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Tuesday June 24

14:23
How not to be a dick to a call center rep

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XOJane:

Believe it or not, the customer service representative that you are speaking to wants to help you. Or at the very least, they want to fix your problem and get you off the line. So please. Allow the rep to do their job and actually listen to what they have to say!

It’s sad we live in a world where we need to have these kinds of things explained to people.

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14:17
∞ The “O Canada” beer fridge

As a follow up to their “Need a Canadian Passport to open the beer fridge” stunt comes this one that is just as clever. It plays off the uniquely Canadian inability to remember the words to our national anthem. Still crappy beer though.

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14:10
Updated iWork for iCloud remembers the last document...

Apple updated the beta version of its Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iCloud suite today with a few new features and improvements. Notably, each application will now remember the last document you opened and settings like which interface elements were enabled or disabled (such as alignment guides and the zoom setting).

The apps will also automatically suggest your most recently used nickname when editing shared documents, improved image masking, and keyboard shortcut hints in contextual menus. These changes—especially the ability to remember your document settings between launches—more...

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14:05
Apple reverses course on apps using incentivized ads...

Apple is backtracking somewhat on an App Store policy that blocked apps "incentivizing" elements like video ads or social sharing, say sources in the video ad industry. Rejections have reportedly shrunk, and in some cases previously-removed apps have been allowed to return. Incentivizing ad views is now permitted again, as is asking users to post about an app on social networks....



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14:01
∞ iWork for iCloud updated

Apple on Tuesday released an update for iWork for iCloud. Each application received some new features and there are some features common to all of the apps. Changes implemented today include: [...]

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14:00
Google's Sundar Pichai rebuts accusation that...

With Google's I/O conference set to get underway on Wednesday, Bloomberg Businessweek earlier today put up an interesting and sweeping profile of Sundar Pichai, the man Larry Page tapped to run Android following the departure of Andy Rubin.

An...

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13:42
Mid-2014 iMac review: lower price, way lower...

Macworld:

The price of buying an iMac just went down. But is a 15 percent lower price worth a 50 percent lower performance rating?

The new $1099 iMac was slower across the board, and 54 percent slower overall, than the $1299 21.5-inch system.

This is definitely the iMac for the (very) casual user but I don’t know about “value for the money”. The specs make it seem awfully anemic.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:36
Apple relaxes, clarifies new incentivized sharing...

Two weeks after altering the App Store's rules and issuing rejections to apps that reward users for watching videos or sharing app updates on social media, Apple has reportedly relaxed the new restrictions and begun to give app developers more clear guidelines.



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13:35
Giveaway: X-Mirage for PC

To get into the spirit of the World Cup, X-Mirage is giving away FREE one year licenses of X-Mirage software for PC, but hurry, this offer expires Monday June 30.



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13:30
Five apps that'll help dog lovers care for...

It's new pet season for the staff at TUAW with both Editor-In-Chief Victor Agreda, Jr. and fellow editor Steve Sande both welcoming new kittens into their homes. Lest the dog-friendly folk be worried about us being overrun with cats, I am happy to...

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13:27
Fortune ranks Apple 21st on list of Best Global...

Apple has placed 21st on Fortune's latest annual Best Global Green Brands list. The chart takes the 100 companies from Interbrand's annual Best Global Brands Report and narrows them down to 50, sorting them according to perceived environmental friendliness versus their actual efforts. The sway in one direction or the other is described as a positive or negative gap....



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13:14
Apple's CarPlay adds MLB.com At Bat streaming...

CarPlay, Apple's forthcoming vehicle infotainment center standard, will feature support for Major League Baseball's At Bat application for iPhone at launch, along with other radio services like iHeart Radio, Beats, Spotify, and Stitcher.



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13:03
Forums: refurbished vs. brand new Macs

This week in the MacNN forums Forum goers dive into a debate about buying refurbished Macs over brand new Macs in the thread titled "Mac crashes/freezes when asleep" after a second user stated that they were having similar problems and they were considering getting a new machine. Grizzled Veteran "PHoynak" recently acquired a blue Clamshell iMac from a friend and had some questions about the maximum RAM it could use, what OS it could run and more....



