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Friday July 4

09:14
Swiss watch exec leaves for Apple iWatch opportunity...

[VIDEO] CNBC:

Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch, as the technology group intend on using the prestigious “Swiss made” label to market its new gadget, the head of LVMH’s watch brands Jean-Claude Biver told CNBC.

Check out the video in the original post, in which Biver talks about the importance of talent. I think Biver has the right attitude here. He regrets losing a talented person, but he recognizes the value in moving on for a better opportunity.

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09:00
Celebrate the 4th with slow motion fireworks...

On July 4th the United States celebrates Independence Day, and there isn't much news to report. Hot dogs are cooking, families are gathering, and people are watching Netflix. It's a party! So, in keeping with the spirit of the holiday, we present you...

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08:54
Forums: Blu-ray player vs. iPad with Apple TV

This week in the MacNN forums, members debate which is better, a Blu-ray player or an iPad with Apple TV after Junior Member "phkc070408" stated that they are considering buying an Apple TV and simply downloading and streaming content from iTunes rather than getting a Blu-ray player. Forum-goers discuss ways to assist Forum Regular "Harvey" with his iMac after he reported that his screen went black....



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08:53
Apple Deals: MacBook Airs from $719

Right now, Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished MacBook Air models on sale starting at $719 for the 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A $420 discount drops the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage down to $779....



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08:51
DealNN: Chromebox, HDTVs, iMacs and more

Currently, Amazon is offering the Asus Chromebox desktop PC bundled with a wireless keyboard and mouse for $379 with free US shipping. That is $20 less than the list price of $399, and $30 less than buying this Chromebox configuration alone anywhere else. The unit features a 1.7GHz Intel i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of solid state storage and runs Chrome OS....



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08:37
Apple hires Patrick Pruniaux, VP of Tag Heuer Sales...

Earlier today, the CEO of Tag Heuer revealed to CNBC that Apple has hired one of the watch-makers sales directors. However, the company did not announce the name of this “director” or the person’s exact position. A source directly familiar with the Apple hire confirmed that the Cupertino-based company hired Patrick Pruniaux late last month. Pruniaux is not just any “Sales Director:” he was the Vice President of Sales and Retail, a major loss for Tag Heuer and a significant hire for Apple in the run up the launch of the Apple smart watch in October. Pruniaux is pictured in the photo above (second person from the right), and his LinkedIn profile reveals his impressive work in jewelry and watch marketing...

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08:16
Independence Day sales hit the App Store with Motion...

iOS gamers can turn their Apple TV into a Wii for free during this long weekend with Motion Tennis for Apple TV, or fight tyrants and titans for half off in the Infinity Blade franchise, while parents can keep their children occupied on the cheap with Disney's 85 percent off sale.



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07:34
Review: Transcend’s JetDrives add whopping 240-960GB...

See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses...

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07:24
Apple signs its first retail deal in Saudi Arabia

Less than two months after the Saudi Arabia government cleared Apple to begin marketing products and officially operate in the region, Apple has struck a sales deal with major Saudi Arabia-based retailer Jarir Bookstore. The deal includes both official sales inside of the Jarir retail stores as well as technical support for the products. Previously, Jarir had to use third-party means to secure its supply of Apple products, but now with Apple officially providing product supply, costs will go down for both the Bookstore and its...

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07:01
Happy 4th of July from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

The staff at O’Grady’s PowerPage wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July, complete with friends, family, fireworks, tasty food, barbecue, sports and the chance to put down your Macs and devices for a bit and enjoy an amazing holiday.

Swing back on Monday and we’ll have the latest news as to what’s happening in the Mac and iOS mobile world.

Until then, have an amazing Fourth of July!!!

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06:52
Apple reaches accord with Saudi Arabian retailer to...

Consumers in Saudi Arabia will soon have a more direct link to Apple, as the iPhone maker has agreed to a deal with major book and electronics retailer Jarir Bookstore that will see the chain carry Apple's full product lineup and service customers.



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06:31
Apple hires TAG Heuer exec, reportedly plans to...

