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Tuesday July 22

10:00
RollWorld lets you create your own little planet on...

You may have seen photos with the 'little' or 'tiny' planet effect. There are quite a few iOS apps that will render this effect for you, but most have a cost associated with them while RollWorld is free and works quite well.

Import a photo from your...

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09:34
9to5Toys Lunch Break: MacBook Air up to $250 off w...

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:

Save up to $250 on current gen. MacBook Airs w/ .edu email, 13-inch from $750, ...

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09:30
Kenu Airframe+ now case-friendly, designed for the...

A little over a year ago, TUAW reviewed the Kenu Airframe, a tiny but very effective air vent mount for the iPhone. Today, Kenu made the Airframe future-proof by announcing the larger Airframe+ (US$29.95).

What do I mean by future-proof? Well,...

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09:25
NBA star Kobe Bryant discusses day with Apple's...

Future basketball hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant is planning for life beyond the court, and takes it upon himself to cold-call some of the smartest minds in business for advice. Among those he's spoken with is Apple's famed chief designer Jony Ive.



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09:00
Contest winner gets Modern Combat iOS game early,...

Holding a contest to give a few fans a chance to play a hotly anticipated game early is a great way to drum up some hype -- at least that's what Gameloft thought when it allowed a handful of contest winners the opportunity to play Modern Combat 5...

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08:56
Hillshire increases sales w/ iBeacon, 20x increase...

With more and more retailers, event spaces, and others deploying Apple’s Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology in order to beam iPhone and iPad users context and location aware notifications, we still haven’t seen much data on how the beacons are improving ad engagement for marketers. InMarket, a company installing iBeacons in grocery stores around the country that talk to a number of apps from its advertising partners, today shared some of the first stats from a specific consumer brand using the platform. 

The company previously told us it experienced a 19x increase interactions with advertised products in its partner apps since rolling out iBeacon notifications and 16.5x greater app usage...

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: A canvas for developers

A canvas for developers

This week’s app roundup brings you an app that can paint with code—and one that can tell you just how sharp you’ll look in that brand new blazer.

Dress Assistant 5.1

Software de Arte’s $20 Dress Assistant (Mac App Store Link) is the answer to that eternal question: Will my shoes go well with this shirt?

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

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08:30
Fortune provides upbeat Apple earnings, revenue...

Over the past few days, Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune has been posting his compilations of what Wall Street analysts expect Apple to announce today. This morning, he put the icing on the financial cake with revenue and earnings estimates from...

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08:29
Apps: FinderPop, Yummy FTP, iTube
08:16
Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing...

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.


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08:06
Video: Kobe Bryant talks meeting with Apple’s Ive,...

In May, we broke the news that Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant spent the day in Cupertino, California with Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive. Today, in an interview with Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman, Bryant confirmed the meeting with Ive and shared some details behind the discussions. Kobe said that he has been calling up leaders across industries to learn more about their processes. He says he asked Ive what goes into the product creation process as Bryant moves to develop his own products as his basketball career winds down.

Bryant says that Ive also asked him how he prepares for basketball games, and Bryant compares his own work to the process of developing gadgets. Just like Ive...

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08:05
Apple patents smartwatch concept with gesture,...

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a comprehensive patent titled Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor, which describes a number of the ideas the company has since integrated into its upcoming iWatch. The concept watch -- in diagrams referred to as the "iTime" -- would, for instance, be able to connect to devices like iPhones, iPads, and desktops. An unusual suggestion though is that it might be dependent on a special wristband, equipped with technologies such as accelerometers, GPS, haptic feedback, biometric sensors, and/or wireless receivers....



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08:00
Here's a fix for disappearing contacts in iOS 7...

Here's a tip from iMore's Ally Kazmucha for users who are suffering from disappearing or improperly syncing iCloud contacts once they've upgraded to iOS 7.1.2.

It turns out the issue isn't with iCloud, it's with a new default in iOS 7.1.2. The...

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07:48
Apple patent granted today shows dockable ‘iTime’...

A patent application filed by Apple three years ago and approved today illustrates a new twist on the iWatch concept: a sensor-packed strap acting as a dock which allows a range of interchangeable modules to be snapped into place.

It’s not anything we’re likely to see make it into production: the docking concept dates back to 2011, and was probably intended by Apple to house an iPod Nano, converting it into a smartwatch in a more...

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07:34
Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9,...

