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18:03
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.1

Small maintenance release for the all-purpose PDF editing apps with a few bug fixes. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 52/52.8 MB)

 

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17:39
Android Sets iPhone Cloning Factory in Motion


Chinese company Wico has cloned the yet-to-be-released iPhone 6, if a pair of videos can be believed. "The similarities are eerily close," said Ramon Llamas, a research manager at IDC, to the extent that the casual observer "may just simply accept this as an iPhone." There are slight differences on the sides, such as the volume and power buttons and the headphone jacks, as well as the chassis overall, but "it's not until you place them side by side that you can see the differences," Llamas noted.

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17:30
ACM 263: Apple Gets Serious about Enterprise,...

Apple is making a new push into the enterprise market with IBM, and that could spell bad news for Android smartphone and tablet makers. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin Share their thoughts on the MobileFirst for iOS program, take a look at the state of the smartphone industry and how coverage of Samsung is beginning to turn, and more.


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16:59
Paul McCartney turns his classic albums into...

In an unusual move, Concord Music Group and former Beatle Paul McCartney have re-worked five of the singer-songwriter's classic albums -- McCartney, Ram, Band on the Run, Wings over America and 1980's McCartney II -- as multi-media iPad apps. The re-worked iPad versions feature not only remastered audio of the albums in question, but also videos, interviews, artwork associated with the release (such as single covers) and photos from the period....



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16:52
Eight, a Natural Acoustic Amplifier for Your iPhone...

This has got to be one of the most interesting and beautiful speaker docks I have seen. It's called Eight, and it's a natural acoustic amplifier for the speaker in your iPhone 5 or 5s. It's made of wood-the dark part is walnut, while the light middle section is birdseye maple-and it funnels the sound from your speaker to one side, using the properties of wood and the shape of Eight to amplify that sound. The other side serves as a receiver for your iPhone's microphone so you can use Eight for phone calls. There are no electronics other than your iPhone involved, though it has a slot for an included Lightning cable to charge your iPhone. I haven't heard Eight, but it's a beautiful design and a fascinating idea. It's also pricey at $288-but that's because it's made from solid pieces of wood, hand-crafted, and hand-oiled. The company making Eight-Stark Design-is making each Eight to order, requiring 2-4 weeks before you get it.

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16:36
Google, Novartis Team on 'Invisible'...


Novartis' Alcon eye care division has entered an in-license agreement governing all ocular medical uses for Google's smart contact lenses, it announced Tuesday. Google unveiled a prototype of its glucose-monitoring lens in January. No financial details of the arrangement were released, and the deal needs to clear regulators before it can be completed. Novartis sees its deal with Google as a way to expand its healthcare horizons. There are 382 million diabetics around the world today and that number is expected to grow to 582 million by 2035.

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16:23
Loot Crate Three Month Subscription for $48

How did I not know about Loot Crate? Because no one told me about it, I'm guessing, but now I'm telling you. This is a subscription service where you pay them some money and they send you a mystery box full of stuff every month. By stuff, I mean gaming, comic, and nerd stuff-you don't know what you're getting until you get your box and open it. That's way too much fun. July's theme is villains, BTW, so again, too much fun. The regular price for this service is $18.60 a month, but through our friends at StackSocial, we get to offer it to you for $16. It's not a huge discount, but you're already getting a discount because the value of each Loot Crate is pegged at $120.


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16:10
Google Wallet adds gift card management, money...

Google Wallet issued an update today that gives users the ability to add gift cards and request money through the Wallet app. The addition grants another perk to using Wallet as it allows customers to carry even fewer cards with assorted balances or perks. Requesting money from friends and family, or paying them back free of charge, now has the same conveniences as services from banks....



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16:07
Samsung brings premium 'Level' headphone...

Samsung on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its "Level" headphone and portable speaker lineup, which features four premium devices seemingly aimed directly at Apple's Beats hardware.



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16:00
Daily Deals for July 16, 2014, featuring Lifetime...

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

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15:45
Briefly: FlipBook kickstand for iPad Air, OWC's...

Mobile accessories creator Felix has announced the release of its new case for iPad Air. The FlipBook Air consists of a case with an integrated kickstand, featuring the aesthetic of a book cover. Composed of faux leather, the case includes a smart cover function that wakes the iPad upon opening, and engages the sleep function when it is closed. Its patented kickstand supports both horizontal and vertical viewing, and features proprietary air bladder technology for additional protection of one's tablet....