CNBC news reports that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to work with the company on the launch of the iWatch, according to a statement from Jean-Claude Biver, head of TAG Heuer’s parent company. Biver notes that Apple reportedly plans to use…

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06:31
BMW 3D prints new thumbs for factory workers

The Guardian:

German car manufacturer BMW has turned to 3D printing to physically augment its car-plant workers, giving them stronger, augmented thumbs.

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06:26
Finland Prime Minister: Steve Jobs took our jobs

This article was translated from Swedish using Google Translate.

After the financial crisis of 2008, the country has not recovered.

“We had two pillars that supported us. Nalle Wahlroos described it pretty well when he said that iPhone struck down Nokia and iPad hit the forest industry. “

So Steve Jobs struck Finland?

“Yes, Steve Jobs took our jobs,” said Alexander Stubb.

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06:07
Google reinstates ‘forgotten’ links after pressure

BBC:

After widespread criticism, Google has begun reinstating some links it had earlier removed under the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling.

Articles posted online by the Guardian newspaper were removed earlier this week, but have now returned fully to the search engine.

Google has defended its actions, saying that it was a “difficult” process.

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Qwerty

Qwerty

In this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases, you’ll find a number of products that offer built-in stands, a protective accessory that brings hardware keys to your phone, and a even weapon from your favorite anime show.

Boxwave

The Keyboard Buddy (iPhone 5 and 5s; $72) comes with a fully integrated Bluetooth keyboard that works alongside your handset’s touch screen.

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05:31
Apple hires sales director of Swiss watch maker TAG...

The sales director of luxury watch maker TAG Heuer, which also owns the brands Hublot and Zenith, has reportedly left the company to assist Apple in the anticipated launch of its rumored "iWatch" this fall.



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05:28
Music streaming up 42%, track sales down 13%

TechCrunch:

Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million. The report on US trends (not international) makes Apple’s acquisition of Beats looks smart, as its iTunes download sales model is quickly dying out. As a whole, dismal digital and physical sales dragged total music sales plus streaming industry down 3.3%.

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05:28
iWatch “an opportunity for high-end watch brands”...

CNBC reports that Apple has hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer for an iWatch marketing role. The hire was reportedly confirmed by the head of the parent company’s watch brands, Jean-Claude Biver.

Biver said the watchmaker’s sales director left as recently as last week, “to take a contract with Apple” in order to launch the iWatch. LVMH owns Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith …

Analysts say that Apple has tried to hire a number of execs from luxury Swiss watchmakers, without much previous success.

Senior luxury goods analyst at Bernstein, Mario Ortelli says that while...

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05:18
Following Apple's Beats Music buy, new data...

The latest data from Nielsen shows that sales of digital albums are down 11.6 percent, while purchases of individual tracks are down 13 percent, as on-demand streaming audio has surged 50.1 percent, helping to provide some insight into why Apple purchased Beats Music.



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05:00
Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

As our U.S.-based editors are celebrating Independence Day, iLounge will be on a limited publishing schedule today. A very happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers. We’ll return to our normal schedule next week.

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05:00
Happy U.S. Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day - a U.S. holiday - The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 4th. We will return on Monday, July 7th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad and iPhone news. Enjoy the holiday!


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05:00
FunBITS: Blek Is a Curvy Challenge for iPhone and...

Blek is a minimalistic puzzle game based on calligraphy that will often leave you flummoxed.

 

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04:18
Decline of music downloads continues as on-demand...

Apple’s presumed plans for an on-demand music service as part of its Beats acquisition is looking increasingly well-timed as Nielsen data shows that U.S. on-demand music consumption climbed 50.1 percent year-on-year, while music downloads fell by 12 percent in the same timeframe.

“With On-Demand streams surpassing 70 billion songs in the first six months of 2014, streaming continues to be an increasingly significant portion of the music industry,” says David Bakula, SVP Nielsen Entertainment …

Sales of individual tracks fell by 13 percent, with album downloads down 11.6 percent (giving a 12 percent overall average fall when an album is treated as ten tracks).

