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13:45
How to Check Your AT&T iPhone Upgrade Eligibility

With Apple's formally announced Media Event on September 9, the expectation is that Apple will be announcing an iPhone 6, perhaps in two sizes. Here's a handy guide to help you determine if your current iPhone is eligible for an upgrade with AT&T.


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13:40
Logitech K480 keyboard switches between phones,...

Logitech has announced a new keyboard peripheral, the K480. While usable as a generic, compact Bluetooth keyboard, the K480 is unique in being able to connect to three devices simultaneously, including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and even Chrome OS devices. A dial lets users change which device is being controlled....



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13:39
Apple, Google, Intel, & Adobe resume settlement...

Reuters reports that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have resumed settlement talks in the ongoing lawsuit with employees over anti-poaching hiring practices. The news comes following a judge in the case rejecting an earlier $324.5 million settlement reached between employees and the companies last month.

In the court filing on Wednesday, both sides said they had resumed mediation with a retired judge but provided no additional details on the talks. They also asked Koh to set a new trial date.

The lawsuit also...

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13:38
Netflix was forced to pay Comcast for faster speeds

Netflix speeds became so slow in December 2013 and January 2014 that customers grew irate, Netflix said in its petition. Calls made to Netflix’s customer support center about slow-loading videos more than quadrupled during those months.

It’s sad when people are forced to cancel their subscription to Netflix because the Comcast speeds were so slow. No wonder Netflix decided to pay Comcast; they really had no other choice.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Atoms Puzzle is a brainteaser for your inner...

For everyone's inner scientist (or for those of us who have a soft spot for high school physics), Atoms Puzzle just might be the free-time iPhone indulgence. Optimized for iPhone 5 but available universally, and requiring iOS 4.3 or later, Atoms is a...

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13:11
Nokia bringing HERE back to iOS with offline maps

Nokia's HERE maps app should be coming back to iOS later this year, and with offline mapping functions, says the Wall Street Journal. The app is said to be in the last stages of development, and due to arrive by the end of the year. Users should be able to both search and navigate while offline....



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13:07
∞ Heineken pop-up city lounge

I need one of these.

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12:38
Japanese smartphone buyers prefer Apple's...

Consumers in Japan -- now one of Apple's most important markets -- are excited by the prospect of a larger iPhone and the increased screen size could be a key driver of sales to new customers in the Asian nation, according to new survey data released this week.



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12:37
A lot of speculation arises around U2’s involvement...

We received a tip earlier today regarding a possible U2 and Apple tie-up for the iPhone 6. It seems to be mostly speculation at this point, but some local journalists claim that U2’s latest video shoot in Dublin last week starred a possible next-gen iPhone. They also claim the device will come preloaded with a U2 album:

U2's new album will come pre loaded on the iPhone 6... Expect a promotion onslaught from next Tuesday when it'll premiere on Dublin's 2FM


Bryan MacDonald (@27KHV) September 03, 2014

Looks like @U2 new...

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12:30
Chicken Scramble is like 2048 with a unique barnyard...

Chicken Scramble is a brand new app for iOS that draws inspiration from the popular 2048 puzzle game. Instead of swiping up, down, left or right to merge numbers, you start out by merging eggs until they hatch into chickens. The game is broken down...

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12:28
News: Bowers & Wilkins debuts new P5, C5 Series...

Bowers & Wilkins has debuted its new P5 Series 2 ($300) on-ear headphones and C5 Series 2 ($180) earphones. The new P5 headphones are said to combine the former P5’s portable form factor with the power and sonic approach of the company’s P7 headphones (reviewed here). Featuring new drivers, and new internal components, the P5 Series 2 still sport high-end materials such as leather ear cup covers and a metal headband frame....

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12:20
Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 2 Twin 10G network...

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter, a near-plug-and-play solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard -- offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet....



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12:15
How to Delete Photos From Photo Stream

While iCloud photo sharing can be useful, not everything needs to be synced. Kelly explains how to delete photos from Photo Stream.


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12:10
IKEA parodies iPad launch video to debut its 2015...

IKEA has posted a video to announce its new 2015 catalog. As you’ll quickly notice, it’s a direct parody of the 2010 iPad launch video featuring Apple executives. IKEA video is above, and the Apple video is below for comparison. (via SetteB.it).

