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23:54
Apple reportedly putting together team of speech...

A report on Monday claims Apple is putting together a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.



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23:04
Los Angeles school district to shift away from Apple...

A report over the weekend confirmed the Los Angeles Unified School District is planning to switch up a $1 billion technology in education project, allowing certain high schools in its jurisdiction to choose from six different Windows and Chromebook laptops instead of Apple's iPad.



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22:49
Why is Apple hiring Nuance engineers? Apparently to...


Nuance, the company that originally created the backend for the Siri mobile app that would later become the built-in virtual assistant in the iPhone 4S, has powered the speech recognition for the service ever since it launched. However, a new report suggests Apple may be looking to replace the company’s technology with a newer, faster system that could provide more accurate results.

A new Wired report cites several recent Siri-related Apple hires as evidence that the company is working on something big for the system’s next update. This isn’t really a new idea:...

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21:22
Hands-on: 1Password beta highlights iOS 8′s Touch ID...


Besides new user features such as health tracking, user interface optimizations, and improved messaging, iOS 8 introduces several new APIs for developers that will result in improved App Store apps that tie even deeper into the system. Two of the most notable API additions in iOS 8 are Touch ID and Extensions. The Touch ID feature will allow developers to design applications that can use the iPhone 5s’s fingerprint scanner, and Extensions will allow them to...

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21:00
Five thousand Apple employees, CEO join SF Pride...

During today's San Francisco Pride Parade, some 5,000 Apple employees -- dressed in white t-shirts with a modern twist on the six-color classic Apple logo -- marched alongside CEO Tim Cook and Environmental Director Lisa Jackson in the iPhone maker's first public participation in the event. Employees handed out special "one free song" iTunes cards, and the company featured event-friendly apps on its App Store, such as Find My Friends. Apple also set up an LGBT Pride station on iTunes Radio for the day....



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19:33
Briefly: WaterField's Franklin Tote, Impulse...

WaterField Designs has announced its new handmade leather tote. The Franklin Tote is comprised of naturally-tanned, full-grain leather and nylon accents in varying colors. The tote has seven organizational pockets, ideal for tablets and smaller accessories. Priced at $290, the full-grain leather is available with a choice of black, copper, "flame," green, pearl or pine nylon panel colors. Shipping begins July 7....



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19:30
Fiscal Q3 conference call set for July 22, says Apple

Apple has announced that its quarterly earnings call for its fiscal third quarter (which ended today) is set for Tuesday, July 22 at 2PM PT (5PM ET). Luca Maestri, Apple's new CFO, will again lead the call along with CEO Tim Cook as he did last quarter -- however, this will be his first call since officially taking over for the retired Peter Oppenheimer. According to the company, earnings will be lower than last quarter -- part of a normative lull before new products and the holiday buying season commence later this year....



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18:36
Apple's in-house ad makers fall short of...

According to data from research firm Ace Metrix, Apple's recent string of in-house advertisements don't stack up to those created by longtime go-to agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab, which dreamed up iconic campaigns like the "Think Different" series.



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17:30
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

UVmeter - Check your UV...

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17:07
Briefly: New Internal GigaNAS Adapter, Adata's...

Addonics Technologies has announced the release of its new Internal GigaNAS Adapter, intended for custom building one's own high capacity network attached storage system. Designed to mount into a PCI slot of a desktop computer, server or storage chassis (with a centronic 50 connector cutout), the adapter features two SATA ports and one USB port. Up to 16 hard drives over a LAN can be shared, with as much as 16TB per drive volume, and up to 85MB/sec transfer rate over a 1G network....



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17:00
Apple now offering two-step verification for iCloud...

Apple is either testing or in the process of rolling out two-step verification for its iCloud.com portal, optionally allowing users who want to use the two-factor authentication to enter a random four-digit passcode on their device in order to add it to a list of "trusted" devices. The option is not yet available to Apple ID accounts that have previously set the preference for using two-step verification, but improves security over the default "Apple ID password only" method....



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16:46
Ratings show TV audiences still prefer TBWA Apple...


Image via Bloomberg

Bloomberg has published an interesting look at audience responses to Apple’s recent in-house advertising efforts compared to ads produced by the company’s long-time agency partner TBWA Media Arts Lab. As you can see from the graph above, Apple’s two most popular recent ads were both outsourced, though the in-house “...

