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Monday September 8

03:49
Sprint extends LTE network by partnering with rural...

Sprint has expanded the area its LTE service operates in, by working with smaller carriers. The company has increased the number of carriers included within its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program by 15, with the program's 27 carriers expanding Sprint's service in 27 states, over 565,000 square miles, and to more than 38 million people....



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Sunday September 7

21:48
Apple reportedly planning to implement tokenization...

We may finally have a reason for why Apple Stores and some other stores are installing new NFC payment...

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21:00
Geekbench 3.2

I'm excited to announce that Geekbench 3.2, the latest version of our popular cross-platform benchmark, is now available for download.

The most visible change in Geekbench 3.2 is the redesigned result view. The redesign both improves the legibility and increases the information density of the benchmark results, especially on mobile devices.

Geekbench 3.2 also adds support for 32-bit ARMv8 processors on Android. Geekbench has been recompiled to take advantage of the new instruction set, and the AES and SHA-1 workloads have been updated to use the new cryptography instructions. When Android devices with ARMv8 processors arrive in the fall Geekbench 3.2 will be able to measure their full performance potential.

Geekbench 3.2 is a free upgrade for all Geekbench 3 users.

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20:16
5.5-inch iPhone 6 may run landscape apps with more...

While the 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6 will seemingly function as a large version of the current iPhone interface, it appears that the larger model with a 5.5-inch display could run software in landscape mode with an iPad-like user-interface (portrait views likely remain unchanged. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith altered the iOS simulator to run at 736 points x 414 points (1472 x 828 at 2x or 2208 x 1242 at 3x), the resolution we first reported was likely in the cards for at least one iPhone 6 model, and provided us with screenshots of the presented interface…

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17:17
VMware Fusion 7.0 and Fusion 7.0 Professional

Major new release with support for OS X Yosemite, plus improved ($69.99/149.99 new, $49.99/$79.99 upgrade, 341 MB)

 

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17:00
This weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Recur! The Reverse...

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16:09
Briefly: Rdio revamped for iOS, Avernum 2: Crystal...

Music streaming service Rdio recently released a major update for its iOS app. A paid monthly service, a Rdio Unlimited account offers access to albums, songs, playlists and stations, with the option to download unlimited songs via mobile for offline listening. Rdio v3.0 for iOS introduces a suite of new features, such as Home, which includes a mix of personalized music-related stories. The Favorites feature allows users to select and highlight preferred content for simplified revisiting. Rdio's new Trending function displays what songs and artists are the most popular, combining Heavy Rotatio...



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16:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

OtterBox Resurgence: Power and protection in one iPhone...

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15:30
The World of competitive “Rock, Paper, Scissors”

Priceonomics:

Rock Paper Scissors has serious players, organizing leagues, and sponsored tournaments that draw hundreds to compete for cash prizes. In 2006, Bud Light sponsored a tournament and offered a $50,000 cash prize.

While RPS advocates are eager to validate it as a serious pursuit, they also intend to have a good time. That said, if during a tournament you try to throw some sort of fourth move like dynamite that beats rock, paper, and scissors, you’ll be asked to leave.

Leave it to Canadians to come up with competitive “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and tie it into drinking beer.

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15:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

iOS 8 Camera app:...

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14:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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12:10
Shareholder files suit against Cook, executives over...

It seems that the legal issues involving Apple colluding with publishers to fix the prices on e-books are taking another turn, as an Apple shareholder has filed a lawsuit in California against CEO Tim Cook and several Apple executives and directors. In the filing it's alleged that the parties involved "showed a reckless disregard for their duties" at Apple, therefore causing "significant damage" to the company in the process....



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10:07
Review: Apple's mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro...

Like the updated mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple's latest 15-inch notebook brings slightly speedier Intel processors. But with memory, graphics and design all carried over from last year, the most substantial change is a $100 price cut.



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09:49
The iPhone 6: from Louis Vuitton to Chanel

Stratechery:

Conspicuous consumption and status-seeking are major drivers of the Asian market in particular, and are why Asians make up over 50% of the luxury market by nationality. In the case of handbags, you absolutely are saying something with your selection: a Louis Vuitton bag is many people’s first luxury purchase, and shows you have some means; a Chanel bag, on the other hand, signifies you are at least upper middle class, maybe even rich.

At the top of the heap, though, is Hermès: sport a Birkin bag and there is no question as to your status.

