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Tuesday July 8

06:57
Tiny Spectrometer Tells You Exactly What You're...


For all those who have wondered about the ingredients in their lunchtime burrito, Consumer Physics is gearing up to release SCiO, a tiny spectrometer that can scan food, medicines and plants to determine their molecular composition. When used to scan foods such as cheeses, fruits, vegetables, sauces, salad dressings and cooking oils, SCiO delivers data describing nutrient values -- calories, fats, carbohydrates and proteins -- as well as produce quality, ripeness level and spoilage analysis.

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06:50
iOS 8 Health app adds step and caffeine tracking

Apple has updated its Health app in iOS 8 beta 3. The app now uses the M7 chip — currently only found in the iPhone 5s — to track steps, as pointed out by 9to5Mac. A full week of data is added to the…

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06:21
Foxconn brings in 10,000 robots to assist with...

When in doubt, bring in 10,000 robots to help.

Per The Mac Observer and IT Home, Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to...

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06:06
UI? UX? Who does what? A designer’s guide to the...

Know the difference between a UI designer and a UX designer? Know what a front-end developer does? How about a product designer?

This is a fantastic write-up. Pass it along.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
MapQuest navigation app updated with improved ETAs,...

Navigation app MapQuest has been updated to version 4.4, offering more accurate ETAs thanks to better traffic data; an app-specific volume control that allows you to set the voice navigation volume independently of other apps; Ballpark Guides to MLB stadiums and airport maps; and GrubHub integration to allow you to order food from take-out restaurants before the app navigates you there to collect it.

While MapQuest, like Apple Maps and Google Maps, downloads maps as you drive, it offers two forms of automatic caching designed to ensure that data deadspots don’t leave you stranded. When you create a route on a wifi connection before you set off, it caches all the tiles needed. And if...

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06:00
Daily App: Dubble mixes your images with random...

If you are looking to add some creative fun to your iPhone photography, then you should check out Dubble. It's a collaborative social network for photographers that allows you to create weird and wild mashups by combining your photos with those from...

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05:59
Apple to Add 100 Acres to North Carolina Solar Farm

Apple's North Carolina data center is about to expand its solar farm by 100 acres. The iPhone and iPad maker is planning on applying for a grading permit before the end of the year, and once completed, the US$55 million project will generate 17.5 megawatts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is already generating over 40 megawatts for its Maiden data center's electrical needs. Adding in a third solar farm for an additional 17.5 megawatts means the company has some serious power consumption expansion coming.


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05:54
Samsung predicts massive profit decline, blames...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Tuesday warned investors that it is set to announce a quarterly profit decline of as much as 26 percent year-over-year, citing weak smartphone demand and increased competition in China and Europe as the shortfall's primary drivers.



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05:22
Market share of iPhone may increase as U.S....

There are early signs that Apple’s market share of the U.S. smartphone market may increase as we move through the ‘Late Majority’ phase and into ‘Laggards’, suggests Asymco’s Horace Dediu.

For those who weren’t paying attention in economics classes in school, new products tend to experience an S-curve pattern to their growth. In the tech sector, Innovators are pretty much synonymous with techies.

Innovators (first 2.5%) need to be sold on the premise of novelty itself. Early adopters (next 13.5%) seek status and exclusivity. Early majority (34%) seek acceptance and Late Majority (34%) seek pragmatic productivity. Laggards (last 16%) seek safety.

If those percentages appear rather random, it’s because they are derived from the shape of the curve – the typical points at which it gets steeper or shallower.

With U.S. smartphone penetration now at 70 percent, we’re about two years...

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05:19
Pink Floyd to release first new album in 20 years...

I was a huge Pink Floyd fan (Wish You Were Here and, of course, Dark Side of the Moon are still high on my list of all-time great albums), though my interest in the band waned after the release of The Wall. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:13
Apple is a company made of people

Allen Pike writes on the cultural shift within Apple:

With the WWDC NDA lifted, other Apple employees, from the creator of Swift to various API maintainers, took to Twitter to gather feedback on all the goodies they’d dumped on developers. In the web community this would be expected behaviour. In the Apple community, it’s a delight.

Terrific read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Purported iPhone 6 front panel video emerges, shows...

You’re going to like the iPhone 6′s front glass component.

