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Wednesday June 25

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

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

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

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



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16:06
Google I/O Offers Devs Big Bonanza


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

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

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



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16:00
On Apple and privacy protection

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

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

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

You can listen to today's...

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

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

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

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15:00
Angela Ahrendts discusses her transition to Apple

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

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


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

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

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



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14:30
The loneliest iMac

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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13:23
Steven Levy joins Medium

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

Interesting.

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

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


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

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The Daily Dot:

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

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

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

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

The biggest, or maybe the most...

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

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



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

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



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


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

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



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

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

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

 

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12:12
The Supreme Court just killed Aereo

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

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

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

Apps Now Free

TinyPDF - Fill Forms,...

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11:51
Why Apple really cares about your privacy

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Macworld:

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

TUAW's Daily Deals

Aviiq Concert Series Tangle-Free Earphones + Mic...

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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

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

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



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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Home Deals: Dyson AM01 Fan (refurb) $90 (Reg. $300 new), Saeco Auto Espresso Machine (refurb) $330 (Reg. $999 new), more
  • WD Elements 2TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive ...
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09:38
Aereo faces shutdown after Supreme Court ruling...

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



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09:25
Apps: MacFamilyTree, OmniOutliner, Simplify
09:24
Surprise iOS 7.1 jailbreak for most iPhones and...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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09:00
Researchers crack iPad, iPhone PINs

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

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

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

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

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

The current rumor mill has it...

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08:56
Google Glass can now live stream video

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

Sweet holy shit! No, Google!

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

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

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

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

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

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08:34
Occupy Google

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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08:01
Supreme Court side with networks, rules that Aereo...

Streaming video startup Aereo -- which sells "antenna subscriptions" that allow consumers to stream over-the-air television content to any Mac, iOS device or PC via their Internet connection -- is likely to shut down following a Supreme Court ruling that the company's business model violated federal copyright laws.



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08:00
iPhone 101: Moving your address book from Google to...

Are you a former Android user moving to the iPhone? Or an iPhone user who wants to switch from Google to iCloud for your online life? Thankfully, migrating between platforms isn't too difficult, especially when it comes to your address book.

Moving...

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07:47
Report Claims iPhone 6 Launching Sept 19

Apple is reportedly planning on launching the still unannounced iPhone 6 on September 19, according to sources speaking with the Chinese media. The company's track record makes a September release plausible, but expecting unnamed sources who are probably in the parts supply chain to know Apple's product launch plans seems unlikely.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't made any announcements about new iPhone models, so for all we know the next model includes holographic displays and pink buttons. That said, the company's track record points to a September launch, and the 19th sounds like as good a date as any.


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07:30
Daily App: Use RoadTrippers to plan your next...

Roadtrippers is the companion iOS app to roadtrippers.com, a trip planning site for those who live in the US and Israel. Unlike most travel sites, Roadtrippers highlights the out-of-the-way destinations with its detailed road guides and daily travel...

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07:17
iPhone 6 allegedly due on Sept. 19 in 32 and 64GB...

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 should ship on Friday, September 19th, say sources for Chinese site Tencent. The site also claims that the device will launch in 32 and 64GB capacities, at local prices of 5,288 yuan ($846) and 6,288 yuan ($1,008), respectively. The implication appears to be that Apple is dropping 16GB as an option, since the prices mentioned are what 16 and 32GB versions of the iPhone 5s currently sell for....



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07:09
Boinx Software Wants to Build PartySnapper With Your...

One of the Boinx employees built a prototype of an app to display (via projector) the photos guests were taking at his wedding, and at the end all the photos were also stored on his device, so he had all those pictures immediately instead of waiting for email and Dropbox and Facebook and whatever other way people share photos. Now Boinx wants to turn this into a real app, but coding isn't cheap so there's now an Indiegogo campaign to help make that happen. I say help because each dollar raised in the campaign gets matched by two Boinx dollars. This is really a way to measure interest in the app before investing significant resources into it. As with all crowd funding campaigns, there are perks and these range from one "party ticket" for US $5 all the way up to the $5,000 level which gets you food, drinks, and a room in Munich to come party with the Boinx crew at Oktoberfest (travel costs excluded). If you feel particularly generous, there are million dollar (Apple CEO level) and...

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07:00
YouTube Find: Stop motion video staring iPhone and...