With any luck, this will work.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 late Monday. The update, a 4.3 MB download, addresses a sleep issue with the mid-2011 MacBook Air notebook:

- This update is recommended for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models. This update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected and fixes a rare issue that may cause fans to run at full...

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07:18
AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday...

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is scheduled to start this afternoon at 5PM eastern time after the market closes. The conference call for analysts and investors will include the company's quarterly revenue and profit numbers, as well as sales figures for the iPhone, iPad and Mac product lines. The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage, s be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.


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07:00
WSJ: Apple asking suppliers to make 70-80M new...

Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture between 70-80 million units of its upcoming two new iPhones combined by Dec. 30, The Wall Street Journal reports. As noted in the report, this represents a significant step up from last year’s initial order of 50-60 million units for the iPhone…

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07:00
Flickr Find: Mac rig with monitors that'll burn...

Hobby photographer Jim Petcoff takes some stunning nature photos, but one of his best indoor shots is the above grab of his Mac-powered desk setup. With a retina MacBook Pro, a Thunderbolt display and a third Samsung monitor to round things out, the...

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06:50
Netflix Adds Post-Play Feature to Apple TV

Netflix's Post-Play feature arrived on Apple TV on Monday without any fanfare, making it even easier to stay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. Post-Play automatically starts the next episode in a series a few seconds after the one you're currently watching wraps up.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's far too easy to keep watching shows with Post-Play enabled, so you better have a comfy couch.


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06:36
Xiaomi VP and former Google exec (unconvincingly)...

You’d think it would be pretty hard to deny that Chinese Android phone and tablet manufacturer Xiaomi copies Apple – yet that’s exactly what former Google exec and now Xiaomi’s global vice president Hugo Barra tried to do in an interview with The Verge.

Allegations of it copying Apple are “sweeping sensationalist statements because they have nothing better to talk about,” he says.

Well, let’s see …

Let’s start with the company’s phones. Admittedly they don’t look much like iPhones, but they are called … the Mi Phone. Still, I’m sure that’s coincidence.

Then there’s the company’s tablet. No prizes for guessing the name of that. And here’s what the Mi Pad looks like – remind you of anything?

Barra says that’s coincidence, too.

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06:35
UE Boom adds model with skate artist Don Pendleton...

Logitech's boutique audio line Ultimate Ears is expanding its limited-edition lineup of UE Boom with the announcement of its collaboration with artist Don Pendleton on UE Boom -- Jettison Edition. This limited-edition run of UE Boom is designed with Pendleton's distinct organic cubist graphic style and is the latest in a series of one-of-a-kind acoustic skins for UE Boom....



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06:32
Apple ‘iTime’ patent includes wristband sensors

Apple was granted a patent today for an electronic wristband that can be coupled to an electronic wristwatch. The wristband, which can interact with the watch, can include digital sensors, wireless hardware, and other electronics, and could respond to gestures such as shaking and…

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06:27
Verizon posts $7.7 billion income, first wired...

Verizon Communications has released its second quarter 2014 financial results. The company reports its sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth in operating income and earnings per share, with $31.5 billion in revenue, a 5.7 percent increase from a year ago, with income of $7.7 billion, a 17.2 percent increase from the year-ago quarter....



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06:18
A stroll through the history of Apple wearables

Interesting piece by Dan Frommer. I know every one of these pieces, but never thought of them as wearables until I read this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Apple denies it included 'backdoor'...

Apple denied the accusation that it included backdoor services in iOS that could be exploited by law enforcement and other government agencies in order to obtain personal data from iOS devices. The denial statement was provided to Financial Times...

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05:57
UBS increases Apple price target to $115, sees gross...

UBS this week was the latest investment firm to increase its price target for shares of Apple, with a new projection of $115 ahead of this afternoon's June quarter earnings report.



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05:56
Responsive logos

Great conceptual approach to logo mechanics. Go to this site, then shrink the width of the browser page, watch what the logo does in response.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:21
Apple reaffirms there’s no government agency backdoor

Last week, security consultant and former iOS jailbreaker Jonathan Zdziarski made headlines with his talk, “Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices”. Here’s a link to a PDF of the slides. The talk gave a sense that Apple left a backdoor for easy access to pairing records (the records that pair an iOS device to a trusted computer). Apple responded.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:09
Here’s what analysts expect Apple to announce today...