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03:48
Verizon rumored to add LTE to prepaid Allset plans...

Verizon is getting close to providing its prepaid customers with LTE service, with an upgrade scheduled for later this month, according to a report. The company's Allset prepaid plans, launched in March, will allegedly start to use the company's 4G LTE network from July 17th, providing customers using the 3G-only service a considerable speed boost....



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00:17
Inside App Extensions: Apple, Inc's new Widgets...

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new extensions enable a new type of widgets in Notification Center for both platforms, along with enabling third party Custom Keyboards for iOS.



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Thursday July 3

21:53
Mormon church to put iPad minis in the hands of 32,...

The Mormon church has announced plans to issue 32,000 iPad minis to its missionaries by early 2015, ABC News reports. The church hopes that these devices will enable a new generation of social media outreach. That figure represents about 36% of active Mormon missionaries throughout the world (currently around 86,000).

Those 32,000 iPads won’t only be deployed in the United States. The current plan involves rolling the device out in Canada, parts of Europe, and Japan in the same time frame. Missionaries in developed countries will be responsible for the $399 cost of the device, and will get to keep the iPad even after their ministry is finished. Those who can’t afford the price tag...

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21:02
Pond's 'Stream' case brings MFi-...

Announced by small tech firm Devant earlier this week, the Pond Wireless ecosystem of products looks to bring Qi wireless charging to Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s with a "Made for iPhone" charging case, tray and fob adapter.



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20:39
UK agency calls Dungeon Keeper 'free-to-play...

It appears that regulators are catching onto the idea that Electronic Art's (EA) Dungeon Keeper mobile game isn't really what could be considered a "free-to-play" game. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent regulator of ads in the UK, ruled this week that ads promoting the game as free-to-play must not appear in the future....



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18:49
Briefly: Pioneer DJ's Rekordbox update, Week...

Pioneer has announced the release of an updated version of Rekordbox for OS X, its digital music management software. Rekordbox is designed for DJing, and allows users to export tracks and playlists to USB devices and the Rekordbox app. During a DJing session, performance history is automatically saved, and after a set the user can review and prepare for a future performance by adding comments and ratings to an old set....



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18:00
Original Mac team member boots up Mac 512K stored...

Chris Espinosa was a member of the original Mac team and is still an Apple employee -- with badge number 8! Yesterday he won the Internet with a series of photos on Imgur showing a Mac 512K that had been in storage for 30 years booting up as if it...

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17:58
No-IP domains returned without comment by Microsoft

Following Microsoft's seizure of dynamic DNS service No-IP domains on a claim that some were spreading malware, many customers' paid and free connections were no longer functioning. Many of these services have been restored tonight, as Microsoft has begun the process of returning domains to No-IP. As of this evening, all of the seized domains have been returned to the service, with .org redirect restoration waiting on the .org registrar to act. Not all DNS services have been updated, but Electronista can confirm that Verizon FiOS, Google, and OpenDNS are all resolving properly....



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17:00
Mythbuster Adam Savage on how to make stopmotion...

Adam Savage is no stranger to mixing science with whimsy. With his hit show Mythbusters, he and partner Jamie Hyneman have tackled everything from shark attacks to death rays. Of course, that show can't film all the time. To fill the other hours in...

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16:39
Android Wear gives us a glimpse at what home...

Home automation, a category more broadly referred to as the “internet of things,” is almost surely going to be a large and growing market in the coming years. And while Apple’s recently announced entry is the forthcoming HomeKit platform, Google has yet to announce anything exactly equivalent. At I/O 2014, however, Google did announce its plan for Nest, and shed much more light on its Android Wear smartwatch operating system.

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16:00
Samsung calls iPhone users "wall huggers"...

Samsung today released a new attack ad focusing on shortcomings in the iPhone's battery life. The commercial takes on a humorous, if not whimsical, tone as it shows us a few scenes -- which all take place in an airport -- of people dealing with the...

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15:37
Rumor: Microsoft's Smart Band Will Play Well...