Oh, and the packaging (via comments):

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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12:01
Mac: VMware Fusion 7

VMware has announced Fusion 7 ($70), its newest software allowing users to run Windows programs on a Mac. The release is no surprise — every year VMware and Parallels Software release their new virtualizers around the same time, supporting the latest OS X revisions. As expected, Fusion 7 is compatible with OS X Yosemite, featuring enhanced Retina display support, multi-GPU optimizations, and over 40% improvements in both performance and energy utilization…

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12:00
Watch 6 years of iPhone evolution in 6 minutes...

Things have changed a lot since the introduction of the iPhone, thanks to its consistent evolution and changing audience expectations. When the iPhone 3G was introduced, people marveled at its 2 megapixel camera. When the 3GS hit the stage, the...

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11:55
Logitech’s new Bluetooth Multi-Device keyboard...

Logitech today announced a new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard (K480) that doesn’t just make switching between devices easy, it also doubles as a stand for your iPhone or iPad. While Logitech has made similar keyboards previously that let you switch between connected devices, the new keyboard adds a “Easy-Switch dial” that makes it super easy to switch between three devices on the fly:

Now you can type a report on your computer and, with the flick of the Easy-Switch™ dial, respond to a message on your smartphone and type a tweet on your tablet. The universal keyboard can connect to three different Bluetooth wireless devices at once, whether you are using a Windows®, Mac® or Chrome OS™ computer, or an Android™ or iOS tablet or smartphone.

The keyboard is available now in the US and Europe for $50 in two color schemes (white & black). You can images of the...

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11:49
Google Drive for iOS updated w/ syncing speed boost...



It’s been a few months since Google released version 3.1 of its Drive app for iOS, and today an update in the form of Google Drive 3.2 is available for users. The changes are slim but something users will likely appreciate.

In the latest version, Google says Drive is now faster at syncing data, and uploading files now shows a progress indicator as well as the destination for the file.

The update follows the...

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11:45
Daily Deals for September 3, 2014, featuring Award-...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:40
External Link: Verizon Settles with FCC over Privacy...

Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for not telling subscribers that they could opt out of their personal information being used for marketing campaigns. Approximately two million customers did not receive the opt-out notice between 2006 and 2012, a violation of the Communications Act. Verizon has also agreed to include opt-out notices on every customer’s bill for three years and to set up a monitoring system to ensure that notices are being sent.

 

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11:39
Line Forms at NYC Apple Store One Week Before Media...

Apple hasn't even had its media event, and yet people are already lining up at the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store in New York City. Dan Benton (@dcbandor) posted photos to Twitter of four people who were bundled up in portable chairs on the sidewalk a week ahead of Apple's September 9th media event.


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11:35
Epson announces three new Epson WorkForce...

Printer manufacturer Epson today announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series of all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 utilize Epson's new PrecisionCore printhead technology, and include enhanced connectivity options to simplify printing from tablets and smartphones....



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11:30
Nokia says they are giving iOS mapping another try

Nokia had a pretty bad experience with its Here Maps on iOS late in 2012. I reviewed the app back then and found it wanting in almost every way.

Now the company tells the Wall Street Journal it's ready to try again with a new, improved navigation...

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11:29
NASA's Opportunity to Lose Total Recall, Gain...


The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration next month will reformat the flash memory of the Mars exploration rover Opportunity. Opportunity's been undergoing computer resets with increasing frequency -- it had 12 in August alone. Recovery from each of the resets takes one to two days, which means the rover was out of action for most of the month. Reformatting clears the flash memory. It also helps identify bad cells and flag them to be avoided.

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11:29
IFA: Sony launches QX1, QX30 'lens-style'...

Sony surprisingly launched two "lens-style" cameras at IFA, rather than the single device was originally rumored. The QX30 is similar to the original QX10 and QX100 launched one year ago, but adds a 30x zoom, while the QX1 allows users to attach any E-Mount lenses they already own, giving the photographer more customization options....

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11:04
News: The Room Three coming to iOS next spring

Fireproof Games has announced that The Room Three will hit the App Store in spring 2015. An early announcement, The Room Three is sure to be a highly anticipated title as the newest game in the popular atmospheric puzzle series. The Room Two was released late last year, and The Room (reviewed here) was first released in 2012. Fireproof says the newest Room game “promises to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder…

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11:00
iOS 8 camera app: Smart Composition

Certainly one of the iPhone's most-used features is the camera. There are a huge number of camera apps available, and I certainly take more photos than I make phone calls.

The iPhone camera doesn't compete with a dedicated DSLR, but it is among the...

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10:58
Rumor: Apple working on thinner, more powerful “iPad...

The iPad could become even more thinner and powerful this year.