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15:35
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 16, 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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15:35
Giveaway: WaterField Solo case for MacBook Air

Since the beginning Apple has created devices that merge style and function into one. For many years now WaterField Designs has been staying ahead of the curve with stylish carrying cases, laptop sleeves and bags that compliment Apple devices. They have recently updated their popular Outback Solo case for the new, faster MacBook Air. MacNN has three of these to give away to our readers....



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15:01
Jawbone UP and Airbnb iOS apps get all new features...

A pair of app updates on Wednesday brought new wellness tracking tools and a refreshed look to Jawbone's UP fitness system, while community-rooted travel marketplace Airbnb received a more comprehensive makeover complete with rebranding.



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15:00
Intrepid Bags Lillium Purse carries your iPad mini...

Female techies rejoice! Now there's a perfect bag for carrying an iPad mini or other tech goodies along with your regular stash 'o stuff, and it doesn't look like something that ... well, that a guy would carry around. It's the Lillium Purse...

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14:30
Keyboard overkill

I won't lie: I've used a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard with my iPhone before. And yes, it feels just as ridiculous as it looks.

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14:24
Chrome 36 update improves notifications, fixes...

Google has issued Chrome 36 updates for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android users. The new version is mostly a maintenance release, making stability, performance, and security fixes. It does however implement several cosmetic changes across desktop platforms, for instance improving rich notifications with a "flatter" look, and giving Incognito mode a new tab page (below) that's cleaner and easier to read. Likewise, the Chrome App Launcher for Linux has been revamped....



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13:55
TUAW TV Live: Counting down the days

As TUAW Talkcast listeners and Ask TUAW Live viewers already know, all of the TUAW podcasts -- video and audio -- will be ending by July 31, 2014. That means that including today, we have just three more chances to get together. So drop everything...

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13:31
Google Wallet iOS app adds gift cards, invoicing,...

 

Google today announced new features for its Google Wallet app for both iOS and Android that makes it easier to manage gift cards and request and send from debit cards.

Like Google Wallet already allowed for loyalty cards, the app now lets users store, redeem, and check gift card balance:

You can already store your loyalty cards and offers in Google Wallet, and now you can easily keep your gift cards in Wallet too. Add your cards to Wallet just by snapping a picture of them or typing in the card info. Then, when you want to use the gift card at the store, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.

The ability to check...

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13:29
Senate passes cellphone unlocking bill,...

The US Senate has passed a controversial bill allowing customers to unlock off-contract cell phones. With a unanimous voten, the Senate's passage of the bill directs the Librarian of Congress, the authority for rulemaking for such things, to "consider whether other wireless devices, like tablets, should be eligible for unlocking." The bill has a ways to go before it reaches the President's desk, however. A similar bill passed by the House of Representatives needs to be reconciled with this version of the bill -- the House's version of the bill does not contain language allowing bulk unlocking...



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13:19
Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust...

An anonymous reader writes: Last year, a U.S. District Judge ruled that Apple conspired with publishers to control ebook prices in violation of antitrust laws. Apple launched an appeal which has yet to conclude, but they've now agreed to a settlement. If the appeal verdict goes against Apple, they will be on the hook for $450 million, most of which will go to consumers. If they win the appeal, they'll still have to pay $70 million. $450 million is much more than the other publishers had to pay, but much less than the expected penalty from a damages trial set for August (and still only about one percent of Apple's annual profit).

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13:11
Apple environment chief Lisa Jackson speaks at Apple...

At the Apple Distinguished Educator conference this week, Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson spoke to educators about the importance of the environment and Apple’s related work. Jackson showed the above photo and said “that little green leaf means a lot to me.” The leaf outlines multiple words expressing Apple’s work on the environment such as “Apple Campus 2″ and “EPEAT.” During her talk, Jackson shared Apple’s work to trying to reach 100% renewable energy across its operations and she said that Apple is “not going to stop until we get to 101%…”

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12:44
Apple agrees to pay $450 million in e-book antitrust...

Apple agreed Wednesday to pay $450 million to settle an antitrust lawsuit accusing the company of conspiring with publishers to set the price of e-books.

The proposed deal is part of a case in which the Justice Department and several states sued Apple and five top publishers. But the payout to consumers could unravel if a federal appeals panel overturns a lower court ruling that Apple is liable.

"We did nothing wrong and we believe a fair assessment of the facts will show it," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Reuters.

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12:29
NFL Sunday Ticket streaming to be supported on iOS,...

