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Thursday June 26

07:30
(RED) thanks Apple for contributions; claims Bono...

U2 frontman Bono made waves earlier this week when, during the course of a Cannes Lions presentation, he seemingly lambasted Apple for not being more vocal about its role in (Product) RED.

"Apple is so f*cking annoyingly quiet about the fact they've...

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07:21
The Weather Channel iPad app gets new iOS 7-style...



The Weather Channel app for iPad gets a nice update today that brings an overhauled design that the company says is closely aligned to the iOS 7 aesthetic. It also introduces new background photos that display the current weather conditions of the location you’re viewing and tweaked navigation that makes moving around the app easier.

The Weather Channel will officially be replacing Yahoo as the source for Apple’s stock Weather app in the...

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07:12
iPod touch line updates with better 16GB model,...

Apple has done a surprise refresh of the iPod touch lineup, improving features on the 16GB model while implementing universal price cuts. The 16GB player has been given back a rear-facing iSight camera, and now has a full range of color options, as opposed to just space grey. Price cuts, meanwhile, have pushed the 16GB option from $229 to $199, and its 32GB counterpart from $299 to $249. The 64GB model has received the most drastic discount, shifting from $399 to $299....



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07:05
Report: Apple working on smart home hardware

Apple is reportedly working on its own smart home hardware products that integrate with the company’s current devices, according to 9to5Mac. Development of these home devices has advanced “beyond the exploratory phase,” and sources said Apple thinks the devices could have “mainstream” usage — sources noted Apple is looking…

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07:05
'Lifelike' New Robots Deliver News, Chat...


Two humanoid robots on Wednesday made their debut as part of a new exhibit at Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Miraikan. The newly unveiled Kodomoroid -- a child android -- and Otonaroid, an adult female android, are designed to fill human roles as the world's first android announcer and as the Miraikan's android science communicator, respectively. Along with Telenoid -- a minimalistic humanlike robot introduced in 2010 -- the two are part of a new exhibition at the museum entitled, "Android: What is Human?"

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Not always the most reliable of...

Apple rumored to improve durability of new Touch ID hardware in 2014 iPhones, iPads (AppleInsider)

The source for this claim is, of course, some Asian publication which, of course, offers absolutely no evidence for its claims. In other words, one of...

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07:00
Analyst: Apple to sell 80M iPhone 6 Units in 2014

Topology Research Institute thinks demand is so high for the unannounced iPhone 6 that Apple will sell 80 million units by the end of the year. Assuming the new model, or models, launch in September, that equates to about 20 million iPhone 6 units sold every month for the last four months of the year.

The Mac Observer Spin: There's clearly a lot of interest in Apple's next iPhone model. Assuming the company can produce inventory fast enough, it may be able to hit TRI's numbers.


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06:50
Apple drops iPod touch prices, powers up 16GB model

The low-priced hits just keep on coming. Apple on Thursday announced a new version of its 16GB iPod touch, available for just $199, as well as dropping prices on the 32GB and 64GB models by $50 and $100, respectively.

If you’ve forgotten The Strange Case of the 16GB iPod touch, don’t feel too bad: The $229 model debuted in May 2013 with a few … peculiarities. For one thing, it featured no rear-facing camera, just the front-mounted FaceTime HD camera. It also eschewed the iPod touch loop connector that its siblings sported, and came in just a single color: silver.

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06:47
Apple said to be working on ‘mainstream’ Smart Home...

With iPhones in pockets, Macs on desks, iPads in bags, and iWatches soon coming to the wrist, Apple is said to be eyeing another category for continued growth: Smart Home hardware. The Cupertino-company is said to have assembled a team to work on various hardware products for the home that deeply integrate with the existing array of Apple devices on the market…

The development of these home products could be paused at anytime, but Apple is said to be beyond the exploratory phase of development.

Sources have not yet specified what category of home devices Apple is developing, but the people did note that Apple believes the home to be an incredibly important and lucrative potential market and that the devices will see “mainstream” usage.

The sources say that Apple is unlikely to move forward with devices to...

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06:43
Why developers still develop for iOS before Android

Quartz:

Most promising app startups with venture capital investments that we analyzed are either building apps for iOS and Android simultaneously or are still iOS-only. Looking at 119 recent Y Combinator incubator participants and Google Ventures seed investments, of those offering apps, more than 90% had iOS apps, about half had both iOS and Android apps, and fewer than 10% only had Android apps. Among those with both, their iOS app typically launched several months ahead of their Android app.

