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Friday June 27

08:36
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08:30
Walmart slashes iPhone 5c down to $29 and iPhone 5s...

It's that time of the year, folks. With iPhone 6 rumors steadily mounting, deals on current iPhone models are getting all the more attractive. Our sister site Engadget is reporting that Walmart on Friday will begin selling the iPhone 5c and 5s and...

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08:09
About EFI firmware updates (Apple KB)

Learn how to identify if your Intel-based Macintosh computer needs an EFI firmware update and how to apply EFI firmware updates to Intel-based Macintosh computers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4125

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08:07
Mac 101: Use built-in OS X tools to spell and...

Though it is not touted as a flagship feature, OS X ships with several useful tools that spell and grammar check your documents as you write. These options are hidden in the system preferences and app menus, but they can be particularly useful once...

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07:54
Teardown of new $199 16GB iPod touch finds same...

Apple's refresh of the 16-gigabyte iPod touch this week brings the newly price $199 media player in line with its larger-capacity brethren, including the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.



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07:40
iFixit Teardown Shows no Surprises in New 16GB iPod...

The only surprise surrounding the just updates 16GB iPod touch was the quiet announcement that it was available. iFixit has already stripped one down to a bare frame and what they found inside was exactly the same components from the 32GB model with the addition of a rear-facing camera -- a feature that was missing from the 16GB version until now.

The Mac Observer Spin: Looking for something new here? Move along, it's the same as last year. New comes later this year with the iWatch.


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07:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Worth a thousand words

Worth a thousand words

In this week’s roundup of new iPhone protection, you’ll find a case that pretends to be a camera, and one that’s quite serious about it.

Incipio

The Focal (iPhone 5 and 5s; $70) turns your handset into a veritable point-and-shoot camera, complete with shutter and zoom buttons.

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

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07:12
These are not the wearables we’ve been waiting for

Dan Frommer:

Never mind the watches themselves, which seem awkwardly large, must be charged daily, don’t handle sunlight very well, and simply aren’t cool.

This last bit, “simply aren’t cool” says a lot.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:11
The Next iPhone Is a Naming Catastrophe Waiting to...


I can't help but wonder how the heck Apple is going to name its new iPhone lineup when it debuts this fall. Make no mistake, the naming scheme is due for a change. Last year, the shakeup was two form factors that introduced the plastic body of the iPhone 5c with the clear flagship iPhone 5s model. With the next iPhone, the top-of-line iPhone model won't be clear to consumers at all. As it turned out, last year's sales showed that the majority of Apple's consumers made a beeline for Apple's best iPhone at the time, the iPhone 5s.

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07:01
This is what it feels like when your startup fails

This is a heartbreaking story, made harder by the fact that I met one of the principals of this story, Marcin, when I was in New York visiting another startup. I liked Marcin and I liked the concept. Unfortunately, the business model was just not strong enough. Lessons here for everyone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Why Apple's early Macs would not be good at...

Why wouldn't an early Mac be good a music? Because at under 1023MB, it didn't have any gigs.

This intelligent humor is from Mashable, which was inspired by this Reddit thread on intelligent jokes....

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06:57
Total POM: Never Misplace Your Kids or Pets Again

ECO Pact wants to make sure you don't have to go hunting for your family, pets, or belongings again, so the company has launched a Kickstarter for their Total POM personal tracker. Total POM lets you track locations through Bluetooth proximity, cellular signals and GPS, so it doesn't matter how near or far away the fob is. You can attach it to a pet's collar, wear it on your wrist, pop it in your pocket, or leave it in your computer bag and the device dutifully broadcasts its location for a year before you'll need to replace the battery, saving you from buying a new one. Total POM will come with a free year of tracking, and US$19.99 a year after that. ECO Pact's Kickstarter just started and the company is hoping to raise $75,000 to start production.


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06:46
∞ Fastest guitarist in the world

The video is from last year, but new to me. Sergiy Putyatov is one of the fastest guitarists in the world. His official Guinness Record is 27 notes per second. Astonishing.

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06:46
Review: Photo collages made simple with PhotoMatte...

I enjoy photography, and mostly prefer to take full control of the final output using powerful software like Lightroom. But there are times when I just want something fast, easy and automated to create something fun for a Facebook image or similar – and that’s what PhotoMatte is all about.