Microsoft is said to be preparing the launch of a wearable fitness device that will be compatible with the iOS and Android platforms, as well as Windows Phone. While the device likely will display the time, along with notifications from the user's smartphone, the form factor is expected to be a wristband rather than a smartwatch. The band reportedly will function mainly as a fitness tracker, recording the number of steps the wearer has taken, calories burned, heart rate and so on.

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15:00
Spotify updates with new iPhone controls in time for...

Spotify has been unleashing a slew of new updates this week. A few days ago they introduced a new redesign and the ability to search for downloaded music when users are offline. Now they've improved the way the iPhone and your computer interact with...

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14:44
Xsan: Unable to enable case insensitivity on a...

Xsan 2.3 introduces the ability to create case insensitive volumes. You can also change case sensitivity after you create a volume.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4793

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14:41
Xsan 2.3 or later: Deactivating a storage pool (...

It may be necessary to deactivate (down) an Xsan data storage pool in a volume, but retain access to data on other storage pools within the volume. You may need to do this if there is a LUN issue in an Xsan storage pool and Xsan clients are unable to mount the Xsan volume, for example.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4656

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14:39
Apple's iOS gains ground on Android in US as...

For the three months ending in May, Apple's iPhone grew its dominating lead as the top U.S. smartphone, while iOS gained ground on Google's Android, says research firm comScore.



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14:34
Gmail

 July 3, 2014 2:34:00 PM PDT

The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

Affected users received an error 500 message when attempting to access the Gmail web service.

 July 3, 2014 2:27:00 PM PDT

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 July 3, 2014 1:53:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.

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14:15
Latest iPhone 6 renders compare potential gold,...

Yesterday we posted some gorgeous iPhone 6 renders, and today some fresh renders, first highlighted by The Tech Block, that compare the next-generation iPhone’s potential gold, space gray, and silver/white designs have appeared online. You should check out the full gallery below, it’s probably the closest look you’ll get at Apple’s iPhone 6 marketing slides until the first half of September.

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14:00
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake, and I'm ok with...

It's rare that a game can be charming enough to turn an otherwise very standard gameplay idea into something worth $4.99, but that's just what Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake manages to do. The game is all about puzzles, but without introducing any...

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13:58
Briefly: Spotify iOS app update, Mophie's 64GB...

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its iOS app, adding new features for iPhone users. Spotify allows users to search for any track, artist or album, make and share playlists, and build a preferred music collection. The release of v1.4 features a Play Queue for iPhone, and a new confirmation for avoid duplicates in a playlist. Within the Your Music section, users can now sort and filter music in their Spotify collection. Free to download, Spotify's iOS app can be found through the iTunes App Store....



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13:55
Judge bars Apple from using terms like 'patent...

Apple must avoid using terms like "patent troll," "privateer," or "bandit" in its defense against a patent lawsuit from GPNE Corp., according to a pre-trial ruling by US District Judge Lucy Koh. The company will also be blocked from using terms like "shakedown" or "playing the lawsuit lottery." Koh argues that such expressions could potentially confuse or bias the jury, which is set to decide whether Apple violated data transmission patents reaching back to 1996....



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13:17
New Samsung Galaxy S5 ad attacks iPhone's need...

Samsung has released a new TV ad (below) for the Galaxy S5, comparing it against the iPhone in terms of battery life. iPhone owners are depicted as "wall huggers," forced to constantly hunt for outlets at spaces like airports due to only being able to go a few hours on a charge. On the other side of the coin the ad touts the S5's removable battery, and its "ultra power saving mode," which disables non-essential functions and can allow the phone to run for a full day with just 10 percent power left....



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13:15
Apple Wants to Gobble Up Your Memories in iCloud

Apple's movement away from iPhoto and Aperture suggests that the company wants to restructure your life. Keeping your own photos organized and backed up, with selected images posted to photo services, is declared obsolete. But is iCloud the right place for all your photos?


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13:02
Twitter Shanghaied Email Notifications - Here’s How...