Why is this true? Read on.

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06:23
MacUpdate app keeps your non-Mac App Store software...

While your Mac should automatically alert you to updates downloaded from the Mac App Store, you may not be aware of updates available for software purchased elsewhere. MacUpdate Desktop 6 alerts you to updates on thousands of software titles, as well as enabling one-click installation of new apps.

The software and corresponding MacUpdate account are free – for up to five updates a month. Unlimited updates will cost you $20 a year.

The video below gives an overview of how it works, and you can download the software here.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, Apple, iTunes, Mac App Store...

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06:22
External Link: Apple Lowers iPod touch Prices

Apple has introduced a 16 GB iPod touch for $199, while lowering prices on the existing models to $249 for 32 GB of storage and $299 for 64 GB. However, nothing else has been upgraded — these are the same A5-equipped models we’ve seen since 2012. However, it does break Apple’s traditional $100 storage upgrade pattern for the iPod touch. We can only hope that carries over to the iPhone and iPad.

 

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06:17
SoundCloud iPhone app gets complete redesign, iPad...




SoundCloud, the popular music and audio uploading and discovery service, today released an update to its iPhone app that introduces a completely new design. For users of the previous version, the updated design is instantly noticeable with a much cleaner and more streamlined look and feel...

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06:00
Apple adds new $199 16 GB iPod Touch, cuts prices on...

Apple today refreshed its iPod touch lineup, discontinuing the silver 16GB iPod touch (US$229) and replacing it with a new $199 model. Hardware-wise, the new entry-level iPod touch is identical to the existing 32 GB and 64 GB models and includes both...

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05:39
Apple Adds Rear Camera to 16GB iPod touch, Lowers...

Apple quietly updated the 16GBV iPod touch on Thursday, adding a 5 megapixel camera to the iOS-based media player. The company also lowered the model's price to US$199 from $229, and cut the prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple introduced the 16GB iPod touch last year in May, so if a rear-facing camera and price cuts are the only updates this year, it's a pretty good indicator the company is focusing more on the iPhone and iPad. That said, the lower prices are a welcome change.


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05:37
Apple adds cameras and colors to now $199 16GB iPod...

Apple has updated its Online Store with a new $199 iPod touch, discontinuing the frontside-only $229 iPod touch in the process. The new 16 GB Touch, which ships today, is now almost identical to the 32 GB and 64 GB models, including a rear camera. However, it seems that the $9 loop accessory is not bundled with the $199 model. Customers wanting the loop will have to purchase it separately. Incidentally, this means that the 16 GB SKU is now available in the same color choices as the more expensive sizes, no longer limited to only Space Gray.

The prices for the 32 GB and 64 GB model have also fallen. The 32 GB model now costs $249 (down from $299) and the 64 GB model costs $299 (from $399), a significant $100 drop.

These new price points aren’t particularly shocking or unprecedented since we have seen better prices...

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05:32
Apple intros new 16GB iPod touch, cuts prices on 32/...

Apple has quietly switched up its iPod touch 5G lineup, replacing the rear camera-less 16GB model introduced last year with a model that now has feature parity with the higher capacity units. Further, this new 16GB iPod touch now sells for $199—$30 less…

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05:22
Video of claimed actual iPhone 6 back emerges...

French site NWE has posted a video it says is of the actual back of the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6, contrasting it with much simpler mockups.

While there’s no way to assess whether the part is genuine, it certainly looks convincing. The many mockups floating around are essentially featureless inside, but this appears to have the detail of the real thing. If it’s a hoax, it’s an extremely elaborate one … 

We’ve previously seen claimed photos of both the front and back of the iPhone 6,...

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05:19
Google reveals changes to Google Docs, Google Drive

Google announced a number of changes to Google Drive and Google Docs as part of its Google I/O keynote yesterday. As part of a more serious effort to take on Microsoft in enterprise, Google has launched a subscription to Google Drive for Work, providing unlimited online storage to business customers for $10 per month per user, among other extra new features....



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05:07
Apple launches $199 16GB iPod touch with rear camera...

Apple's entry-level 16-gigabyte iPod touch received an update on Thursday, dropping the price to $199 while adding a rear iSight camera and expanding its color options to six. Apple also slashed prices on the 32- and 64-gigabyte variants, now priced respectively at $249 and $299.



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05:02
First look: Opera Mini 8 for iOS brings redesign,...