The idea is a simple one: choose a template to suit the occasion, ranging from beach holidays to a wedding; drag your chosen photos onto the template; choose your output format – from Mac desktop image down to iPhone wallpaper – click Export and the job’s done … 

The software got off to a good start: when you first open the app, it offers you a video tutorial showing you how to use it.

Other help is available in a menu on the left, some of which offer instructions as standard text and graphics, others of which present videos....

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06:41
Amazon said to be 'increasingly ruthless'...

Hachette is not the only imprint to find itself under Amazon's thumb as the online retailing giant has begun turning the heat up on smaller publishers in the U.K., demanding terms that one publishing executive likened to a "form of assisted suicide for the industry."



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06:00
Daily App: Paperama brings origami to the masses in...

Paperama takes the craft of origami and makes a game out of it. In each round, the clever puzzler provides you with a square piece of paper and challenges you to fold it to create the outlined shape. Paperama starts off easy with outlines such as a...

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05:57
Apple adds Best New Game Updates section to App Store

Apple has added a new section to its App Store for Best New Game Updates. The section reveals a list of newly updated titles, which often were previously featured in the Best New Games section — that section should now only feature brand new titles.…

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05:53
Apple Adds Atlas Wearables Engineer to iWatch Team

Apple has yet another new expert on its wearable tech team, this time it's Alex Hsieh from the fitness tech startup Atlas Wearables. The company has been working on a high end and versatile fitness activity tracker, and Mr. Hsieh was the lead software developer for the project.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple keeps hiring more people for its mystery project. Assuming it really is the iWatch, the rest of the smartwatch and fitness tracking market will have to step up their game in a serious way.


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05:25
iCloud: Resetting Documents & Data

Thereâs a little-known setting on iCloud.com that may help you resolve stubborn syncing issues with (for example) your Pages documents that you edit on multiple devices. So if youâre making changes to files on your Mac and donât see the results on your iPad, this tip may help you get it all fixed up.


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04:14
YouTube reveals new tools, donation system for video...

Google has added more tools to YouTube, to help creators with their video productions. Presented at Vidcon, YouTube Director of Product Management for Creators Matthew Glotzbach and Vice President of Engineering for Creators Oliver Heckmann showcased upcoming features to the video service, including a new mobile app, and support for 48fps and 60fps video....



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03:25
Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Spotlight takes center...

Like its littermate Dashboard, OS X’s Spotlight feature has been with us since OS X Tiger, way back in 2005. That entire time, it’s been a systemwide search feature parked at the top of the screen. But Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is different. Really different, with a new look, a new location, and a new set of data sources. This is not the Spotlight we’ve come to know.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks using a prerelease edition of OS X Yosemite (on an Apple-supplied MacBook Pro), so here’s a hands-on first take on what Spotlight will look like when Yosemite arrives on a Mac near you this fall.

Front and center

Spotlight in Yosemite has moved from the top right of the screen.

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00:27
Apple adds 'Best New Updates' category for...

Readers have reported that Apple is continuing to tweak the app-discovery experience in the iOS App Store, and on Thursday added a new "Best New Updates" section for iOS games, drawing user attention to recently-refreshed titles separate of the existing "Best New Games" section, which would sometimes contain updated rather than genuinely new titles. The move should benefit games that fall into both categories by clarifying updated versus all-new titles....



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Thursday June 26

23:32
Briefly: Mailit 6 released, iStumbler 100 wireless...

Dacons Limited has announced the immediate availability of Mailit 6, an email plug-in for FileMaker. Integrating full email capability into FileMaker 10 through 13, Mailit v6.0 adds background receiving of email to the existing set of functions that already allow background sending. Messages are now retrieved in the background while FileMaker is otherwise responsive. Priced at $70 for a single user license, a full line of developer and network licenses are also available....



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23:00
Review: Tylt Energi 2K battery pack

Backup batteries are gaining ground as one of the devices that, for many users, must be carried around every day. With lives connected to smartphones and entwined with social media, many people end up facing a shortage in battery power from constant use. This means that consumers need to find a battery solution to fit their needs. But with so many options available on the market, which is the right one to choose? One possible solution is the Tylt Energi 2K. Is the 2,000 mAh battery right for all consumers? Find out in our review....



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22:12
Apple continues to improve App Store discoverability...

Apple on Thursday unveiled a slight tweak to its iOS App Store by breaking out notable game updates into a new "Best New Updates" section, exposing users to recent refreshes of top-selling titles.



