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Tuesday August 26

09:40
WatchABC & NPR One iOS apps add Chromecast...


A couple notable mobile apps for both Android and iOS are receiving updates today that bring Chromecast support including NPR One and the WatchABC apps. 

NPR One, the recently released app from NPR that offers a curated stream of stories and personalized content, now allows you to beam beautiful...

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09:34
Beloit College Mindset List for this year’s college...

Beloit College:

Students heading into their first year of college this year were generally born in 1996.

Among those who have never been alive in their lifetime are Tupac Shakur, JonBenet Ramsey, Carl Sagan, and Tiny Tim.

Do not read this story unless you want to feel old.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:32
deadmau5 to Open 2014 iTunes Festival

Apple added several more artists to its 2014 iTunes Festival lineup in London, including deadmau5 as the event's opening act. The company also added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV Tuesday morning ahead of next week's concert series.


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09:31
Netflix formally objects to Comcast and Time Warner...

Video streamer Netflix has formally objected to the Comcast and Time Warner Cable Merger, with a complaint filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this week. The streamer believes that the merger hampers consumer access to data, and "would set up an ecosystem that calls into question what we have to date taken for granted: that a consumer who pays for connectivity to the Internet will be able to get the content she requests."...



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09:30
Showtime Anytime arrives on Apple TV

In addition to an updated iTunes Festival app, the Apple TV has also been refreshed with Showtime Anytime, an app for the Showtime TV network. While some episodes are available on-demand for free, full use of the app -- including live streaming -- requires authenticating a subscription with compatible providers. That list includes AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, Optimum, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and a number of regional firms....



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09:25
Headphones mega-review

Marco Arment:

My criteria for this review is what someone seeking good headphones today probably wants:

Semi-portable, over-ear headphones — not pocketable, but should fit comfortably in a small bag; suitable for listening at your desk and bringing on an airplane, or maybe wearing outside

Closed-back design with at least moderate isolation

A straight, short cable with a 3-button clicker

The hard price cap is $400, but ideally, these should be under $300.

I’ve been thinking about new studio headphones so Marco’s review was of interest for the variety he tested if nothing else.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:19
Introducing the Sound Blaster Roar by Creative Labs...

The Sound Blaster Roar is the epitome of audio quality, features and great looks combined into one device.

Musicality, accurate timbre, tonality, with deep, tight bass within a portable Bluetooth wireless speaker shouldn’t be a pipe dream. Creative Labs boasts of defying these laws of acoustic engineering with their Sound Blaster Roar.

Through their innovative acoustic chamber design with an impressive 5-driver speaker setup consisting of 2 amplifiers and 1 built-in subwoofer, the Roar proves that it is possible to have powerful, balanced, and well-defined sound with heart-thumping bass from a device no larger than a booklet. All this, without sacrificing battery performance.

Not just a wireless speaker, the Roar also comes integrated with a whole host of useful features:

  • NFC-compatible
  • Supports aptX and AAC high definition codec
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09:01
Where’s the best place to trade in an iPhone? $400+...

We’re 2 short weeks away from Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement and that of course means it is almost time to trade in your current but now outdated tiny iPhone 3/4/5/s/c. Giving your non-sapphire 4-incher to a friend or relative? That’s nice of you but for those in the US who prefer cold hard cash, there are lots of great options out there.

In years past, we’ve put together roundups (2013, 2012) that include 12 different options but...

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09:00
Los Angeles doesn't want $500 million worth of...

A US$1 billion plan to give every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District an iPad, while beefing up the district's internet capabilities and other infrastructure, is now dead, according to the L.A. Times. The deal would have started with a...

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09:00
BitTorrent Sync Gets Revamped Sharing Workflow and...

BitTorrent Sync on Tuesday saw a huge update in its subtly-named 1.4 release, now allowing users a much simpler way to start sharing synced folders with others. If you haven't been using BitTorrent Sync yet, you probably will start soon, largely due to some of the new features they've added today.


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08:47
LA Unified School District halts further use of iPads

The superintendent of Los Angeles' Unified School District, John Deasy, has formally suspended future implementation of an iPad contract with Apple. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.," he writes in a memo issued to the Board of Education. "Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]."...



