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Saturday August 9

16:40
Apple's iOS 8 beta 5 pulls business info from...

A new feature discovered in Apple's latest iOS 8 beta release automatically populates the Phone app's Recents list with information about points of interest when dialing out from Maps, applying correct name, addresses and even Yelp data to recent-dialed numbers.



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13:45
Opinion: Hachette and Amazon fight, who loses?

In advance of a coalition of authors' letter being published in The New York Times tomorrow supporting publisher Hachette, Amazon has lashed out in an open letter to consumers, asking readers themselves to take Amazon's side in the "fight" for e-book pricing. The problem is that the matter is not as simple as either Hachette or Amazon are portraying it, and the real victims in this dispute are the customers, caught in the middle....



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13:14
Service tells you how much smarter you are than your...

Pando Daily:

Using the highly scientific process of…hunting for fancy words in tweeted headlines…Beak allows users to calculate the grade level of their tweets.

Not scientific at all but fun to use for comparison’s sake. I tweet at a level of 7th Grade. Which sounds high to me.

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12:34
Selling an old iPhone? Here are things to consider

New York Times:

You can sell old iPhones — a lot of Android phones, too — to a number of online companies. Gazelle.com, cashforiphones.com, usell.com and icracked.com are just a few of them. Amazon and eBay are also vibrant marketplaces for used iPhones. I don’t know which one offers the best price or which are the most reputable. I don’t have enough used iPhones to do comparison testing.

But looking at the prices offered for the used iPhone 5s may offer some insight into what phone to buy next if you intend to sell it after a few years of use.

I’ve used Gazelle for several iPhone sales. Not the best price but definitely the easiest and less hassle.

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09:27
Disney latest victim of Amazon DVD pre-order denial

Amazon's next target for hard-line contract negotiation tactics appears to be Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Amazon has pulled nearly every disc-based pre-order option from the studio's upcoming titles, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficient, and Muppets Most Wanted....



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08:50
Google launches 'listen now' advertising...

Google is in the process of evaluating "Listen Now" advertisements, alongside Beats Music, Spotify, and Rhapsody. When users search for an artist, Google's ads on the right hand side promotes music from the artist, alongside options to purchase the music from participating online music services. The ads are on mobile as well as on searches performed in a computer browser....



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08:00
Dog Days of Summer: Stop coding and pay attention to...

There's nothing more annoying to a dog than being as adorable as Rosie and having your human ignore you while he's coding. "I mean, come ON - it's summer! And there are things to do outside! You're just sitting there staring at that screen and moving...

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07:58
AI Deals: $100-$200 off 17 mid-2014 MacBook Pros;...

This weekend AppleInsider is highlighting a number of exclusive offers -- some new and some about to expire -- such as $100-$200 discounts on a dozen additional mid-2014 MacBook Pro models, free 3-year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of any Mac, and a $20 cash trade-in bonus on any iPad valued at $75 or more.



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07:55
Google, Microsoft, others throw in with Facebook in...

Facebook is battling the New York courts over overly broad warrants to examine user profiles and data. Supporting the social media giant, Dropbox, Foursquare, Google, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Meetup, Microsoft, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Yelp have all filed amicus curae briefs with courts in support of the Facebook effort, complaining that services like Facebook are multi-faceted and require more granular warrants, rather than a sweeping motion to collect all data about a targeted user....



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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: In the saddle

In the saddle

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features sleek designs, the highest-quality materials, and some great ways to keep your tablet safe wherever you go.

aBagon

The Louis Vuitton (iPad Air; $999) sports a checkered-pattern design on a high-quality leather wallet case.

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Friday August 8

22:58
FCC now investigating all wireless carriers on...

The FCC has decided to expand its investigation into Verizon's recently-announced changes in "unlimited" data for subscribers into a full review of the entire US cellular industries network management policies, with a particular focus on "throttling" policies and how they are implemented, particularly for customers still on an "unlimited" data plan. The agency is even questioning carriers about why it would need throttling policies on more-efficient LTE networks at all....



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21:07
Opinion: Why the Apple iWatch will succeed (Part 2)

This is part two of an earlier article assessing why the Apple iWatch will succeed where others have failed. The first part of the article set out the backdrop against which the iWatch will be launched and argues that given the current competition, the iWatch stands an excellent chance of being successful. The current crop of smartwatches haven't managed to get the right mix of functionality, usability and desireability. Even Google's new Android Wear smartwatch platform makes a far from convincing case as to the benefits of owning a smartwatch. Only Apple has the ambition and product executio...