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21:00
Reviews: Tylt Energi 2K battery pack

Backup batteries are gaining ground as one of the devices that, for many users, must be carried around every day. With lives connected to smartphones and entwined with social media, many people end up facing a shortage in battery power from constant use. This means that consumers need to find a battery solution to fit their needs. But with so many options available on the market, which is the righ ......



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19:33
Report: Walmart to cut iPhone 5s, 5c on-contract...

Walmart is planning to again permanently lower prices on the current iPhone models, cutting the cost of an iPhone 5s on contract to $99, a drop from its previously-discounted price of $149. The iPhone 5c will see an even more dramatic drop, down to $29 from $49. At most other outlets, the 5s sells for $199 and the iPhone 5c for $99 with a two-year contract commitment. The permanent new pricing is said to take effect beginning tomorrow, but only for in-store sales rather than Walmart's online store....



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19:08
Opinion: Why the new $50 iPod pricing tiers probably...

Earlier today Apple made a significant change to the iPod touch lineup. Aside from a few small hardware improvements to the lowest-end model, the company has—for the first time—started to close the price gap between storage tiers.

When the iPod touch first launched, there was a $70 gap between the 8 GB and 16 GB models. Jumping from 16 GB to 32 GB would cost an extra $100. However, with the launch of the second-generation iPod touch, the gap between the lowest two tiers increased to $100, and it’s stayed there ever since.

Until today, that is. Now, for the first time since the debut of the first iPhone in...

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19:07
Briefly: Kitsound's Cadet speaker, IK...

KitSound has introduced a new portable speaker that is geared towards use during outdoor activities, the Cadet. Clad in a tough rubber coated metal housing, the Cadet can stream music from a Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 10 meters away, playing while clipped to a backpack. The round speaker is also equipped with a microSD card slot, USB port and connectivity for a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. Able to play for up to 8 hours, the Cadet is priced at $70 and can be purchased online....

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18:45
Apple brings 5 megapixel iSight camera, $199 price...

Apple announced a 16GB iPod touch with a 5 Megapixel camera for $199. Not too shabby. Though it’s clearly not a replacement for the iPhone, if you have regular WiFi access, this is a pretty nice alternative, one that doesn’t come with a monthly contract.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:16
Walmart to permanently cut price of Apple's...

In an announcement on Thursday, big-box retailer Walmart said it will be slashing prices on Apple's latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models on Friday ahead of an impending refresh cycle expected this fall.



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18:09
Walmart set to permanently discount iPhone 5s to $99...

Engadget reports that Walmart is preparing to make significant cuts to its iPhone pricing tomorrow. According to a Walmart spokesman, the iPhone 5s will be available on a two-year contract for only $99, down from the previous price of $149. The iPhone 5c, on the other hand, will be only $29 on a contract, down $20 from the previous $49.

Both of these prices apply to the 16 GB models, but there isn’t any word on the prices for the 32 GB or 64 GB devices, though they will also see cuts. The new prices will reportedly only be available in-store, not online. It doesn’t look like any other Apple products will see similar changes, though the larger iPod touch models...

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18:00
Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard: TUAW Video...

It's great to see some multitasking accessories starting to come out for iPad Air. Today's TUAW Video Review takes a look at Kensington's new KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard folio for the iPad Air, which not only acts as a protective folio case and stand...

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17:53
Nock Co Pen and Notebook Cases

In late 2012 I backed a Kickstarter project for a pen and notebook case from Nock. I heard about it from my "notebook nerd" friends, people who still rock the analog setup for various things. I got mine and I love it, I can carry my fountain pen, mechanical pencil, and either sharpie or ballpoint pen in one side, and my Moleskine notebook in the other. It's durable and has survived a number of trips and abuses. I'm glad to say that the company now has its storefront open, where you can get a nice enclosure for a notebook or index cards and a writing implement, or maybe a pouch instead. Everyone I know who has one says the same thing I do: It's super well-built and if you carry a notebook (or want to) this is a great way to do it. I'm always pleased when something I backed becomes a reality, and this is where they wanted to go. I'm glad I helped make it happen. (That's my Nock and its contents in the image.)

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17:39
Briefly: Podcasts app for iOS issues, Apple hires...

