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Thursday July 3

06:39
ClamXav 2.6.4 - Free virus checker, based on ClamAV...

ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

I hope you like and use ClamXav a lot and that it helps keep you and your friends/colleagues virus-free. Although I'm providing ClamXav for free, I am increasingly spending more and more time developing it and would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation please. All donations (no matter how small) are gratefully received and would be a huge incentive to help me work on future versions of ClamXav, but more importantly I rely on donations to pay for my bandwidth costs. Please consider it, see the ClamXav homepage, click the 'More Information' link above on this page.



Version 2.6.4:

  • ClamAV engine updated 0.98.4
  • ClamXav now supports going full screen on OS X 10.7 or later
  • Fixed issue where ClamXav might...

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06:35
Amazon stands up to FTC demands for more parental...

Tech Crunch:

Amazon is refusing to comply with a request from the Federal Trade Commission to implement stricter controls that would prevent children from making in-app purchases.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
Apple's new Mac Pro Security Adapter keeps your...

You spent a lot of money on that fancy new Mac Pro—now’s the time to make sure that investment stays safe and secure. Earlier this week, Apple quietly started selling the Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter for just such a purpose.

Keep in mind, the $49 attachment isn’t itself a lock; it merely adds a standard Kensington lock port to the Mac Pro. According to Apple, you won’t need to modify the enclosure or even use tools to apply the adapter, which not only lets you physically secure the desktop computer to something (your desk, for example), but also prevents anyone from opening the computer and, say, removing your SSD or memory.

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06:22
Apple may not call patent troll a “patent troll”...

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh oversees a case pitting Apple against GPNE. GPNE is suing Apple for infringing on one of its patents.

The case itself is important, in that GPNE is demanding payment for every iPhone sold. To my untrained eye, the claim seems laughable, were it not for the fact that much money is being spent to defend this case.

Judge Koh issued this order:

In an unusual order, a federal judge last week told Apple that it may not call a Hawaii-based company names like “patent troll” or “privateer” or “bandit,” nor tell a jury that the company is engaged in a “shakedown” or “playing the lawsuit lottery.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
Technichor introduces Horcrux Email Backup for the...

Technichor has introduced Horcrux Email Backup (http://thehorcrux.com/), a Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services.

Horcrux takes daily snapshots of email accounts. The app is continuous and in real time, so that as soon as a new email is added it will be transferred. It gives users the option to change email providers without losing prior data. Horcrux will also migrate the emails to another email service.

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06:01
Goldman Sachs demands Google delete one of its e-...

Reuters:

Goldman Sachs Group Inc said a contractor emailed confidential client data to a stranger’s Gmail account by mistake, and the bank has asked a U.S. judge to order Google Inc to delete the email to avert a “needless and massive” breach of privacy.

This raises some questions. Who owns a specific piece of email? Who has the right to delete it? Is it owned by the sender? The recipient? Google?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 005 with Corey...

At TechEd North America 2014 in June in Austin, Texas, Jeremy Thake managed to get some time to sit down with Corey Roth to talk about topics near and dear to Corey’s heart around SharePoint development. Corey is well known for his blog focusing on topics related to SharePoint Search, Business Connectivity Services (BCS), and SharePoint App Model development. Corey talks about how he learned Search and BCS development, as well as how things are going with the Office Store.

 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP05_CoreyRoth.mp3

 

Weekly updates

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06:00
Daily App: ActivBeacon offers to call for help if...

ActivBeacon is an interesting idea for active people who fall down and need assistance. Using the built-in iPhone sensors, the app sends a voice or text message to designated family or friends and gives them your GPS location.

The developers ask you...

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05:51
Lock Down Your Mac Pro with Apple’s New Kensington-...

Seeing an empty space on the desk where your expensive new Mac Pro used to be will totally ruin your day, so Apple finally took steps to help keep that from happening by introducing a lock accessory for its pro level tower tube. The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter was released this week and is compatible with the industry standard Kensington lock system.


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05:49
Apple Invents Intelligent Location-Based Security...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published another security related patent application from Apple. Apple's first security invention published earlier today revealed a "Dual-Factor Authentication System for the iTunes Store." In this second security-centric patent application, Apple reveals advanced security based on location. Apple covers "fixed locations" like your home or Office and "mobile locations" like when you're shopping, at a coffee shop or inside your car (or other vehicles). The specific system designed for the car is ...

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05:33
Alleged 4.7" front panel for Apple's...

The latest alleged "iPhone 6" parts leak claims to show the device's front glass panel, with a video showcasing its larger 4.7-inch size and how much of the display can be reached by holding it with one hand.



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04:57
Microsoft smartwatch rumored to take after Samsung...

The rumored smartwatch from Microsoft could in fact be a fitness tracker, according to a report. A recent rumor stating the smartwatch will be more like Samsung's Gear Fit rather than something from Android Wear or the the Gear 2 has been given more credence, with the claim that the device will have the appearance of a wristband with a small screen for the time and notifications....



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04:45
iWatermark Pro 1.56r3 - Easily add watermarks to art...

iWatermark Pro - The Essential Watermarking App for Professionals, Business and Personal Use.

iWatermark, is the No. 1 and only watermarking tool available for all 4 platforms iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android and Windows. iWatermark is the most popular professional watermarking tool for photos.

Easily, secure and protect your photos with a text, graphic, signature or QR watermark. Once added to a photo this visible watermark displays it is created and owned by you.

Features

  • Works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto, Aperture and other photo organizers
  • Batch processing or sequential
  • Input/Output to all major file types JPEG, TIFF, PNG, RAW, etc.
  • Create text, graphic, or QR watermarks
  • Adjust opacity, font, color, border, scale, rotation, shadow, special effects, etc.
  • Use metadata (GPS, Exif, XMP) as watermarks
  • Design, edit and manage a library of watermarks
  • Export...

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04:23
Video shows how 4.7-inch iPhone 6 screen will feel...

We showed you photos a few days ago of what is claimed to be the display covers for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which appeared to have slightly curved edges. Chinese site iFanr (via NWE) has now posted a video of the same part, giving a sense of how the larger phone will feel in the hand compared to the iPhone 5s … 

We’ve of course seen a number of such comparisons with mockups, but this is the first with what is claimed to be a genuine part.

While Apple has issued...

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04:06
Image Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.7, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.

Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.7 adds the ability to delete via Move to Trash in menus and via Command-D. It also improvers performance.


Image Viewer require Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.

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04:00
Annual digital payments to reach $4.7 trillion by...

A new report from Juniper Research (http://www.juniperresearch.com) finds that the annual transaction value of online, mobile and contactless payments will reach US$4.7 trillion by 2019, up from just over $2.5 trillion this year.

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03:50
ScreenFlow 4.5.2

Maintenance release for the screencast recording app focused on fixes. ($99 new, free update, 39.1 MB)

 

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03:40
New Video Shows Closer Look at Purported 4.7-Inch...

Earlier this week, new photos of the iPhone 6's alleged front panel surfaced, which followed an earlier leak of the component in April. Now, a new video from Chinese blog iFanr (Google Translate, via Nowhereelse.fr) appears to show a closer look of the black front panel, featuring a comparison to the current iPhone 5s.

Like the previous leak, the video shows the front panel having a thinner bezel and rounded edges, in line with rumors that the iPhone 6 will feature a thinner profile and a curved design. The hole for the front-...

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03:23
Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

Patches numerous security vulnerabilities in Mountain Lion and Lion, many of the same found in the 10.9.4 Mavericks update. (Free updates, various sizes)

 

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03:19
Apple Invents Dual-Factor Authentication System for...

On July 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new dual-factor authentication system for Apple's iTunes Store and beyond. Whether you're buying a Mac or renting a movie from iTunes, Apple wants to beef up security to safeguard your account. The new system will introduce two key elements ...

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02:56
Report Claims September 25 Launch for iPhone 6, 16GB...

Apple will look to announce the iPhone 6 on Monday, September 15th ahead of a launch on Thursday, September 25, according to various Chinese media reports citing "inside sources" (Google Translate, via GForGames). The sources also claim that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the "iPhone Air", with the 16GB version selling in China for 5,998 yuan ($965). Meanwhile, the 4.7-inch version will reportedly start at 5,288 ($850) for 32GB, which is the current price of the 16GB iPhone 5s in China.

The report contrasts a story from Chinese web...

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02:49
Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication...

A patent application published on Thursday reveals an Apple solution that dynamically changes a mobile device's user interface, security levels and other behaviors based on its location, whether it be at the office or in a user's home.



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02:20
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' to launch...

Another questionable rumor out of China on Thursday claims Apple will announce its next-gen iPhone on Sept. 15 ahead of a Sept. 25 launch date, while mention is made of a 16GB 5.5-inch version that will supposedly be called "iPhone Air."



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00:55
Inside App Extensions: the Cloud Kit-savvy Photos...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new extensions will change photo editing on both platforms, where the new Photos app will replace today's iPhoto and Aperture.



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00:00
Kool Tools: Nighthawk X6 tri-band wireless router

NetGear has shipped the US$299.99 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000) (www.netgear.com/R8000), the first tri-band WiFi router available for purchase incorporating the new Broadcom 5G WiFi XStream platform. It sports six high-performance antennas and three network bands, one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz.

