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Tuesday August 12

21:17
Apple publishes new ‘Remembering Robin Williams’...

Apple continued its remembrance of comedian Robin Williams today by publishing a new page on its website. The memorial is featured on the Apple.com homepage, and features a message from Apple:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed.

Earlier today the company also put a selection of Robin’s work on sale through the iTunes Store.

Heartbroken by the news of Robin...

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21:15
Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has released a diversity report on the genders and races of its employees. As is common in the tech industry, the majority of Apple's workforce is male — only three out of 10 employees around the globe are female. Broken down, males compose 65 percent of non-tech workers, 80 percent of tech workers, and 72 percent of Apple's leadership. According to CEO Tim Cook, he's unhappy with Apple's diversity numbers and says Apple is working to improve them: "Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They're not new to us, and we've been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we're committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products."

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21:00
Award-winning MacLovin’ Bundle, $40 for djay, Boom,...

Specials.9to5Toys.com has a pretty solid bundle of disparate Mac apps available for $40 bucks today. All apps included are award winners – Either Apple Design Award, Best of Mac App Store, or Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winners so no duds here:

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20:34
Good Technology reports jump in government,...

A new report from Good Technology on enterprise mobile use has shown that Apple's iOS continues to be the overwhelmingly dominant choice of systems for corporate mobility, with some 88 percent of all business app activations and 90 percent of tablet activations on the platform. However, Android apps climbed to 12 percent of app activations, a gain of four percentage points from the previous quarter, while Android devices climbed to 32 percent of activations versus iOS' 67 percent....



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20:10
The Connected Car, Part 2: Wired For Wireless - It...


The connected car is a battlefield among technology purveyors fighting to get their hardware plugged into the vehicle's network bus. Open source technology is becoming a key contender. OEMs are sorting through a garage full of options from versions of embedded Linux to the Automotive Grade Linux distro and the Android car platform. The connected car concept is picking up speed as a vehicle intelligence system in its own right. It is turning the common car into a fully functional communications center on wheels.

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18:56
Verizon announces plans to launch VoLTE service in...

Verizon Wireless has announced its plans to launch support for Voice over LTE service (or VoLTE) on its cellular network later this year, according to FierceWireless. However, the company says it has moved back its plan to release a VoLTE-only phone until 2016, and will continue releasing CDMA-capable phones until that time. Such a device was originally anticipated for the end of 2014.

The carrier originally announced earlier this year that it would support the new voice service, which provides higher-quality phone...

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18:55
Crowdfunding Critic: MIOPS smartphone high speed...

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of the Crowdfunding Critic here at Electronista and MacNN. Every Tuesday and Thursday we bring you a crowdfunding project that we like enough to share with our readers. As we note, this isn't an endorsement of the project or the campaign, but rather something the staff thought was interesting enough to mention. With any crowdfunding project, we urge our readers to research the items they are considering pledging on, as all investments come with risk. The subject for today's post is the MIOPS smartphone controllable high speed camera trigger....



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18:52
Apple's extended 'Your Verse' videos...

Apple on Tuesday posted to its YouTube channel an extended version of its most recent "Your Verse" iPad ad featuring Chinese electropop group Yaoband, which uses the tablet to gather sounds and perform on stage.



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18:24
Apple releases new videos featuring Yaoband and...

Apple has posted a new video to its YouTube channel that contains the previously-released iPad ads featuring Yaoband and Jason Hall with new voiceovers from each discussing how they use iPads in their daily work routines. You can check out both of the videos below:

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: iPad, video, YouTube...

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18:14
Apple adds Robin Williams section to iTunes store [u]

[Updated with addition of feature spot on the main Apple website] The death of actor and comic Robin Williams has spawned a dedicated section at the iTunes Store where fans can find various movies, specials and other performances from the widely-loved actor and comedian. Among the offerings are both videos and audio-only appearances, celebrating the diversity of his career along with a brief biographical note. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Nest CEO Tony Fadell were among the luminaries that remembered Williams in tweets on Monday....

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17:50
Yahoo acquires recommendation 'Pandora for...

