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Saturday July 12

14:00
TUAW Giveaway: Logitech Harmony Smart Control

Sometimes it's hard to remember exactly what hardware I've reviewed. The other day, I was plugging in a piece of equipment for a review and noticed a small, shiny black box that was plugged in. Upon looking at it closer, I was able to tell that it...

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13:58
China's state-run TV calls the iPhone a...

iOS 7’s Frequent Locations feature will keep track of places you visit frequently and when you visit them, and provide you with useful information based on that data. For example, if your iPhone sees you commuting from your home to your workplace on a daily basis, it might tell you how long today’s commute will take based on traffic conditions, for example.

According to a report from China’s state-run CCTV, however, it may also allow for sensitive information to leak out. The CCTV report, as The Wall Street Journal notes, alleges that the Frequent Locations feature could allow “those with access to that data [to] gain knowledge of China’s economic situation or ‘even state secrets.’”

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13:21
Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm...

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.



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13:00
Apple responds to China media report of iOS '...

Apple has responded to Chinese government media allegations of the iPhone and iPad being a national security threat. A Chinese-language statement titled "Your Location Privacy" has been posted by the Cupertino manufacturer, with the company guaranteeing that it won't track users, or share information location with outsiders. Additionally, it claims that the frequent locations feature touted for iOS8 will just "quickly and reliably determine their current locations for specific activities such as shopping, travel, finding the nearest restaurant or calculating the amount of time it takes them to...



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12:54
National Federation of the Blind says ‘Apple has...

Last week, inaccurate reporting emerged in regards to Apple’s work on making its products accessible to all consumers. As many Apple customers are aware, and as CEO Tim Cook takes extremely seriously, Apple works hard to ensure that Macs, iPhones, iPods, and iPads can be used to their full extent by people who are deaf or blind, for example. In response to the reporting (Philip Elmer-DeWitt has a good summary of the original reporting and takedowns at...

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12:44
Fake motions filed in Apple, Facebook employee...

Silicon Valley's "no poach" lawsuit involving Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel may be slowly grinding to a conclusion, but not without some peculiar behavior. An investigation has been launched by the US District Court for the Northern District of California and the California State Bar after a court filing was made under an attorney's name without her knowledge, and with a fake lawfirm's name. The incident, and a similar filing made shortly after motion dismissal, is being investigated as a possible identity theft....



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12:30
Basel Apple Store opens to crowds as Apple promotes...

In line with last week’s announcement, Apple’s fourth store in Switzerland opened this weekend in Basel. The store, like most Apple Stores, opened to significant crowds and Apple handed out commemorative shirts to celebrate. The interior of the store appears like most Apple Stores, and the location already has been equipped with the new interior visual design:

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12:30
Dog Days of Summer: Zandra, hard at iWork

It's summertime, which means that weekend TUAW readers get a respite from Caturday and get to see what the canine Apple community is up to. Our first woofer is Zandra, a hard-working guide dog who hangs out with Alex Jurgensen up in Vancouver, BC....

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12:09
Apple China denies location tracking claims: we’re ‘...

This past week, Chinese State TV called the iPhone a “national security concern” because of its location tracking capabilities. The iPhone’s operating system utilizes location for several applications, including Maps and Weather. iOS 7 also introduced a new feature that utilizes a customer’s location in order to provide improved traffic and route information. Now, Apple has quickly responded via a concrete and comprehensive message on its website for China. The message is advertised on the homepage, and is a direct response to the allegations from China State TV.

Apple denies the claims by stating that “privacy is built into [its] products and...

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11:02
Lyft, NY attorney general jousting over reasons for...

Ride sharing service Lyft has halted its New York City launch for the time being. While the delay was originally portrayed as amicable, with the delay blessed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as well as the courts, a battle has erupted in the press, with both sides pointing fingers at each other for the delay, with accusations of misdeeds and lies erupting....



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10:53
National Federation of the Blind says "Apple...

On Friday, the president of the National Federation of the Blind clarified the group's recent resolution calling on Apple to collaborate with the group's efforts to expand accessibility among third party apps, noting a "good relationship" despite a "provocative and poorly reported article" on the subject released by Reuters.



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08:30
Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo...

