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Tuesday August 19

20:02
Apple faces preliminary injunction to remove '...

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered Apple and Google to not only remove anonymous social networking app Secret from their app stores, but also remotely wipe the software from devices in the country.



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19:51
AAPL closes at 52-week high, approaches all-time...

Apple's stock closed on Tuesday with a new 52-week high, and at one point in the day threatened to top its all-time highest stock price (based on straight split-adjustment). It officially closed at $100.53, not far from its all-time split-adjusted high of $100.72, though it hit $100.68 in intra-day trading. The company's valuation also rose to a market cap of $602 billion....



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19:07
Apple’s Stock Sets Record Closing High, Market Cap...

Shares of Apple Inc. set an all-time closing high on Tuesday, ending the day at $100.53 per share, a gain of $1.37 (+1.38 percent), on heavy volume of 69.4 million shares trading hands. The previous closing record was $100.30 per share, set on September 19th, 2012.


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18:40
Brazilian judge orders Apple, Google remove Secret...


Update: At the moment, this ruling is still unofficial. A Brazilian prosecutor is pushing for the removal of these apps, but the judge has not officially ordered any action just yet. A source tells us that Secret has sent counsel to Brazil to investigate the situation, though we’ve been told this ruling would really be against Apple, Google, and Microsoft rather than the Secret app itself. Original story below:

A judge in Brazil has had it with the anonymous bullying carried out on social networking apps like...

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18:39
Briefly: Genius HS-920BT headphones, Tylt Syncable-...

Genius announced a new set of stereo headphones today, giving consumers another option in the world of Bluetooth listening devices. The HS-920BT on-ear headphones feature 40mm drivers with a sensitivity of 116dB, an impedance of 32ohms and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Controls are placed on right ear cup, giving users control over volume, tracks and receiving phone calls. Power is provided by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery....



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18:07
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.2

Adds support for the upcoming OS X Yosemite. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free updates, 52.0/52.8 MB)

 

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18:06
PopChar X 6.6

Adds support for Unicode 7.0. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.8 MB)

 

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17:50
RootMetrics: Verizon top carrier in performance,...

A new study of wireless carriers for the first half emerged today, putting Verizon at the top of the pile in five categories, marking it as the best overall carrier in the United States. Market research firm RootMetrics announced its findings, showing that Verizon was the best carrier in reliability, speed, data performance and call performance....



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17:23
Week of Who, Day Two: Doctor Stew

For Week of Who, day two, I offer you an amusing web series called Doctor Stew. It's mostly Doctor Who themed, but it's got a fair amount of Family Guy animation style and humor. It's not Stewie as the Doctor or anything, it just rhymed and made for a catchier title. Keep in mind if Family Guy is not your scene, Doctor Stew won't be either. Otherwise, check out the first episode below.


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17:00
Google's Photo Sphere app now on iOS and not...

Photo Sphere is no longer an Android exclusive. Google released the app for iOS users today, calling it Photo Sphere Camera. It's free, and a nice way to create immersive 360 degree photos.

The app is pretty simple to use. Press the start button and...

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16:58
The Connected Car, Part 3: No Shortcuts to Security


The connected car is becoming a reality, but the gadget-filled roadways it travels will be paved with several options for in-car technologies. These choices pose challenges for carmakers. Whichever technology wins the race, one of the biggest concerns for OEMs is their electronic security. The Linux Foundation wants an open source platform in the pole position. The nonprofit consortium already has a fully functional Linux distribution. Automotive Grade Linux is a customizable, open source automotive software stack with Linux at its core.

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16:30
Sentinel 4: Dark Star is a tower defense star

Strategy and upgrades are at the forefront in Sentinel 4: Dark Star, a tower defense game that challenges players to think on their feet in campaigns. There are 26 maps in the game, each with their own interesting challenges. Some of these challenges...

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16:30
Rightscorp wants to halt Internet browsing for...

It appears that the piracy enforcement group Rightscorp has been looking into a new strategy when it comes to repeat infringers of its client's intellectual property. In an earnings conference call last week, the company revealed a new strategy that it was considering for the future that includes working with Internet service providers (ISP) to block Internet browsing until a payment is made to the group....



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16:29
Apple updates pro-level video suite with fixes for...

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a point update for its Final Cut Pro for Mac professional level video editing software including a bug fix for Blu-ray handling, which was also applied to new versions of Compressor and Motion.



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16:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

FrameMagic Premium [iOS...

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15:44
BrandPost: For the ultimate home cinema, start with...

You’ve already navigated a seemingly endless sea of hardware options, form factors, and connectivity quagmires to create your beautifully constructed home theater. It’s a completely centralized, smoothly operating, mind-blowing entertainment powerhouse. Now, to complete the experience, you need to make your media work just as smoothly as your hardware.

Great home theater isn’t just about the biggest, smartest TV or the most sophisticated sound system. It’s also about the freedom to store all of your favorite content in one safe place and watch it any time, on any device, from anywhere you happen to be. It’s about getting rid of redundant devices and being certain that your movies and videos look their best when you watch them. From the living room to the park or the beach, anywhere you can connect to the Internet, your movies will be with you.

To...

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15:36
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-011 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-011 ACMT exam. 

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15:31
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

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15:30
Qwingle is a calendar app built for families and...

Qwingle, which requires iOS 7 and is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is a family focused calendar app that might be just the thing you need to manage back to school schedules.

First off, this app is designed to be basic, fun and...

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15:24
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits iTunes a...

Marvel’s blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier won’t be available on Blu-ray for another three weeks, but fans of the franchise can grab the movie for $19.99 right now on the iTunes Store as part of an early release deal.

The movie, which takes its influence as much from political thrillers as more traditional popcorn-friendly superhero fare, is the followup to last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger and the subsequent team-up film The Avengers.

It’s not the first time a studio has timed the iTunes release of a movie ahead its physical media counterpart. Last year Star Trek Into Darkness got the same treatment three weeks before it hit store shelves. Typically movies will debut in both...

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15:12
Photos of supposed fully assembled 'iPhone 6...

Amid the deluge of parts leaks and rumors surrounding the upcoming "iPhone 6," a set of photos on Tuesday mates purportedly leaked rear case and display components in what could be the first look at Apple's next handset.



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15:00
Felix StretchWrite transforms any pen or pencil into...

Despite Steve Jobs' dislike of styluses as pointing and writing devices for smartphones and tablets, a lot of people find the pointy sticks to be a necessity for accuracy. But there are still some issues with styluses -- they're usually more...

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14:49
Mailbox makes leap from mobile to Mac as public beta

Dropbox has released the first Mac version of Mailbox, its gesture-enabled email client, previously limited to iOS and Android. The Mac software is currently only in public beta, and people must sign up to a waiting list in order to gain access. It does however keep all of the iOS app's features, while adding two more....



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14:37
Apple activates screen sharing over iMessage...

In June, we noted that Apple is adding a handy new feature to the upcoming OS X Yosemite: the ability for iMessage/Apple ID users to screen share via the Messages app. Screen sharing was a hallmark of early versions of Apple’s Mac “iChat” application, but it has always required an Aol Instant Messenger (AIM), Gmail, Jabber, or Yahoo account. With Yosemite, users can have the same screen sharing experience with just an iMessage/FaceTime/or Apple ID account. Apple activated the feature in this week’s beta release, and it brings some new tricks not found in earlier...

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14:30
Tom Hanks' Hanx Writer typewriter app is a...

Celebrities throwing their names behind products are nothing new. Ronald Reagan hawked cigarettes, Kim Kardashian has her own mobile game, even the Simpsons made the jump. Still there's something odd about Tom Hanks being the driving force of...

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14:26
Microscopic analysis, iOS 8 code point to new 4.7-...

Adding to the pile of supposed "iPhone 6" parts leaks, a report out of Russia claims to have put a display bound for Apple's 4.7-inch handset under the microscope, while new code discovered in Xcode suggests at least one new iPhone model will carry a 1,472-by-828-pixel resolution.



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14:16
Latest Xcode 6 SDKs hint at possible iPhone 6...

A PLIST file in the past two Xcode 6 beta SDKs may point at more possible resolutions for the iPhone 6. Specifically the file is connected to the iOS 8 homescreen, and refers to a 16:9 resolution of 414x736. Because the iPhone SDK handles hardware resolutions through point values, actual Retina resolutions should be two to three times greater. That suggests that 828x1472 and 1242x2208 are possibilities, both of which would have enough pixel density on 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens to maintain Retina status....



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14:00
Simple rebuilds backend from scratch, releases new...

Over the past several months my favorite online bank, Simple, has been working feverishly to update their back end. Today it released an updated app that compliments the under-the-hood changes made to its systems. Simple, if you don't know, is a...

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13:51
Video shows new, reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

Last week presented us with a look at a new cable rumored to be coming from Apple with the iPhone 6. This new USB to Lightning cable has a reversible USB connector, meaning you can insert it into an ordinary USB port in both orientations just like the Lightning end. Now MacRumors points us toward a video, posted by the same person as earlier photos, showing the cable being plugged in both ways.

Ok, not super exciting to watch, but still interesting. The video appears to show the actual Apple retail box for the cable as well. Besides this, there are other rumored capabilities including the use USB 3.1 which may be related to support for high-definition audio playback. 

