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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.

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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
iPhone Apps: Fantastical, Oceanhorn, MindNode
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,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

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

MEElectronics Air-Fi Runaway AF32 Bluetooth Headphones:...

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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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07:00
Prankster fools passer-bys with fake iPhone 6

Jonathan Morrison from TLD took to the streets with an iPhone 6 clone in order to prank people into believing it was the real deal. Unlike UrAvgConsumer who was upfront his iPhone was fake, Morrison really convinces people he has Apple's next...

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06:31
The Sims 2: Super Collection hits Mac as Peter...


Two new games are arriving today with Mac users getting access to a new The Sims 2: Super Collection and iOS gamers getting their hands on the latest creation from Fable creator Peter Molyneux.

The Sims 2: Super Collection includes the return of the classic title for Mac exclusively on the Mac App Store and with it you get all of the downloadable content including 6 expansion packs and 3 additional content packs. The collection is available on the Mac App Store now as a single download for $29.99. Developers Aspyr noted...

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06:24
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…

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06:24
iTunes 11.3.1

Resolves two podcast-related issues. (Free, 229 MB)

 

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Terminal cuteness

Terminal cuteness

Animals make quite a splash in this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, with cats and rabbits vying for the chance to infect your handset with a case of terminal cuteness.

Havaianas

The Snap Case (iPhone 5 and 5s; $30) safeguards your handset with a lightweight, polycarbonate shell, and makes it look beautiful with a colorful design inspired by the land of Brazil.

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06:00
Apple highlights 20 'amazing' productivity...

Apple recently kicked off a new limited-time sale on the top 20 productivity apps in a section of the App Store aptly titled "Amazing Productivity Apps." The promotion highlights popular titles such as Scanner Pro by Readdle, Scanbot and Tydlig...

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05:35
Pages: Rearranging Layered Objects

For today's article, Melissa Holt will be discussing how to manipulate layered objects in Pages, so if you'd like to change whether one item is behind or in front of another, she'll tell you how. This method is an easy way to move objects to the background or create interesting, multilevel graphics. (Note: Melissa reports that no interesting graphics actually appear in this article, so don't get your hopes up.)


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05:33
FunBITS: NPR One Is Public Radio for the Twitter...

NPR has found a clever solution to deliver news to users accustomed to quick blurts of information.

 

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05:10
Opinion: Why the Apple iWatch will succeed (Part 1)

Apple has been long been rumored to be working on a smartwatch widely referred to as the iWatch thanks to some Apple trademark applications. However, even though the product hasn't yet been revealed some naysayers like the notorious Apple sceptic John C. Dvorak have already started to write off the device before it has even been released. Similar conclusions were also drawn about Apple's iPhone and iPad by Dvorak and others before each was released; but both as we know have been phenomenally successful. While it seems less likely that an iWatch will have the same widespread appeal as either th...



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05:00
Find your iOS App discounts here!

Sometimes patience can be a good thing, especially when developers run a sale on apps you’ve had your eye on. There’s quite a few good ones that are on sale or just plain free this week, so get ‘em while it lasts.

Apple is running their own promotion on productivity apps for the iPhone and iPad. They’ve gathered up 20 popular apps and slapped discounted prices on them. Some of the hot ticket items are Scanner Pro (use your iDevice’s camera to create PDF documents), Launch Center Pro (handy one-stop launcher for all your apps), Fantastical (calendar app that allows you to add events in plain language), and Boxer (email client with lots of advanced features). Launch...

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04:55
Reported ban on Apple products by Chinese government...

The reported ban on national and local government departments purchasing Apple products was just a misunderstanding, according to statements by the Finance Ministry and Central Government Procurement Centre cited by Reuters.

The statements say that the procurement list referred to by Bloomberg was just one of many, and listed only “energy-saving products.” China claims that Apple products did not make this list despite qualifying because the necessary paperwork had not been completed … 

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04:32
Take a sneak peek inside the latest Apple Store...

Dutch site OneMoreThing has provided our first look inside the new Apple Store in The Hague, opening at 10am tomorrow. Unlike many stores, where Apple completely replaced the existing interior of the building, it appears in this case to have retained some of the original features, including light-fittings.

The same approach has been taken with the exterior, where Apple has restored the existing doors rather than replacing them with all-glass ones.

It will be interesting to see whether this is an approach Apple is taking only with selected stores, or whether it forms part of a new look to future stores.

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04:08
USPTO rejects parts of Apple’s auto-correct patent...

In a new twist to the second Apple vs Samsung patent trial, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected the specific part of Apple’s auto-correct patent that Samsung was said to have infringed, reports FOSS Patents. This effectively means that Samsung was ruled to have infringed a patent that is no longer valid.

The trial found that Samsung infringed three of the five patents Apple claimed, including a specific element of its auto-correct patent...