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13:01
Apple deals: iMac, Mac Pro

This week at Apple's online store find savings on refurbished iMacs, Mac minis and Mac Pros. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has seen a $250 discount to $1,049. A $270 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,529....



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13:00
Bono criticizes Apple for lack of Product RED...

Bono's (Product) RED initiative is the sort of program that's easy to support. RED sells specially-branded products and donates a portion of the profits to the fight against AIDS. It's a feel-good promotion that Apple has been of since 2006, raising...

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12:59
DealNN $200 off 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro (...

This week at B&H save big on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro which has seen a $300 discount from the MSRP of $2,599, and it is about $200 less than the lowest price we have seen on this MBP anywhere else. It features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 Crystalwell processor, 8GB of RAM and and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:56
The bigger, better iPhone

John Gruber has a nice post talking about Bloomberg’s recent “Big iPhone” story, but the part that really got me was this:

Most people keep presenting this as a “bigger is better” situation, and that Apple has thus been caught flat-footed and behind, and now with the introduction of bigger-display iPhones they’re catching up.

He’s absolutely right. The media would have you believe that Apple is playing catchup in screen size, but that’s a ridiculous assumption. Apple could have put out a larger screen iPhone any time they wanted, but they chose functionality instead of adding enormous screen for the sake of adding an enormous screen. If anything, the competitors are playing catchup in usability.

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

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

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12:39
Apple switches iPhone 6 chassis suppliers, may have...

Apple may have dodged its first major obstacle in manufacturing the iPhone 6 handsets.

Per Boy Genius Report and DigiTimes, Apple has had to overcome a serious issue with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6′s housing. The report claims that orders were first placed with component supplier Catcher for the metal phone cases, but Apple has been forced to reject the company’s chassis due to defects involving the “connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts.”

As a result Apple has had to temporarily move iPhone 6 chassis production from Catcher to both Jabil and Foxconn, according...

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12:30
YouTube Find: How to take a selfie by the bold and...

The definitive guide to taking a selfie by YouTube's favorite Grandpa, Mr. Forthright....

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

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


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12:24
Mailbox for iOS adds new gestures, Philips updates...

A trio of popular apps received mid-cycle updates Tuesday, with popular email client Mailbox adding a number of new swipe gestures, Philips's Hue smart light bulb controller was given a streamlined UI, and connected thermostat maker Nest gaining support for the new "Works with Nest" program.



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12:23
Dropbox iOS app uses iPhone camera to make setting...



Dropbox updated its iPhone and iPad app today bringing a list of new features to the mobile cloud app. Here are the changes Dropbox points out in the update:

• Reorder your Favorites list with a simple touch and hold
• Set up Dropbox on your computer using your camera
• Dropbox now remembers recent locations when importing files
• Accessibility improvements
• Support for additional languages:...

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

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

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12:21
MLB At Bat joins list of officially-supported...

The MLB's core iOS app, At Bat, has been added to the list of titles compatible with Apple's CarPlay platform. While most of At Bat's functions require a person's attention, via CarPlay users will be able to tune into radio stations broadcasting MLB games in distant cities. Using this will require At Bat's standard subscription, which costs $20 per season or $3 per month....



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

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


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12:00
ABC News rolls out 24/7 streaming news app for Apple...

ABC News now has an app for the Apple TV that allows users to stream news live 24/7. On top of that, the app also comes with a number of on-demand features for your viewing pleasure. All in all, the app appears to be fully fleshed-out with features...

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11:48
JP Morgan sees shares of Apple reaching $108,...

Investment firm J.P. Morgan became the latest to increase its price target for Apple stock on Tuesday, projecting that the company will be propelled to $108 per share thanks in part to this year's anticipated "iPhone 6" launch.



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11:30
Daily Deals for June 24, 2014, featuring the...

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

TUAW's Daily Deals

The CrazyTalk7 PRO Super Bundle (For Mac) [On sale...

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11:29
Withings made a smartwatch you might actually want...

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Quartz:

Although the watch—designed in Paris and made in Switzerland—resembles its analog ancestors, it contains all the technology of a fitness tracker. It monitors distance covered (walking, running, or swimming), calories burned, and quantity and quality of sleep, all of which will sync with Withing’s existing Health Mate app. The watch, called Activité, can also tell time. It will automatically adjust to changing time zones, and its battery will last a year.

