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Friday August 8

09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Seagate 2TB Slim $85,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive: $85 shipped (orig. $150)

MEElectronics Air-Fi Runaway AF32 Bluetooth Headphones:...

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09:00
Update on the Autohosted Apps Preview Program—part 2

On May 16, 2014 we notified you that the Office 365 Autohosted Apps Preview program—a program to determine how best to provide a friction-free deployment experience for creating apps for SharePoint—would end on June 16, 2014 and developers would not be able to create new autohosted apps in SharePoint. This decision was based on our commitment to working with the Azure and Visual Studio teams to incorporate developers’ feedback and evolve the hosting concept for apps, so that we could deliver a more seamless experience for developers. We want to update you on these changes and how they affect you.

Because you can no longer install autohosted apps in SharePoint Online, the capability to create autohosted apps and deploy them into your production SharePoint Online site has been removed from the Office Developer Tools in the ...

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09:00
Women are more prone to spending cash on in-app...

Ladies, I'm not blaming you for the fact that Kim Kardashian's obnoxious celebrity simulator is raking in huge mounds of cash, but a new study says you're more likely to embrace in-app purchases if you lack a Y chromosome. The data -- gathered by...

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08:56
On OS X Leopard? Don’t worry, Skype says Mac version...

Earlier this week, concerns emerged on Skype official message boards about the Skype Mac app no longer functioning on OS X 10.5.8 Leopard (an operating system that launched the same year as the original iPhone), and a Skype representative on the forums apparently confirmed that Skype will no longer be supported on Macs running operating systems below OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

While Skype has not been downloadable nor functional for Leopard users the past few days, a Skype spokesperson tells us this morning that this will soon change: “...

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08:44
Malcolm Young may not return to AC/DC

Very sad news for the music industry, but after reportedly suffering a stroke earlier this year, it appears that Malcolm may not recover enough to rejoin the band.

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08:35
Running Skype on OS X 10.5.8 or Earlier? Not Anymore

Mac users running OS X 10.5.8 and earlier can't use Skype anymore now that Microsoft has dropped support for the older versions of the Mac operating system. The change happened this week, leaving Leopard users without any way to use the voice and video chat app.

The Mac Observer Spin: Companies drop support for old app versions and old operating systems all the time, and Microsoft is no different. If you're Mac is still running Leopard, and you're a Skype user, at least now you know why you can't login.


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08:33
Amplified: A Little Google Elf at Your Door

Dan and Jim talk about the Apple/Samsung lawsuit, Twitch.tv and the death of Justin.tv, Russian Hackers, 1Password, Google and Barnes & Noble’s partnership, anonymity online, Wampler pedals, Godsmack, and more.

Sponsored by Sifter (Visit 5by5.sifter.me for an extended free trial of the most simple issue tracking tool around) and Squarespace (use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off your first purchase).

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08:31
Apple Again Expanding Reno Data Center as Plans for...

Apple is once again expanding its Reno, Nevada data center, adding several new data cluster buildings, reports Reno Gazette Journal. The upcoming expansion was documented in building permits filed recently with Washoe County.

Apple's Reno data center (Source: Wired)
This new round of expansion is expected to kick off the third phase of development for the center that was approved in 2012 and went live in 2013. Apple currently is in the second phase of construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of...

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08:14
Apple runs 'limited-time' sale on 20 iOS...

On the iOS App Store, Apple is now running a "limited-time" sale on 20 productivity apps. Most of the titles are well-established, such as Realmac's Clear, Ginger Labs' Notability, and Flexibits' Fantastical 2. Some lesser-known examples include Andreas Karlsson's Tydlig and Ten Touch's Grafio....



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08:04
Microsoft ends Skype support for users running Mac...

If you love older versions of the Mac OS X operating systems and Skype, you’re out of luck.

Per AppleInsider and The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.

Starting last week, Skype users began to complain on the company’s forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service. As complaints mounted, it was guessed that Skype was no longer operational on Macs running older versions...

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08:00
How to set up continuous OS X Mavericks dictation

My fellow TUAW editor Dave Caolo got his right index finger pretty well mashed in a car door the other day, which is making it painfully difficult for him to type. Fortunately, he's been able to use dictation in OS X Mavericks to make up for his...

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07:52
[Sponsor] iOS at Google

This week’s DF RSS feed is sponsored by Google’s iOS app teams. Crazy passionate about iOS apps? We are too! If you’ve got the skills to build apps that are best in class, we want you on our team. Operating like a start-up within the walls of Google, we’re a community of developers and designers building experiences that top the App Store charts. Sound like your kind of gig? Apply to job openings in San Francisco, Mountain View, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Paris or London.

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07:48
Foursquare is Tracking Your Every Move. Here’s How...

When Foursquare decided to split its business and restaurant discovery and social checkin app for the iPhone into two apps a couple months ago, that upset a lot of users, too. When the updated Foursquare app came out this week with the ability to always track your location even if the app isn't running, that really upset a lot of users. If you don't want Foursquare or Swarm knowing where you are all the time, you can turn the feature off -- assuming you know where to look.


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07:35
News: Daily Deal: The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

Today in iLounge Deals we’re giving away an 11” MacBook Air! Whether in a classroom, office, plane, around the house, and everywhere else, the 11” MacBook Air is the ultimate on-the-go laptop, and you can enter our giveaway now for a chance to win your very own. Simply visit the link below, enter your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. One lucky winner will be chosen on September 23, 2014. Enter The 11”…

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07:29
Authors to rebuke Amazon over Hachette dispute with...

Nearly 1,000 authors affected by the onging e-book spat between Amazon and Hachette have signed their names to a letter -- set to run as a full-page advertisement in the Sunday New York Times later this week -- imploring the online retailer to settle the dispute and calling on readers to voice their displeasure directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.



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07:29
Cyberspies Help Themselves to DHS Contractor's...


USIS, the contractor that did the background checks on Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and NSA leaker Edward Snowden, on Thursday reported that its computer systems have been breached. "Our internal IT security team recently identified an apparent external cyberattack on USIS' corporate network," said US Investigation Services, which performs security clearances for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a statement. "We are working closely with federal law enforcement authorities."

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07:29
Condé Nast’s Epicurious teams up w/ Swirl for in-...

After announcing it would take advantage of iBeacons deployed by inMarket in grocery stores back in April, today Condé Nast’s Epicurious is announcing a partnership with another iBeacon network to further expand the context-sensitive notifications beamed to its users. Swirl, the same company behind recent beacon deployments in Hudson’s Bay Company and Lord & Taylor, will now deliver location-aware notifications to the Epicurious app via its network of beacons already deployed in retailers:

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07:27
Chinese government officially denies banning Apple...

The Chinese Central Government Procurement Center -- as well as the Finance Ministry, and Apple itself -- have all denied a recent Bloomberg report claiming that Apple had been deliberately excluded from procurement lists for security reasons, according to Reuters. It had been said that Chinese government agencies were newly banned from buying devices like iPads and MacBooks. All three parties involved now say, however, that Apple never applied to be on the list in question to begin with....



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07:25
Opinion: Is the case for Apple ending its patent...

Steve Jobs famously declared back in 2010 that Android was a stolen product, and he was willing to “go thermonuclear war” in order to “destroy” it.

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Back in April, I suggested three reasons it might be time for Apple to settle its Android disputes and move on. The relatively small damages award in the most recent case (and which now looks set to be...

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07:24
News: China refutes Apple product ban report

Apple products including iPads and MacBooks have not actually been banned from any Chinese government procurement lists, the country’s chief procurement center has said. This new report, from Reuters, refutes a recent Bloomberg report that claimed 10 Apple products could not be purchased with public money for security reasons. Apparently, the confusion may have stemmed from a list involving energy-saving products, on which Apple could not be…

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07:08
Mac: Pelican 1070CC HardBack Case

There may be a time when you need a case for your 11” MacBook Air that will get you through any situation. Designed for all scenarios, Pelican offers the stylish 1070CC HardBack Case ($85) with a molded foam insert, and non-skid rubber feet. Waterproof, crush-proof and dust-proof, the 1070CC is the rare MacBook case that can survive pretty much anything. Perhaps more important than those features is that Pelican offers a lifetime guarantee,…

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07:04
Patent Office Shoots Down Apple Infringement Claims...

Apple just hit a stumbling block in its second U.S. patent infringement case against Samsung thanks to a Patent and Trademark Office ruling that rejects some of the iPhone and iPad maker's claims. The ruling targeted the summary judgement Federal Judge Lucy Koh issued ahead of Apple and Samsung's trial this spring, and relates to infringement claims for Apple's autocomplete patent.

The Mac Observer Spin: The USPTO is rejecting patent claims, Apple and Samsung are agreeing to scale back their legal battle, and there still hasn't been any significant change in either company's mobile device strategy. This doesn't feel like the thermonuclear war against Android Steve Jobs wanted.