Take Creative Vocal Recorder is a free iPhone voice recorder, designed by the fantastic Propellerhead, creators of great music-making apps like Reason and Figure.

Thousands of musicians around the world use the iPhone's Voice Memos app to instantly...

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08:18
The software design trends that we love to hate

"Flat" has become very popular.

This particular design trend found its footing in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 design. It was all big, buttons and bright colors with no extraneous texture or ornamentation—ideas that later spread to Windows 8, iOS 7, OS X Yosemite, the Android L release, and many apps running on those platforms. Software is no longer focused on making onscreen content look like real-world objects. Our screens aren't made of felt or paper, so why should they look that way?

That said, there are plenty of things about older designs that new designs haven't figured out. We put our collective heads together and came up with the following list of modern UI design trends that get our blood boiling. We're sure there are more things that could make this list, but we're trying to keep our blood pressure down. If you've got some hate to spread around, kindly deposit it in the comments section.

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07:33
∞ Arpeggios From Hell

[VIDEO] Tina S is a remarkable guitar player. We’ve posted some of her work before, most notably her cover of Van Halen’s Eruption.

Here’s her take on Yngwie Malmsteen’s Molto Arpeggiosa, colloquially known as Arpeggios From Hell.

Tina S is a phenomenally gifted guitarist and she is still just a teenager. Enjoy!

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07:28
Chinese clone-makers already have functional ‘iPhone...



NowhereElse.fr has posted some pretty amusing pictures today of working iPhone 6 clones from China. These devices use the rumored specification and schematics of the actual iPhone 6 that we have seen so ...

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06:51
∞ Samsung release two new remarkably dreadful...

[VIDEO] Where’s the clever in these two new Samsung ads? Did Samsung just switch ad agencies? I think both of these ads are amateurish and dreadful.

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06:23
Former Apple retail chief recalls early days

[VIDEO] Back in January 2000, Ron Johnson joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations with a mission to create and roll out Apple’s retail operations.

Back in May, Johnson appeared, one-on-one, on Stanford Business School’s View From the Top interview series. The video of that interview is embedded below.

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Colors aplenty

Colors aplenty

This week’s roundup of iPad protection includes colorful designs, materials that range from the sophisticated to the ultramodern, and the usual variety of cases for your every need.

Emall Box

The Black 360 (iPad Air; $14) features a 360-degree swivel stand that props up your tablet for reading and typing in both horizontal and vertical orientations.

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00:44
Briefly: MobileOffice S601 Scanner, PureGear's...

Plustek Technology has announced the launch of its new Plustek MobileOffice S601, a portable A6-sized identification card and license scanner. The device is a comparable size to a smartphone, and is capable of scanning a card in under five seconds. Intended for scanning licenses, identification cards, business cards, receipts, checks and deposit slips, the scanner includes two one-touch, programmable buttons that can create searchable PDFs or images by pressing a button....



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Friday July 11

23:15
Apple Maps team reportedly contacting business...

Apple is reportedly calling some business owners to verify information that has been marked as incorrect through its Maps app’s “Report a Problem” feature. According to a Reddit post this evening, at least one business has received a call from the Maps team to check up on an incorrect address.

As it turns out, the location was outdated and had been taken from Yelp’s listing some time ago, but Apple never updated its own database to reflect recent changes to the business on Yelp. According to the post, the updated data is expected to go live within a week. The full post reads:

A 408 number called me from Apple Maps and let me know...

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22:52
Apple's Maps team calling businesses to resolve...

As Apple continues to refine its in-house mapping and navigation services, business owners are reportedly receiving phone calls from Maps team representatives looking to resolve user-submitted data discrepancies.



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22:33
Apple wins against Emblaze in live video streaming...

Apple has scored another legal victory, this time against Israeli firm Emblaze and its charge that Apple induced app developers to infringe Emblaze's US patent on live video streaming. A federal jury found in Friday that Apple was not guilty of requiring any of the seven example apps used in the trial to use Apple's own HLS (HTTP live streaming) protocol, and thus did not foster infringement of the patent. Emblaze, a struggling audio company that had tried to sell the technology many times, is also suing Microsoft in a similar case....



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21:32
Apple doled out more than $3B to over 7,000 US...