With Fortune having now filled in the blanks in its analyst roundup, above are the final numbers Wall Street expects Apple to announce at around 1.30pm PT/4.30pm ET this afternoon.

With all 34 analysts having revealed their predictions, the consensus view is for year-on-year revenue to have grown by 8.5 percent, with earnings up 18.1 percent … 

Unsurprisingly, the bulk of that growth is expected to be from iPhone sales, which are...

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05:09
Seoul seeks ban of Uber, develops own taxi-booking...

South Korean capital Seoul could potentially ban Uber in the city, in favor of its own still-in-development app. The city government advised that it would try to ban the car-hailing app, as current South Korean law makes it illegal to provide any sort of fee-based transportation service via privately-owned vehicles not registered to do so with local authorities....



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05:01
ITbits: Putting IBM MobileFirst in (Apple’s...

Much has been made of the announcement that Apple and IBM will work together to bring iOS devices and applications into the enterprise via IBM’s MobileFirst program. Systems administrator Andrew Laurence examines Apple’s enterprise history and strategy, and explains how the deal with IBM fits in.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:00
Apple's latest commercial promotes MacBook Air...

Apple released a new commercial, titled "Stickers," that showcases the MacBook Air. Tagged with the slogan "the notebook people love," the advertisement profiles the different ways people make the MacBook Air their own by personalizing it with a...

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05:00
GoTenna Makes Wireless 'Magic'


Startup GoTenna has launched its eponymously named device, which lets users communicate without the need for a cell tower. "This is an interesting concept," said tech analyst Jim McGregor. "It's like a walkie-talkie on steroids." The device uses BlueTooth LE to pair with a user's smartphone. It can exchange text messages only with another GoTenna. The GoTenna's use is further limited because it encrypts messages with the RSA 1024 public/private key encryption, which means only a GoTenna that has the decryption key can read the message.

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04:53
Tests find Apple's Siri improving, but Google...

The comprehension abilities of Apple's voice-driven personal assistant Siri continue to get better, but new testing shows that using Google Now for searching on Android has surpassed it in terms of accuracy when answering queries.



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04:33
Chinese sellers taking iPhone 6 pre-orders two...

It might be two months before the rumored launch date of the iPhone 6, with a working phone yet to be sighted and no clue as to the retail price, but that isn’t stopping sellers taking pre-orders, reports the WSJ.

More than thirty sellers on Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace said they can help purchase the upcoming new iPhone 6s from the U.S. and Hong Kong. But there’s one catch: consumers have to pay a deposit ranging from 500 yuan ($80)  to 7,999 yuan ($1288).

One seller even went as far as putting together a laughable mockup of an Apple webpage for the iPhone 6 (the full page can be seen below).

Another seller claimed the price of the unsubsidized 4.7-inch model would start at 5,288 yuan ($851) , with the  5.5-inch version starting at 5,988 yuan ($964), but there is...

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04:33
Meet the online tracking device that is virtually...

The good thing about web-site cookies is that they are blockable. Cookies are the devil-you-know and web browsers are set up to deal with/delete them.

Now there’s a new insidious devil in town called canvas fingerprinting which can’t be blocked by your browser’s privacy settings or plugins.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:09
Use Facebook? Read this.

The linked article picks up some of the more important (and to some, chilling) things embedded in that license agreement you agreed to when you signed up for Facebook, all with highlighted quotes from Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:03
Changing the lives of people with Alzheimer’s, one...

Alive Inside, a documentary film being shown in selected theaters across the U.S., tells the story of a social worker using iPods and personalized playlists to bring new life to nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s.

Dan Cohen puts together playlists of music from when the patients were young, transfers them to an iPod and then plays them to patients who had been unresponsive to conversation, generating dramatic transformations, reports Re/code.

Audiences first encounter Henry hunched over in his wheelchair, head down, hands clasped firmly together, unresponsive to the world around him.

As soon as a pair of headphones are placed on his head, the 94-year-old dementia patient opens his eyes, sits up straight and begins...

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03:40
What to look for in Apple's earnings...

It’s that time again—time to once more pore over page after page of financial details, to stare at endless columns of numbers, hoping that some obscure truth, unseen by most, will pop out at us. Yes, it’s time for Apple financials.

On Tuesday, Apple will release the numbers for its third quarter. Here’s a bit of what you can expect from the company’s announcements, as well as the subsequent skeet shoot Q&A from analysts. As ever, Macworld will be on hand with live coverage of the conference call, starting at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET.

