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Wednesday August 6

06:30
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.7.7

Adds support for Swift source code files and now requires Lion 10.7.5. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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06:24
iStat Menus 5 Offers More System Data, OS X Yosemite...

Bjango's new iStat Menus 5 is out with features OS X Mavericks users have been hoping for like per-app power usage, compressed memory support, per-app disk read and write stats, and more. OS X Yosemite users get to share in on the new features, too, plus version 5 supports menubar dark mode, too.


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06:23
Brother debuts two models in new line of small...

Printer manufacturer Brother today announced the MFC-J5620DW and the MFC-J5720DW, the first two model from its new line of color inkjet all-in-ones for small businesses, the Business Smart Plus Series. The new model offers printing up to 11x17, with print speeds of up to 22ppm black and 20ppm color....



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06:14
Apple, Samsung agree to end non-US patent suits

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent suits against each other outside of the U.S., Bloomberg reports. A joint statement issued by the two companies confirms that ongoing claims in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, and the U.K. are all being abandoned. Although…

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06:10
Sprint to cease pursuit of T-Mobile

Sprint has decided to stop pursuing T-Mobile as a merger partner, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company also decided at a Tuesday board meeting to replace CEO Dan Hesse with Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure. It was first reported in December that Sprint was working toward a bid…

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06:00
City of Cupertino shares official updated aerial...

Following an update late last month from the City of Cupertino on progress being made at Apple’s currently under construction Campus 2 project, now the City has shared an official updated aerial photo of the site from Apple. 

Last month the city shared the first official photo with an overhead shot showing the entire campus and surrounding area. Today’s shot shows that progress is continuing on the main structure’s foundation and surrounding campus, but also gives us a wider field of view for a nice perspective of how the site fits into the surrounding city. Previously...

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06:00
Apple and Samsung agree to drop legal disputes in...

It's increasingly starting to look that Apple's obsession with taking Samsung to task for allegedly copying the iPhone may be starting to wane. Originally reported by Bloomberg, news broke on Tuesday evening that Apple and Samsung have agreed to end...

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05:58
China bans government agencies from purchasing Apple...

New procurement regulations handed down last month by the Chinese central government will prevent both national and local agencies from considering future purchases of some Apple products with public funds, a Wednesday report said.



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05:48
Should your driverless car kill you to save a child?

Quartz:

Consider this thought experiment: you are traveling along a single-lane mountain road in an autonomous car that is fast approaching a narrow tunnel. Just before entering the tunnel a child attempts to run across the road but trips in the centre of the lane, effectively blocking the entrance to the tunnel. The car has but two options: hit and kill the child, or swerve into the wall on either side of the tunnel, thus killing you.

This might seem a pointless exercise, but as the field of robotics matures and artificial intelligence design takes on the burdens of critical decision making, this ethical dilemma will force itself on software designers.

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05:46
Reminders: Printing Out Your Lists

You may have noticed that the Reminders app in OS X doesn't offer a way to print out your lists, which is a strange and curious oversight. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about what we think is the easiest way to overcome this weird problem.


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05:35
First look: Autodesk's SketchBook Pro 7 for OS X

Autodesk on Wednesday launched SketchBook Pro 7, the latest version of the company's easy-to-use -- yet feature-rich -- desktop drawing app with new tools, animation options, layer editor enhancements and more.



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05:21
China said to exclude Apple products from “public...

Bloomberg:

Ten Apple products — including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July, according to officials who read it and asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The models were on a June version of the list drafted by the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, the officials said.

Apple is the latest U.S. technology company to be excluded from Chinese government purchases amid escalating tensions between the countries over claims of hacking and cyberspying. China’s procurement agency told departments to stop buying antivirus software from Symantec Corp. (SYMC) and Kaspersky Lab, while Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was shut out of a government purchase of energy-efficient computers.

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05:19
Apple says its App Store has resulted in a half-...

Apple on Wednesday began touting its success in Europe, claiming that it has created or supported 629,000 new jobs in the continent, with nearly 500,000 of those from the so-called "app economy."



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05:14
Tycoon allowed to sue Google for defamation because...

Oh, what times we live in.

A Hong Kong court has ruled that a local tycoon can sue Google Inc for defamation because searches for his name on Google suggest adding the word ‘triad’, Hong Kong’s notorious organized crime groups.

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05:11
iOS supports more European app developers than any...