The watch will be available for $390 this autumn, in two unisex color options.

It certainly is a nice looking watch. Not my “personal style” but simple and elegant looking – which I’m not.

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11:20
To Pay or Not to Pay - That's the Ransomware...


Ransomware is a growing problem for consumers and businesses. In Symantec's most recent quarterly security report, the company's researchers found all targeted attacks -- including ransomware -- grew 91 percent year-over-year. That's raising a big question for those targeted by cyberextortionists: Should the ransom be paid? Security experts generally say no, but some insert a caveat or two. "It's easy to say you shouldn't pay the ransom, but you may have to do it to save your business," said Troy Gill, a senior security analyst with AppRiver.

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

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

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


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11:16
Apple adds MLB At Bat to list of CarPlay-supported...

(Screenshot from USA Today demo)

We already saw MLB.com At Bat make an appearance in USA Today’s demo of CarPlay during Apple’s WWDC developer conference earlier this month, and today Apple has updated its CarPlay microsite to include the baseball-dedicated app to its list of apps that support the feature. In the shot above and below you can see the icon for At Bat as well as a preview of the CarPlay specific user interface from USA Today’s demo. The app is expected to support streaming audio from baseball games for MLB.com At Bat subscribers.

MLB At Bat is the first app to join the...

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11:10
Low-cost iMac already on discount at third-party...

Apple's cheaper $1,099 iMac, launched on the 18th, is already being sold for less at some third-party vendors. Best Buy is offering the computer for $980, while B&H Photo has marked it down to $979. Students shopping at Best Buy can use an electronic coupon to further reduce the price to only $830....



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11:00
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" will air today, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask TUAW feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

To watch the live feed and...

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10:50
Nest to share user information with Google for the...

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WSJ:

Nest Labs is set to share some user information with corporate parent Google for the first time since its February acquisition.

Matt Rogers, a co-founder of the smart-thermostat maker, said in an interview that Google will connect some of its apps to Nest, allowing Google to know when Nest users are at home or not.

And so it begins.

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10:30
Job listings point to Apple expanding the number of...

MacRumors yesterday discovered a slew of new job listings on Apple's website which suggests that the company has its eyes set on expanding the list of languages supported by Siri. The open job positions call for Siri Language Engineers and were...

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10:20
Sundar Pichai to Tim Cook: Android’s not a toxic...

Bloomberg Businessweek just published a lengthy profile and interview with Google’s head of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai and within addressed some of Apple’s recent comments about Android. While much of the conversation circled around what we can expect from Google at this year’s developer conference and Sundar’s scheduled keynote address — wearables and TV will be a big focus— Sundar was also asked his thoughts on Apple’s recent announcements at its own WWDC developer conference earlier this month.

While noting that much of what Apple announced for iOS 8 were features that Android already had— third party keyboards, widgets, etc— Sundar said shipping a new version of Google Play every six weeks makes...

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10:14
Wearables come together as Misfit launches official...

Misfit and Pebble on Tuesday announced a new long-term partnership, beginning with the launch of an official Misfit activity tracking application that runs on the Pebble smart watch.



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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-24

Withings is jumping into the upscale fitness tracking watch market and may have parallels to Apple's rumored iWatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to dive into the Withings announcement, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and whether or not there's a market for Activite and the rumored iWatch.


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10:02
Apple could sway 35% of Android & Windows Phone...

Already on track to capture nearly half of the smartphone market in 2014, Apple could dramatically expand the iPhone's customer base at Android's expense by adding a new model with a larger display, according to a survey released Tuesday by the investment arm of the Royal Bank of Canada.



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10:00
iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tutorial video makes it look easy

YouTube user Macmixing has posted a tutorial video on how to jailbreak iOS 7.1.1. The process can be intimidating for some, but this video walks you through the process step by step. There are a pair of caveats here. You'll need Pangu's tool and a...

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09:45
Microsoft offers MacBook Air to Surface Pro trade-in...

This weekend, Microsoft Stores launched a trade-in program to encourage sales of the new Surface Pro 3, but the trade-in promotion named only a single device: the MacBook Air, at a value of “up to $650″ toward any Surface Pro 3 purchase. At the lowest specification, that trade-in amount would let buyers walk out of a Microsoft Store with an Intel i3 Surface Pro 3 for as little as $150.