The numbers

As usual, Apple provided guidance three months ago on how much money it would rake in during the third quarter. Back in April, outgoing CFO Peter Oppenheimer said the company expected revenues between $36 billion and $38 billion, with a gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent. How, you might wonder, does that compare to the previous quarter and the year ago quarter?

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00:48
Apple granted comprehensive 'iTime'...

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is -- and has been -- working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.



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Monday July 21

22:50
New commercial debuts for MacBook Air, entitled...

An new ad by Apple that debuted on Monday takes something of a different approach than the company's recent iPhone and iPad commercials -- both in that it features a Mac (in this case the MacBook Air) and that shows off clearly-used equipment featuring user's methods of customizing their Air models mostly through the use of stickers, giving the ad its name. Using a stop-motion approach, dozens of customized MBAs are shown at one point even "playing" a game of Space Invaders on the lid....



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22:26
Several backdoors included on every iOS device,...

[Updated with rebuttal from Apple] Apple's iOS platform contains several backdoors that may allow for Apple and/or governments to collect private data, according to a forensic scientist, Jonathan Zdziarski. Presenting at the recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference, Zdziarski said that that there are several conspicuous design gaps -- and some deliberately-included forensic services -- that make it possible to extract data using forensic tools. The services have names such as "lockdownd," "pcapd," and "mobile.file_relay."...



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21:49
Intel boosts speed in latest Core i5, i7 high-end...

Intel has goosed the speed in its latest Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors, first unveiled yesterday. The new chips are destined for notebooks such as the MacBook Pro, which is expected to get a speed bump sometime this summer. The new clock speeds range from 2.2GHz to 3.0GHz across three new Core i5 models and four new Core i7 offerings. In addition, four budget "Bay Trail" Celeron and Pentium processors were released as well, rated between 1.58GHz and 2.16Hz....



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21:36
‘Stickers’ Apple Commercial Highlights User Love for...

Apple launched a new commercial on Monday called "Stickers." The spot is a rare one in that it solely features Mac hardware, and it shows some of the many ways that people decorate their MacBook Air laptops. It uses the tagline: "The notebook people love." All I know is that I love this spot. For one thing, it rings true. People do love decorating their MacBook Airs (and their Pros, for that matter). For another, it's great to see the Mac being promoted on TV. iOS, iPhone, iPad, and the iPod before it have long dominated Apple's advertising. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, you know, yay Mac!


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20:58
∞ Apple’s new MacBook Air ad: Stickers

This isn’t the type of ad I’m used to seeing from Apple.

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19:40
WSJ claims Apple preparing 70-80M 'iPhone 6...

A new report citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" claims that Apple has put in orders for its largest-ever initial iPhone run, asking suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron to produce between 70 million and 80 million units for the devices' debut in the fall through the end of the year. Claiming that the order includes both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models (though the latter has yet to reveal solid evidence of actually existing), the new upcoming production run compares to the 50-60 million units ordered for the iPhone 5s and 5c last year....



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19:24
New Apple ad shows off sticker-clad MacBook Airs,...

Apple on Monday published a short 30-second commercial featuring a number of MacBook Airs dressed up in stickers and decals, with each customized thin-and-light reflecting the personality of its owner.



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18:46
Apple denies installing iOS 'backdoor'...

In response to allegations that Apple installs "backdoor" services in iOS that could be used to harvest and deliver personal information to government agencies, the company on Monday issued a statement denying any such activity and explains the steps taken to ensure customer data privacy.



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18:11
Briefly: 'Post-Play' for Apple TV Netflix...

Television and movie streaming service, Netlfix, is updating its app for Apple TV. Its popular web and iPad feature "Post-Play" allows users a brief countdown once a show's credits begin rolling, followed by automatic playing of the next episode in a series--unless otherwise interrupted. AppleInsider has speculated that though the Post-Play feature was found on multiple Apple TV units during testing, it is likely that the update has yet to be fully released to all customers....

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17:57
Apple Fixes MacBook Air (Mid 2011) Sleep Issue with...

Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9 Monday for MacBook Air (Mid 2011). The update addresses an issue with sleep


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17:44
Apple Reportedly Orders 70-80 Million Large Screen...

Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million next-generation iPhones for delivery by December 30th, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The orders are for a mix of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which has been dubbed iPhone 6 in the media. If true, it would be a record number of iPhone units for any quarter, well above the 51 million iPhone record holiday quarter in 2013.