Some users are reporting problems launching the latest version of the Podcasts app for iOS devices, saying it will crash a few seconds after launch under iOS version 7.1.1, the most recent update. The newest version of Podcasts was v2.1.2, released on May 29. It's not yet clear if the problem might be rectified by users powering down the iOS device completely and restarting it -- a solution that cures nearly every misbehaving app problem....



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17:00
Apps We Actually Use: Collective as a clipboard...

In my daily routine, I spend a lot of time copying URLs for websites, text for articles and links for apps. As a result, one of the most important apps in my workflowl is my clipboard manager. After months of searching for the perfect solution and...

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16:51
IK Multimedia Launches Expandable iKlip Xpand for...

I liked the original iKlip from IK Multimedia, the first product designed to hold the original iPad on a mic stand. I've used it on stage, and it was amazingly handy. On Thursday the company announced what looks to be a big improvement, iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini. The iKlip Xpand ($49.99) is designed for iPad mini and iPad Air. Because it uses a spring-loaded clamping mechanism, as shown in the image, it has much greater flexibility than the original versions of the device. It will even hold an Android tablet if that's your thing. The iKlip Xpand Mini ($39.99) is designed for iPhone, iPod touch, or Android smartphones. Heck, it would even hold a Windows Phone device. Both devices are available now.


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16:45
Apple Rumored To Be Developing Homekit Hardware

An online report claims Apple is working on "smart home" hardware to work with HomeKit. Apple is reportedly "beyond the exploratory phase" of hardware development in this area, and believes that smart home hardware could be a mainstream device.


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16:37
Google Worms Its Way Into Nest


Google-owned Nest Labs, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, this week launched a developer program along with partnerships that already have products on offer. Partners include Jawbone; LIFX, which makes smart WiFi-enabled light bulbs; Logitech; and Mercedes-Benz, which will offer models that allow owners to remotely control the Nest device. Nest also plans to integrate its products with Google Now, so users can control their thermostats using voice commands on Android devices.

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16:15
The Apple iWatch Hall of Fail - 9 Predictions of...

Lest they be lost to time, Bryan Chaffin decided to keep a list of people predicting that Apple's iWatch will fail. He kicks it off with 9 predictions spanning the last 18 months.


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16:00
SoundCloud for iPhone gets a beautiful complete...

If you've never explored SoundCloud today would be a great time to start. The groundbreaking music sharing service has been exploding in popularity with independent artists over the last few years thanks to its powerful discovery and sharing tools....

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15:51
Giveaway: Inateck prize bundle

Inateck -- not to be confused with the fictional corporation "Initech" featured in the hit film Office Space -- is a computer peripherals and accessories manufacturer from Germany that has unveiled a variety of new products including MacBook Sleeves, Bluetooth speakers and USB hubs. MacNN has teamed up with Inateck to give away a bundle of these items to one lucky winner and we will also be picking two additional winners who can select a prize of their choice....



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15:43
Apple recruits top software engineer from wearables...

Alex Hsieh discusses progress on the Atlas software (February 2014)

Atlas Wearables chief software engineer Alex Hsieh has been recruited by Apple to work on the iWatch project, according to a change on the developer’s LinkedIn page, as originally noted by Network World. Atlas Wearables is perhaps a bit more obscure than some other wearable tech companies, but the firm focuses on devices that can track users’ physical activity.

It seems clear that the Cupertino company has hired Hsieh to work on the firmware for its upcoming iWatch, which is widely expected to be revealed to the public later this year. Perhaps most notably, Hsieh’s work at Atlas included an API that allowed third-...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 26, 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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15:13
Apple's hire of former Atlas Wearables software...

With 'iWatch' rumors in full swing thanks to Google's recent push into the market, a report on Thursday points to the recent Apple hire of Alex Hsieh, former lead engineer at sports training-oriented fitness device startup Atlas Wearables.



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15:00
Man runs Telnet BBS on an Apple IIe using Raspberry...

When life hands you old technology you can either throw it away, store it, or try and make it work again. Thanks to the invention of powerful and easily adapted micro computers like Raspberry Pi it's now easier than make your own Frankenstein...

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14:46
New York Times interview with Google’s Larry Page...

An interview with the top players in any major company is going to be interesting, but I thought this interview lacked vision. Worth reading, but there was far more breadth than depth.

One exchange that stood out for me, was the discussion on privacy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
Behold the LG ‘G’ Android Smartwatch in Direct...