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20:30
Briefly: LGBTQ youth tech initiative, Sesame2...

Straight But Not Narrow, The Trevor Project and Human I-T have announced a joint initiative to provide LGBTQ youth access to computers and online resources. Entitled "Power On", the initiative will run until LGBT Spirit Day on October 17, 2014, with the organizations encouraging donations of laptops, tablets and smartphones for distribution to LGBTQ resources centers throughout the US. The aim of the project is to provide youth with access to the Internet for the purpose of being more readily connected to peer support regarding sexual and gender identities. Donated devices will be refurbished...

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19:56
FCC chairman slams Verizon's 'all the kids...

During a news conference on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to Verizon's claims that its planned data throttling program is a "widely accepted" practice, saying that an "all the kids do it" argument is not justifiable.



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19:48
Review: Lumsing Prophet $20 Bluetooth Speaker/phone...

Although we’ve covered the gamut of portable Bluetooth speakers here at 9to5Mac, we typically recommend higher-end products like the Bose Soundlink Mini ($199),...

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18:51
Meta Watch starts preorders for Meta M1 smartwatch,...

Meta Watch has finally put the Meta M1 smartwatch up for preorder, after several delays. The long-in-development smartwatch, designed by Frank Nuovo and his Nuovo design studio, is said to start shipping this September, with the eight different finishes of the device ranging in price starting from $249, rising upward to $449....



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18:00
How many apps do you have on your Mac? [Poll]

Yesterday we asked readers how many apps they had installed on their iPhones. Out of the almost 1,100 responses, a majority of readers (38%) said that they had over 500 apps! Comments ranged from "I have 16 apps and I rarely use those" to "I have...

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17:34
Weaponize Pets: WarKitteh Detects Unsecured...

Thanks to portable technology, pets can now scan neighborhood wifi networks. Wired reports on an upcoming DefCon talk from Gene Bransfield titled "How To Weaponize Your Pets", which is less a security talk and more a presentation of a clever way to find unsecured networks in the immediate area. Using a Spark Core board and the skills of the cat's human to sew a collar for it, he discovered more than a third of the hotspots in the area were less than secure. He says he did this for fun, but hopefully discovering a cat could detect open wifi networks might prompt some people to adjust their networks accordingly.


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17:00
Fotopedia is closing, but Evernote wants to rescue...

Last week Fotopedia announced it would be closing its doors on August 10, leaving fans of the site wondering where they could take their photos. Well, you're in luck Fotopedia users: Evernote is here to help. The note-saving turned data-saving...

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16:35
Spotify expands to Canada, offers invites to...

Roughly a month after first announcing its expansion into Canada, subscription streaming music service Spotify is now sending invites to people who signed up to receive notification when the service was imminent. Invitations are currently still on a limited basis, but the company is testing the service in Canada presently, Electronista has verified. Canada is not yet officially listed on the company's website as one of the countries it serves, but an official debut is expected in the coming weeks....



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16:23
Apple contributes $1.6 million to Chinese earthquake...

TUAW:

In the wake of China’s 6.5 magnitude quake that hit the country over the weekend, Apple is doing its best to help out. As reported by CRIENGLISH, Apple is donating 10 million yuan, or roughly US$1.6 million, to the relief efforts.

You have to feel for the people affected. I’ve been in three very minor earthquakes and they were terrifying. I can’t even imagine what a 6.5 magnitude quake would feel like.

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16:21
4 Fabulous Freebies For iOS

This week's Free on iTunes features four fabulous freebies. Digg, Uncrate, Meetup and NPR Music.


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16:00
ThisLife wants to store and manage all your photos

ThisLife is an intriguing and capable photo system from the folks at ShutterFly. It's been in beta for a long time, and we last took a look 2 years ago when the service was by invitation only.

ThisLife is an end-to-end photo manager. It gathers...

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15:30
BubbleSum is a game too hard to pop

BubbleSum for iOS is a quick and simple numbers game. The goal of is to test hand-eye coordination. The game requires iOS 7.0 and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

In BubbleSum, bubbles with numbers drift upwards from the bottom of...

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15:29
I Think, Therefore IBM


IBM has announced the latest version of its neurosynaptic processor -- that is, a processor whose workings are inspired by the human brain. Built on Samsung's 28nm process technology, it has 5.4 billion transistors and an on-chip network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores. IBM claims it is the first neurosynaptic chip to achieve 1 million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses, and 46 billion synaptic operations per second. The size of a postage stamp, the processor consumes just 70mW of power during real-time operations.

