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16:00
Apple 'investigating' if leaked celebrity...

Even as Apple on Monday issued a terse statement saying only that "we take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," concerning the leak of compromising images from 101 celebrities, the 4chan poster who released the compromising images and video has now admitted that the pictures come from a variety of sources. In the meantime, Apple has patched a potential security flaw that could have allowed attackers to brute-force their way into obtaining weak iCloud passwords....



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15:49
Beam me up: A beginner’s guide to the Star Trek...

AV Club:

Star Trek is more than pop culture; it’s 20th century mythology with its own complicated mythos. “Beam me up” and “live long and prosper” may have invaded the cultural lexicon, but Star Trek is particularly intimidating for the uninitiated. Where to start and what to skip are up for debate even among the most hardcore Trekkies and Trekkers (the fandom can’t even decide on a name for itself).

I’m sure there’s little in this guide for the Star Trek fans reading this but if you know of someone who has just arrived on our planet, this is a helpful primer.

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15:10
Apple HR chief Denise Young-Smith emails employees...

Apple’s Vice President of Global Human Resources Denise Young-Smith emailed all Apple employees last week regarding diversity and inclusion. The email continues Apple’s recent string of events to promote diversity within the company. In mid-August, Apple released diversity data and held events on campus to promote inclusion. Young-Smith was promoted to head of all Apple HR earlier this year, and she received additional attention last month when she was...

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14:52
Apple Fixes iCloud Security Gap, ‘Actively...

Apple closed a gap in iCloud security over the holiday weekend, a gap that facilitated brute-force password breaking. The move comes in the wake of celebrity nude photos that were allegedly stolen from PhotoStream iCloud storage and distributed online. Apple issued a statement on Monday saying it was actively investigating the reports.


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14:34
In-depth, high-quality hands-on video of iPhone 6...

We now have our best look yet at the iPhone 6 until Apple officially launches the device on September 9th. Russia-based YouTuber Rozetked has put together what appears to be a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (hands on footage of the 5.5-inch model went online this morning) with several of the leaked components that we’ve seen all over the web the last several months. The comparison shows both black and white front plates...

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13:37
100 years ago, the very last passenger pigeon died

Vox:

Today is the anniversary of noteworthy event. Exactly 100 years ago — on September 1, 1914 — the passenger pigeon was driven to extinction.

You may not have heard of this species. But there were once incomprehensibly huge numbers of these birds. When Europeans first arrived to North America, there were somewhere between three and five billion of them in existence. (In comparison, there are now around 10.8 million common pigeons on the continent today.) At the time, they were probably the most numerous bird species on the planet.

Kind of scary to think that, if we can kill off a population of this size in a short period of time, what other damage can we do to the other species on our planet?

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13:30
Cubot is a fun, minimalist puzzler

For fans of shape-based slide puzzles, such as the Rubick's Cube and Tetris will enjoy Cubot. This game, at it's core, is simply rolling cubes around on a grid of squares, to a square that corresponds with a cube's color (the basic cubes are blue)....

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13:24
Apple ‘actively investigating’ alleged iCloud...

Re/code has received a statement from Apple about the alleged hacking incidents. Natalie Kerris says:

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.

As is the norm with Apple’s public facing commentary, the company has not said much about the situation. Somehow, compromising personal pictures of several celebrities have leaked online and many are blaming iCloud as the root cause. The events are muddled by the fact that some of the reported claims have transpired to be fake Photoshopped images, although some — like the images of Jennifer Lawrence — have been confirmed to be legitimate.

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13:11
Apple 'actively investigating' celebrity...

Apple on Monday confirmed in a short statement that it is in the process of determining whether or not security breaches in its online services were responsible for the outing of hundreds of racy photos of celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, over the weekend.



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13:07
Apple says it is “actively investigating” celeb...

Re/code:

Apple said it was “actively investigating” the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted all over the Web.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.

To quote Penn Jillette, the magician: “Anyone has the right to take all the pictures they want, naked or otherwise and unless they want me to see them, I have no right to see them.”

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12:41
iCloud flaw may have allowed nude celebrity photos...

