching metal, Magnus Air looks and feels substantially plastic—a reason that the price has dropped somewhat from the prior model. Beyond the plastic, Magnus Air also includes rubber, metal, magnets in the design. Although the list of materials could make for an awkward stand, Ten One Design has molded the components together pretty well.   Key to the design is a fairly…

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09:00
YES Prep Public Schools uses Microsoft Lync to...

Today’s post was written by Troy Neal, the director of technology at YES Prep Public Schools. YES Prep Public Schools is an open-enrollment charter school system that serves 8,000 sixth through twelfth-grade students in greater Houston, Texas. This is the story of how YES Prep uses Microsoft Lync 2013 to enable educators and close the achievement gap.

At YES Prep Public Schools, most of our students come from communities where only 50 percent of students graduate high school and less than 10 percent are expected to earn a college degree. But we know from experience that all students can achieve at the highest academic levels when they have access to a quality education.

For the past 14 years, 100 percent of YES Prep seniors have been accepted to a college or university. And within five years of leaving high school, 82 percent of our alumni have either graduated or are still enrolled in college.

Despite this academic success, we struggled with disparate...

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09:00
Boost law firm productivity with Matter Center for...

Tejas Mehta is group product manager for Matter Center for Office 365

We are pleased to unveil a preview version of Matter Center for Microsoft Office 365 at the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Matter Center for Office 365 is a powerful documentation management and collaboration solution specifically catered toward law firms and law departments.

Working seamlessly with Office 365, Matter Center offers those in the legal profession a way to intuitively find and organize files without leaving the familiar productivity tools they use the most—namely Microsoft Outlook and Word. Matter Center for Office 365 enables professionals to quickly locate and collaborate on legal matters from virtually anywhere, anytime—from any device. In essence, a one stop shop for all your document collaboration and...

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09:00
Nintendo is bringing Pokémon to the iPad, in trading...

Nintendo is taking a huge step towards iPad acceptance with the confirmation that it is working on a Pokémon card game for Apple's tablet. No release date or other information has been revealed, aside from a screenshot released on Twitter, but the...

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08:49
RBC sees Apple selling upwards of 75M 'iPhone 6...

Apple has apparently placed a massive amount of orders for its next-generation iPhone, prompting RBC Capital Markets to notify investors on Monday that they see great upside potential for the anticipated "iPhone 6" over the coming quarters.



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08:37
Rumored NFC Chip for iPhone 6 Highlighted in Claimed...

Rumors of near field communications (NFC) support for the iPhone surface nearly every year, and this year's iPhone 6 rumors are no different, with reports split on whether the device will include the short-range communications technology frequently used for mobile payments. A couple of new reports do, however, come down on the side of NFC being included in the iPhone 6.

The first mention came in a separate leak showing a purported battery from Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 late last week. That report from Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily also mentioned in passing that the iPhone 6 will include a PN65V NFC chip from NXP, but offered no specific evidence in support of the claim.

NXP PN65 NFC chip from Nexus 7 (Source: iFixit)
But now Chinese repair firm GeekBar has shared what is said to be a...

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08:35
Review: Go Design TravelCard Charger

Aesthetically, TravelCard is a small rectangular box with a three-toned design and a slide-out Lightning plug as its most noteworthy design features. The tapered aluminum front alternates between glossy and dot-matte finishes that make the black, silver, red, or blue metal look fancier, while the all-plastic back is either white or black depending on the base color you select. Our green review unit isn’t currently offered as a color, but appears…

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08:30
Rumors give iPhone 6 just 1GB of RAM, 1,810mAh...

(Updated with clarity on RAM issue, NFC chip) Schematics leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar may suggest that the iPhone 6 will ship with only 1GB of RAM, the same amount used in the iPhone 5 and 5s. If accurate, that figure would leave the device behind current high-end Android and Windows Phone devices, which typically have 2GB. Although Apple is known to optimize its hardware and software, this could mean that the iPhone 6 will have to halt background tasks and refresh browser tabs as much or more than the 5s, since it will have a higher-resolution 4.7-inch display. The schematics may...



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08:00
Gazelle ramps up iPhone trade-in program ahead of...

It's that time of year already, folks. With September steadily approaching and a new iPhone announcement just around the bed, the market for old iPhone trade-ins is just about ready to kick into high gear. And leading the charge, per usual, is...

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07:53
Apple's Rumored Reversible USB Connector...

Several leaked photos in recent days have suggested Apple may be looking to move to a reversible USB connector for its next-generation Lightning cables, making it easier for users to plug the cables into their computers, chargers, and other equipment with standard USB ports.

As noted by Patently Apple late last week, the idea is actually supported by an Apple patent application filed in January 2014 covering...

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07:40
Flavours 1.1.15 - Create and apply themes to change...

Flavours is a Mac application that allow users to create, apply and share beautifully designed themes.

Classy
Give your Mac a gorgeous new look by applying delicious themes!

Easy
Unleash your creativity and make your very own flavour with ease!

Fast
Create a new unique flavour in minutes, personalize your Mac in seconds!

Get more
Download more flavours from the online store and share your own masterpieces!

Editor
Explore the endless style possibilities of the powerful editor with live preview built-in!

Retina
Stunning pixel-perfect details for Retina displays!



Version 1.1.15:

  • Fix: Performance improvements and bug fixes



  • OS X 10.7.3 or later



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07:40
Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

If you're hoping your next iPhone will include a sapphire glass display, you may be waiting another year. JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall says the cost of synthetic sapphire glass is still too high, and that Apple won't be able to get the price down to a reasonable level in time for this year's iPhone 6 launch.

The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT is already running at least 2,600 sapphire glass furnaces for Apple, and may well have a nice stockpile, too. That's a pretty compelling setup for sapphire displays on the iPhone this year instead of next year.


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07:30
Rumor Roundup: Of stones and glass houses

Assembled iPhone 6 Logic Board Revealed in New Photo (MacRumors)

Here's another shot of an alleged iPhone 6 logic board, except this time it has EMI shielding glued all over it, so it's way less interesting-looking this time.

Apple Meets With Thai...

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07:29
New Apple datacenter on Curaçao nearly complete,...

Construction of a new Apple datacenter is underway on Curaçao, reports say. Curaçao is an island off the coast of Venezuela, but a constituent country of the Netherlands. The center is said to be nearly complete already; the original company behind the project went bankrupt however, forcing the Unique Infrastructure Group to take over....



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07:24
Apple's holiday-themed 'Misunderstood...

Another prestigious trophy can be added to Apple's long list of award winning advertisements, as the company's iPhone ad "Misunderstood" has been honored with a Creative Arts Emmy for 2014's most "Outstanding Commercial."



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07:20
Thrilling selfies taken from great heights

Some great selfies, some more dangerous than others, but thrilling nonetheless.

Maybe it’s because I just came across the 10,000th social media selfie I’ve seen this month that’s making me snap. It was another of those inane pics taken in the safe confines of a bar that looks like every other, so I burned the morning looking for more dangerously-shot selfies. In particular the famous ones I’d seen those Russian maniacs shooting high up in the Dubai sky.

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07:20
Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

stephendavion writes Looks like Chinese device maker, Xiaomi, is taking its "Apple of the East" tag too literally. First, their CEO brazenly copies Steve Jobs' signature look, sitting cross-legged on the floor. And now, Xiaomi's latest version of Android shamelessly rips off iOS 7. MIUI 6, which is Xiaomi's upcoming edition of Android for its latest phones and tablets, looks almost exactly like Apple's operating system for iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. It features the same bright color palette and a flat design. Heck, it even does away with Google's "app drawer" and puts all apps on your home screen. It's like the CEO handed iPhones to the design team and barked: "Here, copy this!"

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07:16
Jean-Louis Gassée on the evolution of the iPad and...

Jean-Louis Gassée takes us on a walk through the history and creaky evolution of the tablet, then explores the future of the desktop and tablet lines.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:15
News: Daily Deal: Get an iStablizer Glass Mount for...
07:14
News: Report: 5.5” iPhone 6 to use 2915 mAh battery

A series of new photos of the alleged 5.5” iPhone 6 show a 2915 mAh battery, which would be a considerable upgrade over the iPhone 5s battery and the anticipated battery in the smaller, 4.7” iPhone 6—around twice the capacity of prior iPhone batteries. The new photos were posted by Apple Daily. According to leaked photos, the smaller 4.7” iPhone 6 may have a 1810 mAh battery, versus the 1560 mAh cell in the iPhone 5s. Even…

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07:01
Apple beats Bud, Nike and GE to win the 2014 Emmy...