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15:15
Why the Apple iWatch Won’t Go Straight to the Bottom...

How do you launch a brand new product, one that's beautifully integrated into your own infrastructure and one that no company has ever conceived of and make sure that it's a runaway success? Answer: very carefully.


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15:12
Apple Death Knell #66 - ‘The Dream Is Over’

Meet Rob Frankel. He's a branding expert. In fact, he's, "The best branding expert on the planet." We know this because he tells us so on his blog. It must therefore be true. Mr. Frankel has a message for Apple fanboys, and it's earning him a spot in the Apple Death Knell Counter. Bryan Chaffin explains.


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15:07
Google tests new 'Listen Now' music ads...

Google on Friday rolled out a new ad option for users looking for music and artists through the tech giant's search engine, with direct links pointing to Google Play, Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple's Beats Music.



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15:02
New Jackson 2014 guitars

I’ve always been a fan of Jackson, especially the Dinky models. They just feel really good in my hands.

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15:00
Skinit inkFusion Pro iPhone cases are unique, fun,...

Tired of having the same iPhone case that everybody else has? How about making a custom case that is distinctly your own? That's what the customizable Skinit inkFusion Pro cases (US$34.99) are all about. Grab a picture that fits your unique...

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14:50
IN1 multi-tool utility case for your iPhone 5/5s

Thanks to The Blueprint for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. This week The Blueprint is featuring the IN1 is a multi-tool utility case for your iPhone 5/5s. Like a built-in swiss army knife for your phone. Choose from 8 colors. Get yours for $44.95, ships in 24 – 48 hrs.

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14:48
Peppermint OS 5: Light, Refreshing Linux


The Peppermint OS is built around a concept that may be unique among desktop environments. It is a hybrid of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based apps. This innovative approach puts the latest release, Peppermint OS 5, well ahead of the computing curve. It brings cloud apps to the Linux desktop with the ease and flexibility of a Chromebook. It marries that concept to the traditional idea of having installed software that runs without cloud interaction. However, the Peppermint OS is not tethered to Google Apps.

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14:47
The handwriting of typeface designers

This was more interesting than I thought it would be.

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14:46
Disappearing burgers: Why so many chefs make it so...

Grubstreet:

Pity the New Yorker who wants to eat an excellent burger for dinner while sitting at a proper table. The city is awash in outstanding burgers, but the simple task of ordering one at prime time feels like it’s become increasingly difficult.

The problem: More top New York chefs limit their burgers by selling them in very small quantities, or only at lunch, or only for the first 30 minutes their restaurant is open, or maybe just to the people sitting at the bar but not in the dining room, or possibly only on Mondays.

What a weird story and, I’m sorry, but “At Porter House, you can get the burger for $19 at lunch, or $26 at night at the bar” means I would never pay that much for a burger, no matter how good New Yorkers said it was.

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14:35
Skype to Leopard Users: We Still Love You,...

Following the ruffled feathers and wailing and gnashing of teeth following the news that Skype support for versions of OS X below 10.6 are no longer supported, Microsoft's Skype team has said a new update is coming that'll let Leopard users continue to participate in their online text, voice and video chats. Currently, Mac owners running Leopard can't login to their Skype account thanks to compatibility changes that were made earlier this week.


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14:34
Offhand comment stirs hope that Apple could announce...

In a short blog post about Motorola's upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, the well-connected John Gruber caused a stir by seemingly saying Apple will launch "their wrist wearable thing" in September, though he later clarified that his comments were a "joke" and not based on any inside information.



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14:30
Judge Lucy Koh rejects proposed settlement stemming...

Judge Lucy Koh today rejected a proposed settlement agreement that Apple and a number of other prominent high-tech companies entered into as a result of a class-action suit stemming from anti-poaching agreements entered into during the...

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14:25
$324.5 million anti-poaching settlement from Apple,...

On Friday afternoon, a US district judge for the Northern District of California rejected a settlement proposed by four major tech companies—Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe—in a class-action lawsuit over improper hiring practices. The four companies were accused of conspiring to keep each others' employees from being poached, thus limiting their employees' potential salaries and stunting job opportunities.

A group of employees sued the four companies for this practice back in 2011, and in April of this year, the companies agreed to settle the case and pay back $324.5 million to more than 60,000 workers that ended up in the class. Today, however, US District Judge Lucy Koh said the...

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14:23
Judge rejects proposed $324.5M anti-poaching case...