Per AppleInsider, hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple’s rumored sapphire crystal “iPhone 6″ display on Monday, a short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

Uploaded to YouTube by tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, the video takes a close-up look at the purported iPhone 6 display, but goes further by attempting to scratch, bend and break the part. The display performed surprisingly well and came out of testing unscathed.

Brownlee said the component is made of sapphire crystal and came...

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04:49
Samsung posts earnings, well below expectations

Samsung is getting it from all sides. Earnings are down for the third straight quarter. Their operating profit missed expectations by almost a billion dollars (7.2 trillion won vs expected 8.1 trillion won). Apple is rumored to be releasing competitive products (larger screen phone/iWatch) in the fall. And Chinese electronics manufacturers are eating into Samsung’s highest unit sales’ sector, the cheap smartphone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:14
Armed robbers steal US$6.3 million from Samsung

Guardian:

Thieves haved raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift, subduing workers and guards before making off with about US$6.3m worth of mobile phones and computers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:36
Apple patents method of building seamless all-glass...

Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions.



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02:18
XSAN Controller

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Xsan

Good afternoon. Faced with the problem of constant forking Comptroller xsan. That is 2 minutes ready, 5 minutes Offline. The logs at the moment, the following occurs:
servermgrd [910] xsan: [910/2112D0] ERROR: get_fsmvol_at_index: Could not connect to FSM because Admin Tap Connection to FSM failed: [errno 60]: Operation timed out
servermgrd [910] xsan: [910/6033400] ERROR: get_fsmvol_at_index: Could not connect to FSM because Admin Tap Connection to FSM failed: [errno 60]: Operation timed out

Volume mount only on the controller when the controller when you try to get online to connect to the client the following error:
kernel Could not mount filesystem prod_f, cvfs error 'Timeout' (25)
kernel Could not mount...

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01:03
∞ Apple’s “Pride” video

Apple:

On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple’s unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.

I’d love one of those t-shirts.

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Monday July 7

23:33
Target now discounting iPhones, iPads, iPod touch

US retail chain Target is now offering gift cards with the purchase of any of a selected range of iOS devices, including the iPod touch, the iPad Air or Retina iPad mini, or the iPhone 5s or 5c. In addition to the gift card, Target REDcard users receive an additional five percent off the normal price. Buyers of the iPad (in any variety or capacity) will be given a $100 Target gift card, while those opting for the 32GB iPod touch will get a $30 gift card. The retailer has discounted the 16GB iPhones to $100, and buyers also get a $20 gift card....



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21:57
Apple buys 100 acres of land for third North...

Apple on Monday reached a deal with the city council of Claremont, N.C. to annex 100 acres of land for a new 17.5 megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million.



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21:52
Apple acquires land to build another solar power...

 

The city of Claremont, NC has agreed to annex the land necessary for Apple to build a third solar farm near its data center in Maiden, the Hickory Daily Record reported (via MacRumors). Apple will make an initial investment of $55 million and indirectly create 75 jobs while constructing the 17.5-megawatt farm, which will be located at 3123 Kelly Blvd.

The farm won’t actually be located at the Maiden data center—or even in the city of Maiden, for that matter—though it will still be located in the same county as the...

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21:52
Briefly: Inbox open-source email, Foursquare's...

A new cross-platform email application start-up has been released by Dropbox and MIT alumni, billed as a "next generation" platform. Inbox offers a way to build apps that access end users' inboxes, working with Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange and more. The platform does not require the use of IMAP, and so can support a wider range of developers who can create a wider range of email tools, such as snoozing messages, or sending emails on behalf of an end user....



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21:22
Quantcast: US iOS users twice as active on the web...

Yet another real-world usage study of US smartphone users has confirmed the continuing discrepancy between shipment claims and genuine user interaction when it comes to smartphone platforms. A new study by Quantcast report that 60 percent of all web traffic from mobile devices in the US come from iOS devices, with just 30 percent from Android -- though the latter number if finally beginning to rise slowly. The Android gain is matched almost precisely by a drop among "other" devices, such as Windows Phone and BlackBerry....



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21:01
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20:18
Apple Releases Video Showcasing Support for San...

Apple released a video on YouTube showcasing the company's support and involvement with the Pride Parade in San Francisco on June 29th. The video offers a hint of the corporate logistics involved in Apple's participation of the parade, and the company emphasized its corporate belief that "inclusion inspires innovation."


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20:07
Apple's video of 2014 San Francisco Pride...