[VIDEO] Ad Week:

The spot, created by TBWA\Media Arts Lab and directed by Lance Acord of Park Pictures, shows a teen at Christmas who seems anti-socially glued to his iPhone, though it turns out it’s for heartwarming reasons. It beat out four other nominees for the prize. Two of them were Super Bowl ads by Anomaly for Budweiser—”Hero’s Welcome” and “Puppy Love.” The other two were BBDO’s “Childlike Imagination” for GE and Wieden + Kennedy’s “Possibilities” for Nike.

The commercial took three days to shoot and was filmed in a historic house located on the edge of the River Valley in snowy Edmonton. Beautifully done.

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06:52
How the Atari arcade system inspired the original...

Wired has an interesting profile out this morning on Jim Yurchenco, a now-retired engineer whose career virtually started with the task of helping create the first mouse for Apple and Steve Jobs:

Yurchenco was just a year or two out of school when he got a call from an old Stanford pal, David Kelley. Kelley had just started a new design firm and asked if Yurchenco might want to join as an engineer. That meant a proper salary—Yurchenco had been working at a medical tech start-up, being paid mostly in stock—so he agreed. The company was called Hovey-Kelley; Ideo was still a few years off at that point. But thanks to co-founder Dean Hovey’s relationship with Jobs, Apple became one of the young company’s first clients.

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06:52
Nintendo rises after report Pokemon game to debut on...

This is a tricky piece of news.

Nintendo Co. (7974) jumped in Tokyo trading after its new Mario Kart 8 video game surpassed 1 million units in U.S. sales and affiliate The Pokemon Co. said an online trading-card game will be released as an application for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPad.

The Pokémon game is owned by The Pokémon Company, which is affiliated with Nintendo (Nintendo has certain licensing and marketing rights) but not owned by Nintendo.

“We have been here many times before in regards to Nintendo’s tentative plans to introduce some of its characters for smart devices,” Amir Anvarzadeh, a manager of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc. in Singapore, said by e-mail. “This latest Pokemon cards plan which is already out on PCs is hardly a change in its direction.”

This is not quite correct.

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06:47
Why Tesla Is the Best Car Company in the World


As an analyst in a market of experts, I'm known as a generalist, but if I have an area of particular focus, it is how to make customers love you. In the car space, there are two emerging vendors on the world stage: India's Tata, which now owns brands like Jaguar and Land Rover; and Tesla, the dominant provider of electric cars. Both companies are trying to make a dent in the world, and Tata is by far the larger and more capable of the two, but it is Tesla that is having a bigger impact.

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06:47
Apple unlikely to sell sapphire iPhones this year,...

Apple's investments in sapphire may one day result in iPhone cover displays made of the material, but sapphire is unlikely to appear in this year's models due to prohibitive costs associated with producing the material in large quantities, investment firm J.P. Morgan said on Monday.



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06:42
Hoping for a curved Apple Thunderbolt Display? Check...

I’ve never been greatly convinced that curved TV screens are anything but a passing novelty. Watching TV is a social experience, so optimizing the viewing angle for just one person seems odd. But a curved monitor makes much more sense to me, enabling more comfortable viewing from a fixed position at your desk – especially as monitors get larger.

LG has just announced that it will formally launch the 34UC97,  “the world’s first curved monitor with an extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio,” at the IFA in Berlin next month. The 34-inch ultra-wide monitor offers a 3440×1440 resolution, and – appealingly for Mac users – supports Thunderbolt 2 … 

The Quad HD resolution display gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of...

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06:39
Gazelle extends iPhone trade-in prices until...

Electronics trade-in site Gazelle has today announced that it will lock trade-in prices for iPhones between now and September 9th for 50 days. This means that iPhone owners looking to upgrade can get a quote today, but not let go of their device until the new iPhone arrives, keeping the original quoted price.  Gazelle predicts that trade-in prices for iPhone 5s to fall up to 25% in the month following the expected iPhone 6 announcement.

Gazelle is also running another promotion in tandem, temporarily raising prices offered for iPhone 5s. Gazelle will now offer up to $350 for an iPhone 5s in perfect condition. Obviously, arranging an iPhone trade-in sooner rather than later will...

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06:31
News: Apple to debut reversible USB Lightning cable?

A few allegedly leaked photos of reversible USB cables have popped up in recent days, with reports claiming that Apple’s new Lightning to USB cables could include the feature. The most recent photo comes from Sonny Dickson, who has leaked real Apple parts in the past, depicting a USB connector that would work with any standard Type A USB port, but could be inserted upside down or right-side up. It’s notable that Apple has filed a recently-revealed…

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06:26
EtreCheck 1.9.14 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

Version 1.9.14:

  • Removes temporary file
  • Adds missing TB to large disk sizes
  • Improves formatting



OS X 10.6 or later

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06:07
5.5-inch iPhone 6 Photos Surface, Along with...

Photos showing what are claimed to be components from a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 have surfaced, although they don't exactly qualify as definitive proof that a super-size iPhone is on the way. The name that goes along with the big-screen model photos is a bit dubious, too: iPhone 6L.

The Mac Observer Spin: At this point, not seeing a 4.7-inch iPhone model this fall will be a big surprise. The rumored 5.5-inch model, however, still feels like a wild card.


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06:06
Power Manager get OS X Yosemite support

DssW (http://tinyurl.com/knfa6hf) has announced Power Manager 4.3 for Mac OS X. This release lets users connect to and remotely manage multiple Macs running Power Manager. Also improved is support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.

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06:05
The $210B cash Apple would have by now without the...

Asymco’s Horace Dediu has been doing some number-crunching on AAPL’s cash stockpile, which sat at around $120B before the company began paying dividends and initiated a share buyback scheme two years ago. He calculates that, had nothing changed, Apple would now be sitting on around $210B in cash.

To put that into perspective, there are only about a dozen companies in the world Apple wouldn’t have been able to buy outright for that amount.

Despite the $53B spent on buying its own shares and the $21.5B paid out in dividends, the continuing flow of profits into the company means that Apple today still has about the same amount of cash it did two years ago. The share purchases themselves have proven a good deal for Apple as their value has increased....

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06:05
Register for Tuesday’s webinar celebrating 25 years...

We have been celebrating a quarter-century of Office by sharing stories from our Brand Ambassadors of what they did with Office. We’ll dig into a few of these stories and show you how they created these docs and how you can too with Office Online.

Doors open at 9:00 am Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 am. Immediately following will be a 20-minute Q&A. A video will be available a few days after the webinar.

You can follow the anniversary on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  If you have a story about what you’ve accomplished with Office over the years, share it with us using the hashtag #behindthedocs.

At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn

  • How to annotate Word docs with...
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06:02
Fujifilm XQ1: A Professional Point-and-Shoot?

The XQ1 is a pocket-sized point-and-shoot from Fujifilm that can pinch-hit for pros when teamed up with the application Photo Ninja. Charles Maurer looks at both products and shows how they work together.

 

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05:58
Gazelle paying up to $350 cash for old iPhones if...

If you're looking to mitigate the cost of upgrading to Apple's 'iPhone 6' by getting the most cash possible for your current iPhone, buyback service Gazelle has just launched its most aggressive price-lock promotion yet: up to $350 for your old iPhone if you lock in a price quote today (and you don't need to send it in until Oct. 10 -- long after the iPhone 6 is expected on the market).



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05:32
Rumor: 'A8' chip in Apple's '...

A newly leaked document claiming to be a schematic for Apple's next-generation "A8" processor expected to power the "iPhone 6" claims the chip will come with 1 gigabyte of RAM, falling short of competing devices like Samsung's Galaxy S5.



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04:53
Sony launches α5100 with 24.3MP sensor, rear...

Sony has unveiled another mirrorless camera in its Alpha range, one which it calls the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera. The α5100, effectively replacing the NEX-5T and arriving seven months after the α5000 received an update, has the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor as used by the α6000, though it exchanges the electronic viewfinder for other additions....



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04:49
iFFmpeg 4.5 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.

Version 4.5:

  • Changed Panavision 23.5:1 to Panavision 2.35:1
  • Fixed issue fine tune trimming movie.
  • Fixed some GUI glitches when running OS X 10.10
  • Changed some things to meet the Codesigning/Gatekeeper rules for 10.9.5 or higher.
  • Rotating movies now takes care of the correct resolution instead of squeezing the resolution.
  • Updated Dutch and French translations.
  • Fixed issue when quitting iFFmpeg while encoding is in progress.
  • When using 'Add' button, iFFmpeg now remembers the last folder used.



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (...

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04:34
Kickstarter campaign begins for iPhone-controlled...