After announcing cooperation with the White House's "SupplierPay" initiative, Apple on Friday released domestic supply chain expenditure figures for the first time, saying it spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 U.S. suppliers last year.



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20:33
Proposed Senate bill would remove regulatory stamps...

A new proposal introduced in the US Senate called the "E-Label Act" would allow electronics manufacturers the option of using "digital" stamps of regulatory approval on devices rather than the physical emblems now required to show that the device has passed required safety and federal inspections. The bill is a bipartisan effort, with a goal of lowering costs for manufacturers as well as allowing further design freedom. It would not remove all such markings, due to the international nature of some of them....



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20:26
Jury: Apple and third-party developers did not...


Apple did not infringe a live-streaming technology patent held by Emblaze Ltd., a jury decided earlier today. The conclusion to the lawsuit comes less than two weeks after it started, and affects both Apple and third-party developers that use its live-streaming technology in mobile apps.

According to Emblaze, Apple’s HTTP live-streaming service was “nothing more than Emblaze’s patented solution under...

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19:57
Jury finds Apple did not induce infringement of...

A federal jury on Friday found Apple did not push app developers to use its proprietary HLS technology for live streaming video to iOS devices, which would have allegedly induced infringement of an Israeli company's patents.



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19:31
Video shows rumored 'iPhone 6' sapphire...

After multiple torture tests, a purported sapphire front cover rumored to be bound for Apple's 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" has finally been broken, but getting there took a car weighing 1.6 tons.



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19:31
Briefly: Photoshop Express, Google Maps for iOS both...

Adobe has followed up on its recent spate of new iPad apps with an update to the older Photoshop Express, now at version 3.4. The new version offers four specific new features: two new tools, the ability to import photos in RAW format, and a new ability to increase or decrease filter strength as desired. The two new tools are a "defog" tool to remove haziness, and a "blemish removal" tool. Photoshop Express is available free from the App Store. The app is also compatible with the iPhone....



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17:36
3 Free iOS Art Apps for a Soulful Feast

Feed your soul with these three free iOS apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Poems by Heart, MoMA, Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience.


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17:16
Apple paid out over $3 billion to small businesses...

Apple’s operations chief said today that the company paid out over $3 billion to small businesses that supplied Apple with parts for its products in 2013. That money was split up between around 7,000 different suppliers as part of the SupplierPay program started by the White House.

SupplierPay is an extension of a federal program called QuickPay that required the government to issue payments to small business partners within 15 days of billing in an attempt to promote economic growth. With SupplierPay, the program is extended (optionally) to private businesses like Apple.

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17:16
Apple Launches Swift Developer Blog, Its First-Ever...

Apple is changing, and those changes are for the better. On Friday, the company launched Swift Blog, its first ever official Apple blog on the company's website. The blog is part of Apple's Developer connection, and it's stated purpose is to be a direct conduit to developers.


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17:00
The popular iTranslate iOS app comes to the Mac

iTranslate is a favorite tool of mine on iOS. Today iTranslate has made it to the Mac and has appeared in the Mac App Store at an introductory price U$4.99, half of what it normally costs.

iTranslate supports more than 80 languages and is accessible...

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17:00
Samsung compares Galaxy Tab S to iPad in continued...

Following up on last week's anti-Apple spot in which iPhone users were called "wall huggers," Samsung on Friday aired two ads aimed at iPad owners, touting Galaxy Tab S features like split-screen multitasking and Super AMOLED displays.



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16:12
Apple's secret plans for PrimeSense 3D tech...

Apple has remained silent on its plans for PrimeSense, the 3D scanning firm it acquired last November. But a new iPad app based on some of the same underlying technology--which allows users to quickly capture three dimensional models for use in CAD and 3D printing via a third party peripheral--indicates that Apple may be planning to integrate the tech into future iPads as a differentiating feature.



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16:03
Apple Signs on to White House Program for Paying...

The White House announced on Friday that Apple, Cocacola, IBM, CVS, FedEx, Honda, and Walgreens, and 19 other large companies have signed on to participate in SupplierPay. The voluntary program is designed to get large companies to pay the small companies in their supply chain more swiftly in order to boost cash flow and increase investment in small businesses.