There’s a new report out from Vision Mobile:

Apple’s iOS operating system forms the basis 497,000 jobs in Europe – around half of all ‘app economy’ jobs on the continent – according to a new report by Vision Mobile.

Although more developers overall use Google’s Android operating system, iOS is the preferred platform for professional developers (as opposed to hobbyists and explorers), prioritised by 43 per cent of professional developers, compared to 35 per cent for Android.

Interesting economics. 497,000 jobs in Europe alone, based on an OS that was released about 7 years ago.

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05:08
Chinese government’s war on Apple escalates as it...

After a Chinese state-run TV channel last month described the iPhone as a “national security concern” (a claim Apple denied), Bloomberg reports that the Chinese government has stepped up its war on Apple by removing the company’s products from its procurement lists.

Ten Apple products — including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July, according to officials who read it and asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The models were on a June version of the list drafted by the National...

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05:00
Navdy May Drive Into the Sunset


Navdy has announced an aftermarket car heads-up display console that lets drivers access their iOS or Android smartphone's apps without taking their eyes off the road. It projects a 6-inch transparent image within the driver's field of vision showing simplified versions of the user's smartphone apps. The device also will have its own apps. The screen splits to simultaneously display navigation instructions and notifications. The Navdy offers both voice and gesture controls.

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04:49
Apple says it has created or supported 629,000 jobs...

Apple is today touting a lot of new stats regarding Apple’s contribution to European economies. The company has done similar things for the United States, in the past. For Europe, Apple claims to have created or supported 629,000 jobs across Europe, with over 500,000 of those representing the ‘app economy’. Apple says this number is made up of employees whose jobs can be directly attributed to the App Store. Out of $20 billion in worldwide developer earnings, $6.5 billion has gone to European developers.

In 2014, Apple estimates the ‘app economy’ will add $86 billion to worldwide GDP this year. Aside from the App Store, Apple employees 16,000 Europeans directly and indirectly supports a total of 132,000 jobs elsewhere. The...

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04:20
Russian gang amasses more than a billion internet...

New York Times:

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.

Replacing our existing ID system needs to become a priority.

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03:59
Latest sketchy iPhone 6 battery rumor claims...

A claimed iPhone 6 battery with a capacity of 1810mAh was a ‘test unit,’ claims a Chinese news analyst cited by GforGames, while the real thing “might” have a capacity of 2100mAh.

According to her supply-chain sources, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 might actually sport a larger 2,100 mAh battery as opposed to a 1,810 mAh unit. Reportedly, the 1,810 mAh battery we’ve seen in the aforementioned leaked picture is as real as it can be, but according to Sung Chang Xu’s sources, these units have been used solely for testing purposes.

It should be noted that GforGames specializes in quoting every Chinese source going, and even the source doesn’t appear too confident in this case, so we’re...

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03:55
Uber starts private beta testing of UberPool car...

Cab-hailing service Uber is looking to lower the cost of rides for its customers, by offering the option to car-pool with other users. Rolling out as a private beta, UberPool will allow customers to hail a car as normal, but it will attempt to find others requesting a similar journey so the car can be shared, with the cost significantly reduced for each UberPool participant....



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02:11
External Link: Using Swift in Place of AppleScript

Programmers typically have to learn several languages to do their jobs. In the Apple world, that might include Objective-C to code Mac and iOS apps and AppleScript to automate common tasks. But developer Filip W has shown that Apple’s new Swift programming language can be used both for app development and as a scripting language. As a proof of concept, he developed a script to change his Mac’s wallpaper in Swift, without using Xcode.

 

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Tuesday August 5

23:06
Samsung, Apple agree to end all non-US legal disputes

In a joint email sent to the press, Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent lawsuits against each other in all countries except the US, without any settlement, cross-license agreement or any other consideration. The US court system will be the sole arbiter of the numerous patent disputes the two companies have brought against each other, and comes on the heels of a series of moves to de-escalate the standoffs between them. Samsung and Apple agreed to drop appeals of an ITC case in June....



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20:14
The Connected Car, Part 1: The Future Starts Now -...


The Age of the Connected Car is dawning. The Linux Foundation is positioning an open source Linux OS to take the front seat in steering carmakers to adopting Automotive Grade Linux as the engine driving all in-car electronics. Today's automobile has from 60 to 100 sensors to control everything from climate to airbags and dozens of vehicle components. That number could double as cars get smarter. The so-called "smartcar" will use these sensors to do much more than give the driver a hands-free option for changing lanes, breaking and parking.