Twitter recently rejiggered notifications, a more direct way to monitor replies or retweets or other activity in your timeline if you aren't constanty connected to Twitter. Since Twitter's default "Tailored for you" is mysterious at best and useless at worst, Kelly explains how to un-Shanghai the new preferences.


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13:00
iPhone accounts for nearly 50% of UK smartphone web...

A new research report put together by Chitika finds that nearly half of all smartphone web traffic in the UK emanates from iPhones. Specifically, the report notes that as of June 2014, 48.9% of UK web traffic can be traced back to the iPhone,...

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12:56
Coffee Engineers: Apple Needs You [Update]

There's more than one way to work at Apple. A job listing at the company's website said the company is looking to hire a full time "iCup Technician." There's no coding required, but "some computer skills" are required.


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12:43
Civil Liberties Board Takes Heat for NSA Spying...


The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has come under fire for its latest report on NSA surveillance. The report essentially says collection of information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "has been valuable and effective in protecting the nation's security and producing useful foreign intelligence." However, because certain aspects of its implementation pertaining to surveillance of U.S. citizens have raised privacy concerns, the board has listed 10 policy recommendations to strengthen safeguards.

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12:41
Apple begins selling unlocked iPads in Japan

Apple confirmed today that it has released an unlocked variant of its cellular iPad in Japan allowing users to buy the device and use it with their carrier of choice.

The new iPads will be available through Apple retail stores in the country as well as through Apple’s online store. In addition to picking between local carriers, it will also allow users to use their iPads with SIM cards for other carriers when traveling abroad. The carrier unlocked iPads are available for both cellular iPad Air and iPad mini models.

Previously Apple sold cellular iPads through retail stores in the country with SIM cards locked to one of various supported carriers such as SoftBank and NTT Docomo.

Filed under: AAPL...

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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

Favorited [OS X; Now...

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12:05
Sunrise Calendar comes to Mac, gets unique offline...

Developer Sunrise Atelier has released the first Mac version of its signature title, Sunrise Calendar. The software is functionally similar to its iOS and Android counterparts -- mixing and matching content from sources like Google, iCloud, and Facebook -- but has some platform-specific features. These include an offline mode, and native OS X notifications....



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12:00
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is massive in all the...

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is not the kind of game you're likely to play in short bursts -- which is probably why the Monster Hunter franchise didn't make the trip to iOS devices sooner -- but that doesn't mean it's not a fantastic gaming...

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11:30
Daily Deals for July 3, 2014, featuring The Walking...

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

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11:08
Samsung's latest Apple-targeting ad slams...

Samsung on Thursday took its latest shot at Apple, in a new minute-long advertisement that refers to iPhone users as "wall huggers," suggesting they're constantly tethered to an outlet to keep their handset charged.



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11:03
Apps: 120 Sports, Civilization Revolution 2, Health...

The new 120 Sports app from the company of the same name is a new player in the world of sports coverage. A free app that requires no cable subscription, 120 Sports offers highlights and discussion of major sports leagues. 120 Sports claims to show “8+ hours of live…

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Four for the Fourth

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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10:52
∞ New Samsung ad brought to you by BlackBerry

Now Samsung are calling iPhone owners “Wall Huggers,” a phrase first used by BlackBerry CEO John Chen, as Jordan Khan points out. Really, stealing from BlackBerry?

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10:48
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

Today's deal is for The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain, a $998 developer course that you can preorder through our deal for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


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10:30
Facebook Messenger comes to iPad

Facebook has updated the iOS version of Messenger, adding a native iPad interface for the first time. Functionally the interface is similar to its iPhone equivalent, mostly displaying more contacts simultaneously, and providing extra screen space for images and text. Significantly though, iPad users don't have to switch between the contact view and message threads....



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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Revolution, too!

Revolution, too!

The game Civilization Revolution is back on iOS with a sequel. Other apps let you compare wines, get shopping deals, and better organize your photos.

Civilization Revolution 2

The $15 Civilization Revolution 2 for iOS has more of what made its predecessor so popular as a strategy game: more military might to send against your enemies, more kinds of buildings to build and technology to apply to your growing empire, and more “scenario challenges” to let you re-enact key moments from history.