Locks always struck me as the perfect application for Bluetooth LE: walk up to the lock, it detects the phone in your pocket or bag, checks the code and unlocks. If you need to let someone else in, you authorize their app on a one-off or permanent basis. Simple, secure, convenient.

There are a bunch of Bluetooth door locks on the way, and you can even lock and unlock your Mac via Bluetooth, so why not a Bluetooth padlock too? Noke is a Kickstarter campaign for a $59 lock where you simply click the hasp to unlock. Provided your phone is with you, and the app code matches the lock, it opens...

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04:27
Data center end user take-up has doubled year-on-year

New research just released by GVA Connect (gatewaydatacentre.co.uk), the data center specialist division of property adviser GVA, showed that the take-up of data center space by end users such as corporate occupiers, government agencies and IT Integrators more than doubled in the first half of 2014 compared to this time last year.
 

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04:02
Kool Tools: Philips 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor

The Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Display (http://tinyurl.com/mrlra6p) delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. The monitor normally costs US$799, but was available at Amazon.com for a special price of $599 when we wrote this.

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04:00
Xiaomi, the Chinese company behind the Mi Pad,...

Not content with a blatant copy of the iPad mini and a smartphone called the Mi Phone, Xiaomi’s latest Android overlay – MIUI 6 – bears more than a passing resemblance to iOS 7. The flat icons, the icon screens scrolling above the fixed app tray at the bottom, the calendar, calculator, compass … 

Xiaomi global VP and former Google exec Hugo Barra has said previously that suggestions that the company copies Apple’s designs are “sweeping sensationalist statements” and that similarities are coincidental.

“If you have two similarly skilled...

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03:45
Alleged Schematic Shows iPhone 6 Coming with 1GB of...

Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6 may sport 1 GB of RAM, according to a leaked schematic shared by Chinese Apple repair firm GeekBar (Google Translate, via G for Games). The chart is said to come from an internal supply chain source, however it is unknown if the schematic is intended for the 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

If the chart is indeed legitimate, the iPhone 6 would join the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c in sporting 1 GB of RAM. That amount of RAM would also be below competitors such...

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Sunday August 17

19:34
Will the iPhone 6 include a reversible USB cable?...

The iPhone 6’s packaging might not only include a redesigned smartphone, but a redesigned USB to Lightning cable. While it’s unlikely that Apple will yet-again change the Lightning port introduced with the 2012 iPhone 5 anytime in the near future, a redesigned version of the USB plug could be ready for this fall. Sketchy photos of a reversible USB cable first surfaced on the web last week, and Sonny Dickson yesterday shared another shot of the cables via Twitter.

Like the Lightning connector, the benefit of a reversible USB connector is that it can be inserted into a...

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16:07
I went undercover in America’s toughest prison

Vice:

How do we try to change whatever it was that brought someone into trouble with the law? And if that proves impossible, what is the best way that society can protect itself? I wanted to find out. I also wanted to see how much of what I knew—or thought I knew—about jail turned out to be true. So I wrote to corrections departments worldwide asking for access.

I discovered that I could go to jail in America as an “undercover voluntary detainee.”

I don’t know if the author is brave or stupid. Undoubtedly, a lot of both.

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15:14
Google acquires team behind deep learning app Jetpac...

Google recently made another acquisition recently, this time involving a team that uses deep learning in their apps. The team behind the Jetpac City Guides app announced last week that they would be joining Google in an unspecified capacity. Details of the deal weren't disclosed, but the San Francisco-based team would be moving on to Google, leaving their apps behind in the process....



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15:00
Reviews: Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite gaming keyboard

The market for gaming keyboards is getting crowded, starting off with some fairly simple keyboards and diverging into the land of modular configurations and piece meal construction. But what about gamers that just want a plain mechanical keyboard that handles the daily grind with ease, only to spring to life in gaming situations? The gamers may not need to look any further than the ......

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14:40
Apple cuts prices of all Beats by Dre products by 10...

A couple weeks following the closing of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and the Beats Music streaming service, Apple has cut the price of all Beats by Dr. Dre products by 10% in both its physical retail stores and official online store…

The 10% off discount will last through August 23rd, according to a source. Beats products, including over-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, and speakers are all covered by the deal, but those seeking those “Beats Pill Dude” speaker covers will still (fortunately) have to pay the...

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13:54
Apple wins 2014 ‘Outstanding Commercial’ Emmy Award...

Here’s some good news for Apple amid several months of controversy surrounding the Cupertino-company’s marketing efforts: Apples’ 2013 Holiday season television commercial “Misunderstood” has won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for most “outstanding commercial” in 2014. The award was announced on the Emmy’s winners list last night, and the Creative Arts Emmy Awards are presented for “guest performers on television dramas and comedy series, as well as the many talented artists and craftspeople behind the scenes to create television excellence.” The main, televised Emmy Awards ceremony takes place on August 25th…

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13:06
SyncTwoFolders 2.0.2 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done.

Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).



Version 2.0.2:

  • Build with Xojo2014r2.1.
  • Build for Lion 10.7 or later.
  • Changed the copy mode, now can choose between "Copy with Xojo" (default), "Copy with AppleScript (Finder)" (was the default in previous version) and "Copy with Shell Command".



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12:32
Fission 2.2.2

Maintenance update for the popular audio editor. ($32 new, free update, 14.5 MB)

 

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12:32
Alfred 2.4

Adds support and updates themes for OS X Yosemite. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 3.1 MB)

 

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12:32
Delicious Library 3.2.2

Adds the capability to create your own custom fields. ($25 new, free update, 79.7 MB)

 

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12:31
CloudPull 2.5.4

Maintenance release with a handful of improvements to the Google data backup application. ($24.99 new, free update, 9.7 MB)

 

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12:21
Supermarket chains Supervalu, AB Acquisition LLC...

Last week, supermarket chain Supervalu announced that it discovered an intrusion into part of its computer network, specifically for the portion that processes payments with debit and credit cards. The company believes that card data may have been stolen from 209 of its standard and franchise stores. A day prior, AB Acquisition LLC announced that its systems were breached, but was said it had yet to determine any cardholder data had been stolen....



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10:14
Sydney Mac Admins August Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 27th of August.

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

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

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

I hope to see you there,

Marcus.

About Marcus Rowell

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

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08:04
Israeli News Sites are Celebrating Apple's New...

When Apple updated their leadership page lately it was revealed that Israeli-Arab Johny Srouji, a former Haifa resident, hailed from Israel’s Institute of Technology called the Technion, was appointed to VP of Hardware technologies.

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08:04
Slicy 1.1.7 - Turn PSD elements into images for the...

Slicy (was Layer Cake) turns PSD elements into images for the Web and for Apps, simply name your layer groups once and let Slicy do its magic. Bye bye, "Save for Web/Devices". Hello, boost in productivity and creativity!

Designers and Developers, rejoice -- exporting is no longer a workflow killer. Name layer groups like the files you want to create, and Slicy will extract them individually. Enjoy complete freedom to move, obscure and even hide these named layer groups without affecting the extracted images.

  • Perfect for Web graphics and App development -- Export to PNG, TIFF, JPG or ICNS. Don't waste your day flattening or separating elements for slightly easier slicing. Design in context, rename your groups and let Slicy do the heavy lifting.
  • Recents and Repeat -- Save time by having your images automatically exported when you save your PSD. When you want to repeat something manually, your previous exports are always just a click away....

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07:15
Deep iPad discounts at Staples and Target: $199 16GB...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Confirming our report from earlier this month, Target has revived its $199 iPad mini sale (Direct Link) this morning. At the time of posting it’s available both online at Target.com and at Target retail locations. That’s even $30 less than the retail price of top...

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06:16
Review: iHome’s iBN26 is a classy Bluetooth Speaker/...

If you haven’t heard of iHome products before now, they manufacture a wide variety of home audio accessories for iOS and Android devices. If you’re into Bluetooth speakers, they’ve got you covered. You’ll find Bluetooth speakers in just about every shape and size on the company’s website.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been testing out iHome’s awkwardly named iBN26 Bluetooth speaker with built-in speakerphone. Yes, that is both the model number and product name. I know, it’s weird. Either way, if you’re in the market for a new speaker setup, you may want to give this one a closer look…

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02:07
Another Image of New Lightning Cable with Reversible...

Earlier this week, photos claiming to be of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced. The images were said to be sourced from Apple supplier Foxconn, and were shown in a production stage. Now, frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson shares a new photo of the accessory, further indicating that a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector may be on the horizon:

The current Lightning cable (left) compared to new Lightning cable (right)
While the USB connector on the current Lightning cable is attached to the bottom of its metal housing, the connector of the supposedly newer cable is attached to the center. The structure of the newer cable was also spotted in previous photos, and likely indicates that this is a...