Opera on Thursday released the revamped Opera Mini 8 mobile Web browser with a "flattened" design, updated data savings features and user interface tweaks.



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05:00
Google I/O 2014 Focuses on Integration

With a plethora of promised products and services at its developer conference, Google is stepping up its competition with Apple. Announced at Google I/O 2014 were a fresh new design language, increased integration between devices, and a new push for the living room.

 

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04:50
Nikon D810 introduced as upgraded version of D800

Nikon has launched a follow-up DSLR to its D800 digital camera. Having the same resolution as its predecessor, the 36.3-megapixel sensor in the new D810 is an FX-format version which leaves off the optical low pass filter and works with the Expeed 4 image processing engine found in the D4S, allowing it to improve image detail for both still shots and for video recording....



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04:12
Turns out, Dr. Seuss was really Dr. Soice

I came across the linked article on commonly mispronounced words. Pretty good list. The first one really surprised me.

Children’s writer Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, pronounced his middle name (and pen name) as soice, not soose.

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03:49
Google’s numbers show iOS generates 4x more average...

It’s long been known that iOS users are more profitable for developers than Android users, but figures released by Google at the Google I/O conference and crunched by Benedict Evans provide some hard data on just how big that gap is.

Google Android users in total are spending around half as much on apps on more than twice the user base, and hence app ARPU on Android is roughly a quarter of iOS.

The key reason, of course, is that Apple makes only high-end devices that attract people with a decent amount of disposable income, while Android spans everything from cheap-and-cheerful devices offered exclusively in developing countries all the way through to high-end phones like the Galaxy S5 and...

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03:32
Review: OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini dual-drive...

One of the reasons I like Macs is that their useful life tends to be significantly longer than that of a typical Windows machine. This is especially true of the pre-Retina MacBook Pro models, where it’s trivial to upgrade both the RAM and the drive.

I’d previously swapped out the 750GB hard drive and optical drive that came with my late-2011 MacBook Pro 17 for two 1TB hard drives. Along with a RAM upgrade, that gave me a 16GB RAM, 2TB hard drive machine. The plan was to use the machine in that form for a year or two, then do a further upgrade to SSDs once 1TB models arrived and fell to a halfway sensible price.

When that finally happened, and I did the upgrade, that gave me two 1TB hard drives surplus to requirements. I...

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03:20
New, cheaper, iPod touch model rumored to launch...

Multiple sources are indicating that Apple will launch a new variant of the iPod touch next week. iGen.fr is saying that the same source who leaked information about the early 2013 16 GB 5th generation iPod touch is now saying yet another model will launch in the near future. However, their report does not go into specifics about particular changes.

MacRumors believes that the new device will be a modified version of the current 16 GB iPod touch at a lower price point. According to the site, the low-end Touch will reclaim a back-facing camera and go on sale for $199. Compared to the...

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00:58
Review: ioSafe 214 disaster-proof NAS packs in high-...

Many companies are in the business of keeping data safe from digital threats like hackers and viruses, but few focus on the physical dangers of storing it on-site. ioSafe built its brand on so-called "disaster-proof" servers and the latest two-bay 214 model strikes the perfect balance of protection and price.



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00:44
Rumor: Apple to limit 128GB 'iPhone 6'...

According to a rumor out of China, Apple may release a 128GB version of its next-generation iPhone, but restrict the option to a higher-end 5.5-inch model in a bid to differentiate the "phablet" device from the company's stable of smartphones.



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Wednesday June 25

23:59
Bono remarks taken out of context, (RED) protests

Media reports have mischaracterized U2 lead singer and (Product) RED founder Bono's recent comments that appear to call Apple to task over its "modesty run amok" approach to the iPhone makers (RED)-branded offerings, the charity has protested in a new blog post. Video of the meeting at the Cannes Lion festival between Bono and Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive would appear to support the foundation's explanation that Bono's remarks represented "faux outrage" and were intended to poke fun at Apple's modesty about the partnership....



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23:07
Briefly: Otterbox's new tablet system,...

Technology accessories producer Otterbox has introduced its new Agility tablet system at CE Week, each comprised of five components. Its polycarbonate, magnetic shell snaps to the tablet, which can attach to a folio, mount on a wall or connect to a dock. The folio micro-suede cover feature provides scratch resistance, and is available in Folio, Portfolio and Deluxe Folio. Other components to the tablet system include a wall mount, dock and power dock. Upon release, Agility will be available through Otterbox and Best Buy. Versions of the Agility tablet system are compatible with iPad Air, iPad...