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19:40
Apple, Samsung agree to bury overseas litigation ax

CNET:

Apple and Samsung announced late Tuesday that they have agreed to settle all lawsuits filed against each other outside the United States but said patent lawsuits filed in the US would be unaffected by the deal.

“Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts,” the companies said in a statement.

This doesn’t mean there won’t be future lawsuits.

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19:19
Samsung and Apple agree to end all patent disputes...

Samsung and Apple just announced that they have agreed to drop all patent suits against each other in countries outside the United States, Bloomberg reports. The two companies will drop suits against each other in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France and Italy. This agreement does not include any licensing agreements, though. This has no effect on United States battles either.

In a joint statement, the two companies had the following to say:

“Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any...

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19:09
Apple and Samsung agree to settle all non-US...

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Apple and Samsung said they have dropped all ongoing patent litigation outside of the U.S., a move that could save both companies millions of dollars in legal fees from protracted court proceedings.



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18:17
Report: Sprint no longer pursuing deal to acquire T-...

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that T-Mobile's possible purchase by Sprint may no longer be on the table. Sources tell the publication that Sprint's parent company, SoftBank, no longer believes that it would be able to convince regulators that the merger of the two companies would be favorable to the wireless industry. It's believed that officials had given enough of a signal that it would oppose any change in the current wireless market....



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17:54
Apple warns testers of iCloud Drive outages, ongoing...

Apple has sent out an email to registered participants in the AppleSeed beta-testing program, most of whom are currently working with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that those who opted to engage the iCloud Drive feature may see "more downtime" than has been previously seen. Still in development, Apple's iCloud Drive is expected to be included in the formal release of Yosemite and iOS 8, and allows users to store any kind of document or image/video file, as well as enable other features....



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17:36
Apple notifies developers of ongoing iCloud Drive...

Apple on Tuesday sent out emails to developers using OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview builds, warning them to perform regular backups as the company performs ongoing maintenance of iCloud services, including iCloud Drive.



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17:17
Stream to Speakers with Audioengine B1 Premium...

Audioengine announced the B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver on Tuesday. This device acts as a Bluetooth receiver for any audio system or powered speakers, allowing you to stream music from your iPhone, iPad, Mac or other Bluetooth device. The B1 receives your Bluetooth signal and has a stereo analog RCA outputs and a digital optical (SPDIF) output for connecting to your stereo, receiver, or powered speakers. This is an easy way to stream music to any setup that doesn't support Apple's AirPlay technology. We haven't tested this device yet, but we're big fans of Audioengine at TMO. We look forward to putting it through its paces. The B1 is priced at US$189, and it's eligible for Audioengine's 30-Day Audition.


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17:00
Reverb: A unique personalized news tool for iOS

Personalization is the Holy Grail for news apps. Give the app an idea of what you want to hear about, and let it learn over time so that your news reading is always relevant.

Reverb (free) bills itself as a personalized news discovery app. You can...

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16:54
LinkedIn pays out almost $6 million in wages,...

LinkedIn agreed on Monday to pay out nearly $6 million in overtimes wages and damages after a probe by the United States Department of Labor. The job networking service company was found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by not properly keeping records in regard to time worked, as well as overtime laws....



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16:51
More photos show rebar, substructure work on Apple...

New photos from KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi has revealed further progress on Apple's new Campus 2 structure from the last surveillance, done about three weeks ago. In the new pictures, troughs being dug that are intended for both lower levels of the facility as well as transportation tunnels are seen more clearly, with rebar work being done for the retaining walls and other substructure that will be needed for the below-ground levels of the facility....

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16:43
Shares of Apple, Inc. near ex-dividend as it gears...

On August 14, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.47 per share, but investors will need to have purchased the company's stock by the market's close next Monday, August 11 in order to qualify.



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16:31
Sprint gives up its plans to acquire T-Mobile USA...

Sprint’s plans to buy out the U.S. arm of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom came to an end today, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the Journal, Sprint’s leadership was concerned that it would be too difficult to get United States regulators to agree to the merger.

The announcement is not yet official, but is said to be planned for Wednesday. If the merger had suceeded, the two companies would have united under the Sprint banner, possibly abandoning all of the “un-carrier” moves made by T-Mobile in recent years, including free one-week iPhone test drives on the network and unlimited music streaming on a variety of services....