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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 11, 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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15:06
E-Label Act wants to remove unsightly regulatory...

Those pesky regulatory symbols on the back of your smartphone or tablet may soon be going digital if a new bill being presented to the US Senate gets approved. The E-Label Act is a bipartisan bill that would give electronics manufacturers the option to use digital stamps instead of branding devices with government-mandated tattoos.

The Senate Commerce Committee says that removing physical symbols from devices would reduce costs for manufacturers, which could ultimately lower prices for consumers. If approved, this act would not affect all emblems covering devices, as icons like the “CE” stamp are for gadgets sold in Europe. However, FCC branding for products sold in the US could be replaced by a digital logo viewable from a device’s screen.

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15:06
Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To...

MojoKid writes: "When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with U.S. government spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on serious repercussions — not just for the U.S. government, but also for U.S.-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region the company has been working hard to increase market share: China. China, via state media, has today declared that Apple's iPhone is a threat to national security — all because of its thorough tracking capabilities. It has the ability to keep track of user locations, and to the country, this could potentially reveal "state secrets" somehow. It's being noted that the iPhone will continue to track the user to some extent even if the overall feature is disabled. China's iPhone ousting comes hot on the heels of Russia's industry and trade deeming AMD and Intel processors to be untrustworthy. The nation will instead be building its own...

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15:00
Limefuel Rugged L150XR battery pack: Designed for...

Of the many external battery packs that we see here at the TUAW Labs, just about all of them are designed not for use out in the real world, but in offices and homes. Take any one of the packs that we've reviewed over the years and expose it to the...

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14:55
How to Filter Email Messages Using Sub-Addresses

Yesterday we talked about spam, today we'll talk about some easy ways to filter some of the other mail you regularly receive, and how to automate some basic filtering.


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14:53
Sharp reportedly seeks deal with Apple to retake...

After Apple heavily invested in transitioning Sharp's Kameyama LCD plant from TVs to smartphone displays, the Japanese company is reportedly looking to retake control in a bid to diversify its customer base into China.



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14:30
Browsing Flickr on a 1989 Mac

According to the owner of the Macintosh SE/30 used to capture this image, it took approximately five minutes to load a single Flickr web page. That's actually not that bad, considering the late-80s power of the computer.

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14:25
Sharp offers Apple $293 million to claim equipment...

Sharp is offering Apple 30 billion yen, or about $293 million, to buy the equipment in the former's Kameyama Plant No. 1, says Nikkei. In 2012, Apple contributed about half of the 100 billion yen ($986.7 million) that was necessary to switch the factory from producing TV panels to iPhone displays. As a part of the deal, Apple claimed ownership of the plant's hardware....



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14:00
Movie fans will love Anything After for iOS

Have you ever left a movie during the closing credits, only to learn that you missed something great? If so, give Anything After - the Movie Credits Stinger a try. The app is US$1.99 (half off for a brief time) and does just what it...

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13:45
Poke a Used and Reset Android Phone: it’ll Spill its...

With our rapidly advancing smartphone technology, there is much turn-over, and millions of smartphones are sold to refurbishment companies or to strangers. The original owners often assume that when the phone is reset that their personal data is gone forever. But is it? Maybe not if it's an Android phone.


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13:44
Apple launches official Swift blog for developers

Via its developer portal, Apple has launched an official blog for Swift, the programming language it unveiled at WWDC 2014. The blog promises a "behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it," and "the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer." The first post discusses several compatibility issues....



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13:34
Apple launches the Swift blog, Xcode 6 beta

Apple launched a new blog on its developer site on Friday dedicated to the Swift programming language introduced during WWDC. The company also made Xcode 6 beta available to all registered developers.

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13:30
Garth Brooks music goes digital, but not on iTunes

For a long time, Brooks has declined to put his music online, as he insisted albums be released in their entirety. It’s not clear if that’s how he’ll release his music moving forward, but all digital sales will be handled through his official website, not iTunes. There will be a window when his entire collection will be released at a “stupid” price.

Come on Garth, put it on iTunes and be done with this stupid shit.

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13:10
Review: Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice. Internet cameras became popular in recent history due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger companies like Samsung offer alternative solutions. Attempting to bring a Dropcam competitor to consumers, Samsung released the SmartCam HD Pro. But does it offer the features a user needs without hiccups? Find out in our review....