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Saturday August 16

23:04
The best podcast apps for the iPhone

Anxious Machine:

I decided to do just that, purchasing and trying out Instacast, Downcast, Pocketcasts, Podwrangler, Castro, Mocast, and Overcast. I made comparison video to share what I observed.

I have no background in design, but perhaps because I have a degree in comparative literature, I find it endlessly fascinating to compare the interface of apps and savor the details of what each one offers. None of these apps is perfect, but it’s inspiring to see how a group of talented humans use their skills in different ways, through the endlessly plastic medium of software, to approach the same problems.

Good round up and comparison of what’s available.

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20:59
FileZilla 3.9.0.3 - Fast and reliable FTP client. (...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.

Version 3.9.0.3:

  • Fix potential crash on connection failures
  • Fixed navigating through the different controls in FileZilla's main window using the Tab key
  • If FileZilla becomes the active program, the focus no longer jumps to the quickconnect bar



OS X 10.5 or later

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12:14
Now even more shots of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6’s...


Yesterday, we reported on purported photos of the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6’s 2915mAh battery pack among other parts, and today, new clear shots of the 4.7-inch models have leaked. Photos of the smaller next-generation iPhone’s 1810mAh battery first hit the web in July, and these new photos add weight to the previous photos being legitimate. For...

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11:46
Another purported 'iPhone 6' leak suggests...

In even more evidence that Apple's next iPhone will sport a larger 1,810mAh battery, a new parts leak shows a series of purported "iPhone 6" batteries in shipping trays, complete with legal text and Apple logo.



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11:05
Google sued over data compression technology in...

London firm Vedanti Systems Limited (VSL) is suing Google over the compression algorithms used in YouTube. According to the complaint filed on August 10, Google uses the technology across a wide swath of Google offerings, with YouTube being the primary violator....



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11:00
Monitor OS X network, CPU and disk activity in the...

For those Mac users who love to push their hardware to its limits, the OS X Activity Monitor (found in Applications > Utilities) can be a handy tool. I often use it to find out if one process or another has suddenly decided to take over my iMac, to...

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10:17
Apple reportedly expanding global data center...

Apple's latest data center project may be on the small southern Caribbean island of Curacao, as local media suggests the iCloud operator may be taking over a facility where construction is nearly complete.



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10:00
FCC lengthens second 'net neutrality'...

Under an onslaught of remarks, both slamming and supporting the Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's Net Neutrality proposal, the agency has extended the second public comment phase five days until September 15. The alteration was made "to ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings," according to the agency....



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09:41
Apple Supplier found in Violation of Apple's...

In a report that was published late yesterday it was noted that Apple has been working with supplier Quanta over the past year to improve working conditions after a 2013 audit, published on Friday, uncovered a profusion of violations, including excessive overtime and health hazards. The new report found Quanta guilty of forcing overtime on their workers.

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08:58
Dropbox 2.10.28 - Cloud synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 2.10.28:

  • Minor bug fixes



OS X 10.4 or later

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08:30
Puzzlfy is great fun for all

Puzzlfy is an iPad only jigsaw puzzle game where you can make your own puzzles either from photos or video. There are a few options to make puzzles out of video and photos provided by the game but the real fun is taking your own photos and making...

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08:29
EyeTV 3.6.5 - Watch and record TV on your Mac. (...

EyeTV brings a rich TV experience to your Mac.

Watch live TV on your Mac. Pause, rewind, and record whenever you want. EyeTV gives you powerful control over what you watch and how you watch it.

Put down the remote. Grab your Mac.

  • A Smarter interface. Find your favorite shows using a convenient program guide with multiple search methods.
  • Customizable recording options. Record a single episode or an entire season.
  • Sync with your apps. Make your recordings portable by integrating with iTunes and syncing your device.
  • Awesome editing. Create video clips and trim unwanted content with easy editing options.



Version 3.6.5: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

OS X 10.5.8 or later

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08:16
Apple and Google Headed for an Indoor Location...

In 2011 we posted a report titled "Apple working on a Sophisticated Infrared System for iOS Cameras." In that report we pointed to Apple's patent application providing a specific example regarding infrared technology's use in a museum scenario The museum would be set up with an infrared transmitter ...

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08:00
Dog Days of Summer: Not a compatible iPhone accessory

The photo by Ellie's human Colton White says it all: Ellie's teeth are apparently not a compatible iPhone accessory...

If you have a Dog Days nominee to share, let us know via our feedback page (and please remember that the photo has to have some...

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07:22
Stop being a tourist

The Verge:

I consider “tourist” to be the filthiest of words. It’s the curse I grumble when caught behind pedestrians walking without purpose on big-city sidewalks. But I differentiate between explorer and tourist: the former being someone that travels to an unfamiliar place to learn about it, the latter a barbaric asshat driven by the desire to document his very existence.

Funny article that makes some great points about how far too many people “record without being present”.

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07:20
Pokemon collectible card game coming to iPad later...

Nintendo property The Pokemon Trading Card Game is coming to the iPad. Following a tease of the game during the Pokemon World Championships currently underway in Washington DC, official representatives have confirmed the title, and that it is coming out on the iPad "later this year."...



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07:09
∞ Hyperlapse

[VIDEO] You’ve no doubt seen time lapse videos, where the action in a video is speeded up by trimming a video to show only one frame in ten, say. Time lapse videos are jumpy.

Microsoft’s research labs have introduced a new form of time lapse video, called Hyperlapse. Words don’t do it justice.

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07:03
More Photos Point Toward 1,810 mAh Battery for 4.7-...

Last month, a photo surfaced showing what looked very much in line with Apple's usual iPhone battery design but with a capacity of 1,810 mAh, higher than the 1,560 mAh battery found in the iPhone 5s. Speculation naturally pointed toward the new battery being for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with a number of observers being disappointed in the modest capacity increase considering the larger display slated for the device.

Just last week, an analyst report claimed the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will actually include a 2,100 mAh battery, giving hope to those looking for a more substantial increase but lacking any evidence to support the claim.

New photos shared by Nowhereelse.fr [...

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07:00
To Your Health: Intel Inside Your Headphones


Intel on Friday announced it is working with rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's SMS Audio to develop earbuds that will monitor users' heart rates. The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will have an earhook and will be powered by the user's smartphone. They will be sweat- and water-resistant. The earbuds will be available from SMS Audio in Q4. "This is a pretty unique product when compared to other earphones today, in terms of biometrics -- but also [because] no battery is required," said Intel spokesperson Bill Calder.

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06:55
∞ Humans need not apply

[VIDEO] The video below is long, but thoughtful and riveting. It make the case that just as horses have been replaced by technology, humans are next. If that sounds like silly logic, invest one minute, just to see what you think.

From the narrative:

Self driving cars aren’t the future. They’re here and they work. Self-driving cars have driven hundreds of thousands of miles up and down the California coast and through cities, all without human intervention. The question is not if they’ll replace cars, but how quickly. They don’t need to be perfect, they just need to be better than us. Human drivers, by the way, kill 40,000 people a year with cars, just in the United States. Given that self-driving cars don’t blink, don’t text while driving, don’t get sleepy or stupid, it’s easy to see them being better than humans because they already are.

Self driving cars replacing human drivers is already a done deal. That die is cast. This is just one small example of what...

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06:30
Hellow! is like Snapchat for your more precious...

Hellow! is a free photo-sharing app for iOS that in practice is somewhat similar to Snapchat, but still clearly serves a different purpose. Photos don't disappear until you manually delete them, and the ability to schedule when and where to send them...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: What the fox says

What the fox says

Animals play an important role in this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, decorating your tablet with sweet cuteness—and a bit of hipster cunning.

Andres

The Rugged Waterproof (iPad Air; $300) fully protects your tablet from the harshest elements with its military-grade, impact-resistant design.

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05:05
Apple bolstering ‘Report A Problem’ Maps options in...


Apple has shown a renewed focus on Maps with iOS 8. Although headline features like transit did not show at WWDC, recent iOS 8 betas are bringing improvements to the ‘Report A Problem’ features. The frequency at which these updates are passed through has also improved dramatically in the past couple of months.

Apple has added a new explicit ‘follow-up by email’ option at the end of the Report A Problem form. This means Apple is now actively looking to get additional information about map...

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02:13
Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In...

An anonymous reader writes Reuters reported on Friday that Apple "has begun keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China." Apple has claimed that the move is meant "to improve the speed and reliability of its iCloud service", but given China's track record with censorship and privacy, the explanation rings hollow for some skeptics. Nevertheless, Apple assures its Chinese users that their personal data on China Telecom is encrypted and that the encryption keys will be stored offshore. Only time will tell if Apple will be able to resist Chinese government requests to access its China-based servers.