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16:04
Sprint reportedly drops takeover bid for T-Mobile,...

After months of speculation and rumor, a report on Tuesday claims Sprint is no longer considering a takeover of T-Mobile, a merger that would have created a viable competitor to dominant U.S. cellular providers Verizon and AT&T.



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16:00
iStat Menu 5 for Mac brings big improvements

iStat Menu is a powerful system monitoring tool that gives you a clear, simple, explanation of the resources your computer is currently using. For US$16 the app monitors everything from CPU activity to your internal fan speed, showing you real time...

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15:49
Briefly: Catalyst's waterproof sleeves, Ooloo...

Rugged tech accessories producer, Catalyst, has introduced a new line of protective waterproof sleeves for use with tablets, laptops and even documents. Suitable for commuters and students, the Catalyst Waterproof Sleeve aims to offer a minimalist design with an IP66 Waterproof rating. The sleeves feature a double-lock watertight closure that is capable of completely sealing out rain, snow, dirt, spills and brief submersions underwater. Its strap system and be adjusted for use as a backpack, a single-shoulder sling bag, or the sleeve can be used simply as a protective case layer....



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15:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Instatube - Best Player...

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15:14
Apple warns Yosemite testers of ongoing iCloud Drive...

Apple has started sending out emails to members of the AppleSeed beta testing program informing them of ongoing maintenance to iCloud Drive. According to the message, due to the in-development nature of the updated iCloud backend, users should expect to see more downtime than they experienced with older versions of OS X.

Unlike the developer previews, however, Apple notes that these outages are not likely affect files stored in iCloud. Twice previously the company has wiped all data...

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15:00
Booq Cobra pack: The ultimate lightweight laptop...

Whether you're a college student lugging around a MacBook Air and some books or a creative professional with a MacBook Pro who travels constantly on the job, you probably like the hands-free convenience of a backpack for your laptop. Booq's Cobra...

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14:39
Justin.tv shutting down immediately, claims Twitch...

The online streaming site that spawned Twitch announced that it is closing down effective today. Justin.tv, which was launched in 2007 by Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt, changed its website to a goodbye video and answering some questions about the future of the company and its users. The streaming service was touted as a "life streaming" platform that allowed a look into the everyday lives of the users....



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14:33
How-To Update Synology DSM to Version 5 for...

Some Synology users are falling victim to a security flaw that was patched in December 2013. If you have a Synology NAS and haven't updated to version 5 yet, here's how.


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14:30
iShadow?

It's been a while since Apple sued someone for copying its iOS design copyrights, but it looks like department store makeup could be the next target. iShadow, anyone?...

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14:07
Apple files for US, European HealthKit trademarks

Apple has filed to trademark the term "HealthKit" in the US and the European Union, documents show. The US application covers "computer software used in developing other software applications," and "application development software." In the EU however, Apple's trademark may achieve a wider scope, covering not just computers and peripherals but health, fitness, and medical sensors and services, along with timekeeping devices....



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14:00
Apple to open third Netherlands retail store this...

Apple has announced that it will be opening another Apple Store in the Netherlands this coming Saturday, August 9. The store will be located at The Hague's Passage mall, and joins the company's other stores in Haarlem and Amsterdam.

This is the...

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13:51
Forums: hard drive, slideshows, Illustrator and more

Yesterday in the MacNN forums Grizzled Veteran "chasg" was asking fellow members if they knew what brand hard drive their 24-inch iMac came with, as they want to upgrade and heard that it would need to be a "like for like" swap. "Thorzdad" asks if there is a way to re-start a slideshow after it has been paused, restarting it at the exact moment that it had been paused....



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13:50
Apple deals: 5 MacBook Air models for $979 or less

Right now Apple's online store is offering refurbished MacBook Air models at low prices, with 5 configurations landing at sub $1,000 price points. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $130 down to $719. A refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air originally released in June 2012 with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $420 to $779....



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13:48
DealNN: new Mac Pro now $3,199

Currently Adorama.com has the new Mac Pro on sale for $3,199. That's $200 off the list price of $3,399, and about $150 less than the lowest price seen anywhere else. This Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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13:47
BrandPost: Staying in touch: great ways to save,...