My reaction when reading this:

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09:34
9to5Toys Last Call: Kensington Lightning dock $12,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Kensington AbsolutePower Lightning iPhone charge & sync dock $12 shipped (orig. $50)
  • Samsung 840 EVO 2.5″ 120GB SATA III SSD ...
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09:30
MonkeyParking app draws ire of San Francisco...

Finding parking in any big city can often be a big, bonafide pain in the arse. One company with an eye towards remedying the problem is MonkeyParking, an Italian-based startup that runs out of San Francisco.

The premise of MonkeyParking is rather...

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09:23
∞ Apple TV updated with new channels

Apple debuted a number of new channels to the Apple TV this morning, adding ABC News, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and AOL On. [...]

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09:15
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

Composite [iPad; Now...

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09:03
Apple continues to experiment with super-low pricing...

Through its indirect channel of trusted resellers, Apple has become increasingly aggressive on Mac pricing in 2014, offering discounts that go well beyond historical trends. That continues with big savings on the company's new iMac released just last week -- a pattern that suggests the company is actively experimenting with lower price points across multiple product families.



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09:00
World Cup fever invades the App Store

Last Sunday's matchup between the U.S. and Portugal attracted nearly 25 million viewers on ESPN, netting the highest TV rating for any Soccer game ever broadcast in the U.S. World Cup fever is upon us. And with good cause; this year's World Cup...

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09:00
Reading List: News to me

Because you can never have too many things to read, we’ve compiled a list of the most interesting Apple-related stories for Tuesday.

ABC News Comes to Apple TV with Live and On-Demand Video, Local News, and Historical Footage [Updated]

A surfeit of new channels have arrived on the Apple TV this morning, including ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, Willow, and an updated version of the Flickr app. The ABC News channel offers 24/7 live and on-demand video, video news updates, local content from several affiliates, and more. This is great news not only for fans of more video content, but also those of us who really felt like we didn’t have enough little rectangles on our Apple TV home screens.

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08:57
External Link: Apple TV Gains ABC News, PBS Kids,...

The Apple TV has gained three new channels: ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow TV. Unlike the Watch ABC app, which requires a cable or satellite subscription, the ABC News app is free to all. PBS Kids is free, but requires online activation. AOL On is also free, but the Willow TV app, which features live cricket broadcasts, costs $15 a month. The Flickr app has been redesigned to allow account logins and vastly better photo discovery.

 

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08:48
Senators attempt to neutralize cellphone bulk...

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced on Monday an agreement on bipartisan legislation that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers, by making mass cellphone unlocking for resellers legal. The revision to existing legislation will be listed on the Judiciary Committee's agenda for this week's executive business meeting....



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08:42
Apple TV update adds four new channels, including...

Another Apple TV update has added new channels.

Per AppleInsider, a new Apple TV update has added channels for ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow as part of an over-the-air update Tuesday morning.

ABC News brings both live and on-demand streaming coverage of current events, with most content open to users without a cable subscription. The channel will broadcast hourly news updates as well as four to five live reports each day, and viewers can access a growing archive of historical footage from the venerable network.

The addition of ABC News — which will also bring local content from stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San...

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08:41
Apple TV gets dedicated ABC News app [u]

(Updated with channels from PBS, AOl, Willow) Apple has silently updated the Apple TV with a new app channel, ABC News. It doesn't require authentication with a cable provider, but live content is limited to feeds already available on abcnews.com. The bulk of the app is dedicated to clips, broken up into categories like Top Stories, and topics such as the 2014 World Cup or the ISIS takeover of Iraq....



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08:39
Apple TV gets ABC News, PBS Kids, More

Apple pushed out more channels to Apple TV, giving users access to ABC News, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and AOL On on Tuesday. Like other channel updates, Apple quietly pushed the new content out to users without any need to run updaters or reboot.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing more channels appear on Apple TV is great, but forcing viewers to still pay for a cable TV package really sucks. TV viewers are slowing moving towards wanting to pay for just what they want to see instead of hundreds of channels they aren't interested in.


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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Ear to the ground

Ear to the ground

This week’s roundup brings you apps that test and train your musical instincts, help you track your memories, and bring order to your life.