Per Boy Genius Report and Digitimes‘ discussions with supply chain sources, touch panel makers TPK and GIS have received iPad Air 2 orders from Apple for “full-lamination” units. The upcoming tablet is expected to have the same 9.7-inch size and screen resolution, but the device is supposed to be thinner than the previous iPad Air model, and pack an “enhanced processor” – likely the A8 chip that will be...

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10:50
Apple Reported to be Ramping up Production of iPad...

A supply chain rumor has Apple ramping up production of what's been most often called the iPad Air 2. The new iPad is reported to have the same size display, an enhanced processor and Touch ID.


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10:30
SportsManias is custom team feeds and news, nothing...

SportsManias Sports News app, available for free on the iPad and iPhone 5 in iTunes, is an app that will polarize sports fans. It is just as useful as it is flawed. I downloaded it, and after it installed, I was greeted by an app that was easy to...

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10:29
DJI Phantom FC40 Drone: $499

Speaking of drones, check out today's deal on the DJI Phantom FC40. This thing has an onboard camera that will send your iPhone a live feed of what it's shooting over a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection from up to 328 feet away. The drone also has an auto-hover feature, an auto-pilot, and the remote control unit works up to 1,640 feet away. It's a lot of drone, and it retails for $649. Through our deal, you can get it for $499. Use coupon code PHANTOM35 at checkout, and take another $35 off. There are five days left on this deal as of this writing.


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10:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-03

Dave Hamilton, John Martellaro, and substitute host Bryan Chaffin talk about Apple's potential with credit card transactions and how that plays into security. Speaking of security, they also look at Apple's efforts to manage the fallout from the celebrity photo theft in advance of the September 9th media event.


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10:00
A new iOS 8 Messages app feature: Audio messages

One of the features you're going to love in iOS 8 will keep you from doing a lot of typing or dictation to get your messages across, and that's the new audio messages capability in the Messages app.

After launching the new Messages app and tapping...

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09:57
Supply chain 'ramping up' components for...

Supply firms are ramping up production for the second-generation iPad Air, sources say. The people indicate that touch panel makers like TPK and GIS are receiving Apple orders for full-lamination units. Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display -- typically believed to be the tablet's main LCD suppliers -- are also reportedly receiving an uptick in orders, but for the iPhone....



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09:56
Sony announces iPhone-compatible QX30 camera lens...

The next generation of Sony's iPhone-compatible wireless camera lenses was officially unveiled on Wednesday with two new models: One with a whopping 30-times optical zoom, and another that allows users to insert any E-Mount compatible lens and connect and control it from their smartphone.



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09:52
Sony reboots its lens-style cameras with new QX1 and...

Alongside new smartphones, tablets, and wearables, Sony has also today announced a refresh for its lineup of lens-style cameras with two new models: QX1 and QX30. The devices are made to be able to work on their own or clip onto the back of a smartphone, and if you go with the latter option, they’re able to connect via NFC (when applicable) or Wi-Fi and have their display via the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app.

The QX1 features the very same APS-C CMOS image sensor found in the...

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09:44
Briefly: Sunrise Calendar update, DiRT Showdown Mac...

Free calendar app Sunrise Calendar has received an update, capable of syncing schedule information from Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. Featuring timezone support, background sync and Facebook date integration, Sunrise aims to function as a consolidated day planner. Sunrise Calendar v2.5 includes a new search function, allowing for past or future events search by title, location and attendees. Its new Google Calendar push function means that any changes to one's events within Google Calendar will be pushed to Sunrise in real-time, upon enabling the future. Lastly, Todoist integration is...



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09:35
PSW14 Deals: $600 off DSLRs, $300 off Pentax Lenses...

Photoshop World 2014 formally kicked off in Vegas on Wednesday, delivering 72-hour deals from Apple Authorized resellers participating in the conference. Among them are deep discounts on Canon & Nikon DSLR Cameras, Pentax lenses, lighting systems & photo shoot kits, Thunderbolt storage devices, camera bags, photo accessories, and up to $260 off Mac Pros, $700 off MacBook Pros, and $300 off MacBook Airs.

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09:30
PowerBook takes a dive

Ever wonder what a PowerBook would look like after falling from the top of a building? Apparently that's exactly what happened to this poor fella. The photographer who snapped this tragic picture doesn't provide much detail beyond the fact that it...

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09:05
AAPL dips below $100/share on iCloud security and...

Apple stock is off over 4% in trading today on fears that the iCloud security news will adversely affect Apple’s upcoming product announcements scheduled for September 9th. Apple is announcing new health and payments related initiatives next week, so perhaps investors fear that consumers will not trust those new services in light of the iCloud situation:

If iCloud really is the source of this pic leak, Apple may have some challenges selling storing credit cards and health data next week.


Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 01, 2014

To go along with the iCloud/celebrity hacking troubles, Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store took some outage hits last...

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09:02
VMWare releases Fusion 7 with support for OS X...

Virtualization firm VMWare on Wednesday announced the availability of VMWare Fusion 7, the latest release of its popular consumer virtualization package that brings compatibility with Apple's upcoming OS X Yosemite as well as better performance.



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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin WeMo home automation 20...

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:

Amazon GoldBox: 20% or more off popular Belkin, WeMo, and Linksys...

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09:00
Updated App Store review guidelines cover HealthKit...

Ahead of the fall launch of iOS 8, Apple has updated its App Store review guidelines to include guidance on new features such as extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit and TestFlight. These guidelines detail how developers may use these new features provided...

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08:51
Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 reveals two...

Samsung's Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event at IFA has concluded, and has seen the launch of multiple devices from the company. The expected Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is joined by the Galaxy Edge, a previously-rumored smartphone which adds a small display over the side of the device. While Samsung has already revealed the Gear S smartwatch, it has also formally unveiled its Gear VR virtual reality headset which pairs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4....



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08:44
Apple sets out rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, other...

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to define rules on how several new iOS 8 technologies can be used. With HealthKit, for example, developers are not only prevented from selling data to advertisers and brokers, but blocked from storing that information in iCloud. Apps using HomeKit are barred from collecting data for advertising or data mining, and must state in marketing that their primary purpose is home automation....



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08:40
ACM 270: Apple iCloud Reputation, iPhone NFC, and...

Apple has its hands full with managing the fallout from the theft of celebrity photos, and the company is being aggressive to get ahead of the story. Then there's the September 9th media event and growing reports that Apple will-at long last-embrace NFC. Lastly, drones are ever-more capable and ever-more affordable-what will that mean for companies like Apple who work so hard to protect their secrets.


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08:30
Microsoft Office for iPad adds monthly subscription...

Microsoft's productivity software finally made the long walk to iPad earlier this year, but if the relatively steep price tag of the Microsoft Office apps has prevented you from giving them a try, Microsoft thinks you might just want to pay monthly...

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08:01
Samsung's wrap-around smartphone screen concept...

First teased a year and a half ago, Samsung's concept for a smartphone with a slanted screen edge that can be more easily viewed from side angles is set to become a reality later this year, in the form of the company's new Galaxy Note Edge smartphone.



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08:00
Flickr Find: Red, red, and more red

It's easy to spot a desk filled with Apple gear -- just look for all the aluminum. That's why it is nice to see this desk from Ren Jinshen Ryu, who accents his menagerie of metallic products with a splash of red. You can check out a few more shots of...

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08:00
Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Hamsterdan notes that Apple has posted an update to its investigation into the recently celebrity photo leak, which was attributed to a breach of iCloud. Apple says the leak was not due to any flaw in iCloud or Find My iPhone, but rather the result of "a targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." Despite this, Wired reports that hackers on an anonymous web board have been openly discussing a piece of software designed for use by law enforcement. Whether it was involved in the celebrity attacks or not, it's currently being used to impersonate a user's device in order to download iCloud backups. "For Apple, the use of government forensic tools by criminal hackers raises questions about how cooperative it may be with Elcomsoft. The Russian company’s tool, as Zdziarski describes it, doesn't depend on any 'backdoor' agreement with Apple and instead required Elcomsoft to fully reverse engineer Apple’s protocol for communicating between iCloud and its iOS devices....

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07:47
iPhone Apps: PDFpen Scan+, Bamboo Paper, Quora
07:45
VMware Fusion 7 adds Yosemite support, better Win 8....

VMware has introduced Fusion 7, a major update of its virtualization tool. The software lets users run Windows apps within OS X instead of having to boot to a separate partition. Fusion 7 brings support for OS X Yosemite, and should be better compatible with Windows 8.1. The look of the program has in fact been overhauled for Yosemite, and optimized for Retina displays....



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07:40
Samsung officially unveils Galaxy Note 4, Gears S,...

With Apple's 'iPhone 6' and 'iWatch' announcement looming, Samsung attempted to upstage its rival's showing by revealing its latest Note phablet, a new Gear smartwatch with a built-in 3G modem, and a virtual reality headset accessory -- designed in collaboration with Oculus -- at an event in Berlin on Wednesday.



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07:39
Opinion: After the celebrity hacks, the...