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13:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: Beyond Gravity

Qwiboo’s Beyond Gravity ($2) comes to iOS after debuting earlier on a number of other platforms. A simple platformer, Beyond Gravity is “procedurally generated,” so that each run through the game is a completely different experience. The title is currently on sale for $1,…

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13:00
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

Ricochet Infinity...

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12:50
Beats files suit against Chinese counterfeiters with...

Speaker and headphone maker Beats -- currently undergoing an acquisition by Apple -- has filed a lawsuit against a collection of Chinese counterfeiters, asking for billions of dollars in damages. "This action has been filed by Beats to combat online counterfeiters who trade upon Beats' reputation and goodwill by selling and/or offering for sale unlicensed and counterfeit products featuring Beats' trademarks," the complaint reads. "The Defendants create [fake Internet storefronts] by the hundreds or even thousands and design them to appear to be selling genuine Beats products, while actually...



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12:36
Apple launches developer blog for new Swift...

Apple's march toward transparency continued on Friday with the launch of the Swift Blog, a new developer-focused blog covering the Swift programming language introduced by the company at WWDC.



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12:30
Apple launches blog for new Swift programming...

With the release of iOS 8 getting closer by the day, Apple has started a new blog to answer questions about Swift, the new programming language for iOS and OS X. Swift aims to make writing code more interactive and fun, while keeping apps running...

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12:26
Friday Deals: PlayStation 4 bundle, mSATA SSD, iPad...

Another week, another episode of "Friday Deals!" Every Friday, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!...

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12:03
Apple launches new Swift blog, offers Xcode 6 beta...

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Apple's new Swift programming language has attracted a lot of interest from developers since it was announced last month at WWDC, and now the company is looking to get it in the hands of more developers. Apple launched a new blog specifically for Swift today, and as part of the launch, the company is offering free downloads of the latest Xcode 6 beta to anyone who wants to register for it. The Swift blog will also include "behind-the-scenes" information about Swift from Apple engineers.

This is a departure for Apple in a couple of ways—first, Xcode betas have heretofore been available to paying OS X or iOS developers only. The membership is just $99 a year, but it's still a paywall that has separated developers from the general public up until...

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12:03
iLounge Weekly coming Monday, July giveaway reminder

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers…

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12:02
Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized...

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier...Adobe's powerful applications are de rigueur throughout much of the professional world. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, has a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79. That level of pass is usually $500, so if you're looking for the training, get on it.


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12:00
Tinker is a simple, interesting task manager for...

Apple's App Store has no shortage of task managers. Poke around and you'll find options as involved or simplistic as you like. Last May, Tinker joined the fray (US$0.99), and I spent the last few days trying it out. It's a simple, nice-looking app...

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

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:20
External Link: Swift: The Blog

In yet another sign of a more open Apple, the company today debuted a new blog dedicated to its new Swift programming language. Promising to provide a “behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language” from Swift engineers, the blog currently has only one entry, but it’s a good one: an announcement that the Xcode 6 beta is now available for free download (formerly, downloads of Xcode required a paid Apple developer account). As the blog has no reader comment capability, we don’t foresee the blog becoming a forum in which developers can offer their own suggestions for improvements and enhancements to the language, so it will be interesting to see just what Apple does with the blog in the coming weeks and months.

 

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11:17
LeBron’s essay

LeBron James wrote an essay detailing his rationale for coming back to Cleveland, an essay that stands with some of the best sports essays I have ever read. It’s not too long, an easy read, well worth your time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:07
Read all about Swift on Apple's new engineering...

Apple developers around the world received a nice summer treat from the Cupertino company on Friday in the form of a new Swift engineering blog, among other new resources and videos for programmers. In addition, Apple is dropping the paid requirement for downloading the Xcode 6 beta: You need only be a registered App Developer, rather than having to sign up for the $100/year Mac or iOS Developer programs.

According to the Swift blog’s first entry, it won’t just be a venue for the occasional PR update and language changes, either; Swift’s actual engineering team will be chiming in on the discussion, offering hints, tips, and tricks, along with news and updates. It’s yet another major communications shift from Apple this year—cracking...