Anytune 1.1

Anystone Technologies Inc.’s $30 Anytune (Mac App Store Link) slows down your music so that you can more easily practice along with it.

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08:30
Flickr Find: Steve's got your back

Flickr user Sam has found a clever use for her Steve Jobs Lego minifig. She attached the figure to a Lego stand and then slapped the stand on her desk with some Blue-Tack. A Lightning cable fits perfectly into "Lego Steve's" hand.

Last week we wrote...

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08:28
Rumor: Apple to begin manufacturing 12-inch MacBook...

If there’s a rumor, there’s usually a kernel of truth to go along with it.

A new report via the sometimes-accurate DigiTimes claims that Apple’s supply partners will begin production of an anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air sometime in Q3 of this year. The current estimate points towards July and Apple is apparently planning to stick with the current MacBook Air design, with only minor unseen tweaks to rearrange certain internal structures and accommodate an adequately sized battery.

If true, the timing tends to be consistent with predictions released from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a strong track record in forecasting Apple’s hardware releases. Kuo stated in April that he expected Apple to launch a 12-inch Air towards...

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08:24
iPhone Apps: 1Password, Reeder, Prompts
08:02
New Apple TV channels: ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids,...

Apple has added four new channels to Apple TV: ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, and Willow. The ABC News channel features live streams and a variety of shows. AOL On is AOL’s video library service, which also features original programming. PBS Kids features popular…

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08:00
How to reorder Safari pages on iPhone or iPad

Apple's iOS 7 changed the way mobile Safari manages multiple open pages. The current version presents the list as a "fan." Scroll through it with a swipe of your finger to quickly browse all open pages. Did you know you can also reorder those pages?...

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07:30
Apple TV gains 4 new channels, including ABC News...

Parents, news junkies, and sports fans now have a number of new streaming content options from Apple as the company added channels for ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow as part of an over-the-air update Tuesday morning.



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07:30
Readmill is closing its doors on July 1, 2014

Yet another beloved eReader app is closing its doors thanks to the sad reality of being financially unsustainable. This time it's Readmill, the open reading platform for iOS and Android that sought to give users an alternative to proprietary stores....

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07:19
Needham raises Apple target to $97, expects Swift...

Investment firm Needham on Tuesday broke its typical semi-annual schedule and updated its price target for Apple stock to $97, citing stronger than expected iPhone sales and also the surprise announcement of a new programming language called Swift.



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07:17
12-inch MacBook Air starting production in third...

Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production by Quanta Computer in the third quarter, sources tell Digitimes. As for specifications, the sources claim that it will have at least some internal changes, affecting layout and the battery. External design should be similar to current 11- and 13-inch Airs. It's still not clear though if the machine will have an anticipated Retina display, which would finally put the Air on par with Apple's other mobile products....



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07:13
Apple TV adds ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, Willow TV...

After adding the Watch ABC app to Apple TV late last year, today ABC News arrives as its own channel on the device offering users access to a lot of the network’s content free of charge. While the WatchABC app provides full TV shows from the network and requires a cable subscription, the new ABC News app offers mostly news, clips of new shows as well as the same live stream that is also accessible from ABCNews.com. The new ABC News app comes alongside PBS Kids, Willow TV, AOL On, and a redesigned Flickr app. 

The ABC News app, unlike the WatchABC app, will be accessible to all users for free. When it comes to Apple TV, that means that...

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07:10
Nest releases smart thermometer programming...

After nine months gestation, the Nest smart thermostat programmer's API has been released to the public. The cross-platform tool will allow coders on any platform to develop communications and integration tools for the smart device, including bringing new features to the device, like geofencing, and advanced scheduling tools....



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07:08
Samsung Legal Team gets $2M Fine for Leaking Apple...

The legal firm of Quinn Emanuel was slapped with a US$2 million fine for leaking confidential licensing agreements between Apple and Nokia to Samsung. The documents were part of the ongoing mobile device patent infringement fight between Apple and Samsung, and were intended only for expert witnesses and not the Korean electronics maker's eyes.

The Mac Observer Spin: Coughing up $2 million is more like digging for pocket change from Samsung's perspective. The electronics maker has a track record for staying ahead of the legal system while it makes products other companies say infringe on their products. That's not going to change now, and Quinn Emanuel won't have to take a financial hit because Samsung will no doubt write the checks for the full amount.