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Friday August 15

21:00
Picture of claimed 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6'...

Taiwanese Apple blog Apple Daily has published pictures of three components it claims are parts from the oft-discussed but little-seen 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show what are said to be the display, logic board and battery of the device, but at least two of the three parts are identical to the claimed 4.7-inch iPhone, casting doubt on the entire report. The battery, however, may be a genuinely new part, and is said to be nearly double in capacity compared to the current iPhone 5s battery....



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20:11
Scott Sanchez on OpenStack: Shifting a Mindset


OpenStack, which turned 4 years old this summer, began as a twinkle in Scott Sanchez's eyes. He was determined to turn the fledgling Infrastructure as a Service platform he helped create into a thriving resource for public and private clouds. OpenStack is an open source project. Its technology consists of a series of interrelated projects that provide users with the ability to create and manage both public and private cloud operations. Partnering with NASA, Rackspace Hosting launched the project in 2010.

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19:51
Briefly: TweetDeck 3.8.4, BSpoke Kickstand case for...

TweetDeck by Twitter has received an update for OS X. The app is designed for publishers, marketers and power users of Twitter, and features a customizable layout for the social networking platform. Tweetdeck v3.8.4 offers the ability to find locally trending topics for Regions and Cities, adding a column based on the trend....

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19:23
Opinion: The best $300 I've spent on a gadget...

Like many people, I love music and have an extensive iTunes collection. I also record my own music and even released a single with Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens on lead guitar. All of which means that, like many people, I take the quality of my listening experience seriously and am always looking for a great listening experience at home, in the car, and when on the go. I have managed to get a great sound at home, and in my car, but struggled to get an ideal listening experience on the go. Like some I've bought far too many headphones as part of this quest, when what I really should have d...



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19:22
Sketchy report claims photos show 5.5-inch '...

A highly questionable report out of the Far East on Friday includes photos of what are claimed to be parts from Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "iPhone 6," including a display and logic board curiously similar to "leaked" components associated with a rumored 4.7-inch model.



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18:55
Pokemon is coming to the iPad, just not in the way...

The world has long clamored for Pokemon on iOS, and now it looks like those users may finally get their wish. But don’t get your hopes up to play the upcoming Omega Ruby on your iPhone, or even the classics like Pokemon Red. The game headed for the iPad isn’t part of the popular adventure game series at all. It’s actually a digital version of the Pokemon trading card game.

YouTuber Josh Wittenkeller spied an early build of the app earlier today, snapped a photo and posted it to Twitter.

It looks like Pokémon TCGO is in works for the iPad! Should be a huge way to expand the game. #PlayPokemon...

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18:32
Purported photos of 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 6L’ show...


Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily has acquired photos of what it claims are the next-generation iPhone, including the 5.5-inch model we’ve seen much less of in recent weeks. The two photos above show the larger device (with the purple interior) paired with a 4.7-inch version. The wider 5.5-inch model is to the right and the 4.7 display panel is on the left. While some may note that the part on the right does not appear much larger than the part on the left, it is possible that the image’s perspective does not highlight the size differentiation well.

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18:14
Apparent Photo of 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Battery Reveals...

A purported photo of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6's battery on Chinese site Apple Daily [Google Translate] (via Macotakara) alleges that the larger new iPhone could have a capacity of 2,915 mAH. The photo shows the battery carrying an Apple part number of 616-0675 and that it runs at 4.35 volts, although no model number is shown.

While it's difficult to confirm the authenticity of the battery, it does appear to have markings similar to...

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18:00
Mac Observer Staff: What’s In Your Mac Menu Bar?

Ever wonder what workflows look like around TMO Towers? Kelly asked around for what everyone keeps in their menu bar, and here are the results.


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17:26
Fri Afternoon Fun Trivia: Name that Sound

Some Friday afternoon tribal fun. Who can identify the sound enclosed?

To share your answer, or find out the answer we post:

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(Answer: Handheld Mattel/Coleco Electronic Quarterback game.)


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Have you heard about the upcoming MacTech Conference?

Awesome Venue.

Expanded Schedule.

More Pre-Conference Workshops.

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16:54
I Love Paris! 3 Free iOS Paris Apps You’ll Love Too

Love Paris? Vern Seward points out three iOS apps that will make you fall in love all over again in this weeks Free on iTunes. Ulmon Paris Travel Guide, Triposo Paris Travel Guide, Walking Tours.


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15:41
Apple Adds 5 Vice President to Leadership Page

Apple significantly expanded the ranks of executives featured on its leadership page Friday. That page previously featured Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's nine senior vice presidents, but now features an additional five vice presidents, all of whom report to CEO Tim Cook.


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15:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Michael Franti Take the Ice...

I don't know what's better about this video, Apple CEO Tim Cook having a bucket of ice poured over his head or the live soundtrack of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." It's all part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising effort to fight ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease). Famous folks have been challenging each other to either submit to a bucket of ice water or donate money to the ALS Association. At a recent Beer bash on the Apple campus, Michael Franti was performing when he mentioned that Phil Schiller had challenged Tim Cook. Mr. Cook asked the crowd of Apple employees which he should do, get dunked or pay up. He then said he was doing both, because he's awesome like that, and got dunked by Mr. Franti (who sang Ice Ice Baby"). Mr. Cook also publicly challenged Dr. Dre, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Michael Franti, the latter of which was dunked by Mr. Cook on the spot. Apple posted the video to its YouTube channel, and it's a great watch. Mr. Cook's expression in the frame i...

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15:00
Anchor Pointer is a great app for finding your car...

One of the downsides of using geolocation pins with standard GPS apps is that they're designed with driving and roads in mind. For those of us who walk more than we drive, these routes aren't always ideal. After all, your feet aren't confined to...

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14:19
Apple promotes Beats Music as best 'new'...

Beats Music is now being promoted as one of the "Best New Apps" in the App Store, even though the title has actually been available since January and was last updated July 28th. It is also included in the Apps Made by Apple section linked at the bottom of the App Store. Earlier this week, Apple began highlighting Beats Music in the list of apps recommended to new iOS users....



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14:00
Where do you want to wear your "wearable tech...

Samsung and several other companies have smart watches, and an even larger group of manufacturers make wrist-mounted activity trackers. But is the wrist really the right location for wearable technology? We want to know, so we're asking the experts...

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13:54
Forums: Housekeeping, rain damage and a new hope for...

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Forum Regular "Topaz" sparked a conversation about the best way to clear redundant files and free up hard drive space without accidentally removing essential files. Earlier this week, Administrator "ghporter" was looking for software that could detect duplicate files as he has found an excessive amount of duplicate images on his computer that he would like to remove....



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13:52
Apple deals: Mac minis from $509

At Apple's online store this week, find bargain prices on refurbished Mac mini models. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been cut by $90 to $509. A $120 discount is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, now $679....



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13:48
News: iLounge Game Spotlight: Pako — Car Chase...

Quick, easy-to-play games have always been popular on iOS, but the success of Flappy Bird and others seems to have further emphasized the “quick.” Pako - Car Chase Simulator ($2) by Tree Men Games certainly has more detail and thought than most of those titles, but we’re still talking about a game in which each round lasts not minutes, but seconds. It’s on sale for $1 for a limited time. Pako is a basic-looking game that will…

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13:30
Daily Deals for August 15, featuring Canon DSLR and...

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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13:29
Beats Music app added to 'Made by Apple'...

More than two months after its acquisition of Beats was announced, Apple on Friday officially added the Beats Music streaming audio app to the App Store's featured "Made by Apple" list.



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13:19
The Fantastic Photography Training Bundle for $49

I know we have a ton of photographers in the TMO community, and today's deal is aimed at them. It's called the Fantastic Photography Bundle with seven in-depth photography training courses and 48 hours of instruction. The courses are, EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course: Advanced, Learn To Creating Stunning HDR Photos, iPhone Photography Secrets, The Art of Black and White Photography, Portrait Photography With Simple Gear, The Art of Travel Photography, and Photo Restoration with Photoshop Tutorial. Those area all killer training course, and they retail for $401. Through our deal, you can get the whole bundle for $49.


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13:00
Apple updates executive profiles page with more...

Apple today added a number of new executive profiles to the Press Info part of its website, featuring a number of execs who haven't been in the limelight before.

Among the additions to the profiles are the smiling group of happy Apple execs seen...

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12:59
FLA documents labor violations at Apple supplier...