While I don’t agree with all of his points, it’s a very instructive way to look at Apple and perhaps how and where they see their place in the market.

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09:28
More than Tech: Apple Invites Fashion Editors to...

Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company's September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we'll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumored iWatch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't invited fashion news reporters and bloggers to an event before now. This is a pretty big sign that the company is jumping into the wearables market in a serious way. Tuesday's media event is going to be a wild ride.


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09:00
Apple and Disney Stores upgrading iBeacons and NFC...

Apple and longtime partner Disney this week are bolstering their stores with upgraded versions of iBeacon sensors and NFC readers, according to sources. Apple Stores have had iBeacons stationed throughout showroom floors for several months as a way to pinpoint exactly where a customer is within the store. This allows Apple to better serve customers by providing relevant sales information to their iPhones and iPads while in the store. The upgrades happening this week within Apple Stores place several new Gimbal Series 20 Proximity Beacons across stores to make location tracking within the store even more accurate.

In addition to providing relevant information for the Apple Store app, iBeacons can be useful for...

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08:57
How to enable Apple's secure two-step...

Last week's celebrity photo leaks were a stark reminder of what can happen to internet users that fail to follow basic security precautions, like enabling two-factor authentication when it's available. With Apple's own security practices under the microscope, AppleInsider shows you how to enable Cupertino's own implementation.



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08:47
MGG 518: Larrys Have Problems (That Geeks Can Solve)

iCloud Notifications, Burning CD tracks, securing network devices, backing up your NAS and much, much more. All of this in today's Mac Geek Gab episode featuring Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, your two favorite geeks! Download today and enjoy.


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06:56
LA Times – Are we ready for the iWatch?

Writing for the LA Times, Chris O’Brien poses the question, are we as consumers ready for the iWatch?

Are we ready? I’m not entirely convinced that the answer is yes. I’ve tried many smartwatches and never found anything particularly compelling about them. I’ve played with a few mobile payment services and never felt like they offered a greater convenience than just whipping out a credit card. And I’ve never taken the plunge to use any of the various health monitor gadgets.

And that’s Apple’s strong suit. They are uncanny at judging our appetites as consumers, a craving that frequently can’t be explained by simple logic. Apple has a savant-like savviness at predicting just what we’ll respond to, and at what price point.

Then again, when I first saw the iPad back in January 2010, I didn’t feel particularly moved by it. It was only when I eventually bought one that I suddenly couldn’t remember how I’d managed without it. Just like I did with my first iPhone and...

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06:09
∞ The boy who beeps

[VIDEO] I love the premise behind this commercial. I wish I could do that.

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01:37
Is this the first video review of the iPhone 6?

The iPhone 6 leaks are coming fast and furious ahead of Tuesday’s event. This latest video is a supposed review of the iPhone 6 in Mandarin. We won’t know how legit it is for another 48 hours but it is certainly convincing.

One notable feature of these latest leaks is the Passbook (which they conveniently failed to open) icon which looks to have a Credit card on top. Update: The Weibo Account owner opened up Passbook and screenshotted (below)


 

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Saturday September 6

19:53
Video of functioning 4.7-inch iPhone seen running...

A functioning version -- perhaps a genuine finished unit, or a cleverly-disguised Goophone -- of the allegedly forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been demonstrated in brief video clips. Going beyond any previous demo, the unit appears to function normally, is clearly running iOS 8 and is activated. The home screen shows the Health application (briefly demo'd in a different video) and the modified Passbook app icon, which now has a fourth red "stripe" resembling a payment card, seemingly confirming the idea that a mobile payment system will be introduced at the September 9 event....



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17:41
Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement...

The Washington Post carries a story from the Associated Press that says the big companies hit hardest by Judge Lucy Koh's ruling in the "No Poaching" case have not suprisingly appealed that ruling, which found that a proposed settlement of $324.5 million to a class-action lawsuit was too low. The suit, filed on behalf of 60,000 high-tech workers allegedlly harmed by anti-competitive hiring practices, will probably enter its next phase next January or March. (Judge Koh is probably not very popular at Apple in particular.) If you're one of those workers (or in an analogous situation), what kind of compensation or punitive action do you think is fair?

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16:43
Apple wearable to run third-party apps, big...

Apple’s upcoming wearable device, based on iOS, will run third-party applications and, furthermore, may come equipped with an App Store, according to two sources with knowledge of the new device. It is currently unclear if the App Store will be full-fledged, like on the iPhone and iPad, or if it will be a special section with in the iPhone App Store for apps that play nicely with the new wearable device.