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08:44
∞ The value of Twitch

About a month ago, word spread that Google-owned YouTube had completed negotiations to buy game-streaming service Twitch with an all-cash offer of $1 billion.

Yesterday, YouTube had the rug pulled from under them when Twitch announced that they had accepted another all-cash bid for $970 million from Amazon. Here’s the thank you post from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.

So why would someone care about this? The key is the allure of Let’s Play, the...

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Digital factotum

Digital factotum

In this week’s roundup, you’ll find apps that turn your Mac into a surveillance camera, batch image editor, backup system, video player, and worldwide postal code directory.

AtHome Video Streamer 2.0.4

Circlely Networks’s AtHome Video Streamer (Mac App Store Link) turns your Mac into a surveillance camera.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:30
Follow Team USA in the World Cup with USA Basketball

The World Cup of basketball begins later this week in Spain. NBA Properties latest app USA Basketball allows you to closely follow the action of the United States team as it progresses through the three- week long tournament featuring the top...

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08:03
LaunchBar 6.1

Adds new Staging superpower, which enables you to create multiple selections and initiate them at once. ($29 new, free update, 10.0 MB)

 

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08:02
Verizon rolling out VoLTE service nationally in...

Verizon Wireless is gearing up to roll out its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service over its cellular network. Its planned service will be going live over the next few weeks, with the higher-quality HD Voice calling accompanied by a simplified video calling service built directly into the phone dialer, allowing users to seamlessly switch between voice-only and video calls....



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08:00
iPhone 6 cases are already showing up on Amazon

Apple has reportedly scheduled a special event for September 9, which many suspect it will feature the public debut of the next iPhone. While rumors have swirled for months about the release of Apple's next generation phone, very little has been...

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07:53
LA Unified School District’s “iPad for every student...

A plan by the LA Unified School District to provide an iPad for each of its 640,000 students by the end of this year has now been suspended, and appears likely to be abandoned altogether.

Apple proudly announced the plan in June of last year, but it wasn’t too long before the arrangement came into question. Rollout was temporarily halted last September, when it was found that students were able to bypass restrictions designed to ensure they were only used for school work when taken home. A month later, it was suggested  that the school district might have...

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07:52
Apple adds Showtime Anytime, iTunes Festival...

Apple on Tuesday added two new channel options to its set-top streamer, bringing on-demand Showtime Anytime from the cable network as well as a dedicated channel for the upcoming iTunes Festival in London.



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07:42
News: Showtime Anytime channel comes to Apple TV

Apple has just added the Showtime Anytime channel to Apple TV, following its reintroduction of the iTunes Festival channel. The new channel is basically Showtime’s version of HBO Go — it’s been available on the App Store for some time. Showtime Anytime has on-demand content and live streams of Showtime East and Showtime West for authenticated TV subscribers. Some free full episodes of Showtime shows are even available without cable or…

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07:33
Review: Parallels Desktop 10 brings even tighter OS...

Last week, Parallels launched the upgrade to v10 of their software and today, you can now get the full version online.

Parallels Desktop has long been one of the go-to applications for using your Mac to virtualize a wide variety of operating systems, and many considered its previous version 9 as more than sufficient for getting this job done. While the software shining point has always been its ability to run Windows truly parallel to the standard Mac OS X desktop, this version of Parallels...

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07:33
L.A. Unified school district halts contract for iPads

The LA Times:

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation’s second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.

The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.

Jump to the original Loop post for more detail and a link to the internal LA school district document that lays all this out.

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07:30
LA Schools Ditch iPad Contract Amid Controversy

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has cancelled a year-old contract with Apple to put iPads in student's hands following news that he, along with former Deputy Superintendent Jamie Aquino, had inappropriately close ties to the company. Documents showed the two may have been talking with Apple executives a couple years in advance, and that the bidding process may have been skewed in Apple's favor.

The Mac Observer Spin: It doesn't matter if the school district superintendent acted inappropriately or not because his integrity has been called into question, and by extension Apple's has been, too. This isn't going to make it any easier for Apple to score future contracts in Los Angeles schools.


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07:29
News: LA Unified School District suspends iPad...