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22:30
Briefly: Google Drive iOS update, Jump 800mAh...

Google Drive has received an update for its iOS app, offering a variety of improvements. Drive allows users ti view documents, PDFs, photos, videos and more, by accessing one's personal cloud account. Files can be searched for and shared with others. Google Drive v3.1.0 offers an incoming view of files that have been shared with the user as they arrive....



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21:10
Samsung warns investors that Q2 'doesn't...

On top of an early warning in April that profits would be down from the year-ago quarter in fiscal Q2, a rare public statement from Samsung's CFO has sent the Galaxy maker's stock tumbling on a warning that the balance sheet "doesn't look too good." The statement was later confirmed by Samsung, amounting to a full-throated warning on earnings that sent the company's stock tumbling nearly two percent, on top of a month-long 8.5 percent decline. Initial blame for the disappointment is centering on sales of the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone....



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18:44
Costco online now carrying iPhones, iPads at up to $...

Nearly four years after Costco and Apple had a falling out that resulted in the discount chain pulling all Apple products from its warehouse outlets, the discounter is now again selling iPhones and iPads, albeit in a limited fashion for the time being in its US stores. After first bringing back iTunes gift cards to the stores, the Costco Mobile online store is now carrying 16GB models of the iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, with discounts as high as $121 off retail....



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18:20
ACM 260: Google I/O, Nest and Giving Up Our Privacy

Google's I/O conference keynote happened earlier today and the Internet search giant made it clear it wants a place on our wrists and in our homes. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about why it's up to Apple to think outside the box in the wearables market, what Google's plans means for our personal privacy, and how they feel about Nest sharing our information with Google.


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18:03
Google I/O 2014 Keynote Highlights: Wear, Cars, and...

Google kicked off its own developer conference Wednesday, titled Google I/O, with a keynote address. Not content with just phones and tablets, the Android OS has extended to cars and TVs and watches too. With health tracking.

The Mac Observer Spin: Different approaches to the same issue are a good thing. It's fascinating to watch Google show an alternate path. I was really interested until I saw that giant slab of glass on each presenter's wrist.


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18:00
OmniOutliner 4.1

Adds several improvements and new features, including improved export to Microsoft Word in the Pro edition. ($49.99 new, free update, 46.4 MB)

 

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18:00
LilGadgets Untangled Pro Wireless Bluetooth...

Headphones are a challenging purchase for parents. Most are sized for adults and don't fit children properly. Those that are styled for kids are sometimes pricey and often poorly made. This is a niche that LilGadgets hopes to address with their...

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17:30
VoxyPAD: Clever iOS tool for real-time sharing of...

VoxyPAD (free) is an innovative and easy to use app for sharing and annotating documents, photos and web pages with others while talking about those shared items in real time.

VoxyPad features instant messaging and you can send a message to another...

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17:00
EU regulators to decide on Apple's Beats...

Reuters reports that EU antitrust regulators will decide by July 30 whether or not they'll give the green light to Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats.

"The Commission can either clear the deal unconditionally or demand concessions if it sees...

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16:55
Amplified: Sitting Outside

Jim and Dan discuss Google Glass streaming live video, Google TV, Apple TV, HBO Go and cable companies, Apple’s iCloud strategy, The New York Times and Walmart, placing trust in news organizations, Dropcam, Nest and privacy limits, the MacBook Air to Surface Pro 3 upgrade path, Bono’s (Red) rant, and more.

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16:52
Google’s fragmentation problem in one picture

It makes me want to pull my hair out just looking at this mess.

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16:30
Bricks puts a new spin on the old block-busting genre

Putting a new spin on an established game mechanic isn't easy, and when you're talking about a game idea as simple as bouncing a ball off of a block, innovation is even more difficult. But against all odds, the new iOS game Bricks manages to pull it...

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16:19
Apple sends out fourth OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta...

A day ahead of schedule, Apple has released an updated beta of the forthcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 update to developers and Beta Seed Program members of the public for testing. As usual, the new build (13E25) contains very minor tweaks and bug fixes, with no new focus areas or known problems. As before, the release notes direct attention to the areas of graphics drivers, Safari, Bluetooth, the App Store, Finder and audio drivers....



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16:06
Google I/O Offers Devs Big Bonanza


Google on Wednesday announced a plethora of opportunities for developers at its I/O conference. The upcoming version of Android, currently known as "L," will have 5,000 new apps. Android L offers a new design language consistent across Android, desktops, tablets and the Web. It will enable smooth animations for screens, apps and platforms, as well as seamless transitions among notebooks, smartphones, tablets, TV screens and automobile dashboard screens. "It's all about developing the ecosystem," said tech analyst Ronald Gruia.