MacRumors poses the question of whether Apple will run into legal action from companies such as the California-based company...

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13:43
First Look: Stem Innovation Izon View

Izon View ($150) is the newest home recording camera from Stem Innovation, following the iZon we reviewed and liked three years ago. Like its predecessor, the new camera can stream live video and record video clips to a free app by connecting to a wireless network, lending itself to numerous uses — a nanny cam, pet monitor, and security for a home or small business are all possibilities. Setting it apart from past Stem cameras, Izon View's newest…

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13:42
Motion version 5.1.2: Release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

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13:30
Send a message that's impossible to screenshot...

While Snapchat popularized the idea of sending photos that disappear after a quick view, sometimes you might need to just send a quick message to someone without a visual that you don't want the receiver holding on to. Enter Zeph. A free app for...

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13:25
Google Straps On Jetpac to Take Search to New Heights


Google has acquired Jetpac, according to a statement that appeared Friday on the Jetpac website. Jetpac is the creator of a handful of apps, including City Guides, which analyzes Instagram photos and then automatically creates guides based on the collected data. That information translates into a lot of options for users. They can find bars that attract a younger crowd, the most scenic hiking trails, or the hippest coffee shops, for example. Jetpac has covered some 6,000 cities around the world using this approach.

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13:22
Last Chance for Duracell Bundle: 100 AA and 50 AAA...

The Duracell Bundle-100 AA and 50 AAA Duracell Batteries for $56-is coming to an end. This has been a very popular deal on our Deals page, even without promoting it, but if you want to take advantage of it, do so quickly. It ends on August 21st, just two days from now. The batteries have an expiration date of 2019, and the deal is only available in the continental U.S. There's a limit of five per customer, which means you can one for you and get Christmas/holiday gifts for some of your family, too.


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13:13
Gatekeeper changes unconnected to Dev Center hack,...

Despite recent claims, a Dev Center security breach isn't why developers are being asked to re-sign Mac apps using OS X Mavericks, sources say. An alternative reason for the switch hasn't been mentioned. In earlier rumors, it was claimed that one or more hackers had managed to obtain not only Gatekeeper keys but "virtually every key Apple used for everything."...



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13:06
KGI says iWatch/iBand launch could be pushed to 2015

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the much anticipated launch of Apple’s “iWatch” could be delayed into 2015. Kuo claims that difficulties with manufacturing the new device will likely be the cause of the delay:

We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple’s (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.

Kuo, who has a...

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13:01
Shares of Apple reach highest-ever closing price as...

After meeting some resistance at the $100 mark, shares of Apple stayed in three-digit territory and closed above their previous all-time high in Tuesday afternoon trading, setting a new record for the company's stock.



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13:00
The QiStone+ is the first wireless power pack for...

If you're like me, you sometimes travel with an external battery pack to keep your iPhone or iPad charged if you are on the road or just can't get to a wall outlet. Those battery packs work well, but they are tethered with a cable to your device.

So...

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12:55
iPhone 6 screen goes under the microscope as new...

Earlier today, we discovered a new potential resolution for the iPhone 6: 828 x 1472. This finding came several months after sources first told us that Apple is testing an iPhone 6 resolution of 960 x 1704. Now, phone reseller Feld & Volk has put a purported iPhone 6 screen panel under the microscope and claims that the resolution is the 960 x 1704 that we reported:

MacRumors, on the other hand, analyzed the photo and...

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12:55
Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft’s Board, Will Focus on...

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Tuesday that he was quitting the company's board of directors, effective immediately. In a letter to new CEO Satya Nadella published by Microsoft, Mr. Ballmer said he was leaving the board because he saw, "a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time."


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12:52
News: Mercedes, Volvo delay CarPlay support until...

Mercedes-Benz and Volvo won’t be offering Apple’s CarPlay until 2015, 9to5Mac reports. Both carmakers were previously said to include the functionality in car models by the end of this year. While Volvo’s upcoming new XC90 will be able to use the feature, the functionality won’t be included until 2015. Hyundai has yet to incorporate CarPlay into its 2015 Sonata, but a spokesperson said the functionality will indeed be included…

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12:39
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Screen Put Under Microscope as New...

Amid rumors of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6, speculation about what resolutions Apple will use for the new devices has generated a number of different theories. The most concrete suggestion so far has been a 1704 x 960 resolution that could see the current "2x" Retina display move to an even sharper "3x" display.

A new photo from Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] now shows the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope, with the firm telling MacRumors the panel does indeed carry a resolution of 1704 x 960.

The photograph posted by Feld & Volk does not, however, necessarily appear to agree with that claim, as it seems to show roughly 13 pixels per mm in the horizontal and vertical directions, while a 4.7-inch display at 1704 x 960 should...

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12:37
New iPhone 6 Images Depict Rear Shell and Front...

With the iPhone 6 launch less than a month away, we've been seeing new images of leaked parts on a near daily basis. Multiple images of both the front panel and the rear shell of the 4.7-inch device have surfaced, but for the first time, the two parts have been photographed together, giving us our clearest look yet at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6.

Shared by luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] high quality images of the two parts show the glossy front panel's slightly tapered edges melding seamlessly into the rounded edges of the rear shell for a sleek, continuous curve.

Top view of 4.7-inch iPhone 6
A side view of the two pieces together also gives us a good idea of just how thin Apple's newest iPhone will be. Assembled, the iPhone 6 is expected to be significantly thinner than the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5s, coming in at approximately 7mm.

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12:30
Breakdown Buddy: How does it break down

Breakdown Buddy (US$0.99) is a useful app for organizing information needed in case of a car breakdown. The app works on all iOS devices running iOs 7.1 or later.

There are two functions of the app; the ability to find your current location on a map...

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12:27
Apple seeds fourth beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers...

Apple has posted a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 for developers and AppleSeed participants, identified as build 13F18. Testing areas remain largely the same -- including Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt, and USB/USB smart cards -- but with the addition of Gatekeeper, Apple's app-signing security measure. "Signatures created with OS X version 10.8.5 or earlier ('v1 signatures') are obsoleted and will no longer be recognized by Gatekeeper," Apple reminds the developer audience. "To ensure your apps will run on updated versions of OS X they must be signed using the codesign tool on OS X version 10.9 or...



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12:10
Continued production issues may force Apple to delay...

With a number of issues allegedly still standing between Apple and the launch of its anticipated wrist-worn device, the so-called "iWatch" may not even see the light of day until next year, the latest missive from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests.



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12:05
External Link: In Defense of Email

Email is far from hip these days. Pundits and investors salivate over ways to replace it with something more modern, but The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal argues that it’s still the best part of the Internet. Despite its many flaws, it’s universal, decentralized, and isn’t commercial. In fact, Madrigal argues that it may be users’ best hope of taking the Internet back from large tech firms.

 

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12:00
Despite being doomed, Apple once again rockets...

The iPhone 6 is going to suck, nobody wants an iPad, and the iWatch is going to cost US$3,000, so it's really quite surprising that despite all this on its plate, Apple is still managing to creep near to its highest stock price in history today. At...

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11:58
DealNN: Retina MacBook Pros, 4K HDTVs and more

Amazon.com this week cuts the cost on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro from $2,599 down to $2,250 with free delivery. That $350 discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this by $150. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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11:52
News: iOS 8 beta suggests 1472x828 resolution, more...

An iOS 8 preference list file has been found with an iPhone resolution of 736x414, reports 9to5Mac, which would translate to a Retina “2X” screen resolution of 1472 x 828. At a 4.7” screen size, this would be around 359 pixels per inch (PPI), versus a 307 PPI resolution for 5.5” — the latter just enough pixel density to qualify as a Retina display. If displayed on a 4” screen, this would equal 422 PPI. Previously, 9to5Mac…

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11:49
iOS 8 turns up evidence of another possible iPhone 6...

Early this year, we heard from a source that Apple had been testing multiple resolutions for the iPhone 6’s larger display, including a resolution of 960 x 1704. As we outlined, the benefit of that resolution is that it allows both developers and consumers to smoothly transition to the new display without losing high-quality imagery and graphics found in many applications from the App Store. At that density on both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display (the two larger screen sizes for the next iPhone), all content would display larger in comparison to the current, 4-inch iPhone, but there would not be more actual screen real estate. Now, we’ve discovered another potential iPhone 6 screen resolution by way of iOS 8 files inside of the latest Xcode 6...

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11:47
Apple adds 3D Yosemite Flyover to Maps ahead of new...

Apple has steadily been adding new cities and locations with support for its 3D Flyover feature to its Maps app this year. The latest Flyover addition to Apple Maps includes support for two new locations: Wellington, New Zealand and Yosemite National Park, California. The addition of Wellington marks the third location in New Zealand to support Flyover with Auckland and Christchurch both previously being supported. Newly added 3D Flyover support for Yosemite National Park in California is especially notable though as Apple prepares to ship its redesigned Mac operating...

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11:35
OS X: Delete the Annoying ‘Move to Dropbox’ from...

Dropbox is a great app. However, if you've installed or updated Dropbox lately, you'll notice something that may annoy you: Dropbox has placed its contextual menu item "Move to Dropbox" right next to "Move to Trash." It annoyed John, so he figured out how to get rid of it and tells us how he did it.