L.A. Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has suspended the school system’s highly-publicized contract with Apple to provide iPads to students, the Los Angeles Times reports. The contract would have provided all students in the country’s second-largest school system with iPads, but recent accusations claim that Deasy and deputy superintendent Jaime Aquino had “especially close ties” to Apple executives. “Moving…

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07:24
Purported 'iPhone 6' speaker assembly...

A photo that is said to depict the loudspeaker assembly from Apple's next-generation iPhone surfaced on Tuesday from a wholesale electronics parts supplier in the Far East, alongside pictures of several other supposed "iPhone 6" components.



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07:19
Review: Simplicam, the Dropcam HD competitor that...

Home security cameras that send you alerts when they detect movement have been around for a while now. We reviewed Dropcam, one of the better-known names in the business, last October.

The problem, though, is that most movement isn’t likely to be of interest – especially if you have pets or are suseptivle to changes in nature from sunlight/wind. What we really want to know is when a person arrives, and that’s what Simplicam aims to deliver through face-detection software. You can thus choose to be notified about any one or more of three types of event: movement, sound and face-detection … 

It’s pretty clear that Simplicam is directly targeting the Dropcam HD, matching the 720p resolution, 107-degree...

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07:08
Apple adds 19 more acts to iTunes Festival London [u]

(Updated with iOS app, Apple TV channel news) Another 19 musical acts have been added to the list performing at next month's iTunes Festival in London. Some prominent names include Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran, Placebo, and Little Dragon. In all Apple has announced 40 artists, but over 20 more have yet to be made public....



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07:00
Flickr Find: What a way to start a Monday

Props to Flickr user Sam, aka "Purplelime," for filling her Monday with Mac, music and tea. I only wish my Mondays were marked by such serenity.

Did you know that TUAW has a Flickr pool? And that we encourage readers to submit their own Apple...

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06:49
LA Unified School District suspends iPad deal, faces...

Though it was much-touted when Apple signed the contract last year, the company's massive deal to sell iPads to the Los Angeles Unified School District has now officially been suspended, amid accusations that top employees at the district had improperly close ties with the Cupertino, Calif., company.



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06:46
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Limefuel...

Today is your last chance to pick up your Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for only $34.99 in our iLounge Deal. Equipped with 15000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel Lite is designed for portability, weighing only 12 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack,…

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06:39
NSA Shares Its Data Wealth


The U.S. National Security Agency secretly shares the communications data it has amassed over the years with nearly 24 government agencies using a search engine resembling Google Search, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. That's more than 850 billion records of phone calls, emails, cellphone locations and Internet chats. The ICREACH search engine's user interface is strikingly similar to that of Google. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration are key participants in ICREACH.

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06:18
News: iTunes Festival channel returns to Apple TV

The iTunes Festival channel has reappeared on Apple TV, not long before the festival kicks off in London. Apple’s iTunes Festival starts September 1 and runs through the whole month. As has been the case previously, the channel will let users watch live HD streaming video of the performances, as well as on-demand recordings after performances have ended. New acts, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, and Ed Sheeran, were recently added to the…

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06:08
Bad iPhone 5 Battery Life? Apple May Owe You a Free...

If your iPhone 5's battery life is much shorter than it should be, you aren't alone. In fact, enough people are suffering from the problem that Apple is replacing iPhone batteries for free. Here's how to see if you qualify.


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06:05
Blue Microphones unveils Mo-Fi headphone line

Blue Microphones, a digital audio brand best known for its USB audio mics popular with both podcasters and musicians, has expanded into headphones with the release of its first Mo-Fi headphone set. As recently noted by one of our reviewers, most headphones sound much better when paired with a combination DAC and amplifier like the Sony's PHA-2 portable headphone amps -- but Blue has taken it a step further by building the amp directly into its headphones....



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06:02
Additional leaked details indicate iPhone 6 “...

A few new details have surfaced about the apparent “Phosphorous” sensor mentioned yesterday.

Per MacRumors, Weibo user GeekBar continued his leaks of claimed wiring schematics of iPhone 6 components with a new “Phosphorus” component that was interpreted as the next-generation version of Apple’s M7 co-processor. The M7 collects and tracks motion data from various sensors in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini, and with the iPhone 6 rumored to be including a number of new health- and fitness-related sensors, a more powerful version of the M7 seems...