For the first time ever, users who do not subscribe to DirecTV service will have access to the NFL’s Sunday Ticket service on their mobile devices and computers for the 2014 season. During previous seasons, Sunday Ticket users had to have an active DirecTV satellite subscription to stream the games. While no official announcement has been made, DirecTV has published a promotional page for the service, advertising the fact that users can now “access live, out-of-market NFL games without a DIRECTV satellite TV account.

The service, according to the promotional page, will start $199.99 for the season with access via mobile devices and computers. Should you want access on video game consoles, you’ll have to spring for the $239.99 tier. The top of the line option...

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12:26
Apple Agrees to $400M Settlement in Ebook Price...

Apple has decided not to fight a class action lawsuit over claims it orchestrated a price fixing scheme to artificially drive up the cost of books and will instead pay a US$400 million settlement. That payout is contingent on the outcome of Apple's appeal in the DOJ's antitrust case, so don't expect to see money changing hands any time soon.

The Mac Observer Spin: Settling with the States in the class action lawsuit makes financial sense for Apple. The alternative includes ongoing legal expenses and a potentially much higher fine that it's facing through the settlement. Agreeing to the deal doesn't mean Apple is admitting any wrong doing, although that's exactly how the State Attorneys General will spin it.


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12:16
Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription ebooks service...

Amazon is allegedly testing an ebook subscription service the retailer could offer to Kindle customers sometime in the future. Effectively operating in a similar way to Netflix for video or Spotify for music, Kindle Unlimited will apparently provide "unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks" at a cost of $9.99 per month,....



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12:00
BlackBerry gets Siri-alike, and it can do something...

Better late than never, right? That's clearly BlackBerry's attitude, as the company -- which still makes smartphones for some reason -- is just now introducing its Siri competitor. The blandly named BlackBerry Assistant performs several Siri-like...

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11:55
NFL Sunday Ticket to stream on iPad, iPhone with no...

A DirecTV promotional page for NFLSundayTicket.TV reveals a plan in which iOS and Mac users can receive the NFL Sunday Ticket package without a satellite subscription for the 2014 NFL season. An NFLSundayTicket.TV Digital package allows users to stream live, out-of-market NFL games to…

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11:47
Jawbone’s UP iPhone app gets new weight management...

Jawbone today announced new weight management and food-tracking features via an update for the UP by Jawbone fitness tracking app that pairs with its UP wearables.

Jawbone’s entirely new food-tracking interface for UP helps you simply log food and water, quickly assess the healthiness of foods, and easily track progress toward your target weight… The UP Insight Engine™ provides intelligent guidance around your food choices, calorie consumption and weight goals, helping you understand how each of those is related to activity and sleep.

Highlights for the version 3.2 update include the ability to set goals for weight and calorie intake while using new tools for logging and tracking food consumption. It’s also teaming up with food apps like HealthyOut, Munchery, Nutrisystem, and PlateJoy to sync data and automatically track food ordered through those services.

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11:46
Apple to pay $450M to settle class action over e-...

Apple has agreed to pay $450 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over e-book price fixing, brought against it by states and consumers, according to New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman. The payment will settle allegations made in 33 states and territories, including New York. Schneiderman says that of the total amount, up to $400 million could reach consumers....



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11:14
Hackers try to protect Nest users from Google

Much respect hacker people.

This story was originally posted on Forbes, but when I went there, popups were all over the place, so I’ll link to PandoDaily instead.

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11:04
Dashlane 3 incorporates password sharing, emergency...

Dashlane has launched version 3 of its namesake password and wallet management software for Mac and Windows. The update features two major additions, beginning with the Sharing Center, which lets people share passwords with other people while maintaining central control and AES-256 encryption. Although recipients must have a Dashlane account, the system gives administrators the ability to limit re-shares or revoke access, and will sync password changes made by others....



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11:00
Wayper is a nice planning and navigation app but it...

Wayper (free today only, then US$1.99) is a map app designed to avoid data charges by letting you download detailed maps of 27 cities worldwide.

In the U.S., that includes New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Chicago,...

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10:55
NFL Sunday Ticket coming to iOS, Mac for 2014 season...

Satellite television provider DirecTV looks set to offer a standalone subscription to its popular NFL Sunday Ticket package for the first time, meaning cord-cutting football fans can follow the action this fall on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac without mounting a dish to their roof.



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10:54
Samson USB condenser microphone

I used this mic on Amplified this morning and it sounded great. I love this mic.

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10:48
T-Mobile announces monthly payment plans for...