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07:00
Prankster fools passer-bys with fake iPhone 6

Jonathan Morrison from TLD took to the streets with an iPhone 6 clone in order to prank people into believing it was the real deal. Unlike UrAvgConsumer who was upfront his iPhone was fake, Morrison really convinces people he has Apple's next...

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06:44
PhotoDesk 2.3.9 - Instagram client for photo sharing...

PhotoDesk (formerly InstaDesk) is an Instagram client for the Mac.

PhotoDesk lets you not only browse your or your friends Instagram pictures, but easily explore the social graph and find new people to follow.

Note: Uploading images is forbidden by Instagram which allows only uploads from mobile devices.

Instead, with PhotoDesk you can browse beautiful pictures, newest uploads of your friends, or interesting people to follow. Furthermore, you can comment on pictures, like them, download them, or watch them in slideshows.

Features:

  • Find new people to follow
  • View your Friend Feed, Popular Tags, Popular Pictures
  • Comment on pictures or like pictures
  • Save beautiful pictures in albums
  • See when you get new comments or likes
  • Follow / unfollow people
  • View pictures in slideshows
  • Download images
  • Sadly, NO uploading due to Instagram...

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06:31
The Sims 2: Super Collection hits Mac as Peter...


Two new games are arriving today with Mac users getting access to a new The Sims 2: Super Collection and iOS gamers getting their hands on the latest creation from Fable creator Peter Molyneux.

The Sims 2: Super Collection includes the return of the classic title for Mac exclusively on the Mac App Store and with it you get all of the downloadable content including 6 expansion packs and 3 additional content packs. The collection is available on the Mac App Store now as a single download for $29.99. Developers Aspyr noted...

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06:24
China refutes Apple product ban report

Apple products including iPads and MacBooks have not actually been banned from any Chinese government procurement lists, the country’s chief procurement center has said. This new report, from Reuters, refutes a recent Bloomberg report that claimed 10 Apple products could not be purchased with public money for security…

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06:24
iTunes 11.3.1

Resolves two podcast-related issues. (Free, 229 MB)

 

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06:04
RAIDON releases new external RAID storage device

RAIDON has released the GR3660-B3, a dual bay storage device with RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), and JBOD three application modes and a USB3.0 interface.

The GR3660-B3 has 8TB of storage capacity. It's compatible with all brands of 4TB SATA hard drives. You can install two 4TB hard drives under RAID 0 mode and the system will provide 8TB of access. The independent JBOD mode can offer independent storage areas even if the hard drives are of different capacities. For more info go to www.RAIDON.com.tw .

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06:02
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar on Using Outlook Web...

Outlook Web App (OWA) provides secure access to your email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and Global Address List via the internet. For Office 365 business customers, it’s a great way to work with other devices like iPads & iPhones. Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 am Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend

https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=d46d4v0x

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

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Terminal cuteness

Terminal cuteness

Animals make quite a splash in this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, with cats and rabbits vying for the chance to infect your handset with a case of terminal cuteness.

Havaianas

The Snap Case (iPhone 5 and 5s; $30) safeguards your handset with a lightweight, polycarbonate shell, and makes it look beautiful with a colorful design inspired by the land of Brazil.

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

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06:00
Apple highlights 20 'amazing' productivity...

Apple recently kicked off a new limited-time sale on the top 20 productivity apps in a section of the App Store aptly titled "Amazing Productivity Apps." The promotion highlights popular titles such as Scanner Pro by Readdle, Scanbot and Tydlig...

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05:55
Sesame2 is new keyfob, app to lock your Mac

Atama has released Sesame2, a Bluetooth Smart keyfob and companion application to lock your Mac or Windows PC. A second generation update of the original Sesame product, Sesame2 boasts an external redesign in addition to further enhancements such as longer battery life, shorter locking distance and increased Bluetooth signal stability.

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05:51
An iPhone 6 Clone is Shown to Fool Most, Very Easily

How easy is it to fool the public that the iPhone 6 is already out? Apparently, very easy as noted in the noted video above. With so many rumors ....

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05:35
Pages: Rearranging Layered Objects

For today's article, Melissa Holt will be discussing how to manipulate layered objects in Pages, so if you'd like to change whether one item is behind or in front of another, she'll tell you how. This method is an easy way to move objects to the background or create interesting, multilevel graphics. (Note: Melissa reports that no interesting graphics actually appear in this article, so don't get your hopes up.)


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05:33
FunBITS: NPR One Is Public Radio for the Twitter...

NPR has found a clever solution to deliver news to users accustomed to quick blurts of information.

 

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05:16
In India it's been said that You Flaunt an...

During April's Conference Call, Apple's CEO noted that sales in India had jumped 55% and during their most recent Conference Call Cook stated that "In the BRIC countries (Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa) the iPad did extremely well. The growth was very high." In mid-July we reported on how Apple's premium smartphones are outselling Samsung's by more than Two to One in India. Yet where Apple is beginning to make their mark in India is with ...

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05:10
Opinion: Why the Apple iWatch will succeed (Part 1)

Apple has been long been rumored to be working on a smartwatch widely referred to as the iWatch thanks to some Apple trademark applications. However, even though the product hasn't yet been revealed some naysayers like the notorious Apple sceptic John C. Dvorak have already started to write off the device before it has even been released. Similar conclusions were also drawn about Apple's iPhone and iPad by Dvorak and others before each was released; but both as we know have been phenomenally successful. While it seems less likely that an iWatch will have the same widespread appeal as either th...



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05:00
Find your iOS App discounts here!

Sometimes patience can be a good thing, especially when developers run a sale on apps you’ve had your eye on. There’s quite a few good ones that are on sale or just plain free this week, so get ‘em while it lasts.

Apple is running their own promotion on productivity apps for the iPhone and iPad. They’ve gathered up 20 popular apps and slapped discounted prices on them. Some of the hot ticket items are Scanner Pro (use your iDevice’s camera to create PDF documents), Launch Center Pro (handy one-stop launcher for all your apps), Fantastical (calendar app that allows you to add events in plain language), and Boxer (email client with lots of advanced features). Launch...

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04:56
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets support for more...

Bensoftware (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.1, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. New features in this version include include support for external triggers such as PIR (Passive Infra Red) detectors and door/window sensors, support for more cameras, and bug fixes.

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04:55
Reported ban on Apple products by Chinese government...

The reported ban on national and local government departments purchasing Apple products was just a misunderstanding, according to statements by the Finance Ministry and Central Government Procurement Centre cited by Reuters.

The statements say that the procurement list referred to by Bloomberg was just one of many, and listed only “energy-saving products.” China claims that Apple products did not make this list despite qualifying because the necessary paperwork had not been completed … 

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04:44
Kool Tools: Sonnet xMac Pro Server 

Sonnet's (www.sonnettech.com) new xMac Pro Server is a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the latest generation of Mac Pro computers. It securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

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04:32
Take a sneak peek inside the latest Apple Store...

Dutch site OneMoreThing has provided our first look inside the new Apple Store in The Hague, opening at 10am tomorrow. Unlike many stores, where Apple completely replaced the existing interior of the building, it appears in this case to have retained some of the original features, including light-fittings.

The same approach has been taken with the exterior, where Apple has restored the existing doors rather than replacing them with all-glass ones.

It will be interesting to see whether this is an approach Apple is taking only with selected stores, or whether it forms part of a new look to future stores.

This...

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04:32
iStat Menus for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2

Bjano has rolled out iStat Menus 5 (http://tinyurl.com/meyfoge), an update of its menubar-based system monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It has eight separate menu extras for monitoring CPU usage, memory, hard disks, networking, temperatures and more.

Version 1.2 includes numerous improvements, including processes monitoring; enhanced Date & Time; enhanced bandwidth monitoring; better temperature and fan support; better support for temperature sensors in G4 PowerBooks, the latest iMacs and Intel based Xserves; disk performance monitor; and much more.

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04:27
Smart cities to rise fourfold from 2013 to 2025

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of challenges confronting urban centers, according to a new report from IHS Technology (http://www.ihs.com). 

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04:27
Smart cities to rise fourfold from 2013 to 2025

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of challenges confronting urban centers, according to a new report from IHS Technology (http://www.ihs.com). 

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04:27
Smart cities to rise fourfold from 2013 to 2025

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of challenges confronting urban centers, according to a new report from IHS Technology (http://www.ihs.com). 

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04:08
USPTO rejects parts of Apple’s auto-correct patent...

In a new twist to the second Apple vs Samsung patent trial, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected the specific part of Apple’s auto-correct patent that Samsung was said to have infringed, reports FOSS Patents. This effectively means that Samsung was ruled to have infringed a patent that is no longer valid.

The trial found that Samsung infringed three of the five patents Apple claimed, including a specific element of its auto-correct patent...