A funny thing happened on the Internet Sunday as a cache of nude photos of Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and other big-name stars made their way onto 4chan, as BuzzFeed notes. Reports indicate that this leak may have been the result of a hacker (or hackers) taking advantage of a flaw in Apple’s iCloud service.

According to TheNextWeb, a hacker may have used a Python script posted to GitHub to hack their way into celebrities’ iCloud accounts. The script, TheNextWeb reports, uses a flaw in Find My iPhone to make it easier to crack a password using “brute force” means where hackers use a piece of software to repeatedly guess a password.

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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

Algebra Touch [iOS...

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11:46
Review: Apple wireless keyboard for Logic Pro X from...

There are a few companies that make skins specifically for Apple’s keyboards to add icons for the various shortcuts that pros use daily in apps like Logic Pro and Final Cut. I’ve tried a few in the past, but the benefits never seemed to outweigh the tradeoff of putting a clunky rubber skin over Apple’s masterfully built keyboard. The latest Logic keyboard I received in for review from EditorsKeys,...

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11:28
Happy Labor Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Monday, it’s Labor Day and with that in mind, the staff of the PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend it with friends and family. You should too and there’s arguably some fast barbecue that needs to be prepared and/or consumed in the presence of friends, family and loved ones on this most awesome of end-of-summer holidays.

We’ll be back tomorrow with full coverage of everything Mac and mobile and rest assured, we’ll be on the Apple September 9th media event next week, bringing you every detail possible about whatever may be en route this fall and next year.

Stay tuned, have a great holiday and excelsior!!!

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11:13
Python script attacking Find My iPhone may be behind...

A script which allowed access to iCloud servers may have been behind the recent celebrity photo leaks, a report suggests. A Python script which discovered the password of an iCloud account has surfaced, with an apparent vulnerability in Find My iPhone potentially allowing attackers to "brute force" attack an account without any lockout or warning to the account owner....



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11:00
Daily Deals for September 1, 2014

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

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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10:54
iPhone Apps: Plane Finder, Money by Jumsoft, PureShot
10:27
UK carrier O2 teases new iPhone with funny newspaper...

Major United Kingdom-based carrier O2 is teasing the upcoming iPhone 6 launch(es) with a humorous newspaper ad today. The ad is fairly self-explanatory. But to fill in the blanks, the new iPhone will debut at the September 9th Apple event and at least some models will likely become available on September 19th. The bigger, 5.5-inch phone is seeing some delays, and that model possibly won’t hit the streets until later in the month or even October. As for the name, the general consensus is either “iPhone 6″ or “iPhone Air.” Thanks to The Verge‘s Tom Warren for...

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10:00
iCloud password hack published, blocked as celebrity...

If you've been enjoying the US holiday weekend away from sources of news, well done. If not, you may well have seen reports of a large cache of explicit photos of celebrities being published to 4chan's image boards, including Academy Award winner...

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09:55
Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private...

swinferno writes with news about the leak of hundreds of private celebrity photos over the weekend. Hundreds of revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan. It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts. The accounts are designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize images, settings, calendar information, and other data between devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing. Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence herself complained about the service in an interview with MTV.

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09:53
Plácido Domingo to close iTunes Festival on...

Placido Domingo has been announced as the final closing act for Apple’s iTunes Festival London. Apple has also added a few more acts than what had been previously announced, to round out the lineup. This includes The Mirror Trap, Friend Within and the London Electronic Orchestra.

The month-long festival starts today at 9 PM UK time (1 PM PST), with ‘Deadmau5′ headlining Monday’s show. A full schedule can be found online at http://itunesfestival.com.

iPhone, iPad, Windows and Mac users can tune in to the gigs using the iTunes app. Videos of...

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09:52
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 13: Backup

Backup is essential, both when it comes to backing up your server and backing up your users’ data. In this chapter from Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server,” he talks briefly about how best to back up your server data before going into more detail about enabling and running the Time Machine service.

 

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09:51
Chapter 13 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

Do you want to ensure that your users are backing up? A great way to do that is to enable OS X Server’s Time Machine service and have them back up to your server. That’s where Charles Edge focuses his attention in this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server.” He also talks briefly about what’s involved in backing up the server in general.