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06:00
Apple adds Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett and others to...

As noted by The Loop, Apple has added several new high-profile performers to its iTunes Festival 2014 lineup. Notable performers include hip-hop and soul star Mary J. Blige and crooner Tony Bennett. The full list of performances that span the month...

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05:46
External Link: The Columbia Journalism Review...

John Siracusa sat down for a Q&A with the Columbia Journalism Review to discuss his nearly fourteen years of annual Mac OS X reviews. Siracusa talks about how Apple’s interactions with the press have changed, and what drives him to be so hypercritical.

 

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05:43
Verizon winding down stock of 32GB iPhone 5c ahead...

U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is burning through the last of its high-capacity 32-gigabyte iPhone 5c inventory, with almost all units now out of stock in its online store, in anticipation of a replacement with Apple's next-generation lineup of handsets, AppleInsider has learned.



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05:42
iTunes Festival London channel arrives on Apple TV...

Shortly after adding 19 more acts to the line-up for the iTunes Festival running in London throughout September, Apple has now pushed the iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV, ready for live HD streaming once the show begins … 

The channel is currently offering information about the line-up, the famous Roundhouse venue and a history of the festival.

The festival is now in its 8th year since its launch in 2007, and over 430 artists have performed to live...

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05:33
Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program...

This could come in handy.

Per Macworld, Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. Apple has stated that a “very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices” may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.

Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple’s site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.

If you have an affected device you’ll have the choice to replace...

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05:30
Talking Holidays Wheel is decent kids app, but...

Talking Holidays Wheel: Christmas Halloween Summer is an interesting combination of a children's game and an educational app with a title that can't possibly get anymore self-explanatory. The app includes three wheels for Christmas, Halloween and the...

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05:00
Blue Releases Mo-Fi Headphones with Onboard Amp,...

Blue Microphones announced on Tuesday Mo-Fi, the company's first foray into over-the-ear headphones. The device features an onboard amplifier paired with "ultra-premium 50mm hi-fi drivers." Mo-Fi also has an incredibly comfortable* four bar linkage system in place of the standard headband, along with a clever pivoting arm for adjusting the ear cups.


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02:48
Apple patent embeds physical iPhone control,...

In a new patent discovered on Tuesday, Apple details a flexible mobile device screen that deforms to reveal buttons hidden beneath its surface, accepts sound and pressure input and provides haptic feedback.



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00:33
Apple fills out iTunes Festival lineup, deadmau5 to...

Apple on Tuesday added 16 new artists to the upcoming iTunes Festival in London bill, including crooner Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige and opening act deadmau5.



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Monday August 25

23:22
iTunes Festival 2014 schedule updated with new acts...

Apple has once again updated the lineup for its upcoming iTunes Festival in London, adding several new musical artists to the schedule, including Mary J. Blige, deadmau5, Tony Bennett, and Ed Sheeran. The addition...

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23:15
Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater experiences. Epson, however, hopes to simplify that with the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, a projector that offers full 1080p without breaking the bank like some home theater choices. But does the projec...



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23:01
∞ Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett join iTunes Festival...

Apple on Monday announced a number of new artists that would be joining them for shows at iTunes Festival London in September, including Mary J. Blige and the legendary Tony Bennett.[...]

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22:31
Apple to turn off CloudKit for older iOS 8, OS X...

In something of an unusual move, Apple has sent emails to developers informing them that they must keep up to date with iOS 8 and Yosemite betas if they want to continue testing new features, particularly the CloudKit functionality that is part of the forthcoming iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library and MailDrop technologies. The change, which could be due to a change in iCloud sandboxing, will also impact Safari histories and call histories. Developers must be on Beta 5 of either platform in order to continue working with CloudKit....

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22:00
Reviews: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater e ......



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21:45
Briefly: Dropbox iOS update, Thunderbolt 2 SATA...

Cloud storage platform Dropbox has updated its iOS app today. Allowing users to access any file saved to their Dropbox from an iOS device, v3.3 can now offer search within Word and PowerPoint documents. Larger animated GIFs are supported, and improved caching allows the app to use less data and disk space....



