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Thursday August 7

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

NFL:

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

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

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

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



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

Macworld:

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

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

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

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

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

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09:54
Foursquare 8.0: All things reconsidered

TUAW:

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

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

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

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sketchbook for iOS goes free,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

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

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

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

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

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08:56
iOS DevCamp

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:52
Photoshop CC updates for better 3D printing

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



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

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


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08:39
Justin.tv shuts down

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:27
Dish Anywhere for iPad

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Get organized

Get organized

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

Cal List

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

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

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

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

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06:52
Magellan intros Echo Fit sports smart watch

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

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

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



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

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



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

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


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06:00
Foursquare 8.0: All things reconsidered

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Today Staples is offering deep discounts on current generation iPods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Filed under: General Tagged: Apple,...

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

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



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00:05
Apple’s Healthkit trademark doesn’t tell us jack...

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Wednesday August 6

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

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



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22:15
Review: Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker

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



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21:00
Reviews: Logitech X300 mobile wireless speaker

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



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

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



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

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


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

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



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

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



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18:50
A Fresh Look at OpenStack


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

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

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



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17:37
Cryptolocker Decrypted By Security Researchers

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

 


Image via @darth

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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14:51
NPR One Lets Listeners Hear Radio Their Way


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

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14:40
China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products...

MojoKid (1002251) writes "China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology. After banning Windows 8 on government PCs and raiding several of Microsoft's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, Chinese officials have now prohibited purchase of several Apple products for government use. The list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July. This is a potentially big hit to Apple, which generated around 16 percent of its $37.4 billion in revenue last quarter from China. Apple saw its iPad sales jump 51 percent and Mac sales boosted 39 percent in China."

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14:36
Moscone Center dates pin WWDC 2015 between June 8...

Just two months after hosting WWDC 2014, Apple appears to have already set dates for next year's conference. At San Francisco's Moscone Center -- where the company's Worldwide Developer Conference is traditionally held -- the official event calendar lists a generic "corporate event" as running from June 8–12. WWDC is usually held in early June, and Apple has had the same placeholder in several years past. Other Moscone bookings for June 2015 have specific names....



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14:30
Steve Jobs is a Japanese manga star

The life of Apple guru Steve Jobs is already a book and a Hollywood movie, so why not adapt it into a Japanese comic as well? That appears to be just what has happened. It's noted that the book is "based on" the official Steve Jobs biography by...

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14:19
Acer ships B286HK 28-inch 4K monitor with six-axis...

Acer has put a Ultra HD monitor on sale in the United States, aimed at the professional market. Measuring 28 inches, the B286HK has a native 3,840x2,160 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, is said to offer sharp pictures and high color accuracy courtesy of its included six-axis color adjustment system, and has a maximum contrast ratio of 100 million to one, with a response time of 2ms....



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14:11
This monkey took a selfie. Who owns the copyright?

Vox:

Slater had traveled to Indonesia to do a wildlife shoot. While he was there, he left one of his cameras unattended, and a crested black macaque monkey began playing with it. She took dozens of photos, most of which were blurry shots of the ground or the sky. But the photos included this crystal-clear selfie.

Slater says he owns the copyright to the photograph and asked Wikimedia to take it down. In its first-ever transparency report, the Wikimedia Foundation says it refused because it doesn’t believe Slater owns the copyright.

On one level, this is a funny story but, as a photographer, it’s very interesting to me. We’ve usually said that whoever actually took the photo owns the copyright. But what if the “photographer” isn’t human?

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14:09
Nbryte’s Tablift Can Stand Up Your iPad Almost...

Nbryteâs Tablift offers an alternative way to stand up your iPad in a hands free way for bed time or video time. It has flexible, stable legs and can be used with standard iPads and the iPad mini.


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14:00
Former Apple employee Sam Sung auctioning off his...

If you've ever happened upon a list of the most interesting business cards, you've undoubtedly stumbled across the business card of an Apple employee named, of all things, Sam Sung.

For a little while, Sung worked as an Apple retail store specialist...

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13:51
Apple hires Yves Saint Laurent's Catherine...

Apple has hired on another person from fashion giant Yves Saint Laurent, Catherine Monier, sources say. While with YSL, Monier was the company's European president and worldwide wholesale director. She's said to have left the company earlier this week, and should make the switch to Apple within the next few days....



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President refutes 'fast lane' aspect of...

President Obama, fielding a question at a press event, has decried part of US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's "net neutrality" proposal. Speaking before the US Africa Leaders Summit, the president claims that "you don't want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users" and that the proposal needs to "leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed."...



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How to Secure Your Mac With OS X Gatekeeper

OS X Mountain Lion was the first version to introduce the Gatekeeper security mechanism. John Martellaro explains how to use it to make your Mac more secure from malware.


