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14:18
Famous designer Marc Newson (and close friend of...

Marc Newson has joined Apple’s design team under Jony Ive, according to a new report which was confirmed by Apple. The duo have previously worked together to create such products as a special edition red Mac Pro and a similar Lieca M camera, so it’s no...

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14:00
The smartwatch bar is embarrassingly low, and it...

Smartwatches suck. They're crap. Shite. Excrement. Doo-doo. Pretty much universally, the wrist-worn devices we've seen so far are too big, too clunky, and overall a massive disappointment. That could change on Tuesday, when Apple will have a captive...

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13:49
Tim Cook, other Apple execs sued over ebook pricing

In the case of Apple, the shareholders claim that Cook and others, including directors Al Gore and Bill Campbell, breached their fiduciary duty to the company and engaged in “waste of corporate assets.” They want the court to order Apple’s board to implement better governance measures, and for Cook and the other defendants to pay restitution to shareholders and to pay the shareholders’ legal bills.

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13:43
China Telecom opens iPhone 6 preorders with mocked-...

Carrier China Telecom has launched a preorder page for the iPhone 6 despite the device being unannounced, reports note. The page uses rendered mockups of the device, and makes claims about specifications. While three of these generally considered certain -- a 4.7-inch screen, an A8 processor, and a Touch ID sensor -- Telecom is also asserting that it will have a 416ppi resolution, a 2,100mAh battery, and a 3-megapixel front-facing camera....



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13:30
Apple relaunches iTunes Connect and introduces Test...

With the release of iOS 8 coming in the very near future, Apple is prepping developers with a few new tools to help keep their apps working for users and themselves. First up is the relaunch of iTunes Connect's web portal interface. Upon logging in,...

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13:24
170 Hours of Developer Training for $59

Our friends at Stack Social have put together a bundle of developer training courses called the Dynamic Dev Power Bundle. This package of Stone River eLearningâs development courses features 170 hours of training in topics like Xcode for iOS, Eclipse for Android, HTML5, Unity 3D, Bootstrapping, and Foundation Grid Framework. With it, you will learn app development, game development, web development, and responsive web design. Retail price on these training courses is $800, but through our deal it's yours for $59.


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13:16
Apple's Cook Promises Feeble iCloud Security...


Apple is taking steps to improve security in the wake of the furor generated by hackers' posting nude photos of celebs on the Internet, CEO Tim Cook said in an interview. Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to restore iCloud data to a new device. It already does this when someone tries to change an account password or when a device first logs in to an account. Users can respond immediately by changing their passwords or alerting Apple security. Apple also will extend its use of two-factor authentication.

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13:15
How the iWatch Could Completely Catch the...

The iWatch could radically change our personal security in ways that haven't been discussed. John Martellaro takes to flights of technical fantasy and finally reveals what he hopes the iWatch will do that would completely catch the competition off guard.


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13:15
News: Report: iWatch battery life could disappoint

The battery life for Apple’s iWatch might be “disappointing,” The Information reports. According to the article, “People who have talked to Apple about the watch said that Apple employees have set low expectations.” It’s unclear just how long the device will last in between charges — a March 2013 report claimed the company was aiming for battery life of four to five days, but it’s tough to envision those…

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13:00
Glitch Wizard is a fun way to make glitchy images...

Glitch Wizard creates animated or still images based on a series of pre-set "glitches" you can apply to your photos. You've possibly seen "glitch art" popping up around the web lately, with flickering GIFs of colorful digital weirdness warping...

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12:58
Report claims Apple is setting low expectations for...

Concept: jivaldi.com

A new report from The Information claims sources that have spoke with Apple employees say the company is setting low expectations for its upcoming wearable’s battery life. Little details have leaked out regarding specific specs or the design of the device, but today’s report from The Information claims battery life could be one area the iWatch disappoints:

“People who have talked to Apple about the watch said that Apple employees have set low expectations,” Lessin wrote

While there haven’t been any parts leaks to give us a clue at what design Apple plans for the iWatch, we have heard several...

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12:55
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2...

