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15:15
Newegg Accepts Bitcoin, snapCard Adds Litecoin,...

Newegg announced on Tuesday that the company is accepting Bitcoins payments on the company's website. So-called altcoins got a boost this week, too, as transaction service snapCard announced it will accept payment in Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Ripple (XRP), in addition to Bitcoin.


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15:00
Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker: iPhone control of a...

"Hold on, I'm updating the firmware on my Crock-Pot®"

Those were words I never expected to pass my lips, but they did during the setup of the new Belkin WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker (US$129.99). This kitchen appliance is one of a duo...

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14:49
Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c leads in Europe, but...

Despite seeing release some eight months after the iPhone 5s and 5s, Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 flagship is still behind the Apple handsets in Europe, though the Korean company's flagship is taking away customers in key Euro markets.



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14:40
Apple promises 'professional-grade'...

In the wake of Aperture's demise, the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite will incorporate professional-level features, an Apple representative claims. These include functions related to editing, effects, and image search, and support for third-party extensions. The spokesperson didn't go into any further details however....



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14:12
Emoji-Only Social Network ‘Emojili’ Now Accepting...

A new emoji-only social network called Emojili has launched and is now accepting reservations for usernames. TMO's Jegg Gamet and Kelly Guimont are already there.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wait what? A silly internet trend? You don't say!


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14:05
Apple encouraged infringement of live streaming tech...

Apple pushed organizations like Major League Baseball and ESPN to adopt its HTTP live streaming (HLS) technology, and in so doing caused them to infringe on an Emblaze patent, a lawyer for the latter party claimed today at the start of a federal trial. The patent in question was issued in 2002; Emblaze says that it covers delivering live-streaming video over wireless networks. Apple began work on HLS "no earlier than 2007," according to the Emblaze attorney, and asked services like MLB At Bat and WatchESPN to switch to the format to improve sales of iOS devices, since they can't handle other...



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14:00
VMware releases survey on the "Apple Enterprise...

Today VMware announced the results of a company commissioned survey of 376 IT professionals to access the current state of enterprise desktops. The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research with the goal of capturing hard data on Apple device...

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13:56
Dragonfly Swoops Down on Energy Firms


The energy industry in the United States and Europe is being targeted by a cybercriminal gang that's suspected of being state-sponsored and has links to Russia. Known variously as "Dragonfly" and "Energetic Bear," the group has been operating at least since 2011. Its focus appears to be espionage and persistent access, with a side dish of sabotage as required, Symantec said. It has changed tactics of late, and it appears the group is "less interested in general espionage" and is possibly moving more toward sabotage.

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13:51
Google counters Apple's Beats buy with...

Continuing its recent spree of acquisitions, Google on Tuesday announced it has purchased curated music streaming service Songza for an undisclosed sum.



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13:43
Canada is better than America in at least seven ways

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Vox:

Canada serves two predominant roles in modern American discourse. It is the place where Americans threaten to move when things aren’t going well at home. It is also the butt of endless jokes, generally involving Canada being America’s hat or Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor or Robin Sparkles.

Today is Canada Day, when our northern neighbors celebrate their country’s birth in 1867. And its a good as time as any to thoroughly explore the question: How great, exactly, is Canada? Should we be pining to move there, or mock it viciously?

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!

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13:40
Your earphone cords are determined to be a tangled...

Wired:

It happens every time: You reach into your bag to pull out your headphones. But no matter how neatly you wrapped them up beforehand, the cords have become a giant Gordian knot of frustration. But until we invent a good way of wirelessly beaming power through the air to our beloved electronic devices, it seems like we’re stuck with this problem.

Or maybe we can fight back with science. In recent years, physicists and mathematicians have pondered why our cords are such jerks all the time.

The science behind one of life’s little frustrations is fascinating. I saw a Youtube video years ago explaining how to wrap up earphone cords with a twisting motion that prevented tangles. But I can’t find it any more. Anyone know the video I’m referring to?

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13:30
SMS Audio releases four new sports-centric headphone...

SMS Audio, the headphone company that features rapper 50 Cent as a majority owner, released four new pairs of headphones today. The new headphones are part of the SMS Audio Sport Collection, featuring on-ear and in-ear versions of two existing models. The Sync and Street by 50 headphones are endorsed by company investor and partner Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks....



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13:30
FTC going after T-Mobile for unauthorized bill...