US District Judge Lucy Koh has rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement in the lawsuit direct against Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel over anti-poaching practices. In her ruling, Koh states that the amount offered "falls below the range of reasonableness."...



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14:17
News: Judge rejects antitrust settlement proposal...

A U.S. District Judge in California has rejected the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement proposed by Apple and three other tech companies, CNBC reports. Judge Lucy Koh said the proposed amount “falls below the range of reasonableness.” Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel — all accused of agreeing not to hire each other’s employees — agreed in May to pay former workers $324.5 million. It remains unclear what the new settlement…

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14:08
1Password on sale, iOS 8 version will be a free...

AgileBits:

We are announcing that, for Mac and iOS users, our updates coming this fall for Apple’s OS X Yosemite and iOS 8—yes, including our awesome new Safari and in-app extension—will be free for current owners.

We’ve put 1Password for desktops on sale for 30 percent off, and 1Password for iPhone and iPad on sale for a whopping 40 percent off (1Password 4 for Android remains free-to-try through August 18!).

Get 1Password for Mac for just $34.99 and 1Password for iOS for just $9.99.

I personally highly recommend 1Password.

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14:01
Eddie Van Halen Striped Circle Series guitars

I’d love to have one of the EVH guitars. Not a bad price.

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14:00
Apple contributes $1.6 million to Chinese earthquake...

Apple and China have had a somewhat shaky relationship as of late -- with state-run news decrying the iPhone as a threat and rumors of government bans on Apple products (though there seems to be some conflicting reports on this point) -- but in the...

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13:55
Review: Samsung S27D390H 27-inch LED monitor

Buzzwords and acronyms abound when talking about monitors. HDMI, DVI, HD, full HD, 4k, and these just skim the surface. With the proliferation of super-high resolution computer monitors adding to the alphabet soup, there is always a need for a midrange, large, display for computers implementing fewer of the codewords just to give a bit more real estate to workers, or a fast responding display for gamers. Samsung is attempting to bridge both worlds with the S27D390H 27-inch LED monitor. How well does it straddle the line between affordability and performance? Check our review to find out....



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13:53
Photos said to show fully-assembled second-gen iPad...

A Hungarian website, iMagazin, has posted photos of what it claims is a fully-assembled second-generation iPad Air. The device appears similar to the current model, but with a recently-leaked grille design and a thinner chassis. Whereas the first-gen Air is about as thick as an iPhone 5s, the second-gen tablet is even slimmer....



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13:30
Apple adds Family Sharing support information to iOS...

Apple on Friday activated a new iOS and Mac App Store asset that notifies customers of compatibility with the company's upcoming Family Sharing program, which will allow family members to share purchased content.



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13:30
Memory Quest: Dungeon Adventure is memorably...

Memory Quest: Dungeon Adventure on iOS adds a layer to memory-based tile games. Instead of matching two of the same image, the game challenges players to remember associations between weapon and enemy tiles. The game requires iOS version 6.0 and is...

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13:27
Google begins displaying “Listen Now” ads for...

Google appears to be experimenting with new “Listen Now” ads in search results for streaming music services including its own Google Play Music and competitors like Apple’s Beats Music. The Wall Street Journal first noticed the ads and confirmed the new format with Google:

The ads appear in searches on personal computers as well as mobile devices and are performing well for some advertisers, according to one person familiar with the results. Music services previously could have bought similar ads, but the grouping, display and labeling are new. “We’re happy to help users quickly find legitimate sources for their favorite movies, music and more via Google search,” a Google spokesman said.

Google also confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that the music services pay per click just like traditional ads it displays in search....

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13:17
Court rejects $325M wage-fixing settlement, says...

A federal judge on Friday rejected a settlement proposal put forth by Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe that would have seen the Silicon Valley giants pay $324.5 million to end a long-running class action lawsuit alleging that they conspired to suppress salary inflation among workers.



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13:17
Judge rejects antitrust settlement proposal from...

A U.S. District Judge in California has rejected the $324.5 million anti-poaching settlement proposed by Apple and three other tech companies, CNBC reports. Judge Lucy Koh said the proposed amount “falls below the range of reasonableness.” Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel — all accused of agreeing not to hire…

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13:15
Daily Deals for August 8, 2014, featuring 1350+...

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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13:07
Skype promises Leopard-compatible client 'soon...

A version of Skype compatible with OS X Leopard is in development, a company spokesperson now says. "We have a Skype version for Mac OS X 10.5 users which will soon be available for download," the person states. The release will not however be compatible with anything older, such as OS X Tiger....