 

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09:30
Chinese SAIC purports Microsoft anti-piracy measures...

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has questioned Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi regarding allegations of abuse of Microsoft's monopoly on operating systems, productivity software, and browsers in the country. As part of the questioning, Microsoft has been given 20 days to respond to complaints alleging that Microsoft's use of serialization of software may have violated China's anti-monopoly laws....



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09:03
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 1...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.4, BBEdit 10.5.12 and TextWrangler 4.5.10, and LaunchBar 6.1.

 

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09:03
ExtraBITS for 1 September 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers appears on The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss iPhone 5 battery replacements and the iWatch, the man behind AnandTech heads to Apple, The Atlantic reveals Google’s secret delivery drone plans, Marco Arment compiles an epic headphone review, and John Siracusa talks to the Columbia Journalism Review.

 

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08:45
∞ Plácido Domingo to close out iTunes Festival London

Apple announced on Monday that Plácido Domingo will be the closing act for iTunes Festival London. Apple’s choice of Domingo to close out the festival shows the true diversity of iTunes Festival with headliners ranging from Rock, Electronic, and Opera/Classical. [...]

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08:30
Aplos is a very flawed, but beautiful new Twitter...

Aplos is a brand new Twitter app for iPhone that tries to shove important user features into a minimalistic design. Some highlights include a unified timeline for multiple accounts, web browsing reminiscent of Facebook's chat heads and intelligent...

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07:32
New hands-on footage claims to show 5.5-inch ‘iPhone...

As the days go by leading up to next week’s September 9th event, the part leaks for Apple’s next flagship handsets keep streaming in. The 5.5-inch model in particular has been getting a lot of attention lately, with multiple sources leaking photos of its casing and supposed components. Today’s offering, courtesy of French site Nowhereelse.fr, is another look at the shell of what the publication is calling the “iPhone Air.”

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07:24
Digital Clone: You Won't Be Able to Live...


A very interesting book just hit the market. Written by Martine Rothblatt -- apparently she is America's top paid female CEO -- its title is Virtually Human: The Promise -- and the Peril -- of Digital Immortality. The subject is digital clones, and Rothblatt goes into depth about what they are, when they are coming, and the likelihood they eventually will have equal human rights. The premise is fascinating, and I now can foresee a future when we won't be able to survive successfully without one -- and that future is coming damned fast.

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07:03
Rear shell for 5.5" 'iPhone 6'...

A rear shell said to be destined for Apple's anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone was shown off Monday in a new video, with a ruler placed alongside suggesting that previously leaked dimensions of the still-unannounced handset could be legitimate.



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07:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Bags and bytes

Bags and bytes

In our latest roundup of new Mac gear, we've got all kinds of ways to carry your MacBook, plus mega-storage, colorful mice, standing desks, and more.

Booq

The $295 Cobra brief is a mid-sized laptop bag — it’ll fit a 15-inch MacBook Pro — with an extra pocket for your iPad, phone, or other small items. The laptop compartment is padded, the pockets are trimmed with leather, and the entire bag is outfitted with a waterproof nylon exterior, ensuring that your valuable electronics are safe from the elements.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Schrödinger's iPhone

More iPhone 6 component photos 'confirm' silver, gray and gold colors, depict larger internal speaker and new vibrator design (9to5 Mac)

At least 9to5 Mac had the decency to put "confirm" in sarcastiquotes. These photos look like they were taken in...

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06:25
AnandTech’s namesake heading to Apple

AnandTech CEO and Editor-in Chief Anand Lal Shimpi is retiring from the tech publishing world and moving on to Apple to rejoin AnandTech colleague Brian Klug, who left for Apple earlier this year.

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06:21
Review: Razer's Kraken Pro analog gaming headset

As with most Razer products, the Kraken Pro headset's over-the-top aesthetics and unique features, like foldable ear cups, a retractable microphone and iPhone compatibility, are designed to set it apart from the crowd.



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06:00
News: Happy Labor Day from iLounge

In observance of Labor Day in the U.S. (and Labour Day in Canada), iLounge will be on a limited posting schedule today. We will return to our normal schedule with regular updates on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great holiday!...