LG launched the G smartwatch to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday. The device was hardly met with fanfare, but a photograph posted to Twitter on Thursday reveals that LG might not thought this thing through all the way.


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14:30
This might be the most dangerous iPhone case you can...

Novelty iPhone cases are nothing new, but while most are simply weird, this one could get you in some serious trouble. The peculiar design is modeled after an item from the Japanese manga and anime series Attack on Titan, but to your average Joe, it...

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14:28
Apple Inc., ARM & Qualcomm aggressively poaching...

As IBM secretly mulls plans to sell off its increasing outdated processor chip fabs in New York and Vermont, a new wave of mobile chip developers--led by Apple, ARM and Qualcomm--are hiring away many of the top chip designers of the once leading firm.



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14:23
Apple stores begin selling & activating prepaid...

You’ll need to activate the phone in-store.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:20
∞ The Gunfighter

[VIDEO] Nick Offerman can make anything funny. This short won the audience award for best film at the LA Film Festival. Love the concept, love the execution. Really well done.

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14:15
Apple's Podcasts app sees widespread crashing...

A number of iOS device owners on Thursday are experiencing major issues with Apple's first-party Podcasts app, saying the title is unusable due to constant hangs and crashes.



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14:00
Talking Weather Alarm Clock: Wake up to a personal...

A few years ago I looked at the Talking Weather Alarm Clock app and liked it. It's had lots of updates and added many new features since then, so I'm taking another look to see how it has progressed.

The latest Talking Weather Alarm Clock is a...

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13:56
Apple stores now selling prepaid T-Mobile, AT&T...

Apple retail stores are now selling and activating T-Mobile and AT&T phones with prepaid plans. The T-Mobile devices must be activated in store with $50 or $70 worth of service, and the offer is limited to one device per customer. 9to5Mac also confirmed AT&T is now selling iPhones with…

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13:53
Apple’s official Podcasts iOS app broken for many...

Update: the app seems to be back to normal now.

Several users have reported that Apple’s official Podcasts app has suddenly stopped working on iOS. Users experiencing the issue report that the latest version of Apple’s Podcasts app, version 2.1.2 released on May 29th, no longer launches or functions on iOS 7.1.1, the latest stable version of the iPhone software.  While the Podcasts app will download from the App Store, opening the app quickly crashes it after a few seconds as seen in the video above.

Both versions are public releases and not beta releases of preview software and the trouble seems to have originated longer after either version of the app or operating system received an update.

We’ve reached out...

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13:53
CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac: $99.95

We have another bundle for animators, the CrazyTalk 7 Pro Super Bundle for Mac. This is the professional flip side to the CrazyTalk Animator bundle we ran a few weeks ago, and it includes CrazyTalk 7 Pro for Mac, the Bouncy Buddies Character Pack, the Auto Animation Library, Organic Auto Motion Samples, and the three hour CrazyTalk 7 Training Video. CrazyTalk 7 is for serious animators with a focus on facial animation. The bundle has a retail price of $235, but through our deal, you can get it for $99.95.


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13:52
Apple Stores begin prepaid activations for T-Mobile...

As rumored, Apple has begun doing in-store activations of iPhones on prepaid carriers. The first carrier to confirm this is T-Mobile, which is running a related promotional sale. People who buy a new iPhone with a prepaid plan are eligible for a $50 discount, so long as a device is activated in-store, and they sign up for "$50 or $70 worth of service." Shoppers opting for a Simple Choice postpaid plan instead can get a $50 iTunes gift card. T-Mobile hasn't announced an end date for the deals....



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13:37
Apple releases updated 16GB iPod touch, includes...

The new iPod touch has arrived.

And it’s available at a pretty decent price.

Per TechHive, Apple on Thursday announced a new version of its 16GB iPod touch, available for just US$199, as well as dropping prices on the 32GB and 64GB models by US$50 and US$100, respectively.

The new iPod touch arrives in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray, and (Product) Red colors that the 32GB and 64GB models come in and has the same 5 megapixel iSight camera and loop connector as the previous model. Unfortunately, the wrist strap is not included as it is with the more expensive models.

Meanwhile, the 32GB and 64GB models have dropped to $US249 and US$...

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13:30
Volvo, Honda, Hyundai cars to be cross-compatible...