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16:43
Pebble smartwatch updated with improved Bluetooth...

Pebble has updated its smartwatch software and iOS app to bring various improvements, including improved Bluetooth LE connectivity and quick notification management. The notification improvements are shown in the brief video clip above. Here are the release notes:

Pebble Firmware 2.3 (Release Notes)

  • Improved Bluetooth LE connectivity.
  • Added the ability to skip to the next notification with a double-click of the Down or Up buttons.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

iOS Pebble App 2.2.2 (Release Notes)

  • ...
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16:11
Apple's fiscal Q3 earnings call scheduled for...

Apple on Monday announced its quarterly earnings call for the third fiscal quarter of 2014 is slated for July 22 and will be the first such event for Luca Maestri since being officially confirmed as the company's new CFO.



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16:00
Apple brings official iPhone trade-in to Italy

Apple's iPhone trade-in program is officially coming to Italy. The service is now being advertised on the company's official Apple Store app, though notice has apparently not hit its websites yet. Under Apple's trade-in program users can exchange an...

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15:49
Apple to announce Q3 2014 earnings results on July...

Apple has posted a note on its official Investor Relations website to indicate that it will be holding its Q3 2014 earnings results announcement and conference call on Tuesday, July 22nd. The call begins at 2PM PT/5PM ET, and Apple usually releases the numbers in the form of a press release around 1:30PM PT/ 4:30PM ET. This upcoming call will be the first under new CFO Luca Maestri, and he will likely be joined by Apple CEO Tim Cook on the call. We’ll have live coverage of the earnings results and notes of interest from the follow-up conference call.

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15:47
Los Angeles school district pulls plug on iPads,...

After a $30 million deal to provide Apple iPads to students at 47 campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District went south, the district is now turning toward a combination of laptops and hybrid computers. In an article from the Los Angeles Times, the shift marks a departure from a one device standard that was previously adopted....



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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for June 30, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:19
Les Paul Traditional 120 Flame Top

What a beautiful guitar.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Free Jackery app provides iPhone battery insights

Jackery is best-known as a manufacturer of external battery packs; we've reviewed several of their products in the past, the Jackery Giant 10,400 mAh battery pack and the Jackery Leaf battery case for iPhone 5 and 5s. Now the company wants iPhone...

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14:57
2014 Back to School promo kicking off July 1st,...

Apple will launch the 2014 edition of its flagship Back to School promotion on July 1st, a source says. In the US at least the event is expected to be identical to its 2013 counterpart, giving qualifying shoppers a $100 App Store gift card alongside a new Mac, or a $50 card if they buy a new iPhone or iPad. It's not clear which countries will be involved, but last year's list also included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK....



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14:39
Apple Contingent Marches in Pride Parade

A group of Apple employees and family members numbering over 5,000 marched in the SF Pride parade on Sunday. This is the first time an official group from Apple has marched in the parade.

The Mac Observer Spin: What!? A San Francisco company founded by hippies is marching in a Pride Parade? Fetch me my fainting couch!


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14:32
Grace Digital unveils the new Primo Wi-Fi Media...

San Diego-based Grace Digital has announced its latest model of wireless Internet radios, the Primo Wi-Fi Media Streamer. The Primo gives consumers the ability to connect to over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts and other on-demand programs though unit free of charge. Users can also play custom Pandora playlists or connect to other music services such as SiriusXM, Live365 and Rhapsody....



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14:24
Photos show alleged black, white front panels for...

New images depict what are said to be black and white front cover panels for a 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Compared with the iPhone 5s, the panels aren't much larger in size, and are generally similar in design. They do have what appear to be differently-placed camera holes however, as well as rounded edges, which may be intended to better fit the iPad mini-style back the phone is expected to have. The inconsistency in the camera holes may theoretically be connected to them coming from different development phases....



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14:19
Manipulative User Research Earns Facebook a Shiner


Once again, Facebook is embroiled in a controversy over privacy. This time, hackles have been raised by publication of a study for which the company manipulated the News Feeds of nearly 700,000 subscribers. The study concluded that, yes, negative messages on social networks make people sad, and positive ones make them happy -- and those feelings can spread through a social network to third parties. Led by Adam Kramer of Facebook's Core Data Science team, the study was published in PNAS.