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13:04
Mac: Aspyr The Sims 2: Super Collection

Aspyr has announced the release of The Sims 2: Super Collection ($30) in the Mac App Store. A classic “life simulation” game first developed by EA’s Maxis, Sims 2 was originally released in 2004, and the Super Collection adds a ton of features that should entertain seasoned players and reel in some Sims newbies....

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13:00
The poor $10,000 Apple Lisa

A tragic end for one particular Apple Lisa. Not a very fitting end for a computer that once cost US$10,000.

[Photo credit: Daniel Rehn]...

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12:42
Court rejects earlier $324 million anti-poaching...


Image via Bloomberg

A judge has rejected a settlement that was reached earlier this year between employees of Apple, Intel, Google, and Adobe and their respective companies, CNBC reported today. According to reports from the courtroom, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the settlement was not high enough and should actually be $380 million.

The lawsuit was brought against the tech giants in question by current...

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12:36
iCloud Mail hit with Friday downtime

"Some" iCloud Mail users have been unable to receive messages since about noon Eastern time, according to Apple's system status page. Apple hasn't identified the percentage of users affected, a cause, or when issues might be resolved. The system tracker doesn't usually provide the latter two pieces of information....



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12:30
Apple's Reno data center prepares for update

Apple's data center near Reno, Nevada is getting an update according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The paper is reporting that Apple has applied for new building permits for its Reno Technology Park campus.

Apple submitted permit applications for...

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12:25
News: iLounge Game Spotlight: Rules!

Rules! ($2) is a new puzzle game from TheCodingMonkeys. A polished puzzler, Rules! looks to establish ground in the competitive and crowded territory of casual puzzle games on iOS. Grabbing early attention hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Rules!, as it’s catapulted to the top of the puzzle game charts and has hit the top ten for all games. It’s a quick-play puzzler which, at first glance, will remind some gamers of the equally exclamatory…

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12:21
Carrier Software Flaws Imperil Smartphones: Report


Wireless carriers pose a threat to mobile phone security, researchers have disclosed.
Mathew Solnik and Marc Blanchou of Accuvant this week told an audience at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that Android, BlackBerry and some iOS devices are vulnerable. The problem lies in a device management tool using the OMA Device Management Standard, which carriers embed into mobile devices in order to configure them and push over-the-air firmware updates, among other things.

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12:17
Apple's second-gen iPad Air purportedly shown...

A series of photos that surfaced Friday from central Europe claim to show a fully-assembled, second-generation iPad Air featuring a more svelte design, an updated speaker grille, and an integrated Touch ID sensor.



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12:10
Weekly Deals: productivity apps, educational Doxie...

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!...



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12:00
Welcome to Slices of Apple, an inside look at what...

Fridays on TUAW just got more interesting. Every Friday over the next three months we'll run an episode from Slices of Apple, a documentary about some of the people, tools and processes inside Apple, Inc. We've got some great stories to tell that are...

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11:41
Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support,...

An anonymous reader writes Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users recently found that Skype no longer works on their system: despite upgrading to the latest version they still can't sign in. We got in touch with the Microsoft-owned company and after two days, we got confirmation that a solution was in the works. "We have a Skype version for Mac OS X 10.5 users which will soon be available for download," a Skype spokesperson told TNW. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Windows Phone 7. In a support page titled "Is Skype for Windows Phone 7 being discontinued?," the Microsoft-owned company answers the question with a "yes" and elaborates that it is "permanently retiring all Skype apps for Windows Phone 7." Again, this isn't just old versions going away, or support being removed, but the apps themselves have disappeared.

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11:34
Spotify starts sending invites for users to try...

After revealing plans to finally bring Spotify to Canada last month, users in the country have now started receiving invites to try the streaming music service. A reader sent in the image above and others have received their invite over the last 24 hours,.

Congratulations — you’re in!

You’ve been chosen to try Spotify in Canada before everyone else!

Millions of songs are now waiting for you. The artists you love, the latest hits and new discoveries— all for free on mobile, tablet and desktop. Happy listening!

The company initially announced last month that the service would launch in the coming months, but now seems to be launching a test of the service with select users that signed-up here. Spotify is currently available in a long list of countries around the world, but it doesn’t yet list Canada...

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11:25
iLounge Game Spotlight: Rules!

Rules! ($2) is a new puzzle game from TheCodingMonkeys. A polished puzzler, Rules! looks to establish ground in the competitive and crowded territory of casual puzzle games on iOS. Grabbing early attention hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Rules!, as it’s catapulted to…

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11:15
Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard/Case for iPad mini:...