Yahoo continues its trend of buying up startups with the news that the search company has acquired Zofari. Zofari, which is positioned to be the Netflix or Pandora for local recommendations, announced on its website that the startup was acquired by Yahoo to work an undisclosed project. The purchase went relatively unnoticed until TechCrunch reported on it earlier today....



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17:49
Apple ignores calls to fix 2011 MacBook Pro failures...

Owners of early-2011 MacBook Pro continue to report GPU-related system failures, but Apple has yet to acknowledge the problem as widespread and, according to informed sources, is not planning a replacement program to remedy the issue.



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17:00
Time Lapse! beats iOS 8 Camera app to the punch

I've always been fascinated by time lapse photography, where you capture a still image a few times a minute, then create a movie with a very speeded-up effect. The 1982 documentary film Koyaanisqatsi is really striking with its creative use of time...

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16:00
Goat Simulator, Valiant Hearts both headed to iOS

We've seen so many games make their way from iOS to home consoles and PC, it's about time our iPads and iPhones started to suck in titles from elsewhere, and that's just what they're doing. Both the hilariously offbeat Goat Simulator and the...

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15:39
Apple has added a Robin Williams section to the...

Cult of Mac:

The tragic news of Robin Williams’ sudden death has sent most of us on a YouTube binge, watching TV shows, movies, and stand-up comedy bits from the funniest man who ever lived, and now Apple is paying its respects to late-comedian with a new iTunes section.

CoM says, “if you scroll through you can find 40 of his other gems like “Death to Smoochie”…” I’m sorry. I loved Robin Williams but “Death to Smoochy” was an awful movie.

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15:37
Pure CSS parallax scrolling websites

This article demonstrates how to use CSS transforms, perspective and some scaling trickery to create a pure CSS parallax scrolling website.

Check out the demo.

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15:24
Apple Offers Robin Williams iTunes Tribute for Movies

Apple has posted a tribute to Robin Williams in the iTunes Store, one day after the tragic death of the comedian. The company has gathered 23 comedies and 16 dramas , from the World According to Garp, to Mrs. Doubtfire, to The Birdcage (one of my personal faves), to Popeye, most of the actors work is represented. Missing (that I noticed) is Mork and Mindy, the sitcom where he made a national name for himself. Season 1 of The Crazy Ones, his most recent show, which was canceled in May. I've seen a few comments suggesting Apple is "cashing in" by posting this tribute (thanks to @Rich_DS for the heads up), and that might be the silliest thing i've seen said about Apple in recent memory, and that's saying something. Companies offer tributes on the death of a popular music artist or actor all the time, and people like to remember those who have died. More importantly, the idea that the $200,000 to $1 million extra Apple could conceivably net from this tribute would matter to the company...

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15:22
The copy of the U.S. Constitution that’s installed...

TUAW:

There’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app.

You’ll not only find such exciting information as who was on the editorial staff and advisory board for the Dictionary, but also a bunch of useful references.

In addition to the aforementioned Constitution of the United States of America, there’s also a complete Language Guide, a history of the English language, a list of the fifty states and each state capital, a list of every President of the U.S. from George Washington to George W. Bush (not sure what happened to the current incumbent…), the Declaration of Independence, a list of countries of the world, a list of chemical elements from hydrogen to meitnerium, a cross-reference of standard to metric measure conversions, and the Arabic, Hebrew, Greek and Russian alphabets.

Kind of interesting, especially for us trivia nerds, but a little odd to have this info buried in the Dictionary app.

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15:00
SwannEye HD ADS-460 Wi-Fi Security Camera: OK camera...

We've tested a number of webcams and security cameras here at TUAW, but out of those we've tested, none have been designed to work both inside and outside of your home or business. The Swann ADS-460 SwannEye HD Wi-Fi Security Camera (US$179.99) comes...

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14:58
Apple, Inc. Diversity video narrated by new VP of...

A new Diversity film Apple published as part of its report on employee demographics is narrated by Denise Young-Smith, who the company internally promoted to lead human resources in February.



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14:44
Future Xbox One update will let you stream live TV...

Microsoft announced today that a new system update for its Xbox One game console will soon let users stream live TV to their iPhone or iPad. Set to arrive in the next few months, the Xbox One’s SmartGlass companion app will be equipped with the option to watch television via a local network connection without interrupting a gameplay session.