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14:17
Apple finally brings two-factor authentication to...

It appears Apple has started rolling out support for two-factor authentication on its iCloud.com website. The feature initially rolled out to the Apple ID management website in the United States and then in several other countries soon after.

Under the new setup on iCloud.com, users can only access Find My iPhone without verifying their identities. Mail,...

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14:16
MGG 508: Lightning Cable Longevity, Gmail...

Dave's considering leaving Gmail and he and John discuss options. They also talk about Lightning cable longevity and what to do to protect yours (hint: have extras when you travel!). Then it's on to answering your questions and sharing your tips. Topics include enabling FileVault on all your drives, changing audio devices, drive longevity stats and more. Enjoy!


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14:03
Apple rolls out two-step verification for iCloud.com...

Apple on Monday appears to have rolled out a new implementation of its two-factor Apple ID authentication system with iCloud.com, requiring users who have the additional layer of security enabled to enter a special code before accessing the Web apps.



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14:00
The Eternal Conflict Between Apple and Customers:...

Apple goes to some trouble to make its iPhones (and iPads) beautiful and joyful to hold, just as they are out of the box.
On the other hand, customers love to protect and personalize their iOS devices with cases that have colorful designs. This is an enduring conflict of interest between Apple and customers. Apple probably wouldn't mind if iPhone cases disappeared, but it may be a long time coming.


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14:00
Five apps to make your Fourth of July fabulous

Here in the US we will close out the week with the best summer holiday -- the Fourth of July. The Independence Day holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Most people choose to celebrate the day with good...

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13:56
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 update

This could prove helpful.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 7.1.2, the latest version of the operating system for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

The new version, a 1.44 gigabyte download via Software Update, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.

- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners.

- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.

iOS 7.1.2 requires the following devices to install and run:
- iPhone 5c / 5s

- iPad Air / iPad 2 / new iPad

- iPad mini / iPad mini with Retina Display

- iPod touch 5th gen

If you’ve tried iOS 7.1.2 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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13:50
Ink and Slide: Adobe’s Stylus Revolution

Adobe is finally making its first venture in to the hardware market, and it's doing so with the highly anticipated stylus and ruler combo it first teased a year ago. That combo, Ink and Slide, work together to turn your iPad into a full-on art tablet, but not like any stylus that's come before. At US$199, the set isn't cheap. Read on to find out if it's worth the steep price tag.


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13:48
Linux Mint 17: Fresh and Long-Lasting


Linux Mint 17, dubbed "Qiana," is one of the best releases from this community since Linux Mint 13 arrived in 2012 with the Cinnamon desktop. Qiana is filled with extensive improvements and embellishments to all five desktop editions. It is available in Cinnamon, Xfce, KDE, Mate and LMDE. Regardless of which desktop you favor, the core improvements are well worth the upgrade. They include improvements to the Update and Drivers managers, retooled Login and Welcome screens, and improvements to system, artwork and main components.

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13:47
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy Bundle for...

I have a deal for Mac gamers today, The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy Bundle. This is three games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That's a lot of first person shooting fun, and you get all three titles for US$39.99, and it's half the retail price. The games come via download through Steam, so you won't have to wait long after buying the bundle to start playing.


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13:42
Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks update

On Monday, Apple released its OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks operating system update. The new version, which stands at roughly a 958.2 megabyte via OS X’s Software Update utility, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

- Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks.

- Fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup.

- Improves the reliability of waking from sleep.

- Includes Safari 7.0.5.

OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 is available for free and requires any one of the following 64-bit Intel-based Macs to install and run:

iMac (Mid-2007 or later), MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17- inch, Late 2007 or later), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later), Mac Mini (...

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13:35
T-Mobile’s LTE footprint passes 230 million points...

T-Mobile held its un-carrier 5.0 (and 6.0) event a couple of weeks ago, and the company’s press release to go along with the event had T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray promising that the company would have an “LTE footprint north of 230 million pops by the end of [the] month.”

It appears that, just in time, the company has hit this goal. And in sarcastic and hilarious fashion, John Legere has taken to Twitter to confirm:

Neville confirmed we hit 230M POPs of LTE! Met our goal but still going! Where you at @Sprint? I hear you’re running behind. #sprintlikehell
John Legere (@JohnLegere)...