The Rugged Folio Bluetooth iPad mini keyboard and case from Zagg is made of polycarbonate, silicone and steel. It includes a backlit keyboard, complete protection when closed, and a removable portion that lets you keep the iPad mini protected when you donât need the keyboard. The battery lasts for up to two years on one charge.


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11:00
Sonos Play:1 is a well-priced, super-sounding...

Sonos is a manufacturer of high-fidelity, wireless audio speakers that bring your digital music into every room of your home, all controlled from the Sonos app on your Mac or iOS device, through your home's WiFi network using the Sonos Bridge.

There...

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10:49
Apple tests Family Sharing notice on App Store pages...

According to a new tag discovered on iOS App Store pages by iFun, it would appear that Apple is testing a new label for applications that work with the upcoming Family Sharing feature in iOS 8. The feature, which was announced at WWDC, allows a family to share a single list of purchased music, movies, and iOS apps, all charged to a single credit card. It also includes parental controls so that purchases require permission from the card holder.

Apple has given third-party developers the option to opt-out of this program...

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10:48
Apple Reno datacenter expanding with new data...

Apple is planning another expansion of its datacenter near Reno, Nevada, says local newspaper the Reno Gazette Journal, citing building permits filed with Washoe County. The new efforts will bring the total number of buildings to nine, including eight data clusters and an administrative center. "They just keep plugging along," says a senior planner for Washoe County, Trevor Lloyd. "Apple keeps submitting plans…and it looks like they'll be expanding for a long time."...



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10:20
Apple to donate $1.6M for earthquake relief in China...

Apple is said to have committed some 10 million yuan -- $1.6 million -- to support relief efforts following an earthquake in China's Yunnan province earlier this week that left over 600 people dead, the second time in as many years that the iPhone maker has pledged significant financial aid in the wake of a natural disaster.



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10:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-08

It's time for a little tech talk, so Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain what's up with IPv6 and what the protocol means for end users. They also wrap up the week with a charity auction from former Apple employee Sam Sung.


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10:08
How to make eggs in a mug in 90 seconds

Epicurious:

Whether you’re making breakfast in an office or a college dorm room, the only kitchen tools you’ll need are a microwave-safe mug and a fork. From fast scrambled eggs to tomato sauce “baked” eggs, here are five tasty ideas for how to make eggs in a mug in 90 seconds.

I’m not much of a cook (but I do make a pretty tasty pasta sauce), so I’m always on the look out for quick (cause I’m lazy) and easy recipes. This looks like it would fit the bill.

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10:05
Apple says iCloud Mail experiencing outage for some...

Following several reports from readers earlier today that Apple’s iCloud Mail service was experiencing an outage, Apple has now updated its system status page to reflect the downtime.

Apple says that “some users are affected” and that “users may be unable to receive iCloud mail”. Apple’s system status page says the outage started a little before 12PM ET this morning and continues for some. iCloud Mail service also went down last month with a relatively small number of users experiencing an outage for as long as 18 hours.

Apple has made some improvements to the iCloud Mail service recently including flipping the switch on encryption for email sent between...

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10:00
It's "art" -- tortoises with back-...

Only in Aspen, Colorado -- where many of the residents have much more money than common sense -- would you find this work of "art". It's three African Spurred Tortoises -- Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer -- with iPads on their backs....

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09:44
Cook expresses 'deepest sympathies' to...

(Updated with precise donation figure) Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued an internal memo expressing "deepest sympathies" to the victims of this weekend's earthquake in Yunnan, China, and promoting the company's related charity efforts. "Our deepest sympathies go out to the people of China's Yunnan Province, which was struck by a devastating 6.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend," he writes. "Nearly 600 people died and over 2400 were injured in the worst earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. Rescuers have evacuated 230,000 people who are now displaced from their homes. The road to Longt...



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09:42
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09:27
Apple set to expand Reno datacenter with two...

The infrastructure that backs Apple's now-massive cloud services -- including iTunes and iCloud -- continues to grow, as the company has reportedly filed building permit applications that detail its plan to bring two new data clusters online at its Nevada facility.



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09:07
Forums: peripheral connections, RAID upgrades and...

Today in the MacNN forums Mac Elite "rotuts" explained that they are getting a new iMac next week and was wondering what connectors would be necessary to run an external monitor off the iMac. Earlier this week Grizzled Veteran "PHoynak" was looking for the best way to increase the storage in their RAID setup....