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16:06
Apple products return to Costco with deep discounts...

A year and a half after Costco stopped selling Apple products through its brick-and-mortar and online stores, the discount wholesaler is now carrying current iPhone and iPad models at discounts up to $120 off retail pricing.



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16:00
On Apple and privacy protection

In a recent piece for Macworld, security analyst Rich Mogull took a close look at Apple's privacy policies and was generally pleased with what he discovered. In a broad sense, Mogull found that Apple shied away from the boilerplate legalese that so...

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15:35
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 25, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:28
Costco makes up with Apple, starts selling iPhone...

It seems Costco has once again started selling specific Apple products several years after it dropped the company’s wares over Apple’s decision to not let the retailer carry the iPad. Not every model, carrier, capacity, or color are represented in Coscto’s stock, and all of the devices are only available online (except for the T-Mobile versions, which aren’t available online at all).

The 16 GB iPhone 5s on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon will...

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15:00
Angela Ahrendts discusses her transition to Apple

Angela Ahrendts is an inspiration for anyone grew up in a small town with dreams of a better life. From her humble roots in New Palestine, Indiana she worked her way through the fashion industry, eventually climbing to a position as CEO of Burberry...

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14:57
Nokia X2 Mixes and Matches Android Apps, Windows...


Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of the Nokia X2, the first device to come out in Nokia's Android-based X line since Microsoft acquired the company earlier this year. The Nokia X series targets emerging markets with a low-cost family of smartphones offering access to Android apps and Microsoft services. However, the new Nokia X2 offers an enhanced experience, with more Microsoft services, an updated Fastlane feature, and upgraded specifications including a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display and 5-MP rear camera with autofocus and flash.

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14:35
(RED) explains away Bono's 'criticism...

After singer Bono supposedly criticized Apple of overt modesty on Monday, the U2 frontman's (RED) AIDS relief foundation issued an explanation of the comments and thanked the Cupertino company for being its biggest supporter.



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14:30
The loneliest iMac

I don't know the back story behind how or why this iMac is just chilling out on a random sidewalk with a set of golf clubs. Either it's being sent to the landfill with some outdated metal poles, or it's waiting for a friend to pick it up and take it...

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14:20
Google's Sundar Pichai targets the enterprise...

Google's head of Android development Sundar Pichai made brief remarks at Google IO to address the enterprise, a market that so far has largely ignored Android while enthusiastically adopting Apple's iOS mobile platform. Notably, his solution involved a "contribution" of Knox security by Samsung, Android's largest licensee.



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14:05
Up Close With the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad

olloclip is well known for its lens kits for the iPhone going back to the iPhone 4s. These small, easy-to-attach lenses typically include a wide-angle, fisheye and Macro capability. Now, olloclip has launched the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad, and it carries on a great tradition.


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13:55
TUAW TV Live: It's your call!

Sometimes it's hard to think of a topic for TUAW TV Live. I mean, this show has been going on the air weekly since December 23, 2009, so it can be a real head-scratcher trying to come up with something to talk about. When all else fails, we'll resort...

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13:41
Apple issues OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta to...

One week after seeding the last OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta, Apple on Thursday issued to developers a new build of the upcoming maintenance update, with the latest version coming with minor bug fixes and minor tweaks.



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13:40
Apple pushes OS X 10.9.4 beta build 13E25 to...

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Apple has released another beta of the upcoming 10.9.4 release of its OS X operating system to developers. The new beta has a build number of 13E25. The update is available through Software Update on 10.9.4 systems and can be found on the Mac developer center as well.

The previous build, 13E19, was released on June 19th.

 

Filed under: Developers Tagged: 10.9.4, 13E25, developers, mavericks, OS X,...

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13:38
The SmartPlane, a Smartphone-Controlled Aircraft: $...

Longtime readers know that I love toys, especially when they're controlled from my iPhone or iPad. Check out the SmartPlane, a biwing airplane that can be controlled from most iOS devices and some Android devices. It uses Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth Smart) for controlling, and the company said pairing is easy from the custom control app. It works with iphone 4S or newer; iPod touch 5th Gen or newer; iPad 3rd Gen or newer; iPad mini. On the Android side, you need Bluetooth Smart and Android 4.3 or newer. There's a video showing the plane in use, but please don't be that guy that buzzes passersby. Through our deal, the SmartPlane is $49.99.