Volvo announced today that it is joining the Open Automotive Alliance and will be bringing Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto to its vehicles in the future. Starting with the new XC90, Volvo's cars will use a brand new Scalable Product Architecture...

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13:00
xScope 4 released and currently on sale for 50% off

xScope version 4 has been released by The Iconfactory. If you aren't familiar with xScope, it is a tool for designers who need to measure, inspect, or test design elements. Version 4 comes with dozens of new features which I won't bother...

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12:59
Apple Stores selling prepaid T-Mobile iPhones,...

Consumers looking to make the jump to T-Mobile with a new iPhone or iPad now have two new places to turn, as the scrappy carrier announced Thursday that Apple retail stores have begun selling iPhones with prepaid T-Mobile service, plus Costco has picked up a limited range of T-Mobile iPhones and iPads.



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12:45
Hands On: Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for...

Accessory manufacturer Henge DocksHenge Docks has extended Vertical Docking Station line -- a custom-designed dock that allows vertical storage and use of a MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The peripheral allows for use of all of the ports on the left-hand side of the machine, including a pair of Mini DisplayPort extensions, USB 3.0, and the headphone jack. The user's own MagSafe adapter is installed into the dock, giving the laptop power while docked....



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12:30
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

Captain America: The...

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12:13
Apple stores begin selling & activating prepaid...

Update #2: AT&T’s official statement: 

AT&T GoPhone prepaid service is now available in Apple Retail stores. Prepaid service is also available for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4S in AT&T and Cricket Wireless stores and online at att.com and at cricketwireless.com.

Update: A contact has confirmed that AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone plans are also supported by iPhones at Apple Retail Store locations as we previously reported to expect.

Following our report earlier this month that Apple was preparing to begin selling iPhones with prepaid plans through its retail stores, today T-Mobile confirmed iPhones with its prepaid service can now be purchased and activated in Apple stores across the country.

To go along with the...

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12:00
The Ministry of Silly Walks is now an iOS game, and...

Do you have a silly walk you'd like to develop with the help of the government? Of course you do! But before you go showing off your right leg's forward aerial half-turn in the hopes of receiving a grant, you should probably spend some time with the...

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11:50
John Martellaro Speaks Out on Tech Night Owl

TMO's John Martellaro joined Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl to talk about an infuriating New York Times article about Tim Cook and Apple. They also discussed how some observers misinterpreted what they saw during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 keynote.


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11:30
Daily Deals for June 26, 2014, iOS 7 Dev Bundle +...

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

Techtool Pro 7 & Checkmate: Keep Your Mac Running...

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11:20
Deals: $300 off MacBook Pros, $90-$120 off iPad Airs...

With the September time frame expected to delivery a plethora of new and refreshed products from Apple, an increasing number of the company's current offerings are seeing sporadic but significant price cuts like todays: $300 discounts on both a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, $90 off 32GB WiFi + AT&T iPad Airs, two iMacs for under $1000, and Apple TV for just $79.99.



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11:15
Recruit Your Robots with “Take Control of Automating...

If you use copy and paste, you’re taking advantage of an important shortcut. But did you realize that the Mac offers dozens of additional shortcuts that make tedious tasks quick, accurate, and repeatable? Author Joe Kissell reveals OS X’s many shortcuts and examines the utilities that go further, offering concrete examples and extensive lists of possibilities.

 

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11:08
World Cup fever clobbering cable authentication...

Huge audience, especially for today’s matches.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:05
Rear casing for 'iPhone 6' purportedly...

A video showing what appears to be an engineering sample of a rear casing for Apple's next-generation, 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" surfaced earlier this week from Japan, showing a rounded unibody design and a two-part Apple logo.



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11:02
Opera Mini for iOS gets redesign, themes, QR code...




Opera Mini, the mobile version of Opera’s desktop web browser, today gets updated to version 8 with a brand new UI and much more.  On top of a completely redesigned UI that makes the app fit in nicer with iOS 7, the update also introduces enhanced options for Opera’s power saving and compression modes that offers data savings:

Opera Mini...

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: PartySnapper, Sticky Notes and...

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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10:54
Apple developing first-party HomeKit hardware,...

Apple is planning to go beyond supporting third parties and offer its own HomeKit hardware, sources note. The people remark that the company has formed a team to work on the products, which it wants to heavily integrate with existing Apple devices. While development could halt at any time, Apple is said to be "beyond the exploratory phase."...