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01:06
Apple updates Digital Camera RAW for iPhoto, Aperture

On Thursday, Apple updated its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility plug-in for its two leading Mac photo programs, Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11, to add support for a number of recently-introduced digital cameras. The update includes support for two Nikon models, two Olympus models, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, several Sony Alpha releases and a single Sony Cyber-shot camera, the DSC-RX100 III. The update allows RAW files from these cameras to be directly imported by Aperture and iPhoto....



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00:44
Skype confirms abrupt drop of older OS X systems...

As a confirmation of earlier reports that Skype was locking out users of very old Macs with OS versions below 10.6 Snow Leopard, Microsoft on Thursday issued a memo that confirmed and clarified that it no longer supported the nearly seven-year-old OS X 10.5.8 or any lower releases on the Mac, and that Skype's service now requires a minimum of an Intel processor and 10.6 or later in order to work. How long Snow Leopard will be supported is unclear....



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Thursday August 7

23:52
Briefly: WPS Office 4.0 for iOS, Meetup's new...

Kingsoft Office Software has announced that its new WPS Office 4.0 for iOS is now available. WPS Office allows users to view, create and share office documents, and presentation spreadsheets. Fully compatible with Microsoft Office, the document software functions on any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch....



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23:04
Briefly: FX Photo Studio 6.0 for iPhone, Godus, Flux...

Image software maker Macphun has updated its FX Photo Studio for iPhone to version 6.0, revising its effects categories, improving the image-processing engine and updating the look of the app to a more modern UI design. The app, which has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times since the beginning of 2014, allows users to stack effects as well as adjust portions of the image using a Mask tool. It carries a complete selection of over 200 effects and filters -- combinations of which can be saved as presets -- alongside standard camera app editing tools. To celebrate, the app will be on sale...

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22:41
Why some schools are selling all their iPads

The Atlantic:

For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?

It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Some teachers welcomed the shift, which allowed their students to replace old poster-board presentations with narrated screencasts and review teacher-produced video lessons at any time.

Four years later, however, it’s still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom.

It’s an interesting article from the other side of the question. Before you knee jerk react to the headline, read the story. It certainly does make some interesting points.

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22:28
This map lets you watch DDoS attacks in real time

The Daily Dot:

We hear about distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks all the time. Now, thanks to a new map, we can see how often these attacks occur, who’s getting targeted, and who’s doing the attacks.

The map, called IPViking Live, comes from a company called Norse that specializes in monitoring malicious online activity. The map is not comprehensive; it shows “a small subset” of DDoS attacks aimed at servers that Norse has set up as dummy targets. These “honeypots” collect information about the automated attacks that stream in from countries like China, Thailand, and Russia. Hovering over a location will show you attacks originating from that site.

Mesmerizing. And a little scary.

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22:15
This May Be The Greatest Vancouver Fireworks Video...

Super Vancouver:

Taking your $3,000 Canon 5D camera, mounting it on a tripod and waiting until 10:00 pm to film the Celebration of Lights fireworks now seems rather basic compared to the effort put into this clip.

The team behind the Youtube video titled “Sparks: A Honda Celebration of Light Story” took the time to create a story, shoot at multiple Metro Vancouver locations and artfully edit together the video perfectly.

I have lived in Vancouver for many years and have seen a lot of videos – Vancouver is the most beautiful city in North America and gets filmed a lot – and this is, without a doubt, one of the top 5 best I’ve ever seen.

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22:00
Russian hackers collect more than 1.2 billion unique...

The New York Times reported earlier this week that a hacker group has collected 1.2 billion unique username and password credentials from 420,000 websites. The records, which were verified by a security firm, is thought to be one of the largest collections of Internet identity information reported. The publication had the data analyzed by another expert, who verified the authenticity of the collection....



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21:34
Drive-cloning utilities: The best Mac apps for...

Macworld:

Good backups are essential for every Mac user. Tools such as Apple’s Time Machine, included as part of OS X, make it easy to store multiple versions of every file from your computer on an external drive or an AirPort Time Capsule. And if you want the security of off-site backups without having to physically move drives around, an online backup provider such as CrashPlan is a good option.

But while both these forms of backup serve important purposes, I also recommend maintaining a clone (also known as a bootable duplicate)—a complete, identical copy of your startup volume, stored on an external drive in such a way that you can boot your Mac from it if necessary.

I’ve always recommended multiple backups. Using these apps will make the process relatively easy.

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20:47
Apple's iOS App Store puts 20 productivity...

Apple on Thursday kicked off a limited time only promotion for select iOS productivity apps, taking at least 50 percent off popular titles like Scanner Pro, Fantastical 2 and Writer Pro.



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20:12
Skype ends support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 and...

Confirming reports that Skype no longer works with older versions of Apple's OS X, Microsoft on Thursday announced it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.



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20:00
Twitch CEO tackles questions over VOD policy changes...

[Updated with Twitch VOD highlight and appeal change] Twitch CEO Emmett Shear did an "ask me anything" on Reddit today, fielding numerous questions over the recent chances that the game streaming service underwent this week. While Shear confirmed information on most of the changes that had already taken place, he did try to reassure users that the changes were done with purpose....



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19:58
Apple runs limited-time sale on 20 popular ‘Amazing...

From 9to5Toys.com:

A lot of our favorite apps are on sale in this special promotion. Scanner Pro,...

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19:19
Sesame Street Season 45 Previews ‘Numeric Con’

Sesame Street has posted a preview clip from Season 45 on YouTube. In the past they've done some clever nods to pop culture including a parody of The Voice, and one of my favorites, H. Ross Parrot. This season we get to see a trip to "Numeric Con," where one can meet such characters as Fiverine and The Dark Nine. Doctor Two (dressed as the Fourth Doctor) makes an appearance, along with familiar looking creatures who say "e-num-er-ate!" There's also a great cameo from someone wearing a gold Starfleet shirt who pauses dramatically at odd places in his sentences. Cap-TEN Kirk, perhaps?


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19:09
Former Apple Employee ‘Sam Sung’ Business Charity...

Remember hearing about Sam Sung, the now-former Apple employee with the most ironic name? He discovered one of his business cards and decided to auction it off, donating all the proceeds to charity. Which is cool. What's more cool is that it's up to US$80,000.


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19:07
AgileBits announces sale, free update on 1Password...

According to a new announcement from AgileBits, makers of the iOS and Mac password management app 1Password, the forthcoming version for iOS 8 will be a free update to existing users. In conjunction with that, and a new report that Russian hackers may -- or may not -- have collected over a billion unique email account credentials, the company has opted to put its iOS version on sale for $10, a cut of $15 from its normal $25 price. The iOS 8 update for 1Password, expected this fall, will add extensions and Touch ID support to the password manager....



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18:03
USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent asserted...

The USPTO on Tuesday rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 patent for autocompletion of text input, which the company successfully asserted in its second California court action against Samsung.



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18:00
Apple adds Beats accessories section to its online...

With Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats now officially a done deal (having received both European and U.S. regulatory approval just last week), Apple is moving quickly to more prominently feature the company's products on its website.

Earlier...

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17:30
How many apps are installed on your iPhone? [Poll]

Some of us just can't get enough of free and paid apps. If you happen to launch Settings on your iPhone, go to General, and then tap About, you can scroll down a bit and see just how many applications you have installed. I currently have 243 -- how...

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17:10
Apple and U.S. Tech, Pawns of International Diplomacy

Apple's rocket-like ascent to become the world's most valuable company has brought with it the booby prize of being a pawn of international diplomacy. Apple and other U.S. tech giants are being targeted by China (and Russia) as tensions between all three countries rise over spying allegations.


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17:00
Pinterest's iOS app introduces powerful new...

Pinterest has released a new update for its iOS apps which introduces a powerful messaging ability to the social image sharing service. Your messages look similar to how they do on Facebook, with little circles that appear on your feed. To start a...

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16:37
Apple iTunes 11.3.1 - Manage your music, media, iOS...

Apple iTunes lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it's a store that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime.

Version 11.3.1:

  • Addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcasts episodes in a list.


OS X 10.6.8 or later

Download Now

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16:35
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 5.06 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. For more information on supported RAW formats, see here.

Version 5.06:

  • This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
    • Nikon COOLPIX P340

    • Nikon 1 V3

    • Olympus OM-D E-M10

    • Olympus STYLUS 1

    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4

    • Sony Alpha ILCE-7S

    • Sony Alpha ILCE-5000

    • Sony Alpha ILCE-6000

    • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II

    • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III



  • OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • iPhoto 9.4.3 or Aperture 9.4.5



Download Now

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16:30
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

Why Does It Spin? [iOS...

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16:28
Apple updates iTunes to version 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1. It's a maintenance release that addresses a problem with podcast subscriptions.

In Apple's words, iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcast episodes in a list. You can obtain the update via the Mac App Store.

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16:21
USPTO rejects Apple claims from second Apple-Samsung...

A claim asserted against Samsung in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial in California, which had already received a summary judgement of infringement by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, has been rejected alongside other claims in the same patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office -- the same body that initially granted the patent. The finding, which is a preliminary rejection that is part of a long process, has already been brought up by Samsung in an effort to get out of paying part of the $119 million judgement against it....