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01:06
Apple updates Digital Camera RAW for iPhoto, Aperture

On Thursday, Apple updated its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility plug-in for its two leading Mac photo programs, Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11, to add support for a number of recently-introduced digital cameras. The update includes support for two Nikon models, two Olympus models, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, several Sony Alpha releases and a single Sony Cyber-shot camera, the DSC-RX100 III. The update allows RAW files from these cameras to be directly imported by Aperture and iPhoto....



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00:44
Skype confirms abrupt drop of older OS X systems...

As a confirmation of earlier reports that Skype was locking out users of very old Macs with OS versions below 10.6 Snow Leopard, Microsoft on Thursday issued a memo that confirmed and clarified that it no longer supported the nearly seven-year-old OS X 10.5.8 or any lower releases on the Mac, and that Skype's service now requires a minimum of an Intel processor and 10.6 or later in order to work. How long Snow Leopard will be supported is unclear....



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Thursday August 7

23:52
Briefly: WPS Office 4.0 for iOS, Meetup's new...

Kingsoft Office Software has announced that its new WPS Office 4.0 for iOS is now available. WPS Office allows users to view, create and share office documents, and presentation spreadsheets. Fully compatible with Microsoft Office, the document software functions on any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch....



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23:04
Briefly: FX Photo Studio 6.0 for iPhone, Godus, Flux...

Image software maker Macphun has updated its FX Photo Studio for iPhone to version 6.0, revising its effects categories, improving the image-processing engine and updating the look of the app to a more modern UI design. The app, which has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times since the beginning of 2014, allows users to stack effects as well as adjust portions of the image using a Mask tool. It carries a complete selection of over 200 effects and filters -- combinations of which can be saved as presets -- alongside standard camera app editing tools. To celebrate, the app will be on sale...

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22:41
Why some schools are selling all their iPads

The Atlantic:

For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?

It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Some teachers welcomed the shift, which allowed their students to replace old poster-board presentations with narrated screencasts and review teacher-produced video lessons at any time.

Four years later, however, it’s still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom.

It’s an interesting article from the other side of the question. Before you knee jerk react to the headline, read the story. It certainly does make some interesting points.

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22:28
This map lets you watch DDoS attacks in real time

The Daily Dot:

We hear about distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks all the time. Now, thanks to a new map, we can see how often these attacks occur, who’s getting targeted, and who’s doing the attacks.

The map, called IPViking Live, comes from a company called Norse that specializes in monitoring malicious online activity. The map is not comprehensive; it shows “a small subset” of DDoS attacks aimed at servers that Norse has set up as dummy targets. These “honeypots” collect information about the automated attacks that stream in from countries like China, Thailand, and Russia. Hovering over a location will show you attacks originating from that site.

Mesmerizing. And a little scary.

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22:15
This May Be The Greatest Vancouver Fireworks Video...

Super Vancouver:

Taking your $3,000 Canon 5D camera, mounting it on a tripod and waiting until 10:00 pm to film the Celebration of Lights fireworks now seems rather basic compared to the effort put into this clip.

The team behind the Youtube video titled “Sparks: A Honda Celebration of Light Story” took the time to create a story, shoot at multiple Metro Vancouver locations and artfully edit together the video perfectly.

I have lived in Vancouver for many years and have seen a lot of videos – Vancouver is the most beautiful city in North America and gets filmed a lot – and this is, without a doubt, one of the top 5 best I’ve ever seen.

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22:00
Russian hackers collect more than 1.2 billion unique...

The New York Times reported earlier this week that a hacker group has collected 1.2 billion unique username and password credentials from 420,000 websites. The records, which were verified by a security firm, is thought to be one of the largest collections of Internet identity information reported. The publication had the data analyzed by another expert, who verified the authenticity of the collection....



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21:34
Drive-cloning utilities: The best Mac apps for...

Macworld:

Good backups are essential for every Mac user. Tools such as Apple’s Time Machine, included as part of OS X, make it easy to store multiple versions of every file from your computer on an external drive or an AirPort Time Capsule. And if you want the security of off-site backups without having to physically move drives around, an online backup provider such as CrashPlan is a good option.

But while both these forms of backup serve important purposes, I also recommend maintaining a clone (also known as a bootable duplicate)—a complete, identical copy of your startup volume, stored on an external drive in such a way that you can boot your Mac from it if necessary.

I’ve always recommended multiple backups. Using these apps will make the process relatively easy.

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20:47
Apple's iOS App Store puts 20 productivity...

Apple on Thursday kicked off a limited time only promotion for select iOS productivity apps, taking at least 50 percent off popular titles like Scanner Pro, Fantastical 2 and Writer Pro.



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20:12
Skype ends support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 and...

Confirming reports that Skype no longer works with older versions of Apple's OS X, Microsoft on Thursday announced it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.