 

Although summer is in full swing, the folks at T-Mobile are getting ready for back-to-school season and to make things easier on starving students, the carrier is adding accessories priced from $69 – $250 to its Equipment Installment Program (EIP). This new setup lets T-Mobile customers purchase items like headphones and speakers with a 24 month payment plan for no money down.

While making payments on accessories might sound silly to some, being able to stretch the purchase of some high-end headphones after buying a new iPhone or iPad does offer a little relief to people shopping on a budget. T-Mobile’s EIP option for accessories starts on July 20th, so you’ve got some...

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10:46
Apple reaches $400 million settlement with states...

Though Apple maintains that the fix was not in, the company has reached a settlement deal with 33 U.S. states and territories over allegations of collusion in ebook pricing. That settlement, first mentioned last month, would send up to $400 million in payments to consumers—though it’s not a done deal yet.

The case in question is one of three cases over the matter of pricing for ebooks. The first was brought in federal court by the Department of Justice, where a judge ruled in July 2013 that the company had unfairly worked with publishers to set prices. Among the terms of that deal was a court-appointed independent monitor, who...

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10:32
Senate bill passes bringing regulated post-contract...

iPhone users could soon finally be able to easily use any supported carrier at the end of their service contract without having to jump through hoops or use other means to unlock the device. That is if a proposed bill currently processing through Congress passes and becomes law.

The Hill reports that the mentioned bill, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, cleared through the Senate after a vote on Tuesday through a ‘unanimous consent agreement’ and will next move to the House for a vote before potentially becoming law after first being introduced last year.

If the bill does indeed become law, consumers will easily be able to take an iPhone purchased through one carrier...

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10:27
Apple agrees to $450 million settlement in e-book...

In the latest chapter of the e-book price fixing saga, Apple has agreed to pay a settlement of $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims, pending appeal in New York State, [via Reuters reports. Of that amount, $400 million is intended for consumers. Though the settlement was…

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10:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-16

Apple and IBM are teaming up to take on the mobile enterprise market with the iPhone and iPad. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their take on what that means for Apple and their competitors. They also take a look at Citigroup's renewed coverage of AAPL and its not so positive coverage from the past.


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10:04
Windows XP Hacked, Supply Chain Poisoned


A supply chain compromise is a security pro's worst nightmare. The thought of malware being planted on computer devices before they leave the factory sends shivers down a cyberdefender's spine. A disturbing case of such poisoning was reported last week by researchers at TrapX. The researchers found an APT, which TrapX has dubbed "Zombie Zero," was being used to infect a version of Windows XP embedded on devices. Zombie Zero was being used in a highly targeted attack on the shipping and logistics industry across the globe.

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10:00
Kim Kardashian is one of the four horsemen of the...

Kim Kardashian's has an app -- which should have been the first sign that we were approaching a dark time in the App Store -- and that app is so successful that it is on its way to raking in a total of $200 million in revenue by the end of the year....

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09:54
Purported iPhone 6 Touch ID sensor image leaked,...

An image of the purported iPhone 6 Touch ID sensor has leaked.

Unfortunately, it’s not a radical departure from the current iPhone 5s iPhone sensor, save for where the screw holes are located.

Per French web site Nowhereelse.fr and Electronista, the part is thought to fit in the anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model.

Touch ID isn’t expected to evolve much for the iPhone 6. Sensors may become more durable, but have always been predicted to retain their current size and shape. The biggest change will come...

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09:41
Photos show alleged Touch ID sensor for iPhone 6

New photos depict what is said to be the Touch ID sensor for iPhone 6. The part is compared with its equivalent for the iPhone 5s, and appears to be little different, except for a change in where screw holes are located. That's presumably needed to accommodate the phone's new proportions, scaled up to fit a 4.7-inch screen....



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09:32
Apple agrees to $400 million settlement in ebook...

Apple has agreed to an approximately $400 million settlement as part of the high-profile ebook pricing fixing case in federal court that would cover  consumer consumer damages and civil penalties for the 33 states involved.  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made an announcement today detailing the settlement that was also discovered in documents filed with the courts. Schneiderman noted “the amount that Apple must pay E-book consumers is contingent on what happens in Apple’s appeal of the court’s July 2013 finding that Apple violated antitrust laws by orchestrating a conspiracy with five publishers to artificially raise E-book prices.”:

Consumers nationwide (including those represented by private...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air from $400, Pixelmator...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Deals: 

  • iPad Air 16GB WiFi $400 (Reg. $499)
  • iPad mini 64GB WiFi + LTE (vzw or AT&T)...
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09:28
Apple agrees to pay $450 million to settle ebook...