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11:30
Daily Deals for August 19, 2014, featuring Lifetime...

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

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

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11:26
Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board

From Ballmer’s letter to Satya Nadella:

Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off. The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately.

Understandable, and handled professionally.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:22
LG Display picked as main display supplier for...

Apple has picked LG Display as its primary supplier of display panels for the iPhone 6, according to supply chain sources cited by Feng.com. The firm is said to have beat out Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display for the bulk of orders. Otherwise, however, it's not specified what the balance will be. The implication is also that Sharp is indeed in the supply chain, despite a May report claiming it had been dropped in favor of Innolux due to quality control problems....



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11:15
Giveaway: Win Pad & Quill’s new Oxford Case for...



Earlier this year our friends at Pad & Quill generously gave away several items from their collection of luxury bags and cases for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more, and now the accessory company is back for another round of hooking our readers up with the launch of a couple of new products. Specifically, Pad & Quill is introducing...

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11:13
Apple's iWatch May Not Launch Until 2015

Apple may be planning to delay the launch of its iWatch until 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Echoing several past reports that have also alluded to a 2015 launch date, Kuo suggests that difficulty manufacturing the device will lead to its postponement.We reiterate our view that iWatch, as compared to existing products, and as Apple's (US) first attempt at a wearable device, represents a much higher level of difficulty for the company as regards component and system design, manufacturing and integration between hardware and software. While we are positive on iWatch and believe that the advantages of the design and business model behind it are difficult to copy, we think, given the aforementioned challenges, that the launch could be postponed to 2015.In a July report, Kuo predicted mass production on the iWatch would begin in November, with a launch coming in 2015...

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11:13
∞ Apple pops the $100 barrier

Apple stock today popped through the $100 per share barrier for the first time since they split the stock 7-1. That makes for a pre-split price of $700 a share. An important psychological step for Apple investors.

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11:01
Rumor: Apple to incorporate 150Mbps Qualcomm modem...

One does not sneeze at the idea of a 150 megabits per second cellular modem in the next-gen iPhone.

Per AppleInsider and GeekBar, the latest component claimed to be from Apple’s next-generation iPhone is a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which would boost cellular download speeds to 150 megabits per second, which would be 50 percent faster than the modem found in the iPhone 5s.

The modem, which features a third-generation LTE chipset, was first announced by Qualcomm in February of 2012 and began shipping later that year. A recent post...

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11:00
Camera+ fixes Flickr sharing, adds features, teases...

Camera+ has released a new update for the powerful iOS photography app adding new features, fixing bugs, and using the release to tease "big things" for the iOS 8 version. Thats exactly their words, "big things."

With iOS 8 right around the corner,...

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10:43
News: Daily Deal: Training to become an Expert Web...

In today’s iLounge Deals, we’re offering lifetime access to a comprehensive OSTraining course covering a wide variety of open source development courses for only $79—96% off the normal price. Bundling 1800 in-depth videos along with a monthly series of 400 page web design ebooks, this course will give you the tools to be coding like a champ in no time. Topics include WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SEO, HTML, CSS, PHP, and more, with…

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10:40
News: Report: Apple releases iOS 8 beta 6 to testing...

Apple has released the sixth beta of iOS 8 to its testing partners, including cellular wireless providers, according to BGR. This beta has not gone out to the standard broad array of developers, reportedly since the sixth beta has arrived too close to iOS 8’s anticipated Gold Master release in September. The report also claims this carrier build has already been rejected as a potentially final version due to an issue with using YouTube in Safari.…

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10:39
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F18 to...

After providing developers with beta build 13F14 of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 last week, Apple today has released yet another build of the beta.

Build 13F18 is available now and asks developers to focus on USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, Thunderbolt and Gatekeeper integration with 10.9.5. Apple also reminded developers and testers of recent app signing changes for GatekeeperSignatures created with OS X version 10.8.5 or earlier (“v1 signatures”) are obsoleted and will no longer be recognized by Gatekeeper. To ensure your apps will run on updated versions of OS X they must be signed using the codesign tool on OS X version 10.9 or later (“v2 signatures”)....

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10:35
Volvo, Mercedes-Benz delay CarPlay support into 2015

Two of the core automakers supporting Apple's CarPlay -- Volvo and Mercedes-Benz -- have both confirmed that they won't have vehicles with the technology in 2014, despite earlier promises. "As of now, we do not support CarPlay in our series production cars," the latter party says. "We are working on a highly sophisticated head-unit based solution, which will enable CarPlay as well as other systems (e.g. MirrorLink)… we are not quite sure if we will feature an aftermarket solution. CarPlay won't be available by the end of this year, but in 2015."...



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10:35
Shares of $AAPL Top $100, Flirt with Record Closing...

Shares of Apple Inc. topped US$100 in intra-day trading on Tuesday, trading as high as $100.525 per share in heavy volume. $AAPL's all-time closing high is $100.30 on a split-adjusted basis, set on September 19th, 2012. The stock briefly traded over $100 per share two days later, but this is the first time it has crossed that mark since.


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10:30
Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley explains why Apple...

With shares of Apple just on the verge of breaching the $100/share mark -- and setting an all-time high in the process -- Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty this week put out a research note detailing a number of reasons why the time is ripe to...

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10:21
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-19

Our iPhones can be more than text message tools and cameras; they can play an important role in enhancing our lives, too. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share some of their favorite apps and accessories for improving the quality of their lives, and even offer up a little relationship advice, too.


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10:13
Ephnic releases Ephnic Movie Maker for Mac 2.2.0

Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects.

The new version comes with a interface and supports 64-bit CPUs. Now users can add two soundtracks and subtitle tracks for their movie and preview the whole project in full-screen mode.

Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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10:03
D-Link now shipping 802.11ac unified wireless access...

D-Link has announced the DWL-8610AP (www.dlink.com/dwl-8610ap), a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point. Sporting advanced radio management and security features, the DWL-8610AP is designed to allow IT professionals to get the most of their wireless network and maximize their users’ experience.
 

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10:03
Mobile App Attacks: No Malware, No Problem


Traditional attack methods, like those used with the recent mobile online banking Trojan Svpeng, involve the installation of malware on the device to steal information and commit fraud. However, new techniques are emerging that would enable an attacker to compromise a device and steal private information from the owner -- for example, the typical copycat app on a third-party app store. It looks official. It has a corporate logo on it and perhaps a link to the genuine news feed from that corporation.

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10:00
Without buybacks or dividends, Apple would have $210...

Apple's capital return program, originally announced back in March of 2012, has already returned vast amounts of money to shareholders in the form of dividends and stock buybacks

Since its first incarnation, Apple has dramatically increased the...

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10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

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10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F18) Now Available

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09:56
CS Odessa announces new software engineering...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9: a set of libraries that provides a solution for software engineering diagrams.

The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

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09:35
AMD officially launches OCZ partnership with Radeon...

AMD today announced its previously rumored technology partnership with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Launching the range is the AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB or 480GB capacities....



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09:32
Mailbox for Mac hits public beta, adds synced drafts...

Popular iOS email efficiency tool Mailbox is now accessible to select users on Mac for beta testing, with availability set to expand gradually over the coming weeks as the developer gears up for a public launch.



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09:30
Apple scores patents for surround-sound MacBook,...

When it rains, it pours in the world of Apple patents, and today it's pouring. As Patently Apple reports, the company official scored 48 new patents today, a couple of which apply to GarageBand and a feature that may eventually find its way into the...

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09:26
iOS 8 beta 6 exclusive to testing partners, report...

A sixth beta of iOS 8 has been issued, but only to Apple's testing partners, BGR says it has learned. The firmware is allegedly being withheld from developers because Apple is so close to the gold master stage. Testing partners must approve or reject beta 6 by September 5th, just four days before Apple is expected to announce new iPhones as well as iOS 8's launch date....



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09:24
Mailbox for Mac reaches public beta, packs draft...

The team behind the famed Mailbox mobile application demoed a very early preview of the app for Mac back in April of this year, not long after announcing that the platform had been acquired by Dropbox. But the team has seemingly been making steady progress, hoping to create the perfect desktop counterpart to its mobile email client. Today, Mailbox announced that the app has reached public beta and that it will be rolling out soon to those who have signed up for the wait list.

The beta includes a couple important new features...

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09:24
Confirmed: Security breach is not reason for...

Yesterday there were a few claims going around that Apple’s recent change to Gatekeeper app signing for developers was the result of a Dev Center security breach. TUAW reported yesterday on a few random tweets and others picked up the story. As you’d probably expect, we have some good news: It’s not true…

We’ve now confirmed with sources close to the situation that there is no truth to the rumors and that a Dev Center breach was not the reason behind the Gatekeeper app signing changes.

Apple...

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09:02
Google releases new Photo Sphere Camera app for...
09:01
Shares of Apple hit $100 as Morgan Stanley provides...

Apple is on the verge of a major new iPhone product cycle, but this one will be unlike any other launch before it, making it an ideal time for investors to buy in to the company's stock, Morgan Stanley said on Tuesday, helping shares to touch $100 in mid-day trading.