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13:33
Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 with wake-from-sleep and...

Andrew Cunningham

In addition to iOS 7.1.2, Apple today released OS X version 10.9.4 for all Macs running Mavericks. While 10.9.3 was a relatively large update that improved 4K display support on several Macs and restored local contact and calendar syncing, 10.9.4 is only a few hundred megabytes and focuses on smaller problems.

Apple's official release notes indicate that the update resolves a problem some Macs had with re-joining known Wi-Fi networks, makes wake-from-sleep more reliable, and solves a problem where the Apple logo wouldn't display correctly at boot. The update also includes Safari 7.0.5.

The small size and scope of this upgrade is probably attributable to the work the OS X team is doing on...

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13:32
Tim Cook, Eddy Cue get invites to 2014 Sun Valley...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, may be headed to the 2014 Sun Valley media and finance conference in Idaho, scheduled for next week, according to an invitation list. The extension of invitations doesn't necessarily mean the pair will show. Both attended the 2013 conference however, and Cook went by himself in 2012....



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13:30
New iOS emoji might include a Middle Finger and a...

The Unicode Standard that governs the types of emoji that appear on mobile messaging platforms was recently updated with a plethora of new options.

As initially relayed by The Verge, it's now up to Apple to pick which of the new 250 emoji icons it'd...

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13:26
Facebook Makes It Clear Users Are Playthings

Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.


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13:17
Apple to reportedly kick off 'Back to School...

According to a report on Monday, Apple will be launching its annual summertime "Back to School" sale campaign tomorrow, with this year's promotion again bringing iTunes gift cards to students buying Macs, iPads and iPhones.



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13:13
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 with iBeacon, mail...

Andrew Cunningham

Apple today released iOS 7.1.2, the second minor update to iOS 7.1. The list of changes is short and focused mainly on minor bugs—it "improves iBeacon connectivity and stability," patches a security hole whereby at-rest e-mail attachments could be accessed by an attacker if he or she had physical access to your phone, and fixes a problem with data transfers from accessories "including barcode scanners."

The e-mail attachment bug is probably the most important thing addressed by the update—it was reported widely back in April when Andreas Kurtz wrote about it on his blog. Kurtz was able to access e-mail attachments using standard tools on several different iOS devices running versions 7.1.1 and 7.0.4.

As part of the iBeacon update, iOS 7.1....

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13:08
Apple’s annual Back to School promotion to start...

Retro Apple Store Back to School display

As we reported two weeks ago, Apple’s annual Back to School promotion will begin tomorrow, according to sources. The program will be similar to last year’s offering, which provided $100 Mac App Store gift cards alongside Mac purchases and $50 cards with iPhone and iPad purchases. Apple will be re-decorating its stores overnight with a new education theme to go along with the new promotion. Earlier today, Apple unveiled upcoming iTunes U updates for the iPad,...

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13:00
Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson help Apple celebrate LGBT...

Apple has long been a supporter of LGBT equality and the company was out in force yesterday at the 44th annual Pride parade in San Francisco.

Over 5,000 employees are estimated to have taken part in the parade, including CEO Tim Cook and Lisa...

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12:42
Apple launching Back to School promotion Tuesday

Apple will launch its annual Back to School promotion Tuesday, July 1. It’s unclear what sales will be featured this year, but last year’s promo featured $100 App Store gift cards with Mac purchases, and $50 gift cards with iPad or iPhone purchases made by students. It’s possible that there…

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12:30
Apple now routinely updating Maps with user...

After relying on Google Maps for five years, Apple launched its own Maps app in September of 2012 to joyful fanfare that quickly changed to befuddled confusion. The app's maps were buggy, sometimes directing you to drive across bodies of water to get...

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12:16
Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue invited to Allen...

Investment bank Allen & Co. has once again extended an invitation for Apple CEO Tim Cook and services honcho Eddy Cue to attend the bank's annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho alongside a number of other technology and business luminaries.



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12:11
Goodbye Aperture, hello Photos

Last week an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company would be discontinuing the development of Aperture, Apple’s pro-level photo editing and management application, in favor of the new Photos app that will be released later this year;

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

Beyond a brief preview at WWDC, Apple has yet to offer many...