Apple has agreed to pay up to $450 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from states and consumers accusing the iPad maker of illegally fixing e-book prices and raising costs.



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09:07
Apple adding transition encryption to boost iCloud...

Apple looks to be overhauling its iCloud email service security by including end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google’s Gmail transparency effort and The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

The report suggests that at least 95 percent of the messages sent to Gmail from users of iCloud mail is now encrypted, just one month after Apple initially promised that such a change would be forthcoming.

Apple is using industry-standard Transport Layer Security, or TLS, infrastructure for the...

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08:58
Apps: DiskAid, Dropbox, flickery
08:51
iOS 8 beta 4 anticipated on July 21st

Apple is currently planning to seed iOS 8 beta 4 to developers on July 21st, a source claimed to be inside the company says. That date would be two weeks after beta 3. There was a three-week gap between the second and third betas, which may have been needed to cope with flaws hampering the OS' basic performance....



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08:51
Overcast: Get Ready for Your New Podcast Listening...

Apple's Podcast app for the iPhone doesn't quite cut it for many people, so well known developer Marco Arment took on the task of making something he thinks nails the needs of mobile listeners. The result: Overcast.


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08:49
Apple and IBM: “One of the most important and...

I agree with Tim Bajarin.

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08:32
Overcast podcast app

A new iOS podcast app from Marco Arment.

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08:31
Apple implements transit encryption for iCloud email...

Apple appears to have completed an initiative designed to increase the security of its iCloud email service by adding end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google's Gmail.



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08:30
Flavourit for iPhone is a good-looking, digital...

Flavourrit is a new recipe management app for iPhone that lets you quickly and easily create and store recipes as attractive, interactive cards that are searchable by title, ingredients and up to 46 subcategories.

The beautiful app makes it easy...

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08:29
Confessions of an ex-developer
08:28
Citigroup Starts AAPL Coverage with $110 Target

Citigroup's Jim Suva started covering Apple's stock for investors on Wednesday with a US$110 target price. Like other analysts, he expects the introduction of the iPhone 6 will have a positive impact on revenue, and he also thinks other analysts are underestimating consumer demand once the new iPhone model is released.


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08:15
Review: Overcast for iPhone, the newest contender...



With Instapaper and The Magazine, Marco Arment effectively invented the read-it-later and independent publishing idioms on iOS. Naturally, competitors followed but Arment was already a ‘front runner’ in the market. With Overcast, Arment is the follower. Overcast joins a whole host of other developers in a segment of the App Store that is already well established. It’s a different set of challenges.

In many respects, Overcast acts like its the only podcast app on the iPhone. I mean this in a good way. There...

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07:59
Rumor: Fourth beta of Apple's iOS 8 expected to...

The fourth pre-release beta for Apple's forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system update is rumored to arrive next Monday, July 21, exactly two weeks after the arrival of the third beta.



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07:41
Logitech intros Protection+ iPhone case, +Trip car...

Logitech has announced a pair of new accessories for the iPhone 5 and 5s. The first is the Protection+, a case with a tough external shell and a rubber internal layer to absorb some of the force of impacts. Its edges are deliberately raised to guard the screen. Phones in the case should be able to withstand drops up to 1.8 meters, or roughly 6 feet....



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07:30
Apple starts encrypting iCloud emails

There's good news for privacy-minded Mac users; Apple has improved the quality of iCloud's email security. All emails sent or received via iCloud email is now encrypted, even when sent to a third-party email service. Previously only emails sent...

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07:17
Bet You Wish You'd Installed a Blender in a...


The hottest crowdsourced hit of the summer is the Coolest Cooler, an unassuming party cooler that features a built-in ice-crushing blender, a removable waterproof Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger, an LED lid light, a gear tie down, super wide wheels for dragging it over sand, a bottle opener, integrated storage for plates, a divider to help keep your margarita ice separate from your sandwiches, and a rust-proof ceramic knife built right into the lid. The knife isn't there to help you fend off robbers -- the knife is there so you can cut limes.

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07:16
The picture above Tim Cook’s memo to employees about...

The memo is worth reading.

But the picture posted above the memo (and, to be clear, not part of the memo) really made me laugh. It’s a Photoshop mod of a classic photo posted by original Mac team member Andy Hertzfeld, seen here. So very funny. Rock on, Darth.

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07:16
Paul McCartney re-releases five classic albums as...