There are still many unknowns surrounding the leaked celebrity nudes. While Apple appears to have ruled out a theory that a Find My iPhone vulnerability allowed easy brute-force password attacks, some commentators are suggesting that the wording was sufficiently vague that this may indeed have been one route in. (Apple might be arguing that it’s not a breach if the correct password was required.)

But one thing does now appear clear: rather than a single hacker gaining wide access to iCloud, the photos were instead amassed over time by...

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07:38
Samsung unveils new Note 4, Note Edge w/ wraparound...

With Apple set to introduce its larger iPhones (and possibly its “iWatch” wearable) later this month on September 9, Samsung has just completed its IFA press conference announcing its latest flagships that will go head to head with the new iPhones this fall.

As expected, Samsung today officially unveiled its new Galaxy Note 4 with a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display, a new Galaxy Note Edge device with a wraparound display of sorts, as well as its new curved Gear S smart watch and the previously leaked VR headset powered by Oculus. The Galaxy Note Edge features the same updated internals and new metal chassis as the Galaxy Note 4, but also includes the curved, wraparound display on one edge as pictured above. In addition to announcing its partnership with Oculus for its new VR headset, Samsung also announced collaborations with Swarovski for crystal-covered cases for Note 4 and MontBlanc for new S Pen compatible styluses.

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07:30
Kelso's Quest: potential magic, serious flaws

Kelso's Quest, which is free in the app store for iPhone and iPad users on iOS 5.0 or higher, is an adorable game about a Koala (Kelso), who is on the very disney-esque mission to recover his stolen cub, Nico. Kelso is assisted along the way by weird...

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07:19
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get three years of...

Today is your last chance to grab a three-year subscription to VPN Unlimited Premium for only $19 in our iLounge Deals—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content…

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07:06
VMware releases Fusion 7 update w/ redesign for...


VMware, the popular virtualization software that lets you run Windows on Mac OS X, is today officially announcing new versions of its VMware Fusion app that introduces all-new features and full support for the latest Macs.

First up is the consumer facing version of the software dubbed VMware Fusion 7. It now includes a redesigned experienced for OS X Yosemite that the company notes includes “translucency in windows, streamlined toolbars and simplified Dock icon,” and more (pictured...

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07:03
WD launches My Passport Wireless portable storage...

Storage drive producer Western Digital has added another storage device to its My Passport external storage range, one with wireless connectivity. My Passport Wireless has its own built-in Wi-Fi connection, allowing for mobile devices to connect for backing up or data retrieval, all without requiring a physical connection to the device....



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07:00
Kill no-close-em Safari pages with AppleScript

I hate those pop-ups that hijack Safari even when I've enabled Settings > Security > Block Pop-up windows. Sure, I've edited my hosts file with Someonewhocare's updates to avoid them in the first place but even so, bad pages still happen.

With a...

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06:52
News: China Mobile already accepting iPhone 6...

The world’s largest cellular carrier, China Mobile, has already started accepting preorders for Apple’s still-unannounced iPhone 6. According to China Daily, the program is currently only available in Beijing, and more than 33,000 preorders have already been made. Customers can choose between a 4.7” or 5.5” screen when ordering, as well as 16, 32, and 64GB capacities. No release date is listed, but a source said the iPhone…

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06:47
Exclusive look at Apple's full-size prototype...

Apple's massive campus expansion in Cupertino, Calif., has been in active prototype development over the past year, with a full-scale "slice" of the building revealed in new terrestrial and aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer.



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06:38
Admins Grapple With Shadow Tech


If you want to see an IT pro twitch, bring up Shadow IT in a conversation. "Shadow IT" is a term applied to technology deployed by an organization's users outside the purview of the IT department. It's bothersome to system shepherds because it can open up an organization to data leakages. It's also growing. "A few years ago, we were looking at hundreds of applications in a business environment," said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing for Skyfence. "Today, we're looking at thousands."

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06:34
Apple updates App Store review guidelines, calls out...

Apple released an updated version of their App Store review guidelines in preparation for the release of iOS 8. Whoever wrote the prose for these guidelines deserves a pat on the back. They are clear and written for humans. Notable are the callouts of creepy apps and the addition of a HealthKit section.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
News: Apple updates App Store Guidelines, reveals...

Apple has updated its App Store Guidelines ahead of its upcoming release of iOS 8 and iPhone 6. The updated introduction notes that “If your App doesn’t do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.” Guidelines have been added for Extensions, HomeKit, HealthKit, and TestFlight. The new guidelines should alleviate some users’ fears about the…

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06:30
Prison Defense: when good defense games go bad

Prison Defense is a strategic defense game reminiscent of Plants vs. Zombies except with police and prisoners. You play as the police trying to keep prisoners from escaping in 40 levels. Each level is set up in a similar way, there are a number of...