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05:53
Alleged iCloud security leak patched by Apple

Twitter user @hackappcom posted a proof of concept, called iBrute, to GitHub on Saturday, that took advantage of an alleged hole in Find My iPhone…

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05:45
External Link: Josh Centers and The Tech Night Owl...

Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined the Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss his recent odyssey to replace his iPhone 5 battery, his growing annoyance with planned obsolescence, and the one thing that will keep him from buying an iWatch.

 

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05:33
PSA: Don’t be surprised (or worried) if AAPL stock...

If there’s one thing as certain as the hype when Apple launches a new iPhone, it’s the “Apple is doomed” messages when the new model(s) fail to meet every single analyst prediction, no matter how crazy. Apple could add a matter transporter function to the iPhone 6 and some analyst would be complaining that it only operates on WiFi when they were expecting it to use LTE.

Business Insider pointed to a set of CNN charts which show that, typically, the AAPL stock price is down a month after a new iPhone launch. But any similar dip we might see after the launch of the iPhone 6 is no cause for concern: with the exception of 2013, Apple stock has been climbing since the first iPhone was launched in...

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05:28
External Link: Anand Shimpi Goes to Apple

Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech is retiring from tech publishing at 32, but he’s far from done with the tech world. Shimpi is heading to Apple, but it’s not yet known in what capacity. AnandTech will continue on, with Ryan Smith as editor in chief.

 

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05:09
This is how you hire a good technical person

Though this article is focused on hiring developers, it applies to any technical hire, anyone who needs to be able to grasp a complex topic and become useful in that area relatively quickly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Happy Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!


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05:00
Find the Time, Worldwide, with the Time Zones App

It can be a challenge to coordinate all the people involved in the global TidBITS media empire, but a new iOS app makes it easier.

 

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04:47
Vulnerability in Find My Phone service and weak...

The Next Web is reporting that a vulnerability in the Find My Phone service may have allowed attackers to brute-force passwords in order to access the iCloud accounts of celebrities.

The vulnerability allegedly discovered in the Find my iPhone service appears to have allowed attackers to use this method to guess passwords repeatedly without any sort of lockout or alert to the target. Once the password has been eventually matched, the attacker can then use it to access other iCloud functions freely.

A tool to exploit the weakness was...

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04:32
Analyst says not to expect reversible USB Lightning...

In a new report, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said not to expect the redesigned Lightning connector or power adaptor to feature as part of the iPhone 6’s package, quoting cost reasons. The new Lightning connector was intriguing in that it was reversible on both ends, including a specially-designed USB connector so that it could be inserted both ways up.

The power adaptor was admittedly less exciting, and mirrored the form factor of the chargers seen in Australia. As the components were widely leaked, it led to speculation that Apple was producing them to debut alongside the iPhone 6. This assertion no longer seems to be the case.

Kuo says that the new parts would only offer ‘limited improvements...

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02:23
Apple 'not likely' to ship redesigned...

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Monday poured cold water on recent rumors that Apple was preparing to migrate to a reversible version of the Lightning charge cable as well as a larger, possibly more powerful iPhone power adapter alongside its next-generation handset.



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00:00
Claim: compromising celebrity photos due to iCloud...

A plethora of new celebrity nude images have surfaced on the Internet, along with claims that the photos and videos are the result of a hack of iCloud accounts. At least one of the victims of the leak has confirmed the images, but did not confirm the leak came from iCloud and added that the images now circulating were "deleted long ago," saying it would take a lot of "creepy effort" to obtain them....



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Sunday August 31

23:04
Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone...

An anonymous reader writes with news about a possible partnership between Apple and major credit card companies. Apple plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes Visa, MasterCard, and American Express and will be unveiled on Sept. 9 along with the next iPhone, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The new iPhone will make mobile payment easier by including a near-field communication chip for the first time, the person said. That advancement along with Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone, will allow consumers to securely pay for items in a store with the touch of a finger.

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20:00
Craaave is an app that finally makes music truly...

Making music social is a feat many have tried accomplishing but no one has quite nailed it. Spotify and Facebook came pretty close when they teamed up to share what Spotify users were listening to on their Facebook profiles. This worked for a little...