Japanese beverage maker Kirin pulls no stops in making this clever stop motion video that uses content on an iPhone as the backdrop for an animated story. Each character used in the ad was 3D-printed and is 1:48 scale, which is about the size of a...

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06:50
EU regulators plan to decide on Apple’s Beats deal...

Before the Apple and Beats marriage can really be official, the two companies must first gain regulatory approval from various governing bodies where the companies conduct business. Apple included the following expectation in its official press release announcing the deal: Subject to regulatory approvals, Apple expects the transaction to close in fiscal Q4.

For Apple, having regulatory approval and closing the transaction by the end of fiscal Q4 means it expects everything to be in order by the end of September. According to a Reuters report, regulators in the European Union will announce their decision on the deal by July 30th next month.

As the report notes, regulators could either approve the deal as is or ask for certain conditions to be met...

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06:32
Hey, remember that time Google accidentally made...

“Come with me if you want to live.”

That’s how it started. One moment I was ordering a Ketel and tonic at the bar, and the next some hulking bodybuilder with a bad accent was getting blasted out the window.

Lovely bit of writing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better batteries

Better batteries

This week's roundup of new iOS gear includes several new ways of powering up your iOS device when a power plug isn't nearby.

Braven

The $130 BRV-Bank is a 6000-mAh backup battery for your iOS devices. It has a rubberized exterior, making it perfect for an extra bit of power in the great outdoors. It can recharge two devices at once, and it comes in two colors, gray or black.

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

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06:25
EU regulators to decide on approval for Apple, Beats...

Seems like the deal will be approved. That it is a question of tinkering if the Commission sees any competition issues.

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06:23
External Link: The Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasters in their case against Aereo, the broadcast TV streaming service that is based around renting individual antennas for $8 per month. The court found that Aereo’s service violates the Copyright Act by playing recordings of broadcast content. While Aereo may bounce back, CEO Chet Kanojia said before the ruling, “If it’s a total straight-up loss, then it’s dead. We’re done.” In a formal response to the ruling, Kanojia said, “We are disappointed in the outcome, but our work is not done. We will continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on our world.”

 

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06:23
External Link: Supreme Court Says Cops Need Warrants...

In a rare unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to search the cell phones of arrestees. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion, “Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life.’”

 

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06:20
Google steps up and fixes Verizon data plan gaffe

ComputerWorld:

The LTE Chromebook Pixel was originally sold with a free two-year mobile broadband plan from Verizon — 100MB per month, with the option to purchase more data on a pay-as-you-go basis as needed. But as I reported yesterday, Verizon stopped honoring the plans halfway through that two-year term. Customer support agents for the carrier have been telling Pixel owners they weren’t aware of any two-year commitment, despite clear online documentation to the contrary.

Google fixed the problem with a $150 gift card.

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06:17
Cruise RP-1 Kit Transforms Regular Audis Into...


Cruise aims to spark a revolution among autopilot technology with a $10,000 accessory that consumers can use to create a self-driving car, of sorts. At the heart of the Cruise RP-1 system is a sensor pod that gets mounted on the roof of a car. It utilizes cameras, data and radar to analyze the vehicle's surroundings. With that information, it can make changes in steering to keep a driver within lane boundaries, monitor nearby vehicles or other obstacles, and move or brake to avoid a collision.

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06:16
iWork for iCloud gets Persistent Settings

Apple added more features to the beta versions of iWork for iCloud on Tuesday, including the ability to remember your last used settings in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The iPhone and iPad maker has been working to improve the online versions of the apps as it gets closer to offering feature parity with its Mac and iOS versions.


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06:09
European Commission to rule on Apple's Beats...

Apple will know whether European antitrust authorities will clear its $3 billion deal for headphone maker Beats by the end of this month, paving the way for the acquisition to close before the end of Apple's 2014 fiscal year.



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06:00
Apogee ONE: An audio interface and microphone for...

Apogee's revamped ONE (US$349) is a 2 IN 2 OUT USB audio interface with a built-in microphone for Mac and now iOS, too. This means you can plug the interface into your Mac or straight into your iPhone or iPad (via Apple's newer Lightning connector or...

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05:55
FAA grounds Amazon’s drone delivery plans

Last December, Jeff Bezos raised the possibility of Amazon-branded drone based delivery.