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12:08
Apple Rolls Out Apple TV 6.1.2 Update with Security...

Along with iOS 7.1.2 and OS X 10.9.4, Apple also rolled out Apple TV 6.1.2 on Monday. The update for Apple's set top streaming entertainment box includes several security-related fixes for second generation and newer models.


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12:00
AlertsPro will keep you on top of bad weather

Here in the US we're gearing up for hurricane season, and that means severe thunderstorms and other violent weather. Of course, sever weather isn't restricted to those in hurricane zones. Hail, thunderstorms, severe wind and more happen across the...

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11:59
OS X 10.9.4 goes live, fixes problems with Wi-Fi,...

In addition to iOS 7.1.2, Apple has issued the final version of OS X 10.9.4 via Mavericks' Software Update feature. Like its sibling, v10.9.4 deals exclusively with bugfixes. It solves a glitch preventing Macs from automatically connecting to recognized Wi-Fi networks, as well as the reliability of waking a computer from sleep mode....



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11:54
First comparison photos of black and white 4.7-inch...

Photos of physical mockups and various parts for the upcoming iPhone 6 have been leaking out an almost weekly basis over the course of the past several weeks. However, actual parts for the display cover for the larger phone have yet to leak out. Today, a source has sent us several photos of purported display glass covers in both black and white variations for the 4.7-inch iPhone. Apple is also working on an even larger 5.5-inch “phablet” model, but we do not have photos of the screen covers for that model…

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11:54
Apple Squashes 35 Security Bugs in iOS 7.1.2 for...

There weren't that many line items in the iOS 7.1.2 update Apple released on Monday, but the company smushed some 35 security bugs, including 18 memory leak issues in Safari alone. A security flaw that allowed someone to use Siri to view an iPhone's Contacts without a passcode was also addressed, as were a number of issues in WebKit.


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11:35
iOS 7.1.2 fixes problems with iBeacons, accessories...

(Updated with Apple TV news) Apple has released iOS 7.1.2 to the public via iTunes and over-the-air distribution. The update is only a maintenance release, solving several bugs. Most significantly, it solves a problem with iOS 7 failing to encrypt Mail attachments....



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11:34
Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U

Apple has announced updates to iTunes U, bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on iPad. Beginning July 8, teachers using the free iTunes U app can create, edit, and manage entire courses directly on iPad, and students will discover new ways to collaborate, including the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their iPad. “Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad.”

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

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 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy Bundle...

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11:21
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 7:...

Many of the services provided by OS X Server enable collaboration of one sort or another, but in this chapter of "Take Control of OS X Server," Charles Edge focuses on three types of collaboration: contact sharing, calendar sharing, and instant messaging, which map to the Contacts, Calendar, and Messages services in OS X Server.

 

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11:21
Chapter 7 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

If you want to run your own Contacts, Calendar, and Messages services, Charles Edge explains how to do that in this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server.” But perhaps more important, he explains the real-world reasons to venture down this path, since it’s not necessarily an easy road to follow once you’ve turned the services on.

 

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11:15
Sharp LCD plant revelation casts doubt on Apple...

Despite numerous reports that Apple is employing next-generation IGZO display panels in its iPad lineup, a weekend revelation that the iPhone maker has monopolized the output of a Sharp facility not known to produce IGZO components throws those assertions into question.



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11:15
Pangu untethered jailbreak still works with iOS 7.1.2

Apple today seeded iOS 7.1.2, and we’ve confirmed that the recently-released Pangu jailbreak does indeed work perfectly fine with the new build. While Pangu was released after Apple seeded 7.1.2 to carriers (meaning that the likelihood of the security holes being patched was fairly low), there was still the slim possibility that Apple would make a few changes and patch the holes before pushing the update to the masses.

But alas, the untethered jailbreak that we told you about last week is still capable of jailbreaking iOS 7.1.2, and you can still follow the...

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11:12
Pangu iOS 7.1.x jailbreak gains support for English...

The team responsible for the Pangu jailbreak has released its first version in English, also the first to support OS X. The tool offers untethered breaks of iOS 7.1.x devices, but last week was released exclusively in Chinese and for Windows. It also gave people an option to install 25PP, an unofficial Chinese app store. For English-speaking users, 25PP installation is disabled by default. The update also solves a problem with iOS devices getting stuck in boot loops....