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06:10
Nokia to take on Apple, Google maps with new cross-...

Following the sale of its handset division to Microsoft, Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Wednesday announced that it would expand its consumer offerings with the release of a free navigation app -- based on its Here mapping service -- for Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms.



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06:00
Automatic smart driving assistant brings its...

The smart driving assistant Automatic is getting even more capable this morning with the roll out of a new dashboard interface made specifically for the web. You will probably recognize the interface (seen above) if you have used the Automatic app, which connects to a Bluetooth accessory in your car to give you data on driving efficiency and more.

The dashboard presents trip history mapped out alongside information including distance, miles-per-gallon, fuel cost, and duration just like the iPhone app. In addition to being able to access data captured by Automatic on the web for the first time, the new dashboard also features filtering and exporting...

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06:00
Apple announces two $10K diversity scholarships for...

Following a recent diversity report that revealed Apple employees are predominately white males, Apple revealed two Product Integrity Inclusion and Diversity Scholarships aimed at minority college students who are looking to pursue a career in...

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05:59
External Link: Your Own Personal Apple Support Site

Kirk McElhearn has written an article for Macworld about Apple’s personalized support Web pages, which keep a record of every Apple product you own, as well as warranty coverage, support cases, and repairs. It’s also handy to know how to access these pages in case your gear is stolen, as they store your devices’ serial numbers.

 

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05:52
The ABCs of lossless music formats

Great explanation of lossless compression from Kirk McElhearn.

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05:48
Digitimes says iPad Air 2 will be ‘thinner’ and have...

 

Says Digitimes:

Touch panel makers TPK and GIS are among some of the makers receiving orders from Apple for full-lamination units. Sources said the new model will remain unchanged in terms of size and resolution, but that it will be thinner, equipped with an enhanced processor, and contain improved fingerprint recognition features.

Two problems there (at least).

1) The current batch of physical mockups/leaks indicate that the new iPad Air will look mostly the same as the current version, and that it will be roughly the same thinness. You can tell in the image above that the new model (on the top) is only very slightly...

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05:46
How to make an iPhone promo video

This is a postmortem, lessons learned from a sequence of attempts to build a promo video for a specific iPhone app. Some terrific insight into the process.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
VMware releases Fusion 7, ready for OS X Yosemite

The signs of fall are beginning to appear: The evenings are a little cooler; leaves are beginning to turn; bulky people are tossing leather spheroids through the air; and VMWare and Parallels are releasing new versions of their Mac virtualization apps.

Every year around now, the two companies come out with updates to VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop, both of which do pretty much the same thing: Enable you to run Windows (or other desktop operating systems, including older versions of OS X itself) on your Mac.

We’ve already seen the advent of Parallels Desktop 10 a couple of weeks ago. And now VMware has released Fusion 7.

To read this...

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05:00
VMware Fusion for Mac now connects to virtual...

Running Windows applications on Mac with VMware Fusion 7's Unity mode.

VMware

VMware today released the seventh version of Fusion, its virtualization software for Macs, with a new feature that lets users access virtual machines running in remote data centers.

The feature is available on VMware Fusion 7 Pro, which is intended for developers and other professionals who need to do more than simply run non-Mac operating systems on OS X.

Fusion Pro 7 is scheduled to become available for download from vmware.com today for $150. A basic version of Fusion 7 that lacks advanced features but allows users to run Windows and other operating systems on OS X costs $70. When Fusion 6 was released a year ago, the prices were $60 and $130, respectively.

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How to Use Sticky Keys in OS X

If you've never poked around within the Accessibility pane of System Preferences, you really should, as it contains all sorts of features for helping out people who have trouble interacting with the Mac. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a little-known option that can assist folks with dexterity issues.


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VMware Fusion/Fusion Pro 7 ready for OS X Yosemite

With the impending release of OS X Yosemite this fall, the virtual machine wars have heated up with the release of VMware Fusion 7 and Fusion Pro 7 today. On August 20th, Parallels announced the latest version of its virtual machine environment,...

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04:48
Metadata analysis of leaked photos suggest complete...

A forensics consult and security researcher who analyzed metadata from leaked photos of Kate Upton said that the photos appear to have been obtained using software intended for use by law enforcement officials, reports Wired. The software, Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker (EPPB), allows users to download a complete backup of all data on an iPhone once the iCloud ID and password have been obtained.