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17:42
Apple issues EFI update for mid-2011 MacBook Air...

On Monday, Apple posted an EFI update specifically aimed at the mid-2011 model MacBook Airs that are running OS X 10.9.2 (Mavericks) or later. The update addresses two wake-from-sleep issues: one in which the computer would take longer than expected to wake from sleep, and the other (more rare) issue of cooling fans ramping up to full speed on waking from sleep. Owners must meet both conditions (mid-2011 MBA, and running Mavericks 10.9.2 or later) for the update to apply....



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17:09
WSJ: Apple prepares record number of 80 million 4.7-...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has told its suppliers to prepare to build a record number of next-gen iPhones. According to the Journal, Apple is looking to produce 70-80 million units by December 30th. As reported earlier this month, both the 4.7-inch and the larger 5.5-inch models of the upcoming iPhone are expected to enter mass production in the coming weeks.

This is a big jump from the previous iPhone models. Last year the company only ordered 50-60 million of the iPhone 5s and 5c....

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17:06
Apple responds to iOS backdoor access claims, denies...

Over the weekend, iOS security hacker Jonathan Zdziarski released a presentation claiming to show how Apple had purposefully made backdoor access points for a variety of system and user data on iOS devices, that would usually be locked and encrypted via the passcode. The legitimacy of the claims is still questionable.

Apple has now commented on the matter, unsurprisingly denying any misconduct. Apple reiterates its previous statement: ‘Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services’.

The comment says that the information exposed in the presentation is used for diagnostics purposes by...

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17:01
WSJ: Apple preparing 70M to 80M combined iPhone 6...

Apple has reportedly asked partner suppliers in Asia to ramp up mass production of expected 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models, with combined orders for both versions amounting to between 70 million and 80 million units.



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17:00
Marked 2.3 arrives in the Mac App Store

Marked 2 has finally hit the Mac App Store. Previously only available via developer Brett Terpstra's website, the update has now officially replaced the original Marked in the Store. Version 2.3 introduces a number of new features to the preview app...

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16:47
Apps With Extensions in iOS 8

One of the new features of iOS 8 is Extensions, a way for apps to talk to each other in a standard Apple-approved way. This article contains a (regularly updated) list of those apps.


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16:35
Judge Rules Police Can Stuff Entire Email Accounts...


Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge ruled that officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect's entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in support of a warrant he issued earlier this month. One worry is that police could retain email accounts and search them repeatedly, said ACLU staff attorney Nate Wessler.

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16:34
Intel rolls out faster Haswell CPUs possibly bound...

Intel on Sunday released a batch of new Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processors for high-end laptops like Apple's MacBook Pro, each boasting the usual speed bumps when compared to prior versions.



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16:30
Samsung releases yet another anti-iPhone ad dubbed...

Well, you gotta hand it to Samsung -- they sure are persistent. Earlier today the number one purveyor of Android handsets released yet another anti-iPhone ad dubbed "Screen Envy." As the title implies, the commercial puts down the iPhone for having a...

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16:05
Apple airing cool new MacBook Air TV ad: ‘the...

Apple has begun airing a new television advertisement for the MacBook Air that promotes the computer as “the notebook people love.” The ad demonstrates various personal connections to the MacBook Air via various stickers for the computer’s lid. Some stickers range from one of Homer Simpson holding the Apple logo, one with Snow White, and various cool black and white graphics. Apple last updated the MacBook Air earlier this year with improved processors and lower pricing, and significant updates to the line are expected this fall. Apple has also...

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16:00
Spotify CEO thinks Apple's Beats deal is more...

Apple's US$3 billion acquisition of Beats this past May sparked a myriad of different conversations about what the company was trying to accomplish with the deal. While many, including myself, believe that Apple is primarily interested in Beats'...

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15:53
Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8,...

Apple has informed developers testing both of the forthcoming Apple platform releases, iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that it will again delete content stored on the CloudKit database serving both platforms tomorrow, July 22. Although details were not listed this time, the effect is expected to be the same as the previous "wipe" of the database, which took place on July 7. Anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features will see their cloud-stored data destroyed....



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15:51
Intel launches updated Haswell chips, likely to...

Intel has debuted the next generation of its Core i5 and i7 processors, according to a report from CPU World. Each of these updated chips sports a 200 MHz speed boost over its previous incarnation, which can currently be found in the MacBook Pro lineup. It’s likely that these processors will be found in a spec-bumped version of the MacBook Pro later this year.