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10:15
Sunrise Calendar announces new Mac client with...


Just a few weeks after rolling out a major update its iOS apps, Sunrise Calendar today announced the first version of Sunrise for Mac. Sunrise for Mac includes a variety of features and capabilities, many of which are similar to what you’d find in the company’s iOS apps. On OS X, the app takes almost all of its design cues from the iOS client with color-coded events, although the team notes that the Mac client was built “specifically for the...

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10:09
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-03

What's in a name? When you're a patent troll, apparently a lot. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Judge's ruling that Apple can't use the term in a patent infringement trial. They also offer up their take on the rumor that Apple might call the next iPhone the iPhone Air, and they share what they want to see in Apple's Photos app.


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10:00
Reading Rainbow reboot coming to Apple TV

Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow will soon hit an Apple TV near you. The original series aired on PBS from 1983 to 2006, promoting reading and exploration to countless kids and young people. LeVar and...

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10:00
How Does the MacBook Air Compare to the Latest...

Amid a recent middling upgrade to the MacBook Air line, some have wondered whether Apple’s ultrathin notebooks are starting to lag behind the competition. Despite the lack of Retina displays and other minor minuses, the MacBook Air line holds up fairly well against modern PC Ultrabooks.

 

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09:43
Samsung borrows a line from BlackBerry, calls iPhone...

As Samsung has done with past TV commercials for its flagship Galaxy S5, its latest ad for the device again takes the iPhone head-on. The new ad, titled “Wall Hugger”, focuses on mocking the iPhone’s battery life while showing off the S5’s Ultra Power Saving Mode and removable battery features. And in usual Samsung-fashion, it also borrows a line from comments Blackberry executive John Chen made back in March… 

It’s certainly not the first time Samsung has gone after Apple directly in its commercials. In a recent TV spot from April for the Galaxy S5, Samsung...

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09:35
Facebook Messenger goes universal with new iPad-...

Social networking behemoth Facebook on Thursday released a new version of its Facebook Messenger application for iOS that brings with it a new user interface optimized specifically for the larger screens found on Apple's iPads.



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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Day One goes free, Infinity...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Game/App Deals:

  • Day One iOS journaling app goes free ($5 value)
  • Rayman Fiesta Run available for ...
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09:21
Rumor: iPhone 6 to be announced on September 15th,...

The iPhone 6 launch date may have leaked.

Per MacRumors and GForGames, “inside sources” have cited that the iPhone 6 will be announced on Monday, September 15th and launch on Thursday, September 25th. The sources also claim that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the “iPhone Air”, with the 16GB version selling in China for 5,998 yuan (US$965). Meanwhile, the 4.7-inch version will reportedly start at 5,288 (US$850) for 32GB, which is the current price of the 16GB iPhone 5s in China.

The report contrasts with a story...

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09:20
Hands-on with OS X Yosemite: Safari slims down

If there’s a single app that defines the OS X experience, it’s probably Safari. Not everyone uses it (many of my friends and family members prefer Chrome), but as the default browser it’s the window on the Web for most Mac users. I’ve been using an early developer preview of Yosemite for the past few weeks, and it’s clear that Safari is the stock Apple app that will change the most when users install OS X Yosemite upon its arrival this fall.

Where’s the rest of me?

By default, Safari is sparsely decorated in Yosemite. There’s no longer a title bar with the name of webpages, and the “stoplight” window buttons have merged down into the toolbar as they have in some other apps. All other toolbars are off by default, and the address/search bar no longer even displays a full URL, just the name of the host that’s serving the page you’re viewing. (If you want to see the...

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09:03
Apps: ScreenFlow, Senuti, Timings
09:00
Judge: Apple may not use term "patent troll...

Apple and Hawaii-based GPNE Corp are preparing for a legal battle that's being heard by judge Lucy Koh, who has instituted a "no name-calling" rule. Specifically, Judge Koh has told Apple's attorneys that they may not refer to GPNE Corp as "patent...

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08:51
Leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 component could show focus...