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19:58
Countless celebrity nude photo leaks being blamed on...

A plethora of reports are swirling around the internet that countless private celebrity photos have leaked (no, we’re not going to link you), and—what are as of right now baseless—rumors claim that someone found a vulnerability in Apple’s iCloud platform and exploited it to obtain the images. Of the celebrities reportedly involved are Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Avril Livigne, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mary Kate Olsen, Hillary Duff, and many others.

News of the leaked images first started spreading on a 4chan /b/ thread earlier today, where many users have made claims that the leaks are due to at least one person...

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19:46
Apple's secret iPhone 6 digital payment system...

Hot on the heels of a report that Apple has inked a deal with American Express, a second report has stated that the company has also signed deals with Visa and MasterCard.



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19:37
Tech reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi hired by Apple;...

On Saturday night, well-regarded technology analyst and reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi, creator and owner of AnandTech, surprised readers with an announcement that he was retiring from the site and the tech publishing world. On Sunday, Apple confirmed that it had hired Shimpi, though it did not reveal what is job there would be. Shimpi, 32, originally started the site that became AnandTech on Geocities when he was 14 years old, and said that the site would continue without him....



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19:00
Flick Knights is flicktastic fun

Flick Knights is a turn-based strategy game where you play against others online or in local play. The goal of Flick Knights is to flick your characters into the opposing team's characters to cause enough damage to flick them out of the arena and...

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18:00
See what time it is around the world with Time Zones...

Although the included Time app from Apple is useful enough, Time Zones + World Clock Time Converter (free with in-app purchase) goes Apple a few steps better.

The attractive GUI features the ability to rename locations, so you can call a place "Mom...

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17:00
Smiley Alarm Clock is how the selfie generation...

Capitalizing on the selfie craze, the Smiley Alarm Clock aims to start your morning off with a smile. Unfortunately, the app, which requires iOS 7.1 and works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, leads to frustration and general annoyance.

The...

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16:13
Amazon battling on multiple fronts, Japanese...

In addition to its fight with publisher Hachette, Amazon is also battling a series of Japanese publishers. In the process of launching a new ranking system in the country, Amazon Japan is alienating publishers, giving higher rankings to sellers that pay a larger percentage of income back to Amazon, and also boosting search results of publishers that hold larger back catalogs for sale on the service....



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15:29
Founder Anand Shimpi latest Apple hire from hardware...

 

AnandTech founder and EiC Anand Shimpi announced last night via a post on the site that he had decided to retire from technology journalism, but didn’t specify what he’d be doing instead. Today, Re/code reports that Shimpi will be going to Apple, as confirmed by the tech firm’s representative, though his exact role is still unknown.

Earlier this year AnandTech’s Brian Klug also left the site for a role at Apple with a focus on building mobile processors for the company’s iOS lineup. It’s possible and perhaps likely that Shimpi will be taking up a similar role in quality assurance or marketing.

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15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

StarTracker - Best...

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14:30
Follow Europe's best in Champions League 2014-...

The draw for the Group Stage of the Champions League was held recently with the first games set for mid-September. You can follow all the action live on Champions League 2014-2015. The universal free app requires iOS 5.1.1 or later.

In Champions...

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14:23
How to Use a FLIR Camera to Steal a PIN Code, and...

The FLIR One camera is a very cool personal thermal imaging camera that attaches to your iPhone. That's cool. I love this thing. It makes thermal imaging inexpensive and highly portable. It turns, out, however, that it also makes a long-known method of stealing a PIN code much more accessible, as shown in the video below. Mark Rober posted a detailed video to YouTube explaining and demonstrating the problem. Better still, he also shows you how to protect yourself against this method (touch all of the keys while you're entering your PIN). Show this to your friends and family and get them to spread the word. The screenshot I included shows the problem at a glance. Watch the video for the full story. [Via TheLoop]


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13:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Sonos Play:3 and Play:5 wireless speakers review for Mac...