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16:00
Zillow's app can now help you buy a house...

Zillow has been the most popular real estate app since it was released for iOS in April of 2009. It helps you find a house, providing real estate details, pricing, and photos.

Today, the Zillow Mortgage and Real Estate apps on iOS are being updated,...

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15:30
Skype blocks users with OS X 10.5, earlier versions

A sad reality of owning older Macs running old version of OS X is the steady ticking time bomb of obsolescence. For Mac owners still running OS X 10.5 Leopard or earlier versions of the Mac's operating system, there has been another casualty of...

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15:23
1Password for iOS/Mac gets temporary price cut,...

It was announced on Thursday that popular iOS and Mac password management app 1Password is on sale for a limited time, and that a future built-for-iOS 8 version with Touch ID support will be available as a free update for existing users.



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15:15
Apple Supports 10 New Cameras with RAW 5.0.6 Update...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06 on Thursday. The update adds support for RAW image files for ten new cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.


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15:08
John Martellaro on Tech Night Owl: Apple’s Multiple...

Recently, John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl LIVE! to chat about Apple's multiple wars with Samsung and Google. And even a little about the SciFi movie Forbidden Planet.


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15:00
Blue Microphones Mikey Digital goes Lightning,...

For reporters, podcasters or musicians on the go, you really want the best possible sound quality without having to lug a lot of equipment around. That's why portable digital stereo recorders like those from Zoom are so popular -- they're compact,...

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15:00
​Formula Force Racing speeds upside down in...

Formula Force Racing is a high-speed arcade racer that tests the skill of racing fans. The game has three modes to choose from: time trial, championship, and single race.

Standard for most racing games, time trial mode lets the player practice on...

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14:47
News: Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1, a minor update that fixes a few podcast bugs — one problem caused podcast subscriptions to stop updating with new episodes, and another issue caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes. Users can get the update through Software Update in the Mac App Store or at Apple’s iTunes download page....

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14:44
Apple Releases iTunes 11.3.1 with Podcast...

Apple released iTunes 11.3.1 on Thursday. The maintenance release addresses an issue with podcast subscriptions.


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14:43
iTunes 11.3.1 solves bugs with podcast feeds

Apple has released Mac and Windows versions of iTunes 11.3.1, a minor update of its media software. The latest version deals with two bugs related to podcasts, foremost being one that prevented subscriptions from being updated. The second caused episode list browsing to become unresponsive....



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14:41
Yelp updates iOS app with Bing-powered review...


Yelp has updated its iOS app with a new feature that automatically translates foreign-language reviews to a users’ native tongue. The feature is powered by Microsoft’s Bing translation service. It currently works for 15 languages, according to a Yelp blog post:

The translation feature works for all 15 officially supported Yelp languages: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, French, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, and Japanese.

The...

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14:33
Review: Zagg Rugged Folio for iPad Air

Upon first handling of the Rugged Folio, it was clear that the entire unit is well-made. The combination of polycarbonate and silicone makes for a comfortable and fairly sturdy case, which Zagg enables you to use in a standalone fashion. Initial installation can be a little challenging: when we tried to open the empty case to insert the iPad Air, the Rugged Folio was difficult to open, requiring some finagling. The case can be separated from the hinge…

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14:30
Daily Deals for August 7, 2014, featuring a Rosetta...

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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14:14
Russian Cybergang Stockpiles 1.2B Unique Stolen...


A Russian cybercriminal gang so far has stolen 4.5 billion credentials, of which 1.2 billion appear to be unique, Hold Security has announced. The credentials belong to more than 500 million email addresses. Two reports released Tuesday may help explain why the cybergang was so successful. About 92 percent of the 800 top consumer websites evaluated, and 96 percent of the top 50 United States federal government agencies checked, failed the Online Trust Alliance's 2014 Email Integrity Audit.

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14:13
1Password for iOS goes on sale as developer confirms...


AgileBits, the team behind the 1Password security app that we’ve reviewed in the past, announced on in a company blog post that the upcoming iOS 8 update for the software will be free for all owners of the current version of the app.

The update, which is expected to debut around iOS 8’s launch this fall, is...

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14:09
News: Apps of the Week: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific...

New Apps Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings ($3) — PBS Kids has just released Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings. The app, based on the show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, has a variety of activities for youngsters. Kids can draw, play mini-games, step into the feelings photo booth, or sing along to their favorite songs from the show — all concentrating on different feelings. This is a well done app with lots of content and great voicework;…

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14:00
NFL apps now ready for AppleTV, iPhone

Today marks the debut of the recently announced NFL Now app for iOS devices and Apple TV. With NFL Now, football fans can watch game highlights, personalized streams tailored to their favorite teams, clips from the NFL library, and stream all of that...

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13:56
New iPhone 6 Rear Shell Photos Show Recessed Volume...

Last month, luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] shared some high-quality photos and a video of the purported rear shell of the iPhone 6. The part was in an intermediate stage of production, and thus had not been fully processed and polished, but it still offered a good look at the device's body.

Feld & Volk has now received what it believes to be a completed iPhone 6 rear shell and has shared some new photos revealing a few features not highlighted in previous leaks. Among these is a good look at the volume button cutouts, which have now been recessed slightly in a change that will allow for a lower profile along the edges and decreased likelihood of accidental volume changes.

...

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13:47
Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1, a minor update that fixes a few podcast bugs — one problem caused podcast subscriptions to stop updating with new episodes, and another issue caused iTunes to become unresponsive while browsing podcast episodes. Users can get the update through Software…

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13:46
Crowdfunding Critic: Lightfreq LED lightbulb and...

Welcome to this Thursday's Crowdfunding Critic here on MacNN and Electronista! We promised that every Tuesday and Thursday we'd highlight a new campaign -- this week's campaign is the Lightfreq LED light bulb with what the company calls HD audio! We don't endorse projects -- everything we talk about is something we think might be interesting to you, our reader. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, even funded projects come with risk, so do your research before you commit!...



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13:42
Dragonfly’s second album on Indiegogo

Corey funded the band’s first album through Indiegogo and it turned out great. Here’s a chance to help with the second one and support indie musicians.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
Guitar-themed watch

I’m not usually impressed by this type of thing, but this is cool.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s: $59.99

Check out the PhoneSuit, a full case and backup battery for iPhone 5 and 5s. It's thin, with a thickness of just 15mm, but that still leaves room for a 2100mAh battery. According to the manufacturer, that gives you enough power for a 125 percent additional charge on your iPhone. The case offers edge-to-edge protection, and the charger puts out a full 1 Amp that will charge your iPhone in less than two hours. Plus, it allows pass-through charging and iTunes syncing. The PhoneSuit retails for $90, but through our deal you can get it for $59.99.


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13:27
Apple fixes podcast downloading, browsing bugs with...

Apple on Thursday rolled out the latest version of iTunes with bug fixes in place for updating of subscribed podcasts and episode browsing.



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13:15
Online Apple store gets dedicated 'Beats by Dr...

Apple has added a specific Beats by Dr. Dre section to the online Apple store, shoppers note. The page has its own tab under the Accessories section. Apple has sold Beats headphones and speakers for some time, but since the latter's acquisition, it has begun highlighting the products both online and at retail....



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13:09
Apps of the Week: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings,...

New Apps Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings ($3) — PBS Kids has just released Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings. The app, based on the show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, has a variety of activities for youngsters. Kids can draw, play mini-games, step into the feelings photo booth,…

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13:05
Apple releases iTunes 11.3.1 with bug fixes for...

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1 (Mac, Windows) for OS X Mavericks today with a bug fixes for subscribed podcasts not receiving updates and for podcast episodes lists becoming unresponsive while browsing.

iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcasts episodes in a list.

The update is available in Software Update in the Mac App Store. The previous iTunes release, iTunes 11.3, brought iTunes Extras in HD to the Mac, and...

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13:00
A Pokemon clone is making a killing on the App Store...

Well it was bound to happen sooner or later: Nintendo's refusal to embrace the App Store has resulted in an extremely high quality Pokémon clone taking the top overall spot on the marketplace. The game is called Micromon, and it's not some...

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13:00
How to Display and Locate GPS Coordinates With iPhone

In this article, John Martellaro shows how to, first, quickly display your latitude and longitude with an iPhone and then search for a latitude and longitude coordinate pair in an iOS map.


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12:55
Apple's iOS 8 beta 5 now alerts iTunes Season...

For iTunes Store customers who purchase content via discount season passes, Apple has begun sending native push notifications in the latest beta of iOS 8 when new content is available -- a change from its previous email alerts.



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12:25
Second beta of OS X 10.9.5 seeds to developers

Apple has begun distributing a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, available via the Mac App Store or the Mac Developer Center. The code is listed as build 13F12. In addition to Safari, graphics, and USB/USB smart card issues highlighted in the first beta, Apple is now also asking users to test out Thunderbolt connections....