The Fair Labor Association has published the results of 2013 audits of Shanghai and Changshu facilities run by Apple supplier Quanta, documenting numerous labor rights violations. These included illegal recruitment and underage labor practices, as well as health and safety problems. The audits were previously mentioned in Apple's 2014 Supplier Responsibility report, but the company has responded today with a new statement insisting that it was worked to improve conditions since, and that it will cut ties with firms that fail to meet FLA standards. "Our suppliers must live up to the toughest...



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12:30
CloudFella manages cloud accounts but is hampered by...

CloudFella for iOS manages your files in four of the major cloud services: Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Evernote. CloudFella gives you access to all of your files across these services, provides searching, statistics, local storage,...

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12:30
Friday Deals: 4TB Hard Drive, Amazon gift cards,...

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!...



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12:29
Apple highlights corporate diversity with new...

Apple on Friday added a new tier to its official leadership page, listing five corporate vice presidents and spotlighting some of its diversity beyond the more well-known CEO and senior vice presidents.



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12:10
No Sooner do we Secure Our iPhones Than the Home...

The pace of personal security continues to accelerate. First, we spent years learning how to secure our routers and Macs. Then we focused on our iPhone security. Now, a new wave of devices is poised to enter our homes, and they're not made by Apple. Danger is lurking once again.


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12:04
Apple adds Beats Music to “Apps Made by Apple” list...

Earlier this week we reported that Apple had added Beats Music to its Apple Apps prompt for customers opening the App Store for the first time following its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music.

Since that discovery Apple has gone one step further in the App Store adding it to the top of its “Apps Made...

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

Microsoft launched Office on August 1, 1989, and for 25 years Microsoft Office has been helping people get things done in their personal and professional lives. We’re proud of that.

The world has changed a lot during the past quarter century, and so has Office. Today, you can experience the power and convenience of Office on your desktop computer, portable laptop computers, or mobile devices such as the Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad. And with our cloud-based Office 365 or Office Online, you can move seamlessly between those devices and use Office wherever you are, with no need for attachments or flash drives to transfer files from one machine to another.

One of the things I like best about Office 365 is that it’s very democratic. Anyone can use Office 365 and enjoy the benefits of better communication, collaboration and productivity. No one is excluded.

At work, everyone...

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12:00
Shareholder sues Apple directors and estate of Steve...

Patently Apple directs us to a rather ridiculous class action lawsuit filed by an Apple shareholder against Apple directors and the estate of Steve Jobs. The lawsuit stems from the no-poaching agreements Apple tacitly entered into with a number of...

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11:33
News: FLA cites Quanta for further Apple labor...

The Fair Labor Association has released new reports containing audits of two Apple supplier factories, both Quanta facilities, in Shanghai and Changshu, China. Both audits were done in August 2013. Issues cited include workers being charged hiring fees, given excessive consecutive work hours, not receiving pay for sick leave, and factories keeping incomplete information for chemical substances. Apple released a statement to TechCrunch, in which the…

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11:31
Apple Adds Beats Music to App Store List of '...

Following Apple's official acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, the Beats Music iOS app has been added to Apple's App Store listing of "Apps Made by Apple," giving the app high-profile placement to encourage downloads.

This section of the iTunes Store, which also houses Apple-designed apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, and more, can be found in the Quick Links section of the iOS App Store and the desktop iTunes Store.

The addition of Beats Music to the Apps Made by Apple list follows its inclusion in the list of apps recommended to new iOS users, another move that will undoubtedly result in a high number of Beats Music app downloads. According to Appshopper, Beats Music's popularity has soared in recent weeks. It is currently ranked fourth in music and number 23 in overall free apps.

As of May, Beats Music had...

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11:30
New music royalty rates may cost Apple

A pair of organizations representing music artists is pushing for the U.S. government to give the music industry more freedom in deciding what to charge for music, AppleInsider reports. In turn, streaming services like Apple's iTunes Radio and the...

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11:19
Apple updates executive bios page with new VPs

Apple has updated its Executive Profiles webpage to include five vice presidents added within the last year. These include Paul Deneve (pictured), in charge of "Special Projects;" Lisa Jackson, VP of Environmental Initiatives; Joel Podolny, now the full-time dean of Apple University; Johny Srouji, VP of Hardware Technologies; and lastly Denise Young Smith, the company's new human resources head. Each entry includes a short official biography and a larger portrait....



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11:18
50 Cent's headphones will measure your heart...

Video

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11:12
Adobe Audition CC 2014 7.0.1 - Professional post-...

Audition CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Audition customer). Audition CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe Audition CC 2014 empowers you to create and deliver beautiful audio using more connected tools and dozens of new features, including Sound Remover, which can eliminate unwanted sounds from an entire file just by analyzing a small selection. Adobe Audition CC gives you access to new features as soon as they're released and is integrated with other Adobe video tools for smooth start-to-finish audio and video production. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.

Version 7.0.1:

  • some important bug...

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11:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-15

Push notifications are making the move from our smartphones to our desktops, or at least to our Web browsers. Roost co-founder Burton Miller joins Jeff Gamet to explain how push notifications are already available on your Mac, the standard that will bring them to browsers on other platforms, why Web and app notifications matter, and more.


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11:04
Apple Flexes Muscles in Health Field


Apple has begun ramping up for an incursion into the healthcare market, two months after announcing its HealthKit app at WWDC. The app will collate all a user's fitness and health data. Apple reportedly has discussed HealthKit with healthcare providers Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, along with electronic health records provider Allscripts. Allscripts is a competitor to Epic, which recently inked a partnership deal with Apple, also announced at WWDC.

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11:03
Fair Labor Association supplier audit reveals...

As part of its partnership with Apple, the Fair Labor Association has conducted an independent audit of supplier Quanta, and discovered that the company's factories were responsible for some labor violations, including excessive overtime and hiring fees.



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11:00
Apple now using China Telecom servers to store...

Apple has reportedly begun storing data from iPhone users in China in data centers operated by "state-controlled China Telecom." Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the move comes amidst allegations from elements within the Chinese media...

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11:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Paging Mr. Six

Paging Mr. Six

Apple may not have released its next iPhone yet, but that’s not stopping case manufacturers from announcing cases to fit the rumored new models. We've got a few of those accessories in this week’s roundup, alongside our usual array of products that work with current models.

Adopted

The Caplet (iPhone 5 and 5s; $7) is a minimalist case whose unique two-tone treatment decorates your handset with a splash of color.

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10:36
Apple Working to Remedy Labor Violations Found at...

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today published a new report examining two factories operated by Apple-supplier Quanta Computer, finding several code violations related to working hours, recruitment policies, compensation, health and safety, and more in August of 2013 [PDF] (via TechCrunch).

Factories examined included a Quanta facility in Shanghai and one in Changshu. Quanta is a long-time Apple partner that manufactures Apple's MacBook Air and much of the rest of the company's Mac lineup.

Violations were found in both locations, with some of the more egregious issues including verbal abuse by supervisors, a hiring fee charged...

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10:30
Fair Labor Association publishes data from audits of...

The Fair Labor Association, the group that has been performing independent assessments of Apple’s supplier facilities since 2012, today published findings from audits of Apple suppliers it carried out last year after. The reports include assessments of two Apple facilities in Shanghai and Changshu, China (here and here) that belong to Apple’s partner Quanta and also highlight a number of infractions that range from illegal recruitment policies to health and safety concerns and violations of laws related to underage employees working overtime.

The audits were previously included in...

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10:30
Work Time is free today, gives your iPhone something...

Work Time (free today only, normally US$1.99) is a clever little desktop clock app keeps your iPhone busy while you're working, displaying upcoming calendar events, the current temperature and a weather forecast.

Tapping on an event lets you edit it...

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10:25
News: Apple adds more vice presidents to executive...

Apple has added five new vice presidents to its executive profile webpage. The newly listed VPs include Paul Deneve, Vice President of Special Projects, Lisa Jackson, VP of Environmental Initiatives, Joel Podolny, VP and Dean of Apple University, Johny Srouji, VP of Hardware Technologies, and Denise Young Smith, VP of Worldwide Human Resources. According to the bios, all of the newly listed positions report to CEO Tim Cook. Full bios are available…

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10:24
Adobe After Effects CC 2014 13.0.2 - Create...

After Effects CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer). After Effects CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

The new, more connected After Effects CC 2014 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place.

After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and...

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10:21
3 days in Nova Scotia

Ashley Durance:

“The thing about the East Coast is it’s so beautifully Canadian.”

The Publisher and I were lucky enough to have been born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is lucky enough to still live there. Even though I’ve been gone for 25 plus years, I still think of Nova Scotia my home. This photo series captures some of the beauty of it.