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Wednesday July 2

21:34
How GM and Philips almost killed “Toy Story” and all...

SlashFilm:

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull recently published a book called Creativity Inc., bout how creativity and business can work hand in hand. The book is filled with stories from Catmull’s journey at Pixar, some details of which have never been told publicly before. One of the stories is about how a business deal came within seven days from changing history as we know it. Not only would Toy Story never have been made, it is very likely the computer animation revolution would have happened entirely differently or maybe not even at all.

The world would be a less joyous place if this had happened.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:33
T-Mobile moves to add future accessories to...

Anticipating a plethora of new add-on equipment releases over the rest of the year, carrier T-Mobile in the US has issued a memo saying it will start adding certain accessories to its Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) beginning July 20. This would allow users to upgrade the amount being financed on their two-year agreements alongside the smartphone itself in order to add the accessories. Smartwatches, fitness bands and other high-end devices could be among the devices considered for financing....



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19:33
ScreenFlow 4.5.2 - Create screen recordings. (Demo)

Save 5% with the MacUpdate coupon code: 68031AE15F -- Buy now!

ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.

Version 4.5.2:

  • Fixed a hang that could occur when opening documents with a high zoom factor
  • Fixed crash that occurred when recording a...

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19:15
Briefly: Tweetbot for Twitter 1.6, Dazzle hard drive...

Twitter client app Tweetbot has received an update for its OS X version, offering additional support for feed content viewing. The client allows users to view multiple timelines and windows, accommodates additional app integrations, and more. As is available for the iOS version, support for viewing and posting multiple Twitter images has been added--though the feature will not show up in search or streaming timeline until Twitter enables it in the future. Instagram videos are now marked with a play icon. Priced at $20, Tweetbot for Twitter requires OS X 10.7.4 or later to run....

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18:33
Analysts optimistic on iPhone sales in June,...

At least some Wall Street analysts believe that Apple may have found a way to do well in the traditionally-slower summer months leading up the reveal of the next iPhone, expected sometime this fall. Maynard Um of Wells Fargo believes that Apple may be in a position to set an all-time record for June quarterly sales in its next report , predicting the company has sold some 36.5 million smartphones by opening up new markets. Meanwhile, Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra looks to a spectacular holiday season....



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18:13
Yahoo winds down 'less popular' services...

Yahoo announced today that it's consolidating and shutting down a number of services to better fit with their mission statement. The company will shutter several services in the near future, and either integrate some of their features into other software or see their existence ended altogether. Shutting the little used services down allows Yahoo to focus on their four core areas....



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17:59
ACM 261: Facebook Has Privacy Issues and Amazon’s...

Facebook has broken user's trust thanks to an experiment it conducted where we were the subjects without our knowledge. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin dive into the whole Facebook mess, and online social networking in general. They also have some favorite iPhone and iPad games to share, and take a look at ComiXology's new customer survey than may be getting results the company didn't expect.


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17:48
Microsoft rumored to debut platform-agnostic '...

According to a rumor, Microsoft's expected foray into the burgeoning wearables market will be an activity-minded wristband-style device that works with all major mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Google's Android and Apple's iOS.



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17:45
Microsoft reportedly working on iOS-compatible...


Photo: in.com

Microsoft is planning its own entry into the wearable market, but won’t make it exclusive to Windows devices, according to a report from Paul Thurrott. The device won’t be a watch, but a simple fitness band that can sync with multiple smartphone platforms, including Windows, iOS, and Android.

The company is said to be aiming for a Q4 release with pricing similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear. No word yet on whether the hardware will work with Apple’s own Health software or will require an app created by Microsoft.

Filed under: iOS Tagged: Android,...

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17:29
Microsoft Working on Fitness Band That Will Work...

Microsoft, like Google, Apple, and Samsung, has been working on its own wrist-worn device for more than a year. While early rumors suggested the device would be a smart watch with a 1.5-inch display, a new report from Windows blogger Paul Thurrott suggests that Microsoft's project is actually more of a fitness band than a smart watch.

More akin to the band-style Samsung Gear Fit than the watch-style Galaxy Gear, Microsoft's band is said to have a wristband form factor that's able to display smart phone-based notifications. Like the offerings from Samsung and Apple's rumored iWatch, the band is expected to include several different sensors, tracking fitness metrics like calories burned...

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17:27
Microsoft's Threshold: Low Expectations but...


As the anticipated April 2015 launch of Threshold, the next major version of Windows OS, draws closer, Microsoft is tightening up its features. One of the OS Group's main goals in the design and development of Threshold is to make it more palatable to Windows 7 users, it seems. New features aimed at desktop users who may or may not use touch input are expected. The new OS may or may not be called "Windows 9," because Microsoft may want to shake off the taint of Windows 8, which did not quite meet its expectations for reviving PC sales.

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17:20
How To Create A Recovery USB Drive

Sometimes you need to boot from a recovery volume. However, if you don't have a recovery partition set up, you still have options. Kelly explains how to create and boot from a USB stick recovery drive.


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17:06
Nearly 50% of UK's Web Traffic is generated by...

Yesterday we reported that a new Kantar smartphone study found that Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C were the top selling smartphones in Britain with Samsung's Galaxy S5 a distant third. Today, in a new study published by Chitika, we're able to see that Britain's iPhone users account for close to 50% of the country's web traffic.

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17:02
Apple ends AIM logins with legacy Mac IDs for OS X...

It appears that Apple's plan to discontinue iChat support for AIM logins using Mac.com and Me.com IDs on OS X 10.7.1 and earlier is affecting some users running newer versions of the Mac operating system, including OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.



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17:00
Apple trims max iPhone trade-in value in US, Canada

Last August, Apple launched its iPhone trade-in program in Apple Stores across the United States, offering up to $250 of trade-in credit for top of the line devices. Now, with the impending release of the iPhone 6 this fall, prices have dropped....

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16:50
Amazon warns FTC it will take battle over in-app...

Amazon has decided to take a hard line against the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) pressure to change their approach to in-app purchases. In a letter to the commission, the company stated that it would defend its "customer-centric approach" through courts if the FCC pursued a complaint in federal court. The FTC is looking for Amazon to settle the in-app purchase matter in a fashion similar to Apple....



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16:06
Security update for Lion, Lion Server, Mountain Lion...

Alongside the release of OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks for newer Macs, Apple has also releases security-oriented updates for OS X 10.7.x (Lion), the server version of Lion, and for 10.8.x Mountain Lion. The vulnerabilities patched for all three versions include an update to the certificate trust policy, a flaw in the "copyfile" command, and an issue with the Dock that could allow apps to circumvent the sandboxing restrictions. Numerous other discovered potential security vulnerabilities were also addressed....



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16:01
∞ Thoughts on OS X Yosemite

I’ve taken much longer to write about OS X Yosemite than any other modern Mac operating system that I can remember. Part of the reason for the delay is that I’m quite taken with the new design and wanted to see if I like it over the long term, but I also think this is one of the most important OS X releases ever. [...]

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16:00
Smartphone owners use an average of 27 apps per month

During WWDC a few weeks ago, Apple, as it's prone to do, provided us with some updates regarding the ever increasing popularity of the App Store. As of early June, Tim Cook noted that iOS users have cumulatively downloaded 75 billion apps from an App...

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15:54
∞ In Canada

Chris Hadfield:

For fun this Canada Day, my brother and I set out to make the most Canadian music video ever. How’d we do?

I’d say you did right some good my son.

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15:42
These iPhone 6 renders show design details that...

For months, physical mockups, display components, front covers, and schematics for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 have leaked on the web. However, the physical reconstructions and diagrams simply do not do the potential design of the redesigned smartphone justice. Based on...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 2, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:20
Keep thieves from stealing your 2013 Mac Pro with a...

Ars Technica:

You know the 2013 Mac Pro, that computer you can spend as much as $9,599 on if you really try? Apple has just released a $49 new lock accessory for the computer that will keep people from unplugging everything, picking it up, and walking out the door with it.

This is one of those things you’d think Apple would have had available day of launch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Grab a Coke and a Shine: Misfit's Coca-Cola Red...

Some products are known by their iconic color, and for Coca-Cola, it's that bright red stripe. Misfit, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, has teamed up with Coca-Cola to create a version of its little device that's is that exact red hue...

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14:49
Keep thieves from stealing your 2013 Mac Pro with a...

Mac Pro in chains.

Apple

You know the 2013 Mac Pro, that computer you can spend as much as $9,599 on if you really try? Apple has just released a $49 new lock accessory for the computer that will keep people from unplugging everything, picking it up, and walking out the door with it.

The adapter is compatible with all Kensington locks and "attaches to Mac Pro without tools or enclosure modification." When a lock is attached, it will also prevent the Mac Pro's case from being opened, so people won't be able to swipe your RAM or one of your GPUs or anything.

Apple originally announced the new Mac Pro design at WWDC in 2013,...

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14:30
Lock your Mac Pro to your desk with Apple's...

Macs are great computers, but they don't come cheap. The desktop Mac Pro model in particular will set you back $2,999 just for its most basic version. If you're worried about security, there's good news today. Apple has made it easier to protect your...

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14:23
Apple's Cook says iOS 8 voice messaging a key...