A small handful of high-profile social network and services companies with apps on the iPhone and iPad App Store have already been seeded with a pre-release version of the Apple SDK (Software Development Kit) for wearables under strict non-disclosure agreements. One of the developers with access to the pre-release SDK is Facebook, according to a source. Facebook is also said to be finishing up work on an iOS 8-optimized version of its iPhone app with improved notifications. The...

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16:01
Briefly: Just Mobile's backup battery, iMac-...

Just Mobile has announced the launch of its new backup battery at IFA 2014, the TopGum. A portable power pack clad in unibody aluminum, TopGum features a tangle-free Lightning cable and a magnetic recharging dock, for recharging without the need to find additional cords. The TopGum's capacity allows for an iPhone to charge up to three times, or top up an iPad mini to 75 percent. Also featured is a standard USB connection, meaning USB-powered devices can be recharged, and TopGum's internal batteries can be refilled when its dock is out of reach. The TopGum backup battery is priced at $80....



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15:08
Apple invites fashion publications to Sept. 9 event...

With a large number of high profile fashion editors and bloggers invited to Apple's Sept. 9 media event, it's expected that the company wants to win the favor of the fashion industry for its anticipated entrance into the emerging wearable devices market, potentially positioning the "iWatch" as more of a chic statement than geeky gadget.



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14:34
Photos and video purportedly detail working '...

Two separate "leaks" out of China on Saturday supposedly show operational versions of Apple's next-generation iPhone, including images of what appears to be credit card or mobile payments support for Passbook.



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14:20
How To Clean Lint from iPhone and iPad Ports

If you have trouble charging your devices or your headphones don't work quite right, it might be an issue with junk accumulating in the 30-pin/Lightning port or the headphone jack. Kelly has some tips on how to de-gunk those ports.


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12:03
Unreal Engine 4 marketplace launches, provides...

Developer Epic has opened its marketplace for user-created and other curated content for the new cross-platform Unreal Engine game creation tool. Developers can now buy and sell community-created premium content for use in projects. In addition to all of the previously-released free content, the new Marketplace is launching with a variety of asset packs including environments, props, characters, sounds, materials, animated meshes, and a number of other asset types....



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11:28
∞ Charles Dance’s “pep talk” for the Rugby World Cup...

Even if you don’t know a thing about Rugby, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones) might just get you to watch it.

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11:00
iOS 8 Camera app: Time-Lapse

Time-Lapse photography is often one of those things some of us think about, but never do. There are several apps offered in the App Store for iOS, including HyperLapse from Instagram and Time-Lapse! that I reviewed last month.

Now Apple is offering...

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10:56
Apple courts fashionistas as smartwatch expectations...

Reuters:

Apple has invited top fashion editors and bloggers in unprecedented numbers to its Tuesday launch gala, further evidence that the iPhone maker is preparing to take the wraps off a smartwatch.

“It confirms that they have a play in wearables and that they want to appeal to the fashion world, and not just technology consumers,” said Lauren Indvik, editor in chief for Fashionista and another first-time invitee.

The event next week gets more and more interesting every day.

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10:53
Apple inviting large amount of fashion reporters to...

Apple's Tuesday launch event is going to be filled not only with tech industry attendees, but fashion columnists as well. According to an assortment of reports, several fashion media publications have, for the first time, received invitations to the California event which is likely to showcase a new wearable from the Cupertino manufacturer....



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10:31
Apple expanding invite base for iPhone/iWatch event...

As noted by Reuters, Apple has greatly expanded the number of people it has invited to its event on Tuesday, when compared to past Apple announcements. This is probably one motivation for Apple’s change to use Flint Center as a venue, with over double the seating capacity of Yerba Buena, Apple’s usual venue of choice. Reuters say that Apple is making “closer ties to the fashion world” to try and appease fashion critics about its wearable devices.

Several fashion media editors told Reuters they received invitations for the first time to an annual September product-launch, which they took as confirmation of a wristwatch in the wings.

“I assume it’s because they are...

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10:30
Doge Blast is wow such fun

Doge Blast is a silly casual game filled with references to popular video games, movies, memes, and other geekery. That great meme dog Doge is the hero in Doge Blast and players launch Doge from a cannon into a crazy world brimming with ceiling cats,...