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 ($300) on-ear headphones are an updated version of headphones we reviewed in November 2010. The new headphones have dark metal on the ovals outside of the earcups, and an adapter that that can connect to older A/V receivers has now been omitted. Otherwise, the headphones have a similar high-quality form factor, made from aluminum and sheep's leather. However, Bowers & Wilkins claims the sound has been beefed up, with new…

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12:42
Briefly: Run Sackboy! Run! on iOS, new Expedia app

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the release of its new platform-survival game, Run Sackboy! Run! Featuring a personified vacuum cleaner as the storyline's central antagonist, players rush to evade the Negativitron using tap and swipe gestures, navigating through three LittleBigPlanet series worlds. By collecting bubbles throughout the course, players can buy special costumes and upgrades that lead to maximized scores. Players can also collect stickers, that will later unlock exclusive costumes for LittleBigPlanet 3, for use when the game is release later this year on PS4 and PS3. Ru...



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12:40
Sixth OS X 10.9.5 beta seeds to developers

Apple has issued a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. Listed as build 13F31, no significant changes appear to have been made. Areas of testing focus remain set on Safari, Gatekeeper, graphics, Thunderbolt, and USB/USB smart cards....



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12:39
Apple dominates U.S. smartphone subscriber market...

comScore:

173 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (71.8 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in July, up 3 percent since April. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 42.4 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1 percentage point from April). Samsung ranked second with 28.4 percent market share (up 0.7 percentage points), followed by LG with 6.4 percent, Motorola with 5.7 percent and HTC with 4.7 percent.

That’s a pretty significant lead for Apple and they are outpacing Samsung in terms of growth.

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12:34
How I Hacked My Own iCloud Account, for Just $200
12:30
Judge allows Apple class action lawsuit over...

Last September, Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit after one user discovered that the US$22.99 he shelled out via iTunes for a "Season Pass" of Breaking Bad season 5 only covered the season's first 8 episodes. In light of that, Apple did the...

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12:20
Web apps that designers are using

I’m sure this is far from an exhaustive list, but there are some cool and essential apps here.

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12:20
Apple employees 'have set low expectations...

One of the biggest issues associated with color touchscreen smartwatches has been battery life, and the same problems may persist with Apple's first foray into the wrist-borne wearable devices market, according to a new report.



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12:10
Privacy and Security

Jan Dawson on iCloud:

Lastly, we as the end users are always the weak point in security. That’s not to absolve tech companies of blame: in fact, it’s a key challenge they should all be working to overcome, while managing the balance between removing the barriers to good security and maintaining strong protections for users.

I think this sums up the whole iCloud situation for me.

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12:07
Friday Deals: iPhone 5s, Xbox One with free game,...

It's that time of the week again! Every Friday afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!...



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12:04
WordPress 4.0 improvements

A good article highlighting some of the improvements you can expect to see if you upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.

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12:00
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

Drive About: Number...

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11:58
Apple to institute 2-step iCloud authentication...

Sometimes you’ve gotta go the two step security authentication route to keep everyone happy.

Especially the celebrities.

Following a rash of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities’ iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.

Per AppleInsider and the Wall Street Journal, Cook reiterated Apple’s previous stance that iCloud was not breached before announcing new...

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11:52
First Look: Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard...

Logitech's new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 ($50) can connect to three different Bluetooth devices at once, enabling a user to quickly switch from working on a Mac to an iPad to an iPhone. K480 is made entirely from plastic and it's much thicker than we expected. But it's substantially weighed down by some heavier material inside, so there's no threat of an iPad and/or iPhone tipping it over. The dial on the left lets you switch between devices.…

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11:44
AppleCare+ headed to Australia in 'coming weeks...

AppleCare+ plans should be on sale in Australia in the next few weeks, a source says. Apple Store workers are expected to start sales training within days. Unlike regular AppleCare plans, AppleCare+ options include reduced fees for fixing accidental damage to iPhones and iPads. It's not clear what those fees might be in Australia, nor what the overall plans will cost....



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11:30
Daily Deals for September 5, 2014, featuring Live...

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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11:10
Apple and Google appeal, refuse to pay more than $...