To pull this off, you’ll need an Xbox One, compatible iOS device and Microsoft’s live TV tuner, which is coming to the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain sometime in October. [Update: turns out you don't need the tuner after all.] While this new offering will be limited to...

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14:26
iWatch to be announced in September, says Gruber

Apple will be announcing the iWatch next month, insinuates Daring Fireball's John Gruber. In complaining about the look of the Moto 360's charger, he writes that "The only way this could get funnier would be if it [the 360] doesn't even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month." Gruber doesn't cite any sources, but is known to be well-connected and will sometimes reveal info in a matter-of-fact way....



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14:25
Briefly: Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS, Peel...

Ubisoft has announced today that Valiant Hearts: The Great War, will release on September 4th for iOS devices. Set during World War I, the puzzle-adventure game features characters whose narratives are interlinked. Players aim to survive the trenches alongside their canine companion. The new mobile version introduces intuitive touch controls that accommodate the format of mobile devices. Upon release, Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS will be available through the App Store....



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14:07
Apple Stores to start offering iPhones via carrier...

A significant number of Apple Stores in the United States will likely begin offering iPhone sales via the latest carrier financing programs later this month, according to several sources. We previously detailed that Apple Stores will soon offer iPhones on AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and the T-Mobile Jump plans, and now we’ve learned some new information on the matter. We’re told that Apple is tentatively planning to begin rolling out the programs on Wednesday, August 20th as a pilot.

Of course, this could slip back a few days as this new program’s existence has not even been officially confirmed by Apple.  We’ve also been sent a couple of slides from internal Apple employee training materials showcasing what exact plans will be offered. The slide above details the differences...

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14:04
Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes...

Apple today has added a ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ feature section in the iTunes Store following news of the actor’s passing yesterday afternoon.

The section features a collection of movies, TV shows, and other performances with the incredibly talented actor including Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, Hook, and Dead Poet Society, which inspired Apple’s recent ‘Your Verse’ campaign featuring ordinary people using the iPad in interesting ways. Williams’ famous line from his role in Dead Poet Society can be heard in the initial ‘Your Verse’ ad from earlier this year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts in a...

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14:02
Remembering Les Paul

Today marks five years since the passing of one of the world’s most unique innovators of all time, Les Paul.

Much respect Les.

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14:02
Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes tribute...

Following the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section to a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies.



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14:00
Apple releases diversity data; 70% of employees are...

Following in the footsteps of other high-tech companies, Apple today released a report detailing employee diversity across the company.

Some of the more noteworthy data includes the following information compiled from Apple's 98,000-strong employee...

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13:58
Hand lettering

Wow, these are just great.

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13:51
Apple publishes diversity numbers

Certainly worth looking at the numbers and reading Tim Cook’s message.

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13:48
Forums: Bugs in Yosemite

This week in the MacNN forums, members continue to discuss bugs they have found in the developer preview and beta versions of Yosemite. Today "angelmb" started a thread looking for help trying to figure out what keeps causing "Circus Ponies NoteBook" to crash, and they included a complete crash report....



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13:46
Apple deals: iMacs from $1,050

Apple's online store currently has a wide selection of refurbished iMac models. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $250 to $1,049. A $230 discount drops the price on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive from $1,499 down to $1,269....



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13:44
DealNN: iPad Air with Retina display cut to $399

At Staples.com right now get the iPad Air with Retina display in Space Gray for $499. Use coupon code '79449' to drop the price down to $399. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this model by about $50. This iPad model features a Retina display, Apple A7 processor, built-in Wi-Fi, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera, and comes with iOS 7 and iCloud....



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13:38
Checking for Activation Lock before buying a used...

Sébastien Page:

Even though they might not be able to activate the lost or stolen device, they might still try to put it up for sale, and if you don’t know what to look for, you might very well be buying an iPhone that has been locked and cannot be activated.

Good advice.

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13:38
TuneUp: Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music...