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18:49
Google bolsters iOS productivity suite with Slides,...

Google on Monday released presentation app Slides alongside updates to existing iOS apps Docs and Sheets, offering a free Web-connected alternative to similar productivity suites from Microsoft and Apple.



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18:38
RBC: manufacturing cost rise for Apple heralds...

An analyst with RBC Capital Markets has told investors that a strong increase in Apple's manufacturing costs means that the company is gearing up for more than just refreshes of existing products. Amit Daryanani has noted that Apple's component and manufacturing costs are up 18.5 percent despite generally-falling component prices, suggesting both Apple's raised expectations about the success of the iPhone 6 (which may or may not comprised two new models) and the alleged "iWatch."...



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18:36
Apple says Yosemite and iOS 8 beta 4 and older will...

Apple has sent an email developers alerting them to the fact that certain older betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will no longer be able to take advantage of CloudKit functions like MailDrop, iCloud Photo Library, or iCloud Drive. This is likely due to an older sandbox server being taken offline as the operating systems come closer to reaching their public releases.

Developers who wish to keep testing against these features will need to update to at least beta 5 of each operating system. CloudKit and its various applications are part of iOS 8 and Yosemite, which will be required for all users who wish to use these functions when they are released later this fall.

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPhone 6...

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18:15
Apple to restrict CloudKit services to latest iOS 8...

In an email sent out on Monday, Apple informed developers that upcoming iCloud-based features like iCloud Drive, Mail Drop and more will require iOS 8 beta 5 or OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5 or later to operate.



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18:00
Seven iPhone photography tricks take the basic...

Lorenz Holder is a professional photographer and part of the Cooperative of Photography, a community-focused online photography magazine. The goal of the Cooperative is to recognize and promote exceptional visions within the photography community as...

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17:54
Torvalds Says Yes to the Desktop


It was just a few short weeks ago that we here in the Linux blogosphere were rehashing the open source world's documentation dilemma -- one of those perennial topics bloggers love to resurrect whenever there appears to be a lull in the conversation. At the time, alert readers may recall, Linux Girl compared the topic to the ongoing "Year of Linux on the Desktop" debate -- another favorite that just keeps coming back for more. Well guess what? That one's now back too, courtesy of none other than Linux creator Linus Torvalds himself.

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17:53
Mac Observer Staff: What’s on Your iPhone Home...

Kelly asked around TMO Towers to discover what everyone keeps on their home screens. Like a rainbow, the home screens show the full spectrum of personality types.


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17:20
California Governor Brown signs cell phone '...

The office of California Governor Jerry Brown announced that bill SB 962 was signed today, making cell phone "kill switches" mandatory in the state. While the bill won't go into effect immediately, manufacturers must have the kill switches in place for all smartphones made after July 1, 2015. It was widely believed that Governor Brown would sign the bill after it was sent to his office after passing through the Senate on August 12....



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17:09
California Gov. Signs Smartphone Kill-Switch...

California governor Jerry Brown signed SB-962 into law on Monday. The law requires all smartphones made on or after July 1st, 2015, to come with a kill-switch that will make the device unusable in the event it is lost or stolen. Apple and Google had both already pledged to do so-and Apple has had kill switches in place for years-but the law makes it mandatory.


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17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Full Screen Private...

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16:33
[Sponsor] MailChimp

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16:00
Survey shows parents are open to using tech to...

Privacy issues are a big topic in America right now, but for kids under 17 privacy is almost always going to be dependent upon their parents. There are no unlawful search and seizure laws governing parents, and a new survey indicates that Big Mother...

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15:53
California governor signs bill requiring all...

As we’ve previously covered, the state of California has been in the process of passing a bill that would require all smartphones sold within the state to come with a remote killswitch option to deter thieves. The bill was passed by the state legislature earlier this year, and today it was...

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15:45
California governor signs 'kill switch'...

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers provide a remote "kill switch" for handsets sold within the state.



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15:30
Nourish knowledge with Gro Garden

Get those green thumbs ready with Gro Garden (US$2.99, universal), an educational app that helps budding explorers discover organic gardening in a creative and competitive way. Did you ever trick your kids into eating their veggies by sneaking the...