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10:41
OS X 10.9.4 update fixes Wi-Fi network issue,...

It never rains software updates, but it pours. Apple on Monday released OS X Mavericks 10.9.4, incorporating a number of small fixes for the Mac OS, as well as patching some security holes. Apple also released iOS 7.1.2.

OS X 10.9.4 fixes a problem where some Macs wouldn’t automatically connect to known Wi-Fi networks, improves wake-from-sleep reliability, and deals with a problem where the background or Apple logo appears incorrectly on startup. (I’m sure that’s really been bugging some of you.)

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10:39
Apple Releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 with Safari 7.0...

Apple updated OS X Mavericks to version 10.9.4 on Monday. The update addresses an issue with sleep and Wi-Fi, as well as more general (unspecified) sleep issues. The update also includes Safari 7.0.5, but Apple didn't include any update notes for that release.


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10:36
Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 with fixes for...

As Mac users await this fall's launch of OS X Yosemite, Apple's current Mac operating system received a minor update on Monday, with OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 fixing minor bugs related to Wi-Fi and wake from sleep.



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10:32
Apple releases OS X 10.9.4, iOS 7.1.2, and Apple TV...

Apple today released an update for OS X Mavericks, bringing its desktop OS to version 10.9.4. This update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks owners and includes the following changes:

Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from...

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10:21
Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2 for iBeacon, Bar Code...

Apple released iOS 7.1.2 on Monday, a maintenance release that fixes three specified issues: an issue with Apple's iBeacon technology, an issue with data transfer with bar code scanners, and an issue with attachments in Mail.app.


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10:21
iOS 7.1.2 arrives with fixes for iBeacons, mail...

If minor iOS updates are your jam, then it’s time to hit the old Software Update button, because iOS 7.1.2 has arrived for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The Monday update fixes some minor bugs and also patches security vulnerabilities.

Among the tweaks made in the update are improvements to iBeacon connectivity and stability; a fix for a bug involving data transfer from some third-party accessories, such as bar code scanners; and the correction of a known issue with the data protection in Mail attachments.

Not yet detailed are the included security patches, which should be expanded upon later on Monday.

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10:18
Tim Cook, Apple show support at San Francisco’s...

Much respect Tim and the rest of the folks at Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:17
'Parenthood' TV ad markets iPhone in kid-...

Apple has begun airing a new TV ad for the iPhone, dubbed "Parenthood." Accordingly the spot's script features a number of scenarios in which iPhone apps help parents. Some of the highlighted titles include Withings WithBaby, MyTeeth, DRAWNIMAL, Pet Manager PRO, WeMo, and Nike+ Running....



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10:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-06-30

Facebook conducted an experiment where it manipulated what some subscribers saw in their timelines to see what would happen to their emotional state, but they didn't bother to tell anyone what they were up to. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what Facebook did, and to talk about Apple's involvement in this last weekend's Gay Pride parade in San Francisco.


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10:10
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2

Apple has released iOS 7.1.2. The update “improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.” Other bug fixes and security updates include a data transfer bug fix, and a fixed issue with data protection class of Mail attachments – it was a known issue that iOS 7.1.1 was not encrypting email attachments…

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10:08
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 with fixes for iBeacon,...

Apple on Monday pushed an over-the-air update to its iOS mobile operating system, bringing fixes that enhance iBeacon connectivity and stability while correcting problems with Mail attachment data protection and data transfer to third-party accessories.



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10:00
Google to pull QuickOffice from App Store

Have you been using QuickOffice to edit those Google Docs and Sheets on your iOS device? Put on your sad face -- Google has announced that it will remove the QuickOffice app from the App Store in the next few weeks.

The app is being pulled because...

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09:58
Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 with iBeacon, Mail...

Apple has released iOS 7.1.2 to end users today over-the-air with the following changes:

• Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
• Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners
• Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments

The update is available over-the-air or via iTunes for the latest iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The fix for Mail addresses a well-publicized security problem regarding attachments.

The build number is 11D257 and it comes in at approximately 30 MB over-the-air on the iPad and 32 MB on the iPhone. The update is approximately 1.4GB for a complete download via iTunes.