Today's deal for TuneUp is going to help you clean up your iTunes library. TuneUp will fix mislabeled or missing song information (like "Track 01" or "Unknown Artist"), find missing cover art, find and removes duplicate music files, and deliver music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration, and more. This Mac and Windows app is usually priced at US$50, but through our deal you can get it for $19.95.


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13:37
Mac: Waterfield VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag

A new school year is right around the corner, to the joy of parents worldwide. Some students will be flocking to their nearest Apple Store to pick up MacBooks or iPads and they’ll need something to keep them safe for toting around. Waterfield, known for its high-end bags and sleeves, has introduced the VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag ($129 - $149). It’s a stylish bag for your new Mac or iPad that’s large enough to carry additional accessories....

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13:35
Opinionated software

Nice post from Guy English. I agree with this bit: “That said, being opinionated isn’t the goal. Being useful is.”

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13:35
News: Skylanders Trap Team coming to iPad with...

Activision has announced the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for iPad ($75). The newest video game in the popular Skylanders series features a special tablet edition that includes a wireless portal and wireless game controller, in addition to game figurines. For those unaware of the Skylanders series, the game uses real-life figurines that can be controlled within gameplay by use of an NFC-enabled portal; the iPad edition will use a Bluetooth LE…

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13:15
iPhone vs. Tricorder: Seeing the Future with Blurred...

It's interesting to see how the blinders of the present affect our predictions of the future. The Star Trek Tricorder vs. the modern Apple iPhone is a case in point. John Martellaro looks at the technologies that SciFi from the 20th century never saw coming.


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13:09
Mac users can now develop apps for Oculus Rift...

Mac users who want to start developing software for the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset platform can now do so. Oculus today released an update to their software SDK that opens up support for users on OS X:

Notably, the Oculus SDK is now available for Mac OSX, along with a version of the Oculus Runtime and Unity Tuscany Demo for Mac. There’s no word on when Linux support will be ready.

Mac display drivers are unavailable, so users will need to use Extended Display mode on the Mac. To make full use of the software platform, eager developers will need to gain access to the Oculus Hardware Development Kit, which is a $350 online pre-order item.

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13:06
Apple Diversity Report Offers Mixed Ethnic and...

Apple released a corporate Diversity report on Tuesday, laying out the ethnic and gender breakdown of its work force and leadership ranks. That report shows that Apple's work force is more diverse than the population as a whole, with under-representation of whites, Hispanics, and blacks, and an over-representation of Asians. At the same time, males are massively over-represented as a whole, and in its leadership ranks, white males in particular rule the roost.


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13:03
The Cavalry Rides Into Auto Industry With Security...


A grassroots group calling itself "I Am The Cavalry" has published an open letter to the automotive industry offering its services in ensuring security and safety. "Modern vehicles are computers on wheels and are increasingly connected and controlled by software and embedded devices," the letter reads. The letter lists some of the associated features under development, such as vehicle-to-vehicle communication, driverless cars and automated traffic flow. New technology "introduces new classes of accidents and adversaries," the group pointed out.

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13:03
Beats Music now being pushed to new iOS device users

People setting up an iOS 7 device for the first time are now seeing Beats Music among the list of recommended Apple apps, according to anecdotes. The App Store splash page is otherwise full of titles like iBooks, Podcasts, Find My iPhone, and the iWork suite. Notably Beats Music is the only one to require payments, since it's based on monthly subscription plans....



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13:00
Relive the BBS dream (nightmare?) with Level 29

Do you hate the current Internet and wish you could go back to the days of boring text on a blank background? Of course you don't, but if you want to be reminded of just how great things are these days you can take a temporary trip down memory lane...

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12:55
Oculus VR adds Mac OS X support to new Oculus Rift...

Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the availability of version 0.4.1 of its software development kit, bringing developer support for the popular headgear to Apple's desktop operating system.



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12:40
News: Daily Deal: Get ChargeKey: The Key-Sized...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up ChargeKey, a pocketable, key-sized Lightning cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for only $24.99. ChargeKey’s minimal design allows you to always have a charging/sync cable handy, and can charge your device from any USB port. The best type of charging cable is the one always you have on you. So stay prepared and leave that tangled mess behind.

Get ChargeKey now for only $24.99...

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12:39
Apple celebrates diversity on its website while...