In a complaint filed today, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is charging wireless service provider T-Mobile with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that may have been bogus charges never authorized by its customers. According to the FTC's complaint, T-Mobile continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent. Update: T-Mobile statement added....



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13:06
Redone 16GB iPod touch comes to Europe, Asia, South...

The revised 16GB iPod touch is now available through Apple's online stores in Europe, Asia, and South America, checks show. While the device is only $199 in the US however, prices are differing drastically in some regions. In the UK for instance it costs 159 pounds, or about $273....



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13:02
Hands On: Pocket Drive+ for iPhone

There are a few file storage apps for iOS devices, they've been around since the beginning of the platform. Each one does things a little differently. Earlier today, Pocket Drive (and Pocket Drive+) was released to the world, an app that instead of using iTunes file sharing to move files, mounts the iOS device that the app is installed on as a file share on a user's computer, allowing for file movement across a local network, separate from iTunes. How well does this Pocket Drive + work in practice?...



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13:00
Why the iPhone isn't a commodity

Uninformed analysts and tech pundits continue to posit that smartphones are becoming commmodities. In doing so, they completely ignore, or perhaps underestimate, Apple's ongoing efforts to differentiate the iPhone from competing devices.

Of course,...

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12:54
Forums: R. I. P. Aperture?

Yesterday many MacNN Forum goers were up in arms over Apple's sudden decision to axe Aperture, while some claim the writing has been on the wall for some time, others state that they are not happy about this. Today Junior Member "jdonahoe" took to the forums looking for assistance figuring out why their iOS 7.1.2 update is stuck at 80 percent....



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12:53
Apple deals: iPads from $289

Right now at Apple's online store take advantage of a wide selection of refurbished iPad models starting as low as $289. The refurbished second generation iPad 2 with Wi-Fi+3G and 16GB of storage has been cut by $190 to $289. A $220 price drop lowers the cost of the refurbished third generation iPad with Wi-Fi and 32GB of storage down to $329....



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12:51
DealNN: MacBook Pro, SSDs, cameras and more

This week at Adorama.com get the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the sale price of $2,749. That's $250 off the list price of $2,999, and the lowest price we have seen on this MBP by the same price margin. This MacBook Pro features a Retina display, 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:40
Brydge Keyboard for iPad Reborn with New Owners

Once upon a time, there was a Kickstarter project called Brydge to build an awesome clamshell, aluminum keyboard for the iPads. It was funded well beyond expectations and got off to a good start. But the company went astray and there were many unhappy customers. John Martellaro interviews Nicholas Smith who tells the story about how Brydge was brought under new management that has tried to make everything right again.


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12:33
Apple defending its streaming technology used by MLB...


Another day, another patent dispute. This time Apple is defending the use of its HTTP live-streaming service against Emblaze, Ltd., Bloomberg reports.

Specifically, the lawyer for Emblaze has accused Apple of pushing its video streaming technology on sports-related services like WatchESPN and MLB At Bat which support live streaming over apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more.

Apple began working on its HTTP live-streaming service, or HLS, “no earlier than 2007,” demanding that services such as “At Bat” use the format to drive sales of iPhones...

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12:30
Apple adds two-step verification to iCloud site, apps

With all the security risks populating the world, two-step verification is the strong standard to have for information safety. Apple brought the process to your Apple ID last year, now iCloud and its associated apps are getting it as well. With a...

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12:21
FTC accuses T-Mobile of knowingly billing for...

The Federal Trade Commission has accused T-Mobile of making “hundreds of millions of dollars” through unauthorized “premium” SMS subscriptions offered by third-parties. T-Mobile kept 35 to 40 percent of charges for “content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip,” which cost users $9.99 per month, the FTC…

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12:04
Apple's gas-filled speaker design could allow...

Apple was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today, describing a design for high fidelity speakers making use of lighter than air gas in mobile speakers.



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12:00
iPod touch price cut, new 16GB model now in UK

Apple's newest 16 GB iPod touch is finally making its way around the world, complete with a reduced price and fancy new colors. Hitting U.S. stores in late June, the new touch is now available for sale in the UK for £159. It previously cost £199....

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11:59
Yahoo brings its personalized Mail experience to...


