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Tuesday August 5

07:26
External Link: Flappy Bird Returns as a Fire TV...

Flappy Bird was a smash hit on the iPhone and iPad until developer Dong Nguyen pulled it for fear of its addictive gameplay. Now, Flappy Bird is back as an exclusive to Amazon’s Fire TV. Relaunched as Flappy Bird Family, the game now features multiplayer support and additional hazards, like ghosts.

 

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07:24
∞ Xiaomi passes Samsung in China, Micromax passes...

Two huge markets, two big market losses for Samsung. [See the full post]

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07:17
Retailers Harassed by Backoff Malware


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week sounded an alarm warning retailers of a family of malicious programs aimed at compromising point-of-sale systems. Attackers used such software last year in massive data breaches that nicked millions of consumer records at Target and Nieman Marcus. Variants of the Backoff family -- capable of scraping memory for credit card data, among other things -- have turned up in at least three forensic investigations, according to the department's Computer Emergency Response Team.

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07:15
GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, could...

Apple should be able to make its quota for items that require a sapphire coating, especially the iPhone 6, with the opening of GT Advanced Technologies’ new factory in Arizona.

Per AppleInsider, GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.

In its released results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014, the company revealed that its 1.4 million-square-foot plant in Arizona — a joint Apple build dubbed Project Cascade — is nearing completion, meaning the facility’s output...

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07:04
Apps: HoudahSpot, Dropbox, DEVONthink Pro
07:00
The Status of Apple's Ecosystem from '...

An amusing look at Apple's ecosystem inspired by Apple's System Status page. Image originally created by The Joy of Tech....

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06:57
iTunes Extras Preview added to Apple TV

Apple has recently added iTunes Extras Preview to Apple TV.  Following the addition of new iTunes Extras to iTunes Store HD movie downloads last month, the new Preview feature allows users to see the iTunes Extras menus for a movie without having to buy…

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06:56
The dream of open, shared Wi-Fi is alive at Recode
06:52
How closely is Google reading your email?

Last week, a Houston TV station reported on the arrest of a man on charges of child pornography, purely based on a tip from Google. Should Google, Apple, and others be reading your email?

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06:42
Steve Jobs had plans to make free, shared Wi-Fi the...

There were lots of hints that Steve Jobs was interested in changing the way we all access the internet on the devices he helped create. Back in 2011 there were reports that Apple considered developing its own network for the original iPhone that could potentially replace traditional carrier services using Wi-Fi spectrum. Before that rumours claimed Jobs was interested in Fon, a WiFi sharing service that encourages users to share wireless internet access with others. Today, Walt Mossberg from ReCode shares another story about Jobs’ interest in a world of shared Wi-...

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06:09
Samsung's chipmaking business posts weak...

To date, Samsung has been the sole supplier of custom A-series processors for Apple's popular iPhone and iPad, but industry watchers again expect that to change after the South Korean company signaled that its microprocessor business has a bleak outlook.



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06:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Grab bag

Grab bag

From keeping your files safe to making sure that your servers are doing their jobs, this week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a veritable cornucopia of goodies for your Mac.

BatchPhoto 4.0.0

Bits & Coffee’s $30 BatchPhoto allows you to quickly process and convert a group of photos with a simple and intuitive user interface.

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06:00
Wake Up Time alarm is a simple, effective desktop...

Wake Up Time from Rocky Sand is a desktop alarm clock that'll work like a charm as long as your Mac is awake. The app is a simple alarm clock with a handful of pleasing alarm sounds that range from "wake me up now" to "what a pleasant sound to snooze...

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06:00
OS X Gatekeeper Update Holds Headaches for...

A beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 held a surprise for Mac developers thanks to changes in the Gatekeeper app security feature that could leave end users scratching their heads wondering why apps no longer launch. Apple is changing how apps will be digitally signed to verify they aren't malware, and developers will need to recompile their code to comply with the Gatekeeper update.