The Rolodex was put out to pasture years ago. Today, most address books and contact lists live on smartphones. While your iPhone makes for an incredibly convenient way to keep the names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone you’ve ever met ready at a moment’s notice, it isn’t always easy to make sure everything’s up to date. People move. Email addresses change. How do you ensure your contact list has the latest information? Relying on one device to maintain your contact list also puts that data at significant risk. What happens if your phone gets lost or is stolen?

Don’t let your iPhone’s address book be a passive document, and don’t limit your potential (or leave your data at risk) by using it as your sole resource for staying in touch. Turbocharge it with these essential apps.

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13:32
New photos of Apple Campus 2 show concrete...

Three new aerial photos of Apple's Campus 2 construction site show rapid progress being made on the main circular building's foundation, including rebar work for below grade retaining walls and the addition of interior "tunnels."



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13:29
Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield smartphone display takes a...

Kyocera has published a new video of its Sapphire Shield smartphone cover in action, pitting it against standard impact-resistant glass in a few drop and scratch tests. As you might expect, the sapphire cover fared much better than the glass. While the glass display was easily scratched and shattered using a piece of granite, the Sapphire Shield looked like it had just come out of the box.

The Sapphire Shield can currently be found on Kyocera’s Brigadier smartphone, which became available from Verizon last week. The phone is currently one of a few to sport a sapphire display, though it’s widely believed that Apple will be...

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13:06
App Store hit record revenue in July, Apple says

The App Store witnessed record revenue figures in July, Apple tells business network CNBC. The platform is also said to have achieved a record number of people making transactions. Apple has not, however, provided any specific figures, something it usually reserves for press events, major milestones, and/or quarterly results calls....



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13:00
Yes, our podcasts are gone but no, we're not...

While it's a sad thing to sunset any fun project like our long-running Talkcast, TUAW TV and Daily Update podcasts, the practical upshot is that this frees us up to work on some other projects. We think you're going to like what we're cooking...

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12:50
Apple Reportedly Planning iPhone Media Event for...

Apple has scheduled its next media event for September 9th. With no mention of sources, Re/code's excellent, rumor-focused "Code/red" column said that it would be Apple's iPhone event.


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12:36
External Link: Register for iOSDevCamp 2014

iOSDevCamp 2014 is coming up on 22 August 2014 at the eBay Offices in San Jose, California, and there’s still time to register. The three-day hackathon will cover all of Apple’s upcoming technologies, like HealthKit and HomeKit, as well as robotics, big data, alternate currencies and more. Also, you can look forward to catered meals on Saturday and Sunday, Saturday night gaming, and chances to win prizes (everyone will have something to take home).

 

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12:15
The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X...

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what new features in each release have been significant and were brought into daily use - and which ones ended up just being gimmicks. This is part II: Lion to Yosemite.


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12:11
Re/code: Apple’s next iPhone event happens on...

This iPhone 5S is likely to be superseded in September.

Andrew Cunningham

After a summer full of rumors and part leaks, Re/code reports that Apple is planning to hold its next iPhone event on Tuesday, September 9. Re/code co-founder Walt Mossberg has a long history with Apple, and his prior publication AllThingsD correctly predicted the dates of Apple's iPhone and iPad events last year, so there's a good chance this is the real thing.

This year Apple is widely expected to release a redesigned "iPhone 6" with a larger screen. Reports have varied, but anonymous sources have told multiple publications that the company is planning a 4.7-inch...

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12:00
Steve Jobs' vision for free Wi-Fi for the masses

Writing for Re/Code, Walt Mossberg today relays an interesting anecdote about Steve Jobs and his desire to deliver free Wi-Fi to the masses. More than just an idealistic pipe dream, Jobs told Mossberg that he hoped to get big name companies on board...

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11:43
Pebble unveils new limited-edition iOS-compatible...

With competition in the smartwatch space heating up, arguable market leader Pebble on Tuesday took the covers off of a new fashion-focused push that will see a limited run of Fly Blue, Fresh Green, and Hot Pink versions of its original plastic-framed device made available to the public.



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11:30
Daily Deals for August 5, 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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11:19
The Ultimate iPad Bundle - Case, Protector, Keyboard...

We have a deal for those who tend to ride their iPad 2/3/4 hard and put it away wet. It's called the Ultimate iPad Bundle from our friends at Stack Social, and it includes a case, a keyboard, a screen protector, and a stylus, all for $39 (regular price is $69). The case is made from aluminum, and it offers two viewing angle-the keyboard is built right into the case. The keyboard is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that offers up to 55 hours of uninterrupted use. As noted above, it's compatible with iPad 2, 3, and 4.