Earlier this year Yahoo introduced a new version of its Mail app for iPhone that added additional content like web search, sports scores, weather information, and news events to the email client making the experience more like the web experience in terms of consuming content. Today Yahoo released an updated version which extends the web-like experience to the iPad version as well:...

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11:45
T-Mobile gets socked with an FTC complaint alleging...

It feels like just last month, TMobile CEO John Legere accused Verizon and AT&T of “raping” (ugh) its customers and that “the fuckers hate you”.

In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported “premium” SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers…

The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions for content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip...

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11:43
Apple accused of inducing patent infringement by MLB...

Lawyers for Israeli technology company Emblaze told a federal jury this week that Apple has induced sports leagues and TV networks, including MLB and ESPN, to infringe Emblaze's patents by forcing them to use Apple's allegedly infringing HLS technology for streaming live video to iOS devices.



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11:40
iPhone Liberation Week, iFixit Swaps Out iPhone...

For Independence Day, iFixit is giving away free iPhone LIberation Kits, swapping Pentalobe screws with more common Phillips screws allowing better access to your device.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good move iFixit! I love them and what they do so I'm happy to support their idea.


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11:30
Daily Deals for July 1, 2014, featuring the...

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: Shower Yourself In...

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11:23
Scripps TV Stations Deliver News in a Flash with...

Detroit’s largest broadcaster, WXYZ TV, is now using Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Mac Pro to edit its news programs. And by doing so, it has significantly accelerating the time it takes to move a news story from field to air. Final Cut Pro X’s speed, ease of use, and high-quality output have impressed the station’s editors, and now parent company E.W. Scripps is rolling out the same workflow to its other 13 U.S. stations. “Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 let us create stories faster than ever — and at a level of production quality unmatched by other newscasts,” said Ray Thurber, vice president of engineering at Scripps.

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11:20
6 Great iPad Alternatives to ComiXology for Comic...

Shortly after Amazon bought the big name in the digital comic book world, ComiXology, it removed the ability to buy from within the company's iPad and iPhone app. For some people, that wasn't a big deal because they don't mind shopping through a website. For others, however, it killed the experience because they couldn't easily browse and impulse buy titles anymore. If that's what you're looking for, read on to see our favorite alternatives to ComiXology.


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11:00
Briefly: iFixit's Liberation Week, Pocket Drive...

Do-it-yourself repair guide company iFixit has announced that between today and July 4, it will hold a Liberation Week giveaway. Making available its iPhone Liberation toolkit for free during this time period, the tools allow users to switch out the iPhone's proprietary pentalobe screws for standard Phillips screws, making opening the device for repair a possibility. iFixit has 15,000 iPhone Liberation Kits to give away this year; to acquire one, interested users can fill out a form determining which kit they require....



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11:00
Apple is Barron's "most respected"...

Apple has returned to the top of Barron's annual list of "The World's Most Respected Companies" after being knocked out of the number one position by Berkshire Hathaway in 2013. Barron's complies their list from an annual survey of the 100 largest...

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10:59
Siri-Compatible Bluetooth Shower Speaker for $39

If you're like me, you sing in the shower and fancy yourself as sounding super awesome. It's a pain to pipe music into your bathroom-you know, because you need a backing track-but Bluetooth has changed that. We have a deal today for a Bluetooth speaker that has a suction cup on the back, is water resistant, and was designed for use in your shower. Better yet, it has a built-in microphone that allows you to use Siri to control music playback in the midst of your shower! Through our deal, you can get it for $39, a substantial discount from the $99 retail price.


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10:52
The Walkman turns 35

I had one of the cassette models when I was a kid.

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10:44
Eight more carmakers confirm support for Apple'...

An additional eight car brands have confirmed plans for vehicles supporting Apple's CarPlay platform. These include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. So far, though, the parties haven't said when their first CarPlay-ready vehicles will arrive, or which models will have support....



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10:30
Siri may soon get a whole lot smarter

Siri undoubtedly experienced a number of growing pains upon release, but over time, Apple has done a great job of really boosting the service's speech recognition capabilities. In particular, dictation on iOS is as smooth and efficient as ever.

Now...

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10:27
Google Aims to Defrag Android Universe


As any Android user knows, the version of the operating system you're using can vary widely because it depends on parties other than Google. That's why nearly two-thirds of users are running a version of Android introduced in 2012 or earlier. With Android making the leap to wearables and the Internet of Things, however, Google is aiming to make that kind of fragmentation of its mobile operating system a thing of the past. It plans to limit what a hardware maker can do to the Android interface and control updates to the operating system.