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09:00
Dr. Dre takes the Ice Bucket Challenge plunge [video]

The chain of Ice Bucket Challenge videos for Apple executives remains unbroken. First up was Apple Marketing VP Phil Schiller, who sent the challenge on to CEO Tim Cook. Cook took the plunge in front of a huge crowd at an Apple beer bash last week,...

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08:57
Apple's Share Price Hits $100 for the First...

Apple today saw its stock hit the $100 mark for the first time since its seven-for-one split that took place in early June. Following the split, Apple was trading at roughly $92 a share, but since that time the stock has trended upward until hitting the $100 mark today.

The company is also very close to an all-time high stock price, accounting for the stock split. Apple's all-time intraday high was set on September 21, 2012 at $100.72 ($705.07 on a pre-split basis), and the all-time high closing price was set just a few days earlier on September 19 at $100.30 ($702.10 pre-split).

Even as Apple sits at almost record high share prices, the company is not ready to set a new high for overall market capitalization, which is calculated as the share price multiplied by the number of shares available. That is due to Apple's aggressive stock buyback program that has seen the company reduce its share...

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08:50
Parallels Desktop 9 failing to load under latest...

Yesterday's Developer Preview 6 release of OS X Yosemite is breaking Parallels Desktop 9, users complain. After DP6 is installed, Desktop 9 is simply refusing to run. The issue appears to involve the dispatcher service failing to load, as a temporary solution involves forcing the service to start via a Terminal command....



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08:48
Here are the release notes from a new carrier iOS 8...

Apple released a new version of OS X 10.10 to testers yesterday with Yosemite Developer Preview 6 bringing various UI tweaks and a new set of system wallpapers. However, an updated build of iOS 8 was not released to developers just as 9to5Mac had previously reported to expect. A report from BGR this morning claims that an updated iOS 8 build has been distributed to carrier partners for testing and approval, though, and includes internal release notes (below) for the carrier version. Apple released the final developer beta version...

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08:47
Mercedes-Benz & Volvo delay CarPlay support into...

Apple’s s new in-car solution for iOS, first revealed over a year ago at WWDC, appears to be hitting delays as some car manufacturers push back release schedules into next year.

Back in March when Apple officially announced availability of the feature, a handful of car companies announced that CarPlay would arrive in new models later in the year. What they didn’t tell you is that in many cases the CarPlay functionality won’t actually become available until next year.

A spokesperson for...

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08:30
Brother unveils six new monochrome laser printers...

Printer manufacturer Brother today introduced a new line of monochrome laser printers and all-in-ones for the Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) market. Introduced today are the HL-L2320D, HL-L2360DW, and HL-L2380DW stand-alone black and white laser printers. New multifunction devices include the MFC-L2700DW, MFC-L2720DW, and MFC-L2740DW laser printers....



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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Done and done

Done, and done

This week’s Mac app roundup brings you sports tricks, photos you didn’t know you could make, and the ability to get things done.

CoachBase 2.0

As the new school year approaches, the $10 CoachBase - Animated coach clipboard playbook offers an interesting take on sports training at all levels.

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08:29
Genius announces new Bluetooth stereo headphones

Genius (http://www.geniusnet.com.tw) has announced a "premium" Bluetooth headset, the HS-920BT, available in five stylish colors and sporting 40mm drivers. It's available at the suggested retail price of US$49.99

With a built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users can switch from listening to music to taking phone calls with a touch of a button. A built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows for

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08:04
iTunes Festival London adds 21 more acts to lineup

Apple has added another 21 acts to the list performing at next month's iTunes Festival in London. Some of the better-known additions include Jenny Lewis, Elbow, Paolo Nutini, David Gray, The Script, Jessie Ware, Ryan Adams, First Aid Kit, and Lenny Kravitz. Over 60 acts will be playing in total -- previously-announced performers include Beck, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, and Robert Plant....



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08:02
Developer Portal Breach May have Forced Apple’s...

Changes to the Gatekeeper feature in OS X Mavericks designed to help protect users from malware and may be the result of a security breach Apple experienced through its Developer Portal. Developers first saw the change in the beta version of OS X 10.9.5, and if they haven't updated the digital signatures in their apps, end users will start seeing warnings saying those apps may not be trustworthy.

The Mac Observer Spin: Protecting users and developers from security risks is a hard job, and it isn't any secret that Apple's Developer Portal fell victim to attackers. It's possible the information the attackers made off with forced the company to change how Gatekeeper works to prevent similar attacks in the future.


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08:00
Delivering improved handwriting capabilities,...

Just in time for back to school, we are releasing OneNote for Android tablets with handwriting capabilities, along with several OneNote handwriting improvements for Windows 8 and partner devices.

Even in the digital age, some folks still find handwriting more natural than typing. Beyond the benefits of comfort, The New York Times recently reported on research that suggests students are better able to generate ideas and retain information when they write versus type.

We’ve made improvements for handwriting in OneNote that reflect our vision for how people can take advantage of software and the cloud, without compromising the comfort and benefits of pen and paper.

Here’s what’s new:

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08:00
OneNote updates Windows Store app to support...

Today the team is proud to announce updates to the OneNote Windows Store app, including printing, file insertion, and highlighting. These updates significantly improve the OneNote experience for students and help ease the transition to the upcoming school year.

Print your notes

We’ve heard from many customers—students in particular—that they need to print their notes from time to time. In fact, printing is the single biggest feature request. With this update, it’s a breeze to print your notes, and OneNote supports all of the features you’d expect including beautiful full color page previews, portrait and landscape orientations, multiple copies, duplex printing, and more.

To print your pages, swipe from the right to display the Devices charm, then select Devices and then Print.

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08:00
Flappy Bird maker ready to launch new Swing Copters...

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen confirmed that he has another game ready to launch on the iOS App Store. Similar to Flappy Bird, Swing Copters challenges the player to navigate a propeller-wearing character upwards through gates using taps to control...

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07:59
OneNote for Android: now with handwriting support,...

Today’s post was written by Ayush Rastogi, on behalf of the entire OneNote team. 

We have been hard at work on an update for OneNote for Android, which enables you to take handwritten inked notes, have a tablet optimized experience, and personalize and format your notes.  We are sure you will love it.

If you’re going back to school or know someone who is, check out this updated version of OneNote—the finest note taking application to help you organize your daily work, take class notes, finish homework, research and more.

With this update of OneNote for Android you won’t be able to put down your pen.

Handwriting support

Handwriting support has been the biggest feature request and we have listened to your feedback!  If you have an...

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07:50
Apple's sixth beta of iOS 8 is for carrier...

While developers were not supplied a new beta of iOS 8 this week alongside the latest pre-release version of OS X Yosemite, Apple's carrier partners were in fact provided iOS 8 beta 6 for testing prior to the release of the golden master.



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07:44
The eight reasons Morgan Stanley thinks it’s time to...

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty advising investors that now is the time to buy AAPL shares – and not just because the iPhone 6 is on the way.

Huberty gives eight reasons (via BusinessInsider) for believing that the price of AAPL stock is likely to increase. None of them are new, but the combined effect is persuasive, she argues … 

1: Institutional investors are likely to increase their holdings

Huberty points out that institutional investment is currently sitting at 2009 levels, and is well below the company’s S&P weighting of 3.4 percent.

2....

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07:30
+Cue is an intuitive way for anyone to create music

+Cue is a unique way for anyone to create music. This even includes people with absolutely no experience with music or instruments. Including over a dozen different instrumental sounds, all you need to do is shake your iOS device to generate...

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07:29
iPhone 6 may support 150Mbps LTE-A, rumor claims

Continuing a series of rumors, Chinese repair firm GeekBar is claiming that the iPhone 6 will also use a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which supports LTE-A, but only up to 150Mbps. That would be an improvement over the 100Mbps in the iPhone 5s, but half the full potential of LTE-A, which is 300Mbps. Carriers across the world are only just beginning to deploy LTE-A-compatible networks, so Apple may not be worried about maximizing speeds....



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07:22
Facebook Adds Training Wheels for the Humor-Impaired


Facebook has begun labeling some of the satirical news articles that appear in users' news feeds with a tag designed to prevent readers from mistaking the content for genuine news. The social network's "[Satire]" tag is apparently part of an experiment that's been under way for a month or so. "Folks that mistakenly read and forward satire are embarrassed in front of their friends, and some of those embarrassed people have been folks in power that had no sense of humor," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group.

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07:15
Apple was Granted 48 Patents Today Covering...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent wins for percussion gestures for GarageBand and Surround Sound for the MacBook Pro. Additionally, we cover three of Apple's latest design patents ...

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07:13
iTunes Festival 2014 Adds Paolo Nutini, Lenny...

Apple's 2014 London iTunes Festival lineup just filled out a little more with Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, and Elbow all getting show dates. The annual music event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at London's Roundhouse, but tickets are available only through a lottery system.


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07:12
Apple Seeds iOS 8 Beta 6 to Carrier Testing Partners...

While Apple released a sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite yesterday, a corresponding sixth beta of iOS 8 was not provided to developers at the same time. As a result, the company's iOS beta 5 released earlier this month may turn out to be the final build seeded to developers before the golden master release.

Though developers may not see another beta version, a new report from BGR claims Apple has released a sixth iOS 8 beta to its testing partners. The release would explain conflicting rumors as to whether there would be a sixth beta version if this version is made available only to carriers and other partners for testing rather...