Citing a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, an analyst released a report on Wednesday predicting iOS 8's new voice messaging feature could trickle down to a long-rumored "iWatch" wearable device, noting the gesture-based messaging technique is ideal for small-screened devices.



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14:21
OS X 10.9.4 makes unannounced fixes to Mac Pro...

This Monday's OS X 10.9.4 update appears to have made undocumented fixes to rendering problems with the 2013 Mac Pro, users say. Under v10.9.3, people running video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve were encountering problems such as crashes, freezes, pink and green lines in exported clips, and videos stalling during the export process. Posts on Adobe and Blackmagic's forums indicate that after updating OS X, video output is back to normal....



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14:05
Amazon would go to court to avoid FTC restrictions...

Amazon's Fire Phone, the latest hardware window into its app and media stores.

Sam Machkovech

Amazon is fighting the US Federal Trade Commission's efforts to restrict in-app purchases on its phones and tablets, The Wall Street Journal reported today. The FTC argues that unauthorized in-app purchases made by children using Amazon's devices have affected "thousands" of parents, and the commission wants Amazon to agree to fines and more explicit restrictions on when and how in-app purchases can be made.

For its part, Amazon believes that its current protections are getting the job done, and Amazon Associate General Counsel Andrew DeVore said in a letter that Amazon would "defend [its] approach in court" rather than agree to the FTC's restrictions. DeVore also said that Amazon has refunded any...

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13:55
TUAW TV Live: No fireworks, just Steve & Doc

It's a US holiday week, which means that some of us at TUAW will be taking a few days off from the daily deluge of Apple news and reviews to spend time in the warm summer weather enjoying ourselves. Before we do that, though, we're going to hang out...

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13:44
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks voice messaging in analyst...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently advocated voice messaging in a private talk, according to a new memo by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. "When we visited with Tim Cook, he said that walking down streets in China one sees people speaking into their phones sending voice rather than text messages," the note reads . "Porting this capability to the [i]watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone. It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go."...



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13:23
Apple Sued for Trademark Infringement in Shanghai

It's being reported today in China that a Shanghai tech firm by the name of Shanghai Yishijia Network Technology is suing Apple and Shanghai Woshang Information Technology over the usage right of a trademark Yishijia owns on Apple's App Store.

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13:23
Apple Targets Six New Cities in China for Ten New...

According to a new report out of China today, Apple is seeking senior managers to manage ten new Apple stores that it plans to open on the Chinese mainland, as part of efforts to triple the number of Apple Stores in the country.

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13:20
Lessons From the Los Angeles School District iPad...

The Los Angeles Unified School District learned some tough lessons with its iPad rollout. The L.A. Times told the story, but there is much to ponder in scenarios like this. John Martellaro offers some food for thought.


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13:07
Want In-app Purchases Back in ComiXology? There’s a...

When ComiXology pulled in-app purchases from its iPad app after being bought by Amazon, the digital comic experience was ruined for a lot of us. If that includes you, it's time to make your voice heard. Comixology is conducting a customer survey right now where you can tell the company exactly how you feel about losing in-app purchases.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon really doesn't like the idea of sharing 30 percent of ComiXology's sales with Apple, so it won't be easy to convince the company to change. Still, if we don't try there isn't any hope of making ComiXology into the great experience it once was.


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13:04
Increased Messages security leaves iChat, third-...

Sometimes there’s no choice but to let go of the past. Case in point, those with AOL Instant Messenger accounts based on their Mac.com and Me.com email addresses. Many of those folks were surprised on Tuesday when they found themselves unable to log in either on older versions of OS X or via third-party IM clients, such as Adium.

Thanks to enhanced security that Apple has put in place as of July 1, folks with those specific usernames can no longer connect to the AIM service with clients other than Messages running on OS X 10.7.2 or later.

The use of Mac.com screennames dates back to 2002, around the time Apple first launched iChat—for those keeping score at home, that’s three iterations of Apple’s online service ago. (It was still iTools at that point.) Upon the service’s transition to MobileMe, Apple added the ability for users to log in with their Me.com addresses as well.

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13:01
Responsive full background image using CSS

I’ve seen some others, but this one requires no JavaScript.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Samsung to guard against anticipated 'iPhone 6...

With a 4.7-inch iPhone rumored to be on the horizon, Samsung is reportedly readying its first non-plastic handset for a September unveiling in what could be an attempt to stave off defections from Galaxy buyers waiting for a larger-screened option from Apple.



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13:00
Polymo makes organizing your iPhone photos easy

Polymo is a new camera app for iPhone with some nice twists. It just came out today, but I've been testing it for a while and I can say that at its US$1.99 pricetag, it's a really slick tool to have.

This isn't a fancy photo app with a bunch of...

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12:54
Why online tracking is getting creepier

It truly is frightening how far this is going.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:54
T-Mobile expected to start offering accessories on...

According to a leaked internal T-Mobile memo, accessories being sold to eligible customers will qualify for an EIP (equipment installment plan) starting on July 20th (via TmoNews). Much more expensive smartphone accessories such as smartwatches and high-end Beats headphones are surely becoming more and more attractive to customers, and the un-carrier seemingly wants to give customers an easier way to get their hands on them.

The current EIP programs, which allow you to pay for your device typically over a period of 24 months will be coming to accessories in some form and should be presented to customers as “part of the complete solution” according to the memo. And customers may very well be enticed by the deal because that would mean that they’re able to walk out of a brick-and-mortar store with a lot of new product without having to pay much up-front.

Sadly...

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12:54
Yahoo Saves Greendale in 'Community' Rescue


Fans of the sitcom Community have cause to celebrate after Yahoo renewed the show for a sixth season. Creator and showrunner Dan Harmon has signed on, along with seven core cast members. The season will have at least 13 episodes and will air weekly starting this fall. NBC ran the show, which centers on the fictional Greendale Community College, for five seasons before canceling it earlier this year. Since then, rumors abounded that other networks or online services might keep Community alive.

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12:32
macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro for $24.99

We have a great deal on macTuneUp and DiskTools Pro from Macware today. Regularly priced at $110, you can get them through our deal for $24.99. macTuneUp keeps your Mac running fast and it can fix problems with your system, too. It will clear your caches and log file, find duplicates, remove unused language files and more. With DiskTooks Pro, you can defrag your Mac's hard drive (Dave Hamilton will yell at you if you defrag an SSD), repair volumes, create bootable backups, benchmark your drives, find and repair broken aliases, and much more. This deal ends in 4 days.


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12:30
Video: Talking to the developers of the LaMetric...

One of the hottest Kickstarter campaigns right now is that for LaMetric -- it's a smart ticker from a company called Smart Atoms that displays just about anything you can imagine. With 30 days to go in the campaign, LaMetric has gathered almost 1,500...

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12:27
Pro video editors say OS X 10.9.4 update resolves...

Earlier this week, Apple released OS X 10.9.4 with various enhancements and bug fixes for wake-from-sleep and WiFi connectivity. In addition to those fixes, many professional video editors who use Mac Pros are reporting that graphics rendering and performance issues found in the preceding OS X 10.9.3 have been resolved. Graphics card incompatibility issues with 2013 Mac Pros bundled with AMD D700 and D500 graphics engines resulted in videos stalling during the exporting process,...

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12:16
[Sponsor] Bellroy: Slim Your Wallet

Slimmer iPad? Check. Thinner iPhone? On its way (probably). Your laptop? Light as air.

But what about your wallet?

Dividing all of your cards with leather adds significant bulk to a wallet. Instead, stacking your cards together saves loads of space. Bellroy craft wallets that don’t have those little voids. This uses less material and helps create a slimmer silhouette, even with the same contents. Visit Bellroy’s online shop to find out why John Gruber thinks his Bellroy is the “best wallet I’ve ever used”.

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12:06
Mophie debuts 64GB iPhone 5/5s Space Pack storage...

Back in March, we reviewed Mophie’s Space Pack storage case for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. The case is both a battery pack that boosts the battery life of the iPhone as well as an external storage drive. Mophie has shipped variants that add 16GB and 32GB of storage to your iPhone, and today the company has announced a new 64GB version. That means with this case, you can technically have an iPhone that can store approximately 128GB of data. Data on the Space Pack is managed via a free Space app on the App Store....

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12:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Power Nocs™: Browse,...

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11:34
UK Launches Investigation into Facebook’s Emotional...

Facebook's experiment into what happens when to subscriber's moods when their timelines were manipulated to gauge their emotional state has caught the eye of UK regulators. The country's Information Commissioner's Office has started an investigation into Facebook's 2012 experiment to determine whether or not any laws were broken and if fines that could reach Â500,000 should be imposed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the level of anger surrounding the Facebook experiment, it's likely we'll see other governments getting involved with looking into the company's practices. For Facebook, the issue will be to find the fine line it can walk between offering users a social network service and manipulating those same subscribers for its own financial gain.

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11:30
.mac, .me AIM logins failing even in later versions...

Some people using .mac or .me addresses as AIM logins in Messages are finding them non-functional, even after meeting Apple's requirements for a June 30th support cutoff, complaints indicate. In April, Apple stated that those logins would no longer work for versions of OS X below v10.7.2. Even people who do meet that threshold, however, are saying they can't use the logins anywhere, including the AIM web interface or third-party Mac and iOS clients such as Adium....