If a hacker can obtain a user’s iCloud username and password with iBrute, he or she can log in to the victim’s iCloud.com account to steal photos. But if attackers instead impersonate the user’s device with Elcomsoft’s tool, the desktop application allows them to download the entire iPhone or iPad backup as a single folder, says Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensics consult and security researcher. That gives the intruders access to far more data, he says, including videos,...

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Tuesday September 2

23:38
China Mobile sees more than 33K iPhone 6 pre-orders...

China Mobile, the top carrier in China with over 800 million subscribers (and more than 20 million LTE users), opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 to Beijing customers on Tuesday. Surprisingly, the carrier has seemingly confirmed the existence of two models, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and reported over 33,000 preorders in the first few hours. Customers can also save a place in line for the (unrevealed) debut date through the company's website....



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22:37
Five-hour iTunes Stores downtown fixed, no...

Apple's non-Apple Store commerce sites suffered some major downtime on Tuesday, with the App Store, iBookstore, Mac App Store and iTunes Music Store being inaccessible for nearly five and a half hours for some (but not all) users, from approximately 6:30PM to midnight Eastern time. During the outage, users were in some cases able to load the product pages of the sites, but unable to do anything else, while some others reported normal operations....



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21:44
Briefly: Music Unlimited redesigned, Amazon Cloud...

Sonny's Music Unlimited - the PlayStation Music App for iOS - has received a redesign. Allowing account-holding users to stream over a network or download 30 million songs, games and movies are available on PlayStation systems, and music on iOS and computers....

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21:19
Apple's iTunes Store hit with hours-long outage...

Apple late Tuesday confirmed an unknown issue affecting its digital storefronts has barred users from purchasing, downloading or re-downloading content from the iTunes Music Store, App Store and iBookstore.



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20:43
Helpful shift scheduler for Apple Store employees...


A couple of years ago, Australia-based former Apple Retail Store employee Josh Hunt realized that he (and his colleagues) had a major problem: even with Apple’s cloud technologies, viewing his Apple Store work schedule was a pain. Apple’s internal network allows Apple Store employees to view their hours each day, but this information is not easily accessible from the Calendar application on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Hunt created a tool called Roster Genius that is a web extension to convert Apple’s internal calendaring system into a file that is compatible with the iOS and Mac calendar applications.

Roster Genius was a...

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20:24
Apple details HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight and app...

After releasing a set of developer rules for HealthKit in the last iOS 8 beta, Apple on Tuesday updated its App Store Review Guidelines to restrict apps from storing user health data in iCloud, as well as add coverage for upcoming frameworks including app extensions, HomeKit and TestFlight.



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19:40
Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit,...

Today, Apple has updated its official App Store developers Review Guidelines to outline the requirements for iOS 8 applications that will make use of the new HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions services. Today’s update indicates that Apple is nearing the release of iOS 8, the next-generation mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ahead of the September 9th Apple media event. Apple will provide developers with a golden master seed of iOS 8 on the day of the event, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. The review guidelines are a “living document” that list reasons that App Store apps could be rejected. Below are the full lists for HealthKit,...

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19:27
Tens of thousands of people have pre-ordered the (...

China Mobile has started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6. Yes, the one that hasn’t been announced yet. Apparently people are excited to finally get a chance to pre-order a phone they know nothing about, too, given that over 33,000 have reportedly already taken advantage of the offer.

The carrier is offering both the 4.7″ and the 5.5″ models in 16, 32, and 64 GB. Nobody who has ordered the phone actually knows when they’ll get it, given that—much like the handset itself—the release date hasn’t been announced yet.

The iPhone 6 will...

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18:58
China Mobile notches 33K 'iPhone 6'...

China Mobile, the world's largest cellular carrier by subscribers, began accepting reservations for Apple's unannounced next-generation iPhone on Tuesday and has subsequently racked up more than 33,000 orders since going live.



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18:56
iOS App Store suffers outage as entire catalog of...

The iOS App Store seems to be suffering a major outage, though Apple’s system status page doesn’t yet say that there are any issues (update: now it does). Users took to Twitter to point out that every single application listed on the store is now returning an error stating that it is “no longer available.” Typically this error is reserved for applications that have been pulled from sale.

The Mac App Store seems to be fine and still allows downloading applications. However, both the desktop and mobile versions of the iOS store are experiencing the issue.

Update: Apple has acknowledged that “[some] users may be unable to access multiple stores or make purchases.” The page lists issues for the...

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18:46
New Apple Store in Atlanta scheduled to open this...