Apple on Monday published a video showing its side of last week's Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade in San Francisco, where the company showed up in force to celebrate the day and hand out vouchers for free iTunes songs.



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19:43
Apple shares video of last week’s Pride Parade,...

Just over a week ago, thousands of Apple employees, including CEO Tim Cook, took to the streets of San Francisco to take part in the Pride Parade. The company has not been hesitant to share its views on LGBT rights, and the parade was yet another instance of that. This evening, Apple uploaded a video to its official YouTube channel showing off all of the effort that went into the Pride Parade last week and its “unwavering” support for equality and diversity.

The video, simply titled “Pride,” shows Apple employees and their families preparing for the Pride Parade. The montage is set to Coldplay’s new single, “A Sky Full of Stars,” and ends with a shot of the thousands upon thousands of people in the streets of San...

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19:31
Apple's 'Health' app gets M7...

With the release of iOS 8 beta 3 on Monday, Apple continued to build out its forthcoming Health app with new features, including support for the iPhone 5s' M7 coprocessor and additional data collection categories.



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19:10
EasyJet adding iBeacons to select airports to...

The latest company to announce the incorporation of Apple's iBeacon technology into its company workflow is European discount airline EasyJet, which announced on Monday that it will begin installing the devices in select airports in the UK and Europe to test effectiveness. It plans on rolling out the technology on a greater scale over the summer. Users of the just-updated EasyJet iOS app can opt to receive alerts from the "indoor GPS" hardware regarding flight changes and other information....



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18:07
T-Mobile to discount iPhone-iPad combo for Back to...

Among other offers the carrier is set to announce when it kicks off its own Back-to-School promotion on Wednesday, July 9 is a combination rebate when buyers purchase both an iPhone and iPad from the carrier. Customers who get both and are either already on a Simple Choice postpaid plan or activate/upgrade a new line will receive a $100 prepaid Mastercard gift card as a mail in rebate. The iPhone and iPad have to be purchased at the same time, according to reports....



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17:43
Purported 'iPhone 6' sapphire display...

Hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple's rumored sapphire crystal "iPhone 6" display on Monday, another short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.



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17:36
Samsung misses analyst estimates, reports $7.1...


Photo: ibtimes.com

After warning earlier this month that Q2 didn’t “look too good,” Samsung today released its earnings preview for the second quarter of 2014. The South Korean company reported an operating profit of $7.1 billion (7.2 trillion won), missing analyst estimates of $8 billion (8.1 trillion won). This comes out to a 24 percent drop year over year (via Bloomberg).

The mobile/...

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17:00
Fototwics is a well thought out photo sharing tool

Fototwics (free) is a photo sharing app that joins a crowded field with offerings from titans like Apple, Facebook and Instagram.

The difference is that Fototwics is not a filter or photo altering app, but just a way to share your photos privately...

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16:50
Briefly: Swift language updated, iOS 8 Health app...

Another notable change found as testers pore over the latest iOS 8 beta is that the Health app is now connected to the M7 motion co-processor found in the iPhone 5s. As a result, the app can now keep track of steps taken without the aid of any third-party apps or hardware. Upon opening the revised Health app, users will find the previous week's worth of step data (which is continuously monitored by the M7) pre-populated. Users can remove "sets" of steps if desired, and sort all Health data by day, week, month or year....



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16:26
Last Call for the Name Your Own Price Summer...

There's just one more day left on the Name Your Own Price Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle, a 10-app bundle for your Mac. This deal lets you name your own price to receive Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5. If you pay more than the average price-which is $11.91 at this time-you'll also get Path Finder 6, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors' Choice Award), Flux 4, Gemini, Logoist, Tunes Cleaner, and MacX iPhone DVD Ripper. It's a great deal, but there's more. Not only does buying this bundle help support the developers and TMO, 10 percent of the profits go to a charity. And if you pay enough to make the Leader Board (currently starting at $100), you'll be entered to win an 11-inch MacBook Air. This deal expires on Tuesday morning.


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16:09
Sapphire 4.7″ iPhone 6 display put through its paces...

Earlier today we got a quick look at a flexible iPhone 6 display, but a new video from YouTuber Marques Brownlee (embedded below) takes the supposed next-gen screen through a more complete durability test. In the video, Brownlee not only bends the flexible sapphire panel, but takes a set of keys and even a knife to it in an attempt to leave a scratch.