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15:26
California now requires a kill switch on all...

A California bill requiring all smartphones sold in the state to have antitheft technology installed was today signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown. Introduced in February, the SB-962 Smartphones bill, which mandates a “kill switch” for cellular devices, was initially approved by the California State Assembly in early August and passed a final vote in the California Senate shortly after.

I’m in favor of this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:03
Kickstarter: iPhone-connected Starfish child seat...

A Kickstarter campaign launched earlier this month is aiming to help save the lives of children across the country with an iPhone-connected, weight-activated child seat sensor called Starfish. The concept is fairly simple. The Starfish sensor pairs with your iPhone via Bluetooth, then fits under the padding of a child safety seat in your car.

Once the sensor detects a child in the seat, it creates a small geofence of about 20 feet. Anytime the paired phone leaves that geofenced zone, it receives a push notification informing notifying the user of the potential danger the child is in. If the notification goes unanswered for five minutes, the app automatically reaches out to an emergency contact and informs them of the situation.

The Kickstarter campaign runs for another 11 days (and ends on September 5th), but thus far hasn’t even reached half of its $15,000 goal. The retail price...

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15:00
Best educational apps for middle schoolers

It's that time of the year again when parents, teachers and students start thinking about heading back to school. If you have an iOS device, you can supplement your child's education and stimulate them to get involved with quality educational iOS...

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14:59
Facebook attempting to reduce 'click-baiting...

In a blog post from Facebook today, the social media company said that it's trying to improve the News Feed by reducing "click-baiting headlines." The company stated that it wants to help users find posts and links that are interesting, while removing stories that are generally considered spam by people that don't want them to turn up in their feeds....



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14:48
Some iOS apps vulnerable to auto-dialing URLs,...

A number of iOS apps -- including Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and Google+ -- have a security vulnerability that could allow malicious parties to force an iPhone to auto-dial, observes Romanian developer Andrei Neculaesei. iOS supports a tel:// URI that can make a call automatically, even though developers are allowed to bypass confirmation prompts for the dialer if they want. Through a vulnerable app and the right web code, a person could potentially be tricked into dialing a toll number. A FaceTime variant could let someone capture images of a person before disconnecting....



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14:35
Sony DDoS Attack May Have Been Smokescreen


Sony's PlayStation and Sony Entertainment networks were taken down over the weekend by a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack. The hackers, who call themselves the "Lizard Squad," also forced authorities to divert a plane Sony Entertainment president was on by tweeting that there might be a bomb on board. A hacker with the handle "FamedGod," purportedly a member of the Anonymous hacking group, later claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack and retaliated against the Lizard Squad for stealing his thunder.

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14:30
360iDev: Onboarding and the first 60 seconds

One of the most critical parts of any app is the onboarding process -- what it takes to get you interested in, educated about, and logged into an app or service. Developer Ben Johnson of Raizlabs provided a look at first impressions in apps in a...

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14:18
China Hopes to Unseat Apple, Microsoft, Google with...

China is going to stick it to those Western tech giants dominating the Chinese desktop and mobile platforms, according to a local report. The country's communist government is backing development of a homegrown, though Linux-based, operating system to compete with Apple, Microsoft, and Google.


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14:03
Amazon buys Twitch for $970M, pushes into video...

Amazon on Monday grew its digital media presence with the purchase of gaming-centric video streaming service Twitch, which agreed to a $970 million buyout that will take effect later this year.



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14:00
360iDev 2014 starts off with a bang

Denver has been a host city for the 360|iDev conference for a number of years, and this year's event for developers is currently underway in the Mile High City. TUAW is at the conference to see what the best brains in iOS development are up to....