In recent months, Apple has dedicated several new sections of its website to ads and causes the company is passionate about. The latest, unveiled Tuesday, centers around the company’s diversity and inclusion policy. Apple created a new video for the page, which also includes a letter from CEO Tim Cook and demographic details on the company’s 98,000 U.S. employees.

The video (whose narration sounds like it might come from West Wing vet Allison Janney) carries forward the diversity theme first introduced in Apple’s July 7 Pride short film. It highlights employees from the company’s corporate and retail arms, noting, “we put inclusion and diversity at our very center… we want people to be themselves.”

To read...

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12:30
Sticking to the rules in Rules!

Rules! for iOS is a very fun but challenging game about following and remembering rules in a sequence in order to clear a tiled board. A variable time limit adds excitement and ups the challenge. The game is compatible with all iOS devices running...

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12:10
iOS holds 88% share of enterprise apps, iPad 90% of...

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple's mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads.



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11:33
Apple issues diversity report, but how do Apple...

Apple's ethnicity numbers in the US may be more diverse than other giant tech companies, but today's charts don't explain how Apple Store employees fit into sub-categories like "tech" and "leadership."

Apple

On Tuesday, Apple joined a growing list of tech companies issuing diversity reports about hiring practices, and like its peers, Apple's report broke down ethnicity and gender percentages in the categories of "tech," "non-tech," and "leadership." Taken at face value, the report paints Apple as a company with a higher percentage of underrepresented groups among its tech and leadership ranks.

However, unlike companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, Apple counts a massive number...

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11:32
Rev. Jesse Jackson & Rainbow PUSH Coalition...

Following Apple's publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities.



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11:30
Daily Deals for August 12, 2014

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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11:23
Apple issues diversity report, promises better...

Following up on a promise made last month, Apple has released its first-ever internal diversity report. The company notes that globally, 7 out of 10 of its workers are male. In the US its workforce is 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and just 7 percent black. 2 percent of people asked said they had two or more ethnicities; 9 percent chose not to identify their race....



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11:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-12

Sometimes size does matter -- or at least it does for smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the slowly increasing size of the iPhone display and whether or not they're pleased with the notion of a 4.7-inch screen. Jeff also explains how he used BTLExplorer on his iPhone to find a lost Fitbit.


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11:00
Ex-Siri team working on new AI to answer questions...

A group of former Siri engineers have begun work on a next-generation digital assistant that they say will outsmart any of the current offerings, but some of the goals they claim to be working on have already been reached by Apple's own voice-driven personal assistant.



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11:00
Apple unveils pair of new, more personal "Your...

Following its previous "Your Verse" video ads -- which are closer to micro-documentaries than the TV spots you're used to seeing -- two new stories have been given the Apple treatment. The first, titled "Striking a new chord," follows a musical duo...

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10:52
Russian Gang's Credentials Theft Exposes Web...


News that a Russian gang has stockpiled more than a billion purloined user name and password combinations has revved up the Internet's reputation as a post industrial Wild, Wild West. Just how much havoc will be raised by the gang remains to be seen. The data thieves so far appear content to use their ill-gotten trove for spamming, according to Hold Security, which discovered the stolen credential cache. Since little is known about the quality of the data -- especially its age -- it may be that spamming is all it's good for.

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10:48
NewerTech accessory fools 'headless' Mac...

NewerTech had released an accessory for the Mac mini, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. Although Minis are often used as headless servers, the computer will automatically disable its GPU when a monitor isn't detected. This can potentially cripple performance in some tasks, such as accessing a Mini remotely, which is often necessary when it's in server mode....



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10:44
News: Apple diversity stats: 55 percent white, 70...

As promised last month by CEO Tim Cook, Apple has released its first diversity report. It’s revealed that Apple employees are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent black. The remaining 12 percent were made up of people who belong to two or more racial groups, another racial group, or did not declare their race. Those statistics were revealed alongside comparisons with race and ethnicity figures in tech, non-tech…

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10:10
External Link: Apple Releases Diversity Report

Following in the footsteps of other tech companies, Apple has revealed statistics about the diversity of Apple employees. Unsurprisingly, Apple is mostly composed of white males, of which CEO Tim Cook said, “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” However, Cook did not offer specifics on how he plans to achieve that, but he did mention three women who have recently been hired into executive roles at Apple: Angela Ahrendts, Lisa Jackson, and Denise Young-Smith.