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07:02
Beware the IMSI catcher

Newsweek:

Call it the “IMSI catcher” war, with the acronym standing for International Mobile Subscriber Identity. Every device that communicates with a cell tower—mobile phone, smartphone or tablet—has one. What StingRay (manufactured by Florida-based Harris Corp.) and its competitors do is act like a cellphone tower, drawing the unique IMSI signals into their grasp.

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07:00
Amazon CEO scribbles on customer's iPhone after...

Amazon is going all-in with its iPhone competitor, the Fire Phone, and company CEO Jeff Bezos took the time to have some fun with one of Apple's devices after revealing his new gadget at its debut event last week. A few of Amazon's biggest fans were...

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06:54
See how borders change on Google Maps depending on...

The article includes several animated GIFs showing country borders as seen from within the US counterpointed with a view from with the country itself. Fascinating.

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06:53
ConEd will help NYC residents connect their air...

With another sweltering summer in the offing, New York utility ConEd is once again looking to ease the load on its aging power grid by offering customers a free outlet adapter that will turn a standard window-mounted air conditioner into a WiFi-connected unit that can be controlled from an iPhone.



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06:45
Samsung and its lawyers fined $2M for leaking...

9to5mac:

A court has fined lawyers Quinn Emanuel and Samsung a total of $2M for misusing confidential details of a patent deal struck between Apple and Nokia.

The documents were supplied by Apple to Samsung’s lawyers purely so that it could see that Apple was telling the truth about its patent deals with other companies. The documents were marked “for attorney’s eyes only” and were not to be revealed to Samsung executives.

Typical.

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06:42
Withings unveils Activité fitness tracking watch

Withings has debuted Activité ($390), a new iOS-compatible fitness tracking watch. Activité has the look of a real watch, and connects to the Withings Health Mate fitness tracking app using Bluetooth LE. It uses the smartphone connection to display “the exact time, always,” automatically adjusting to time zone…

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06:30
Microsoft offering MacBook Air owners up to $650 in...

In an effort to generate interest in its Surface Pro 3 tablet, Microsoft is offering owners of select MacBook Air models upwards of $650 in trade-in credit. Now why would the folks at Redmond be trying to entice laptop owners with a tablet? Well,...

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06:14
Google Nest, developers, and the battle with Apple...

Last September, Nest announced their Nest Developer Program. In preparation for tomorrow’s Google I/O conference, the Nest Developer Program is now active.

If you watch the video embedded below, you’ll get a sense of Nest’s vision for the home. Clearly, this is in direct competition with Apple’s HomeKit, part of an already crowded smart home space.

Startups like SmartThings and Revolv sell smart hubs, usually for around a couple hundred dollars, that act as wireless command centers for Internet-connected gadgets around the home, like light bulbs, wall switches...

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06:11
Bloomberg: New iPhones could launch at same time

Apple’s upcoming 4.7” and 5.5” iPhones will enter mass production next month and might become available at the same time, Bloomberg reports. The report claims the phones may ship to retailers “around September,” which corroborates some past reports claiming a September release. Bloomberg also notes the 5.5” iPhone is…

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06:00
Daily App: Grub will fill your free time with fruit-...

iOS arcade title Grub from Pixowl takes the "gobble em up" gameplay of Pac-man and mixes it with the challenging movement of Snake. Throw in some cute graphics and snappy music and you have a mostly fun arcade game for your iPhone and iPad.

In Grub,...

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05:48
Withings goes Upscale with Activite Fitness Tracker...

Health and fitness monitoring company Withings introduced its Activite fitness tracker on Tuesday with a traditional analog wristwatch design. The Activite uses watch hands to show the time as well as your overall daily fitness activity level.


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05:27
First look: OS X Yosemite

Apple's WWDC 14 was a massive event with many interesting talking points and implications as our team examined. Although Apple has been relatively quiet on the hardware front since the launch of the all-new Mac Pro in late 2013, it is now very clear that it has been doing anything but standing still. iOS has become Apple's flagship operating system, by virtue of the massive success of the devices that the OS powers. Apple's iOS install base is ten times as large as its Mac install base (even though at 80 million users, the latter is now at record levels for Apple too). Consequently, Apple has...