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11:30
Daily Deals for July 2, 2014, featuring the Complete...

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course...

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11:22
Civilization Revolution 2 hits the App Store, Pac-...

With the Independence Day holiday around the corner, iOS gamers now have a few new options for off-day entertainment as 2K Games officially released Civilization Revolution 2 and Namco Bandai updated Pac-Man with new mazes and content.



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11:19
Tim Cook Emphasizes Importance of Voice Messaging,...

UBS analyst Steve Milunovich recently had a chance to meet up with Tim Cook, as detailed in a new note Milunovich sent to investors on Tuesday (via Fortune). During the meeting, Cook reportedly touched on the subject of voice messaging and based on Cook's comments, Milunovich is predicting a voice messaging app as a key feature of Apple's upcoming iWatch."When we visited with Tim Cook, he said that walking down streets in China one sees people speaking into their phones sending voice rather than text messages. Porting this capability to the watch makes sense as it is easier to send a voice message from a device already on the wrist than pulling out a phone. It also could aid penetration of China, which Cook said has a ways to go."Cook's comments on voice messaging were likely in relation to a new feature built into Messages in iOS 8, which allows users to record and send audio...

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11:04
Apple's iOS 7 "Newsstand" Icon is now...

Earlier today the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for the iOS 7 "Newsstand" Icon under registration number 4,559,843. Apple originally filed for their trademark in ...

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11:04
Open Directory Woes

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Open DirectoryLocal Network User

I can't figure this out. Using Local Network Users for Xsan Clients. 2 Mac mini MDCs. Both Setup for Open Directory & DNS. 10.9.4 all around (but one soon to be replaced client running 10.8.5)

Open Directory "available at server1.xsan.domain.net" - Public network. Master OD.

Everything works for about half a day, more or less, then suddenly the local network users can't log in or authenticate themselves if they are already logged in. (i.e. installing software)

Console shoots back the following:

7/2/14 1:44:52.038 PM Console[823]: Marker - Jul 2, 2014, 1:44:52 PM...

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11:03
Volume Purchase Program: Requesting free iLife and...

If your business or educational institution purchased new Mac computers on or after October 1, 2013 and is part of the Apple Volume Purchase Program, you can request managed distribution for Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie and iPhoto for Mac for qualifying computers.

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11:00
iMovie update fixes crashing issue

Apple has released iMovie 10.0.04 just in time for editing all the video from your summer adventures. The update doesn't bring any major new features to iMovie, but it does provide improved stability and fixes issues that have previously caused the...

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10:49
Aperture’s Golden Hour

Apple is retiring Aperture, its professional photo software, in favor of the new Photos application for OS X. Jeff Carlson examines why the transition isn’t like most software and what Photos will need to do (and may fail at) in the future.

 

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10:45
XSAN Volume folder move

Forums: Troubleshooting

I'm baffled and could use some opinions here.

I've got a root folder on an XSAN volume that has mysteriously (none of my users will lay claim to it) moved itself to within another root folder. The end result looks like this:
Original Location -- > /Volumes/Xsan_Storage/Analysts_Folders
New Location --> /Volumes/Xsan_Storage/Acquisition/Analysts_Folders

Now, Like I said earlier, nobody will lay claim to be the source of how my root folder got moved, and when I say moved I mean that most of the data within the original path vanished, entirety of the folder is gone from the original location, save for two nested folders and a paltry 400k-ish of tertiary data within those folders. The new location seems to have the entire remainder of the original folder, best I can tell.
I've got the bulk of my clients on win...

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10:15
iPhone Apps: Fancy, Jetpack Joyride, Badland
10:14
Support for .Mac and .Me AIM logins ends for OS X 10...

As Apple previously announced in April, today marks the end of support for AIM in iChat using a me.com or mac.com ID for Macs running OS X Lion 10.7.1 or earlier. While some reports are claiming the change also appears to be affecting users on newer versions of OS X, we’ve confirmed with sources with knowledge of the situation that users running 10.7.2 or higher, including Yosemite, will continue to have support for AIM.

iChat functionality including text messaging via AIM, video chat, and screen sharing will no longer be available when used with a mac.com or me.com ID on systems running 10.7.1 or earlier after June 30, 2014. Follow the instructions below to continue using AIM services with your me.com or mac.com ID.

Apple...

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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-02

iPads in Los Angeles schools didn't work out quite as well as hoped, and it looks like there's plenty of blame to pass around. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to take a look at what went wrong and why, plus they talk about the UK's investigation into Facebook's user feed experiment.


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09:58
Apple files for Three Trademarks Protecting the...

On July 2, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest trademark filings which are set out to protect the iPhone's latest hardware and Home Page designs. Apple's iPhone design played an important role in Apple's battle against Samsung over the years. The updated designs now ...

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 3D printers from $600,...

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:

3D Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2 (refurb)...

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09:30
Go, You Chicken Fat, Go!: The story of the Youth...

Apple is no stranger to putting catchy tunes in its TV ads, but the song that accompanied the iPhone's "Strength" ad that debuted last month was a bit strange. For starters, it's called Chicken Fat (or at least that's one of its names), and it sounds...

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09:27
Apple Discontinues AIM Support for Many OS X Users...

Earlier this year, Apple announced in a support document that it would be discontinuing support as of June 30 for AIM iChat logins using a mac.com or a me.com ID for customers who were running an older version of OS X. Customers who wanted to continue to use that login combination were advised to upgrade their Mac to OS X 10.7.2 or later.

Following this change on Monday, a growing number of customers, even those on more recent versions of OS X and those using third-party services, are experiencing issues using AIM, reports AppAdvice.I was using an old .mac address for AIM. Messages on my Mac were sent and received through the third-party Adium application. On July 1, the service was no longer operational on either of my two Macs. Currently, my iMac has OS X Yosemite installed, while my MacBook Air has OS X...

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09:00
What’s new: June 2014

Improvements to Office 365 in June focused on updates for Lync, such as enhancements to Lync for Mac and Lync Room System, as well as on new OneNote tools, extensions, and partnerships. Another big update for Office 365 for business subscribers was the release of the Office 365 road map, which helps inform customers about upcoming updates before they become available. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see April’s What’s new.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:

OneNote and NeatConnect – NeatConnect scanner lets you send your physical documents, images, receipts, you name it to OneNote without even needing a computer.

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09:00
Galaxy S5 beat out by iPhone 5c in its Great Britain...

Sales of the iPhone 5c may have been a disappointment to many, but the European launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 proved that Apple's colorful plastic handset still has an edge on the competition. According to sales data from Kantar Worldpanel, the...

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08:59
Document collaboration made easy

Steve Chew is a senior product marketing manager and Joey Masterson is a senior program manager on the Exchange team.

When people send files as attachments, they’re often looking to collaborate with others and get feedback. Up until now, this has been a cumbersome process. For example, when you email a document to your colleague, she must first download the document to make her edits. Once she’s finished editing the document, she then needs to reattach the file to a new email before sending it back to you. This requires multiple steps and context switches, which can be distracting and time-consuming.

Earlier in the year at the Microsoft Exchange Conference, we announced an enhanced document collaboration experience in Outlook Web App for Office 365 users. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce the first of these enhancements, which aims to improve the way people interact with files as attachments in their email. Now, you will be able to edit a document straight...

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08:51
Mobile money services on the rise worldwide as Apple...

If Apple is able to drive adoption of its rumored iTunes-backed mobile payment system among wealthy consumers at the same pace as similar systems in the developing world, it could be one of the company's most important -- and profitable -- strategic moves.



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08:25
Analysts Eyeing Record Highs for Apple's Stock...

Analysts were sour on Apple last year, believing the company's stock would not climb over the $700 mark it crossed briefly in September 2012. Now with a 7-for-1 stock split and a continuing stock repurchase plan, this negative sentiment is changing with analysts revising their price targets for the again-hot stock, reports Fortune.

Table compiled by Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt.
In recent weeks, analysts have adjusted their price targets by as much as 30 percent, with prices now ranging from a low of $87 from Morningstar's Brian Collelo up to a high of $124 from Stephen Turner of Hilliard Lyons. With the recent upgrades, the analysts' average price targets are now above Apple's all-time high once the stock split is...

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08:20
∞ iTunes Radio First Play: Judas Priest

I’ll admit that most of Apple’s pop-heavy First Plays aren’t really my thing, but this week’s certainly caught my eye. Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls is available on iTunes Radio before it goes on sale in stores. Just open iTunes and go to iTunes Radio to listen.

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08:09
Apple unveils lock adapter for 2013 Mac Pro

You invested in a pretty expensive new Mac Pro.

Now it’s time to lock that thing to the nearest desk.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday introduced the first official hardware security adapter specifically designed for the late-2013 Mac Pro, offering owners basic protection against theft and tampering.

According to Apple’s description of the US$50 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter, the accessory clamps on to the machine without need for special tools and is compatible with most third-party Kensington locks or similar products. A lock is not included in the package.

The adapter latches on to the Mac Pro’s pedestal and aluminum case, granting access to...

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08:00
Mac 101: Using QuickTime to record video of your Mac...

Sometimes you need to capture video of your Mac's screen, either to show someone a troublesome error or a quick how-to for a friend or family member. You can purchase a dedicated screencasting app like Camtasia, but for most casual users, QuickTime's...