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09:06
Apple deals: iPods, iPads, and Mac accessories

Right now at Apple's online store chose from a selection of refurbished iPod touch models starting as low as $129 for the 4th generation Touch with 8GB of storage. A $100 discount drops the cost on the refurbished 5th generation iPod touch with 32GB of storage in black and slate down to $199....



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09:03
DealNN: 13.3-inc rMBP for $1,450

At Adorama.com this week get the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1,449. That's $250 less than the MSRP of 1,699, and the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by the same price margin. Free shipping is included and sales tax is applied for residents of New York state. This MBP features retina display, a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. It is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Seagate 2TB Slim $85,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive: $85 shipped (orig. $150)

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09:00
Women are more prone to spending cash on in-app...

Ladies, I'm not blaming you for the fact that Kim Kardashian's obnoxious celebrity simulator is raking in huge mounds of cash, but a new study says you're more likely to embrace in-app purchases if you lack a Y chromosome. The data -- gathered by...

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08:56
On OS X Leopard? Don’t worry, Skype says Mac version...

Earlier this week, concerns emerged on Skype official message boards about the Skype Mac app no longer functioning on OS X 10.5.8 Leopard (an operating system that launched the same year as the original iPhone), and a Skype representative on the forums apparently confirmed that Skype will no longer be supported on Macs running operating systems below OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

While Skype has not been downloadable nor functional for Leopard users the past few days, a Skype spokesperson tells us this morning that this will soon change: “...

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08:44
Malcolm Young may not return to AC/DC

Very sad news for the music industry, but after reportedly suffering a stroke earlier this year, it appears that Malcolm may not recover enough to rejoin the band.

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08:35
Running Skype on OS X 10.5.8 or Earlier? Not Anymore

Mac users running OS X 10.5.8 and earlier can't use Skype anymore now that Microsoft has dropped support for the older versions of the Mac operating system. The change happened this week, leaving Leopard users without any way to use the voice and video chat app.

The Mac Observer Spin: Companies drop support for old app versions and old operating systems all the time, and Microsoft is no different. If you're Mac is still running Leopard, and you're a Skype user, at least now you know why you can't login.


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08:33
Amplified: A Little Google Elf at Your Door

Dan and Jim talk about the Apple/Samsung lawsuit, Twitch.tv and the death of Justin.tv, Russian Hackers, 1Password, Google and Barnes & Noble’s partnership, anonymity online, Wampler pedals, Godsmack, and more.

Sponsored by Sifter (Visit 5by5.sifter.me for an extended free trial of the most simple issue tracking tool around) and Squarespace (use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off your first purchase).

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08:14
Apple runs 'limited-time' sale on 20 iOS...

On the iOS App Store, Apple is now running a "limited-time" sale on 20 productivity apps. Most of the titles are well-established, such as Realmac's Clear, Ginger Labs' Notability, and Flexibits' Fantastical 2. Some lesser-known examples include Andreas Karlsson's Tydlig and Ten Touch's Grafio....



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08:04
Microsoft ends Skype support for users running Mac...

If you love older versions of the Mac OS X operating systems and Skype, you’re out of luck.

Per AppleInsider and The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.

Starting last week, Skype users began to complain on the company’s forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service. As complaints mounted, it was guessed that Skype was no longer operational on Macs running older versions...

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08:00
How to set up continuous OS X Mavericks dictation

My fellow TUAW editor Dave Caolo got his right index finger pretty well mashed in a car door the other day, which is making it painfully difficult for him to type. Fortunately, he's been able to use dictation in OS X Mavericks to make up for his...

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07:52
[Sponsor] iOS at Google

This week’s DF RSS feed is sponsored by Google’s iOS app teams. Crazy passionate about iOS apps? We are too! If you’ve got the skills to build apps that are best in class, we want you on our team. Operating like a start-up within the walls of Google, we’re a community of developers and designers building experiences that top the App Store charts. Sound like your kind of gig? Apply to job openings in San Francisco, Mountain View, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Paris or London.

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07:48
Foursquare is Tracking Your Every Move. Here’s How...

When Foursquare decided to split its business and restaurant discovery and social checkin app for the iPhone into two apps a couple months ago, that upset a lot of users, too. When the updated Foursquare app came out this week with the ability to always track your location even if the app isn't running, that really upset a lot of users. If you don't want Foursquare or Swarm knowing where you are all the time, you can turn the feature off -- assuming you know where to look.