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10:10
Window for AppleCare+ purchases doubles to 60 days

Apple is today making major changes to its AppleCare plans for iPhone and iPad buyers. When considering an AppleCare+ plan, shoppers now reportedly have a 60-day window after their iPhone/iPad purchase, instead of the previous 30 days. The one exception to this is in Japan, where the old limit is still in effect....



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10:06
External Link: 1Password Might Be Amazing in iOS 8

Anthony Nelzin of French Web site iGen.fr has posted two short videos showing what password management utility 1Password will be able to do in iOS 8. The first video demonstrates how Extensions will allow you to use 1Password to log into Web sites in Safari, as well as using Touch ID to unlock the password vault. The second video highlights using Touch ID to unlock the app. Of course, these features are still being tested and may never see an actual release.

 

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10:06
External Link: Nine More Auto Brands Sign up for...

Apple has signed up nine more auto brands to its CarPlay in-car integration system: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. Apple now has a total of 29 CarPlay partners, though only four are releasing compatible vehicles this year.

 

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10:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-01

Home automation can be kind of intimidating when you add in all the gear stacked up in your home entertainment system. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to explain what's up with all-in-one remotes from the Logitech Harmony product line, and they offer up alternatives to ComiXology for buying and reading digital comics on your iPad.


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10:05
External Link: Apple Brings Back its Back to School...

It’s that time of year again. If you are a college student, have been accepted to a college, are the parent of a college student, or work for a school, then you’re currently eligible for a $100 Apple Store gift card when you purchase a Mac, or a $50 gift card when you buy an iPad or iPhone. Qualifying buyers can take advantage of Apple’s educational discounts and combine them with this promotion.

 

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10:04
External Link: AppleCare+ Purchase Window Extended...

Apple is extending the purchase window for its AppleCare+ extended warranty program for iPhones and iPads from 30 to 60 days in all regions except Japan. Apple has also discontinued its less-expensive AppleCare plan for iPhones and iPads (don’t worry Mac buyers, it’s still there for you). The plan costs $99 for two years of coverage, and in addition to the typical warranty extension, covers up to two incidents of accidental damage — subject to a $79 fee. Be aware that if you don’t order AppleCare+ at the same time as the device, you must visit an Apple Genius in person to purchase the service.

 

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09:55
Apple streamlines transition from browser-based...

Consumers who arrive at Apple's iTunes Store via the web-based iTunes Preview service will now notice a much slicker transition from their browser to iTunes, as Apple has done away with the old interstitial page in favor of a new in-place method.



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09:47
Aereo calls for users to campaign against Supreme...

Aereo is continuing its fight against broadcasters, after temporarily shutting down following a decision by the Supreme Court, by asking affected users to complain to lawmakers. An e-mail sent by Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia sent out today calls for users to vent their frustrations at representatives, with the aim of changing the law to allow the start-up to continue operating....



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09:30
Apple adds eight new automakers to CarPlay lineup

It's clear that Apple and Google are about to wage a war on your dashboard, but before the shots begin flying it's important for both sides to stockpile as many weapons as possible. Today, Apple expanded the arsenal of carmakers ready to integrate...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Seiki 4K TVs from $299, Bose...

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:

Display deals:

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09:29
If you use Boot Camp, check out Winclone and Boot...

Winclone is a great way to make a complete backup of your Boot Camp partition so that you can quickly restore back to Windows in Boot Camp. Boot Runner provides an easy way to switch between OS X and Windows on dual boot Macs. Works great for both individuals and dual boot labs.

When you get a new Mac or have issues with your Windows installation in Boot Camp, re-installing Windows is time consuming and difficult. Winclone makes it easy to make a complete copy of the Boot Camp partition, and restores it back to the exact same state on your existing or new Mac. Winclone supports migration of Boot Camp partitions between Macs, moving your Boot Camp partition to an...

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09:23
Emulating iOS and Android in the cloud

A new company called Virtual is claiming that it can imitate nearly any Android or iOS device almost perfectly in software, on any platform, with nearly ‘native quality’ performance. It does this with a combination of virtualization and emulation technology and it could change the way that developers test apps.