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05:19
Survey finds 14% of watch-wearers interested in...

Investment firm Piper Jaffray published the results of a new fashion-focused survey on Tuesday, in which respondents were asked about a rumored Apple "iWatch," with interest in such a device found to vary wildly based on price.



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05:00
All Things Appy: Top 5 iOS Utilities and Tools


While Apple's mobile operating system does hold users' hands when it comes to device management more so than competitor Android, there are additional steps you can take to optimize your iOS device. Free third-party utilities are available in app form to beef up battery management, cloud storage and camera backup, as well as to find lost phones, among other things. Our No. 1 choice, Battery Doctor HD, is one of the most popular battery management tools available in the iTunes store, and it looks fabulous with its elegant and sophisticated graphic design.

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04:57
Samsung and its lawyers fined $2M for leaking...

Samsung, together with its lawyers, will have to fork out a little more cash following its loss in its second patent battle with Apple. A court has fined lawyers Quinn Emanuel and Samsung a total of $2M for misusing confidential details of a patent deal struck between Apple and Nokia.

The documents were supplied by Apple to Samsung’s lawyers purely so that it could see that Apple was telling the truth about its patent deals with other companies. The documents were marked “for attorney’s eyes only” and were not to be revealed to Samsung executives … 

Samsung later quoted exact terms of the deal in its own negotiations with Nokia, proving that it had access to the documents and that the court order had been breached.

The...

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04:44
Withings Activité hides fitness tracker inside...

Withings has unveiled a fitness tracker embedded in a traditional-looking watch. The Withings Activité combines the typical functions of a fitness tracker, such as the Pulse, but hides the majority of its functionality behind a plain watchface, with the only clues to the device's capabilities being the logo and a secondary dial showing the percentage of progress made towards a fitness goal....



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04:08
Supply-chain rumors support analyst prediction of Q3...

A prediction by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple would be launching an all-new 12-inch MacBook Air model in Q3 have been supported by supply-chain rumors cited by Digitimes.

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production in the third quarter, filling the gap between the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs as well as enhancing Apple’s leadership in the small-to-medium-size ultra-thin notebook market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Digitimes is not always the most reliable of sources, and its suggestion that Apple’s motivation is to establish a clearer differentiation from the 10-inch iPad Air makes little sense, but a fall launch would seem credible.

The typically-reliable Kuo suggests that the 12-inch model will have the same...

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01:19
Google "dismantled" Android hardware...

A report seeking to profile both Google's Sundar Pichai (who replaced Andy Rubin as head of Android) and Nest founder Tony Fadell claims that Pichai appointed Fadell to run Google's hardware. Fadell retorted that the story "is 100% wrong," but neither he nor Google have refuted any of the more titillating details about Pichai or the search giant presented in the article.



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Monday June 23

16:07
Head to Head Comparison of 14 Streaming Music...

Bryan Chaffin updated his feature comparison of streaming music services with another service, Rhapsody/Napster, for a total of 14 different services. In addition, the device list was updated with additional services that are compatible with Sonos. If you're curious about streaming services, this is a good place to start.


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13:43
The Foolishness of Predicting ‘Apple’s Smartwatch...

It looks like it's time to start the iWatch Death Knell Counter. I'm kidding, mostly, but a headline caught my attention today that specifically stated that the "Apple's Smartwatch Will Probably Fail." Bryan Chaffin says it's nonsense.


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13:12
Bono questions Apple’s treatment of (RED) branding

Speaking at a Cannes Lions presentation about his global AIDS nonprofit agency (RED), U2 frontman Bono took Apple to task for the way the company has branded its (RED) products, Adweek reports. Bono criticized the company with his friend and Apple design chief Jony Ive seated on stage, saying…

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11:35
Bono Describes Fight with Steve Jobs Over (RED)...