The Mac Observer Spin: This surprise change to Gatekeeper will no doubt be a serious pain for some developers and confusing for some end users. Making the change now, however, instead of this fall with Yosemite's release gives developers a head start on updating their apps. That said, this was a pretty big surprise to spring on developers unannounced.


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05:41
The emerging threat (to Google) of modified Android...

Android is available in two different flavors. There’s the Google-endorsed Android, which is used by companies that agree to the terms and conditions of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

The other side is the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), a far-freer version that lets device makers tinker with all manner of elements of the software.

Amazon’s Kindles run AOSP, replacing Google’s services with their own. The AOSP market is growing quickly and is emerging as a threat to Google.

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05:01
Samsung’s SoC profits down as Apple chooses TSMC for...

Samsung has been having some issues lately, reporting falling profits in the most recent quarter. Although most of this is due to shrinking growth in phone sales, where Apple continues to dominate in terms of profit share, Apple has also affected Samsung’s income from its microprocessor production business. With TSMC having exclusivity over Apple’s A8 production, to be used in the upcoming iPhone 6, Samsung’s outlook for ‘logic chips’ is also gloomy, as The Wall Street Journal highlights in a new report.

Samsung executives admitted on a recent conference call that the outlook isn’t so bright for this business.

“Sales and profitability from System LSI (logic chip business) worsened as demand from main customers continued to decline,” Robert Yi, Samsung’s head of investor relations said last week....

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05:00
iPhone 6 clones almost perfectly mimic an Apple...

Apple may have a new competitor to its upcoming 4.7 inch iPhone 6, but now they’ll have to compete against their own designs. Some sources have been reporting that iPhone 6 “clones” are showing up in China that closely resemble the so-called iPhone 6 prototypes that have been leaked. One such reporter, Danny Winget, got his hands on one and created a video showing off the device. The device looks like it is running iOS (although he keeps saying iOS 8, I don’t see anything indicating this instead of iOS 7), but the device is in fact running a version of Android with an impressive iOS makeover.

The clone, identified as a “Wico6″, is powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, has 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.  The screen is a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 (234 ppi). As Winget shows in the video, the...

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04:58
Architects hate Apple’s spaceship design, but Pixar...

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt says that even at an international conference of 6,000 architects, he couldn’t find a single one who liked the spaceship design of Apple’s new campus building. Though if the single quote given is representative of the quality of the critiques, this may not be saying much.

“Does it have to be a spaceship?” asked an official at the American Institute of Architects.

Pixar president Ed Catmull wrote in his book Creativity Inc that they are failing to understand a key feature of the building, derived from a lesson Steve Jobs learned when leading the design of Pixar’s headquarters …

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04:22
Pentax Q-S1 revealed with 12.4MP sensor, multiple...

Ricoh has launched another camera in its Q-range of Pentax compact snappers, which it claims is one of the world's smallest and lightest with interchangeable lenses. The Q-S1 has a 12.4-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, housed inside a retro-styled body which customers are able to heavily personalize, thanks to its wide selection of color combinations....



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04:03
Apple’s third Dutch store opening in The Hague on...

IfoAppleStore drew our attention to the fact that Apple is opening its third Dutch retail store on Saturday, in Den Haag (The Hague). Apple’s existing stores in the Netherlands are in Amsterdam and Haarlem.

While Amsterdam is the official capital of the Netherlands, Den Haag is where the country’s government is based, being home to its parliament and Supreme Court. The Hague is best known for the International Criminal Court, where war crimes and crimes against humanity are heard … 

Apple recently obtained a European...

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Monday August 4

22:29
Briefly: NFL Now for Apple TV, DevonThink and...

The NFL is due to be launching its new NFL Now app for Apple TV as a dedicated application, according to 9to5 Mac. Featuring personalized NFL content with on-demand highlights, archives and news broadcasts, NFL Now's upcoming launch is said to occur before the 2014-2015 NFL season. NFL Now will be the first app exclusive about football for Apple TV, which will also launch for iOS devices as well....