A class-action lawsuit against hiring practices at Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel was set to settle shortly before trial for $324 million. The companies are accused of violating antitrust laws by creating "no poach" deals in which they wouldn't cold call each other's employees for recruitment purposes.

Last month, US District Judge Lucy Koh threw out the settlement, agreeing with objectors from the class that $324 million wasn't enough. The companies should have paid out "at least $380 million" to match the rate paid by other companies that had already settled, including Lucasfilm, Intuit,...

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11:00
Impressive 'Bikerlapse' video showcases...

Instagram recently released Hyperlapse, a time-lapse video recording tool that allows you to capture an event and condense it down to a short, professional-looking video that you can easily share. One of the best Hyperlapse videos is from Nathan...

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10:57
Photos may show OIS-equipped camera module for 5.5-...

Luxury modification outfit Feld & Volk has published a new series of photos claiming to show photos of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone's camera module. Although thinner than the module in the iPhone 5s, the new part is otherwise larger, and includes a slightly taller lens protrusion. F&V says that the module appears to include optical image stabilization (OIS), given that the camera is able to "float" within it. OIS works by cancelling out vibrations, something that requires space for the camera to move, as well as additional servos....



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10:53
Prepare for Yosemite Now with Take Control Books

With the clock ticking on the official release of OS X Yosemite, we have an early-bird version of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite” to help you get ready, and pre-order discounts on other forthcoming books.

 

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10:41
Scientists Fire Up Brain-to-Brain Instant Messaging


It's a trivial matter to send a message to someone halfway around the world these days, but just imagine trying to do it without speaking or writing. That is just what an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers recently achieved in an experiment that successfully transmitted a message directly -- and noninvasively -- from the brain of one person to that of another some 5,000 miles away. The team sent the words "hola" and "ciao" in a computer-mediated transmission from the brain of a person in India to that of one in France.

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10:30
iOS 8 Camera app: Photo filters and editing

Today I'm here with another look at changes to the iOS Camera and Photos apps that will be coming your way when iOS 8 is released later this month.

Photo filters have changed the least of most of the features in the iOS photography apps. When you...

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10:28
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-05

Apple's reputation for tight-lipped control over what it shares with the media seems to be changing, and company CEO Tim Cook is a big part of that. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Cook's recent interview where he talks about iCloud security and Apple's plans for improvement, plus they talk about how you can manage your Photo Stream so photos you don't want to share won't be seen.


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10:26
Apple rivals ready to pick up iWatch scraps

Executives at Europe’s big consumer electronics trade fair this week in Berlin readily admit to hoping that Apple can crack the missing code for everyone. Where the U.S. innovator leads, its rivals plan to follow by bringing their own improvements or by seeking out profitable niche markets that Apple ignores.

“This is what we wanted,” Sunny Lee, CEO of Samsung Electronics’ European business told Reuters when asked about Apple’s likely debut.

I bet that’s exactly what Samsung wanted. Not that they’ll copy everything that Apple does, no, not Samsung.

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10:14
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 build 13F31 to...

Apple has posted the latest build (13F31) of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release to the developer center. It’s also available for those on Mavericks running earlier betas. Apple again asks developers to focus their testing on Safari, USB, USB Smart Cards, Graphics, Thunderbolt, and Gatekeeper. With OS X 10.10 Yosemite hitting the streets in late October, it’s likely that 10.9.5 will be the last iteration of Mavericks.

Filed under: AAPL Company...

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10:06
Sight unseen, Apple's competitors expect '...

Apple's role as the top trendsetter in technology is so well established that even rival companies Samsung and LG are openly admitting they hope the "iWatch," whatever it actually is, will help expand the market for wearable devices beyond niche status.



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10:00
Ikea releases Apple parody 'Bookbook' ad

Ikea is the latest company to create a commercial inspired by Apple's sometimes over-the-top product advertisements. The clever parody ad introduces the company's new 2015 catalog, dubbed the "Bookbook," which features support for multiple users,...