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13:23
Steven Levy joins Medium

Levy has been part of many great publications, but at Medium he will be starting a tech hub “that strives to bring well-reported, lively, and meaningful reporting and writing to what is already shaping up as a terrific platform for the written word.”

Interesting.

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13:16
Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Searches Require...

In a decision that backs up the idea that cell phones and smartphones deserve the same privacy protections from the government as other parts of our lives, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled police must obtain search warrants before looking through the contents of our iPhones. Previously, law enforcement agencies could look through text messages, email messages, photos and more on smartphones to collect evidence without using search warrants.


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13:01
The only thing you need to read about today’s weird...

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The Daily Dot:

Where Google I/O keynotes of years past have included huge reveals like the Chromebook notebook line and Nexus tablet, this year’s event was different…but that didn’t stop it from being crazy in its own right.

It’s not really the “only thing you need to read” but it might just be one of the most amusing things you read about today’s Google I/O keynote.

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13:00
Dropbox for iOS update adds new setup and file...

Dropbox for iOS has been steadily improving since it was released, but the latest update makes the service easier to use on both your phone and your computer, along with introducing new file management options.

The biggest, or maybe the most...

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12:49
MacUpdate Desktop 6 promises one-click app installs

MacUpdate has released MacUpdate Desktop 6, an app intended to simplify installing and updating Mac software. The title relies on the company's own directory, but permits one-click installs, and regularly scans for updates to installed programs, which can be applied via Desktop or a new OS X menu bar item. Although the Mac App Store handles similar functions, MacUpdate notes that it also covers software not hosted there, such as Skype....



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12:38
Google acquires iOS, Android mobile app testing firm...

At Google's I/O conference, the search engine giant announced that it had acquired app-testing firm Appurify. The firm specializes in simulated cross-platform environments for app testing. Google isn't shutting down the public-facing aspects of the service, and notes that it is moving to a "freemium" pay-as-you-go model....



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12:26
Car makers will offer Android Auto alongside CarPlay...


How will Google’s new ‘Android Auto’ CarPlay competitor compare? On top of opening up the SDK, unlike Apple, to messaging and audio apps, it also has a ton of support right of the bat through the Open Automotive Alliance. Following Google’s unveiling of its new Android Auto connected car platform, a long list of both new and old members of the Open Automotive Alliance have confirmed support for the new feature. Many of which are also confirmed partners for CarPlay and at least some plan to launch both platforms...

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12:25
Google Drive 3.1 for iOS released with activity...



In addition to previewing the next version of Android dubbed “L”, Android Auto, Android TV, new Chromecast features, and more, Google released an updated version of Google Drive for iPhone and iPad. The new version brings enhances to file sharing giving users the ability...

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12:24
External Link: The Real Reason Apple Cares About...

Our own Rich Mogull, writing for Macworld, has penned an overview of Apple’s privacy protections, along with an analysis of why they’re in place. In short, Apple outdoes Google and Facebook on user privacy, because they’re in the hardware business — not the advertising business. Privacy, in turn, becomes a key advantage for Apple’s hardware business.

 

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12:12
The Supreme Court just killed Aereo

Today, the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo. Looks like that’s the end of the line for this experiment.

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12:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

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11:51
Why Apple really cares about your privacy

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Macworld:

Corporations generally limit their altruism to charity, not to core product and business decisions. Apple likely sees a competitive advantage in privacy, especially when its biggest direct competition comes from advertising giant Google and the enterprise-friendly Microsoft. Apple believes consumers not only desire privacy, but will increasingly value privacy as a factor in their buying decisions.

It will be interesting to see if, going forward, average consumers start taking these kinds of issues into consideration when purchasing and using various products and services.

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11:44
Google takes on Apple TV with Android TV connected...

Search giant Google on Thursday previewed its latest play for consumers' living rooms with Android TV, a new platform for connected televisions and set-top boxes that brings streaming audio and video alongside custom apps and games.



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11:37
Supreme Court rules warrants required for cell phone...

In a ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) this morning, judges declared unanimously that warrants are necessary to search cell phones. Previously when police arrested individuals, officers were allowed to seize items on the person or nearby as evidence. With the ruling, law enforcement can inspect the phone, but none of the information within it without obtaining a warrant....



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11:30
Daily Deals for June 25, 2014, featuring the 0-100...

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.