 

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10:08
External Link: An Inside Look at Apple University,...

Brian X. Chen of the New York Times has gotten a rare, if limited, peek into Apple University, the company’s internal training program. The program offers courses on Apple business decisions, design choices, and what makes Apple tick. One of the more interesting tidbits is that Apple uses lithographs of Picasso’s “The Bull” as an example of how to narrow a concept to its base elements.

 

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10:06
Briefly: Hue Pro 10,000 mAh battery, new Full HD...

JunoPower has released the Hue Pro, a new external battery capable of charging two devices simultaneously. The 10,000 mAh Hue Pro features a brushed aluminum casing, with a built-in LCD screen that displays how much power is left and when recharging it is in order. Its high-powered LED flashlight offers an additional functionality suitable for outdoor or emergency use....



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10:00
Don't worry, Apple has App Store curation under...

Jean-Louis Gassee's suggestion that Apple should abandon its App Store algorithms and rely instead on human curation entirely is well-intentioned, but flawed. It also ignores the tremendous amount of curation that already exists on the App Store...

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09:49
RIP: Robin Williams, One of Us

The great actor and comedian Robin Williams is no longer with us. Josh Centers explains his connection to Apple.

 

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09:37
Apple gives away $25 iTunes gift cards with new...

In tandem with the upcoming iTunes Festival in London, Apple has announced a promotion that will get buyers of new Apple TVs a $25 iTunes gift card. The deal runs through September 30th, the end of the festival. The card can be used to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books....



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09:26
Apple reveals most employees are white men, says...

Apple on Tuesday delivered on a promise to give more details on the diversity of its workforce, revealing that its U.S.-based employees are overwhelmingly male and white --?a breakdown that Chief Executive Tim Cook said must be improved.



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09:18
Apple releases promised diversity data: 55% white in...

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement last month that the company would soon begin providing diversity data, today the company is releasing its first report. While disclosing numbers on the gender and ethnicity of its employees, CEO Tim Cook has also published a letter alongside the report on the company’s website (full version below).

In the letter, Cook highlights some of the progress the company has made in recent years, but also notes that he’s “not satisfied with the numbers” and that Apple plans to do more to improve them. 

Apple is committed to...

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09:09
Photos show supposed rear back panel for iPhone 6

Photos from well-known leaker Sonny Dickson show what is claimed to be a full back panel for the iPhone 6. The part is consistent with other recently leaks, although noticeably scuffed and dented. It appears to be a pre-production component, since it lacks printing such as the "iPhone" name and regulatory information....



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09:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Olloclip for iPhone 5/5s $45,...

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:

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens System & Quick-Flip Case for iPhone 5/5s $45 shipped (orig. $100)

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09:00
One of Robin Williams' final productions: Apple...

The world was shocked last night at the news of the passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to express his sadness:

Heartbroken by the news of Robin Williams' passing. He was an incomparable talent and a great...

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08:49
Apple's gross margins likely to decline this...

It's expected that Apple will see its gross margins shrink at the end of 2014 as the company is expected to introduce a completely redesigned "iPhone 6," though one analyst sees margins trending upwards once again by the March 2015 quarter.



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08:43
Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major...

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.


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08:34
Review: Pure Jongo T2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth wireless...

Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can be problematic for many systems, with many mid-range systems costing many thousands of dollars for even a small installation. Pure has a solution -- the Jongo speaker system. We've lived with a few Jongo T2 speakers for a while now. How well does the system perform, and up against higher end competitors, how does it stand up? Read our review to find out!...



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08:30
The old Google TV remote Apple uses as an example of...

In case you missed it yesterday, Brian X. Chen of The New York Times penned a short but sweet profile on Apple University, the internal education program at Apple where employees and executives can learn about important business decisions (and their...

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08:24
Taken for granted

Rob Richman reminds us that sometimes you should be thankful to be alive.