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09:43
iOS 7.1.2 Improves iBeacon

Apple has released iOS 7.1.2 with improvements to iBeacon and third-party accessory connectivity, and a fix for an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.

 

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09:34
CarPlay coming to 2015 Audi models in Europe, North...

Following up on its announcement that it will support CarPlay in its cars beginning in 2015, Audi has provided more details about the rollout. According to the luxury car-maker, iOS CarPlay support will arrive in models for Europe in 2015, while North American models will see the software in center consoles in early 2016. Audi has also detailed how the functionality with be integrated:

CarPlay will integrate with Audi’s built-in...

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 25% off Nomad Lightning cables...

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09:30
This gold-plated, Putin-worshiping iPhone is the...

You can get a whole lot of gaudy decorations for your iPhone, but if you're really looking to add some Russian flair, you can't do much better than a golden portrait of Vladimir Putin. The Supremo Putin -- yes, that's what they actually named this...

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09:29
OS X 10.9.4 Includes Wi-Fi, Wake from Sleep Fixes

Apple has released OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks, with fixes for Wi-Fi networks not automatically connecting to known networks and problems with wake from sleep.

 

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09:24
Rumor: New backlight component will enable Apple to...

Apple's anticipated next-generation iPhone may use only one brightness enhancement film for its display, a change that could enable the company to reduce the size of the LCD component in the handset and create the thinnest and lightest iPhone to date.



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09:23
iPhone 6 may have glass back after all, says Nikkei

The iPhone 6 may indeed have a partial glass back like the iPhone 5s, says Japan's Nikkei. Most panel leaks have shown all-metal backs with lines near the top and bottom. It's now suggested, though, that those lines are simply markers for where the glass will go. The iPhone 5s has glass "windows" along the top and bottom of its back to allow radio signals to pass through....



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09:19
Twitter’s mobile app install advertising feature...

Twitter has taken its mobile application install advertising feature out of beta and it has also taken the service global. Twitter talked about the feature, which allows companies to advertise mobile apps within the Twitter mobile app timeline, earlier this year. The video above explains how the service works. The app install feature can show apps from the App Store and Google Play based on “interest, keyword, TV targeting and tailored audiences” as well as based on “gender, geo, language and mobile platform targeting.” The service allows apps to be installed on smartphones directly via the Twitter app and the Twitter app will even notify users when the app is ready to use.

Twitter explains how advertisers can use the functionality:

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09:00
High school students raise thousands of dollars...

One of the best things about owning Macs is that they hold resale value far longer than many of their competitors. Students at South Portland High School took advantage of that fact, repairing the district's lot of broken MacBooks and raising...

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08:35
Apple Continues to Push Personal Empowerment with...

Apple rolled out a new commercial over the weekend that continues with the idea that the iPhone 5S is an empowering tool in our daily lives. The new ad, called Parenthood, shows families using their iPhones to learn, stay in touch, control their homes, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: The average user doesn't care about processors or megapixels. They want a smartphone that makes their life easier, and Apple gets that.


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08:34
Apple begins hiring for six new Chinese Apple Stores

Job listings on Apple's Chinese website are now calling for managers for six new Apple Stores, Bloomberg notes. In particular the company is building outlets in Tianjin, Wuxi, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Shenyang, and Hangzhou. The latter three were rumored last week....



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08:30
iTunes U update will bring course creation and...

Apple today announced an update to iTunes U that'll bring a new course creation tool and support for student discussion to the iPad version of the iTunes U app. iTunes U is the educational arm of iTunes that allows teachers from K-12 school...

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08:14
Report: iPhone 6 will use new display tech for...

According to a new report from China Times (translated by GforGames), Apple will make the next-gen iPhone even thinner by moving from two brightness enhancement films in the iPhone’s display to just one. The move will reportedly allow Apple to have an overall thinner design for the iPhone 6, but could cause supply issues in the process as its suppliers work to get the new display tech ready. According to the report, the switch to a single brightness enhancement film in the new backlight might result in yield issues:

However, up until now Apple and Miebea (the supplier) have used two BEFs, and delivering a new backlight with just a...

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08:11
iTunes U for iPad to get class discussions, teacher...

Apple has announced that a major update is coming to the iTunes U iPad app on July 8th. The app will not only gain class discussions, but full teacher control of courses, allowing educators to personally create, edit, and manage them. This includes adding content from iWork, iBooks Author, and educational apps, plus photos and videos captured directly from an iPad....