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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-26

Apple rolled out a big update for the iPod touch today, and by "big" we mean "pretty much just a price drop." Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what they think this means for the iPod touch product line, and they dive into positive change in attitude towards Apple from the media and analysts.


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10:42
Apple Brings Vibrant Colors and iSight Camera to...

Apple has announced that the 16GB iPod touch is now available in vibrant colors and equipped with a 5-megapixel iSight camera for just $199. The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, 4-inch Retina display, Apple’s A5 chip, and FaceTime camera. iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray, and (PRODUCT)RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299, and is available in the US with worldwide availability in the coming days.

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10:34
Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.4.3 update

On Wednesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.3 update. The update, a 119 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and features:

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to automatically detect and connect to the connection settings for the Exchange server. Instead Outlook for Mac prompts for manual settings when you use certain proxy auto-configurations.

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to delete shared folders that are added by using the Open Other User’s Folder feature when certain errors occur on the server.

- Fixes an issue that...

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10:25
Apps: Opera Mini 8.0, The Rhythm of Fighters,...

Opera Software’s free Opera Mini Web browser has been updated to version 8.0.0. The UI for the speedy browser has been given an overhaul with new themes and a new compression mode. A QR reader has also been added. Opera boasts that Opera Mini allows web pages to load…

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10:19
Wall Street doesn't see Google's I/O...

Google this week announced a number of new products and services for phones, tablets, cars, TVs and more, all of which will compete with Apple. But after seeing Google's latest, Apple-watchers on Wall Street aren't concerned.



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09:51
Briefly: SugarSync updates for Windows, OSX; iOS...

Cloud service SugarSync has completely reinvented its desktop application, creating a simpler, more streamlined user experience. The new desktop update brings one-click access to folders, devices and shared files, and will be available at launch in Spanish, French, English, and Japanese. An iOS revision is expected shortly, with Android to follow. For a limited time, SugarSync is offering individual or business customers a discount of 75 percent off the cost of an annual plan for first-time users only. With this offer, individual plans start as low as $18.75 for 60GB per year and business plan...



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09:50
Fly brings multi-cam video editing to iPhone,...

Two interesting new apps hit the app store Thursday, with Fly showcasing a unique multi-device video capture function and Monty Python bringing The Ministry of Silly Walks to the iPhone, while The Weather Channel redesigned its iPad app with a new iOS 7-style aesthetic.



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09:43
No Cellphone Search Without Warrant, Supreme Court...


Police need a warrant to search the cellphone contents of people they have arrested, the United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Warrantless searches, in essence, would impact privacy to a far greater extent than is acceptable. The ruling also applies to individuals stopped for questioning by the authorities, said Jake LaPerruque, the Fellow on Privacy, Surveillance, and Security at the Center for Democracy and Technology. "The Supreme Court properly recognized that digital information is fundamentally different."

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09:39
Rumor: Apple to incorporate 128GB capacity into 5.5-...

If you want the 128GB iPhone 6, you’ll have to buy it in the larger 5.5-inch size.

Per Chinese Apple blog Feng.com, Apple will constrain its 128GB capacity iPhone to the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming handset, implying that the 4.7-inch version’s maximum capacity will be 64GB.

The report comes on the heels of another questionable rumor from Wednesday that predicted Apple’s next iPhone will launch on September 19th.

Other rumors have it that the iPhone 6 handsets will launch in 32GB and 64GB capacities for about US$850 and US$1,000, respectively. No mention was made of a 16GB model, suggesting the company may ditch the lowest-end model altogether.

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09:37
9to5Toys Lunch Break: MacBook Pro w/ Retina display...

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09:34
Rap Genius now lets you annotate, copy, and paste...



The popular lyrics and annotation site Rap Genius launched its iPhone app earlier this year, and today it released a big update. The latest version of Genius by Rap Genius, version 1.5, now lets you create annotations to content directly from your phone. Previously you could only view annotations from the mobile app. The update also adds another desired feature: copy and paste support. Now you can finally highlight lyrics, copy them,...

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09:32
iOS 8 beta 3 may not arrive until July 8th

The release of iOS 8 beta 3 won't happen until July 8th, sources say. Beta 2 was seeded to developers on the 17th, about two and a half weeks after the first beta emerged from WWDC. A July 8th update would come a full three weeks after its predecessor....