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08:01
Apple is again giving away free $25 iTunes credit...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Apple is using the upcoming London iTunes festival as a convenient excuse to revive its Apple TV iTunes gift card bundle. Beginning today and running through September 30th, all Apple TVs will be accompanied by a $25 iTunes gift card.

The iTunes credit can be used to buy apps, music, movies and anything else Apple sells in its digital marketplaces. It cannot be used to purchase physical items or service from the Apple Stores. Perhaps a better deal for those of you who don’t buy media from iTunes, Apple continually offers a refurbished Apple TV for $75 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty.

Back in February when this promo...

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07:57
Apple discussing HealthKit details with major...

Apple has been discussing how its HealthKit platform will work with major medical institutions including Mount Sinai, Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, and Allscripts, sources tell Reuters. Allscripts is an electronic records provider competing with Epic Systems. Reuters claims that the talks "may not amount to anything concrete," but that they reflect Apple's desire to make sure HealthKit data is visible in a central location for both healthcare providers and iOS device users....



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07:56
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07:30
Flickr Find: Even an iPhone 4s can take stunning...

There's a reason why the iPhone is often at the top of the most used cameras on Flickr -- it's capable of taking stunning pictures under the right conditions. Check out this photo above from Joseph Donnelly, taken with a few generations-old iPhone...

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07:14
Nvidia's Tegra K1 Stars in New Acer Chromebook


Acer America has rolled out a new Chromebook contender featuring a 13.3-inch display and an Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile processor. With a battery life of up to 13 hours, along with a light, fanless design, the Acer Chromebook 13 is available with two display options: a full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2 GB of memory and a 16-GB solid state drive for $299.99; or 1366 x 768, with similar specs, for $279.99. A version for commercial and education customers features a 1366 x 768 display, 4 GB of memory and a 16-GB SSD for $329.99.

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07:05
News: Apple talking HealthKit with major healthcare...

Apple has been discussing its upcoming HealthKit service with major healthcare providers, including Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, Reuters reports. The company has also talked about the service with Allscripts, an electronic health records provider. Though the report notes the talks “may not amount to anything concrete,” they illustrate how Apple is planning on making iOS-gathered health data widely available for…

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07:01
Slimmer, reversible next-gen USB Type-C now ready...


Following an announcement back in December and some renders that popped up a few months back, today the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the next-generation USB “Type-C” connector is now ready for production. That means that PC and smartphone manufacturers can now adopt the standard, which the Promoter Group describes as “the final piece in developing a single-cable solution” for the industry....

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07:00
Reviews: Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker

Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can be problematic for many systems, with many mid-range systems costing many thousands of dollars for even a small installation. Pure has a solution -- the Jongo speaker set. We've lived with a few Jongo T2 speakers for a while now. How well does the system perform, a ......

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06:30
News: New iPhone 6 rear shell leak posted

Two new photos of the alleged iPhone 6 rear shell have been posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson. The photos of a scuffed-up shell show the round True Tone flash, and it appears that the ring around the camera is protruding. Antenna breaks are still somewhat of a mystery — it’s possible that these are unfinished shells, with antenna breaks to be filled later with another material — but it’s also possible that Apple will be using plastic…

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06:25
One year after Apple's A7, Nvidia announces...

Chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday detailed the new "Denver" variant of its Tegra K1 mobile processor, a high-performance in-order design that represents the first foray into 64-bit processing for Android devices --?nearly a full year after Apple shocked the mobile world with its own 64-bit A7 processor.



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06:23
Photos of purported iPhone 6 rear shell surface

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos continue to come in.

Per MacRumors, images of the iPhone 6′s rear shell have been let into the wild by part leaker Sonny Dickson. The part shown in the photos also appears identical to the rear shell shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, hinting that this may be a legitimate component.

Similar to previous leaks, this newest rear shell shows a number of physical features including a near-all metal design with upper and lower bezels, a cutout for the new round “True Tone” dual-LED flash, and a cutout for the rear camera that may hint at a protruding lens for the device.

Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 6 at an event on September 9...

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06:17
News: Report: New iPads in production, Air to...