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12:54
Apple’s Spaceship Campus through a Drone’s Eye

Check out this very cool video of Apple's spaceship campus construction site, shot through a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition mounted on a drone. We've seen several great photos from KCBS reporter Ron Cervi, but YouTube member jmcminn's high definition video is a feast for the Apple-obsessed eye. The video, which was shot on August 24th, shows more progress on the building's structure, including some slab work (or whatever futury thing Apple is doing for its foundation). Also, while we're here, think about the number of drones that could be flying over corporate HQ's everywhere sooner, rather than later. For company's like Apple whose ply in trade is built partially on secrets, drones are part of a brave new world. [Via Fortune -> @applespotlight]


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12:23
New page on Apple's website explains common...

App Store rejections may not be the hot-button issue it was a few years ago, but for developers, it’s still a chief area of concern. To give app makers a little clarity and direction, Apple published a new page to its Developer site that outlines some of the most common reasons an app gets rejected from the App Store.

According to the new page, which AppFigures linked to on Twitter, the most common reasons for rejection include issues with crashes and bugs, dead in-app links, and placeholder content that hasn’t been removed. Apple will also reject apps because of low-quality user interfaces, and apps that don’t match their description are also non-starters. 

To read...

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12:00
iOS 7 How-to: Manage your iCloud storage space from...

 

Apple gives all iCloud users 5 GB of iCloud storage. For most users, this is more than plenty of space, but for some, it isn’t nearly enough. This space is used for iOS device backups, iWork and other documents, and email if you are using a @mac.com, @me.com or @icloud.com address.

In this article, we’ll give you some tips for managing your iCloud storage so you can get the most of the space you have available.

To check your iCloud settings and see what you are syncing and backing up, open up the Settings app on an iOS device, then tap on iCloud. Settings like Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, Passbook (on iPhone) and Photo Stream do not...

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11:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Mobile Payments may be a big part...

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10:38
Apple and AmEx rumored to team up for iPhone...

[Updated with claims of Visa, Mastercard deals] According to financial industry sources, credit card company American Express is teaming up with Apple on an iPhone payments system. The new offering is said to allow holders of an iPhone 6 to use the upcoming device in lieu of a physical card in retail shops with compatible hardware. It is not known if the feature will debut with the iPhone 6, or with a future software rollout....



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08:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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07:55
Apple has reached agreements w/ American Express...

We reported in May that Apple was expected to launch an iPhone payments system with the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.

Apple wants to replace yet another daily tool with your iPhone: your wallet. Executives from the Cupertino-based technology company have begun discussions with directors from retail store chains about a mobile payments service, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. Previous reports indicated that Apple is exploring new payments services through discussions with executives from existing payments companies. These latest mobile payments-related discussions, which have occurred with retail store brands such as those that sell luxury clothing and premium goods, have taken place over the past couple of months,...

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05:24
Major hurdles remain for Google’s self-driving cars

From MIT’s Technology Review:

Among other unsolved problems, Google has yet to drive in snow, and Urmson says safety concerns preclude testing during heavy rains.

And much more.

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05:09
∞ Stealing a pin code with a FLIR iPhone camera and...

[VIDEO] The FLIR ONE personal thermal imager is an infrared camera that snaps on to the back of your iPhone 5, allowing you to shoot infrared videos and stills. I’ve played with one and they are fun, easy to use and work well.

The down side of the FLIR ONE is that it can be used to pick up pin codes and other lock combinations by tracking the heat signature left by your fingers. The video embedded below shows how this is done and how to prevent it. Worth a watch.

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04:35
Apple highlighting top ten reasons apps get rejected...

As noticed by Apfelpage, Apple has published a new page to be more open about why it rejects apps. A chart at the bottom of the page shows the top ten reasons for app rejection in the last seven days; such as lack of information, crashes or bugs encountered, complicated user interfaces. Around 60% of rejections come from violation of just ten guidelines of the App Store rules. Some of these, like the existence of placeholder text in applications, seem rather trivial issues and it’s interesting that it arises so frequently as a cause of rejection.

The page goes into more detail on some of these points. In one instance, Apple highlights what it deems to be a ‘substandard user interface’, which apparently is responsible for 6% of all rejections. In the example, Apple...

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04:20
Apple ‘spaceship’ campus construction caught on film...