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09:19
Apple introduces nine new CarPlay partners

Apple has announced nine new CarPlay partners: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. The new partners are now listed on Apple’s CarPlay page under the “future models” section. Audi recently announced it would be incorporating CarPlay into 2015 car models. There are now…

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09:05
MacNN testing: Microsoft domain seizure blocks VPN,...

Updated with more testing Early Monday morning, Microsoft announced that had seized by court order 23 domains used by dynamic IP company no-ip.com. Seeing a preponderance of malware hosts using these domains, the company then routed all "known bad traffic" through Microsoft filters, in order to classify the identified threats. The move was not without innocent victims, as users who use the affected domains, including paid users for legitimate VPN purposes and one MacNN employee, are this morning unable to connect through the redirect, at least in part....



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09:00
Reading List: Do it yourself

Stories, stories, everywhere a plethora of Apple-related stories. We’ve collected some of the more prominent floating around the Web on Tuesday.

Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better

Reports suggest that Apple is building up an internal speech-recognition team, perhaps to reduce its dependence on Nuance, the company whose technology currently powers Siri. A lot of the discussion in this Wired piece revolves around using neural networks to enhance speech recognition, something that other companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Google are using, but that Apple does not seem to at present.

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09:00
New Apple Store graphics and other news highlights

It's the first day of July and the second half of 2014, and the beginning of Apple's fourth fiscal quarter of the year. While we'll need to wait a few weeks (see the third item below for details!) to hear how the past three months fared in the world...

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08:53
8 new automakers pledge support for Apple's...

Joining last week's announcement that Audi will support the upcoming CarPlay platform, eight more car makers have been listed on Apple's website as "committed partners."



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08:50
Apple Stores get new wall graphics based on recent...

Apple has started replacing the wall graphics at its retail stores, photos reveal. Until now, Apple Stores have typically used minimalist product shots set against white backgrounds. The new images feature people modeling products in different scenarios, much like Apple's recent TV ads....



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08:43
Apps: MacFamilyTree, Dropzone, rubiTrack
08:38
More car manufacturers commit to Apple’s CarPlay

Apple’s CarPlay is really catching on manufacturers. On Tuesday, nine new car-makers, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram, signed on to provide CarPlay in future models of its cars. This is going to be a must-have feature for me in my next car.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:36
Apple 'overhauling' the backend for its...

The tools that provide access to Apple's Maps service are being rewritten in a major way, with the company now recruiting software engineers to help with a major rewrite of the Maps application programming interface, AppleInsider has discovered.



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08:31
Apple announces 9 new CarPlay partners including...

Apple today announced nine additional partners committed to shipping CarPlay integration in future vehicles marking the first expansion to that list since the feature was officially introduced in March. Joining the list of existing CarPlay partners for 2014 and beyond is Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. Each new auto manufacturer is committed to integrating CarPlay in models planned to be announced and released in the future.

Audi, as you may recall, first mentioned its plans to introduce CarPlay in an announcement last week, and yesterday the luxury car maker expanded on those plans saying support will roll out in Europe in 2015 and the United States during the following year....

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08:30
iOS 7.1.2 still vulnerable to Pangu untethered...

Yesterday's iOS 7 update featured relatively minor tweaks and big fixes, but one of the more surprising things about it is what it didn't address; It appears that the Pangu jailbreak tool -- which can provide an untethered jailbreak using either a...

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Soundwaves

Soundwaves

This week’s roundup comes with apps that know how to handle sound, a tool that helps you build puzzles, a new way to focus, and much more.

ComicCrate 1.0.2

Go Team Code’s $25 ComicCrate (Mac App Store Link) is designed to help you create and maintain your very own library of digital comics.

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

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08:12
Samsung, Globalfoundries project could lead to A9...

Samsung and Globalfoundries are planning small-scale production of 14nm chips at a New York plant in early 2015, says Digitimes. The firms have reportedly landed deals with two major clients, Apple and Qualcomm. In particular, it's believed that Samsung is aiming to build A9 processors for Apple, but two other companies -- Intel and TSMC -- are also said to be competing for orders....



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08:00
This one proofreading tip for iOS and OS X will save...

Ever proofread an email and realize after you have sent it that it contains a glaring error? You know those errors -- these are the ones that you miss because your brain inserts the missing word or overlooks spelling errors such as "wiht" that really...

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07:58
AppleCare+ purchase window now 60 days, basic plan...