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07:10
Good news for iTunes podcasters: Adam Carolla just...

Good news today for iTunes podcasters: Adam Carolla has won in his fight against patent trolls Personal Audio after more than a year of litigation. The outcome likely means that the patent troll will cut its losses with suing other podcasters, something it has been threatening to do with others in the community throughout the case with Carolla.

You might remember last year when we broke the story about patent trolls Personal Audio LLC going after iTunes’ top podcaster Adam Carolla. The company, which had previously sued and entered licensing...

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07:00
Flickr Find: I brake for 8!

Remember when stickers were for your car or wall and not your MacBook Air? Here's a vintage sticker from Talos Tsui that advertises Mac OS 8 with the catchy slogan "I brake for 8."

Did you know that TUAW has a Flickr pool? And that we encourage...

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06:46
Apple exec Eddy Cue puts Los Altos, Calif., home on...

Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple's Internet Software and Services division, has listed his four-bedroom, 3,721-square-foot Los Altos, Calif., home for sale with an asking price of $3.895 million.



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06:45
News: Sprint announces Family Share Pack data plans

Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack, a shared data plan that offers double the quantity of data as its competitors for similar rates. The included charts note the pricing breakdowns and carrier comparisons; Sprint notably bills the data as “high-speed,” though its cellular network has been criticized for offering sub-par performance in much of the United States. Coming off its failed merger with T-Mobile, Sprint is doing away…

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06:43
Xsan MDC crashes when mounting volume with malloc...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Xsancrashmallocerror

Xsan 1.4.2 MDC 10.5.8 freezes and crashes when trying to mount the Volume on the MDC. the only error that gets reported is a malloc error.

This is an old Xsan 1.4.2 that can only mount on the MDC so they can backup the data so we can stop using the system. now in the middle of backing up this happens.
By the way this system has been running as a general use area and not really in proper use and not critical so it has only 1...

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06:38
Epson launches SOHO EX7235 and EX7230 Pro projectors

Projector manufacturer Epson today introduced two new EX Pro series projectors, delivering high brightness and advanced connectivity options, including built-in wireless projection and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support. The new EX7235 Pro and EX7230 Pro are designed for meeting rooms with ambient light and deliver WXGA resolution for widescreen HD presentations, 3,000 lumens of color light output and 3,000 lumens of white light output....



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06:29
∞ Every Hitchcock cameo

[VIDEO] I’ve long been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock. Rear Window, North by Northwest, The 39 Steps, all great films, in my opinion. One of my favorite elements of Hitchcock’s filming was his Easter egg gift to his fans. He appeared in some form or another in every one of his movies. Usually, he was an extra in a scene with no lines. Sometimes, he was simply in a picture hanging on a wall.

Here’s a multipage article laying out all of those cameos. But there’s no substitute for seeing this for yourself. Watch the video below for a nice sampling. No, these are not all of them and yes, there are some typos, but I loved the effort. Gosh, Psycho, Strangers on a Train, The Man Who Knew Too Much. So many more.

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06:25
A Better Finder Rename 9.39 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there.

...

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06:22
5 Great iPhone Accessories for Runners and Hikers

Your iPhone probably goes pretty much everywhere with you, and that includes fitness-related activities like walking, running and hiking. That magical slab of glass and metal is already capable of tracking and logging what you're doing, but there are some great accessories and apps that can make your workout or leisurely stroll even better. Read on to see a few of Jeff's favorites.


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06:20
Mac: Power Support Air Jacket Clear Black for...

Japanese film and minimalist case maker Power Support has been a favorite of iLounge’s editors for years, even though it has radically cut back its product lineup since the iPad was released. The company’s completely clear Air Jacket shells for MacBook Air caught our attention years ago; now it’s offering Air Jacket Clear Black for MacBook Pro ($75-$80), which lets you tint the exterior of your Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro....

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06:15
A Facebook design story

Sometimes design is more about recognizing the true nature of a need and not as much about aesthetics.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
Questionable leaks raise hopes that Apple will...

Reversible male "Type-A" USB plugs are not new, but they also aren't compliant with the cable's official specifications, which means that newly leaked Lightning cables showing reversible USB connectors probably were not made by Apple.



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06:09
Google’s attempt to solve their jarring...

There are a number of reasons developers develop for iOS first, or avoid Android completely. Perhaps the top two reasons are OS fragmentation and device fragmentation, both of which drive up the development costs (more use cases to build for, more use cases to test for).

This post from GigaOM makes the case that Google has solved these problems, at least in part. The key is Google’s Play Services.

Play Services, introduced in 2012, is effectively a background download of core services required to run apps on Android. Putting the OS install numbers to one side for a moment, this is the stat that matters to developers – over 93 percent of all Android users are running the latest version of Google Play Services.

More importantly, Google has been slowly moving core Android features, APIs and app elements out of the OS and into Google Play Services — meaning developers can ensure their apps run smoothly (with all the new features they plan to implement) across all...

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06:07
WD introduces new design, limited anniversary...

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD (www.wdc.com) is introducing a new design for its external hard drive lines.

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06:02
Flexera Software's InstallAnywhere 2014...

Flexera Software, a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of InstallAnywhere 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lyfryw9). The new release is designed to simplify deployment of multi-tier applications and adds support for the latest versions of Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and virtual applications. 

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06:00
Apple expands its artists lineup for 2014 iTunes...

Apple today announced that it has added several more artists to its upcoming iTunes Festival in London. The month-long music show will feature musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, David Gray and Jessie Ware along with the previously announced artists...

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05:30
Vibrance Photo Filter Creator doesn't shine so...

Vibrance is an app for iOS (compatible with all devices running iOS 4.3 and later) that lets you create your own photo filters using a combination of colors, contrast, opacity and a few other tools. It's free, but for the app to be at all useful to...

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05:16
Apple Granted a Patent for a Curved Touch Display...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent for making a curved touched display. The most likely use for such a display could be in the form of Apple's future fitness-band (wrist computer or iWatch). Apple Granted Patent Covers a Method...

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04:51
IDC: Worldwide IT market showing tentative signs of...

According to new data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), recent volatility will gradually give way to a more positive outlook for IT spending in the second half of 2014.

With the U.S. and other mature economies mostly heading in the right direction and a significant commercial PC refresh cycle already underway, improvements in business confidence are set to drive a moderate infrastructure upgrade cycle over the next 12-18 months, while investments in software and services will continue to accelerate, says the research group.

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04:51
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' may include...

The latest component claimed to be from Apple's next-generation iPhone is a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which would boost cellular download speeds to 150 megabits per second, which would be 50 percent faster than the modem found in the iPhone 5s.



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04:35
PopChar X 6.6 - Floating window shows available font...

PopChar X helps you get the most out of your font collection.

With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters.

Expanded accessibility
Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar X makes it happen.

Interface advantages
PopChar X displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar X puts them within your reach.

Liberating compatibility
No matter what app you are using, PopChar X brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar X integrates seamlessly.

Smarter searching
PopChar X's seasoned search...

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04:30
Today’s sketchy rumor: iPhone 6 to offer 150Mbps but...

Carriers have started rolling out faster LTE-Advanced networks, also known as LTE-A and LTE+. If today’s rumor is correct, the iPhone 6 will be able to take advantage of these faster networks, but will top out at 150Mbps rather than the maximum 300Mbps supported by LTE-A.

GforGames is citing a Geekbar post, suggests that the LTE modem in the iPhone 6 will be the Qualcomm MDM9625, which supports LTE-A but only up to 150Mbps.

To put the speeds into perspective, the LTE modem used in the iPhone 5s and 5c tops out at 100Mbps, so we’d see a 50 percent increase in speed rather than a 200 percent one.

It should be noted that the source of the rumor is the same one which yesterday got its ...

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04:15
Kool Tools: Freeway 7 Pro

Softpress' Freeway 7 Pro now features responsive design for creating websites that automatically adapt to display for any device. This allows web designers to easily create sites that will adapt as needed to display for the correct devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and more.

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04:00
Apple Granted a Major Patent for a Multimode...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a major invention relating to a multimode fingerprint scanner. The first scanner is noted as being a "stationary" mode scanner designed for the Home Button as it is today for unlocking the display and making purchases on iTunes. A secondary scanner is shown to be set in a secondary location on an iPhone that is considered a "moving mode" scanner designed specifically for financial transactions ...

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03:12
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.2 - Install Mac apps with just...

MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store.

Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page

1-Click App Installs
Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.

Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date
MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately...

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03:07
iPhone 6 Said to Feature Faster Qualcomm MDM9625 LTE...

The iPhone 6 may incorporate Qualcomm's MDM9625 LTE modem, according to a new photo of the device's supposed logic board shared by GeekBar (Google Translate, via G for Games).

Originally announced in 2012 and featuring support for speeds of up to 150 MBPS and improved LTE networking along with faster speeds, the Category 4 chip would mark an improvement over the Qualcomm MDM9615...

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02:55
PDFpenPro 6.3.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML...

PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro!

The Pro version adds three additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Coverts websites into multi-page PDF documents
  • Creates PDF forms that can be shared with both Mac and PC users
  • Organizes PDF's with an easy Table of Contents feature

Features of PDFpenPro:

  • Replace text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Overlay text and images onto PDF (for example, sign purchase orders by applying signature image)
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop...