The 8-minute video, highlighted by Apple Spotlight and embedded below, shows the latest progress on Apple’s Campus 2. Although the spaceship site is cordoned off by high walls to prevent pictures at street level, a GoPro-equipped drone has no trouble getting the aerial shots seen in the video. Images of the campus were last seen in July

In that time, the video shows that the project has made significant progress, with it ...

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Saturday August 30

21:43
Briefly: IMDb, THX Tune-Up apps for iOS updated

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has released an updated version of its app for iOS, adding new features and removing some existing ones. The app allows users to find showtimes, watch trailers, and browse photos and celebrity information. IMDb v4.4 adds new showtimes refinements, improving its search function, and its updates to instant watch, "on disc" and TV listings aim to make it easier for users to easily find content they are seeking to view. The "On DVD/Blu-Ray" pages are being retired, with IMDb citing that its data source was not adequate. Free to download, IMDb is available for dev...



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16:10
Apple has discussed charging 'around $400...

Apple's anticipated "iWatch" may carry a price of around $400 when it goes on sale, though the wearable device is likely to be offered at a range of price points, according to a new report.



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15:00
Roundup of iOS and OS X Labor Day deals

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Labor Day Deals, featuring our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly. TUAW is not responsible for third-party deals...

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13:37
Apple execs discuss $400 price point for wearable...

Re/code via sources unknown says today that Apple has been considering the $400 price point for its wearable, expected to be announced on September 9th and available for sale in 2015.

Apple executives have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device. Pricing has yet to be finalized for the forthcoming product, which is expected to...

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11:52
Microsoft Ireland data warrant upheld, stay on data...

A stay giving Microsoft permission to deny a warrant ordering email release from a user whose data is stored in Ireland has been lifted by Judge Loretta Preska. As a result of the order, issued on August 29, Microsoft has until September 5 to coordinate with the US Department of Justice and inform the court how it will comply with the original court order, demanding Microsoft surrender the data. Microsoft promises to fight the order, and does not intend to hand over the data....



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11:00
Build a $35 Raspberry Pi-based Time Capsule backup...

Here's a fun weekend project for those of your who like building your own Mac add-ons. Raymi.Org has posted a tutorial on how to build your own US$35 Time Capsule using a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, rather than paying $299 for the official...

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10:36
Review: Kanex KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0...

Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac connectivity protocol, inexpensive cases abound for the connector, which modern Macs without PCI-e slots can't handle. Connectivity specialists Kanex has a solution with the KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB...



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10:04
Briefly: Wipeout 2 for iOS and Android, Spotify...

Activision Publishing has released its action platforming game Wipeout 2, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as for Kindle Fire. Based on the competition TV series Wipeout, players dodge environmental hazards and challenge to complete each level as fast as possible. Players can choose from 10 playable characters, including Zombie, Pirate and Popstar, with 150 themed obstacles and 135 new levels. Free to download, Wipeout 2 is available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store....

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09:45
Review: BlueLounge's Kickflip is a low-cost way...

For all of the time and effort Jony Ive & Co. have spent crafting their oft-imitated MacBook Pro designs, there is one problem that they've yet to overcome: laptop ergonomics are, by their nature, terrible. AppleInsider took a look at the latest accessory attempting to right this wrong, BlueLounge's new Kickflip stand.



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09:00
Reviews: Kanex KTU10 Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 and eSATA

Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac protoc ......



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08:12
AT&T files patent suit against Cox over years of...

After what AT&T calls "years of protracted negotiations", it has filed suit against Cox Communications, alleging that the cable company has violated seven various patents, covering general networking, digital video recorders (DVR), and packet loss mitigation. In a change from "normal" patent suits, AT&T is not seeking sales embargoes, but instead, looks for a "compulsory ongoing royalty" for products that use the patents in question....



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08:00
Dog Days of Summer: Step away from the iMac and...

Reader Lee Richards was taking care of a friend's Jack Russell Terrier a few years back, and as you can see from the photo above, the pup had no qualms about making sure that Lee was playing with him and not the iMac.

Says Richards, "Here is a...

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07:30
Ninja Bunny - The Bad Egg Adventure is a short lived...