The beginning of video features a look at the sapphire crystal that will reportedly make up the next-generation iPhone’s display. As demonstrated in the video, the glass is extremely clear (which is why Apple currently uses it in the iPhone’s camera lens and the Touch ID sensor on the 5s)....

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15:34
Apple activates Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile iPhones...

Among the new settings options and user interface tweaks in Monday's iOS 8 beta release, Apple has switched on Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile handsets, granting developers with access to the software a chance to test out the feature.



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15:30
Tim Cook May Be Planning Much-Needed Expansion for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking to expand his company's board of directors, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that Mr. Cook is "actively seeking new directors" to add to the eight-member board, a remarkably small board for a company as large as Apple.


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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 7, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:26
Apple bolsters iOS 8 Health app with on-device steps...


Apple has made significant enhancements to its upcoming Health application for iOS 8 in the latest beta of the new iPhone operating system. Most notably, the Health application can now utilize the iPhone’s own M7 motion tracking hardware for data sourcing.

The Health app’s Steps counter tab can now report steps without connecting to any third party applications or hardware devices. Because this feature likely uses the M7 processor, an iPhone 5s is required to get the steps data directly from the device…

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15:22
Mobile payment system Isis to rebrand over militant...

Isis, the payment company responsible for Mobile Wallet, has decided to change its name to differentiate itself from a violent militant group. CEO Michael Abbott announced the change on the Isis site, stating that the company didn't wish to share a name, even though coincidence. While a new brand hasn't been selected, the company is working on one now....



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14:55
Poor SMB reshare write performance

Forums: ResharingTags: Xsansmbsmbdreshare10.8Windows

Our 10.8.5 Xsan 3 SAN is reshared by an Xserve via AFP and SMB. Currently AFP performance is as good as 100MB/sec for read and write but SMB performance on Windows clients is terrible, with only about 40MB/sec read and <10MB/sec write.

Is...

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14:30
Hello, Newton. Hello, iPhone.

It's kind of amazing how much things can change, and yet not really be all that different.

[Photo credit: Blake Patterson]...

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14:08
NSA's Eyes Trained Less on Terrorists Than on...


Nine out of 10 people whose information is being collected by the NSA are Americans who have nothing to do with people targeted by the agency. Data provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden includes some information pertaining to terrorist activities and possible threats to U.S. national security, as well as a few successes in antiterrorist work. However, many files retained by the agency contain intimate personal details of innocent peoples' lives. "They should probably delete the whole damned lot," said tech analyst Rob Enderle.

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14:00
Apple, Google ordered to revise "no refund...

South Korean parents can rest a little easier tonight knowing they will no longer be responsible for unauthorized purchases their children have made. The Korea Federal Trade Commission of South Korea has ordered Apple and Google to change their App...

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13:45
T-Mobile to offer $100 rebate when buying iPhone...

Details of T-Mobile’s upcoming back-to-school promo have just landed via TMONews and with it comes a $100 discount when purchasing both an iPhone and iPad. The deal comes in the form of a mail-in rebate that will get you a $100 Prepaid MasterCard.

Those that want to take advantage will have to be on a Simple Choice postpaid plan and activate or upgrade a new line. They will also have to purchase both the iPhone and iPad at the same time.

The deal is set to kick off in just two days on July 9 and last until September 2. T-mobile hasn’t made things official quite yet, but Tte report claims this will be one of several back-t0-school promos the carrier will offer.

Earlier today we reported that iOS 8, arriving for all users this...

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13:44
Tim Cook reportedly seeking new blood for Apple...

According to a report on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new directors for the company's board as he relaxes the tech giant's laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives.



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13:39
CEO Tim Cook 'actively' searching for new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively" hunting for new directors to add to the company's board, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Why is unmentioned, but it may be related to the age and gender diversity of the group. Just one board member is female -- Andrea Jung -- and six out of seven are over the age of 63. Another possibility is that Cook wants directors with experience in Apple's newest fields of interest, such as fashion, fitness, and mobile payments, of which the first two will be combined in this fall's iWatch....



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13:33
Flow motion hyperlapse of Barcelona

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Petapixel:

(This) time-lapse took 363 total hours of work between the 75 hours of logistics and travel, 31 hours of scouting locations, 78 hours of shooting and a whopping 179 hours of post-production spent dealing with 26,014 Camera Raw files that totaled up to some 817GB of data.