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11:30
Android Auto SDK ships, Open Auto-equipped vehicles...

A new "Android Auto" product unveiled by Google today at its I/O conference. The car-centric branch of Android prioritizes safety, navigation with a large, custom interface with voice control. The implementation links an in-dash screen to an Android phone carried by the user. Android Auto will be available to users with the public "L" release, with 40 partners in the Open Auto Alliance, with the first Android Auto cars being sold later this year....

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11:18
Google announces Android Auto platform for cars,...

Google is pushing for its Android platform to be omnipresent, with the unveiling of a the new voice-enabled Android Auto operating system, and new wrist-worn, fitness-tracking devices running the upcoming Android Wear platform.



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11:15
Android Wear demoed, first devices using new UI...

At Google's 2014 I/O conference, the company has given more details on the company's previously announced Android Wear platform. Amongst other improvements, the operating system for wearables supports both rectangular and circular screens natively in a large array of sizes....

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11:01
Google details Android L design changes, new...

Google has previewed the upcoming major update to the Android mobile operating system, Android L, at Google I/O. The latest iteration is said to be built for multiple types of display and device, from smartphones and tablets to large-screened televisions, including an overhaul in how the user interface operates, a new flatter appearance, and other new additions....

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11:00
Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB cables: A...

You might think that there's not much you can do to improve on the standard old Lightning to USB cables that you get with new iPhones and iPads, but you're wrong. For one thing, the plastic-coated standard Apple cables have a tendency to fray and...

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10:53
Briefly: Dropbox for iOS adds camera-based setup,...

Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app, adding new camera connectivity. Dropbox is a cloud storage provider, allowing users to access and share their photos, documents and videos from anywhere. The release of v3.2.0 includes the setup for Dropbox on one's computer using an iOS camera, by scanning a QR code from the computer's web browser. Other additions to the DropBox for iOS include now being able to reorder one's Favorites list by touching and holding, and recent locations now remembered when importing files. Accessibility features have been improved, and the app now supports Danish...



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10:37
Google previews completely redesigned Android “L”,...




Google’s response to Apple’s WWDC kicks off today with the opening keynote address at the Google I/O conference and, like Apple, this time around Google gave a full preview of the next version of Android ahead of a fall release. Android “L” (we’re assuming a dessert name will be decided on later)...

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10:27
Google looks to squeeze Apple in emerging markets...

Apple's aging iPhone 4s remains popular among consumers in emerging markets looking to move up from entry-level devices, a positioning that Google is preparing to challenge with a new series of Android handsets that combine stock Android software with low-cost hardware.



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10:19
Google unveils Android L with colorful new '...

At its I/O conference on Wednesday, Google took the wraps off Android L, its latest-generation mobile operating system, which has once again been redesigned with a new, colorful look dubbed "Material Design."



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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-25

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of TV networks and against Aereo's online streaming video business, and in a separate ruling said police need a search warrant to look at what's on our smartphones. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about both, and Jeff gets his rant on over protecting our personal privacy.


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10:00
TUAW Giveaway: Win one of three sets of RHA MA750i...

We've teamed up with Glasgow-based in-ear manufacturer, RHA, to giveaway three sets of its premium MA750i, iOS compatible in-ear headphones, each worth US$129.95.

I reviewed the MA750i headphones last year and was really impressed with their overall...

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09:39
9to5Toys Last Call: 4-port USB Wall Charger $10,...

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:

Last Call updates:

  • Home Deals: Dyson AM01 Fan (refurb) $90 (Reg. $300 new), Saeco Auto Espresso Machine (refurb) $330 (Reg. $999 new), more
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09:38
Aereo faces shutdown after Supreme Court ruling...

Aereo has lost its battle against broadcasters, after the US Supreme Court ruled against the start-up. In a 6-3 ruling, the court states the company violates copyright law by streaming recordings of TV shows to its subscribers, classifying the streams as "public performances" and so requires that Aereo pay content licenses to broadcasters for their programming....



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09:25
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09:24
Surprise iOS 7.1 jailbreak for most iPhones and...

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Developers in China have published what appears to be a reliable and malware-free jailbreak for most iPhones and iPads running the latest version of Apple's iOS. The release underscores how hard it is to keep such jailbreak exploits out of the public domain, since the code vulnerability that makes it possible appears to come from a highly secretive training class on iOS exploit development.