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11:16
External Link: Steve Jobs Dreamed of Open Wi-Fi...

After the release of the iPhone, Steve Jobs told Re/code’s Walt Mossberg that he was so frustrated by AT&T’s slow cellular network and the general lack of open Wi-Fi access points that he came up with a plan to make it easy for users to share their Wi-Fi networks with strangers safely. He even wanted to create an industry consortium of sorts to make guest networks a standard feature of wireless routers. Jobs’s frustration could have been the inspiration for the guest network feature in AirPort base stations, though it might also have just been a natural development.

 

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11:14
Apple's recent buybacks set new record for...

Apple's most recent stock buybacks set a record for "the highest four-month returns among the 20 biggest quarterly repurchases by any company since 1998," says Bloomberg, using data gathered in collaboration with Standard & Poor's. The publication notes that Apple's stock value has increased 77 percent during the last 15 months, and 25 percent since last year's $18 billion buyback. It adds that "the ratio of Apple's per-share profit growth to its overall earnings has increased due to buybacks;" in the last quarter, per-share profit grew 19.6 percent year-over-year, versus a net income growth...



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11:13
Apple files for 'HealthKit' trademarks in...

Nearly three months after first protecting the "HealthKit" moniker in the small island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Apple has officially filed paperwork to expand that protection to the U.S. and the European Union.



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11:10
64-bit Chrome for OS X spotted in Canary and Dev...

64-bit Chrome running on the OS X Yosemite public beta. It's beta software all the way down!

Andrew Cunningham

About two months after issuing the first 64-bit Chrome beta builds to Windows users, Google has introduced 64-bit support to the OS X version of the Chrome beta as well. The change was first spotted by iClarified, and we downloaded the Canary version of Chrome to confirm for ourselves. Chrome's Canary channel is the least stable of all the release channels, and it's often where new or experimental features make their first appearance. The...

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11:00
Verizon responds to FCC unlimited LTE customer...

Verizon is the first mobile provider that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has queried about Internet speed slowdown. In a response filed with the FCC yesterday, the wireless company explained its rationale for doing so, and noted that a user need to consume 4.7GB of mobile data to be put in the class of users that it would throttle to protect the experience of the rest of its customers on the network....



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11:00
What photo/video features would you like to see in...

Every year, it seems like the photo and video features of our iPhones get just a little bit better. We'd like to know what you think would be the best possible feature to add to future iPhones. Take the poll, and be sure to share your answer with...

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10:55
App Store saw record numbers in July

Thanks to our amazing developer community! Apple says July was record-setting month for app store revenue http://t.co/BI8wFTTG5V— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 5, 2014 Apple has told CNBC that its App Store set record revenue numbers this July. The App Store also…

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10:44
Apple iPhone event scheduled for September 9

Apple has announced a special event for September 9, 2014 -- exactly 364 days since the iPhone 5s and 5c were revealed. The inevitable iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6es, depending on which rumor you buy into) is thought to be significantly larger than the...

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10:27
Apple’s 2014 iPhone event scheduled for September 9

Apple will hold an event to introduce its new iPhones on September 9, Re/Code reports. It’s believed that both the upcoming 4.7” and 5.5” iPhones will be unveiled at the event, though what it means for the respective release dates of the phones is still unclear; the company traditionally…

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10:20
Panasonic to Help Make Tesla's Gigafactory...


Tesla and Panasonic last week signed what is effectively a memorandum of understanding regarding their collaboration on Tesla's Gigafactory -- a large-scale battery manufacturing facility. The agreement sets out the responsibilities of both partners, but there will be further discussions over the details. When completed sometime in 2017, the Gigafactory will address one of the major problems holding back production of Tesla's electric vehicles: the shortage of batteries.

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10:20
Apple using new AAE sidecar format for iOS 8 photos?

The latest iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite betas have revealed what appears to be a new file format for transferring non-destructive photo adjustments between different apps and Apple devices. When using Yosemite’s built-in photo transfer app Image Capture, iOS 8 JPEG photos transferred to the Mac now…

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10:19
It’s time for open, shared home Wi-Fi

Re/code:

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs loved to walk around his neighborhood in Palo Alto, California. And after his pride and joy, the iPhone, was born, he naturally took it along with him on walks. The first iPhone had a lousy, sluggish, cellular-data network, but it also had a much faster data option: Wi-Fi. It even had a feature (still present, but much less touted) that popped up a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks on the screen, so you could always find one in range.