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12:14
Briefly: Godus for iOS, Glide 2.0 video messaging...

Godus, a God game by Peter Molyneux, is now available for playing on iOS devices. Players can rule over a fictitious world, and have control over the physical terrain as well as influence the growth of the civilization that lives in the region. Miracles can be cast to either cultivate or destroy the landscape, and mysteries are uncovered throughout gameplay....



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12:07
News: Apple adds ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ section to...

Apple has added a new Beats by Dr. Dre section to its online store. The new section, which links to Beats headphones, speakers, and accessories, can be found in the accessories section of Apple’s online store. It’s interesting that Apple has gone with the “Beats by Dr. Dre” name, as opposed to “Beats by Dre” or just “Beats.” The online store includes some lesser-known products, including the all-white…

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12:06
Preorders commence for wearable Sproutling Baby...

The "Internet of Things" has expanded to childcare. The Sproutling wearable baby monitor has commenced pre-orders today, sending information on a child's heart rate, skin temperature, motion, and sleep position to a parent's mobile device. The associated charger gives yet more information, providing environmental data to parents in real time....



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12:00
Apple Campus 2 on track for completion in 2016

Apple's Cupertino campus, located at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, acts as its corporate headquarters and comprises roughly 850,000 square feet of office and lab space. In 2006, Steve Jobs announced Apple would be building a second...

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11:55
Beats by Dr. Dre gets its own section on Apple'...

Apple on Thursday updated its online storefront to give newly-official subsidiary Beats by Dr. Dre its own section under the store's "Accessories" category, days after shuttering Beats's own internet shop.



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11:11
Skype suddenly blocks users with OS X 10.5 or earlier

Microsoft-owned Skype has, without warning, cut off support for users with OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or earlier, reports say. The company has given instructions on how to update the client software, but users say they don't appear to fix the problem. A spokesperson explains that the company doesn't "currently have a build that OS X Leopard (10.5) users could use."...



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11:07
Apple adds ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ section to online store

Apple has added a new Beats by Dr. Dre section to its online store. The new section, which links to Beats headphones, speakers, and accessories, can be found in the accessories section of Apple’s online store. It’s interesting that Apple has gone with the…

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11:01
Apple Adds Dedicated Beats By Dr. Dre Accessory...

Now that Apple's purchase of Beats Electronics is complete, the company has begun expanding its promotion of Beats products, giving the Beats by Dr. Dre line of accessories its own dedicated section in the Accessory portion of the Apple Online Store.

Added yesterday, the Beats by Dr. Dre section joins "All Accessories," "Apple Accessories," "Exclusives," "Now Trending," and Gift Cards" on the top menu bar of the "Shop Accessories" section of the online store.

Though Apple has long sold Beats products, the dedicated menu bar position gives the accessories far more prominence online. The section, first noticed by 9to5Mac, promotes...

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11:00
Peter Molyneux brings Godus to iOS, Yelp gets Bing...

iPhone and iPad owners can now use Apple's mobile devices to play God with the release of Peter Molyneux's Godus, read business reviews in different languages with Yelp's new built-in Bing translate capabilities, and receive personalized recommendations with Foursquare.



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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Pocketcopters, Hugs, and...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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10:58
The best tablet you can buy

The Verge:

There are countless tablets available for purchase today, and we’ve surveyed all of the models you might come across in your local electronics store or on Amazon’s virtual shelves. It’s almost a tie for first place, but not quite.

Obviously, this doesn’t surprise anyone at The Loop but take a look at The Verge’s third choice. Their description of the Asus Nexus 7 doesn’t seem to warrant its score.

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10:52
How I failed to live on the minimum wage

Chicago Sun-Times:

This past week my husband and I took the Live the Wage challenge in solidarity with hard-working families who are trying to make ends meet on a minimum wage salary. Our allotment was $77 each for the week to cover all food, transportation and other expenses excluding housing, insurance, and support for dependent children (which I don’t have). It didn’t take us long to realize that $7.25 an hour is not enough to live on. We didn’t quite make it.

To anyone who thinks this challenge is just a gimmick, I say “Try it.”

As someone who has lived at this level his entire life, I can vouch for the fact that it ain’t easy.

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10:47
How Times Square works

Gizmodo:

Times Square is one big, busy machine. Powered by American ingenuity and more than a few megawatts of electricity, these six square blocks stay bright 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You’ve seen Times Square in movies and on TV a million times.

A lot of you have probably seen it in real life, teeming with chaos and glowing with capitalism. But how exactly does all that work? The shops and restaurants are one thing, but what exactly makes Times Square such a functional, perpetual spectacle?

The amount of technology, both digital and analog, involved in putting on the “show” that is Times Square is mind boggling. Even more so in Tokyo’s Ginza District.

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10:35
WiFi Insecurity: Crying Wolf or Big Bad Wolf?


Can a hacker take over a passenger jet by sneaking in through its WiFi or in-flight entertainment system? The possibility of that occurring, as suggested by cybersecurity firm IOActive, has security experts hot under the collar. Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant at IOActive, led a team that discovered insecure and undocumented protocols, backdoors, hard-coded credentials, and other high-risk vulnerabilities in the most widely deployed terminals for the Inmarsat and Iridium satellite communications systems.

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10:22
Apple gives newly acquired Beats by Dre dedicated...

Following officially getting regulatory approval to complete its purchase of Beats, Apple today added a new section to its online store highlighting Beats by Dr. Dre products. The new section is accessible from the Accessories section of Apple’s online store and joins the main All Accessories, Apple accessories, Exclusives, Trending, and Gift Card sections that get top billing along the top of the accessories store.

The new microsite is a typical Apple product page that links to dedicated sections for Beats headphones,...

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10:20
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-07

Apple hired Yves Saint Laurent's Catherine Monier and she'll another YSL alum, Paul Deneve, on special projects. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into Apple's executive hires, plus they take a look at the threats facing our devices that are exposed to the Internet.


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10:18
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F12 to...

Apple today has provided developers with the second beta of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release. The new build number is 13F12 and it is available on the Mac Developer Center and in Software Update in the Mac App Store for those running the earlier build. Apple asks developers to focus testing on USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, and Thunderbolt.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, beta, icloud,...

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10:09
Football fans – the new NFL Now iPhone and iPad apps...

NFL:

NFL Now delivers a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches right to your iPad or iPhone. Get exclusive interviews and stories about your team, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to your favorites in the NFL Films Archives.

The unlimited access to the NFL Films Archives would be pretty cool but what made me sign up instantly was “Live stream of NFL RedZone on Sunday afternoon”. You’re not a true football junkie until you’ve sat in front of your TV for nine hours straight watching the NFL RedZone non-stop.

...

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10:04
Briefly: Withings Activité due October, Gmail...

Withings is aiming to put its Activité smartwatch on sale in October, CEO Cédric Hutchings has revealed. At the same time as advising to Wareable about the updated release schedule for the wrist-based device, Hutchings highlighted the stylish and minimal design of the Activite compared to other smartwatches, claiming "We found that wearables were not that wearable." The Withings Activité will apparently cost around $500 at launch....



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10:03
Eve wasn’t invited: Integrating women into the Apple...

Macworld:

When you look at an Apple ad, it makes an effort to include women. Apple and its employees talk to us like human beings, and not girls who know nothing about technology. It’s important to me, and it’s why Apple has my business and (I suspect) the business of countless other women.

But it’s very hard for me to reconcile this consumer-facing Apple with the development company that put no women on stage this year for either the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote or the more-technical State of the Union. It’s difficult to connect this Apple I know and trust with the endless sea of white, male faces I saw at Yerba Buena Gardens during this year’s WWDC Bash. Women buy Apple products. We develop on Apple hardware. But we’re still not yet well-represented in Apple’s developer community.

It’s a shame this issue keeps coming up but there’s a reason why it does. Outside of “The Usual Suspects”, other groups, races, genders, etc., simply aren’t well...

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10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F12) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F12) Now Available

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10:00
A "Find my iPhone" story out of Scotland...

The typical "Find my iPhone" story tends to have a heartwarming aspect to it; someone has their iPhone stolen, whereupon they use "Find my iPhone" to track down the thief and reclaim ownership of what is rightfully theirs. And just this week, we...

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10:00
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F12) Now Available

OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 (13F12) Now Available

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09:54
Foursquare 8.0: All things reconsidered

TUAW:

Who was not a happy camper when Foursquare suddenly decided to take their self-named app, rip the fun part — check-ins — out of the app, and put it into a new app named Swarm? Me, that’s who.

It really torqued me off that an app that I had enjoyed for years was suddenly breaking into two apps. Hell, that’s almost as bad as what Facebook did, forcing users to load another app (Facebook Messenger) to do something they’d always been able to do from within the iOS Facebook app. Well, the new Foursquare app, AKA version 8.0, arrived today, so I decided to take a hit for the team and install it.