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11:00
IK iRig MIDI 2 brings updated features, Lightning...

IK Multimedia's iRig MIDI 2 (US$99.99) is a universal MIDI interface for Mac and iOS. IK's original iRig MIDI was compatible with Apple's 30-pin dock connector, but not Apple's newer Lightning connector interface. The updated iRig MIDI now supports...

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11:00
Reviews: Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice, assisted by modern technology. Internet cameras became popular in recent history due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger comp ......



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10:57
Google Maps iOS app gets on-map displays of search,...

Google has released an update of its Google Maps client for iOS, adding several significant features. When searching for places, for instance, results will now appear directly on a map. Users can switch between this view and a more standard list....



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10:50
Apple launches blog to highlight new Swift...

Apple has launched a blog on its official developer website to promote the new Swift programming language. Swift, which was announced at WWDC 2014, is a successor to the Objective-C programming language for iOS and OS X, and it provides new, cleaner, and more robust tools for developing applications. The blog will be dedicated to Apple engineers working on Swift sharing tidbits behind the language’s development as well as hints. Here’s the first Swift blog post:

Welcome to Swift Blog

This new blog will bring you a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it, in addition to the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer.

Get started with Swift by downloading ...

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10:30
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-11

Get ready for the new Microsoft. Well, maybe. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's plan to reinvent the company, what that could mean for the tech market, and whether or not he can pull it off. They also take a look at the state of Macs in science and just how amazingly powerful the new Mac Pro really is.


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10:21
China labels iPhone a security threat

WSJ:

China’s influential state broadcaster on Friday called a location-tracking function offered by Apple Inc.’s iPhone a “national security concern,” in the latest sign of a backlash in the country against U.S. technology firms.

In its national noon broadcast, state-run China Central Television criticized the “frequent locations” function in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system, which records time and location for the owner’s movements. The report quoted researchers who said that those with access to that data could gain knowledge of China’s economic situation or “even state secrets.”

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10:20
Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters for billions as...

Headphone maker Beats has filed suit against a number of Chinese counterfeiters, alleging trademark infringement and seeking damages that could run into the billions of dollars just weeks before the company officially becomes an Apple subsidiary.



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10:00
Station Master for iOS is the definitive guide to...

Station Master (US$3.99) for iPhone and iPad has all the information you'd ever need to know about every station on London's Underground, Overground and Docklands Light Railway network. If you live in London, are planning a trip to London, or you...

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10:00
App documentary exclusive: Gruber on Jobs

"App: The Human Story" is a documentary about the people who make and use software. It's funding on Kickstarter through the month of July, and as of this writing is slightly more than halfway to its goal.

The filmmakers behind "App: The Human Story" were in San Francisco during WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference, and interviewed many industry figures while they were here. (Disclosure: They interviewed me, and I'm briefly in the film's trailer.) Among the faces you'll see in the trailer (embedded below) are John Gruber of Daring Fireball, Jessie Char of Pacific Helm, Adam Lisagor of Sandwich Video, and Craig Hockenberry of The Iconfactory.

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09:42
Google Maps for iOS adds mapped search results and...


Google today updated its Maps application for iPhone and iPad to version 3.2 introducing new features and improvements.

The latest version of Google Maps now supports viewing search results with descriptions directly on the map view. Gmail users will notice appointments and reservations with addresses will now appear the map view as well. The update supports changing between the map view of results and the list view of results and features an explore view for discovering new locations to try out.

Google Maps 3.2 for iPhone and iPad is out today on the App Store.

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09:31
Apple A8 processor may surpass 2GHz but remain dual-...

For its A8 processor, Apple is planning to boost clock speeds to 2GHz or higher, but stick to just two cores, says Chinese site cnBeta. The A7 used in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini is a dual-core 1.3GHz chip. On top of the speed boost, the A8 is expected to upgrade from 28nm manufacturing to 20nm....



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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: JBL Lightning Speaker Dock $20,...

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09:30
China ID's iPhone as a security threat

Apple holds just a small fraction of China's smartphone market -- and since the company only officially entered the fray earlier this year, that's not entirely surprising -- but having the country's state-run TV station label the iPhone as a security...