Jailbreaks allow iOS users to bypass Apple's iron-clad technical restrictions and install unauthorized third-party software that is not included in the App Store. The technique appeals to many users, but it also comes with significant risks. One is that the process could temporarily or possibly damage the device. Another is that jailbreak developers may bundle keyloggers or other types of malware inside the software that performs the operation, leaving users with a device that steals passwords, tracks geographic whereabouts, or...

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09:22
Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variant will feature...

If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with optical image stabilization (OIS), it may only be available on the rumored 5.5-inch version.

Per AppleInsider, a research note published by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that while the iPhone 6 will use a middle-mount open-loop voice coil motor, not an OIS VCM. The part is said to be an updated version of what is being used in the iPhone 5s.

Unlike common VCMs, an OIS system mechanically controls a light path as it travels from lens to sensor either through manipulation of lens elements or the sensor itself. OIS modules are more expensive than middle-mount VCMs and, in some cases, can be heavier...

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09:00
EU to rule on antitrust compliance of Apple/Beats...

Antitrust regulators with the European Commission will rule by July 30th whether or not Apple's $3 billion takeover of Beats can go ahead as planned, according to Reuters. The Commission has several options available. It can authorize the deal as signed, or ask for concessions -- such as divestiture -- if it's determined that the buyout would give Apple too much industry control. In a worst-case scenario, the Commission could launch an investigation that might even scuttle the acquisition....



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09:00
Researchers crack iPad, iPhone PINs

"Shoulder surfing" refers to the practice of looking over someone's shoulder to watch them enter a PIN on a mobile device, like an iPad. It's not the most sophisticated hack ever, but it works, as long as the interloper has a line of sight. However,...

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08:57
Rumor: Sources indicate September 19th launch date...

If there’s a rumor out there, there’s generally some kernel of truth to it.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company’s track record makes a September release plausible, but albeit the unnamed sources and vagaries make this less than certain.

What’s currently presumed is that the next iPhone will come in two sizes with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display, a redesigned body that follows the iPad mini and iPad Air design, improved cameras, and faster processors.

The current rumor mill has it...

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08:56
Google Glass can now live stream video

On Tuesday, Google Inc. officially began offering the Livestream video-sharing app in its MyGlass store. The software lets Glass wearers share what they are seeing and hearing with other Livestream account holders free of charge by using the command, “OK Glass, start broadcasting.”

Sweet holy shit! No, Google!

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08:50
Tune in live to Google’s I/O press event live stream

Google I/O starts today, and as per usual, the company is kicking things off with a huge 2-hour press event set to start at 9 AM PT. The event is said to be bringing a multitude of new products and service announcements, rumored to include the “L” version of Android, Android Wear smartwatches, a new line of “Android Silver” smartphones, a second-generation Chromebook Pixel, an “Android TV” set-top box, Project Tango tablets, and Google Glass announcements.

Google’s head of Android Sundar Pichai did something a bit different this year,...

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08:48
Walmart smacks down the New York Times for its...

This is just priceless. Much respect to David Tovar, Vice President, Walmart Corporate Communications, for a great response.

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08:34
Occupy Google

Net Neutrality advocates are running a campaign called Occupy Google. According to its Twitter timeline on this page, a number of arrests were made last night.

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08:30
Apple reportedly loosens new guidelines for apps...

Earlier this month, Apple reportedly began swatting down apps that reward users for various actions including watching advertisements, rating the app, and purchasing other apps, but as TechCrunch now reports, that policy is loosening up a...

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08:29
Supreme Court Rules Video Streaming Company Aereo...

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Aereo a ruling on Wednesday saying the online video streaming company has been violating copyright law by transmitting broadcast TV content over the Internet. Fox, NBC, ABC, and other broadcasters accused Aereo of essentially stealing their programming and reselling it through a paid online service.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether Aereo should've been allowed to continue or be shut down, the Supreme Court ruling takes away one of the options available to viewers looking for ways to break free from cable and satellite TV channel packages.


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08:15
Analysts forecast OIS to be limited to 5.5-inch...

It's likely that only the 5.5-inch iPhone will get optical image stabilization for its camera, several analysts are predicting. The most substantial claim comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Differing from market consensus, we don't expect the main camera of the 4.7" iPhone 6 to use OIS VCM due to production capacity restraint at iPhone 6 VCM suppliers Mitsumi (JP) and Alps (JP)," he writes. "Rather, we predict it will use a middle-mount type of open-loop VCM updated from the one used in the existing iPhone 5S. The 5.5" iPhone 6 is more likely to be equipped with OIS VCM due to...



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