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09:00
An edge-case perspective of Apple

Throughout the last decade, reading rumors about Apple products gave me an edge-case perspective of Apple. With each new rumor, I have an internal discussion that determines the validity with a "yes" or a "no." In the past couple years, the dialogue...

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08:28
Modbook Pro X project succeeds with limited time...

The Modbook Pro X tablet modification Kickstarter has blown past its goals. Earlier this week, the project passed its $150,000 milestone, with 36 people having contributed to receive a full conversion from the company. Notably, nobody has chosen to send in a computer, with all contributors receiving the tablet choosing for Modbook to source the entire project....



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07:36
Purported working iPhone 6 appears online, shows new...

A user on Weibo has uploaded a set of photos and a video of what looks like a working iPhone 6 (update: Here’s a video review of what looks like the same phone). The device’s software does not have the same tells as the Android fakes seen many times before. It features a new looking Passbook icon, that adds a top red bar depicting a ‘credit card’ icon. Assumedly, this is linked to Apple’s widely-reported mobile payments initiative.

Further images of the device show that is running iOS 8 (build 12A365), a build of the operating system that is not available for developer testing. It is unclear whether this is the build number of the GM. More ...

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07:30
Turn the real world into a profitable empire with...

Cashsquare is a free app requiring iOS 7.0 or later that turns the world around you into a game for starting your very own real estate empire. The game uses Facebook and Foursquare to retrieve locations around you to compete with other players to...

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07:00
Review: Nova wireless flash for iPhone adds a burst...

We first told you about the Nova wireless flash for iPhone last fall when it was merely an idea on Kickstarter having just collected enough funding to ship. The campaign successfully raised over $85,000 and the wireless flash for iPhone is now available for purchase with an iOS app available on the App Store. I recently had the chance to test out the Nova wireless flash for iPhone, and below I’ll share a few insights from my experience.

WHAT IS NOVA AND HOW DOES IT WORK

The device is about the size of a credit card and thinner than an iPhone 5. It...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Melt away

Melt away

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you a bit of Meso-American folklore, a delicious cover of ice cream, and all the luxury you need to look great everywhere.

Ali Express

The Aztec (iPad mini; $3) sports a colorful, Aztec-themed pattern and prevents damage from occasional drops and bumps.

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07:00
Dog Days of Summer: Iggy and his iPad

Summer is beginning to wind down, but Iggy here doesn't seem to mind -- he'll hang out anywhere as long as he can watch something on his iPad. Of course, it might be more comfortable if the Wi-Fi worked better out by the pool...

Owner Bob Rabner...

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06:35
Terminal tricks

Terminal is the Mac OS X command line tool that gives you access to unbridled destructive power (i.e., step carefully). You’ll find it in Applications / Utilities. If you are brand new to Terminal, here’s a very gentle intro.

If you use Terminal on a regular basis, take some time to dig into Craig Hockenberry’s fantastic Terminal tricks blog post. Some of these you’ll know, but some will likely be new to you. It’s deep, it’s long, and so well written. Pass this one along to your tech friends.

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06:06
Apple’s official countdown

This just makes it all so much more real.

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06:02
∞ Proof that light travels so much faster than sound

[VIDEO] Phil McNamara captures the eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano from a boat off Papua New Guinea (eastern edge of New Britain island). When you see the explosion, keep your eyes on the clouds surrounding the island, then count the beats until the boom hits. Fantastic video.

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06:00
Hate the changes to the Facebook app? You should...

Facebook's Paper app launched to great fanfare and then quickly dropped on the charts. Many commentators decried the app dead in the water -- we may have been among those commentators. Of course, all of that was before the recent changes to...

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05:30
Now you can score big with Big Play Scoring

The NFL season started Thursday night in Seattle and if you missed out on a chance to play fantasy football, Big Play Scoring offers a second chance. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 and provides a different type of fantasy game using NFL...

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05:26
Apple holiday shipping volumes putting squeeze on...

According to reports out of China, Apple has begun to dominate the supply chain both in shipping and manufacturing, squeezing out other companies. According to reports, major supply chain companies including both freight and FedEx and UPS have "incredibly high" volumes for the holiday quarter, just from Apple's logistics under the weight of a new product lineup....



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Friday September 5

21:45
Briefly: i-box's Slix, Crystal Acoustics'...

British tech brand i-Box has introduced its new Slix Bluetooth wireless speaker today at IFA 2014. A compact 6W speaker, the Slix features a durable chassis and rubber detailing designed for protective coverage, with a water-resistance rating of IPX5. Measuring at 155 x 58 x 28mm, its 1.5-inch full-range drivers are supplemented by a passive bass radiator....