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20:00
Twitch CEO tackles questions over VOD policy changes...

[Updated with Twitch VOD highlight and appeal change] Twitch CEO Emmett Shear did an "ask me anything" on Reddit today, fielding numerous questions over the recent chances that the game streaming service underwent this week. While Shear confirmed information on most of the changes that had already taken place, he did try to reassure users that the changes were done with purpose....



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19:58
Apple runs limited-time sale on 20 popular ‘Amazing...

From 9to5Toys.com:

A lot of our favorite apps are on sale in this special promotion. Scanner Pro,...

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19:19
Sesame Street Season 45 Previews ‘Numeric Con’

Sesame Street has posted a preview clip from Season 45 on YouTube. In the past they've done some clever nods to pop culture including a parody of The Voice, and one of my favorites, H. Ross Parrot. This season we get to see a trip to "Numeric Con," where one can meet such characters as Fiverine and The Dark Nine. Doctor Two (dressed as the Fourth Doctor) makes an appearance, along with familiar looking creatures who say "e-num-er-ate!" There's also a great cameo from someone wearing a gold Starfleet shirt who pauses dramatically at odd places in his sentences. Cap-TEN Kirk, perhaps?


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19:09
Former Apple Employee ‘Sam Sung’ Business Charity...

Remember hearing about Sam Sung, the now-former Apple employee with the most ironic name? He discovered one of his business cards and decided to auction it off, donating all the proceeds to charity. Which is cool. What's more cool is that it's up to US$80,000.


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19:07
AgileBits announces sale, free update on 1Password...

According to a new announcement from AgileBits, makers of the iOS and Mac password management app 1Password, the forthcoming version for iOS 8 will be a free update to existing users. In conjunction with that, and a new report that Russian hackers may -- or may not -- have collected over a billion unique email account credentials, the company has opted to put its iOS version on sale for $10, a cut of $15 from its normal $25 price. The iOS 8 update for 1Password, expected this fall, will add extensions and Touch ID support to the password manager....



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18:03
USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent asserted...

The USPTO on Tuesday rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 patent for autocompletion of text input, which the company successfully asserted in its second California court action against Samsung.



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18:00
Apple adds Beats accessories section to its online...

With Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats now officially a done deal (having received both European and U.S. regulatory approval just last week), Apple is moving quickly to more prominently feature the company's products on its website.

Earlier...

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17:30
How many apps are installed on your iPhone? [Poll]

Some of us just can't get enough of free and paid apps. If you happen to launch Settings on your iPhone, go to General, and then tap About, you can scroll down a bit and see just how many applications you have installed. I currently have 243 -- how...

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17:10
Apple and U.S. Tech, Pawns of International Diplomacy

Apple's rocket-like ascent to become the world's most valuable company has brought with it the booby prize of being a pawn of international diplomacy. Apple and other U.S. tech giants are being targeted by China (and Russia) as tensions between all three countries rise over spying allegations.


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17:00
Pinterest's iOS app introduces powerful new...

Pinterest has released a new update for its iOS apps which introduces a powerful messaging ability to the social image sharing service. Your messages look similar to how they do on Facebook, with little circles that appear on your feed. To start a...

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16:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Why Does It Spin? [iOS...

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16:21
USPTO rejects Apple claims from second Apple-Samsung...

A claim asserted against Samsung in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial in California, which had already received a summary judgement of infringement by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, has been rejected alongside other claims in the same patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office -- the same body that initially granted the patent. The finding, which is a preliminary rejection that is part of a long process, has already been brought up by Samsung in an effort to get out of paying part of the $119 million judgement against it....



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16:00
Zillow's app can now help you buy a house...

Zillow has been the most popular real estate app since it was released for iOS in April of 2009. It helps you find a house, providing real estate details, pricing, and photos.

Today, the Zillow Mortgage and Real Estate apps on iOS are being updated,...

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15:30
Skype blocks users with OS X 10.5, earlier versions

A sad reality of owning older Macs running old version of OS X is the steady ticking time bomb of obsolescence. For Mac owners still running OS X 10.5 Leopard or earlier versions of the Mac's operating system, there has been another casualty of...

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15:23
1Password for iOS/Mac gets temporary price cut,...

It was announced on Thursday that popular iOS and Mac password management app 1Password is on sale for a limited time, and that a future built-for-iOS 8 version with Touch ID support will be available as a free update for existing users.



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15:15
Apple Supports 10 New Cameras with RAW 5.0.6 Update...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06 on Thursday. The update adds support for RAW image files for ten new cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.


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15:08
John Martellaro on Tech Night Owl: Apple’s Multiple...

Recently, John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl LIVE! to chat about Apple's multiple wars with Samsung and Google. And even a little about the SciFi movie Forbidden Planet.


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