I do love the impractical fantasy of that idea but, alas, the FAA has officially put the kibosh on it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:45
OS X: Merging and Removing Unused Calendars

In todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to discuss how to combine the events from two different calendars, so if youâd like to condense your calendar list by removing some unnecessary categories, this is the way to go about it. Weâll also cover how youâll verify your data before you do any deleting. And how in the heck can you remove an entire calendar anyway? Melissa Holt might just have the scoop.


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05:44
Briefly: Facebook spreads Slingshot, London...

Facebook has expanded the reach of its recently-launched reciprocal messaging app Slingshot to the rest of the world, following its United States-only launch. The app, available on iOS and Android internationally, will let recipients of images, video, and text-based messages view the contents only after replying another message back at the original sender....



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05:23
Another report predicts Apple's 'iPhone 6...

In what is likely just an educated guess, yet another rumor claims that Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone on Friday, Sept. 19, which would be about one year after the debut of the iPhone 5s.



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00:08
Review: Henge Docks' Vertical Docking Station...

Henge Docks on Tuesday finally announced availability of its Vertical Docking Station for Apple's 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, introducing a new metal alloy chassis, tweaked cable installation and more.



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23:59
Survey: 35 percent of Android users might switch to...

A new survey of future smartphone buyers by RBC Capital Markets suggests that a new iPhone with a larger display could help Apple chip away at some of Samsung and other rivals' sales of Android-based big-screen smartphones and "phablets." Analyst Amit Daryanani, who recently raised his 12-month target price for AAPL stock to $100, told investors that the study showed that screen size was a significant factor in consumer resistance to buying an iPhone....



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21:45
New video compares iPad 6 mockup to iPad Air,...

A new video published by TLDToday closely examines an iPad 6 dummy unit created around rumors and speculation. The video shows off some design changes and the notable addition of a Touch ID ring. At this point in time, there’s no official news on Apple’s plans to include Touch ID with the upcoming...

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21:21
Google to once again challenge Apple TV with Android...

Ahead of Google's I/O developer conference on Wednesday, a report claims the Internet search giant is cooking up a new batch of Android-based set-top streaming devices with support for video, music and video games.



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21:20
Briefly: New two-bay USB 3.0 drive dock, QNAP's...

HighPoint has announced the release of its third-generation, dual-dedicated, 5GB-per-second USB 3.0 storage dock, the RocketStor 5422A. Capable of supporting any off-the-shelf SATA SSD and hard drive, the dock is compatible with any performance level from SATA 1 to SATA III, supports 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, and hard drives up to 6TB in capacity can be accommodated. The RocketStor 5422A supports common Power Management features provided by Windows and OS X operating systems, such as Sleep Mode and Hibernation. Priced at $60, the drive dock is now available....



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20:36
Analysts update price targets for AAPL on strength...

Analyst Charlie Wolf of investment firm Needham has taken the unusual step of breaking his twice-yearly cycle of AAPL price target updates, revising a forecast announced back before the most recent stock split that has remained "underwater" -- below the trading price -- since well before the split occurred. Wolf's previous guess of $590 (or a split-adjusted $86.32), issued back in February, has now been upgraded to a conservative $97 target. Other analysts have also raised their estimates for the company recently....



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17:52
Apple updates iWork for iCloud, improves desktop,...

On Tuesday, Apple updated its iWork suite of apps for iCloud -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- for better harmonization with the desktop and mobile versions of the apps. The improvements, such as persistent document settings across platforms, are intended to make the transition from working on a document using the desktop app to opening the same file on iCloud more consistent and smoother for users. Screen names for opening shared documents and other areas have also been improved....



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17:30
5.5-Inch iPhone 6 mockup compared to iPhone 5s and...

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will now launch alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone later this year. A larger 4.7-inch display may be the sweet spot for a lot of users on both iOS and Android, but 5.5-inches is definitely up there in phablet territory.

Unsurprisingly, mockups of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 have recently surfaced, and when compared to the 4.7-inch...

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17:20
KGI: 4.7″ iPhone’s camera may not support optical...

A new research note from KGI indicates that the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6 won’t support optical image stabilization due to constraints in the production of VCM suppliers. The larger 5.5-inch version is expected to support the feature, while the smaller device will employ a cheaper motor that’s similar to the one found in the iPhone 5s.