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20:36
Report: Walgreens, CVS also sign on to Apple's...

A report from anonymous sources suggests that Apple's rumored mobile payment system may have gained further merchant support in the form of drugstore chains CVS and Walgreens. The move would make it easy for customers to use their iPhone to pay for purchases at some 15,000 combined locations in the US, reports AppleInsider via Re/Code. They will be among other known and unknown retail partners to help launch the mobile payment system, which could be announced at the September 9 Apple press event....



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20:28
Marc Newson to Join Apple’s design team

Vanity Fair:

Designer Marc Newson is joining Apple as part of senior vice president of design Jonathan Ive’s team, the company told VF Daily on Friday.

Newson, who will continue to be based in the United Kingdom, will be an employee of Apple, and will be frequently traveling to the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters. The industrial designer has had his work archived by MoMA, and has been commissioned by Ford, Nike, and Qantas Airways, among others.

Jonathan Ive you know. One of his best friends, Marc Newson, might not be quite as familiar a name to you but he is also a world-class designer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:56
Apple's massive fall lineup reportedly causing...

Apple is reportedly securing dates for its upcoming fall shipments, expected to include new iPhone and iPad models, and the number of devices coming out of China is so large that major shipping companies are delaying orders from other device makers.



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19:43
The Aussie mindset: Working to live instead of...

Inc:

During my time in Australia, the relaxed lifestyle of the Aussies, Kiwis, and Europeans we met contrasted sharply with the “live to work” mentality so ingrained in American culture. To them, it isn’t about your place in life or how you make a living; it’s simply about living well.

Contrary to what many people think, this philosophy doesn’t have to clash with being ambitious. It just means making a fun, fulfilling life your first priority.

Living in Vancouver, I’ve met and known a lot of Australians and am always amazed at their wanderlust. There’s a lot of good advice in this column, particularly for those in college. Travel while you can.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:40
Competitors expected to miss deadlines as Apple...

Earlier this year we reported that Apple had ordered a record number of iPhone 6 units for the upcoming launch of the next-gen device. According to TechCrunch, the number of devices being shipped from China is so high that Apple is actually causing shipping delays for other companies.

Just how bad are the delays? According to a source from one unnamed electronics manufacturer, some companies have been told they’ll miss their...

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19:30
Slices of Apple episode 5: Core Values

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

In this episode we're talking to...

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18:56
ComScore: Apple continues to gain share in US...

Apple continues to be the market leader in smartphones in the US, the latest three-month study from ComScore MobiLens shows. As of the end of July, the iPhone line had gained a full percentage point of share over its position in April. Arch-rival Samsung also grew its share of the US market, but by somewhat less at 0.7 percent change. Drops from other Android makers such as HTC, Motorola and LG seem to have given Apple a boost, even as the debut of new iPhones draws near....



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18:51
Opinion: Why a larger iPad makes sense

Rumors recently surfaced again that Apple could be planning to introduce a larger iPad, perhaps up to 12.9-inches in size and as early as the first quarter of 2015. This could well go a long way to making the iPad an excellent Office-style productivity tool, with particular appeal to enterprise. Even though the iPad has been a resounding success since its introduction in late 2010 with over 224 million sold, third quarter sales figures for 2014 saw a 9 percent decline, which Apple CEO Tim Cook downplayed as a 'speed bump.' We recently looked at the question of iPad productivity now that Micro...



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18:35
Marc Newson joins Apple as part of Jony Ive's...

Vanity Fair is reporting that designer Marc Newson has been hired to join senior vice president of design Jony Ive's design team. Newson has had his work featured by the Museum of Modern Art, and done design for companies like Ford and Nike. Ive...

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17:14
Apple Reportedly Signs Walgreens and CVS to Mobile...

Apple has signed up pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS for its upcoming mobile payment system, according to an unnamed source cited by Re/code. If true, Apple could roll out that system with as many as 15,000 retail locations.


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17:00
What's going on with Apple CarPlay?

CarPlay was announced by Apple in March with great fanfare and high interest from iPhone users. The technology was expected to put Apple Maps, music and other iOS apps on the built-in screens on a host of auto models, including cars from Ferrari,...