I’ve never been a Foursquare user (I have no friends I want to track and vice versa) so, while I’ve heard a lot written about this subject, I have no personal experience. How about you? Has Foursquare made things better or worse for you?

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 010 with...
09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sketchbook for iOS goes free,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Sketchbook painting and drawing apps for iPhone and iPad go free for the first time ever

64GB PNY StorEDGE flash memory expansion for MacBooks:...

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09:00
Godus hits iOS so you can play God on the go

Want to act like an omnipotent creator while sitting in your boring cubicle with a boss breathing down your neck? You're in luck! Godus -- Peter Molyneux's newest God game -- is now available for iOS, letting you amass followers and rule them with an...

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09:00
Make your documents easier to see, hear and use,...

It’s a familiar scene that takes place every day in classrooms around the world. A teacher shares an assignment with her students, providing informational handouts, a reading list, and a list of recommended resources. The students then form study groups where they collaborate and advise each other on their individual projects, share drafts, and edit one another’s work. From time to time, the teacher checks in with her students to assess their progress and offer guidance. Finally, the students complete their final papers and turn them in.

But what if one or more of the students has a disability that makes it difficult or impossible for them to access information in the same way as the others?

Reading, writing and collaboration are fundamental components of education –always have been, always will be. Yet in a world where technology has transformed the way people learn, many of the documents, texts and other resources used by students and their teachers are digital....

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08:56
iOS DevCamp

A three-day, 500+ developer hackathon, iOS DevCamp is the largest iOS event outside of Apple’s own Worldwide Developer Conference.

It takes place August 22-24 in San Jose, California.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:52
Photoshop CC updates for better 3D printing

Adobe has released an update for Photoshop CC, its flagship image editing software. Listed as 2014.1, the code is geared exclusively towards 3D printing improvements. It now supports VRML, U3D, PLY, and IGES files for instance, as well as the fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator, and Japan's DMM.com printing service....



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08:49
Apple Sued for Allegedly Infringing a Famous Gaming...

Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC (“MNI) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's line of iPhones, Apple TV Media player, and their line of iPads that allegedly infringe on a patent that MNI acquired that covers multiplayer games, gaming hardware, video and more.

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08:48
iPhone 6 Will Have Sapphire Glass Thanks to GTAT’s...

Rumors jump back and forth between Apple using synthetic sapphire glass for the next iPhone display, and sticking with Corning's Gorilla Glass because there isn't enough sapphire to meet production needs. If the iPhone 6 doesn't ship with a sapphire glass display, it won't be because of a materials shortage; it'll be because Apple chose to stick with the same glass it's been using on previous iPhone models. Apple teamed with GT Advanced Technology to produce the synthetic sapphire it needs -- and not only has the company been ramping up production in a serious way, it also has a hoard of sapphire it already made stashed away.


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08:39
Justin.tv shuts down

This comes amid reports that Google is trying to buy Twitch, Justin.tv’s parent, for $1 billion.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:27
Dish Anywhere for iPad

Great looking update if you’re a Dish satellite subscriber.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:12
Preorders kick off for Sproutling, a 'Nest...

Invented by former Apple and Google employees, with the aid of pediatric specialists and Ph.D scientists, Sproutling is the first baby monitor to sense, learn, and predict a baby's behavior, and its creators believe it will make the lives of new parents less stressful.



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08:06
Apps: PopClip, OmniOutliner, Clarify
07:52
Detailed report highlights possible iPhone 6 spec...

A new report may point towards a final spec list for the iPhone 6 handset.

Per MacRumors and VentureBeat, a detailed overview of features for the iPhone 6 has emerged from an unspecified source.

According to the site’s source, Apple will introduce both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones at its upcoming September 9 event, but while the 4.7-inch version will ship in mid-September, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone won’t ship until up to a month later. This is in line with rumors...

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07:52
News: Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

Magellan has introduced Echo Fit, an iOS-compatible sports smart watch. It comes in two models — the base Echo Fit ($150) and Echo Fit with Heart Rate Monitor ($200), which includes a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. The ruggedized, water-resistant watch is an upgraded version of its Echo smart watch, adding activity and sleep tracking. Echo Fit tracks steps, distance, calories, and hours slept, wirelessly uploading data to the Magellan Active…

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07:34
NFL Now arrives on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad

As anticipated, NFL Now apps have been launched for the iPhone and iPad and the Apple TV. The titles promise "hundreds of new videos daily" connected to teams and players; users also can get a non-stop stream based on preferences learned over time....



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07:33
NFL Now for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV Arrives in Time...

The National Football League's NFL Now app for the iPhone and iPad rolled out on Thursday with the promise of plenty of free content, and even more for viewers who pay for a US$1.99 a month subscription. NFL Now also showed up as a new Apple TV channel where you can see the same content that's available in the iPhone and iPad app.

The Mac Observer Spin: The lack of game broadcasts will no doubt be a disappointment for some football fans, but it sounds like there will still be plenty of interesting content available. Still, until pro sports franchises find a way to deliver their content outside of the traditional TV networks, sports fans won't be able to drop their cable subscriptions.


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07:28
News: Daily Deal: Get the Icon Bluetooth Speaker for...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a handy little portable Bluetooth speaker for a great price of only $19.99—80% off the regular price. The Icon Bluetooth Speaker is a small, mobile speaker that packs a sonic punch, and provides a 30ft wireless range and a rechargeable battery that provides 4 hours of playback on a single charge. The Icon also sports a built-in mic and speakerphone function to place and receive calls from your iPhone. Get…

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07:21
Taiwan Casing Supplier Posts Surprisingly High...

It's being reported today in China that Taiwan-based Apple casing supplier Catcher Technology has reported better-than-expected July sales that analysts believe is directly linked to the initial shipments of components for the iPhone 6. In fact ...

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07:20
'Siri for Mac' Virtual Assistant Described...

Rumors suggesting Siri will make its way into OS X have been circulating for years, but the personal assistant has yet to debut on the Mac. A new patent application published by the U.S. patent and Trademark Office and spotted by AppleInsider revives these rumors with the description of an intelligent assistant for the desktop that provides features far beyond the...

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07:13
The iPad Keyboard: When Will Apple Get Real?


I keep wondering when Apple is going to hear the alarm and respond to the real iPad keyboard wakeup call. Apple can point to touch-based apps all it wants -- even going so far as to partner with IBM to help the company deliver better enterprise mobile apps -- but the fact remains: Some people just want to type on their damn iPad, and Apple's touchscreen solutions suck. I also keep hoping that Apple will turn its design acumen and considerable tech and manufacturing resources toward building a real, physical keyboard specifically for iPads.

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Get organized

Get organized

This week's roundup of cool new (and updated) iOS apps includes at least three different ways to set your calendar and track your progress. If you aren't organized after today, it's not our fault.

Cal List

Some of us don’t want fancy calendars. We just want an agenda—a straightforward list of what we’re doing, where, and when. Cal List, a free offering for iPhone and iPad, offers just that: Your calendar, displayed as a list of upcoming events. Birthdays and holidays can be viewed as separate lists, and you can email or text a list to a friend.

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07:00
Flickr Find: The most unusual and rare thing you...

When you look in someone's driveway, you will likely find a car, a motorcycle or perhaps some random bicycles from the children who live inside. Blake Patterson, though, has a much more unusual driveway, one that is littered with Mac hardware. And...

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06:52
Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

Magellan has introduced Echo Fit, an iOS-compatible sports smart watch. It comes in two models — the base Echo Fit ($150) and Echo Fit with Heart Rate Monitor ($200), which includes a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. The ruggedized, water-resistant watch is an upgraded…

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06:51
Apple's future iPhones could hide FaceTime...

The clean and simple design of Apple's iconic iPhone could become even simpler, thanks to a new concept that describes concealing the FaceTime camera within the earpiece speaker slot, and even adding a camera flash module that would illuminate forward facing pictures.



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06:45
NFL Now goes live on iPhone and iPad, Apple TV to...

The National Football League on Thursday officially unleashed NFL Now, its new digital content network, bringing football fans personalized video updates from around the league as well as highlights and select live broadcasts -- though games will remain television-only affairs.



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06:25
Graphic Node launches new Set for iWork Plus

Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has introduced Set for iWork Plus 1.0, a new collection of iWork templates designed to help OS X users make the best of Apple's iWork productivity applications.

The new pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, including Graphic Node's first set of 50 scrapbook templates. All templates are editable and available in the US and international paper sizes. The designs range from traditional and formal to friendly and unconventional.

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06:25
Graphic Node launches new Set for iWork Plus

Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has introduced Set for iWork Plus 1.0, a new collection of iWork templates designed to help OS X users make the best of Apple's iWork productivity applications.

The new pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, including Graphic Node's first set of 50 scrapbook templates. All templates are editable and available in the US and international paper sizes. The designs range from traditional and formal to friendly and unconventional.