Toledo, OH Apple Store location (via Ed Hunter)

Apple has announced that the grand opening for its new Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta, Georgia will take place this Saturday, September 6th at 10 AM. The store will be the sixth Apple retail location in the state.

It looks like construction is ready to get underway at the Franklin Park Mall location in Toledo as well, which will become the eighth store in Ohio. The iconic black barricades that usually precede the appearance of an Apple Store have been put up in front of the upcoming location (as seen in the photo above from ...

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18:33
Fanning the Flames of the Systemd Inferno


They say art imitates life, but it's surprising how often the same can be said of the Linux blogs. Case in point: Just as the world at large is filled today with fiery strife -- Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Ferguson -- so, too, is the Linux blogosphere. Of course, it's not political, social or racial struggles tearing the FOSS community apart. Rather, the dividing issue here is none other than Systemd. Systemd is a topic that's been discussed in heated terms many times before, of course -- including a lively debate back in May.

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17:53
Report: Yosemite already accounting for 3.3 percent...

Thanks in large part to the release of two public betas in a program that was limited to one million signups, the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite is now running on approximately 2.6 million Macs, thought to be around 3.3 percent of the worldwide Mac user base, according to statistics from Net Applications. The figures come statistics gathered in August, and are 33 times higher than the pre-release version of Mavericks, though of course the latter didn't have a public beta component....



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17:00
Slices of Apple episode 4: Customer Service part 2

Apple Stores in Los Angeles see an influx of demanding customers. Apple has been a part of entertainment for years, and even has a group assigned to making sure Apple products appear in TV and movies. In this episode of Slices of Apple, I talk to the...

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16:57
McDonald’s to begin rolling out NFC-enabled mobile...

An internal memo sent to McDonald’s franchises this week indicates that the fast food chain is preparing to roll out a mobile payment platform on September 15th. According to the notice, employees are required to be trained on the systems by Monday the 15th and the hardware, which has already started arriving at some locations, must be installed and tested before that date.

It doesn’t seem likely that this is Apple’s upcoming iPhone-exclusive payment system, which the the Cupertino tech firm is already partnering with retailers to roll out, but will instead be a cross-platform NFC option using standard VeriFone hardware that already exists in many...

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16:19
An algorithm to figure out your gender

BoingBoing:

Twitter opened its analytics platform to every user on August 27, allowing all of us — not just verified users and those with advertising accounts — to track how many people viewed and acted upon our tweets. But the “Followers” section, revealing demographics, provoked the most discussion. Alongside breakdowns in followers’ interests and location is a gender bar that splits followers into male and female.

How can Twitter offer this information when it doesn’t ask for you to indicate a gender when you sign up for an account?

My Twitter account is 86% male and 14% female. But how does Twitter deal with the (not insignificant) percentage of folks who don’t fall under traditional genera roles?

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16:15
∞ What a perfect game of Snooker looks like

This is remarkable to watch. Unlike traditional “pub pool”, Snooker play is very specific – you have to sink a red ball and then a coloured one and then a red and so on. In a perfect game, you sink a red then the black, then a red then the black until all the reds are gone. Then you sink the colored balls in order. A perfect game in Snooker is an example of amazing ball control and skill.

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16:00
Lenka for iOS creates stunning black and white images

Lenka (US$2.99) is a simple app to help you create dramatic black and white images. The app was developed by famed photographer Kevin Abosch and it's starkly simple. To begin with, you frame your photo, which is visible in black and white in real...

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15:47
Apple reportedly in talks with Nordstrom over mobile...

Adding to the din of rumors regarding an Apple-branded mobile payments solution, a report on Tuesday claims the Cupertino company is discussing a platform launch partnership with department store giant Nordstrom.



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15:46
Some AppleSeed testers gain access to new iCloud for...

Selected AppleSeed public testers are being contacted by Apple via email and being offered the opportunity to download and test a new beta seed of iCloud for Windows, which was announced earlier this summer at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference. Candidates need to have a PC running Windows 7 or later, and will gain access to the forthcoming advanced features of iCloud such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library....



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15:30
Inateck Portable USB 3.0 Hub with SD card reader is...

A lot of the USB 3.0 hubs we see here at the TUAW Labs have two things in common -- they're fairly good sized and they can only be used as a USB 3.0 hub. Accessory manufacturer Inateck has released the Portable USB 3.0 Hub Model HB4008 (US$39.99, but...

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15:11
Apple to give $20K in college scholarships as part...

In its push toward a more diverse corporate America, Apple on Tuesday announced two $10,000 scholarships for minority university students looking at future careers in the tech industry.



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