Gear used included four Nikon DSLRs (a D800, D7100, D7100 and D3200), six separate Nikon lenses (10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX, 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR, 28mm AF f/2.8D, 50mm f/1.4G AF-S, 70-200mm f/2.8G) and a Promote Control.

Gorgeous video made amazing knowing the tech details behind it.

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13:30
Asymco's Horace Dediu tweets his Apple Q3...

Horace Dediu is widely accepted as a expert on all things Apple. He writes for the Harvard Business Review Blog, is regularly interviewed about Apple products, and runs the industry blog and analysis firm Asymco. Today Dediu shared his predictions...

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13:06
Third iOS 8 beta changes include iCloud Drive, App...

(Updated with T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support, more) People with access to iOS 8 beta 3 are beginning to share some of the changes in the firmware. Perhaps the most notable is the ability to upgrade from Documents in the Cloud to iCloud Drive, which will let people upload any kind of file and organize their own folders with the amount of space they have received or paid for. Accordingly, the Settings app has a new iCloud Drive section, where people can toggle the whole service on and off, or enable access on a per-app basis. The service will evidently also be available from the web....



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13:05
WSJ: Cook looking for new Apple board directors

A new Wall Street Journal profile on Apple’s Tim Cook claims the CEO is “actively seeking” new directors for Apple’s eight-person board. The piece points out that six of the seven outside directors on the board are 63 or older. Most of the profile covers relatively well-established ground, pointing…

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12:55
Briefly: Skype 5.2 for iPhone, Google Play Music for...

Microsoft has released v5.2.0 of the iPhone version of its Skype app. Users can now receive recorded messages from when they are offline within a conversation stream, and it can be listened to directly. User profiles can be viewed from one's contacts, displaying status, username, location and more. Additionally, participants can be added to existing conversations through the main menu on the bottom right-hand side. Skype v5.2.0 is free to download through iTunes....

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12:50
iOS 8 beta 3 activates WiFi calling feature for U.S...


Image via @matthewmspace

Besides adding performance and user-interface improvements, iOS 8 beta 3 has activated WiFi-calling for iPhones on T-Mobile in the United States. The feature, which was announced in June, brings the ability for T-Mobile customers to make phone calls on iPhones over a WiFi connection instead of a standard 3G or LTE connection. According to people who have used the feature on iOS 8 beta 3, the calls sound far better over WiFi than over cellular. The Setting for enabling WiFi calling is found under the Phone preferences in the Settings iPhone app....

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12:36
Apple's iOS continues to dominate mobile web...

Even as Google counts some 1 billon monthly active users for Android worldwide, more than six out of every ten page views from a mobile device in the U.S. still come from an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch, according to new browsing data released on Monday.



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12:30
Adam Savage, Marty Cooper, and an iPhone Get Animated

Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) can also be found over at Tested.com, a site for, as it says, "anything awesome." This includes a video featuring Marty Cooper, a guy who shoots animation out in the world on his iPhone. He draws little characters on overhead projector sheets and holds them up in front of his iPhone to make Instagram videos or sometimes just a still. After talking a little about animation, Adam signed up to be in one of these videos, and Marty set to work creating it. I won't give away the ending or the special video guest, just check out the video below and see what you think. It was fun to see it come together, and everything he needs fits in a backpack!


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12:30
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

Intervals - Your smart...

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12:10
European airline easyJet rolling out iBeacon support...



Since Apple introduced iBeacon functionality alongside iOS 7, several different use cases have popped up allowing various...

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12:00
Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings voice messaging back

Skype has updated its iPhone app to version 5.2, which brings voice messaging back. Incoming messages now show up among your conversations and can be reviewed at will. Just tap to listen.

Also, version 5.2 lets you review a contact's information...

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11:51
Tim Cook ‘actively’ seeking to add new directors to...

The Wall Street Journal today published a brief profile on Apple CEO Tim Cook as the Cupertino-based company continues to be shaped in the image of Cook rather than co-founder Steve Jobs. The profile has some interested tidbits, but it is otherwise light on new information aside from information regarding Cook’s plan for the Apple Board of Directors. According to the report, Cook is “actively” looking to add fresh faces to the Board:

That includes Apple’s board. According to people familiar with the company, Mr. Cook is actively seeking new directors to add to Apple’s eight-person board, known for its loyalty to Mr. Jobs. Six of...