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09:00
Apple joins President Obama's 'SupplierPay...

US President Barack Obama has extended the so-called QuickPay initiative to the private sector with "SupplierPay," and Apple (among others) has come on board.

SupplierPay requires companies to pay their suppliers within 15 days of receiving an...

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08:54
Rumors: Apple asked experts about sapphire screens...

A pair of suspect rumors regarding Apple's next-generation devices made their way to the internet Friday, as one British academic claimed he had been contacted by the iPhone maker about sapphire displays while Chinese media rebuffed reports that Apple's "A8" SoC will move beyond two processing cores.



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08:39
Forum Roundup: bugs Apple should fix for Yosemite

This week has been rather quiet in the MacNN forums, however members continue to discuss and debate a wide range of topics. Earlier this week Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread discussing bugs and weird issues that need to be fixed in Yosemite before it becomes a public release this fall. Yesterday "chasg" was trying to determine why their iMac wasn't booting from an external disk and turned to the forums looking for advice....



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08:38
Apple deals: Mac mini and iMac

At Apple's online store today save on refurbished Mac mini and iMac models starting as low as $849. The refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives has been cut by $150 to $849. Priced at $1,059 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB Fusion Drive....



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08:38
Apple, IBM, others agree to join White House's...

A variety of US businesses including Apple, IBM, and Coca-Cola have agreed to sign on to an Obama administration initiative dubbed SupplierPay. The program is a private-sector mirror of QuickPay, a federal effort to ensure that smaller contractors are paid within 15 days of issuing an invoice. Under SupplierPay, private firms are expected to pay smaller parts suppliers quickly....



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08:36
DealNN: printers, iMacs and storage

Right now at Dell.com get the Dell Multifunction Color Laser Printer on sale for the reduced price of $175. That's a 50 percent discount from the list price of $350, and the lowest price we have seen on this printer by about $85. This printer has built in scanning and copying functions as well as the ability to print directly from Android mobile devices or share the printer over a small network with built-in Ethernet. It is compatible with Windows and Mac and is backed by a one year limited hardware warranty and one year Advanced Exchange Service....



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08:29
Apple blocks older Flash plug-in version if Safari,...

You may not like doing it, but you’re going to have to snag the newest version of Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in.

Per AppleInsider, Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.

Users with out of date plug-ins will be met with a message saying, “Blocked plug-in,” “Flash Security Alert” or “Flash out-of-date” when attempting to access Flash content in Safari. Clicking on the alert takes users to Adobe’s Flash installer page, where the latest version of the plug-in can be downloaded and...

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08:29
∞ Street musician performs “Sultans of Swing”

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08:16
Talent-starved Silicon Valley now recruiting high...

Businessweek:

While teens aren’t overrunning Silicon Valley yet, talent-starved tech companies are reaching out to kids to fill spots in their internship programs. Facebook says it has just begun to recruit teens before their freshman year of college. LinkedIn (LNKD) opened its summer program to high schoolers two years ago; Airbnb has had interns as young as 16. “Talent is our No. 1 operating priority and our most important asset,” LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said on his company’s most recent earnings call, welcoming this summer’s crop of interns.

This same competitiveness has come to tech. Tech companies and government agencies are visiting (and sponsoring) science fairs, looking to identify and bring on board blossoming talent before their competitors.

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08:16
Report: iPhone 6 A8 chip to reach 2GHz range

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will be equipped with an A8 dual-core microprocessor that will reach or exceed 2GHz per core, Chinese site cnBeta claims. This would be a significant jump from the current 1.3GHz A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s. It’s believed the chip will remain 64-bit, and…

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08:00
Tips to help you optimize your Wi-Fi network

Dave Hamilton of Mac Observer talked this week with Alf Watt, former Apple engineer and creator of iStumbler WiFI utility, on the latest Mac Geek Gab podcast. The conversation focused on ways you can improve your WiFi connection in your home or...

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07:57
Adobe updates Photoshop Express for iOS with blemish...



Adobe has actively been rolling out new and powerful tools for the iPhone and iPad in recent months including Lightroom Mobile for iPad followed later by Lightroom Mobile for iPhone and Photoshop Mix as well as...