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09:49
AppleCare+ finally coming soon to Australia

AppleCare+ is coming for the first time to Australia in the coming weeks, according to a source. Apple will begin training Apple Store employees in Australia on how to sell the premium protection plan in the coming days. MacRumors is also reporting that the service is inbound to Down Under. iPhone and iPad users in Australia can currently only buy the less-expensive standard AppleCare plan. Apple revamped AppleCare+ for many countries earlier this year with an extended purchase window and by making the plan the standard. Apple typically adds a few new countries to its list of AppleCare countries with new iPhone launches, and with the iPhone 6 upon us, it...

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09:31
Apple launches official iOS app for TestFlight beta-...

As it prepares for the launch of iOS 8 later this month, Apple has made public its official TestFlight app. The software requires iOS 8, but lets owners participate in beta tests via email invitations from developers. The app's interface is relatively simple, used mostly to fetch available updates and launch existing downloads. Notes for each app explain changes, what a developer wants to test, and when a release is set to expire....



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09:30
Add beauty and personality to your photos with...

Everyone loves Instagram, but its features are limited. InstaTxtr gives your photos a boost with its fun filters, overlays and text options.

InstaTxtr, which works on all iOS devices running 5.1.1 or later, is free in the App Store with an in-app...

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09:27
Apple rolls out TestFlight beta testing app,...

In advance of next week's iPhone 6 unveiling, Apple on Friday released a consumer-facing app for the TestFlight beta service that will come online alongside iOS 8, and is also said to have begun preparations to seed carrier partners with beta builds of iOS 8.0.1.



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09:15
Forums: Yosemite on old Mac Pros, repurposed iBooks...

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "schalliol" informed fellow forum goers of a plan they had to run Yosemite on an old Mac Pro after finding information about the Chameleon bootloader, and wonders if anyone else has already done this. Waragainstsleep is considering a custom modification that consists of an iPad in a clamshell iBook stating that it "would actually be a pretty cool iPad case."...



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09:13
Apple deals: Retina MacBook Pros as low as $999

At Apple's online store find steep price cuts on refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models. Starting at $999, after a $500 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A whopping $640 discount drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch rMBP with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,059....



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09:11
DealNN: 21.5-inch iMac slashed to $1,030

MacMall.com has the previous-generation 21.5-inch iMac on sale for $1,110, which is already $390 off the list price of $1,500. An $80 mail-in-rebate offer is also available that drops the price further to $1,030. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this mac model by more than $350. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AKG 511 headphones (refurb) $...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

AKG Hi-Fi Stereo Over-Ear Headphones refurb $25 shipped (Reg. $60)

More headphones:

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09:00
iPhone Apps: Civilization Revolution 2, Rdio, IMDb
09:00
A look at Apple's internal crack team of iPhone...

With each new iPhone release, Apple attempts to raise technological bar that much higher. Whether it's the Retina display introduced on the iPhone 4 or Touch ID introduced with the iPhone 5s, each successive iPhone model introduces new and complex...

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08:47
Apple CEO Says Better iCloud Security Coming Soon

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company has new security measures ready for its iCloud online services and they'll launch in two weeks. His comments follow a publicity headache stemming from nude celebrity photos stolen from iCloud accounts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has been straight forward with information surrounding the stolen nude photos, and considering how bad it would be for the company's reputation to lie about its findings, it makes sense be up front and honest about the incident. It's good two-factor authentication will be added to more of Apple's services, but it sure would've been nice if that had happened earlier.


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08:37
iOS 8.0.1 already in preparation for testing...

Even though iOS 8 has yet to be released, Apple is already on the verge of seeding iOS 8.0.1 to its testing partners, sources say. The firmware is expected to be seeded shortly, and carry unspecified enhancements to iOS 8....



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08:00
Apple Store app updated with new design, shopping...

Apple today updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0, overhauling the look of the universal app on the iPhone and adding the ability to make One to One reservations on the iPad.

Apple has spruced up the Apple Store app, externally changing the...

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07:59
Moto Hint Bluetooth earbud revealed with small size...