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22:29
Briefly: DevonThink and DevonNote 2.7.7

DevonTechnologies has released updated versions of its document and information management software for Mac. The latest version of DevonThink, v2.7.7, recognizes Swift source code files as plain text, and retains more metadata when exporting documents. The program's interface can now retain scroll position, insertion mark position, and selection when toggling views. Able to index external folders faster, the software can support OS X Mavericks tags based on former labels....



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21:10
Adobe publishes Aperture-to-Lightroom guide for...

Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager called Photos, Adobe has published a new guide intended to help current Aperture users switch and migrate their images and projects to Lightroom, its own pro-level image manager. While Photos, with its support of third-party plug-ins, may grow into a program that both pros and amateurs can use, its mission is aimed more at "prosumer" users....

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20:00
Review: Simple.tv

For consumers trying to cut the cord and rely solely on the Internet for television entertainment, there are still some issues. Mainly, the problem is that local channels aren't accessible through existing streaming methods, outside of the some clips or news shorts from a website. Are there other options out there for people that still want to see their local news or sporting events without maintaining a cable subscription? Yes, thanks to Simple.tv. But does the device work in a manner that is consumer-friendly, or does it cause more problems than its worth? Find out in our review....



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19:58
Apple Stores begin on-site iPhone 5s screen...

As of Monday, Apple Stores are conducting on-site iPhone 5s screen replacements, allowing customers to have their damaged displays assessed and repaired in as little as one hour.



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19:42
Apple to require developers to re-sign, update older...

A upcoming change in the way the OS X security feature Gatekeeper works is essentially going to force developers to re-build and re-"sign" their applications and submit updates to Apple for programs that need to run in Mavericks or Yosemite. The upcoming change for security purposes only affects those running the forthcoming 10.9.5 or later, but cause cause apps that aren't updated to "break" (not launch) except through bypassing Gatekeeper, which most users will be loathe to do. The change will not force users to update their OS versions....



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18:53
Beating the Bushes for the Best Linux Browsers


Browsers have been a hot topic lately here in the Linux blogosphere, not just because of all the woes plaguing Tor in recent weeks, but also because of the increasingly worried mumbling about Firefox's future. It's been difficult to discern where a FOSS fan should turn for his or her Internet browsing needs, so it was with great relief that Linux Girl recently came upon an article dedicated to that very topic. Web browsers for the Linux desktop have evolved over the years, said Datamation's Matt Hartley.

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18:12
Verizon responds to FCC concerns over data...

In response to U.S. Federal Communications Commission chief Tom Wheeler's concerns over Verizon's plan to throttle LTE data speeds for high-use customers, the nation's No. 1 carrier called the practice fair and said it is not alone in using such tactics.



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18:00
Manything turns any iOS device into a home video...

Video security for your home or small business just got a lot easier and a lot less expensive thanks to Manything. Manything is an all-in-one home video monitoring system for iOS that allows you to stream, record, and view video remotely from any iOS...

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18:00
Reviews: Simple.tv

For consumers trying to cut the cord to rely solely on the Internet for television entertainment, there are still some issues. Mainly, the problem is that local channels aren't accessible through existing streaming methods outside of the some clips or news shorts from a website. Are there other options out there for people that still want to see their local news or sporting events without maintai ......

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17:42
Chitika: Apple still double the NA web traffic of...

A new study of North American smartphone share by mobile ad platform Chitika shows that some 78.7 percent of all smartphone web traffic in the region is run off just two brands of smartphones: Apple and Samsung, with the former's share being roughly double that of the latter (52.3 percent versus 26.4 percent). Korean manufacturer Samsung saw a higher percentage growth between February and July of this year, at 1.2 percent, but the figure shows how little volatility there remains in the mature NA market....



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17:40
Review: Inateck’s felt sleeve for the 13-inch Retina...

MacBook sleeves and bags are practically a commodity today, with a wide variety of options and styles available for purchase at almost all online and offline retailers, and for good reason. Even as Apple’s portable computers trend towards lighter and more durable designs, a practical carrying case is still essential for any kind of travel. I’ve been using Inateck’s felt sleeve style MacBook cover for the past several weeks- a durable, unobtrusive, and light way to protect a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro or 11-inch MacBook Air. Let’s take a closer look at the product.