Rather, we predict it will use a middle-mount type of open-loop VCM updated from the one used in the existing iPhone 5S. The 5.5” iPhone 6 is more likely to be equipped with OIS VCM due to lower estimated shipments and the need for more product features to differentiate itself from the 4.7” iPhone 6.

The difference will reportedly be one of the factors that sets the two devices apart, lending further credence to the idea that these will not simply be...

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17:00
Trap Studio helps you create your own music on any...

Trap Studio (US$2.99) is a music creation app that includes more than 350 samples created by Prime Loops. Along with that, the app features dual Oxford Synthesizer Company (OSC) Synthesizers, and you can import samples and apply many effects to them...

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16:51
Apple's 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' to sport...

Due to supply constraints, Apple's rumored 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" handset is not expected to come with optical image stabilization (OIS) components, one analyst says, though yields may be high enough to include the part in a larger 5.5-inch variant.



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16:49
Decibel Mac Music Player for Audiophiles for $19.99

We have a deal for you today on Decibel, a Mac music player for audiophiles. It has a minimal interface, an optional 31-band equalizer, and it supports FLAC,Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, Monkeyâs Audio, Speex, True Audio, Apple Lossless, AAC, MP3, MOD, DSF, DSDIFF, WAVE and AIFF. That's about as close to "all music formats" as I've seen, and it makes Decibel a powerful music playback app for your Mac. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we have it for US$19.99. The regular price is $32.99. You can read more about it on the deal page.


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16:25
Nest Will Open Up Devices to Google After All

You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.


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16:22
Introducing a new Flickr experience on Apple TV

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Flickr:

Flickr’s new service for Apple TV brings all your photos to life on the big screen, where you can engage with the Flickr community, explore the world’s most interesting photos, and use our powerful search capabilities to browse billions of photos within the most extraordinary online photo collection.

For the first time with Apple TV, sign into Flickr and view all your photos, videos, Favorites, Albums, and Groups. In one click, make any album into a slideshow or screensaver ready to share with friends, or customize in real-time with over fifteen different slideshow and screensaver modes.

I haven’t had a chance to try this out but if it works as advertised, I will use this a lot.

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15:01
The MIXBAG, a Remarkably Versatile Bag for Gadget...

Check out the MIXBAG, a "transformer" bag designed for gadget owners. It's remarkably versatile-it's designed to be carried ten different ways and it can be configured in three different volumes-from a small bag to a backpack-as shown in the image. It has a ton of pockets and includes a rain cover. It has clips for your keys, a bottle holder, and can be carried like a saddlebag. If that's not enough, it's also designed to be used with a portable 1300 mAh charger. The MIXBAG is available in two colors, beige and black, and two sizes, 11.6-inch ($212) and 13.3-inch ($237).


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12:46
Report: Apple relaxes app rejections for ad viewing...

Apple is reportedly “rolling back” a new policy in which the company rejected apps for including rewards for watching video ads or sharing socially, TechCrunch reports. Rejections are now “being undone,” with some offending apps allowed back into the App Store. This follows a report from two weeks…

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12:30
Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s: Pros Outweigh...

The Rokform Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s has military good looks and ruggedness. It is one of the best cases reviewed to date with respect to ultimate protection and has many strengths. However, there are a few negatives that keep it from being great. John Martellaro explains.


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12:21
Apps: Air Stylus, Amazon Instant Video 2.7, Assassin...

Avatron Software’s Air Stylus ($20) enables the use of an iPad as a pressure-sensitive, wireless drawing surface for your Mac. Users can draw or paint directly onto the iPad screen using one of many popular graphics programs, and the screen becomes an extension of the computer desktop through the…

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12:20
Angela Ahrendts Writes About a New Job, Though Not...

Angela Ahrendts has written on LinkedIn about starting a new job. However, she hasn't really said much about starting her new job, Senior Vice President of Apple Retail.


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11:18
Google Just Turned Nest into Your Smart Home Hub

The Nest Learning Thermostat just became more than a slick way to manage the temperature in your home. With the new Works with Nest platform, third-party companies can tie into the thermostat to remotely control devices or to adjust your home's temperature based on what you're doing or where you are -- even if that's in your car.

The Mac Observer Spin: Works with Nest and Apple's HomeKit. Welcome to the new fight to control our home automation dreams.


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