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16:30
Super Mega Runners is a run through 8-bit nostalgia

Super Mega Runners, which is free in the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users on iOS 6.0 or higher is a retro style runner game where your object is to run and jump, collecting coins and items while jumping over and on enemies to reach...

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16:17
Apple hires designer Marc Newson to join Ive at...

In a move that could be setting the stage for Ive's future successor, Apple on Friday confirmed that it had hired prominent industrial designer Marc Newson, a close friend and occasional collaborator to Sir Jonathan Ive, to join Ive's design team in an unspecified capacity, reports Vanity Fair. Newson, who recently co-designed a number of one-off Product (RED) items for auction with Ive, said he was "enormously proud" to join the team, though he will primarily remain based in the UK....



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15:32
News: Video Review: Grace Digital Ecostone and iHome...

Our latest video review takes a look at two new waterproof Bluetooth speakers — Grace Digital’s Ecostone Bluetooth Speaker (reviewed here) and iHome’s iBN6 Waterproof Speaker (reviewed here). We’ll highlight some of the differences between these two similar speakers, which both earned the same iLounge rating. Check out our previous video reviews for Parrot’s Minidrones and Otterbox’s Agility Tablet System, as well....

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15:30
Converter app makes measurement swaps a snap

Perhaps one of the staples of most forms of math and science is learning how to convert units of measurement from one form to another: cups to ounces, inches to yards, and of course mastering the nightmarish differences between US and metric...

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15:27
CVS and Walgreens reportedly on board with Apple’s...

Apple has reportedly been working with several national retailers about supporting its mobile payment system, and now a new report suggests that two pharmacy chains, CVS and Walgreens, have agreed to join up with Apple to roll...

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15:27
Apple Hires Designer Marc Newson for Jony Ive’s...

Apple has hired Marc Newson, an independent designer who has long worked and been friends with Apple's legendary king of design, Sir Jony Ive. Mr. Newson caught the attention of Apple-centric press in 2013 when he worked with Sir Jony to design items for an auction benefitting Bono's Project (RED).


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15:26
Apple reportedly adds CVS and Walgreens to list of...

Less than one week before Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone, and possibly "iWatch," at a special event on Sept. 9, a report on Friday claims the company has inked partnerships with CVS and Walgreens for a rumored mobile payments system debut.



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15:00
OtterBox Resurgence: Power and protection in one...

In the world of protective iPhone cases, OtterBox has pretty much had the bulk of the market mindshare. When the company acquired LifeProof, that only solidified its position as a leader in cases that keep your devices safe from drops and water. But...

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14:59
Gadget Ogling: Curves and Edges, Toasty Toes, Smart...


Welcome to the latest installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly look at just-announced personal tech items. There's plenty on the menu this time around: Samsung's latest smartphone and tablet salvo; two pieces of smart, on-the-go tech; some curved home entertainment options; and wearable devices from an unlikely source. As ever, these are not reviews, and the assigned ratings aren't a tacit opinion on each product's quality -- instead they reflect my interest in using them.

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14:52
News: Renowned industrial designer Marc Newson...

Industrial designer Marc Newson is joining Apple’s design team, Vanity Fair reports. Newson, who collaborated with Apple SVP of Industrial Design Jony Ive for last year’s (RED) Auction, will join Ive’s team at Apple. The report notes that Newson will still be based in the U.K. as an employee, but he will make frequent visits to Apple headquarters in California. “I’m full of admiration and respect for the extraordinary design…

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14:42
Apple sources set 'low expectations' for...

Sources within Apple have "set low expectations" for the battery life of the iWatch, according to The Information. The people haven't mentioned any specific details, but it's cautioned that Apple could be "sandbagging" claims in order to make the shipping device seem more impressive. The Information backs recent reports suggesting the watch will be revealed next Tuesday but only ship in 2015....



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14:30
Fflp!: A beautiful match for artistic gamers

Fflp! is a beautiful simple mix and match game for children with a strong artistic feel to it. It appeals to children with different people combinations that can be made by swiping through the three rows which represent the head, body, and legs of...

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14:26
Apple, Google Appeal Hiring Settlement, Accuse Judge...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have appealed a federal court's dismissal of a settlement in a landmark anti-poaching case. In their appeal, the companies accuse Judge Lucy Koh of making a "clear legal error" in rejecting the settlement.


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14:21
Apple hires superstar designer Marc Newson, to work...

It was reported on Friday that well-known industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining Apple to work as part of close friend Jony Ive's design team in an as-yet-unannounced capacity.



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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...

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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

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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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