Motorola revealed a new earpiece alongside its Moto G and Moto X updates, one which adds more usefulness to the standard Bluetooth headset. The Moto Hint is a compact earbud which can be used for voice searches and to interact with a paired smartphone using verbal commands, as well as for making and receiving phone calls hands-free....



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07:53
Apple asks for postjudgment royalties from Samsung

Having been denied an injunction by the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple is now pursuing a motion for postjudgment royalties, reports say. While the motion states that "Apple believes that it has been and continues to be irreparably harmed by Samsung's infringement and that only injunctive relief would suffice to remedy that harm - and Apple will urge that position before the Federal Circuit," the company is asking for "at least" $2.75 per unit infringing its "quick links" patent, $2.30 per unit infringing its autocomplete patent, and $1.41 per device violating...



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07:50
TestFlight appears in App Store as Apple readies...

TestFlight is now appearing in the App Store, ahead of an expected launch later this month. The service will allow developers to easily share betas of upcoming apps with public testers. It was discovered Apple had bought TestFlight earlier this year and the company subsequently announced the integration of the service into its developer portal at WWDC.

Before Apple’s acquisition, TestFlight was not in the App Store itself as it violated app review guidelines. Being part of the App Store makes it much more accessible to the general public and should incentivize more beta testers to participate in general.

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07:46
FunBITS: Hosting Backyard Movie Night

A MacBook Air, an iPod Hi-Fi, a projector, and a projection screen become the ingredients for two backyard movie nights attended by dozens of little “Frozen” fanatics. Follow along and you could host your own event!

 

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07:38
Analyst: iWatch Won’t Have iPhone’s Appeal

Apple is hosting a media event on September 9 where it is expected to show off the iPhone 6 and the iWatch. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple's first wearable device will interest consumers, but won't have the same appeal as the iPhone because it will be seen more as jewelry or a status symbol.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the iWatch is perceived as more of a status symbol than a nice looking health and fitness tracker, it probably won't sell as well as the iPhone. That said, unless Apple completely fails on the device's design, it still has the potential to be a big hit for the company.


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07:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Almost there!

Almost there!

As we count down to next week’s presumed new-iPhone announcement, this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has products for every taste, from the ultra-modern to the lover of classic looks.

Bison Made

The iPhone 5 Sleeve (iPhone 5 and 5s; $65) is a hand-sewn sleeve, with a baseball-stitch pattern, that's designed to fit your handset with precision.

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07:25
Tim Cook Promises Improved iCloud Security

After the celebrity photo thefts from iCloud, Tim Cook spoke with the Wall Street Journal, promising better iCloud security. But with a high-profile product launch around the corner, is Apple doing enough to regain the trust of users?

 

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07:04
Google Ratchets Up Quantum Computing Efforts


Google this week announced a hardware initiative to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The effort is related to the launch last year of its Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. Physicist John Martinis, winner of the 2014 Fritz London Memorial Prize, leads a group of UCSB scientists who will collaborate with the Google team. "This is very exciting that John Martinis' group will join the Google effort," said Raymond Laflamme, Canada Research Chair in quantum information.

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07:00
iOS 8 Messages app feature: Sending and sharing your...

iOS 8 is getting closer every day. For those of us who have been using the developer betas for the past several months, it's been fun to see the glitches being worked out, watch performance getting better, and to start making use of the new features....

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06:57
Redesigned Apple Store app version 3.0 adds new...

Apple has updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0 with a number of new features, ahead of the company’s upcoming event. The app has been redesigned for iPhone and iPod touch and now allows users to start shopping on one device and finish on another — you can start on a Mac, for instance, and complete the order on your iOS device. A new Stores section shows users the closest Apple Stores, along with workshops and events at those shops. Additionally,…

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06:46
Review roundup: Motorola's Moto 360 is the best...

Motorola has finally released its Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch --?wisely or not, just days before Apple is expected to debut its "iWatch" -- and early reviews say that the device is a fine standard bearer for Google's wearable operating system, though it could benefit from some more time in the lab.