Five classic Paul McCartney albums have been re-released as standalone iPad apps by Concord Music Group. All five albums include remastered audio and extra content, including interviews, photos, and video clips. The albums are: McCartney’s first solo album, McCartney, and the follow-up Ram,…

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07:13
Samsung, Under Armour may collaborate on wearables,...

Samsung could partner up with sports clothing producer Under Armour in order to take on the wearables market, according to a report. Lee Jae Yong, son of Samsung Chairman Lee Kun Hee and heir to the Samsung Group, is said to have talked to Under Armour Founder and Chief Executive Kevin Plank earlier this month, with Apple's relationship with Nike apparently central to discussions....



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07:11
Closer look: iOS 8 preview

Last year Apple delivered iOS 7, which was a massive upgrade. Not only did it bring an all-new look as well as add several new dimensions to the user interface, it also brought full compatibility with Apple's industry-leading 64-bit chip technology. This year, Apple used its WWDC 2014 to unveil iOS 8, its next-gen mobile OS. A lot of foundational work was laid in iOS 7 and iOS 8 looks to build on this adding several new and powerful features to the front end and back end. Apple is calling iOS 8 its biggest release to date, which is some statement when set against the backdrop of what it achiev...



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07:01
Claimed photos emerge of “more durable” Touch ID...

French site NWE has posted photos from Japan of what it claims is the Touch ID sensor for the iPhone 6.

The photos don’t give anything away, with the only visible differences being in the location of screw holes – which is to be expected given the significant redesign of the new model iPhone.

There have been rumors that Apple has made changes to the Touch ID sensor to improve durability, but there’s nothing here to shed any light either way. For whatever it may be worth, though, you can see the second photo below … 

We recently learned that Apple’s application to trademark the name Touch ID was...

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07:00
YouTube Find: Recycle an old magazine into a...

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to add some color to your iPhone or iPad, you should check out this DIY case from Karen Kavett of Karen's Crafts. Not only does it look great, it's also simple to make and easy to customize....

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06:51
Analyst: Apple, IBM Partnership No Big Deal for...

Apple and IBM announced a partnership on Tuesday to push iOS deeper into the enterprise market through the MobileFirst for iOS program. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster doesn't see the team up as a big deal for Apple sales, but only because the iPhone and iPad are already being tested or deployed in nearly every Fortune 500 company.

The Mac Observer Spin: Even if MobileFirst doesn't significantly drive up iPhone and iPad sales, it'll boost confidence in companies that otherwise might be concerned that Apple is making only a half hearted attempt at bringing mobile products and support to the enterprise market.


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06:49
New photos purport to show tweaked Touch ID sensor...

With Apple believed to be in the final stages of preparation to begin manufacturing its next-generation iPhones, a slightly redesigned Touch ID component said to be headed for the so-called iPhone 6 has surfaced from Japan.



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06:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Sights and sounds

Sights and sounds

This week's roundup of new iOS gear includes headphones that include a high-def camera for sending live video to your iPhone or iPad for immediate editing and distribution.

Adesso

The $40 Xtream S1 is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, designed to let you lounge by the pool, stream your tunes, and never worry about your electronics getting wet. It features a microphone for hands-free calls, and it comes in five different bright colors.

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

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06:17
Opinion: Seven reasons why the IBM partnership could...

Wall Street seemed pretty unmoved by Apple’s announcement of its partnership with IBM, the pre-market share price barely twitching, and analysts pointing to the high level of existing iOS usage in the enterprise sector, suggesting that only trivial gains would result.

Part of the reason for that impression is the hype Apple has given to the penetration level of  iOS devices in enterprise. Back in January, Tim Cook described the numbers as “unbelieveable,” stating that the iPhone is used in 97 percent and of Fortune 500 companies and the iPad in 98 percent.

It doesn’t sound from these impressive figures that there’s much room for growth. But I think the reality is somewhat different … ...

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06:00
Take revenge on infuriating flies with FlyOut for iOS

Flyout for both iPhone and iPad is a free game that's all about killing flies -- many different kinds of very annoying flies. The good news is that you get to kill them with all sorts of wonderful devices. The aim of the game is to kill as many flies...

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With most major companies already using iOS, Piper...

Apple's new enterprise partnership with IBM will likely strengthen the position of the iPhone and iPad in the corporate world, but it probably won't move the needle much in terms of overall device sales, investment firm Piper Jaffray believes.



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05:45
OS X: Use Any Color on Your Screen

In todayâs Quick Tip, Melissa Holtâs going to cover a feature that not many people use, despite it having been around since approximately the dawn of time. OS Xâs Color Picker can grab any color on your screen, so you can apply the exact shade of a logo, a t-shirt you took a picture of, or pretty much anything else to your objects and text. Handy!