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11:45
Apple seeds third OS X Yosemite, iOS 8 betas to...

Apple has started seeding third previews of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 to developers. The former is listed as build 14A283o, and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. iOS 8 beta 3 is identified as build 12A4318c, and available either as an over-the-air update or through the iOS Dev Center. To go with it, Apple is pushing out new betas of Find my iPhone and Find My Friends....



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11:37
Apple’s new coding language Swift receives...

As part of the updates to the Yosemite and iOS betas today, Apple’s new coding language Swift has received several major improvements and tweaks to make the language more consistent and help developers make better, safer apps. The intricacies of the changes are very gibberish to non-developers, but the fixes resolve many of the issues that developers had been requesting. In particular, the new value type model of arrays fixes several inconsistencies and prevents many potential code ‘gotchas’ that could arise in previous Swift builds.

Apple has also updated the...

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11:30
Daily Deals for July 7, 2014, featuring the NYOP...

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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11:22
Mac, iOS glitch assigns wrong holidays in official...

Over the weekend, a number of iOS and OS X users have started reporting glitches with Apple's official Calendar app. Affected people will see holidays from other regions appearing on their personal calendar, such as UK holidays in Ireland, or Mexican, Canadian, and even Hong Kong holidays in Lithuania. Some countries appear to be immune to the bug, including the US, the UK, and Russia....



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11:13
Reading Rainbow Finds Pot of Gold


Reading Rainbow's Kickstarter campaign hit a significant milestone last week: It not only raised the $1 million it originally sought to create a Web version of the popular children's television show within the first 24 hours of the campaign, but also wrapped the 35-day effort with an additional $4.4 million for a grand total of $5,408,916 in donations. The project, organized by actor LeVar Burton, host of the original series, set a new fundraising record on Kickstarter, thanks to the 105,857 backers it drew.

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11:00
How much does Metal matter to iOS developers? A ton...

For anyone who hasn't dabbled in the rendering capabilities of Apple's iOS devices, the announcement of Metal -- the new API that Apple claims will offer greater power for games than ever before -- was cool, but that's about it. But for the team...

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10:56
Samsung’s Latest Anti-Apple Ad is Deceptive but...

The role of a good video/TV ad is to develop a voice and a brand, catch people's attention, amuse them and perhaps even tell a compelling story. Samsung's latest anti-Apple does that. What's lacking? Pretty much the truth.


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10:54
Foxconn Bringing in Robots for iPhone 6 Assembly

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Looks like Foxconn is ready to roll out its own robot overlords. If they perform as expected it's a safe bet there will be fewer human factory worker hires in the future.


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10:49
Passengers Entering US Must Power On Electronic...

Passengers entering the US from "certain overseas airports" will need to be sure their electronic devices turn on, or the device will not be allowed on the plane and the passenger subject to additional screening.

The Mac Observer Spin: You have to turn your iPhone off! You have to turn your iPhone on! I'm confused.


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10:42
Next-gen iPhone rumors claim sapphire glass, modest...

Two new leaks have emerged regarding next-generation iPhones, beginning with a video (below) showing an alleged cover panel using sapphire glass. While Apple has partnered with GT Advanced on major sapphire production efforts, it has been highly disputed whether or not that sapphire will be used in displays or simply for smaller components like cameras and Touch ID sensors. Apple could alternately use sapphire in the 5.5-inch iPhone but not the 4.7-inch one, or vice versa....



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10:30
Confessions of an Uber driver

There are some interesting stories here if you have some time.

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10:25
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10:13
Apple provides developers with third beta releases...

Apple on Monday moved on step closer to the public release of its next-generation operating systems, giving developers access to a third beta version of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite while updating a number of smaller components.



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10:06
'Extreme' Computing and Other Linux-World...


Well another Independence Day has come and gone here in the land of stars and stripes, causing at least some in the tech blogosphere to turn their thoughts toward freedom. "Digital independence day: Your guide to DIY, open-source, anonymous free computing" was one offering. "It's Time for IT Pros to Declare Their Technology Freedom" was another. Unfortunately, for those of us here in the Linux blogosphere -- where freedom has always been part of the plan -- other headlines have had, shall we say, a moderating effect on all that enthusiasm.

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10:04
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-07

Apple has a new employee, straight from high end watch maker Tag Heuer. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what his role at our favorite Cupertino will be, and they take a look at the new Foxconn assembly line that's about to start building iPhones for Apple.