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06:15
Apple Files Major Siri Patent for Mac Desktop...

Patently Apple was first to report that Siri was likely coming to the Mac in Time for iTunes functionality and beyond. Today, Apple went far beyond hinting and clearly presents an invention that will add Siri to the Mac user interface sometime in the future. Apple shows us that Siri will come to the Mac to assist users with email, document searches ....

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06:12
Softpress announces Freeway 7 with responsive web...

Softpress (www.softpress.com) has released Freeway 7 Pro, an update of its web design software, which now features responsive design for creating websites that automatically adapt to display for any device.  

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06:05
Apple Campus 2 Update: On Track for 2016 Move In,...

Demolition and construction is well underway for Apple's new "space ship" campus, and new information from the city of Cupertino says the project should be finished by the end of 2016. The city also released new photos showing the construction so fay along with how the campus fits in with the surrounding area.


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06:04
My Family Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 1.3

Miavy Systems (http://tinyurl.com/pdhkcc7) has released version 1.3 of the My Family Tree app. The upgrade comes with major changes to its user interface and a fresh new look.

The new version drops OS X Lion compatibility and requires OS X 10.8 or later. Unlike previous versions of the app, the newly released version comes with a demo which is available for download on its website (http://tinyurl.com/o3362r9) The full version of the app continues to be available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99.

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06:00
Foursquare 8.0: All things reconsidered

Who was not a happy camper when Foursquare suddenly decided to take their self-named app, rip the fun part -- check-ins -- out of the app, and put it into a new app named Swarm? Me, that's who. It really torqued me off that an app that I had enjoyed...

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05:58
Briefly: Pinterest messaging, Facebook Mentions in...

Pinterest has added the ability to message other users to its service for the first time. An extension from last year's pin-sharing feature, Pocket-Lint notes the social network's mobile apps include the option to send messages back in responses to pins, including support for messaging multiple followers in the same thread, with the site suggesting it could be useful for planning events or projects with others....



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05:35
NFL Now app launches on Apple TV, iPhone & iPad...

The NFL Now app we revealed a few days ago has launched on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, offering fans a personalized video stream of their favorite teams.

NFL Now delivers a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches right to your iPad or iPhone. Get exclusive interviews and stories about your team, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to your favorites in the NFL Films Archives.

This official NFL product combines all of the intense football you love with a smart, easy-to-use interface. NFL Now for the iPhone and iPad learns what you like and delivers a non-stop stream of customized NFL content gathered just for you …

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05:28
9to5Toys Deal Alert: Current iPods up to $110 off:...

A deal that probably won’t last until lunch time in the US from 9to5Toys.com:

Today Staples is offering deep discounts on current generation iPods.

  • 16GB iPod nano (7th Gen) for only $114 (Reg. $149)
  • 32GB iPod touch for only ...
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05:04
Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

mrspoonsi writes Apple and Samsung have agreed to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two rivals have sued each other over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany. A joint statement said the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements", and they would continue to pursue existing cases in US courts. The two firms are the biggest players in the smartphone and tablet PC market. But they have been involved in a bitter legal battle, spread across various countries, which has escalated in recent years.

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05:00
Apple expected to roll out new iPhones at September...

According to tech news site Re/code, Apple has scheduled a media event for September 9th. If Apple follows suit with events in Septembers past, the focal point will be all about Apple’s next-generation iPhones. In barely over a month, we’ll finally know the final details on the new devices, which rumors declare will feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Additional rumors floating around are that delays in the production of the 5.5 inch model will mean Apple is likely to announce that availability of Apple’s entry into the “phablet” market will trail the 4.7 inch model by at least a month. Along with the new iPhones will be announcements regarding iOS 8, which are expected to debut on the new devices and be available for older devices sometime after September 17th...

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04:54
Recommended Reading: 'Take Control of Beta...

Apple has released the public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite! and Take Control Books has published Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite.” You can buy it now for a suggested price of $5 from Leanpub (http://tid.bl.it/tco-yosemite-beta-leanpub).

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04:52
United Airlines adds passport scanning for...

The immigration authorities of most countries require airlines to check the passports of their passengers before they are allowed to fly, so if you are making your first international flight with an airline, you have to queue up at check-in instead of downloading your own boarding pass at home. United Airlines is aiming to end this by adding the ability to scan and verify your passport using its mobile app, then head straight to Departures at the airport.

Once you’ve scanned your passport with your iPhone’s camera, the app sends the details to credentials management company Jumio Inc, who verify that your passport is valid which then allows you to download your boarding pass.

If your passport is already registered with United from a previous international flight, you don’t need to scan it again, it is verified automatically.

The bad news is that the system can’t yet verify visas, so if you need a visa for the country you’re visiting, you’ll still need to check...

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04:51
GPS tracking devices to break $3.5 billion in 2019

Health, commercial/enterprise, wearables, and iBeacons will help to revive the GPS tracking device market, with ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasting the market to reach over $3.5 billion in 2019.

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04:36
Apple Reveals "Hey, Siri" Feature Relating...

In December 2013 the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed a new restaurant ordering and reservation system that could work with various Apple iDevices. It covered "Managing a Wait List; an Exemplary Ordering System; and an Exemplary Notification System." Today the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals a new patent application from Apple that introduces an energy-efficient voice trigger that can be used to initiate voice- and/or speech-based services on a device via Siri ...

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04:16
Graphic Converter for Mac OS X revved to version 9.3

Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9.3, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version sports a number of new and updated features, and is a free update to all Version 9.x customers.

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose, universal image editing program. It now features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.

GraphicConverter 9.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. The cost is US$39.95 for new users.

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04:05
Apple details 'Siri for Mac' desktop...

While Apple's Siri has been an iOS staple since 2011, the tech has yet to make the jump to OS X. An exhaustive new patent filing, however, details a very similar desktop version of the virtual assistant that can perform dictation, high-level system commands and even act as a "third hand" for Mac users.



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03:52
Sam Sung Apple Specialist raises a smile as he...

The idea of a former Canadian Apple Specialist auctioning his last business card might sound rather bizarre until you see his name.

The amusing card is being auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Wish Foundation, a charity whose mission is to fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. The charity fulfills the wishes of more than a thousand children a year.

At the time of writing, the high bid was $4,850 with eight days to go. If you’re feeling well-off and generous, you can bid here. The winner will get the framed shirt, lanyard and card.

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02:56
Two Apple Inventions Surface Pertaining to Touch ID

There have been rumors about a new Touch ID sensor this month and today two patent applications from Apple surface concerning updates to Apple's new fingerprint feature.

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02:24
Report debunks claims of Chinese ban on Apple...

Countering a rumor that claimed China recently banned state agencies from purchasing Apple products, a report on Thursday says the company was simply not included on a list of energy-efficient devices that some government bodies look to for appropriating new equipment.



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01:47
Bizarre "Find my iPhone" Incident in...

In Scotland a bizarre "Find my iPhone" tracking incident leaves one dead. After tracking ...

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Apple’s Healthkit trademark doesn’t tell us jack...

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Wednesday August 6

23:16
Atlantic Magazine notes trend to Chromebooks in...

A number of schools that had instituted large-scale programs to supply students with iPads or other tablets are now reconsidering the idea, particularly for post-elementary students, a new article from The Atlantic notes, in an investigation that could have some consequences for Apple's renewed push into education. While administrators, teachers and students alike appreciate the iPad, the shortcoming of no built-in physical keyboard is becoming an issue for Common Core and secondary-school students....



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22:15
Review: Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker

Bluetooth speakers offer a wealth of choices for consumers, with sound and price often coming down to the main factors for a purchase. Sound needs to fit the requirements of the user, from those that seek crushing bass or a balanced spectrum. Trying to find the middle ground between what consumers can afford and what sound they want can be a difficult equalibrium to reach. But can a good balance of price and sound be found in the sub-$100 market? Yes, with the $70 Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker. But does the sound stack up to speakers more than twice the price, or are consumers taking t...



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21:41
Suitcase Fusion 5 16.2.3 - Font management solution...

Suitcase Fusion 5 is the creative professional's font manager.

Every professional font manager should deliver the basics: spectacular previews, powerful search tools, and efficient font organization. You have those basics covered. But there is a lot more you actually DO with fonts - namely traditional and web design. We can help with that too!

Features:

  • Secure, professional font storage
  • Full-featured font previews allow you to compare fonts side-by-side
  • Auto-activation plug-ins for professional design applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress®
  • Support includes OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 8
  • See how fonts work side-by-side in paste-up style previews with QuickComp
  • Patented Font Sense technology fingerprints fonts for precise identification
  • Find similar fonts fast with QuickMatch
  • Web font enabled with WebINK and Google Font connections...

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21:00
Reviews: Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker

Bluetooth speakers offer a wealth of choices for consumers, with sound and price often coming down to the main factors for a purchase. Sound needs to fit the requirements of the user, from those that seek crushing bass or a balanced spectrum. Trying to find the middle ground between what consumers can afford and what sound they want can be a difficult equalibrium to reach. But can a good balance o ......