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07:36
Apple joins SupplierPay program to pay small...

The Obama Administration said that Apple, along with about two dozen other companies, has agreed to join the administration’s voluntary SupplierPay program, according to The Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama is preparing to announce the program, in which “companies commit to paying small suppliers faster or help them…

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07:34
Canaccord Raises AAPL Target to $112 on Strong...

Apple is poised to sell the iPhone 6 in big numbers, and will charge more for the expected bigger display, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. He thinks high demand plus a bigger price tag will turn into even more sales worldwide, so he's raising his target price for the company's stock from US$102 up to $112.

The Mac Observer Spin: Analysts have high expectations for the iPhone 6. If Apple doesn't live up to those expectations get ready for the usual "Apple is doomed" reports.


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07:19
Critical Infrastructure Companies Lack Cyberdefenses


Companies providing the world's critical infrastructure are woefully unprepared for cyberattacks despite the increasing threat level, evidenced by the release of the Stuxnet worm and the Shamoon virus in recent years, a survey conducted jointly by the Ponemon Institute and Unisys has found. Nearly 70 percent of the 599 surveyed oil, gas, utility, energy and manufacturing companies in the past 12 months have reported at least one security breach that cost them confidential information or disrupted operations.

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07:14
Apple agrees to pay smaller suppliers faster as part...

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama is set to announce a new program called “SupplierPay” to help boost small businesses, and Apple is one of the 26 companies listed as having already signed on.

The program intends to send money down the supply chain and help strengthen contractors and smaller businesses by giving them access to lower-cost capital and thereby opening up opportunities for hiring more workers. This, the White House hopes, will increase investments at the small business level as well.

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A matter of pattern

A matter of pattern

In this week’s roundup of new iPhone protection, you’ll find a case that’s all wood, one that comes in pieces, and one that probably has more hundred-dollar bills than your wallet.

Carved

The Hexagon Inlay (iPhone 5c; $39) sports a hexagonal motif created by combining many different types of real wood.

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07:00
These panorama fails are the stuff of nightmares

Apple's panorama feature is wonderful when it works, but when it fails, you can end up with some nightmarish photos like the ones below. You can see even more failed photos on the Panorama fail tumblr blog.

A Tsunami of the worst kind.

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06:48
Chinese state TV annoyed by NSA, takes it out on...

The WSJ reports that the state-run China Central TV has described the iPhone as a “national security concern” due to its location-tracking capabilities.

In its national noon broadcast, state-run China Central Television criticized the “frequent locations” function in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system, which tracks and records the time and location of the owner’s movements. The report quoted researchers who said that those with access to that data could gain knowledge of the broader situation in China or “even state secrets” …

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06:40
China calls iPhone tracking a ‘national security...

State-run China Central Television has called the iPhone’s location-tracking a “national security concern,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The broadcaster criticized the “frequent locations” function in iOS 7; researchers quoted in the report claimed those with access to the data could learn state secrets. It’s noted that CCTV’s broadcasts…

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06:35
Apple Blocks Older Flash Versions on Mac Over...

Apple updated the built-in security safeguards in OS X to block versions of Flash prior to 14.0.0.145 from running following the discovery of a flaw in the multimedia platform that could let attackers steal login credentials for thousands of websites. Adobe released an update for Flash on Mac, Windows, and Linux earlier this week to address the issue, too.


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06:33
Apple joins President Obama's 'SupplierPay...

The Obama administration announced on Friday that Apple is one of a number of U.S. corporations -- including Coca-Cola and IBM -- that have agreed to pay smaller component suppliers more quickly in an effort to increase cash flow throughout the supply chain.



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06:17
New IoT Group to Get Devices Talking Among Themselves


Half a dozen companies this week launched the Open Interconnect Consortium to define the connectivity requirements and improve the interoperability of some 200 billion devices expected to make up the Internet of Things by 2020. The consortium will focus on defining a common communications framework based on industry standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.

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06:00
Notezilla for iPad syncs sheet music to high-quality...

Notezilla for iPad is a library of beautifully laid out, classical sheet music which syncs to accompanying, high-quality audio recordings. From Beethoven's Fur Elise to Handel's Messiah, Notezilla comes preloaded with the well-known classical...

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