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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Stack 'em

Stack 'em

This week's roundup of new add-ons for your iOS devices includes a gadget that you can use to stack and recharge dozens of iPads in a single sitting, as well as new devices for recharging, carrying, and listening.

Griffin Technology

The $700 MultiDock (pictured) is built for schools and other institutions that have many iPads in use. Each MultiDock can charge and sync 10 iPads, and the MultiDock is built to stack up to three high—so you can charge 30 iPads in one go. The system is also compatible with 15-inch MacBook Pros “and almost any other mobile device used in the classroom.”

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07:58
Logic Pro X 10.0.7 or later: Processing Threads...

 Learn how the Processing Threads setting in Logic Pro X 10.0.7 or later allows you to manage how Logic utilizes the processing cores on your computer.

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07:50
2013 Mac Pro gets official Apple security lock...

Apple has released an official security lock adapter for the 2013 Mac Pro. The accessory connects without tools and supports a variety of Kensington locks, plus locks in a "similar style." While in use the adapter prevents easy access to a Pro's internals....



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07:30
Apple releases iMovie 10.0.4 update

With any luck, this will help.

Late Tuesday, Apple released version 10.0.4 of its iMovie editing suite. The new version, which can be downloaded via OS X’s Software Update feature, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Improves stability and resolves issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly

iMovie 10.0.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.9.2 or late to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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07:26
Microsoft Caught Completely Off-Guard by Apple'...

During Apple's World Wide Developer Conference held in early June, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, introduced "HomeKit" that's behind a new Home Automation App coming to iOS 8 later this fall. The new app will be able to start controlling smart devices, such as garage door openers, lights, and security cameras. According to Federighi, all you'll have to do is speak into you iPhone and say the words "Get ready for bed" and it'll trigger Siri to go into action by dimming your home's lights, lower the thermostat, lock your doors and make sure your garage door is closed – automatically and instantly. Obviously the news of Apple's HomeKit caught Microsoft off-guard once again. Microsoft's developer conference, which was held back in April called "Build 2014," didn't mention anything whatsoever about home automation. In the end, Apple's latest move has panicked Microsoft ...

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07:25
AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for July 22

Apple will host its third fiscal quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday, July 22. The iPhone and iPad maker will announce its quarterly earnings numbers after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the media hype surrounding rumors of the iWatch release it's a safe bet we'll get to hear questions from analysts about Apple's wearable tech plans. The odds are pretty good someone will ask about an Apple television. Again.


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07:17
Apple cuts maximum iPhone trade-in credit in US,...

Apple has reduced the maximum credit people can get for an iPhone trade-in from $250 in the US and $270 in Canada to just $225 in both countries, accounts note. The change can be spotted by going to an Apple Store's landing page. Apple's online estimation tool is calculating still lower values, topping out at $205 US for a 64GB iPhone 5 tied to a major carrier....



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07:02
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini Sashays on Stage


Roughly three months after the launch of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, Samsung on Tuesday debuted the device's smaller sibling: the widely anticipated Galaxy S5 mini. Featuring a 4.5-inch HD 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S5 mini comes equipped with a Quad Core 1.4-GHz processor and 1.5 GB RAM, along with 8-MP rear-facing and 2.1-MP front-facing cameras. Although compact in size, the mini preserves many of the flagship S5's key features, including IP67 dust- and water-resistance.

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07:00
YouTube Find: Make iPhone speakers out of an old...

This clever DIY from NYU Science Of Music shows you how to turn an old Starbucks cup into a speaker for your iPhone or iPad. It's not super loud, but it's a fun way to learn more about how speakers work....

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06:49
Apple Fixes Crashing Issue with iMovie Update for...

Apple rolled out iMovie 10.0.4 for the Mac on Tuesday with stability improvements and a fix for issues that could cause the app to crash. iMovie is Apple's consumer-level video editing app and is part of the company's iLife suite.


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06:47
Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s VP of Trust and Safety

She’s got a tough and important job:

Harvey was the 25th employee at Twitter, where her official title is vice president of trust and safety, but she’s more like Silicon Valley’s chief sanitation officer, dealing with the dirtiest stuff on Twitter: spam, harassment, child exploitation, threats of rape and murder.

Fascinating read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:41
British regulator to probe creepy Facebook experiment

Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office said it would look into the Facebook experiment. That’s one problem for Facebook. Another is a potential class-action suit:

Critics of Facebook’s study have raised the specter that the company could face a class-action lawsuit over the study. According to a report in Forbes, the company added mention of research to its terms of service months after the study was conducted.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:36
Retailer suing Apple, Amazon, for deleted Amazon...

An independent retailer that sells Apple products on Amazon is suing both companies, CNET reports. The company, Hard 2 Find Accessories, has accused Amazon of pulling product listings due to Apple’s demands and suspending the Hard 2 Find account. According to the lawsuit, Apple requested that Amazon pull the…

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06:30
Daily App: cPro will help you score the best deals...

cPro, formerly CraigsPro+, is one of the top Craigslist apps, offering a variety of features that allow you to both find items on Craigslist and manage your own Cragislist listings.

cPro has several features that set it apart from the competition...

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06:20
The Human Story: A Documentary about Your Favorite...

What's involved in making an app, and more importantly, what are the people like who make the apps you use every day? Thanks to a Kickstarter project from Jake Schumacher and Story & Pixel, you can have the opportunity to meet the fascinating people behind the the apps that make your Mac, iPhone and iPad so important in your life through a new documentary called App: The Human Story. The movie will include interviews with Cabel Sasser, Craig Hockenberry, Jean MacDonald, Lisa Bettany, John Gruber, Marco Arment, Jason Snell, and more. The project needs to raise US$100,000 by the end of July to get off the ground. You know what to do.


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06:17
This Mac OS X app is designed to Dazzle you

Kallaxa Software has introduced Dazzle, a system cleaner developed exclusively for Mac OS X. Designed for both home and business users, it allows you to uninstall apps, wipe web histories, clean up logs and caches, find duplicate files and more.

Dazzle can be automatically scheduled to run daily, weekly, or monthly and will periodically remind you perform scans.

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06:16
Apple Security Update 2014-003 - For OS X 10.7, 10.7...

Apple Security Update is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

The download link above is for OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion; also available:



  • OS X 10.8.5 or later



Download Now

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06:16
Amazon sues former employee after he leaves for...

CNET:

Amazon said Szabadi, who left the company in May after nearly six years, can’t solicit business from any of his former customers for 18 months after his departure. He joined Google as a lead for the reseller ecosystem team in May.

In response, Szabadi’s lawyer told Amazon that Szabadi has also signed an agreement with Google, vowing not to do business with any AWS clients that he remembers having “material direct contact” with, or that he knows “confidential information” about, according to the court document. The agreement is in effect for six months.

Google is not backing down and is planning a strong defense for the suit. said a person familiar with the company’s strategy.

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06:03
VueScan 9.4.33 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....

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05:45
Apple releases iMovie 10.0.4 for Mac OS X

Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.0.4. It includes stability improvements and resolves issues that could cause it to quit unexpectedly.

iMovie 10.0.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$14.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.9.2 and higher and is available at the Mac App Store.

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05:42
Evercore raises Apple price target to $115, predicts...

Expecting big things from the anticipated debuts of new iPhones and a so-called "iWatch" this fall, Evercore Partners on Wednesday increased its price target on shares of Apple to $115 -- one of the highest current forecasts on Wall Street.



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05:40
OS X: Put the Date in Your Menu Bar

In this simple but useful article, Melissa Holtâs going to cover how to add the date to your Macâs menu bar-and heck, you can even turn your clock into an analog one if you want. Or switch to a 24-hour version! Oh, the possibilities.


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05:19
Google buys Songza music curation service

Google completed its long rumored acquisition of Songza for a reported US$39 million. Songza is a music curation service that lets you select playlists based on elements like genre, mood, and decade. It runs on iOS, Android, ChromeCast, and the web.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:06
Driven by promotions & 16 new carriers, Apple...

Wells Fargo Securities believes Apple may have just completed yet another record breaking quarter, driven by a forecasted shipment of 36.5 million iPhones for the three-month period ending in June.



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05:03
Amazon accessory seller sues Apple, Amazon after...

An accessories retailer has filed a lawsuit against Amazon and Apple, over removed product listing requests and lost sales. Filed last week, Hard 2 Find Accessories claims Amazon took down product listings from its site and suspended its seller's account after a request by Apple, a move which is allegedly costing Hard 2 Find more than $180,000 a month in lost revenues....



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04:54
LinkOptimizer now compatible with 2014 InDesign CC

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.17, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2014 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

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04:52
Wall Street ranks Apple world’s most respected...

Barron’s reports that institutional investors have returned Apple to its number one slot in its annual ranking of the world’s most respected companies, after it was beaten last year by Berkshire Hathaway.

Apple topped this year’s ranking by scoring 3.94, giving it a wide margin of victory. Berkshire scored 3.58, and the mean was 2.37. Apple received the highest number of Highly Respect votes …

Berkshire Hathaway moved to the number two slot, ahead of Boeing and Google in third and fourth places.

Apple has taken top billing in the annual money managers’ survey in four of the past five years. Barron’s said that “Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers have enhanced the lives of billions” and that...