Apple's designer-in-chief Jony Ive and U2 frontman Bono took part in an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The two were speaking about Project (RED), the AIDS charity headed by Bono, as part of Bono being awarded the LionHeart Award for his (RED) work. Apple has been a longtime (RED) partner, and Sir Jony has additionally spent his own time designing one-off products for (RED) fundraising auctions. Cannes Lion released a highlight reel (via MacRumors) from the day seven that includes part of the Bono and Jony Ive interview. In the highlight, Bono describes the late Steve Jobs as "a kind of co-creator" for (RED) because he was advising Bono early in the process. Note his effort at a Steve Jobs impression, which I found entertaining. He also described a fight he had with Mr. Jobs about (RED) branding, and how resistant the then-Apple CEO was about using the parenthesis in (RED) branding and the semi-compromise they came to.

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11:30
How Apple’s iOS Became the Darling OS for Mobile...

Apple has created a new webpage full of resources for IT and enterprise developers. Videos drawn from various sources including WWDC plus PDF documents provide a wealth of technical information for developers, but also provide evidence of the scope of Apple's initiatives and success with iOS in the enterprise.


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11:28
LEGO Blends Real Life with Virtual Brick Building in...

LEGO is bridging the gap between building in the real world and virtual worlds on your iPad with its new Fusion kits. Think of it as Minecraft that starts on your kitchen table, then moves into your iPad. Each kit includes 200 bricks you can use to build a virtual town, resort, raceway or fort, depending on which pack you buy. You start by crafting building facades, then snap photos with the iPad camera. Each facade you capture becomes a 3D building in your virtual world where you work to keep your virtual minifigs happy. Kits are priced at US$34.99 each and will be available starting in August. The accompanying iPad app will be a free download from Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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11:01
How to Help the Apple Store Help You

Here's a quick way to help Apple employees help you if you have an appointment at a retail store and you're checking in via your iPhone. It's a great way to to make your appointment go as smoothly as possible.


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10:35
Microsoft Steps Up its Cloud Game with Big OneDrive...

Microsoft ramped up the competition in the online storage market on Monday with big increases to its OneDrive service. Users now get 15GB storage for free, up from 7GB, and paid storage plans saw a nice bump up for less money, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's clear everyone wants to be the gate keeper of our files online, and the competition is heating up. That's good news for consumers because the features we get should continue to improve while prices drop.


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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-23

Nest is buying Dropcam, but Nest is owned by Google. Do we need to be concerned about losing more of our privacy? Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about that and to dive into the big online streaming music options available today including iTunes Radio, Pandora, and Beats.


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08:10
Traveling Steve Jobs Patent Exhibit Moves to Denver

Denver often feels like a city left out when traveling exhibits make the rounds, but Steve Jobs -- or at least his patents -- are showing the front range town some love. An exhibit that started at the Smithsonian showing off patents bearing his name just opened at the Denver Public Library.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you're in or near Denver, be sure to make the trip to the DPL Central Library. This is a fascinating exhibit that's worth checking out.


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06:49
Foxconn Hunting for 100K People to Build iPhone 6

Foxconn is apparently on the biggest hiring spree in the company's history as it hunts for 100,000 people to build Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Foxconn has been building iPhone models for Apple for years and is expected to produce 70 percent of the what the company has ordered.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Foxconn and Pegatron really are hiring as many new employees as it sounds like, Apple has some pretty big iPhone orders in the works. Bringing on over 100,000 new workers also helps back up the idea that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models really are happening.


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06:02
Foxconn, Pegatron hiring for iPhone 6 production

Foxconn and Pegatron, two of Apple’s largest manufacturing partners, have begun hiring workers to produce the iPhone 6. The former is recruiting more than 100,000 people, a Chinese continental record, according to reports from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News and Reuters. The bulk of the orders will go to…

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05:47
Nest to Buy Dropcam in $555M Deal

Smart thermostat and smoke detector maker Nest is buying the home monitoring camera company Dropcam in a US$555 million deal. Nest itself was recently purchased by Google, but the purchase independently of the Internet search giant, which puts Dropcam completely under Nest's control.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Google is smart, it'll make sure in-the-home products like Nest Thermostats and Dropcam cameras operate independently of its other products. If not, get ready for a huge backlash over personal privacy concerns.


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Sunday June 22

08:51
MGG 507: Blow It Out To Cool It Off

Got dust? You've probably got heat, too. Your favorite geeks - and fellow listeners - have your advice for you. How about managing a NAS drive and keeping your data in the right place? What about the disks themselves? How about some general tips for running about in the Terminal? Traveling and want to bring good-sounding tunes with you? All this and more in today's show!


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