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07:35
News: Daily Deal: The 11” MacBook Air Giveaway

Today in iLounge Deals we’re giving away an 11” MacBook Air! Whether in a classroom, office, plane, around the house, and everywhere else, the 11” MacBook Air is the ultimate on-the-go laptop, and you can enter our giveaway now for a chance to win your very own. Simply visit the link below, enter your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. One lucky winner will be chosen on September 23, 2014. Enter The 11”…

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07:29
Authors to rebuke Amazon over Hachette dispute with...

Nearly 1,000 authors affected by the onging e-book spat between Amazon and Hachette have signed their names to a letter -- set to run as a full-page advertisement in the Sunday New York Times later this week -- imploring the online retailer to settle the dispute and calling on readers to voice their displeasure directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.



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07:29
Cyberspies Help Themselves to DHS Contractor's...


USIS, the contractor that did the background checks on Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and NSA leaker Edward Snowden, on Thursday reported that its computer systems have been breached. "Our internal IT security team recently identified an apparent external cyberattack on USIS' corporate network," said US Investigation Services, which performs security clearances for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a statement. "We are working closely with federal law enforcement authorities."

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07:29
Condé Nast’s Epicurious teams up w/ Swirl for in-...

After announcing it would take advantage of iBeacons deployed by inMarket in grocery stores back in April, today Condé Nast’s Epicurious is announcing a partnership with another iBeacon network to further expand the context-sensitive notifications beamed to its users. Swirl, the same company behind recent beacon deployments in Hudson’s Bay Company and Lord & Taylor, will now deliver location-aware notifications to the Epicurious app via its network of beacons already deployed in retailers:

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07:27
Chinese government officially denies banning Apple...

The Chinese Central Government Procurement Center -- as well as the Finance Ministry, and Apple itself -- have all denied a recent Bloomberg report claiming that Apple had been deliberately excluded from procurement lists for security reasons, according to Reuters. It had been said that Chinese government agencies were newly banned from buying devices like iPads and MacBooks. All three parties involved now say, however, that Apple never applied to be on the list in question to begin with....



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07:25
Opinion: Is the case for Apple ending its patent...

Steve Jobs famously declared back in 2010 that Android was a stolen product, and he was willing to “go thermonuclear war” in order to “destroy” it.

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Back in April, I suggested three reasons it might be time for Apple to settle its Android disputes and move on. The relatively small damages award in the most recent case (and which now looks set to be...

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07:24
News: China refutes Apple product ban report

Apple products including iPads and MacBooks have not actually been banned from any Chinese government procurement lists, the country’s chief procurement center has said. This new report, from Reuters, refutes a recent Bloomberg report that claimed 10 Apple products could not be purchased with public money for security reasons. Apparently, the confusion may have stemmed from a list involving energy-saving products, on which Apple could not be…

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07:08
Mac: Pelican 1070CC HardBack Case

There may be a time when you need a case for your 11” MacBook Air that will get you through any situation. Designed for all scenarios, Pelican offers the stylish 1070CC HardBack Case ($85) with a molded foam insert, and non-skid rubber feet. Waterproof, crush-proof and dust-proof, the 1070CC is the rare MacBook case that can survive pretty much anything. Perhaps more important than those features is that Pelican offers a lifetime guarantee,…

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07:04
Patent Office Shoots Down Apple Infringement Claims...

Apple just hit a stumbling block in its second U.S. patent infringement case against Samsung thanks to a Patent and Trademark Office ruling that rejects some of the iPhone and iPad maker's claims. The ruling targeted the summary judgement Federal Judge Lucy Koh issued ahead of Apple and Samsung's trial this spring, and relates to infringement claims for Apple's autocomplete patent.

The Mac Observer Spin: The USPTO is rejecting patent claims, Apple and Samsung are agreeing to scale back their legal battle, and there still hasn't been any significant change in either company's mobile device strategy. This doesn't feel like the thermonuclear war against Android Steve Jobs wanted.


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Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares. Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a... | Read more »
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Qube Kingdom Review By Nadia Oxford on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: KIND OF A SQUARE KINGDOMUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Qube Kingdom has cute visuals, but it’s a pretty basic tower defense game at heart.   | Read more »
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Fire in the Hole Review By Rob Thomas on August 29th, 2014 Our Rating: :: WALK THE PLANKUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Seafoam’s Fire in the Hole looks like a bright, 8-bit throwback, but there’s not enough booty to... | Read more »
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Adorama has the new 2014 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $899.99 including free shipping plus NY & NJ tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
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