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13:50
TiVo Brings DVR to Over-the-Air Cord Cutters

TiVo has taken a big step into the world of cord-cutting with the introduction of TiVo Roamio OTA, a DVR for over-the-air (OTA) TV signals. With this device, cord-cutters can go back to the future and digitally record SD and HD broadcasts from local TV stations and watch them like they would with any other DVR. Cool, eh? TiVo Roamio OTA can record up to four programs at once, and it has a 500GB hard drive for up to 75 hours of recorded HD content. If you have a broadband connection, the device also has apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, "and more," plus it supports TiVo's own TiVo Stream for watching your recorded shows on other devices. It's a brilliant move that could allow TiVo to expand its business outside of the cable and satellite industries where it started. Better yet, the box is only US$49.99 (available exclusively at Best Buy starting in September). It also requires a $14.99 monthly subscription to function, which is where TiVo actually makes its money.

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13:30
Easy Scan really does scan so easily

Easy Scan (Smart Scanner) is a new entry into the iDevice-Camera-As-Document-Scanner category. What distinguishes it from all of the other ones I have tried (and I have tried a lot of them) is in how simple it is. It lacks many of the bells and...

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13:00
NPR One for iOS makes radio personal

Think of it sort of like Pandora for news. The free NPR One app streams news stories that should be of interest to you, using your local NPR station and any other that generates news you are likely to connect with.

You sign up using your NPR ID (if...

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12:53
ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone...

Check out the ioShutter SLR, a cable that connects your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung or Hasselblad SLR camera. The cable connects to your camera and your iOS device, where a dedicated app allows you to remotely control your camera without touching the camera. In addition to landscapes, cityscapes, and the like, where a still camera can be just what you need, ioShutter SLR also allows you to do time lapses. Depending on your camera, you can also control autofocus and do voice-activated shots (think selfies and group selfies). ioShutter SLR retails for $75, but you can get it for $29.99 through our deal.


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12:48
Ralph Lauren debuts iOS-connected fitness &...

Legendary fashion house Ralph Lauren is making a big splash in the wearable devices market this week, as a number of ball boys and one player at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships are outfitted with new, iOS-connected nylon shirts that track health and fitness data.



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12:45
Apple Fitness Sensors Everywhere: It’s More than the...

HealthKit in iOS 8 offers the promise of a centralized system so iPhone owners can collect and track their own health and fitness data in a single place, and it gives other companies a common platform to feed information into. Apple will no doubt capitalize on that with the rumored iWatch as its first move into the fitness tracking market. But it doesn't seem likely the company will be content to stick to just our wrists, which opens the door for a whole line of wearable tech -- including versatile sensors that know what data to collect based on where they are on your body.


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12:42
Dropbox for iOS updated w/ search support within...



A minor update to Dropbox for iPhone and iPad is out today bringing a few new features and enhancements.

With Dropbox version 3.3, the app now supports search within Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint documents. Dropbox says this improvement is due to “new, higher fidelity previews” available in this version. The latest update also adds larger animated GIF...

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12:34
Known iOS auto-call feature sparks concerns about...

Technical oversights on the part of some of the iOS ecosystem's most prominent developers -- including Facebook and Google --?could allow attackers to exploit a documented iOS feature that allows apps to initiate phone calls without a prompt, spurring reminders that iPhone owners should be careful what they tap on.



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12:30
EmoYo shares your emotions with friends and nothing...

EmoYo is an app clearly inspired by the simplistic nature of Yo. both in name and design. Quite interestingly though, the creator is only 16 years old. The app's sole reason for existence is to add friends and share your emotions with each other...

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12:19
Google debuts Slides app for iOS, updates Docs and...

Google is today launching a new iOS app, Slides. Much like Microsoft PowerPoint, Slides lets people create and edit presentations. Because these files are stored in the cloud, users can start work on one device and continue on another, including via the Slides web app. Collaboration features let several people work on a presentation simultaneously; any changes to a file are saved automatically, and the app can work both on and offline. Offline changes are uploaded after reconnection....



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12:14
Nextdoor Offers Digital Path to Neighborliness


A mother in Walnut Creek, California, recently placed an expensive order for baby formula and diapers that never arrived. Subsequent investigation showed that the package had been delivered but snatched from her doorstep. That's a common enough story in this era of e-commerce, but this one has a happy ending. The woman knew the package had been stolen because she saw it happen on her surveillance video. Unfortunately the license plate was missing from the vehicle in which the thief sped away. So she turned to a social network for help.

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12:08
Slides for iOS completes Google's productivity...