Apple is extending its AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days starting today, 9to5Mac reports. Previously only available within the first 30 days of purchase, the plan costs $99 for recent iPhone and iPad models and can be purchased in Apple stores or online. Additionally, Apple is discontinuing its AppleCare…

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07:53
Apple apparently assembling team of speech-...

It’s time to have a more meaningful chat with Siri.

Per Wired, Apple is apparently assembling a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.

The article states that Apple has created a group of software engineers and researchers from Nuance, the firm responsible for Siri’s voice-recognition functionality, as well as other companies to work toward a next-generation backbone for the virtual assistant.

The publication points to a number of Apple hires over the past few years, including Nuance’s former vice president of research Larry Gillick and Gunnar Evermann, who is currently working as Siri’s speech project manager.

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07:30
Apple offers $100 gift card and $200 discount in...

Apple is a creature of habit, and one of those habits is launching a stellar back-to-school sale every year right around this time. So, not to disappoint the droves of college students preparing to march back into the halls of educational...

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07:22
iPhone & iPad AppleCare+ purchase window...

Apple today will be rolling out a couple of significant changes to its AppleCare support offerings. As we detailed in a report last month regarding Apple’s future plans for AppleCare, Apple will making a significant push for its premium AppleCare+ service. AppleCare+ is the iPhone and iPad protection plan offering that provides support for an additional two years (on top of the free 90 days of support) and support for up to two incidents of accidental damage.

Previously, customers were required to buy the plan within 30 days of purchase of an iPhone or iPad, but today’s change brings that purchase window to 60 days. This gives customers more time to decide if they will need enhanced support for their mobile Apple devices. The AppleCare+ plan costs $99 for both recent...

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07:12
Macphun offers Mac 'Snap Pack' photo-...

Photo- and image-editing software maker Macphun has launched a bundle deal on four of its OS X consumer photo apps -- Snapheal, Focus 2, FX Photo Studio and ColorStrokes -- delivered on a reusable SD memory card during the first week of July. Dubbed the "Snap Pack Bundle" the $25 offer also includes a $20 gift certificate for CanvasPop, which specializes in turning photographs into wrapped canvas prints, and a chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards....



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07:04
Samsung readies 850 Pro SSD line with new V-NAND...

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 PRO, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung's three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 PRO, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers better performance over previous models of Samsung's solid state drives and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month....



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07:00
Flickr Find: Lego minifigs recreate "Hand of...

Flickr member Chris of Oblong Pictures used Lego Minifigs, some clever backdrops and sometimes an iPhone to recreate the first goal in the quarter-final soccer match between Argentina and England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Argentina won the match...

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Apple makes 2014 Back to School promo official,...

As anticipated, Apple has launched the 2014 edition of its Back to School promotion in the US. The offer is open to qualifying students and faculty, and gives people a $100 Apple Store gift card for buying a Mac, or a $50 card for buying an iPhone or iPad. It applies on top of regular educational discounts, which do however exclude iPhones....



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Apple Regains Top Spot in Barron’s Most Respected...

Apple has regained the top position on Barron's annual list of the world's most respected companies. Apple took the spot from Berkshire Hathaway, which is the company that knocked Apple out of the number one slot last year.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple's strong position with investors and in its own competitive markets, plus Tim Cook's strong leadership, it isn't a surprise that other big companies look to Cupertino with respect.


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06:54
Apple's new $199 iPod touch now available in...

Consumers throughout Europe, Asia, and South America can now get their hands on Apple's revamped 16-gigabyte iPod touch, as the colorful media player has launched in a number of new countries just five days after its debut in the U.S.



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06:32
Apple Q3 earnings call coming July 22

Apple has announced that it will release its Q3 financial results on Tuesday, July 22. The company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day, notably expected to be the first with new CFO Luca Maestri leading the discussion. For the third quarter, Apple previously…

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Daily App: Visage Lab is your virtual makeup artist...

Sometimes photos capture your worst side -- those moments when your skin has a pimple or the ambient lighting makes your teeth appear less than white. To do a quick touch-up without being overly obvious, you should check out Visage Lab, a portrait...

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06:25
How to quickly put your apps in alphabetical order

My iPhone is a bit of a mess. My front page contains the apps I use the most, but the rest of my pages are in a random order that slightly resembles the order in which I purchased the apps, shuffled in my attempts to move apps to my front page. Sound familiar?