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08:06
Apple updating its Maps with user corrections every...

Apple is now routinely updating its mapping database on a daily basis with user corrections submitted through the native Maps applications for iOS and OS X, it has been discovered.



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08:00
iPhone 101: How to view your Safari browsing history...

Like most modern web browsers, Safari for iOS stores your browsing history so you can call up web pages that you previously visited on your iPhone or iPad. The feature is easy to access and works with any open Safari page on your device.

Open...

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07:46
Aereo Shuts Down Following Supreme Court Ruling

Internet TV streaming company Aereo is shutting down, at least temporarily, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling saying it has been violating copyright laws. Several networks filed a lawsuit against the company claiming their content was being stolen and rebroadcast without permission and ultimately the Supreme Court agreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: With Aereo shut down it'll be interesting to see who the networks target next. Products and services that let us record programs and then stream remotely better keep looking over their shoulder.


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07:35
Recent iPhone 6 mockups may not be final design,...

Following the recent parade of iPhone 6 mockups, a new report by Japanese web site Nikkei (spotted by G Games) claims that the final iPhone 6 design will have straight lines across the back and that the back will look largely similar to the current iPhone 5s model.

The report could also explain why most mockups to date have strangely shown round camera flash parts. Apple switched to a pill-shaped dual-color “True Tone” flash starting with the iPhone 5s last year, a feature the company will likely continue to offer with this year’s flagship model....

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07:30
Apple emojis are best in class, and some were...

Once Apple added Emoji keyboard support back in iOS 5, messaging for iPhone users was forever changed. Forget old-fashioned emoticons, Apple's emoji characters let iOS users send all sorts of quirky, helpful, and flat out weird icons with just a few...

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07:18
Apple job postings confirm six new Chinese retail...

The first phase of Apple's ambitious retail expansion in China appears to be nearing completion, with the company now advertising for available in-store positions in a number of mainland Chinese cities that do not currently boast a first-party outlet.



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07:14
Apple brings official iPhone trade-ins to Italy;...

Apple's official iPhone trade-in program has been expanded into Italy, reports say. While the company's local retail webpages have yet to make reference, the program is being advertised within the Apple Store iPhone app. During a trade-in, people can use an older iPhone -- going as far back as the 3G -- as credit toward the purchase of any current model....



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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Next week'

New, cheaper, iPod touch model rumored to launch next week (9to5 Mac)

I'm only reposting this one from last time because all the rumor blogs were so convinced this iPod touch model would launch "next week" when it in fact launched within 24 hours of...

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06:53
iPhone 6 antenna breaks to differ from mockups;...

Recent iPhone 6 mockups feature a basically accurate design, but the antenna breaks will differ from what’s been seen thus far, Nikkei reports. Numerous pictures have shown white stripes connecting the antennas in the iPhone 6 — as seen in the above graphic from…

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06:46
Apple begins hiring for another 3 new retail stores...

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We previously reported that Apple had new retail stores planned for the Chongqing region as well as upcoming locations for Shenyang and Central Hangzhou coming later this year. Today three more stores in China get added to the mix with a job listing on the company’s website hiring for positions in Tianjin, Wuxi, and Zhengzhou in addition to the three stores mentioned above that we already knew about (via Bloomberg). ...

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06:38
The Big Winners at Google I/O 2014


At last week's Google I/O, Nvidia was the big winner. It was showcased in TVs, mobile devices and automotive as the supplier of a key technology. Other brands were mentioned in the keynote, but it was Nvidia that was mentioned most consistently -- and its technology apparently was connected to most of the demos. In the gaming segment, Nvidia even figured in the talk preamble, which spoke to how mobile technology was starting to rival PC platforms. Though it was mentioned only in passing, Lenovo actually was the other big winner.

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06:37
Apple’s iTunes U gets Student Discussions, Course...

Apple announced an update for the iTunes U app for the iPad on Monday with support for in-app student discussions, the ability for instructors to create courses, and improved class management tools. iTunes U is Apple's online education system for all grade levels and college courses, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is still pushing to make the iPad the go-to tool for education, and it's clear the company is serious about being a big part in the learning process.


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