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06:43
Apple Store App gets Synchronized Shopping, More

Apple rolled out an update to its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this week that added the ability to start shopping on one device, and continue on another. The version 3.0 update also revamped the app interface for the iPhone and iPod touch so it more closely matches the iPad version.


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06:31
∞ Setting the iWatch bar

[Review and Video] Earlier this year, Motorola ended its short stay with Google when it was sold to Lenovo.

TechCrunch has confirmed reports that Lenovo is buying Motorola Mobility from Google. This is the division within Google that the company purchased in 2011 for $12.5 billion. Motorola Mobility will go to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.

Lenovo-owned Motorola quietly released a smart-watch yesterday, the Moto 360. Everyone’s tastes differ of course, but for me, this is the watch that sets the bar for Android and for smart-watches. This is the watch that you should keep in mind when and if Apple announces an iWatch next Tuesday.

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06:30
News: Daily Deal: Get TextExpander 4 for 50% off

In today’s iLounge Deal you can grab the award-winning TextExpander 4 for only $16.99—that’s 51% off the normal price. TextExpander allows you to turn frequently used text snippets into quick keyboard shortcuts and abbreviations, allowing you to save time and type faster when dealing with your mundane and repetitive tasks such as signature blocks or commonly-used links. Not only can you create shortcuts for frequently-used text,…

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06:10
News: Tim Cook says Apple to add more security alerts

Apple will soon issue more security alerts to users in an effort to boost privacy, CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal. The company will alert users when an account password change is attempted, when iCloud data is restored to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. New notifications will start in two weeks, and users will be able to make immediate changes — the account password can be changed, or Apple’s…

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06:00
Apple extending two-factor authentication to iCloud...

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company was taking additional steps to increase the security of iCloud accounts following the theft of private celebrity photos. These new measures will add new security...

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06:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: BioShock

Seven years ago, 2K Games impressed PC and console gamers with BioShock, an atypically engrossing action game that built upon Valve’s Half-Life and Ion Storm’s Deus Ex — first-person titles that transcended the shooter genre thanks to deep storylines and less gunfire-focused gameplay. BioShock’s hooks were a combination of Art Deco-inspired graphics, a large dose of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and jitter-inducing audiovisual set…

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05:52
Apple's 'iWallet' payments seen as...

In looking at the potential options for Apple in launching a mobile payment platform, one analyst believes the company is most likely to start small and safe with a "proxy" approach -- a strategy that wouldn't make Apple much money, but would help lock users into the company's iPhone ecosystem.



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05:45
Pages: Locking Objects in Place

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to go over locking objects in place, one of her favorite features in Apple's Pages program. She has also mentioned that she may include a bonus tip on grouping and ungrouping multiple items, so come on in and join the fun.


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05:40
Apple, Intel, Google, Adobe appeal refusal of anti-...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are all appealing Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement that was hammered out last month. The quartet claims that Koh "committed clear legal error" by using her own assessment of the value of the case, rather than that of the participants who had been battling over the matter with the court for years....



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05:38
Mailplane 3.3

Automatically signs out if account has an empty password. ($24.95 new, free update, 17.4 MB)

 

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05:30
Score big this season with All Star Quarterback

Just in time for the start of the football season a new football simulation game, All Star Quarterback, is available at the iTunes store for downloading. This is a free universal app that requires iOS 7.0. All Star Quarterback is a football and...

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05:05
Dell announces 27-inch 5120×2880 display, a perfect...

Dell has just announced a brand-new 27inch external display with an insane resolution of 5120×2880. Pixel counts of this magnitude were thought to be several months out, stretching into mid 2015, so Dell’s abrupt announcement has come as a bit of surprise. In summary, the 27-inch panel has 14 million pixels across its surface, resulting in a PPI of 218. This is the same density as a 15inch Retina MacBook Pro, but obviously much much larger.

The monitor is expected to be available by the end of the year.

What’s notable about this resolution is it shows that a Retina iMac is now very feasible. 5120×2880 is exactly double 2560×1440 — the resolution of the current 27 inch iMac.

 

Using the panel in...

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04:36
Apple & Google both appealing court ruling that...