The iPhone 6′s front display could be designed around one-handed use.

Per AppleInsider and Chinese web site iFanr, a series of leaked images and a video, the component could be designed around one-handed use, a concept that Apple seemed to have been toying with in 2012, although the company later opted for a larger display on the iPhone 5 and 5s handsets.

The site noted that the edges of the glass have an “arc” to them, sporting curved edges as opposed to the rounded off corners on the iPhone 5 class. The alleged “iPhone 6″ front glass is also noticeably thinner than its predecessor.

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08:48
Apple grows slightly to 42% of US smartphone market...


Comscore today released its usual quarterly report on U.S. smartphone market share for May with Apple holding its spot as top smartphone manufacturer ahead of Samsung. While...

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08:23
Facebook Messenger finally arrives on iPad, complete...



Facebook today updated its Messenger for iOS app finally adding a full iPad version. The iPad version works like the version found on the iPhone and iPod touch but takes advantage of the much larger display by showing more content like message threads while in other messages. The iPad version also features the same calling features found on the iPhone and iPod touch versions. Facebook’s various supported sticker packs are also...

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08:19
Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.

The Mac Observer Spin: iPhone Air on September 25? That just doesn't sound like the Apple way.


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08:03
Apple continues exploring Liquidmetal manufacturing...

Though Liquidmetal has yet to make a headline appearance in an Apple product, the company continues to explore new manufacturing methods for the amorphous alloy, most recently filing a divisional patent application for a new counter-gravity casting process.



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08:00
How to build a homemade version of the Adobe Ink...

Earlier this year, Adobe introduced Ink & Slide, an iPad stylus and ruler combination that works with its new drawing and drafting app, Adobe Line. The accessory pair will set you back US$200, but you can build your own for a fraction of the...

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08:00
Reviews: Epson LW-600P

Label makers are traditionally simple machines that perform a single task which people feel they can either live with or without. In many ways the LW-600P fits perfectly into this niche, however, the integration of Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful label creating design app allows the printer to ......



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07:40
GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal's...

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed.



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07:24
Apple Introduces $49 Mac Pro Security Lock

If you feel nervous leaving your Mac Pro alone on a desk, Apple is offering a solution, though it will cost you.

 

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07:22
Video compares iPhone 6 cover panel versus iPhone 5s

A new video from Chinese site iFanr (below) shows an alleged 4.7-inch cover panel for the iPhone 6 in comparison with an iPhone 5s. While the part appears no different than the ones in a recent leak, the video does give a sense of how much larger an iPhone 6 might feel in the hand. It suggests that Apple is conceding on a former design principle, which was that a person should be able to reach all four corners of a phone's screen with their thumb....



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07:14
Despite Apple's Aperture Fumble, the Photos for...


There's a lot riding on Apple's new Photos for Mac OS X app. At WWDC, Apple briefly showed off an early version of its upcoming Photos app, which will integrate with iCloud and the iOS 8-based Photos app with the iCloud Photo Library service. Naturally, this plan raised some questions about Apple's iPhoto and Aperture products. Late last week, Apple revealed that it has stopped developing new features for Aperture and iPhoto. Instead, the company is focusing on Photos for OS X. Professionals are not happy.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Tie a ribbon cable 'round the...

iPhone 6 mockups are a 'rough approximation' according to report, claims antenna design will differ signifcantly (9to5 Mac)

An Asian publication cites "supply chain sources" who claim that the iPhone 6 mockups seen thus far aren't accurate...

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06:56
Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.

The Mac Observer Spin: Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.


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06:50
How to avoid taking your digital life to the grave

How do you keep track of all the digital detritus in your life? I’ve got an encrypted file containing all my critical info, including account numbers, passwords, and lists of various things, like the location of my car title. My kids all know the location of this file and the password to decrypt the file.

Reading this article, I’m wondering if that’s enough.

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06:48
Apple patent details automatically adjusting...