But, he once told me, there was a big problem with that technique, one that he wanted to fix: Most of the Wi-Fi networks that popped up on his screen couldn’t be used, because they were secured with passwords. Jobs said he understood the need for security, but he was determined to figure out a way to make free, safe, Wi-Fi sharing from homes and small local businesses...

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10:17
Apple reportedly schedules new iPhone event for Sept...

Lining up with our earlier report, Apple has reportedly scheduled a media event for Tuesday, September 9, which we can only assume will be the unveiling of its new iPhone lineup expected this fall. ReCode reports:

Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 — a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance. As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger...

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10:17
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-05

Apple may be making a more serious move into social media by hiring Nike's Musa Tariq. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on Apple's limited social media presence and how Mr. Tariq could change that. They also dive into Apple's big Gatekeeper change that's forcing developers to update their apps, and they look as NAS security issues, too.


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10:15
Apple to hold 'iPhone 6' media event on...

Apple is reportedly set to hold a "big media event" on Tuesday, Sept. 9, where it's expected the company will reveal its next-generation iPhone, rumored to come in two larger screen sizes and an all-new form factor.



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10:10
App Store revenue, number of customers both reached...

Apple on Tuesday revealed that the month of July was the best ever for its digital software downloads, as the App Store generated more revenue and had more customers make purchases than ever before.



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10:05
Apple says it had record month in July for App Store...

Apple has announced that July was a record setting month for App Store revenue following its earnings report last month where the company reported strong iTunes results for the three-month period that ended June (via CNBC).

The company also told CNBC today that it saw “a record number of customers making transactions” for the App Store during the month:

Apple’s app store saw record-setting revenue numbers in July, the company told CNBC. The Cupertino-based company also said that its app store saw a record number of customers making...

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10:00
Oh look, everyone hates Facebook Messenger

For a massive technology company, Facebook is surprisingly dumb about apps. It has had far more flops than successful ventures when it comes to smartphone software -- in fact, the default Facebook app is just about the only one that has been able to...

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09:42
Apple awarded patent for magnetic power that could...

Apple on Tuesday was officially awarded a patent related to wireless, magnetic power systems that could one day in the future allow low-power devices like keyboards and mice to be powered over the air, without any physical contact or even battery necessary.



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09:38
Google introduces 64-bit Mac version of Chrome Canary

The latest build of Chrome Canary for the Mac has switched to a 64-bit codebase, reports note. Canary is Google's "experimental" version of Chrome, based on the absolute latest changes, which can make it unstable but with the benefit of early access to upcoming features. The first 64-bit build is listed as "Version 38.0.2114.2 canary (64-bit)."...



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09:33
Apple files for HealthKit trademarks w/...

Apple has just filed for Healthkit trademarks in both the US and Europe ahead of iOS 8’s launch this fall and in at least one filing includes watches in a list of goods that could take advantage of the health-tracking software.

While the filing in the US (filed July 31) only includes classifications for computer software and covers the Healthkit text, a filing in Europe (published yesterday) extends classifications to include health, fitness, and exercise sensors, medical devices, and watches:

List of goods and services...

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09:30
Navdy gives your car an iPhone-powered HUD

We love our cars, and we love our iPhones, but sometimes we don't love them so much together. Navigation and entertainment apps provide a wonderful road trip experience, but controlling those apps by touch or by voice is tougher -- and more dangerous...

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09:24
Google silently launches Chrome 64-bit Canary and...

Google recently released a 64-bit version beta version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 users and for an encore the company has turned its efforts towards Apple’s OS X. The search giant has silently added 64-bit support to its Chrome Canary and Dev channels for Mac users. If you’re running the latest version of Canary on your Mac, the software should read as 64-bit capable in its About tab.

Now, before you rush to take advantage of this new 64-bit goodness, please be advised that Canary and Dev releases are not final builds of Google’s web browser, so expect to encounter a bug or two along the way. This...

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09:20
External Link: Read The Magazine for Free

Our own Glenn Fleishman’s general-interest publication, The Magazine, has revamped its iOS app, releasing a version 2.0 using the TypeEngine publishing system. To mark the change, he’s opening up the app’s first 47 issues for free download via the new app. New issues, starting with number 48, cost $1.99 each, or come twice monthly for subscribers at $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. After 29 August, individual back issues will cost $1.99.