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04:50
Newlyweds, new parents most likely victims of...

LifeLock (http://www.lifelock.com), provider of proactive identity theft protection services for consumers and fraud and risk solutions for enterprises. has announced newly commissioned research conducted by Forrester Consulting about consumer attitudes, behaviors, and exposures related to identity theft.

The February 2014 survey revealed that individuals who experience life milestones related to "new beginnings," including getting married, becoming new parents, buying a home or entering the dating scene, are more likely than the average population to become victims of identity theft.

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04:49
The latest iOS apps: July 2

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Fairytale Studios has released Preschool Aquarium. The US$0.99 app incorporates learning games designed bypreschool teachers and early learning psychologists.

Corsegames has announced 2014 Soccer Triva. It's a free game (though it has in-app purchases and upgrades) that offers lots of soccer trivia questions.

AweSoft has introduced AweNote 1.0 for the iPad. It's a $9.99 note taking application with features such as stylus note, text note, audio and video note, plus a range of built-in library of basic figures.

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04:29
Kool Tools: olloclip 4-IN-1 photo lens for the iPad

olloclip (http://www.olloclip.com)'s US$69.99 olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display features four lenses (fisheye, wide-angle and two macros – 10x and 15x) in one small package weighing less than an ounce. 

The four new quick-change lenses are similar to those available with larger DSLR cameras, yet compact enough to fit in a pocket and the palm of the hand. Simple, elegant and unobtrusive, the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens connects to the iPad in seconds. 

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04:03
How many apps do you use a month? Study shows the...

A Nielsen study (via TechCrunchreveals that while we all spend much longer using mobile apps than we did two years ago, and we may have many more apps installed on our phones, the average number of apps we actually interact with in any given month hasn’t changed nearly as much.

While time spent using mobile apps climbed from 18h 18m in 2011 to 30h 15m by the end of last year, the total number of apps actually used only increased from 23.3 to 26.8. So we’re spending more time using pretty much the same number of apps … ...

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02:36
Spotify 0.9.10.22. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs.

Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 0.9.10.22.: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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02:32
Attachment Tamer 3.1.14b8 - Take control of...

Attachment Tamer gives you control over attachment handling in Apple Mail. It fixes the most annoying Apple Mail flaws, ensures compatibility with other email software, and allows you to set up how attachments are displayed and sent.

Attachment Tamer can:

  • Display (and print) images, PDFs, audio, and video as icons with an optional file size limit and exceptions;
  • Send messages compatible with Microsoft Outlook, Exchange, and other software, preventing the superfluous "ATT0001" attachments;
  • Send images as regular attachments, making it easier for the recipient to manipulate the image files;
  • Send images embedded in HTML layout and safely, mix embedded images with other attachments;
  • Display full attachment names regardless of length instead of truncated names;
  • Prevent unwanted image resizing or set a default size for automatic image resizing.

Attachment Tamer is a free update for all...

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00:57
Briefly: QNap fanless NAS, KitSound's Arena...

QNap Systems has announced the release of its Silent Network-Attached Storage (NAS) series addition, the HS-251, designed for living-room use. Featuring a wide range of multimedia applications, the HS-251 offers real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback. Simultaneous viewing of different videos is possible with the device, and video content can be converted in formats that can be easily played on PCs, mobile devices and smart TVs....



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00:21
Apple cuts $45 off iPhone 'Reuse and Recycling...

Apple on Tuesday lowered trade-in values for its iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program in the U.S. and Canada, cutting as much as $45 off the value of older generation handsets like the iPhone 5.



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00:00
Apple returns to top of Barron's 'Most...

Apple has returned to the top ranking position on Barron's annual ranking of the world's most-respected companies, not only surpassing last year's top-rated company Berkshire Hathaway, but greatly surpassing any other entrants' score. The company had spent the previous five years in the number one position in the survey until last year, when it sank to third place following a precipitous drop in its stock, which saw the company lose half of its value until the spring of 2013....



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Tuesday July 1

23:17
Apple debuts $50 security lock adapter for...

Apple on Tuesday introduced the first official hardware security adapter specifically designed for the late-2013 Mac Pro, offering owners basic protection against theft and tampering.



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22:06
Apple Stores cut iPhone 5 ‘Reuse and Recycle’ trade-...

Users looking to trade in their iPhone 5 for credit toward a newer model will now get less value out of their old devices. Today Apple cut the trade-in value of the iPhone by $45, from the previous $270 down to only $225. The change is visible on websites for both United States and Canada Apple Stores, but it is likely that stores in other countries will see changes in local currency equivalents. This change comes just days after the program launched in Italy, with Australian stores planning to follow suit soon…

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22:00
Reviews: DXG IronX 5G9V HD action cam

Since the introduction of the GoPro, numerous action cams have come out of the woodwork to tackle the consumer need for camcorders that can take a beating. Even though they existed prior to what's now the staple camera on the market, the small-form HD cams have now become the target to shoot for. DXG has entered the market with the IronX 5G9V HD action cam, bringing a number of accessories and a ......



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21:44
∞ Full episode of HBO’s new show “The Leftovers”

Did you miss the premiere of HBO’s “The Leftovers”? You can watch the full episode on Yahoo. It’s from one of the creators of Lost, Damon Lindelof. To be fair, it sounds depressing and the reviews of the first four shows have been all over the place but I’ll watch it nonetheless. Did you watch it?

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20:48
OS X’s Aperture/iPhoto replacement ‘Photos’ appears...

During the 2014 WWDC keynote, Apple demoed a very early build of its upcoming Photos application for Mac. The app will be available next year for OS X Yosemite, but for now all we really know is that its arrival will bring about the end of both iPhoto and Aperture. That news drew the attention of everyone who uses either of those applications, with many saying Apple no longer cared about pro-level users.

In an attempt to quell the...

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20:44
Kantar: iPhone 5s, 5c outselling Samsung S5 in Europe

A new study done by Kantar Worldpanel, covering the big five European markets on the occasion of the Samsung Galaxy S5's first full month of sales, and found that it was unable to surpass Apple's 10-month-old iPhone 5s or even the iPhone 5c in sales. It did, however, come in third place -- with further survey results suggesting that the larger screen size of the S5 has had some modest success in attracting Apple users. In the US, the Galaxy S5 displaced the iPhone 5c to become the second best-selling smartphone in May....



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20:39
Apple introduces official $49 Mac Pro Security Lock...

Apple has quietly introduced an official solution for users seeking to lock their 2013 Mac Pro to a stationary desk or other item. The $49 adapter attaches to the rear of the Mac Pro without any additional tools or instruction and can connect to a series of different Kensington locking mechanisms (via MacRumors). Here are the accessory’s highlights from Apple:

  • Enables Mac Pro (Late 2013) to be physically secured with a compatible lock (sold separately)
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19:27
Apple iMovie 10.0.4 - Edit personal videos and share...

With an all-new design, Apple iMovie lets you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your clips more easily, instantly share your favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And when you’re ready to premiere on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet.

Version 10.0.4:

  • Improves stability and resolves issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly



OS X 10.9.2 or later

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19:07
Land of the Free, or Home on the Open Range?


Here in the Linux community, there's never any shortage of opportunities to wax philosophical about the success of our favorite operating system. After all, the traditional model had nothing to do with it, strictly speaking, so FOSS fans can't be blamed for wanting to extol the virtues of the free and open source model instead. Recently, however, none other than our friends at Linux Voice brought the point into the limelight. "It might seem like a pernickety argument, but 'Free Software' and 'open source' emphasize different things."

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18:53
10 things Aperture users need to know about Lightroom

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LIghtroom Killer Tips:

If you’re an Aperture user, it’s time to find something else to manage/edit your photos. So if you’ve been waiting to make the jump to Lightroom, now’s your chance. Especially with the $9.99/month Creative Cloud Photography plan becoming permanent.

You’ll notice there’s many similarities between Lightroom and Aperture. So rather than start from scratch and teach you every feature in Lightroom, I wanted to just list the top 10 things I think are most important if you decide to switch. Things that you may be familiar with in Aperture, and what the counterparts are in Lightroom. Here goes!

I’ve used both apps but have favoured Lightroom for many years. Aperture users are going to need to find alternatives and Lightroom is the logical choice for many....

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18:45
Briefly: Yahoo Mail updates for iPad, ConceptDraw...

Yahoo has released an update for its Mail app for iOS, featuring enhancements for iPad users. The service includes 1TB of free storage space, and one's inbox can be personalized with Flickr themes that sync across devices. Yahoo Mail v3.1.0 aims to offer more access to information in a consolidated space, with news, search, and snapshots of weather, sports scores and more now available. Filters can be created, edited and deleted for one's mail, and various performance and bug fixes. Free to download, Yahoo Mail requires iOS 7.0 or later, and a mail account through Yahoo....

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18:37
Apple's 'Photos' for OS X to come...

Less than a week after Apple announced plans to ditch both its pro-level Aperture and consumer-minded iPhoto photography tools for OS X, a report on Tuesday offers additional details on the upcoming replacement app, Photos for OS X.