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10:13
News: Daily Deal: Get the Limefuel Lite Dual-USB...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for only $34.99. 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, or even…

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10:11
Apple Adds Five Vice Presidents, Including Two Women...

Apple today updated its Apple Leadership press page to add the bios of five vice presidents, including Paul Deneve, Lisa Jackson, Joel Podolny, Johny Srouji, and Denise Young Smith.

The inclusion of several vice presidents on the executive team is a new move for the company, as the page previously only listed the company's lineup of senior vice presidents.

Since taking over as CEO, Tim Cook has aimed to share the spotlight with his employees, letting company leaders like Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive take part in press interviews and lead Apple events. The addition of five new VPs to the press roster suggests Cook and the team at Apple are more open than ever, recognizing the efforts of an even larger number of key employees.

Of the new executives joining the page,...

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10:00
Former Navteq executive Torsten Krenz joins Apple...

9to5Mac reports that Apple this month hired Torsten Krenz to join the company's mapping team. Though not a household name, Krenz brings a considerable and impressive amount of mapping expertise to the table. Previously, Krenz served as an executive...

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09:57
Tips from 25 guitarists on playing better

There are some great tips in here.

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09:50
Hiring begins for first-ever UAE Apple Store

Apple has posted job listings for its first store in the United Arab Emirates, reports note. The company is hiring for every level of retail position, and also makes references to the Apple Store Leader Program, a 24-month initiative aimed at people that have just graduated from college or university. At the moment there are no Apple Stores anywhere in the Middle East....



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09:38
TweetDeck for Mac gets Regional/City Trends column,...

TweetDeck for Mac was updated via the Mac App Store to version 3.8.4 and with it comes a new feature that will show regional and city trends. “You can now find locally trending topics for Regions and Cities, and add a column based on the trend.”

The update also includes a number of other improvements and fixes. You can now remove scheduled tweets from the Scheduled column by removing the time from a tweet and the other update also includes improvements for multiphoto tweets in large columns. In addition, the updated app fixes a few annoyances like the empty columns bug after a computer wakes from sleep as well as retweets with emoji not display properly.

The updated TweetDeck for Mac is available on the Mac App Store now.

What’s New in Version 3.8.4

- Fixes issue with empty columns after...

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09:30
Tim Cook takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,...

Yesterday we talked about Apple marketing VP Phil Schiller challenging CEO Tim Cook to take the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge. Well, at an Apple beer bash yesterday, Cook took his icy shower.

Cook then challenged Disney CEO and Apple board...

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09:26
Will Apple Challenge Intel's Next-Generation...

.... in January 2014 Intel made an announcement mirroring Apple's patent pending invention at CES. According to Intel, they had invented earbuds with a heart rate monitor that accepted verbal instructions via a digital assistant that they called "Jarvis." Yesterday Intel made further announcements regarding the launch of their new earphone systems scheduled to hit the street later this year.

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09:25
Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to...

Apple today has expanded its Executive Leadership Team to include notable Apple Vice Presidents. The team shown on Apple’s official PR Bios website now includes Vice President of Special Projects Paul Deneve, Vice President of of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, Vice President and Dean of Apple University Joel Podolny, Vice President of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji, and Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources Denise Young Smith.

Interestingly, each of these positions is fairly new to Apple: Deneve joined from Yves Saint Laurent last year, Lisa Jackson moved...

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09:15
Review: OtterBox Resurgence iPhone 5/5s power case...

Earlier this summer, OtterBox announced their first entry into the smartphone battery charging case arena with the Resurgence series for iPhone 5 and 5s. The OtterBox Resurgence is a high-speed charging iPhone case with a 2,000 mAh battery and “military spec. drop protection”, according to OtterBox. Naturally, being an OtterBox case, the Resurgence focuses heavily on protection and durability, but it also boasts a few interesting battery features as well including high-speed and auto-stop charging. Below I’ll unpack how the OtterBox Resurgence case for iPhone measures up as a battery charging case...

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09:03
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air $100 off, WD 4TB...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple deals:

  • iPad Air 16GB: $400 shipped ($100 off), tax only in NYC (or $10 international shipping)
  • Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.3GHz Haswell/4GB RAM/256GB SSD: ...
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09:00
Business is better with Office 365: See businesses...

See why businesses of all sizes rely on Microsoft Office 365. Whether it’s manufacturing jet packs in New Zealand or making bubble tea in Los Angeles, businesses everywhere are choosing Office 365 to deliver results and connect with customers in new ways. See how these amazing organizations have changed and explore the  possibilities for your company.

The post Business is better with Office 365: See businesses succeeding around the world appeared first on Office Blogs.

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09:00
Facebook fixes longstanding iOS bug, lowers crash...

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had cracked a long standing bug that affected app stability on iOS. As a result, Facebook engineers are touting that the crash rate for the iOS Facebook app has been reduced by a whopping...

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08:57
Chinese iCloud data now being housed on China...

Apple is now hosting Chinese iCloud content on a mainland datacenter operated by China Telecom, the company has confirmed to Reuters. Questions were raised when the city of Fuzhou posted a notice on its website confirming the transfer of content to the datacenter, but then retracted the statement. The message indicated that Apple actually began the project 15 months ago, but only finished it on August 8th....



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08:42
Revised music royalty rules could hurt Apple's...

The U.S. Justice Department is in the process of deciding whether to revise the laws regarding music royalty rates --?changes that could have an effect on Apple's streaming music offerings Beats Music and iTunes Radio.



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08:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Always lower prices

Always lower prices

This week’s roundup of new and updated apps includes an offering from Walmart that ensures you’re always paying the lowest advertised price for a product.

82nd and Fifth

The iPad was made for culture. 82nd and Fifth takes 100 curators from across The Metropolitan Museum of Art to talk about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world. The result: “One work, one curator, two minutes a time.” Beauty has never been so accessible.

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08:30
Some fun with iOS keyboard shortcuts

It's easy to have some fun with novice iPhone users who are not aware of the keyboard shortcut feature of iOS. This nifty feature allows you assign a text phrase such as "On my way home" to a set of characters like "omw." Every time you type "omw",...

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08:29
Mac: Timbuk2 Spire 15-Inch Laptop Backpack

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Having made some of the most durable ballistic nylon bags we’ve ever tested—generally device-agnostic ones—Timbuk2 has set its sights firmly on MacBook Pro users with Spire ($99), a coated polyester backpack that looks a lot like recent designs we’ve loved from Chrome, STM Bags, and Mission Workshop. Built with a roll-top opening system and offered in either jet black or blue/gunmetal versions, Spire has a padded rear pocket…

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08:12
Leaked pictures purportedly show finished iPhone 6...

A new set of leaked photos apparently shows the final, finished and working iPhone 6 handset. With less than a month until its anticipated, TMZ was able to grab shots of the upcoming device.
5S.

Per The Mac Observer, the photos landed in the hands of the tabloid site TMZ which said the iPhone in the shots was smuggled out of the Foxconn factory in China where it was assembled. The iPhone 6 in question was apparently snatched by an employee who used to work in Foxconn’s hardware department and was involved in designing the device’s outer case...

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08:09
Samsung gets Serious about Home Automation with...

SmartThings announced on Thursday that it has been purchased by electronics maker Samsung. The acquisition means Samsung is serious about wanting to own the smart home market and give Apple's HomeKit in iOS 8 a serious run for its money.


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08:08
Earphones Filled With Health and Fitness Sensors...

As Apple moves closer to launching its rumored health and fitness oriented iWatch, there has been significant focus on the types of sensors Apple might be looking to deploy. Among the intriguing options have been sensor-equipped earphones, which Apple has filed patent applications on in the past and which saw renewed attention following the posting of an unfounded rumor about EarPods with embedded biometric sensors earlier this year.

Earphones with health and fitness sensors do continue to be a topic of interest, and other manufacturers are preparing to bring their own products to the wearables market later this year. One biometric headphone attracting attention is a new offering from Intel and SMS Audio, which has musician 50 Cent as a co-founder (via...

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08:04
Apple shareholder suit accuses Cook, Jobs, others of...

A new lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff R. Andre Klein, is seeking damage compensation for Apple shareholders as a result of alleged misconduct by the company's directors and executives. Lawyers for Klein accuse former CEO Steve Jobs, current CEO Tim Cook and others of "breach of fiduciary duty, gross mismanagement, corporate waste, and breach of the duty of honest services." Specifically, by engaging in anti-poaching practices, Apple leaders are said to have caused the company to break antitrust laws, issue misleading proxy statements, and suppress workers' wages....