A new patent application published today by the United States Patent & Trademark Office details a system Apple could use to automatically configure security and other settings of a device based on its location or the habits of its user. The majority of the patent discusses intelligently adjusting settings by detecting a device’s location while using retinal scans, DNA, fingerprints, or other biosensors to present an appropriate level of security to the user:

Mobile devices often have security requirements, such as passwords or...

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06:35
Amazon stands up to FTC demands for more parental...

Tech Crunch:

Amazon is refusing to comply with a request from the Federal Trade Commission to implement stricter controls that would prevent children from making in-app purchases.

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06:30
Apple's new Mac Pro Security Adapter keeps your...

You spent a lot of money on that fancy new Mac Pro—now’s the time to make sure that investment stays safe and secure. Earlier this week, Apple quietly started selling the Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter for just such a purpose.

Keep in mind, the $49 attachment isn’t itself a lock; it merely adds a standard Kensington lock port to the Mac Pro. According to Apple, you won’t need to modify the enclosure or even use tools to apply the adapter, which not only lets you physically secure the desktop computer to something (your desk, for example), but also prevents anyone from opening the computer and, say, removing your SSD or memory.

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06:22
Apple may not call patent troll a “patent troll”...

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh oversees a case pitting Apple against GPNE. GPNE is suing Apple for infringing on one of its patents.

The case itself is important, in that GPNE is demanding payment for every iPhone sold. To my untrained eye, the claim seems laughable, were it not for the fact that much money is being spent to defend this case.

Judge Koh issued this order:

In an unusual order, a federal judge last week told Apple that it may not call a Hawaii-based company names like “patent troll” or “privateer” or “bandit,” nor tell a jury that the company is engaged in a “shakedown” or “playing the lawsuit lottery.”

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06:01
Goldman Sachs demands Google delete one of its e-...

Reuters:

Goldman Sachs Group Inc said a contractor emailed confidential client data to a stranger’s Gmail account by mistake, and the bank has asked a U.S. judge to order Google Inc to delete the email to avert a “needless and massive” breach of privacy.

This raises some questions. Who owns a specific piece of email? Who has the right to delete it? Is it owned by the sender? The recipient? Google?

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06:00
Daily App: ActivBeacon offers to call for help if...

ActivBeacon is an interesting idea for active people who fall down and need assistance. Using the built-in iPhone sensors, the app sends a voice or text message to designated family or friends and gives them your GPS location.

The developers ask you...

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05:51
Lock Down Your Mac Pro with Apple’s New Kensington-...

Seeing an empty space on the desk where your expensive new Mac Pro used to be will totally ruin your day, so Apple finally took steps to help keep that from happening by introducing a lock accessory for its pro level tower tube. The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter was released this week and is compatible with the industry standard Kensington lock system.


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05:33
Alleged 4.7" front panel for Apple's...

The latest alleged "iPhone 6" parts leak claims to show the device's front glass panel, with a video showcasing its larger 4.7-inch size and how much of the display can be reached by holding it with one hand.



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04:57
Microsoft smartwatch rumored to take after Samsung...

The rumored smartwatch from Microsoft could in fact be a fitness tracker, according to a report. A recent rumor stating the smartwatch will be more like Samsung's Gear Fit rather than something from Android Wear or the the Gear 2 has been given more credence, with the claim that the device will have the appearance of a wristband with a small screen for the time and notifications....



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04:23
Video shows how 4.7-inch iPhone 6 screen will feel...

We showed you photos a few days ago of what is claimed to be the display covers for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which appeared to have slightly curved edges. Chinese site iFanr (via NWE) has now posted a video of the same part, giving a sense of how the larger phone will feel in the hand compared to the iPhone 5s … 

We’ve of course seen a number of such comparisons with mockups, but this is the first with what is claimed to be a genuine part.

While Apple has issued...

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03:50
ScreenFlow 4.5.2

Maintenance release for the screencast recording app focused on fixes. ($99 new, free update, 39.1 MB)

 

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03:23
Security Update 2014-003 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

Patches numerous security vulnerabilities in Mountain Lion and Lion, many of the same found in the 10.9.4 Mavericks update. (Free updates, various sizes)

 

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