 

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09:01
Jobs wanted to make shared Wi-Fi standard, report...

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once wanted to make shared Wi-Fi commonplace in homes and small businesses, says Re/Code's Walt Mossberg. The impetus is said to have been the first-generation iPhone, which lacked 3G. Although people could get around slow 2G speeds by connecting to Wi-Fi, most hotspots were and are password-protected, and Jobs wanted people to be able to leap seamlessly from network to network, much in the same way people transition between celltowers without noticing....



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09:00
Apple Store iPhone 5s screen replacements coming to...

Earlier this week, Apple started replacing iPhone 5s glass screens in Apple Stores for the first time. But the catch is that the service is only available in the United States and Canada. That will change, though, next week. Sources say that the program will expand across Apple’s official retail locations in Europe as soon as Monday, August 11th. The pricing for the screen replacements will likely come in around the equivalent of $150. iPhone 5c screen replacements started across Apple’s locations earlier this year.

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iMac $220 off w/ .edu, Schlage...

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09:00
Apple news bites for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's been very, very quiet in the world of Apple the past few weeks, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing happening out there. Here are a few little snack-sized bits of news that we've picked up this morning:

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08:44
Apple’s recent buybacks brought highest 4-month...

Data from Bloomberg today shows just how profitable Apple’s recent buybacks have been with the company experiencing the highest returns of any company in over a decade. The buybacks, which were also the biggest ever since Bloomberg and S&P started tracking these numbers, came as Apple stock increased 77 percent over the last 15 months and 25 percent since its $18 billion buyback last year:

Those are the highest four-month returns among the 20 biggest quarterly repurchases by any company since 1998, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and Standard & Poor’s. S&P 500 constituents have spent $211 billion on their own stock this year amid concern the five-year bull market is prone to selloffs...

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08:22
Apple's Steve Jobs had vision of building an...

Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is said to have been unhappy with the high cost and slow speed of mobile data networks, and hoped to solve the problem by convincing consumers and businesses to share their high-speed Internet connections via free and open "guest" Wi-Fi networks.



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08:11
Third Dutch Apple Store to open in the Hague on...

Apple is set to open its third Dutch Apple Store on Saturday, August 9th at 10AM local time, according to an official store listing. Located at Passage 39 in the Hague, the shop will have most of Apple's regular design features, with the notable distinction of a 360-degree Genius Bar. Most Apple Stores use a counter arrangement for technical support....



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08:00
Mac 101: How to create a time-saving printer pool in...

Yesterday I had a call from an old consulting client of mine, who was wondering if there was a way that she could set up a way of sending print jobs from a Mac to any printer in her office -- any printer that wasn't already tied up printing something...

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07:53
Apple continues European retail expansion with new...

Consumers in at least two European nations are set to gain more brick-and-mortar options for purchasing Apple products and receiving service, as the iPhone maker is readying a second store in Istanbul to open next month while a new shop in The Hague will host its own debut on Saturday.



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07:39
Apple Stores officially begin iPhone 5s screen...

As predicted, Apple Stores have officially begun replacing iPhone 5s screens. Accounts indicate that the procedure can take as little as an hour, and is rolling out across the US, although it may not be available at every location. Previously, if an Apple Store didn't replace a phone outright it would ship the unit out for service, something that could take several days....



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07:29
Apple’s Social Media Secret Weapon: Musa Tariq

Musa Tariq was Burberry's digital marketing directory, then Nike's social media director, and now he works for Apple. Mr. Tariq is Apple's new retail Digital Marketing Director, and his new job is a pretty clear indicator that the company is serious about building up its own in-house marketing efforts, and may finally have a real interest in social media, too.


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07:26
External Link: Flappy Bird Returns as a Fire TV...

Flappy Bird was a smash hit on the iPhone and iPad until developer Dong Nguyen pulled it for fear of its addictive gameplay. Now, Flappy Bird is back as an exclusive to Amazon’s Fire TV. Relaunched as Flappy Bird Family, the game now features multiplayer support and additional hazards, like ghosts.

 

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07:24
∞ Xiaomi passes Samsung in China, Micromax passes...

Two huge markets, two big market losses for Samsung. [See the full post]

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