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18:24
Google acquires human-curated music app Songza

Google has acquired Songza, a music app for Android and iOS which provides curated mood-based playlists. Though purchased for an unknown amount, speculated to be upwards of $15 million, the app will apparently remain active with no immediate changes instead of being shut down, though its features are highly likely to make their way into other Google music products, including Google Play Music and the rumored YouTube music service....



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18:00
Briefly: iMovie for Mac updated, iTunes change...

On Tuesday, Apple issued a minor update to the OS X version of iMovie, bringing it to v10.0.4. The new version sports only a single bug fix, along with the usual "stability improvements" tweaking. The update addresses an issue that would occasionally cause iMovie to crash or quit unexpectedly. It's not clear if the fix is related to a previous minor update that also addressed a crashing bug. Current iMovie owners can update through Software Update; new users can buy the OS X version of the app for $15 (a version for iOS is also available)....

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18:00
Group GPS is a great app for hikers, bikers, and...

Group GPS (free) is one of those "Gee, I wish I had thought of this" apps. To get started, you sign up for a free account by supplying a user name and an email address. Create an activity, like 'bike race' or 'desert hike,' and send an invitation to...

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17:32
Israel's Emblaze Patent Infringement Trial...

In 2010 Patently Apple was first to report that an Israeli company by the name of Emblaze Ltd., maker of the advanced "Else" smartphone, filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. for patent infringement. The lawsuit involves a single patent relating to real-time broadcasting over a network that the company claims is used without license by Apple in their iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and QuickTime X in Snow Leopard. Today that trial began in San Jose.

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17:00
Apple details which Pro features from Aperture will...

Apple ruffled more than a few feathers last week when it indirectly announced that its upcoming Photos will mark the end of further development of Aperture, the company's professional photo editing software.

While Apple's other pro-oriented software...

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16:58
Facebook emotional paper researcher explains study...

Adam Kramer, coauthor of the paper involving Facebook news feed manipulation, took to the social media service to explain the importance of the study earlier this week. Since news of the psychological study hit the Internet, many have wondered about the ethical implications of emotional manipulation by the company. Kramer indicated that the researchers didn't clearly state their motivations in the paper, leading to a misinterpretation of how the study was perceived....



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16:48
Apple adds nine new CarPlay Partners While Adding...

In March we posted a report titled "Apple's CarPlay is set to lead the OS Platform War for the Car," that showed how Apple got off to blasting fast start at this year's International Motor Show in Geneva by announcing that Volvo, Ferrari and Mercedes were on board CarPlay. Others noted to be preparing to add CarPlay included the BMW Group, General Motors, Ford. Today, nine other car makers working with Apple's CarPlay were made public.

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16:42
Apple accused of forcing developers to use alleged...

During opening statements in a California court trial on Monday, jury members were told Apple pushed third-party app developers to use a proprietary video streaming format that allegedly infringes on patents owned by audio firm Emblaze.



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16:24
Google Picks Up Songza Streaming Music Service that...

The Tech Giant Streaming Music Wars heated on Tuesday with the announcement that Google bought Songza. Like Beats Music, the service Apple picked up when it bought Beats Electronics, Songza focuses on providing playlists curated by human beings.


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16:22
Apple's iMovie for Mac resolves unexpected...

Apple on Tuesday issued a minor update to its OS X version of iMovie, introducing a bug fix that remedies an issue in which some users would see the app unexpectedly crash or quit without warning.



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16:08
iMovie for Mac updated with stability improvements...

Apple updated iMovie for Mac today with fixes for bugs that could cause the app to crash. This is only the fourth update to the app since it was redesigned last year, but so far this seems to be the smallest. Most of the other updates have included new features or at least listed which bugs were being fixed.

You can grab the update for free if you already own iMovie 10.0, or buy the app for $14.99 from the Mac App Store.

What’s New in Version 10.0.4

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

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

Apps Now Free

Discovr - discover...

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15:50
E-on now offering Ozone 2014 atmospheric 3D plugin

Oregon-based 3D software maker e-on has announced that its Ozone 2014 atmosphere generator plug-in for popular 3D programs is now available. The company says the produce produces "ultra-realistic" environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion and "natural phenomena such as 'Godrays'." The accurately-simulated environment can affect other scene elements and flows organically in accordance with natural behaviors. The new version offers a number of improvements....



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15:38
Tweetbot for Mac updated to view and upload multiple...

Tweetbot for Mac, the popular desktop Twitter client from Tapbots, has been updated to version 1.6 today. The update introduces support for viewing and uploading multiple images on Twitter’s native photo sharing service. The new version also includes a “play” icon on Instagram videos to better differentiate them from photos on the same network. You’ll also find “various bug fixes” in this version.

Tweetbot for iPhone got support for...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 1, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:25
Dropbox for Business adds 'view-only' user...

Dropbox for Business customers can start using a new option if they wish to share their work with colleagues, but don't trust them enough to not mess up the files within. Beginning today, customers can mark their folders as "view-only" to users, allowing those they share with to view anything within, without having the power to change anything....



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15:15
Newegg Accepts Bitcoin, snapCard Adds Litecoin,...

Newegg announced on Tuesday that the company is accepting Bitcoins payments on the company's website. So-called altcoins got a boost this week, too, as transaction service snapCard announced it will accept payment in Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Ripple (XRP), in addition to Bitcoin.


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15:00
Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker: iPhone control of a...

"Hold on, I'm updating the firmware on my Crock-Pot®"

Those were words I never expected to pass my lips, but they did during the setup of the new Belkin WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker (US$129.99). This kitchen appliance is one of a duo...

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14:49
Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c leads in Europe, but...

Despite seeing release some eight months after the iPhone 5s and 5s, Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 flagship is still behind the Apple handsets in Europe, though the Korean company's flagship is taking away customers in key Euro markets.



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14:41
Google Following in Apple's Footsteps With...

Just over a month after Apple announced plans to purchase Beats Electronics and the Beats Music service, Google has made its own music purchase, acquiring streaming music service Songza.

First launched in 2007 and revamped in 2011, Songza is a curation-based music service much like Beats Music. Songza offers a multitude of customized playlists created by music experts, which revolve around different moods and activities. For example, in its iPhone app, Songza provides playlists for "Working Out," "Waking Up Happy," "Feeling Confident," and more.

Beats Music, meanwhile, boasts "in-house curators" that provide handpicked albums and playlists based on a user's personal tastes. There's also a feature called "The Sentence," which offers...

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14:40
Apple promises 'professional-grade'...

In the wake of Aperture's demise, the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite will incorporate professional-level features, an Apple representative claims. These include functions related to editing, effects, and image search, and support for third-party extensions. The spokesperson didn't go into any further details however....



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14:12
Emoji-Only Social Network ‘Emojili’ Now Accepting...

A new emoji-only social network called Emojili has launched and is now accepting reservations for usernames. TMO's Jegg Gamet and Kelly Guimont are already there.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wait what? A silly internet trend? You don't say!


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14:05
Apple encouraged infringement of live streaming tech...

Apple pushed organizations like Major League Baseball and ESPN to adopt its HTTP live streaming (HLS) technology, and in so doing caused them to infringe on an Emblaze patent, a lawyer for the latter party claimed today at the start of a federal trial. The patent in question was issued in 2002; Emblaze says that it covers delivering live-streaming video over wireless networks. Apple began work on HLS "no earlier than 2007," according to the Emblaze attorney, and asked services like MLB At Bat and WatchESPN to switch to the format to improve sales of iOS devices, since they can't handle other...



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14:00
VMware releases survey on the "Apple Enterprise...

Today VMware announced the results of a company commissioned survey of 376 IT professionals to access the current state of enterprise desktops. The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research with the goal of capturing hard data on Apple device...

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13:56
Dragonfly Swoops Down on Energy Firms


The energy industry in the United States and Europe is being targeted by a cybercriminal gang that's suspected of being state-sponsored and has links to Russia. Known variously as "Dragonfly" and "Energetic Bear," the group has been operating at least since 2011. Its focus appears to be espionage and persistent access, with a side dish of sabotage as required, Symantec said. It has changed tactics of late, and it appears the group is "less interested in general espionage" and is possibly moving more toward sabotage.

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13:51
Google counters Apple's Beats buy with...

Continuing its recent spree of acquisitions, Google on Tuesday announced it has purchased curated music streaming service Songza for an undisclosed sum.



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13:43
Canada is better than America in at least seven ways

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Vox:

Canada serves two predominant roles in modern American discourse. It is the place where Americans threaten to move when things aren’t going well at home. It is also the butt of endless jokes, generally involving Canada being America’s hat or Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor or Robin Sparkles.

Today is Canada Day, when our northern neighbors celebrate their country’s birth in 1867. And its a good as time as any to thoroughly explore the question: How great, exactly, is Canada? Should we be pining to move there, or mock it viciously?

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!

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13:40
Your earphone cords are determined to be a tangled...

Wired:

It happens every time: You reach into your bag to pull out your headphones. But no matter how neatly you wrapped them up beforehand, the cords have become a giant Gordian knot of frustration. But until we invent a good way of wirelessly beaming power through the air to our beloved electronic devices, it seems like we’re stuck with this problem.

Or maybe we can fight back with science. In recent years, physicists and mathematicians have pondered why our cords are such jerks all the time.