Ninja Bunny - The Bad Egg Adventure is a free game for iPhone and iPad that's available for iOS 4.3 or later. It pits the hero, Ninja Bunny against the villain, Bad Egg and his army of robots. My expectation of this game was a little mixed after...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Looks and feel

Looks and feel

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes a splash of High-Street looks (with prices to match) that will turn heads wherever you go.

Hex

The Supply Icon (iPad Air; $60) is an all-in-one solution that protects your tablet while providing an on-the-go working environment.

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06:30
Wordrix is a fun puzzle, but a puzzling game

Wordrix is available for iPhone and iPad, optimized for iPhone 5, requiring iOS 6 or later. A kind of Scrabble for the iPhone lover, it is free but features an in-app store where the user can purchase coins to unlock different features (base pack...

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05:44
Great tip to add great value to your press release

Follow the link. It’s simple, but a great idea.

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05:33
Yosemite beta mysteriously locking some iCloud...

Testing the Yosemite beta? You might want to read this post by Kirk McElhearn.

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05:30
ESPN Sportscenter updates with new features and...

The four-letter network as it is known has launched the latest version of its ESPN Sportscenter app. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 or later and comes with plenty of new features including one that is long overdue. You need to have an ESPN...

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00:00
Review: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to l...



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Friday August 29

22:00
Reviews: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with ......



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21:08
Briefly: RHA T10i headphones, 8big Rack Thunderbolt...

British headphone producer RHA has announced the upcoming release of its latest in-ear headphones, the T10i. Featuring handmade dynamic drivers, the noise-cancelling headphones possess a custom tuning filter system that allows for frequency response adjustment. Filter adjustments are also included for bass and treble response. Each high fidelity driver is encased in an ergonomic stainless steel housing; other features include a multi-core, 1.35m oxygen-free copper cable with 3-button remote and microphone (suitable for Apple devices) and mouldable over-ear hooks. Priced at $200, the T10i headp...



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20:14
Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution...

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays....



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18:37
Company compiles Apple's Swift for use with...

A compiler company called RemObjects has created a new front end for its own Elements compiler called Silver that allows developers to write code hooking into APIs and frameworks outside iOS, letting them write native apps for iOS and Android. The project has also been made to work with both the Fire IDE and .NET, allowing Windows Phone developers to use Swift through the Visual Studio IDE. While not a universal write-once-run-anywhere solution, Silver could prove to be a boon for small developers who want to create Android and Windows Phone versions of their iOS apps written in Swift....



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17:37
Peach OSI Is Fresh and Juicy


Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others. It is also rare to see a first stable release offer the kind of smooth performance and expansive feature set as Peach OSI. Peach OSI is a great starting point for Linux newcomers.

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17:03
Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

BBC:

An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images.

Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.

The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

Do not go to the linked Flickr page unless you have a lot of time on your hands. I just lost an hour of my life to it.

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17:00
Get Free Bitcoins with 45 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 45 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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16:56
Level Up Contacts with Contact Center

Everybody has their complaints about the iOS (and Mac OS) Contacts app. They're all different, but I don't know a single person who LIKES it, but we all grit our teeth and get by. Now Contrast, the folks behind Launch Center, are taking on the challenge of using contacts with a new app called Contact Center. It has shortcuts that can be customized per contact, making it easy to interact with your contacts in the ways that make sense for each of them. It's a free app in the US App Store now. I can't wait to spend some time with this, Launch Center is a wonderful utility so I'm betting their contact interaction will also be pretty great. See it in use below.


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16:42
Apple tells developers they may not sell personal...

The Guardian:

Apple has tightened its privacy rules relating to health apps ahead of next month’s product launch, which is expected to see the unveiling of an updated iPhone and could include new wearable technology.

The technology firm has told developers that their apps, which would use Apple’s “HealthKit” platform on the forthcoming products, must not sell any personal data they gather to advertisers. The move could stave off concerns users might have around privacy as Apple seeks to move into the health data business.

This is one of the ways and reasons why Apple has a leg up on other developers. While I wouldn’t trust them implicitly, I certainly trust them to take care of my data more than any other technology company.

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