The current series of MacBook Pro processors are available at clock speeds of 2.0 GHz (in the lowest-end 13-inch model) up to 2.6 GHz (in the top-of-the-line, built-to-order 15-inch model). The next-gen models released this week range from 2.2 to 3.0 GHz, which will provide a...

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15:45
∞ This “Normal” ad is anything but

The idea of 3D-printed custom earbuds called Normals is an interesting one but this advertisement for them creeps me out.

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 21, 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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15:26
Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings call, July 22nd at 5pm ET

Apple:

Apple will be announcing its Q3 2014 financial results on Tuesday, July 22 at 5pm Eastern time (2pm Pacific) followed by questions from analysts.

You can listen to the streaming audio via iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® running iOS 4.2 or above, or any Mac® running OS X 10.6.8 or above or any PC running QuickTime 7 or later.

As usual, many sites will be liveblogging the call. The fun comes in seeing which of the analysts on the call (the press and general public can listen in but not ask questions) will ask the dumbest question of the day.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
PureGear unleashes a torrent of accessories; we...

Every once in a while TUAW will receive a boxful of accessories from a manufacturer. That presents a dilemma for a writer -- do you break the box out into a bunch of single posts, or write one über-post that covers all of the items? The latter path...

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14:52
Labeling LUN: SANTransactionErrorDomain

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hello there Xsanity members!

Im fairly new to setting up Xsan systems and here in our company we are currently setting up one.

I will try to be short and concise:

We are unable to label one of the LUN's. The smallest one 3TB LUN which is designated for Metadata cannot be labeled and thus unusable in Xsan.

After trying to relabel that 3TB lun through XSAN admin i get UI message "Failed to label LUNs on computer MDC1's Mac mini."

Also system log is automatically printing out "Error labeling luns: The operation couldn’t be completed. (SANTransactionErrorDomain error 1.) (1)".

I have found one similar Xsanity thread where lucky fellow managed to solve issue by rebooting both MDC's which didnt helped us.

Other three LUN's are visible and usable.

Hopefully someone can shed some light on this...

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14:41
Apple issues MacBook Air EFI update to address wake...

Apple on Monday posted an EFI update for its thin-and-light MacBook Air, addressing two wake from sleep issues including a rare problem that causes the computer's fans to spin at full speed unnecessarily.



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14:30
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 4 with new "Tips...

Apple earlier today released the fourth iOS 8 beta which can be downloaded over the air or via Apple's developer website. While specific iOS beta releases aren't always all that noteworthy, the latest iOS 8 beta includes a Tips app that provides...

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14:25
Robert Plant to perform at iTunes Festival London

I don’t know how I managed to miss this earlier, but Robert Plant has signed on to perform at iTunes Festival London—Plant is one of my all-time favorite singers. His solo career has been great, but his vocals as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin are just incredible. I’m hoping for some classic Zep songs during that show.

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14:24
Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8 and...

As Apple heads into the next stage of software testing for its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, the company announced a second wipe of the CloudKit database serving iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas will take place on July 22.



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14:23
Report: Yahoo buying ad platform and mobile analytic...

Yahoo could be looking for aggressive growth in its mobile platforms as reports from Recode and TechCrunch indicate that the search company is acquiring mobile analytic and advertising startup Flurry. While official news of the deal has yet to be announced, sources tell Recode that the news is expected to come in later today....



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14:21
The Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle: $69

We have a broad developer course for beginners today, the Beginner Web Dev Hacker Bundle. This package of training videos and course material has 64 hours of content that covers everything from HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, C++, C#, CSS, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, XCode, and Objective C. You'll also learn how to use GameSalad, Construct 2 and Unity3D, and it's all taught by developer John Bura. That's a lot of learning, and through our deal you can get it for $69 (regularly priced at $499). There are more details on the deal listing.


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14:18
iOS 8 beta 4 brings streaming voice recognition to...

Toady’s new beta update to iOS 8 features a change to the way the built-in dictation system works. In previous versions of iOS, dictating text into an app would send your voice to Apple’s server once you finished speaking to be analyzed and return the converted text. Siri used to function the same way, but with iOS 8 Apple made changes that allowed voice input to be streamed to the server for conversion while the user was still speaking.

As of iOS 8 beta 4, the system keyboard’s dictation feature now works...