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10:03
Apple releases OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview 3 to...

Alongside beta 3 of iOS 8, Apple has released the third preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite to developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store and under Software Update. We’ll be updating this post with new discoveries. You can let us know what you find at tips@9to5mac.com.

- New QuickTime icon

- Bookmark folders are now accessible via the address bar in Safari.

- Dark Mode has also...

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10:00
iPad/iPhone artists: the Ten One Design Pogo Art...

Ten One Design is the company that pioneered the capacitive touch screen stylus, and to demonstrate just how artists use their Pogo, Pogo Sketch and Pogo Connect styluses to create amazing works, they've sponsored an annual art contest since 2009....

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09:55
iOS 8 beta 3 released to developers

A little less than three weeks after releasing the second beta of its upcoming iOS 8 software, Apple has released beta 3 to registered developers. We’ll update here with any notable information on what’s included in the new beta.

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09:53
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 3 to developers

Apple has just released iOS 8 beta 3 build number 12A4318c to developers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is available in Software Update using the over-the-air update tool. Apple says the new beta brings various bug fixes and improvements. We’ll be updating this post as changes are found. You can send us what you find at tips@9to5Mac.com.

- Toggle for Handoff on iOS 8 beta 3

- Setup toggles for App Analytics and upgrading from Documents in the Cloud to iCloud Drive.

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09:49
TSA to require closer look at cell phones, notebooks...

The TSA’s going to want to take a closer look at your iPhone and notebooks on U.S.-bound flights.

Per NBC News, The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged and functional.

The new measure is part of the organization’s effort to boost security amid concerns that Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, are plotting to blow up an airliner, U.S. officials said.

As part of the increased scrutiny at certain airports, security agents may ask travelers to turn on their electronic devices at...

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09:39
Apple hires Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux, could see...

This could help with either the retail or the iWatch ends…

Per The Mac Observer, Apple has brought on Patrick Pruniaux, the former vice president of Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer.

Pruniaux’s first day on the job is Monday, albeit his current duties – and possible role on Apple’s much-anticipated iWatch project – have yet to be publicly defined.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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09:38
Video purports to show flexible sapphire display...

With Apple said to be preparing a move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to an in-house sapphire solution for the display on the so-called "iPhone 6," a new part alleged to be a preproduction sapphire front panel for the device was shown off Monday in a video from Hong Kong.



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09:30
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09:30
Foxconn to introduce high-tech robots to assist with...

Not content to simply design innovative products, Apple has long been interested in developing and employing innovative manufacturing methods as well. To that end, future iPhones may not necessarily be assembled by humans, but by robots.

News of a...

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09:28
iPhone 5S the most popular smartphone worldwide in...

ABI Research is out with its latest report of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide with the 16GB iPhone 5s taking the top spot for Q1 2014. Apple and Samsung dominate the majority of the top spots, which is no surprise to anyone following smartphone marketshare numbers. All of the top 5 that ABI shared in its press release are made up of Apple and Samsung devices with variants of the Galaxy S4, S3, and the 8GB iPhone 4 following behind the iPhone 5s.

The report notes that Sony and LG also have models in the top 20 with Xiaomi making its first appearance and Huawei getting bumped out of the rankings:

“The presence of the Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB and iPhone 4s...

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09:16
Apple climbs to 15th on latest Fortune Global 500...

Apple has risen from 19th to 15th place in Fortune's annual Global 500 rankings, which chart corporations according to revenue. "Apple, the maker of the globally popular iPhone and iPad devices, posted sales of almost $171 billion in 2013, 9% higher than the prior year," the magazine writes. "But the company has come under pressure in the competitive smartphone business, and its profit shrank 11% to $37 billion from 2012 to 2013. Even so, Apple has a huge amount of cash on hand, and CEO Tim Cook recently deployed some of that cash pile by announcing $30 billion in stock buybacks."...



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09:04
Rumor: Apple to incorporate thinner, higher capacity...

The next-gen iPhone’s battery could last that much longer.

Per Chinese web site IT168, Apple may be incorporating a 1,000 mAh battery in its upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and a 2,500 mAh battery in the 5.5-inch model.

The end result could be a battery with a larger capacity, an increase of 60 percent from the iPhone 5s to the new battery for the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

Still, even with the larger battery, competitors Samsung and Motorola currently offer a 2,800 mAh battery inside the Samsung Galaxy S5 (which features a 5.1-inch display) while the Motorola Moto X boasts a 2,200 mAh batter (which features a 4.7-inch display).