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Record App Store sales, European job creation, and...

The dog days of summer might make for slow news days, but there's still some happenings in the Apple world that you should know about.

Apple says July was record-setting month for app store revenue

Indie developers may be having trouble eking out a profitable living on the App Store, but the store as a whole continues to do well: Apple told CNBC on Tuesday that it achieved both record-setting App Store revenues and a record number of customer transactions in the month of July. The company declined to mention any specific numbers, but given Apple’s third-quarter $4.485 billion revenue from iTunes, software, and services, it’s not hard to picture a many-...

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Uber introduces Uber for Business: Have your company...

Uber has updated its iOS app to support its Uber for Business service. With Uber for Business, employees who are traveling for work can request a ride from Uber and have the costs of the trip quickly billed to their company. For business people who...

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13:00
Apple's stock buybacks spurred massive share...

With Apple making more money than it knows what to do with, the company in March of 2012 announced a capital return program consisting of stock buybacks and dividends. The initial program was designed to return $45 billion in value to shareholders,...

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12:57
Google buys smart messaging service Emu, iOS app to...

Google has just revealed the acquisition of mobile messaging and virtual assistant company Emu. The product searches conversations had with contacts about information it needs to record, such as appointments, contact information, and other data. The service for iOS will shut down prior to its absorption by Google, and will no longer function after August 25 for existing users, with no migration path currently announced....



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12:30
Poll: What home devices would you like to have...

At WWDC 2014, Apple announced a new developer framework called HomeKit. The idea behind HomeKit is to provide a common way for home automation devices -- the so-called "Internet of Things" -- to be controlled from iOS devices. We've seen everything...

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12:23
News: ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers spend 65 percent more time per visit on Apple TV compared to when viewing on desktop. ABC also announced it’s adding three new local stations to its current nine local stations on Apple…

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12:15
Samsung teases Sept. 3 reveal of 'Note 4,...

With word leaking that Apple is apparently plotting an iPhone-related media event on Sept. 9, rival Samsung appears poised to beat Apple to press with its own "Unpacked" event six days earlier, where it is expected to unveil its next-generation jumbo-sized Note smartphone.



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12:09
Too Tired to Order a Pizza? There’s an App for That

Pizza is a staple of life for many people, but that whole ordering for delivery thing? What a total pain. That is, unless you're using Push For Pizza from Simple Food Solutions. The iPhone app was developed by a team of clever teens who saw a need and filled it... with pizza. After you fill in some basic info, like your name, address and credit card number, the pizza joint you like, cheese or pepperoni, and you're ready to go. Just tap the pizza button and your pizza shows up, fully paid for, including tip. It's brilliant, it's simple, and your next pizza is just a tap away. Push For Pizza is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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12:07
Paul Deneve brings YSL’s Europe President and Retail...

Apple has just made another significant hire from the global fashion industry: Yves Saint Laurent’s Europe President and Retail Head Catherine Monier. Sources say that Monier left the Paris, France-based fashion icon earlier this summer and that she started at Apple within the last few weeks. The sources added that former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, who joined Apple last year to work on “Special Projects” under Apple CEO Tim Cook, was behind the hire and that Monier will work on Deneve’s team…

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Up to $270 Off Rosetta Stone

I am stoked about today's deal because I love the product, Rosetta Stone. I'm not a linguistic scientist, but years ago I went through the company's Level 1 program for Japanese and it was amazing. On the other hand, it's expensive. Level 1, for instance, is $179 all by itself, and if you bundle Level 1-5, it retails for $499. With our deal, you can get up to $270 off-the more you buy the more you save. So, Level 1-5 is $229. If you just get Level 1, it's $40 off. Rosetta Stone also offers online subscriptions, and you can use our coupon for up to $270 on that, too. If you've been interested in Rosetta Stone, this is the best deal I've seen. It expires in one day, so get on it.


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Amazon expands same-day delivery to NYC, DC,...

Amazon.com has expanded Same-Day Delivery with new "Get It Today" capabilities for customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas, with more than a million eligible items now available for same-day delivery....



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12:00
Citing security concerns, Chinese government removes...

Citing concerns that Apple products pose a security threat, the Chinese government last month removed all Apple products from an official government procurement list.

Bloomberg reports:

Apple is the latest U.S. technology company to be excluded...

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11:58
Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6

Small maintenance release for the bootable backup utility ($39.95 new, free update, 10.8 MB)

 

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11:53
Keeping Up with the Snoops 6: A Game of Chairs

In the latest round of Snoops updates, Josh Centers brings you an update on the CIA/Senate kerfuffle we reported back in March, what Edward Snowden is up to, how this all affects Apple, and why Tor isn’t as secure as you might have thought.