The linked article talks you through the relatively simple process of sorting all your apps in alphabetical order. This might not work for all people, but it does make it much easier to home in on an app when you have 9 pages of apps.

Read the full post for an exception and solution.

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06:15
Apple’s new & cheaper 16GB iPod touch with rear...

Apple has launched the cheaper 16GB version of the iPod touch with a 5 megapixel iSight camera internationally. The new iPod also comes in the same Space Gray, Silver, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and (Product) RED models as the 32GB and 64GB configurations. The new 16GB player first launched in the United States last week, but today marks the first time that the units are available at Apple’s sales channels across the world. The pricing of the 16GB iPod touch is now local equivalents to $199, which is a reduction from $229. The device is shipping within 24 hours from several online stores, including the ones for the U.K., France,...

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05:58
Apple Launches Back to School Deals with $100 Gift...

Apple kicked off its annual Back to School promotion on Tuesday with Apple Store Gift Card deals when you buy a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Buying a new Mac will get you a US$100 gift card, and a new iPhone or iPad will get you a $50 card.


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Thoughts of an Android user: Why my next phone will...

James Kendrick writes for ZDNet. He is currently using an Android phone and writes about the logic behind his decision to by pass the Windows Phone, which he was considering, and move to whatever phone Apple releases next.

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Apple launches Back to School promo, offers gift...

Seems like the school year just ended, but it’s already time to start planning ahead for next fall. Apple on Tuesday kicked off its annual Back to School promotion, offering incentives for picking up its devices for the upcoming school year.

As in the past, Apple is offering gift cards for the Apple Store along with the purchase of Macs, iPads, and iPhones. Qualifying products include the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro; the iPad Air, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display; and the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 4s. (You’ll also be able to snag some modest education discounts on the Macs and iPads—no such luck with the iPhone.)

To read this...

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05:33
Rumor: Samsung lands orders to trial 14nm Apple...

Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries are reportedly planning to begin building 14-nanometer mobile chips in small quantities at a New York-based facility in early 2015, which could set the stage for the team to begin building "A9" chips for Apple, according to a new report.



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05:28
Apple tops Barron’s annual list of most respected...

Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall. In a nutshell, Apple replaced last year’s winner, Berkshire Hathaway. Apple won the award two years ago as well.

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05:04
Hands-on: New entry-level 21.5-inch Apple iMac

New hardware from Apple is always greeted with interest, and Apple's new entry-level iMac is no exception. Previously, all of Apple's iMac range were powered by quad-core processors, but the new entry-level iMac is powered by a dual-core processor. But is not the type of dual-core processor that you might expect; it is in fact the same low voltage dual-core Intel Core i5 processor found in Apple's current MacBook Air range. In the MacBook Air the Intel chip delivers solid performance in its class; but how does it perform in an iMac?...



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Salesforce.com, Philips Launch Health Cloud...


Salesforce and Philips last week announced they had teamed up on a cloud computing initiative designed to transform existing healthcare platforms. The companies plan to create an open cloud-based healthcare platform that will allow everyone from software developers to health insurance companies to connect and exchange information via Salesforce's health cloud. The ultimate goal is to streamline several aspects of healthcare, optimizing the experience both for providers and patients.

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04:54
Apple Store visuals revamped with inspiration from...

IFO Apple Store reports that Apple is revamping its back-lit in-store photo panels, replacing its signature white-background product shots with visuals inspired by its recent advertising. Out are clean, sterile close-ups of the products, and in are colorful visuals showing what people are doing with the products.

The new graphics were photographed like magazine ads, showing the iPad/iPhone being used in actual situations, complete with their surrounding people and places. Their colors, tone and brightness is much richer and darker than the previous graphics …

Contrast old:

And new:

It’s a pretty dramatic shift in style, but consistent with Apple’s recent TV ads and microsites for...

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04:02
Samsung reportedly takes early lead in possible...

A report from DigiTimes claims that Samsung has received orders from Apple for chips made using its new 14nm process, with volume production set to ramp up in the course of next year.

The Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries team reportedly has landed orders for its 14nm FinFET process from Qualcomm and Apple, with related foundry services to begin in early 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan …

Samsung has previously partnered with GlobalFoundries for over-flow capacity for either its own chips or Apple chips as needed.