One reason Apple might consider such a move would be as part of a strategy...

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09:00
King announces revolutionary, original mobile title...

King, the $7 billion mobile game company that has made its fortune rehashing popular casual games of the past two decades, is back with another totally original title that is sure to further stuff its pockets with delicious microtransactions. Having...

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08:33
Foxconn could begin robotic production in time for...

Foxconn is in the final stages of testing new assembly robots, and could deploy them at one or more major factories in the near future, reports say. During the initial deployment phase, Foxconn is expected to use 10,000 robots to replace human workers, with Apple product lines being the top priority. While there's no exact date for when the robots will be installed, they could be ready in time to help with iPhone 6 production....



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08:30
Privacy Group EPIC Files FTC Complaint Over Facebook...

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission over the social network's experiment where it manipulated the posts users saw to gauge emotional reactions. The group claims Facebook acted unethically and "purposefully messed with people's minds."

The Mac Observer Spin: EPIC's FTC complaint doesn't come as a surprise. Facebook better be ready for more complaints like this, and lawsuits will probably start surfacing soon, too.


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08:30
This 1987 Australian Macintosh commercial is like a...

There's a bizarre charm to the mini dramas of Apple's commercials from the 1980s, and this Australian Macintosh clip is no exception. "The Manager" is fifty-seven seconds of corporate melodrama, like a soap opera you might experience on the AMC hit...

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08:17
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.0.2, ScreenFlow 4.5.2, and Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion and Lion).

 

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08:17
ExtraBITS for 7 July 2014

In our latest roundup of ExtraBITS, Apple expands CarPlay, brings back its Back to School promotion, and extends its AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days. Also, we get a glimpse at 1Password in iOS 8.

 

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07:51
Video reportedly shows iPhone 6′s flexible sapphire...

With a long list of leaks in recent months showing mock ups of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones expected for release this fall, today we get a look at what is reportedly our first at the flexibility of the iPhone 6’s new sapphire cover glass. There’s not much information surrounding this leak or confirmation that what we’re looking at is the real deal, but the sapphire material is indeed something Apple has ramped up production of in recent months at its new Arizona plant

Today’s leak comes from Sonny Dickson who has in the past posted leaked photos of unreleased iPhone mocks up with...

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07:31
Chinese media get specific on iPhone 6 battery...

Much as we may love our iPhones, battery-life has never been one of its strengths (ask Samsung). But if you were hoping that the larger size of the iPhone 6 would mean a much bigger battery, some Chinese media reports spotted by GforGames suggest that we might be disappointed.

The reports claim that the battery in the 4.7-inch model will be in the 1800-1900mAh range – only around 20 percent more than in the iPhone 5s. Factor in the increased power requirement of the larger screen and corresponding increase in resolution, and we...

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07:30
Korean government asks Apple, Google to change app...

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has ordered Apple and Google to change their app store policies, according to the Korea Herald. Apple will have to change its default no-refund policy, and send out notifications to App Store users whenever it changes contract terms; Google will have to devise a refund scheme for Google Play that can be tailored to developers' individual policies. The two companies may also have to address other "unfair provisions," though the FTC's announcement doesn't specify what those might be....



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07:30
Incredible photo of a Snow Monkey using an iPhone

Forget Photoshop, what you're looking at is the real deal -- a Japanese Snow Monkey just chllin' in some water using an iPhone. The photo above (used with permission) was taken by the talented and award winning Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten at...

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07:15
Rumor: Apple to boost 4.7" 'iPhone 6...

Apple may be planning to trade battery capacity for slimness in its next-generation handsets, according to a Monday report from the Far East, with the hotly-anticipated 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" said to pack an 1,800 mAh unit and its 5.5-inch sibling bringing a 2,500 mAh reserve.



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07:13
The Social Media Fraud


I spent much of last week talking about Facebook's infamous study of nearly a million customers and the company's attempts to make half of those customers happier and the other half more depressed. Setting aside how insanely stupid it was for Facebook to do this is the fact that with social media, isn't social the real problem? Could the entire segment be a fraud? Facebook may be a news source, but it isn't any more social than the socially inept hot-or-not bulletin board that began its life.

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07:08
South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App...

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.

The Mac Observer Spin: An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.


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