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02:49
PDFpen 6.3.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs with ease. (...

PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's.

Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

Features:

  • Replace text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy, and delete images in original PDF
  • Overlay text and images onto PDF (for example, sign purchase orders by applying signature image)
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDF's
  • Select and copy text across multiple columns
  • Fill out and save PDF forms
  • Add (and print) notes and comments
  • Markup documents with highlighting, underscoring and strike-through
  • Save frequently used images, signatures, objects, and text...

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01:00
Apple adds 21 acts to iTunes Festival card including...

Apple on Tuesday announced the addition of 21 artists to its upcoming iTunes Festival in London, with Lenny Kravitz, The Script, Foxes and more set to take the stage next month.



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00:59
Jan customer borrowing impresses economic experts

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: consumer borrowingconsumer creditauto loansstudent loansnon-revolving debtemployment

Consumer borrowing was up $16.2 billion in Jan, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg. This followed a Dec. where...

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00:28
Apple Expands Lineup for 8th Annual iTunes Festival...

Apple today announced that it has added 21 more acts to the lineup for this year's iTunes Festival in London, adding artists such as Lenny Kravitz, The Script, Foxes, and more. Those acts will join artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, David Guetta and many others for 30 nights of concerts at The Roundhouse throughout September.

Free tickets for the concerts in London will be available through iTunes in a lottery system as well as through local radio stations. For those not attending in person, the iTunes Festival will be broadcast via Apple TV, iOS app, and the iTunes Desktop application.

Earlier this year, Apple held the first iTunes U.S. Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, which was held at Moody Theater. The...

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Monday August 18

23:49
Apple adds 21 artists to iTunes Festival London...

Apple today announced several new bands and solo artists that will be appearing at the 2014 iTunes Festival in London next month along with Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and more for a total of 60 acts. Among the new additions to the lineup are Lenny Kravitz, Ryan Adams, and The Script.

The annual festival will be held in London’s Roundhouse over the course of September, as well as streamed online for viewers around the world. Apple is partnering with radio stations and other outlets in the UK to give away tickets to fans. The...

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23:24
Briefly: Nguyen's Swing Copter, Dr. Dre accepts...

Apple employee and Beats CEO Dr. Dre took time out from the filming of a biopic on his original band, entitled Straight Outta Compton, to answer the challenge of Apple CEO Tim Cook and get a bucket of ice water poured on his head as part of a fundraising drive by the ALS Association to fight ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." The YouTube video, posted to the Beats channel, also features director Gary Gray pouring the water....



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23:00
∞ Lenny Kravitz, The Script, 19 others join iTunes...

The start of iTunes Festival London is only two weeks away and Apple significantly added to the artist lineup today, adding 21 new acts. The new bands join the six that were introduced when the 2014 festival was first announced. [...]

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22:32
Video Shows New Lightning Cable with Reversible USB...

Last Friday, a report and photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced, which was followed by another image from frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson. Now, Dickson has shared a new short video of the Lightning cable in action, showing its USB connector being reversed and plugged in both ways.

Apple could start shipping a new Lightning cable alongside the next wave of iOS device releases this fall, which will likely start with the iPhone 6 next month. It is unknown if the updated cable will contain any new features aside from a reversible USB connector, although...

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21:27
New videos and photo of purported reversible Apple...

We raised the possibility yesterday of the iPhone 6 including a redesigned USB to Lightning cable that allows the USB end of the cord to be inserted into a USB port in either direction. In other words, like the Lightning connector, the next Apple USB cable could be reversible. Leaks of the purported cables have been flowing quickly out of Asia-based areas surrounding the Apple supply chain, and now Sonny Dickson has shared a video of the cable in action. While the video does not show the iPhone actually syncing with the new USB cord, the video does show the cable being inserted in both directions into a standard USB port. This lines up with a recent...

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21:01
Dr. Dre accepts ALS ice bucket challenge, nominates...

The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association continued at Apple on Monday, with Dr. Dre accepting CEO Tim Cook's dare on the set of his upcoming movie "Straight Outta Compton."



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21:00
Report: Dev Portal security breach prompted...

An unidentified Twitter user is claiming that recent changes to Gatekeeper in OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite which has forced developers to re-sign their app credentials is actually the result of a security breach that successfully pilfered the Gatekeeper keys and possibly "many other keys for many other things," according to the user. A corraborating source was located by TUAW that has allegedly confirmed the breach and tied it to the recent alleged Activation Lock hack....



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20:59
xACT 2.33 - Audio compression toolkit. (Free)

xACT stands for X Aaudio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey’s Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.0), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.3.1), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.

Version 2.33:

  • LAME CBR/ABR/VBR setting correctly remembered again.



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20:38
Apple recruit Dr. Dre finally accepts Tim Cook’s ALS...

First Phil Schiller nominated Tim Cook for the charity-driven Ice Bucket Challenge challenge, then Cook passed the torch to Dr. Dre.

Today Dre finally proved that he didn’t forget about the challenge and posted a video on YouTube in which he pours an entire trash can of ice water over his head. Of course, it’s likely he also donated to the ALSA, given that he released the video later than the 24 hours participants are usually afforded. But hey,...

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20:00
Sprint releasing Family Share Pack, offers special...

On top of a new single line plan from Verizon today, Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack offering adjustable data caps to share across 10 lines in a single plan. Sprint's new plan also comes with a bonus for its 20GB tier, as the company is offering an additional 2GB per line on the plan as a part of its "new day for data" campaign....



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19:43
Rumor: Undisclosed security breach cause of Apple...

A report on Monday suggests Apple's recently modified OS X app signing policy is the result of an undisclosed Developer Portal security breach that leaked keys for multiple services, including Gatekeeper.



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19:00
RBC: Apple could sell 75 million 'iPhone 6...

Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets, who currently forecasts sales of 56 million iPhones in the December quarter, has told investors that depending on availability and features, the next generation of iPhones could sell as many as 75 million units in the final quarter of the year, which would be an all-time record for any manufacturer, even Apple itself. By comparison, last year Apple ordered 60 million units ahead of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c debut....



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18:41
Security breach may be reason for Gatekeeper app...

A discussion has been brewing on Twitter today regarding the recent app signing changes that could leave some apps blocked by Gatekeeper if developers don't re-sign the apps. Apple had let developers know that "With the release of OS X Mavericks...

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18:18
Apple re-releases Xcode 6 beta 6, solves issues...

Earlier today Apple released the sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite, along with a new beta version of its Xcode developer tool. However, after users found that the new Xcode beta was unusable, Apple pulled it from the developer website.

So Apple just removed the Xcode b6 from the dev center. Glad to know that I was not the only one with a broken version.


Álvaro Franco (@alvarofr_) August 18, 2014

It seems the issues have now been rectified, as the beta is...

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18:00
Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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18:00
Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 6 beta 6 Now Available

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17:57
Sprint's new family plan brings doubles data,...

Sprint on Monday announced a new data-centric plan called the Family Share Pack, offering twice the amount of data as competitors for the same or cheaper monthly pricing.



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17:37
[Sponsor] TopBrewer

Tap into perfection with Denmark’s newest product sensation, TopBrewer. The revolutionary TopBrewer coffee system dispenses espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte, sparkling water, cold and hot filtered water, and other drinks on demand with just a tap on your iPhone or iPad. And with a fully integrated under-counter design, all you’ll see is the graceful sweep of the beautiful, above-counter swan neck, stainless steel tap. And the TopBrewer’s commercial-grade components are perfect for home installations as well as small offices and commercial settings. It’s the perfect marriage of beautiful design, exquisite coffee, and the iOS user experience.

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16:40
Loving Linux: Ain't Nothin' Like the 1st...


You never forget your first love, as the old saying goes, and that appears to apply just as well to Linux as to relationships in real life. To wit: "What was your first Linux distro?" is the title of a recent "Voice of the Masses" poll, and throughout the blogosphere the nostalgic reminiscences have been pouring forth ever since. Some 100 bloggers used poll's comments section to proclaim their first Linuxy loves for all the world to hear. Others got teary-eyed recounting their first tender distro moments down at the Punchy Penguin Cafe.

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16:37
Maps.Me is temporarily free, so grab it while you can

TUAW:

Why would anyone need another maps app when they already have Apple and Google Maps? The main reason is that both Apple and Google map apps need an internet connection. Yes, some map data can be cached, but all of your points of interest need the internet in order to appear.

Not so with Maps.Me. Once you load the app, you can download maps for anywhere (including hundreds of points of interest for any corner of the world) while you have an internet connection. When you get to your destination, everything is on your iOS device so you won’t be burning up those precious megabytes.

I can’t find my butt with a map and a flashlight so I always appreciate any app that can help. And for us Canadians who travel and get dinged with ridiculous roaming charges, anything that helps us use our iPhones offline while traveling while is welcome.

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16:34
Sprint Announces New Data-Heavy Family Share Pack...

Sprint today announced the debut of a new Sprint Family Share Pack plan, aiming to draw customers by offering significant amounts of data. Sprint's new plan provides customers with 20GB of shared data, which is double the amount that Sprint offered with its previous Framily plans.