The anti-poaching case rumbles on … After an antitrust class-action suit last year accused Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe of secretly agreeing not to poach staff from each other, the case appeared to be all over back in April when the parties reached a $324M settlement.

Settlements have to be signed-off by a court, however, to ensure that it is considered fair to all parties. Earlier this month, Judge Lucy Koh rejected the settlement, saying the amount should have been $380M.

Two days ago, the parties...

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02:16
Misfit announces developer toolkit, list of more...

Fitness tracking firm Misfit on Thursday announced availability of an expanded developer toolkit for third-party apps and devices, opening the door to interesting partnerships like integration with Walgreens' Balance Rewards points program.



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01:12
Apple, Google appeal Judge Koh's rejection of...

In a court filing late Thursday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel appealed Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of a proposed $324.5 million settlement relating to a class action lawsuit leveled by Silicon Valley employees, calling the jurist's decision "rigid and formulaic."



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00:15
Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal...

Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes Store.



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23:45
Developer tool iTunes Connect gets iCloud-like...

On the heels of a similar refresh for the Apple Store iOS app, Apple has also rejuvenated the iTunes Connect web app used by developers to gather statistics and information about sales, publishing data and other tidbits about their apps and App Store performance. The new design, originally shown off at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers' Conference but only just implemented on Thursday, offers more analytics and a new, more iOS-like design....



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21:59
Cook addresses celebrity images scandal, promises...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has formally addressed the recent celebrity selfies scandal, where some of the images obtained by hackers came from the victims' iCloud accounts (alongside other services, those responsible for the collection of the images have recently admitted). In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cook not only acknowledged that some celebrities' accounts were specifically targeted using conventional data-stealing techniques, but promised both educational and engineering improvements....



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20:08
Apple's secretive 'early field failure...

A report on Thursday offers a rare look inside Apple's secretive EFFA quality control division that runs down and fixes launch day hardware issues before they become larger, more costly problems.



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19:40
Hacker infiltrates Healthcare.gov, no personal...

Health care exchanges continue to hit rough patches, as the United States government has revealed that the federal health care portal Healthcare.gov was breached. While there is no evidence that any personal information from the 5.4 million people applying through the site was stolen during the event, the attack marks the first time an intrusion has successfully accessed systems attached to the website....



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19:26
Tim Cook says Apple to add security alerts for...

The Wall Street Journal:

Apple said it plans additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but denied that a lax attitude toward security had allowed intruders to post nude photos of celebrities on the Internet.

To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time.

This is just one of many steps Apple will take to protect themselves and users.

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19:10
Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security...

In response to a recently leaked cache of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.



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18:54
Tim Cook addresses iCloud photos hacking, says major...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally taken the iCloud leaked photos situation into his own hands. Cook today sat down with The Wall Street Journal for an interview regarding the breach, and the Apple executive shared details on key security improvements coming soon to iCloud. Cook first addressed what happened, confirming our own theories.

In his first interview on the subject, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said celebrities’ iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers correctly answered security questions to obtain their passwords, or when they were victimized by a phishing scam to obtain user IDs and passwords. He said none of the Apple IDs...

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18:49
Apple officially launches revamped iTunes Connect...

Ahead of next week’s iPhone 6 announcement, Apple has finally debuted the new design for its iTunes Connect web app that was initially shown off during the WWDC Platforms State of the Union. The new design features a more iOS-like look, similar to that of iCloud.com, and now gives developers even more information about their apps. Analytics feature have also been added for helping users track App Store page...

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18:24
New Xsan Installs?

Forums: General Xsan Talk

Haven't seen many new ones lately. There are so many options out there now, just curious what other people are doing now.

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18:19
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field microphone,...

Two new products are coming from IK Multimedia, as the company announced the iRig Mic Field and iKlip Xpand Stand. The iRig Mic Field offers high-quality stereo recording through Lightning-compatible devices for projects that need a separate audio recording like live bands or films. The new iKlip Xpand Stand offers tablet users a way to mount their tablets, giving them the flexibility to use them in a freestanding manner without bulky hardware or permanently attached fixtures....



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18:00
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

Galaxy Run [iOS...