The science behind one of life’s little frustrations is fascinating. I saw a Youtube video years ago explaining how to wrap up earphone cords with a twisting motion that prevented tangles. But I can’t find it any more. Anyone know the video I’m referring to?

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13:30
SMS Audio releases four new sports-centric headphone...

SMS Audio, the headphone company that features rapper 50 Cent as a majority owner, released four new pairs of headphones today. The new headphones are part of the SMS Audio Sport Collection, featuring on-ear and in-ear versions of two existing models. The Sync and Street by 50 headphones are endorsed by company investor and partner Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks....



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13:30
FTC going after T-Mobile for unauthorized bill...

In a complaint filed today, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is charging wireless service provider T-Mobile with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that may have been bogus charges never authorized by its customers. According to the FTC's complaint, T-Mobile continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent. Update: T-Mobile statement added....



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13:06
Redone 16GB iPod touch comes to Europe, Asia, South...

The revised 16GB iPod touch is now available through Apple's online stores in Europe, Asia, and South America, checks show. While the device is only $199 in the US however, prices are differing drastically in some regions. In the UK for instance it costs 159 pounds, or about $273....



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13:02
Hands On: Pocket Drive+ for iPhone

There are a few file storage apps for iOS devices, they've been around since the beginning of the platform. Each one does things a little differently. Earlier today, Pocket Drive (and Pocket Drive+) was released to the world, an app that instead of using iTunes file sharing to move files, mounts the iOS device that the app is installed on as a file share on a user's computer, allowing for file movement across a local network, separate from iTunes. How well does this Pocket Drive + work in practice?...



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13:00
Why the iPhone isn't a commodity

Uninformed analysts and tech pundits continue to posit that smartphones are becoming commmodities. In doing so, they completely ignore, or perhaps underestimate, Apple's ongoing efforts to differentiate the iPhone from competing devices.

Of course,...

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12:54
Forums: R. I. P. Aperture?

Yesterday many MacNN Forum goers were up in arms over Apple's sudden decision to axe Aperture, while some claim the writing has been on the wall for some time, others state that they are not happy about this. Today Junior Member "jdonahoe" took to the forums looking for assistance figuring out why their iOS 7.1.2 update is stuck at 80 percent....



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12:53
Apple deals: iPads from $289

Right now at Apple's online store take advantage of a wide selection of refurbished iPad models starting as low as $289. The refurbished second generation iPad 2 with Wi-Fi+3G and 16GB of storage has been cut by $190 to $289. A $220 price drop lowers the cost of the refurbished third generation iPad with Wi-Fi and 32GB of storage down to $329....



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12:51
DealNN: MacBook Pro, SSDs, cameras and more

This week at Adorama.com get the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the sale price of $2,749. That's $250 off the list price of $2,999, and the lowest price we have seen on this MBP by the same price margin. This MacBook Pro features a Retina display, 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:40
Brydge Keyboard for iPad Reborn with New Owners

Once upon a time, there was a Kickstarter project called Brydge to build an awesome clamshell, aluminum keyboard for the iPads. It was funded well beyond expectations and got off to a good start. But the company went astray and there were many unhappy customers. John Martellaro interviews Nicholas Smith who tells the story about how Brydge was brought under new management that has tried to make everything right again.


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12:33
Apple defending its streaming technology used by MLB...


Another day, another patent dispute. This time Apple is defending the use of its HTTP live-streaming service against Emblaze, Ltd., Bloomberg reports.

Specifically, the lawyer for Emblaze has accused Apple of pushing its video streaming technology on sports-related services like WatchESPN and MLB At Bat which support live streaming over apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more.

Apple began working on its HTTP live-streaming service, or HLS, “no earlier than 2007,” demanding that services such as “At Bat” use the format to drive sales of iPhones...

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12:30
Apple adds two-step verification to iCloud site, apps

With all the security risks populating the world, two-step verification is the strong standard to have for information safety. Apple brought the process to your Apple ID last year, now iCloud and its associated apps are getting it as well. With a...

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12:21
FTC accuses T-Mobile of knowingly billing for...

The Federal Trade Commission has accused T-Mobile of making “hundreds of millions of dollars” through unauthorized “premium” SMS subscriptions offered by third-parties. T-Mobile kept 35 to 40 percent of charges for “content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip,” which cost users $9.99 per month, the FTC…

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12:11
Aperture Replacement 'Photos' to Offer...

Last week, Apple announced that the company would be discontinuing their Aperture photo management software to focus development on the new Photos app that was introduced at WWDC. Details on Apple's new Photos app, however, remains scarce, leaving Aperture users with a lot of uncertainty.

Ars Technica was able to get additional information from an Apple representative, who indicated that certain professional-grade features would be coming to the new Photos app: When asked about what Aperture-like features users can expect from the new Photos app, an Apple representative mentioned plans for professional-grade features such as image search, editing, effects, and most notably, third-party extensibility. Some of these editing features are already depicted in the screenshot that Apple...

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12:04
Apple's gas-filled speaker design could allow...

Apple was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today, describing a design for high fidelity speakers making use of lighter than air gas in mobile speakers.



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12:00
iPod touch price cut, new 16GB model now in UK

Apple's newest 16 GB iPod touch is finally making its way around the world, complete with a reduced price and fancy new colors. Hitting U.S. stores in late June, the new touch is now available for sale in the UK for £159. It previously cost £199....

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11:59
Yahoo brings its personalized Mail experience to...


Earlier this year Yahoo introduced a new version of its Mail app for iPhone that added additional content like web search, sports scores, weather information, and news events to the email client making the experience more like the web experience in terms of consuming content. Today Yahoo released an updated version which extends the web-like experience to the iPad version as well:...

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11:51
FTC Accuses T-Mobile of Knowingly Charging Customers...

The United States Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against T-Mobile, accusing the carrier of charging customers for unauthorized SMS subscriptions that delivered information like horoscopes and celebrity gossip at prices up to $9.99 per month.

T-Mobile reportedly collected 35 to 40 percent of the amount charged to consumers, at times continuing to bill customers even after it was clear the charges were fraudulent. According to the FTC, T-Mobile made "hundreds of millions of dollars" using these tactics.

The FTC suggests that the charges were unauthorized because of the high volume of T-Mobile customers seeking refunds. The company has allegedly received a high number of consumer complaints since 2012. T-Mobile is also said to have made it difficult to detect the charges, as a summary bill did not show a third-party...

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11:46
Transmission 2.84 - Popular BitTorrent client. (Free)

Transmission is a fast, easy and free multi-platform BitTorrent client.

Transmission sets initial preferences so things "Just Work", while advanced features like watch directories, bad peer blocking, and the Web interface can be configured with just a few clicks. Macworld put it this way: "It's fast, it's extremely lightweight, and - even though it's available for a variety of platforms - it behaves just as you'd expect a Mac program to."

Transmission supports full encryption, file selection, a web-based interface, groups, peer exchange, automatic port forwarding, webseeds, watch directories, tracker editing, global and per-torrent speed limits, and more.

Its code is freely available online and is licensed under either the GNU Public License v2 or the MIT License. The development team welcomes anyone who is interested in contributing code, documentation, translations, or other help.



Version 2.84:

  • Fix peer...

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11:45
T-Mobile gets socked with an FTC complaint alleging...

It feels like just last month, TMobile CEO John Legere accused Verizon and AT&T of “raping” (ugh) its customers and that “the fuckers hate you”.

In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported “premium” SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers…

The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions for content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip...

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11:43
Apple accused of inducing patent infringement by MLB...

Lawyers for Israeli technology company Emblaze told a federal jury this week that Apple has induced sports leagues and TV networks, including MLB and ESPN, to infringe Emblaze's patents by forcing them to use Apple's allegedly infringing HLS technology for streaming live video to iOS devices.



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11:40
iPhone Liberation Week, iFixit Swaps Out iPhone...

For Independence Day, iFixit is giving away free iPhone LIberation Kits, swapping Pentalobe screws with more common Phillips screws allowing better access to your device.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good move iFixit! I love them and what they do so I'm happy to support their idea.


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11:30
Daily Deals for July 1, 2014, featuring the...

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.

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11:23
Scripps TV Stations Deliver News in a Flash with...

Detroit’s largest broadcaster, WXYZ TV, is now using Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Mac Pro to edit its news programs. And by doing so, it has significantly accelerating the time it takes to move a news story from field to air. Final Cut Pro X’s speed, ease of use, and high-quality output have impressed the station’s editors, and now parent company E.W. Scripps is rolling out the same workflow to its other 13 U.S. stations. “Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 let us create stories faster than ever — and at a level of production quality unmatched by other newscasts,” said Ray Thurber, vice president of engineering at Scripps.

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11:20
NChart3D comes to Mac OS X

Nulana LTD says NChart3D 1.5, their charting framework for iOS, is now available for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher). It allows developers to make data visualizations in Mac OS X applications.

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11:20
6 Great iPad Alternatives to ComiXology for Comic...

Shortly after Amazon bought the big name in the digital comic book world, ComiXology, it removed the ability to buy from within the company's iPad and iPhone app. For some people, that wasn't a big deal because they don't mind shopping through a website. For others, however, it killed the experience because they couldn't easily browse and impulse buy titles anymore. If that's what you're looking for, read on to see our favorite alternatives to ComiXology.


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