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09:30
Samsung advertising faux pas hits the World Cup

Samsung has a rather long and comical history of advertising missteps, and with the World Cup upon us, they've struck again.

The photo above, originally spotted by AppleInsider, was tweeted out by Samsung and features US Soccer player Landon Donovan...

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09:15
USA vs. Germany on your iPhone and iPad

The United States is taking on Germany today in a high-tension matchup that could decide the fate the the teams in World Cup Group G. If you've missed our guides on how to keep track of all the World Cup action on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, here's...

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09:08
Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8 beta 3 to developer...

iOS 8 is coming that much closer to fruition, but may be a bit behind schedule.

Per Boy Genius Report and AppleInsider, a new rumor has the third beta of Apple’s iOS 8 operating system as scheduled for release to the developer community on Tuesday, July 8th.

The report cites “trusted sources”, while the publication itself has been accurate as to this kind of story in the past.

If true, the release date would be later than expected, as Apple traditionally issues new beta builds to developers on a two week...

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09:00
Consumers more interested in iPhone with better...

With the evidence mounting that Apple's next-gen iPhone (or perhaps iPhones) will sport a larger screen, a recent survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets found that most consumers would prefer an iPhone with better battery life than with a larger...

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08:50
Apple gives 16GB iPod touch a camera, lowers prices...

The fifth-gen iPod touch gets a mild refresh a few months before the release of iOS 8.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple quietly refreshed its iPod touch lineup this morning, adding a camera to the previously camera-free 16GB model and lowering prices across the lineup. The 16GB model is now $199 instead of $229; the 32GB model is $249 instead of $299; and the 64GB model is $299 instead of $399.

This iPod touch hardware was originally released back in late 2012, a little over a year and a half ago. Whether this minor refresh precludes the possibility of a more extensive refresh later in the year isn't clear. iPods have typically been refreshed in September, but Apple has diminished the attention it lavishes on the lineup as it has...

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08:31
5.5-inch iPhone could get 128GB option, sources claim

The upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone will have a 128GB option, but not the 4.7-inch model, according to supply chain sources for Chinese site Feng.com. Current iPhone models top out at 64GB, and it's expected that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will follow suit. Apple is believed to be limiting 128GB to the 5.5-inch iPhone -- the naming of which is still unclear -- in order to help distinguish it from its cheaper counterpart....



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08:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Sports, real and virtual

Sports, real and virtual

This week’s roundup of new and updated apps includes ways to track the real Wimbledon championships and play the simulated Superbike World Championships. Plus, we have stuff for you non-sporting types out there, too.

Amazon Instant Video

The free Amazon Instant Video app for iOS updated this week with several new features, including the ability to watch the first episode of select TV shows for free—a little taste just to draw you into the full subscription Amazon Prime service—as well as revamped video controls and a faster startup.

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08:30
Flickr Find: "Through the Phone" adds an...

Flick member SamAlive has a year long photo album, "Through The Phone," that showcases landscape photos in which the iPhone is a central part of the composition. Similar to the photos from French photographer Francois Dourlen, these...

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08:20
Apple’s new 16GB iPod touch update: unboxing and...

iLounge has obtained a new 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch, introduced this morning. The differences between this model and the existing 32/64GB models are extremely minor, but there are a few. Inside the box, along with the iPod, are a set of EarPods and a Lightning cable.…

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08:19
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08:13
5.5-inch iPhone 6 May Offer 128GB Option

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may sport more storage to go along with its bigger display. The model will reportedly come with a 128GB storage option, up from the 64GB cap on current and previous iPhones, and will be a feature that sets it apart from the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple does finally offer a 128GB storage option on the iPhone, that'll rock. Limiting it to the 5.5-inch model, however, will suck. Not everyone has giant hands.


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08:00
iPhone 101: Status bar symbols and what they mean

Similar to the Mac's menu bar, iOS has a status bar at the top of the screen that contains symbols with useful information about your iPhone or iPad. With just a quick glance, you can view which settings are enabled on your device, the strength of...

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07:53
Analysis: Google IO Keynote

With a massive industry keynote, such as yesterday's Google I/O event, comes discussion. Google gave us a lot to toss around with L, Android One, Android Auto, and Android TV, all four both good and bad simultaneously. Join MacNN editor Charles, and Electronista writers Mike and Jordan as we evaluate the ins and outs of the 2.5-hour keynote kicking off Google's annual I/O conference....



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