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14:00
Liveblog: Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings call happens July...

Apple's newly split stock price has been on the rise lately. Let's see if this quarter's earnings make it move one way or the other.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple will be announcing its Q3 2014 financial results on Tuesday, July 22 at 5pm Eastern time (2pm Pacific), and the standard earnings call with press and analysts will follow shortly afterward. As we usually do, we'll be following along with the call to liveblog and provide charts and other contextual information—Apple rarely makes major announcements on these calls, but it does give more information on how particular Apple products are doing both in the US and other markets.

Apple's third fiscal quarter runs from the beginning of April to the end of June, and while WWDC was full of new software announcements, those updates (and the new hardware that will accompany them) won't actually be available until the fall, late in Q4 2014 or early in Q1 2015. Beyond a...

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13:59
Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences...

There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.

Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.

Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked...

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13:55
Samsung says iPhone 5s users have 'screen envy...

In a commercial released on Monday, Samsung goes after Apple's rumored larger-screened iPhone offerings expected to launch this fall, saying the Galaxy smartphone line has had the feature for two years.



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13:42
Netflix on Apple TV now lets you more quickly access...

The Netflix player on Apple TV has been updated with a new feature that allows watchers to more quickly jump between episodes in a single series of a show. When one episode is complete, the Apple TV will offer up the next episode. You must physically select the next episode as it will not automatically play, according to our testing. Previously, to access the next episode, users would have to revert back to the main episode list panel within the Netflix app.

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13:32
OS X Yosemite Preview 4 brings redesigned Calculator...

Alongside a host of bug fixes, the latest developer preview of Apple's next-generation desktop operating system brought a few small but noticeable visual tweaks to some of OS X's oldest components.



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13:30
OS X: The Best Ways to Share a Web Page (via Email)...

Occasionally, it's desirable to share a web page with someone via email, and there are several ways to do it in OS X Safari. Unfortunately, the fastest and easiest way has a notable problem. John Martellaro explains how to do it the right way.


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13:18
New Samsung ad says ‘we’ve had it for two years’ to...

Samsung is continuing its approach of pushing anti-iPhone ads on its YouTube channel. Today’s ad showcases two friends, an iPhone user and a Galaxy S5 user, speaking to each other about the upcoming iPhone 6′s larger screen. “Dude, iPhone might be getting a bigger screen” excitedly states the iPhone user  “That hasn’t happened yet?” slyly responds the Galaxy S5 user. Check out the full advertisement for yourself below:

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13:10
Video: Here’s what’s new in iTunes 12, iOS 8 beta 4...

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8 beta 4 with a redesigned Control Center feature, OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 with various interface tweaks, and a new iTunes 12 Mac app with a refreshed look and feel. Above is our video that takes a closer look at these various changes and enhancements.

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13:09
Facebook introducing ‘Save’ read later feature for...

Facebook announced today that it’s rolling out a new feature for its mobile apps that will let users save content for easy access at a later date. A list of saved content from Facebook— including links to things like places, movies, TV, and music— will appear in the Facebook mobile apps in the “More” section and on the left side bar on the web.

Facebook notes that it will sometimes show users reminders of saved content in the News Feed and also let users share saved lists with others (although saved items are set to private by default):

Your saved items list is organized by category and you can swipe right on each item to share it with your friends or move it into your archive list…We’ll sometimes show you...

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13:07
Apple to again wipe all CloudKit data tomorrow, July...

Apple’s release notes for OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 reveal that the company will be wiping CloudKit data tomorrow.

This data has to do with the new iCloud storage APIs in iOS 8 and Yosemite as well as with the upcoming iCloud Drive online storage feature. It’s best to safely store anything of importance before tomorrow’s wipe:

CloudKit Note: All public CloudKit databases are scheduled to be emptied on Tuesday, July 22nd.

Apple previously wiped CloudKit data ahead of iOS 8 beta 3 and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 3. ...

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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

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12:59
Facebook adds Save, creates list for future media...

Facebook users no longer need to worry about trying to find a post on that interesting band or restaurant they didn't have time to read. The social media company announced today that it launched Save, a feature that allows users to collect items for later consumption into one place. The feature is rolling out to mobile app and web-based users of the social media service....



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12:30
What the analysts expect from Apple's upcoming...

After the bell tomorrow, all eyes will be on Apple and its fiscal third quarter earnings report. The last time Apple reported earnings, it impressed Wall Street with iPhone sales figures and revenue that came in much higher than folks were...