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08:00
How to create OS X Calendar events with multiple URLs

While many of my cohorts here at TUAW use Google Calendars or other solutions to keep track of what happening, I'm a fan of the Calendar app in OS X. Back when I was running the TUAW TV Live video podcast every week, I used to create a Calendar event...

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07:30
TMZ thinks this Android phone is the iPhone 6

TMZ is super, super proud of its "exclusive" scoop on the iPhone 6 today, as is clear by its obnoxious headline and loaded article that tells the story of a former Foxconn employee heroically smuggling the highly anticipated device out from...

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07:29
Rumor suggests Apple is working on its own...

A strange new type of USB cable that aims to solve an age-old problem.

Dianxinshouji.com.cn

If reader reaction is any indication, most of you are looking forward to the new reversible USB Type-C connector spec that was finalized earlier this week. Some pictures snapped today by dianxinshouji.com.cn (and spotted by MacRumors) claim that Apple is already working on its own solution for its next-gen Lightning cables, a type of reversible connector that will fit into a USB Type-A port in either orientation.

Such a cable would have to use very thin parts to fit into existing USB ports, and making these parts thinner is only going to increase...

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07:00
Apple's iDevice Orders are so massive that it...

There have been wild rumors over the last few months with claims that Apple has put in iPhone orders in the range of 70-120 million units. Yet today's new revelation would almost confirm that Apple has record breaking orders in for chips with TSMC. According to a new report published today in Asia, "The impact of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's production of Apple CPUs ...

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07:00
Libratone Zipp Wireless Speaker: Portable, high-end...

The Zipp (US$399.95) is the first in Scandinavian-based Libratone's range of high-end, wireless speakers, followed by the Loop, Live and Lounge. Steve Sande took a closer look at the Loop earlier this year, and while he was impressed with the quality...

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06:52
News: Apple shareholder files class action over anti...

An Apple shareholder has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple’s board and the estate of Steve Jobs, Patently Apple reports. The lawsuit is based on another suit involving Apple’s anti-poaching agreement with Google, Adobe, Intel — that case recently saw the defendants’ settlement proposal rejected. This new suit claims that Apple’s decision to enter the anti-poaching agreement damaged the company’s value. The…

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06:46
Leaked Photos Show Finished and Working iPhone 6

With Apple's rumored iPhone 6 media event less than a month away, leaked photos showing what appears to be the next version of the company's smartphone are finally surfacing. The pics include shots of the device's screen and seem to confirm the new model will be bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's just about the right time for photos of completed iPhone 6 models to appear. Assuming they're legit, the new iPhone will be much taller and wider than the iPhone 5S.


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06:33
Twitter to Review Toothless Policies on...


A deluge of hateful tweets after the suicide of actor Robin Williams earlier this week forced his daughter Zelda to publicly quit Twitter and Instagram. "We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, the company's vice president of trust and safety, said in a prepared statement. Twitter has suspended "a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules." However, Twitter's response to reports of abuse can charitably be described as weak.

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06:30
Astra: no one can hear you refuel in space

Astra is an endless runner in space that uses just two buttons. The art style is reminiscent of Galaga and similar retro arcade games. Your mission is to fly the Astra spaceship as far as you can into deep space while picking up fuel points and...

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06:18
Apple Adapts to Post-Snowdon World by Storing Data...

According to several sources, Apple's decision to begin storing some of its users’ data on mainland China underscores how technology companies are adapting to digital nationalism in a post-Snowden world.

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05:50
OS X: Moving Bookmarks between Web Browsers

Have you ever wondered how you could get your Safari bookmarks into Firefox and Chrome (or vice versa)? Well, that's the subject of today's Quick Tip, so wonder no more! Or wonder no more after you come in and read the article, anyway.


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05:32
Assembled iPhone 6 allegedly leaks in photos,...

An assembled version of the iPhone 6 has allegedly leaked from the factory, new photographs reveal. The complete device, shown with the same back cover and marginally-protruding rear camera lens as an earlier leak, is said by sources of celebrity gossip site TMZ to be "noticeably lighter" and has a new yet unknown sensor mounted to the front of the device....



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05:12
FunBITS: PhotoCard Is a Modern Postcard for iPad and...

From the mind that brought you MacPaint, QuickDraw, and HyperCard, Bill Atkinson’s PhotoCard app for iOS lets you say, “Having a wonderful time, wish you were here!” via mail or email — and you can include your own photos, stickers, and customized postage stamps.

 

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05:04
The Rumor Mill spins a new Tale that the iPhone 6...

Rumors are spun everyday over supposed Apple parts for the iPhone 6 to keep the rumor mill well oiled. Today a new rumor has sprung from the minds of the good folks over at NowhereElse.fr. Their latest rumor-report is trying to put a square peg into a round hole about Apple adopting the new reversible USB standard for the iPhone 6.

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04:59
30 year old blood test billionaire

Elizabeth Holmes is only 30 years old, but has a lifetime of success. Back in 2003, Holmes was a sophomore at Stanford University and envisioned a process of performing blood tests with a device that required much less blood (just a drop) than existing blood tests (normally requiring a vial or two of blood).

This is a fascinating story, one that reminds me in many ways of Steve Jobs and Apple.

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Apple now storing local China iCloud data in China...

The official website of the city of Fuzhou, in the People's Republic of China, on Thursday posted a now-retracted statement saying that Apple had completed the transfer of iCloud data to a Jiangxi Province datacenter owned by China Telecom. Apple on Friday then confirmed that it is in fact using China Telecom data centers to store iCloud user data locally.



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Right around the closing rounds of last month’s World Cup matches, armed robbers raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil, subduing workers and guards before making off with about US$6.3m worth of mobile phones and computers.

Turns out, part of that booty has surfaced in Paraguay, about 1,000 km due west.

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eMedia Music to expand the guitar Lab DVD series...

eMedia Music Corp will release two new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs in September. The Ukulele For Guitar Players and 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know DVDs will be in stores Sept. 19.

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Apple shareholder suing Steve Jobs’ estate over...

Apple shareholder R. Andre Klein sued the Steve Jobs’ estate, along with Tim Cook and others, claiming Apple “misled investors and damaged the value of the company”.

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Mobile media revenue to approach $380 billion by 2018

The Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) predicts spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset (which excludes tablet spend) including handset browsing, mobile applications, mobile games, mobile music, mobile video, mobile TV, ringtones, wallpapers and alerts will rise from just above US$236 billion in 2013 to approach $380 billion by 2018.

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Mobile media revenue to approach $380 billion by 2018

The Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) predicts spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset (which excludes tablet spend) including handset browsing, mobile applications, mobile games, mobile music, mobile video, mobile TV, ringtones, wallpapers and alerts will rise from just above US$236 billion in 2013 to approach $380 billion by 2018.

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Hiring underway for first Apple Store(s) in the oil-...

If you look at map of Apple Store locations around the world, there’s one very obvious wealthy area of the world without a single store: the oil-rich nations of the Middle East. This now looks set to change, as ifoAppleStore spotted Apple job listings for the United Arab Emirates for the complete range of retail store positions.

The job listings appeared yesterday, and include the full range of store positions from Store and Market Leader, Manager, Expert, Creative and Specialist. The listings also include the Apple Store Leader Program, a 24-month development program for those who have just graduated from higher education …

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Apple Now Using China Telecom as Data Center...

Apple has officially added China Telecom as a data center provider in China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The move comes after 15 months of "stringent tests and evaluation" by the Fuzhou city government, as Apple states that all data stored on the servers is encrypted. According to Reuters, Apple says the new data center will help improve the speed and reliability of iCloud and the iTunes Store in the region. "Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously. We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China," it said. The move could also help ease tensions between Apple and China as of late, as the...

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StockXloader ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

BragIt has released version 4.2 of StockXloader (http://stockxloader.com), a native Mac OS X application for fully automated downloading of stock market quotes and indexes to the technical analysis program ProTA or ProTA Gold from BeeSoft, or to MS Excel or Numbers. Or you can drag & drop a text file for import into other applications.

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Photos Claiming to Be of New Lightning Cable with...

Apple may be shipping a new Lightning cable that features a reversible USB connector with forthcoming iOS devices, reports Chinese website Dianxinshouji.com (Google Translate, via Nowhereelse.fr).

The source shares a few photos of the new cables said to be from Apple supplier Foxconn, with the images showing a USB connector that is attached to the center of its metal casing. By comparison, the USB connector on Apple's current Lightning cable attach against the bottom of the metal housing's inner surface.

While it is unable to tell for sure whether these cables are legitimate or not, it is possible that Apple could ship new Lightning cables to match the forthcoming USB 3.1 cables that will...

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