 

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Hider 2.1

Adds advanced secure erase options and improves handling of unforeseen interruptions. ($19.99 new, free update, 5.7 MB)

 

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11:48
News: Redesigned Foursquare 8.0 removes check-ins

Foursquare Labs has updated its free Foursquare iOS app to version 8.0. As expected, the redesign has eliminated location check-ins — the feature which first brought Foursquare to prominence. Users looking to check in can now only do so through Foursquare’s separate Swarm app. The new Foursquare is focused on tips and location discovery, as the app aims to find places and things based on a user’s specific tastes. Changes can be seen…

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11:40
Synology unable to aid decryption of SynoLocker...

Synology users affected by the SynoLocker attack may have lost their files to the cryptoware. Representatives from Synology have informed Electronista that at this time, they are unable to provide assistance recovering data that has been forcibly encrypted by the malware....



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11:23
ABC News live video viewers on Apple TV trump...

ABC News claims that its viewers are watching 50 percent more live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined. The organization has released a new infographic highlighting the first 30 days of ABC News on Apple TV. It’s also noted that viewers…

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11:02
Analyst claims iPhone 6 may have 2,100mAh battery

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may have a 2,100mAh battery, claims a Chinese analyst, Sun Chang Xu. That figure would be a 45.8 percent leap over the 1,440mAh of the iPhone 5s. A recent report indicated that the iPhone 6 will have a 1,810mAh battery....



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11:00
Razer's Taipan might be your ideal Mac gaming...

When it comes to gaming mice, it's not entirely surprising that it's close to impossible to find a mouse that even remotely fits the aesthetic of Apple. The Razer Taipan is one of the rare gaming mice that is offered in such a shade, and if I'm being...

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10:48
Redesigned Foursquare 8.0 removes check-ins

Foursquare Labs has updated its free Foursquare iOS app to version 8.0. As expected, the redesign has eliminated location check-ins — the feature which first brought Foursquare to prominence. Users looking to check in can now only do so through Foursquare’s separate Swarm

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10:30
ABC News on Apple TV proves more popular than...

Apple TV users have flocked to ABC News's recently-unveiled live video offerings, the network said on Wednesday, with Apple TV viewers consuming 50 percent more live ABC News programming than viewers on desktops and mobile devices combined.



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10:17
Researchers Finagle Sound From Silent Video


Researchers have developed an algorithm to extract audio information from video footage. They recovered intelligible speech from a video of a potato chip bag that was shot at a distance of 15 feet behind soundproof glass. The team also obtained useful audio signals from videos of aluminum foil, the surface of a glass of water, and the leaves of a potted plant. Objects vibrate when hit by sound, creating a subtle visual signal that is usually invisible to the naked eye. The researchers sought to reconstruct the sounds causing such vibrations.

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10:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-06

Word on the street is that Apple will host a special media event to introduce the iPhone 6 on September 9. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Apple may announce, plus they wax poetic on some of their favorite OS X features of all time.


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10:03
China drops Apple from procurement list over “...

The latest procurement list used by the Chinese government has dropped Apple's products, including the iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, reports Bloomberg. Public money can no longer be used to buy Apple hardware due to "security concerns."

The procurement list, created by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, limits the purchasing of all government departments, ministries, and local governments in China. A draft created in June included the Apple products, but the final version from July omits them.

Apple is in good company. Prior drafts of the list have dropped Symantec and Kaspersky antivirus software, and Microsoft's Windows 8 has been excluded because of "energy efficiency" concerns. The removal is consistent with growing antagonism between the Chinese government and non-Chinese companies....

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10:00
Yahoo Mail improves email inbox searching with new...

Yahoo today pushed out an update to its iOS Mail app, adding an improved search experience to the app's lineup of features. This latest update, available now in the App Store, brings the email client up to version 3.2.0.

The new search option allows...

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09:56
Sam Sung is auctioning off his Apple business card

Sam Sung:

I came across one of my old business cards the other day when it fell out of a book.

So, with a view to raising money for a very deserving charity, I’m auctioning the only “Apple Sam Sung” business card I have left and I’m going to donate ALL of the proceeds [minus eBay fees] to Children’s Wish, BC & Yukon – a not-for-profit that grants wishes to sick children.

You may remember the funny story a while back of the Apple employee named “Sam Sung”. He no longer works at Apple Retail but is auctioning off some of his Apple employee gear for a (local to me) good charity.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:39
Schools lament shortcomings of Apple's iPad as...

Even as Apple's education sales boom, some schools have begun to transition students and classrooms away from the iPad in favor of laptops -- including Google's cheap cloud-based Chromebooks -- as weaknesses have begun to emerge with the tablet form factor.



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