For a limited time, customers who switch to Sprint will get the 20GB of shared data plus an additional 2GB of data per line for $100 per month until the end of 2015, with support for up to 10 lines (including a waived $15/month device fee). That equates to 40GB of shared data for 10 lines, up from the 1GB per line Sprint originally offered under its Framily plans.

The Sprint Family Share Pack, offering double the high-speed shareable data for smartphones, basic phones, tablets and mobile broadband devices, will be available starting Aug. 22. For example you can get four lines and...

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16:34
Community Health Systems admits breach, 4.5 million...

Today, in a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Community Health Systems (CMS) revealed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that spanned a three month period. According to the filing information, personal information from around 4.5 million patients was stolen, including Social Security numbers....



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16:30
Discounts: Apple Beats sale, Target iPad minis $100...

Target stores in the US and its online store are now offering first-generation iPad minis at clearance prices, selling the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only model for $199 -- a price that is lower or equal to most competing (but smaller) seven-inch tablets, such as the Kindle HDX or Google's Nexus 7. The price is $100 lower than the normal retail price in all configurations, and $20 below Apple's own price for its refurbished model. The sale also offers $50 off the price of the iPad Air in all configurations. The promotion is good for "this week only," and is based on limited amounts of stock, accor...

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16:30
Fall under the spell of Spellfall

Spellfall (free with in-app purchases) is a puzzle game with RPG elements where you try to match three or more tiles to damage enemies. Players have a certain number of turns to defeat enemies. If they fail to do so, the enemies take their turn to...

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16:01
Sprint announces revamped family data plans with...

Sprint has unveiled its newest family data plans in an attempt to win back customers that have fled to rivals AT&T and Verizon. The new plans offer twice as much data as the competition at about the same prices. It’s the latest move by the floundering carrier following the less-than-stellar reception of its recently-announced “Framily” plans.

The new plans allow up to ten lines with a shared data pool of 20 GB—paired an additional 2 GB per device as part of a...

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16:00
Maps.Me is temporarily free, so grab it while you can

I took a look at the Maps.me app earlier this year and found it a good deal at 5 bucks, but today the app is free. Why would anyone need another maps app when they already have Apple and Google Maps? The main reason is that both Apple and Google map...

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15:46
CrossOver 13: Run Windows Software On Your Mac for $...

We have a deal for you today on Crossover 13, software that allows you to run Windows apps on your Mac without a Windows license, without rebooting, and without a virtual machine. There are plenty of reasons to run a full virtual machine, but if you just need to run an app or two, Crossover will let you do so without the overhead. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, you can get Crossover 13 for $29.95, half the regular price.


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15:30
PĒQ marks Best Buy's entrance into smart home...

All the big players are getting into the smart home/connected device market. First, Google acquired Nest, then came word last week that SmartThings was bought by Samsung. While Apple is staying away from connected device hardware, iOS 8 will bring a...

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15:30
China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.


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15:28
Week Of Who: Doctor Puppet

Doctor Who, a popular television program here at TMO Towers, is returning with a new season this coming Saturday. Needless to say, excitement is high so I'm sharing some of my favorite Doctor Who tributes/parodies with you. Today we're kicking off the Week Of Who with Doctor Puppet, created by Alisa Stern. It's a series of stop-motion videos, starring the Matt Smith version of the Doctor. They are impressively adorable and since they aren't lengthy it's easy to get caught up. Check out Doctor Puppet's adventures starting with the first episode below:


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15:00
Ten One Design Magnus Air: All iPad Air stand, no...

When an accessory PR rep says she's going to send me an iPad Air stand, I usually expect to receive a heavy package in the mail a few days later. That's why the new Ten One Design Magnus Air (US$39.95) surprised me so much when it showed up in a...

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14:59
iPhone Apps: Camera+, RunKeeper, Stitcher Radio
14:30
Sir, I believe your Mac may be broken

I'm not a certified Apple repair technician, but I'm going to go ahead and say that this is not a good sign. However, on the bright side, there is 45 GB of free disc space available, so that's a plus.

[Photo credit: Beghin]...

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14:25
MGG 515: Geeks Out of Their Brains on the 515

Ready to rock, your two geeks are on the question train this week, answering yours and posing some of their own to each other. Topics include how to lay out data on your SSD upgrade, batch changing photo info, troubleshooting a sluggish iPhone, AT&T/U-Verse Residential Gateway woes and much, much more. Download, press play and enjoy!


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14:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Tag Journal: write your...

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13:56
iCloud storage warning emails already referencing...

Those annoying iCloud storage warning email notifications have begun referencing the upcoming iOS 8 and iCloud Drive, according to multiple tips from readers. This change in the copy within the emails likely indicates that Apple is already preparing for the upcoming debuts of the new iCloud and iOS releases. Here’s one of the emails:

As can be seen, Apple explains how to handle iCloud storage via iOS 8 and mentions iCloud Drive as a feature. Both iOS 8 and iCloud Drive should hit the marketplace around mid-September. iOS 8 adds features like the iCloud Photo Library, new Health app, and HomeKit API, while iCloud...

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13:49
Mac: Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk

Even as technology advances, our tastes long for the past. Even though their materials differ, Apple’s metal and glass devices can be paired with equally beautiful wooden furniture that reminds us of the way things were. The Jeremiah Collection Mid Century Desk ($1,750-$1,850) is a wood desk that complements the modern design of your iMac. Handcrafted in San Francisco, it’s assembled in 6-12 weeks after the order is placed in your choice…

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13:46
Life after death: Resuscitating a drowned iPhone 5

Macworld:

As I positioned the phone vertically, the boat rocked a bit from a small wave, and—you guessed it—the phone slipped out of my hands.

I watched my iPhone fall, land on the back of the boat, then sickeningly slide off the boat and splash into the water.

Not everyone is so lucky but the story of the near-death and complete resurrection of this iPhone is interesting.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:38
Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale [Sponsor]

The Blueprint is an online retail site for the next wave of connected devices and wearables. Check out the Blueprint today to discover beautifully designed products like Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale. Drop is a smart scale that makes perfect baking easy with interactive recipes, smart substitutions, recipe rescaling, and more. Say goodbye to #BakingFail forever. With Drop, you’re on your way to creating one perfectly yummy masterpiece after another.

Pre-order Drop today for 20% off retail.

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13:34
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 11: Wiki...

For organizations large and small, wikis can be tremendously useful, since they make it so anyone (with permissions) can create and edit pages on a Web site without knowing HTML or needing special tools. In this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge explains how to enable the Wiki service, create a wiki, and create and edit wiki pages. Plus, with the click of a single checkbox, any wiki created in OS X Server can have an associated blog. What’s not to like?

 

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13:33
Chapter 11 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

If you’ve wanted to run a wiki or a blog using OS X Server, you don’t need to enable the Web service and install complex software. Instead, read this latest chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” where Charles Edge explains how to create and run your own wikis and associated blogs.

 

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13:30
Apple UK giving out five free magazine issues a day...

To promote the App Store's Newsstand section, Apple UK is now giving away five free magazine issues a day through August 22nd. Shoppers are limited to issues selected by Apple, however. The first day's group includes NME, The Economist, Focus, T3, and Glamour....



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13:30
Prepare to bee educated with Gro Flowers

Gro Flowers is a fantastic educational game meant for children between the ages of 0-5. It teaches children about the benefits of biodiversity and pollination. Gro Flowers takes a hands on approach to learning about these topics instead of...

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13:00
Apple's "Misunderstood" holiday ad...

A holiday-themed ad Apple released in late 2013 -- titled "Misunderstood" -- was the recent recipient of an Emmy award for "Most Outstanding Commercial."

Put together by Apple's longtime ad agency TBWA, the ad depicts teenage boy who seemingly...

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12:57
Verizon offers $60 single line plan with 2 GB data...

Verizon announced a new plan today in an attempt to be competitive with data in the mobile market. Under the new plan, Verizon customers will be getting a discounted rate for a single line account, while gaining an additional 1 GB of data for two years, along with unlimited talk and text for a single phone line....



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12:49
Camera+ adds improvements & teases iOS 8 update...

Popular iOS photography app Camera+ was updated on Monday with a handful of improvements, with bigger things promised to come with iOS 8 this fall. In addition, the creator of the "Flappy Bird" sensation has revealed his latest title, set to arrive on iPhone this week.



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12:45
4 Ways to Restart the Mac Finder

There are times when it's necessary to restart the Mac's Finder. (It is, after all, just an app.) Perhaps it's locked up. Or perhaps you've made a configuration change that requires a Finder restart. John shows four different ways to handle the Finder with a view to a kill.


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12:30
Panik is an assault alert app with social integration

Currently free, with in-app purchases, the Panik assault alarm app goes beyond the standard alerts and offers layers of security to keep you safe. Panik works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

It would be great if we lived...

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12:19
How To Label Locations in Find My Friends

Find My Friends is handy, but it can be even more useful if you label common locations. Kelly explains how to do this and how they can even make Siri more helpful.


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12:00
PolyGen: Create unique new iOS wallpapers with a tap

PolyGen is a free (with one in-app purchase) universal app that creates attractive wallpapers with a single tap. If you don't like the design, tap again. When you are finally happy with the generated design, you can export it to your camera roll,...

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11:59
Uber allowed to resume services in Berlin after ban...