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20:49
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic HD for iOS devices...

A new version of IK Multimedia's previous iRig Mic is now available beginning today for the iRig Mic HD, an all-in-one digital condenser mic that features its own A/D converters to eliminate any requirement for pricey audio interfaces. By providing both a 1.5 meter (59-inch) Lightning and USB cable, the mic is one of the few that works natively with both mobile and desktop/notebook systems (a 30-pin connector is sold separately for older iOS devices). The unit is capable of 24-bit, 48kHz recording....



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20:15
ACM 266: The Rumored iPhone 6 Event and Apple as...

With reports of an iPhone 6 media event on September 9 circulating, Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's timing and what that may mean for other fall product announcements. They also offer up their take on China's decision to ban Apple products from the government's approved purchase list, and Russia's demand for Apple's source code.


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19:30
Twitch changes video on demand policy, adds audio...

Twitch was quick to issue some changes of its own a day after the company decided to shut down Justin.tv. In what the company is calling necessary changes, Twitch will be changing the way it handles video on demand (VOD) and the audio within them. The changes are significant compared to many others the company has made as Twitch is removing permanent video saves and handing off audio copyright policing to a third party....



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19:26
Moscone Center calendar of events suggests Apple...

While Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference just wrapped up two months ago, the Moscone Center's upcoming events calendar suggests the company has already set a June 8 kickoff date for the 2015 meeting.



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18:50
A Fresh Look at OpenStack


The OpenStack project continues to be something of a lightning rod and also something of a dichotomy in the industry. On one hand, it has drawn the involvement of hundreds of supporting vendors and more than 17,000 individual members. It ranks highly among priorities, particularly for private clouds. Yet critics are quick to point out issues: the continued difficulty of installing and implementing OpenStack; the challenges of pushing it to production and fragmentation -- including different vendor objectives and agendas.

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17:53
Microsoft Eyes Prime New York Location for First...

According to a new report published late this afternoon, "Tech giant Microsoft is in negotiations to open its first ever New York City retail store on Fifth Ave."

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17:51
City of Cupertino releases official Apple Campus 2...

Following some photos taken earlier this week by KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi, the City of Cupertino itself has updated its website with new photos of the progress being made on Apple's "spaceship" Campus 2 project. While not revealing anything any new compared to the Cervi photos, the picture quality is noticeably higher and shows off a wider angle, giving some context of the construction site against the rest of the city....



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17:37
Cryptolocker Decrypted By Security Researchers

Victims of CryptoLocker malware have an alternative to paying ransom or restoring from backup: Security researchers have reverse engineered the keys and are making them freely available to people affected.

The Mac Observer Spin: I doubt anything will happen to the person behind the malware, but I'm glad this is a case where there's a nicer option than having to reformat everything and start again.


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17:33
Mozilla warns of accidental disclosure of developer...

At the beginning of the month, Mozilla issued a release on its security blog that there had been an investigation into accidental disclosure of its database for the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN). The company discovered a problem after a web developer found out that the data sanitization process it runs on the MDN database had been failing. The result was that 76,000 email addresses of account holders, as well as the "passwords of about 4,000 users" were able to be accessed publicly....



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17:30
Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

lurker412 writes Yesterday, and without previous warning, all Mac users running Leopard or earlier versions of OS-X have been locked out of Skype. Those customers are given instructions to update, but following them does not solve the problem. The Skype Community Forum is currently swamped with complaints. A company representative active on the forum said "Unfortunately we don't currently have a build that OS X Leopard (10.5) users could use" but did not answer the question whether they intend to provide one or not.

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16:27
Microsoft looking to open retail outlet near...

Apple's iconic glass cube may soon get a neighbor in longtime rival Microsoft, which is supposedly in negotiations to open a retail space on New York's Fifth Ave., just a few blocks away from the city's flagship Apple Store.



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16:26
Apple Hires Former Yves Saint Laurent Europe Chief...

Apple has hired its latest former fashion exec in Catherine Monier, who was president and retail head of Yves Saint Laurent Europe until earlier this summer.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has hired a lot of fashion industry people, which keeps fueling iWatch speculation. I wonder how much different the approach will be for these people given that their background isn't built on other tech companies.


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16:21
Wikimedia Blasts Europe's 'Right to Be...


The Wikimedia Foundation on Wednesday released its first-ever transparency report -- and along with it a protest against Europe's "right to be forgotten" law. Wikimedia is the nonprofit owner of Wikipedia and other sites. "Last week, the Wikimedia Foundation began receiving notices that certain links to Wikipedia content would no longer appear in search results served to people in Europe," wrote Wikimedia General Counsel Geoff Brigham and Legal Counsel Michelle Paulson.

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16:00
PhotoPills is just what the doctor ordered for pro...

Outdoor photographers are going to love PhotoPills. This US$9.99 app is a treasure trove of information for photographers who do most of their work outside.

The app allows you to plan your photography for any location on earth by letting you know...

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15:54
Apple Hires another High Profile Fashion World...

Just over a year ago Apple hired the head of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house Paul Deneve to work on unspecified "special projects" under CEO Tim Cook. It's now being reported that Deneve had a hand in hiring Catherine Monier who was the European retail head for Yves Saint Laurent.

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15:29
Microsoft wants to make a retail splash near Apple’s...

 


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Microsoft wants to build a new 8,700 sq. ft. retail store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, just a few blocks away from Apple’s cube, the New York Daily News reported today. The two-story building located at 677 Fifth Avenue is currently vacant, but the Redmond-based software giant wants to setup shop near one of its competitors most iconic locations.

Microsoft has been walking in the shadow of Apple’s retail success for years now. In 2009 the...

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15:26
Rhapsody acquires Schematic Labs and Exfm, builds...

Rhapsody International has recently acquired two companies that could help it build is music services in additional areas. It was announced that the company acquired Schematic Labs, the team behind SoundTracking, and Exfm for undisclosed amounts. Each company was picked up for a different reason, one team to bolster music discovery, while the other expands upon sharing....



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15:26
New report elaborates on 'iPhone 6' rumors...

A report on Wednesday corroborates earlier rumors that Apple's next-gen iPhone lineup will feature a faster processor and advanced communications package, but will not include a much-hyped sapphire screen.



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15:00
ClamCase Pro for iPad Air: The best keyboard just...

With all of the Bluetooth keyboards that have appeared over the years for the iPad, there was one that really stuck out in my mind as the best overall and that was the ClamCase Pro. When it came to letting me type quickly on an iPad, have flexibility...

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14:51
NPR One Lets Listeners Hear Radio Their Way


NPR last week launched a mobile app that gives modern listeners a new way to access personalized radio content. NPR One provides mobile device users a stream of news stories based on their preferences. They can curate a playlist of their favorite NPR podcasts -- such as Fresh Air, for instance -- as well as stories aired on their local public radio station. The app, which is available for free for iOS and Android, is designed to work better the more the user listens and provides feedback.

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Madden NFL Mobile Review
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It’s been my contention for some time that the iPad is suffering from something of an identity crisis, and I suspect that may be a factor in slackening sales this year. Apple can’t seem to decide... Read more
13-inch 2.6GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pro on sa...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.6GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1379 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP. Read more
Life Inventory iOS Apps – Learn to Know Thyse...
James Hollender’s Life Inventory apps s are now on sale with 20% off thru Labor Day, 09/01/2014. This is a great opportunity to get started on that Moral Inventory you’ve been putting off doing for... Read more
Pocket Watch, LLC. Reveals Cloud Server For P...
Beaumont, Texas based Pocket Watch, LLC. has announced the availability of its new ActivePrint Cloud Server Powered by Raspberry Pi. With this small standalone box almost any USB printer or available... Read more
902it Simplifies Area Code Changes For Nova S...
The east coast Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are phasing in 10 digit telephone dialing, to be fully in place by November, in order to accommodate a second area code to... Read more
Boomerang iPad Stand Mounts Your iPad Anywher...
Boomerang, a Mountable Stand with Multiple Viewing Angles, is now available for iPad Air. Boomerang combines several functions that aim to expand your iPad’s potential in one, elegant product. The... Read more
Retina MacBook Pros available starting at $10...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros available starting at $929. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros (4GB RAM/... Read more
Apple 27-inch Thunderbolt Display (refurbishe...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 27″ Thunderbolt Displays available for $799 including free shipping. That’s $200 off the cost of new models. Read more
Apple offers free $25 iTunes gift card with p...
The Apple Store is offering a free $25 iTunes Gift Card with the purchase of a $99 Apple TV for a limited time. Shipping is free. Read more
Apple’s 2014 Back to School promotion: $100 g...
 Apple’s 2014 Back to School promotion includes a free $100 App Store Gift Card with the purchase of any new Mac (Mac mini excluded), or a $50 Gift Card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone,... Read more

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