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05:35
Overcast Refines the iPhone Podcast Experience

The App Store is full of podcast clients for the iPhone, but Overcast is the first to be developed by a professional podcaster. Read on to find out if it’s right for you.

 

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05:08
Have Tim Cook and Ginni Rometty cornered Android in...

ZDNet:

The biggest challenge for team Android is that Google and Samsung, two partners with enterprise ambitions, will have to herd cats to reach corporations. Android will need channel, integration and services support and there are few players that can match IBM’s reach.

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04:30
A beautiful scam: How to flawlessly predict anything...

Here’s a lesson in how easy it is to fool people, in just how much people want to believe in conspiracies.

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04:15
Paul McCartney releases five classic albums as iPad...

The Guardian reports that Paul McCartney has released five of his classic albums as iPad apps, offering remastered audio tracks, videos, interviews, photos, and artwork from both albums and singles.

Five of his classic albums – Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America – have been turned into iPad...

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03:54
Sling updates Slingbox range with Slingbox M1,...

Sling Media has launched two new models of its Slingbox media streamer, including one spotted at the FCC one month ago. Upgrades to the Slingbox 350 and 500 launched in 2012, the Sling M1 is an entry-level streaming device providing simple remote access to home TV channels, while the SlingTV adds a software update to existing Slingbox 500 hardware to provide smart TV features and to act as an alternative to a set-top box from a cable provider....



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01:08
First Look: Logitech adds to 'case+'...

Building on its recent "case+" system of modular iPhone accessories, Logitech on Wednesday announced the "protection+" slim fit case and two accompanying accessories for car mounting, one of which was part of the original $200 set.



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01:00
Logitech debuts Protection+ case for iPhone 5 and 5s...




Logitech today revealed its newest line of smartphone cases, including the Protection+ for iPhone 5 and 5s. The cases are designed to absorb shocks and other potential damage to smartphones while maintaining a slim design. The corners of the Protection+ are...

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22:33
Verizon adding LTE support to Allset prepaid plans...

Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will start offering LTE "4G" support to customers of its prepaid division, Allset, starting on Thursday, July 17. New customers can bring their own LTE-capable devices or purchase a handset through Verizon. The spin-off division supports any device that can use Verizon's CDMA-based network, and offers unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data for $45 per month, contract-free. Those who set up autopay will gain another 500MB of data per month for a total of 1GB....



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22:20
Review: Neptor NP028K portable battery

If consumers need a backup battery that packs enough power for a full phone charge, configuration options are usually limited. Batteries generally come attached to another device or feature a generic flat case or a bulky design that barely fits in a pocket. But what about consumers that want something a little bit different? Neptor offers a stick design with the NP028K that packs the power requirements people need with a slightly different look. Is the Neptor NP028K good enough for consumers to consider purchasing, or does it need something else to be appealing? Find out in our review....



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21:00
Reviews: Neptor NP028K portable battery

If consumers need a backup battery that packs enough power for a full phone charge, configuration options are usually limited. Batteries generally come attached to another device or feature a generic flat case or a bulky design that barely fits in a pocket. But what about consumers that want something a little bit different? ......



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20:43
iPhone Apps: PayPal, Fantasy Football, Chrome, Scribd
19:43
Report: iPhone 5s single best-selling smartphone...

Though it will not come as surprising news to industry watchers, a new report compiling sales channel data from 35 countries puts Apple, Samsung and China-based Xiaomi as the only three companies really selling smartphones. What may be surprising to some, however, is just how well the iPhone line is doing overall; in addition to the iPhone 5s being the clear winner as the top-selling model, the much-maligned iPhone 5c took fifth place, followed by the two-and-a-half-year-old iPhone 4S in sixth place....



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19:40
Briefly: Mail Designer 2, Zagg's new Rugged...

Equinux has introduced a major new version of Mail Designer, an email design app. Aligning itself with current mail design trends, Mail Designer 2 includes support for animated images, embedding videos directly within emails, and more. Professional-level newsletters can be created without the use of HTML coding, and the project can be easily managed by a team with collaboration features built into the interface....



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19:36
Review: Automatic Link works with your iPhone to...

With its Automatic Link accessory and eponymous iOS app, third-party firm Automatic takes smartphone-to-car integration to the next level, empowering users to save gas, improve driving habits and keep tabs on automobile health with an interactive mobile experience.