Uber fans in Berlin can rejoice for the time being as the company has been given the go ahead to resume its UberPop and UberBlack services today for the time being. A judge from the Berlin Administrative Court suspended the ban, allowing the car service to return to business. There is no time frame on how long the suspension will last....



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11:58
Rockn Stompn for Musicians: Power Strip, Conditioner...

I went to the California World Guitar Show this past weekend (warning, that site blares music with no volume controls). In addition to more amazing guitars from the 1950s and 1960s than you can shake a stick at-check out this gorgeous 1963 Gibson SG or an amazing 1964 Firebird V- I saw a very clever device called Rockn Stompn. This is a power strip that conditions your power, something that's useful for live performances and studio recording alike. But that's not the clever bit. Rockn Stompn is also a power sequencer. The six plugs are arranged in three banks that will turn on in sequence. So you can have your pedal board plugged into the first bank so that it turns on first. Then a variable number of seconds later, the next bank turns on, and that's where you have you ramp plugged in. That means no popping. It's foot activated, so you can turn on everything (for multiple musicians) with just one stomp, and the delay for each bank is variable. It's very nifty. It's priced at $299,...

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11:58
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-18

Your home may not be as safe as you think if you're using home automation products. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the security-related issues surrounding smart home and home automation products, plus they talk about some of their favorite mene bar items from their Macs.


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11:54
The creator of Flappy Bird is launching a new game...

After months of countless Flappy Bird clones hitting the App Store, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is taking his best shot at hopefully cloning the success of his...

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11:41
Apple giving out five Newsstand magazines a day till...

In honor of the Bank holiday in the United Kingdom, Apple is offering five Newsstand magazine issues per day at no charge. The deal started today (August 18th) and lasts through August 22nd…

Today’s offerings are from Glamour Magazine, T3 Magazine, The Economist, NME Magazine, and Focus Magazine. You can find the free downloads via iTunes on either the Mac or iOS. Thanks, Dan and everyone else who sent this in!

Filed under: Apps, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple,...

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11:40
Apple seeds sixth betas of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6 to...

Apple is distributing its sixth betas of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers. No new features have been discovered so far, but if they follow the pattern of previous seeds, the updates likely concentrate on performance and stability fixes, as well as minor interface adjustments. The last betas were released on August 4th....



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11:39
OS X Yosemite 10.10 DP6 - Developer Preview of the...

Note: This is a Developer Preview. You must be a registered Apple Mac Developer to download this update. You can also sign up for the free OS X Beta Program to download and preview public beta releases.

OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac.

An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it.

Redesigned interface.
With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new capabilities into the...

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11:38
Xbox One SmartGlass app adds ability to buy &...

Microsoft updated its Xbox One SmartGlass app for iPhone and iPad today with a few interesting new features including the ability to purchase and remotely begin installing games to your Xbox.

The app now lets users browse new and popular games, add-ons, and bundles as well, which will come in handy now that you can also purchase and begin automatically installing content on your Xbox right from your iPhone or iPad.

Also included in version 2.8 of the app is the ability to “rate your favorite game clips and activity feed entries” and “receive and view shared Activity Feed and Game Clips”.

The updated Xbox One SmartGlass app for iOS is available on the App Store now. A full list of what’s new in the update is below.

What’s New in Version 2.8

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11:37
Hotel's Robotic Butler Is Not Quite 'Rosie...


Aloft Hotels this week announced the launch of a new, robotic "butler" at the company's Cupertino, Calif., location. Dubbed "A.L.O.," the new botlr, or robotic butler, is designed to help the hotel's human staff by delivering amenities to guest rooms. A.L.O. comes professionally "dressed" in a custom shrink-wrapped, vinyl-collared uniform, complete with name tag. "A.L.O. has the work ethic of Wall-E, the humor of Rosie from The Jetsons, and reminds me of my favorite childhood robot, R2-D2," said Brian McGuinness, brand manager for Starwood.

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11:30
Like opening an Apple product: Here’s what Uber...

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to become an Uber driver? It’s not a very magical transformation, but there’s a hiring process involved and they send out a pretty cool care package as well. Well, we were able to get a hold of an Uber driver starter kit and thought it would be neat to share the experience…

In case you’re not familiar with Uber, it’s a ride sharing or alternative taxi service available in many different locations around the world. With Uber, all you need to do is download the app and request a ride based on your location. I’ve used Uber countless times while traveling and the experience has been great.

Like I mentioned, we were able to get a hold of Uber’s driver kit and thought it would be interesting to take a look...

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11:30
Daily Deals for August 18, 2014, featuring Limefuel...

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

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

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11:07
Save 50% in Take Control’s 2014 Back to School Sale

Through 25 August 2014, you can save 50% on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats

 

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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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Path Finder is a file browser that combines the familiar Finder interface with the powerful utilities and innovative features. Just a small selection of the Path Finder 6 feature set: Dual pane... Read more
QuarkXPress 10.2.1 - Desktop publishing...
With QuarkXPress, you can communicate in all the ways you need to -- and always look professional -- in print and digital media, all in a single tool. Features include: Easy to Use -- QuarkXPress is... Read more
Skype 6.19.0.450 - Voice-over-internet p...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype... Read more
VueScan 9.4.41 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
Cloud 3.0.0 - File sharing from your men...
Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard... Read more
LibreOffice 4.3.1.2 - Free Open Source o...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
SlingPlayer Plugin 3.3.20.505 - Browser...
SlingPlayer is the screen interface software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to make your TV viewing experience just like that at home. It features an array of... Read more
Get Lyrical 3.8 - Auto-magically adds ly...
Get Lyrical auto-magically add lyrics to songs in iTunes. You can choose either a selection of tracks, or the current track. Or turn on "Active Tagging" to get lyrics for songs as you play them.... Read more
Viber 4.2.2 - Send messages and make cal...
Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device,... Read more
Cocktail 7.6 - General maintenance and o...
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get... Read more

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Rhonna Designs Magic (Photography)
Rhonna Designs Magic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Want to sprinkle *magic* on your photos? With RD Magic, you can add colors, filters, light leaks, bokeh, edges,... | Read more »
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Qube Kingdom – Tips, Tricks, Strategies,...
Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares. Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a... | Read more »
Qube Kingdom Review
Qube Kingdom Review By Nadia Oxford on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: KIND OF A SQUARE KINGDOMUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Qube Kingdom has cute visuals, but it’s a pretty basic tower defense game at heart.   | Read more »
Fire in the Hole Review
Fire in the Hole Review By Rob Thomas on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: WALK THE PLANKUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Seafoam’s Fire in the Hole looks like a bright, 8-bit throwback, but there’s not enough booty to... | Read more »
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwi...
Alien Creeps TD is Now Available Worldwide Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Dodo Master Review
Dodo Master Review By Jordan Minor on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NEST EGGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Dodo Master is tough but fair, and that’s what makes it a joy to play.   | Read more »
Motorsport Manager Review
Motorsport Manager Review By Lee Hamlet on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: MARVELOUS MANAGEMENTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Despite its depth and sense of tactical freedom, Motorsport Manager is one of the most... | Read more »
Motorsport Manager – Beginner Tips, Tric...
The world of Motorsport management can be an unforgiving and merciless one, so to help with some of the stress that comes with running a successful race team, here are a few hints and tips to leave your opponents in the dust. | Read more »
CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Add...
CalPal Update Brings the App to 2.0, Adds Lots of New Stuff Posted by Ellis Spice on August 29th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »

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Apple now offering refurbished 21-inch 1.4GHz...
The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 21″ 1.4GHz iMacs for $929 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $170 off the cost of new models,... Read more
Save $50 on the 2.5GHz Mac mini, on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2.5GHz Mac mini on sale for $549.99 including free shipping. That’s $50 off MSRP, and B&H will also include a free copy of Parallels Desktop software. NY sales tax only. Read more
Save up to $300 on an iMac with Apple refurbi...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $300 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. These are the best prices on... Read more
The Rise of Phablets
Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, a businesses and technology consulting firm focused solely on the financial services industry, has released an infographic depicting the convergence of... Read more
Bad Driver Database App Allows Good Drivers t...
Bad Driver Database 1.4 by Facile Group is a new iOS and Android app that lets users instantly input and see how many times a careless, reckless or just plain stupid driver has been added to the... Read more
Eddy – Cloud Music Player for iPhone/iPad Fre...
Ukraine based CapableBits announces the release of Eddy, its tiny, but smart and powerful cloud music player for iPhone and iPad that allows users to stream or download music directly from cloud... Read more
A&D Medical Launches Its WellnessConnecte...
For consumers and the healthcare providers and loved ones who care for them, A&D Medical, a leader in connected health and biometric measurement devices and services, has launched its... Read more
Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech
Anand Lal Shimpi, whose AnandTech Website is famous for its meticulously detailed and thoroughgoing reviews and analysis, is packing it in. Lal Shimpi, who founded the tech site at age 14 in 1997,... Read more
2.5GHz Mac mini, Apple refurbished, in stock...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2.5GHz Mac minis available for $509, $90 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, and shipping is free. Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999,...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more

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Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Senior Event Manager, *Apple* Retail Market...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global event strategy. Delivering an overarching brand story; in-store, Read more
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