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17:56
Apple online stores again down for some users for...

[Update: problems resolved as of approximately 7:45PM ET] For the second time in as many days, Apple's online stores are unavailable for an undetermined percentage of users. The current outage, which began around 4:30PM ET and is ongoing, is affecting the both the iOS and Mac App Stores, the iBookstore, and a variety of iTunes services such as iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Radio and the iTunes Store. Other iCloud services, such as Siri, email, FaceTime and syncing services are not affected....



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17:48
iCracked beating out Gazelle iPhone trade-in prices...

Last month, we posted an in-depth comparison of several iPhone trade-in services ahead of the September 9th announcement of the new iPhones. We came away with Amazon being your best bet for its pricing, but while Apple’s prices aren’t the best, the convenience of being able to trade-in your older iPhone at purchase of a new model is compelling.

You can now add another trade-in program the list: iCracked. The company’s main differentiator is that they have representatives stationed across the United States who will actually meet you at a location of your choice to purchase...

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17:28
Bloomberg breaks down what happens to faulty launch-...

 

When Apple (or any company) launches a product, such as the upcoming iPhone 6, there’s always the chance that a critical flaw will be discovered by first adopters. How exactly the company handles the devices that are returned and tracks down the source of these issues has always been somewhat of a secret process.

Toady, Bloomberg’s Businessweek published a profile on the “early field failure analysis,” which is responsible for taking these returned devices apart, analyzing any issues, putting together a fix, and getting it into new production devices before the problems become even more widespread.

The idea is to keep easily resolved problems from...

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17:12
Infinity jumps into the portable speaker space with...

Not to be outdone by the other brands under the Harman banner, Infinity will be releasing a new portable speaker this fall. The Infinity One Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System, which was designed in a collaboration with the rock group Linkin Park, looks to bring a new level of premium audio to the Bluetooth speaker space....



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17:05
Will laser ‘tattoos’ replace fruit labels?

BBC:

Laser “tattoos” could remove the need for sticky labels during the sale of fruit, developers say.

The technology removes pigment from the fruit’s surface to show information such as the item’s sell-by date and price.

The process does not affect the taste or the lifespan of the fruit.

I’d never thought about how much those paper labels cost. This is a fascinating idea.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:00
NYT provides iWatch details, claims iPhone 6 will...

The New York Times today published a report claiming that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will come with a "one-handed mode" to enable easier operation on account of what is rumored to be a larger display. As has been reported numerous times over the...

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16:53
Nvidia launches legal assault against Samsung GPU...

Graphic processor manufacturer Nvidia has filed suit against Qualcomm and Samsung, accusing both of patent abuse. In a conference call about the suit, Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said that "they're using our technology for free in their devices today and they're shipping an enormous number of devices." Nvidia is seeking a sales and importation embargo on Samsung devices using PowerVR architectures, as well as anything using a Qualcomm graphical chipset....



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16:45
JBL releasing cinema sound options, Bluetooth...

This fall three new products from JBL will be available for consumers looking to add some punch to their home theater setups without taking up much space or when listening to music on the go. The company announced that two new products in the Cinema line, the Cinema Base and Cinema SB350, and the Charge 2 Bluetooth speaker would be coming later in the year....



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16:39
Getty Images sues Microsoft over “Bing Image Widget”

The “Bing Image Widget,” released on Aug. 22, gives publishers the ability to create a panel on their websites that displays digital images supplied by Microsoft’s Bing search engine, according to the lawsuit.

Rather than draw from a pool of licensed images, the lawsuit claimed, the product grants access to the billions of images that can be found online, without regard to whether the photos are copyrighted.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:37
Apple’s digital stores face second outage this week...

Earlier this week, iOS users discovered that the App Store was experiencing some technical issues that caused every item for sale to become unavailable. Now, only two days later, the company’s status page indicates that the App Store on Mac and iOS, iBooks Store, and various iTunes services such as the music store and Radio, are all suffering from even more downtime.

According to the status page, the issues first cropped up around 4:30 PM and have persisted for about three hours so far. A notice on the page states that only “some users” are...

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