Google’s pushing hard into the productivity space on iOS, and continuing to build out its own microecosystem on Apple’s mobile operating system. Earlier this year, the company started to split off functionality from its Google Drive app, releasing individual apps for both word-processing and spreadsheets. Now the company’s completed the trifecta by releasing an iOS version of Slides, its presentation app.

As with Docs and Sheets, Slides aims to bring the ability to create, view, and edit documents from your Google account, both online and offline, on any of your iOS devices. You can rearrange slides, add text, tweak formatting, add shapes, and so on—just as you can via the Web-based interface. Google Slides even allows you to invite friends and colleagues to collaborate, letting you jointly build or edit a presentation. And...

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12:07
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12:03
First Look: Grace Digital Ecostone Bluetooth Speaker

Grace Digital’s Ecostone ($150) is a 100% waterproof portable speaker system designed to float in pools, utilizing Bluetooth for wireless audio so your iPhone or iPad can stay clear of the water. Built with two 12W speakers and a rear mounted subwoofer, Ecostone is IPX68-certified as waterproof with 801G military spec drop/shock resistance. It also includes an LED flashlight, a 1-Amp USB output for device charging, and a 1800mAh lithium rechargeable…

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12:00
Recover a Mangled URL in the Address Bar of a Browser

Occasionally, when editing a URL in the address bar of a browser, it becomes hosed up, truncated or totally lost. John Martellaro shows you how to quickly recover the original URL for a web page without going back to the original source/link.


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12:00
Daily Deals for August 25, 2014, featuring iOS 8...

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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11:12
Mac: Booq Cobra Brief

The traveling professional should have a bag that not only carries all the essentials but also looks decent while running through an airport. Booq has released Cobra Brief ($295), a bag geared towards professionals who are looking for quality and comfort on the go. Made from ballistic nylon with YKK Zippers and leather trims, Cobra Brief is designed to carry your MacBook (or other laptop with up to a 16” screen) and your iPad while traveling.…

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11:00
Apple Timer helps you count the minutes until the...

It's not easy waiting on good news. We're coming up on the next big Apple event. The company is expected to announce the iPhone 6 on September 9, 2014 and fans are already waiting with baited breath. Sure, you know what the event is, but how will you...

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10:51
PlayStation network suffered denial of service attack

Sony said on its PlayStation blog that its PlayStation network had been taken down by a denial of service-style attack, which overwhelmed the system with traffic, but did not intrude onto the network or access any of its 53 million users’ information.

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10:50
TSMC to ramp up 16nm production early next year for...

Even though the A8-based iPhone 6 has yet to ship, TSMC is already preparing to ramp up production on its 16nm lines to meet demand for the A9 processor, according to Chinese-language publication the Economic Daily News. The company is said to have been targeting 16nm volume production for the second quarter of 2015, but moved its schedule up to the first. Although A9 chips probably won't roll off assembly lines until later next year, TSMC will allegedly be ready to churn out 50,000 16nm wafers a month starting in Q1....



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10:37
Burger King offers free Android phone

The cheap worthless prizes that come with burger meals sure have changed from when I was a kid.

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10:30
Fire in the hole is a blast for some

Fire in the hole (free) is an arcade-style game similar to Space Invaders, featuring 8-bit graphics and a retro soundtrack. The controls are easy to pick up. You control when to shoot a bomb from the cannon that moves side-to-side at the bottom of...

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10:26
Google releases Slides app for iPhone & iPad,...

Google today announced that it’s releasing a version of its Google Drive Slides app for iPhone and iPad alongside updates to its previously released Docs and Sheets apps for iOS devices.

Released today, Slides offers the same functionality as Google’s web based version of the presentation software allowing users to create and edit new presentations, collaborate with others, and work with Microsoft PowerPoint files. Here’s a look at the new Slides app for iPhone and iPad available for free on the App Store now:

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10:20
Declining requests to work for free

Unfortunately, there are designers who continue to do free work on the vague promise of “exposure,” “paying work later on,” and the client’s “rich friends” who will see your designs and “pay big fees” for your work.

The truth is, when you do free work, you have set your value and that client and his/her rich friends will also ask for free design work because you “did it for so-and-so.”

Nobody should be expected to work for free.

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