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12:25
Apple seeds fourth preview betas of iOS 8, OS X...

(Updated with other beta releases, more Yosemite changes) Apple is now seeding its fourth betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to developers. Perhaps the most significant change is in the latter, which includes the first beta of iTunes 12. The updated media player uses a flatter, streamlined design more in keeping with Yosemite, and is the first version to support Family Sharing, something also present in iOS 8. While Yosemite is still only accessible to developers, sources claim that the first public beta could go live later this month, after Apple has put more polish on it....



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12:15
How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000...

First time accepted submitter Gamoid writes This past school year, the Coachella Valley Unified School District gave out iPads to every single student. The good news is that kids love them, and only 6 of them got stolen or went missing. The bad news is, these iPads are sucking so much bandwidth that it's keeping neighboring school districts from getting online. Here's why the CVUSD is considering becoming its own ISP.

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12:11
Apple releases iTunes 12 beta with 'elegant new...

Alongside new beta versions of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and numerous development tools, Apple on Monday released a preview of iTunes 12 sporting what the company calls an "elegant new design" and support for the Family Sharing feature introduced at WWDC.



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12:06
Steve Jobs’ favorite analytics company getting...

If you’re a long-time Apple watcher, you may be familiar with Flurry Analytics as Steve Jobs’ favorite analytics firm. The video above sums up his opinion well on the topic. Today, Re/code breaks the news that Yahoo’s prolific Mergers and Acquisition department will be acquiring Flurry for “hundreds of millions of dollars” later today. TechCrunch pegs the price at roughly $300 million. As for Apple, the Cupertino-based company will be launching its own iOS analytics software this fall alongside iOS 8.

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12:00
Journalist picks up Galaxy S5, discovers it is,...

In a shocking turn of events that is sure to send ripples through the technology world for years to come, Business Insider's Jim Edwards has confirmed that, as has long been rumored, there are smartphones out there with displays larger than that of...

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11:45
Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy,'...

In an interview with The Guardian last week, Edward Snowden made it clear that he opposed cloud companies that had access to user data. He specifically pointed out Dropbox as being "hostile to privacy" for a number of reasons, including a board appointment of an ex-government official with ties to suspected privacy violations....



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11:34
Contest winners turned pirates leak early copy of...

Earlier this week, Gameloft hosted a contest on their Facebook page rewarding winners with a free, early copy of Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The upcoming next installment of the popular first-person shooter is slated for release July 24th for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices. Unfortunately for Gameloft, however, you can already download it-for free. According to the company, one of the contest winners pirated the game made it available for download as a torrent. Unsurprisingly, Gameloft is livid. Gameloft Community Manager Florian Weber said in a statement on Facebook:

“As you can imagine, I am really pissed off…...

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11:30
Daily Deals for July 21, 2014. featuring the DJI...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:29
iTunes Festival app updated for London 2014, brings...

 


This morning, Apple announced a new iTunes Festival for the United Kingdom, featuring over sixty bands, for September. The iTunes Festival app has now been updated to relay this information and exhibits the design style and iconography for the 2014 show. Because this is a UK show, the app is only available in the UK iTunes Store.

Currently, the app doesn’t feature much content — simply linking out to the iTunes Store app to enter the raffle for tickets. When the 2014 iTunes Festival starts, the app will stream the gigs alongside other related content. The festival will also be shown on Apple TV.

The app was last updated earlier this year for the...

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11:28
Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Trailrunner7 writes There are a number of undocumented and hidden features and services in Apple iOS that can be used to bypass the backup encryption on iOS devices and remove large amounts of users' personal data. Several of these features began as benign services but have evolved in recent years to become powerful tools for acquiring user data. Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and researcher who has worked extensively with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, has spent quite a bit of time looking at the capabilities and services available in iOS for data acquisition and found that some of the services have no real reason to be on these devices and that several have the ability to bypass the iOS backup encryption. One of the services in iOS, called mobile file_relay, can be accessed remotely or through a USB connection can be used to bypass the backup encryption. If the device has not been rebooted since the last time the user entered the PIN, all of the data...

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11:23
Apple adds new 'Tips' tutorials app in iOS...

Consumers new to iOS -- as well as novice users or those who do not closely follow Apple updates -- have a new learning resource in Apple's new "Tips" app, added to iOS 8 in the mobile operating system's fourth beta.



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