Apple’s 14nm orders are likely to be for the ...

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02:38
Apple launches 2014 Back to School promotion: $100...

As we reported two weeks ago and again yesterday, Apple has today launched its Back to School promotion for this school season. Like previous years, qualifying student customers will get a free gift card alongside any purchase of a Mac, iPad or iPhone. While last year Apple gave out Mac App Store/iTunes cards, this year’s cards are for Apple Retail Stores.

Buying any Mac makes the buyer eligible for a $100 Apple Store gift card and $50 cards will be distributed alongside iPads and iPhones.

Interested students can buy any Mac (except for the Mac Mini), or any iPad or iPhone...

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00:55
Apple's 'Back to School' promotion...

Apple on Tuesday revealed its "Back to School" sales promotion for summer 2014, offering $100 iTunes and App Store gift cards for new Mac purchases and $50 for iPhones and iPads.



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00:42
Apple poaching Nuance engineers to build in-house...

A new report claims that Apple has decided to form its own in-house speech recognition team to help create a future version of Siri, the company's popular virtual assistant. Motivation for this may have sprung from reports that Nuance, the company that currently powers the speech-recognition engine, was in talks with Samsung that may result in the Galaxy smartphone maker acquiring Nuance. Apple has been poaching employees of Nuance and recruiting others to build a complete speech team for quite some time, but new evidence has moved the story out of rumor status....



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00:32
Apple debuts new banners in retail stores, showcases...

Apple Store employees around the world have been installing new light box wall graphics showing a completely different style than the usual product close-ups overlaid atop stark white backgrounds.



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23:54
Apple reportedly putting together team of speech...

A report on Monday claims Apple is putting together a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.



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Los Angeles school district to shift away from Apple...

A report over the weekend confirmed the Los Angeles Unified School District is planning to switch up a $1 billion technology in education project, allowing certain high schools in its jurisdiction to choose from six different Windows and Chromebook laptops instead of Apple's iPad.



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Why is Apple hiring Nuance engineers? Apparently to...


Nuance, the company that originally created the backend for the Siri mobile app that would later become the built-in virtual assistant in the iPhone 4S, has powered the speech recognition for the service ever since it launched. However, a new report suggests Apple may be looking to replace the company’s technology with a newer, faster system that could provide more accurate results.

A new Wired report cites several recent Siri-related Apple hires as evidence that the company is working on something big for the system’s next update. This isn’t really a new idea:...

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21:22
Hands-on: 1Password beta highlights iOS 8′s Touch ID...


Besides new user features such as health tracking, user interface optimizations, and improved messaging, iOS 8 introduces several new APIs for developers that will result in improved App Store apps that tie even deeper into the system. Two of the most notable API additions in iOS 8 are Touch ID and Extensions. The Touch ID feature will allow developers to design applications that can use the iPhone 5s’s fingerprint scanner, and Extensions will allow them to...

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21:00
Five thousand Apple employees, CEO join SF Pride...

During today's San Francisco Pride Parade, some 5,000 Apple employees -- dressed in white t-shirts with a modern twist on the six-color classic Apple logo -- marched alongside CEO Tim Cook and Environmental Director Lisa Jackson in the iPhone maker's first public participation in the event. Employees handed out special "one free song" iTunes cards, and the company featured event-friendly apps on its App Store, such as Find My Friends. Apple also set up an LGBT Pride station on iTunes Radio for the day....



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19:33
Briefly: WaterField's Franklin Tote, Impulse...

WaterField Designs has announced its new handmade leather tote. The Franklin Tote is comprised of naturally-tanned, full-grain leather and nylon accents in varying colors. The tote has seven organizational pockets, ideal for tablets and smaller accessories. Priced at $290, the full-grain leather is available with a choice of black, copper, "flame," green, pearl or pine nylon panel colors. Shipping begins July 7....



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19:30
Fiscal Q3 conference call set for July 22, says Apple

Apple has announced that its quarterly earnings call for its fiscal third quarter (which ended today) is set for Tuesday, July 22 at 2PM PT (5PM ET). Luca Maestri, Apple's new CFO, will again lead the call along with CEO Tim Cook as he did last quarter -- however, this will be his first call since officially taking over for the retired Peter Oppenheimer. According to the company, earnings will be lower than last quarter -- part of a normative lull before new products and the holiday buying season commence later this year....



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