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18:58
Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS +...

jmcbain writes: According to an article on Recode, Apple and IBM have announced a major partnership to bring mobile services to enterprise customers. "The deal calls for IBM and Apple to develop more than 100 industry-specific applications that will run on the iPhone and iPad. Apple will add a new class of service to its AppleCare program and support aimed at enterprise customers. IBM will also begin to sell iPhones and iPads to its corporate customers and will devote more than 100,000 people, including consultants and software developers, to the effort. Enterprise applications will in many cases run on IBM's cloud infrastructure or on private clouds that it has built for its customers. Data for those applications will co-exist with personal data like photos and personal email that will run on Apple's iCloud and other cloud services."

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18:49
Volkswagen said to be talking to Apple about CarPlay

One of the few remaining major carmakers yet to embrace Apple's CarPlay technology is said to be getting on board, holding talks with Apple on embedding the iOS-based technology into its 2016 models, according to an unnamed source with "knowledge of the discussions." The Beetle maker was an early adopter of iPod compatibility with its vehicles, but has done little with Apple since then. The two companies are expected to announce an agreement later this year....



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18:46
ESPN Fantasy Football for iOS updated with new...

 


Football season is only a few weeks away and while you’re busy making preparations for your office’s annual draft, ESPN has updated its Fantasy Football app. In addition to a refined UI, the revitalized software lets users create a team or league directly from within the app, tracking trades, injuries, scores and more.

If you and your brood of wannabe general managers are looking to expand your group, you can invite friends to join your league via social media outlets. If you’re ready for some football,...

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18:34
KaOS Calms Down KDE


KaOS is an interesting and very efficient Linux distribution built around a refined KDE desktop environment. The KDE integration is much more controlled in KaOS than in other Linux choices. The latest release for this 14-month young Linux distro came in late June. KaOS is a bit of a rarity. It is independent of other distros -- not a direct relative of other Linux offshoots. That means it does not rely on repositories developed and maintained by larger Linux communities.

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18:15
Voila 3.8

Adds several new features to the screen capture utility. ($29.99 new, free update, 23.5 MB)

 

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17:11
Briefly: Chrome app adds Chromecast, Skye 30-pin...

Google has updated its Chrome browser app for iOS today, adding Chromecast support. Chrome for iOS syncs tabs and bookmarks across devices, can translate webpages in any language, and allows users to open as many tabs as is desired. Chrome v36.0.19 allows mobile sites that have added Cast support to work one's Cast-enabled device. Additionally included in the update are stability-focused improvements and bug fixes. Chrome for iOS is free to download and requires iOS 6.0 or later....



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17:05
BitTorrent looks to the future, adds 'paygate...

BitTorrent is trying to evolve into a bigger business as it attempts to expand its bundled offerings by putting "paygates" into place. The company, best known for its file transfer protocol, originally launched its BitTorrent Bundle as an alpha experiment in May 2013 in hopes of providing a better platform distribution and connecting with fans....



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16:44
∞ How they made the exploding head in “Scanners”

I still remember this scene in the theatre as a little kid and thinking it was the greatest thing I had ever seen.

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16:28
Apple, IBM announce collaboration on big data,...

In a surprise move, Apple and IBM have announced a new partnership that will see the enterprise giant working with the iPhone maker to bring more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions to the iOS platform as native apps for iPhone and iPad, as well as see IBM selling and leasing iOS devices pre-loaded with industry-specific solutions to its business clients. The exclusive deal also includes new AppleCare service and support plans tailored for enterprise, and IBM enterprise cloud services optimized for iOS....



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16:12
We need this: A maps app that algorithmically finds...

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Wired:

We have the phrase “scenic route” for a reason, and as Google’s driving directions increasingly become the only directions any of us ever think about checking, we risk losing sight of these alternate paths. That’s a shame.

Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been dreaming and talking about this kind of functionality for years. As a motorcycle rider, we often don’t want to take the direct route. Show us the fun, twisty, windy, pretty roads instead.

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16:00
Adobe releases free font: Source Han Sans

In celebration of its 25th year of typeface development, Adobe has released Source Han Sans, a new family of free, open source fonts that harmonizes East Asian and Latin font designs. More than three years in the making, this is one of Adobe’s most complex font projects, requiring cooperation among five different companies to accurately represent the more than 65,000 glyphs (characters) required for typesetting in Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages.

East Asian fonts, which serve approximately 1/4 of the world’s population, are historically based on Chinese ideograms. They’re also large, complex and expensive—with far fewer style choices available than western fonts. Because of the huge scope of this project, Adobe worked with Google and three other companies to...

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