Apple’s suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, Bloomberg reports. Mass production of an iPad with a 9.7” screen — likely the second-generation iPad Air — has already begun, with a source claiming the display will come with a new anti-reflection coating which makes the screen easier to read. A new iPad mini is also starting production and “will probably be available by the end of the year,” though it’s unclear…

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06:11
Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.

The Mac Observer Spin: Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?


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06:02
Apple’s new “Achieve big things” iPad email campaign

The ad features links to buy an iPad Air and a retina iPad mini, as well as sections that highlight Apple’s productivity suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), Microsoft’s Office iPad apps, and the Your Verse campaign.

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06:00
The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's...

Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we...

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05:41
Google consortium to build trans-Pacific, undersea...

From the NEC press release:

A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan.

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05:34
The Disney, Amazon feud

WSJ:

Price isn’t the only issue keeping “Maleficent” and “Captain America” off of Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +0.48% ‘s virtual shelves.

Walt Disney Co.’s dispute with the giant online retailer also encompasses promotion and product placement on the Amazon website, as well as questions over who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

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05:31
iOS holds two-thirds of enterprise market, but drops...

The latest enterprise market share data from Good Technology shows that iOS holds two-thirds of the market, at 67 percent, but has dropped five points to Android – which increased its share to 32 percent. Windows Phone remains flat (and irrelevant) at just 1 percent. (BlackBerry data is not included as the company uses its own servers and activations are invisible to Good Technology.) 

Android device activations jumped significantly quarter over quarter, increasing five percentage points to 32 percent of total activations, while iOS activations decreased that same amount and recorded 67 percent of total activations.

There was, however, good news for Apple. The enterprise market as a...

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05:27
∞ Apple’s two new “Your Verse” ads

Apple has added two new verses to its “Your Verse” ad campaign. The first one takes you on the road with Chinese musicians Yaoband. The second new “Your Verse” ad follows Jason Hall as he rallies thousand of his fellow Detroit bicyclists to inspire his city. Click through for the videos and links.

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04:34
Latest purported leak shows scuffed-up 'iPhone...

While it may be a little worse for wear, a part alleged to be a full back panel for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" appeared online Tuesday, offering a closer look at what could be the final design for the hotly anticipated product.



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04:11
WTF interview with Robin Williams

If you’ve never listened to WTF with Marc Maron, this interview with Robin Williams is an excellent place to start.

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03:50
Firmware update fail

Forums: Active Storage

Hi guys,
I’m trying to update the 1.40 firmware on my two ActiveStorage (AC16SFC01) with the activeadmin CLI tool.
When I launch the update, this message pops: "The controller's boot ROM version must be at least “1.04” to apply this update."
Also, all "array", "lun" or "group" commands doesn’t works, it says "Operation failed (FFFFFFFF)"
My current firmware version is 1.10 and the bottom is 1.03
The ActiveRAID firmware updater doesn't manage to connect either: "Operation failed (FFFFFFFF)"

Thanks for your help

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03:29
T-Mobile refreshing Pay as You Go plans with simpler...

T-Mobile will be launching changes to its prepaid service on August 17th, it has revealed. The new Pay as You Go plans aim to be simpler to understand and more affordable than earlier prepaid offerings, by providing a flat rate for texts and talk of 10 cents per message or minute, with customers required to use a minimum of $3 on the service each month....



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02:35
Alleged iPhone 6 backplate appears in new, high-...

New photos of the iPhone 6 surfaced tonight from Sonny Dickson that appear to show the backplate of the upcoming iPhone 6.  Dickson says that these photos were obtained from a source with access to the part, and they do appear to be legitimate.

The first photo, seen above, shows a close-up view of the cutouts for the camera (which appears to be raised), circular True Tone flash, rear microphone, and Apple logo. While it’s entirely possible that these photos are faked, the level of visible detail would make this quite the con job if that...

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23:57
California passes mandatory 'kill switch'...

The California state Senate has passed a bill requiring cellphone manufacturers to implement, and providers to activate, a "kill switch" that can be triggered remotely in the case of theft that renders the phone inoperable and unable to be reactivated. Owners of the iPhone are long familiar with these abilities, as Apple has offered them as opt-in features for some time, but the requirement that it be activated when users sign up for service will be new to many....



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