There are few MacBook sleeves I’ve seen...

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17:00
Introducing Slices of Apple, an inside look at what...

Ever wonder what makes Apple tick? The company is notoriously secretive about its products, but perhaps has been even more secretive about how it operates on the inside. Relatively few resources are available if you want to know the inside scoop on...

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16:52
U.S. government may ban in-flight cellphone calls,...

The U.S. Department of Transportation is reportedly inching closer to signing off on new rules that would restrict the use of cellphones on planes, but carriers say the judgment should be up to them.



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16:45
Be Like Star-Lord: Make Your Own Guardians of the...

A good mix tape is a critical part of any galaxy guarding hero's arsenal, just as Star-Lord can tell you. His mix tape from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is worth of a Nova Corps commendation, so we searched through the iTunes Store to put together his list for you -- complete with the track that was cut from the movie.


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16:40
LvLn is a fresh take on a basic concept with retro...

Leveling up is the core of the action RPG LvLn. Leveling up may seem like a standard trope in many games but LvLn brings a new understanding of its importance. When you first start playing LvLn it may seem easy and sometimes repetitive, but the more...

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16:37
The Loop Magazine Returns

After a short hiatus this summer, The Loop Magazine returns today with a double issue. I want to apologize to all the subscribers of the magazine for the unscheduled break in publishing, but we’ve put together a great issue for its return. To make up for the missing issues, I’ll publish another large issue shortly, giving you lots of great stories to read.

We have nine stories in this issue, including “State of Mind,” written by software developer, James Thomson. In his piece, James talks about how he feels when surrounded by some of the brightest developers in the world when he attends conferences. This is a free story that anyone can read by just downloading The Loop...

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16:22
GT Advanced Technologies says sapphire 'volume...

Apple's source for sapphire in Mesa, Arizona announced that its factory would be undergoing a conversion for "volume production" for its production machines. GT Advanced Technologies announced the shift in their quarterly results, stating that the construction for the facility would be completed soon. Apple partnered with GT Advanced Technologies in November, investing in the company's expansion which would in turn granting Apple exclusive supply rights....



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16:19
Cops Snag Child Pornography Suspect, Thanks to Gmail...


A routine scan of a Texas man's Gmail by Google has led to his arrest on child pornography possession and promotion charges. John Henry Skillern, 41, of Houston was arrested by police July 30 following a tip by Google. He has been charged with one count each of child pornography possession and child pornography promotion. Bond has been set at $200,000. According to police, Google detected an email containing images of a young girl being sent to a friend by Skillern, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in 1994.

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16:11
Square acquires restaurant delivery service Caviar...

Payment processing service Square has acquired a food delivery service. The purchase, estimated to be worth around $90 million in stock, sees Square take control of Caviar, a start-up delivery firm which allows restaurants and other food-related establishments to offer deliveries of orders to customers, even if the business does not typically offer any delivery service at all....



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16:00
What improvements would you like to see in AirPlay?

What improvement would you like to see with AirPlay?...

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15:30
Apple's changes to app signing could leave some...

Heads up for developers: you'll want to take a close look at the changes that have been introduced in the latest Mavericks and Yosemite developers previews. According to prerelease notes for OS X 10.9.5 and Yosemite Developer Preview 5, changes are...

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15:29
Adobe publishes how-to guide for migrating from...

Taking advantage of Apple's decision to discontinue both Aperture and iPhoto in favor of the upcoming OS X Yosemite app "Photos," Adobe on Monday released a quick reference guide to migrating image files from Apple's program to Lightroom.



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15:23
Twitter adding meanings to popular hashtags in...

Twitter was discovered to be testing a new feature recently that demystifies the code that is the hashtag. The new feature was discovered in the Twitter iOS app, showing the meaning behind some popular hashtags, including those for television shows, Twitter specific events and video games. The feature could help relieve some confusion when it comes to hashtags, but it's unknown if the feature will be adopted....



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15:10
Satechi Spectrum Mouse Features Multi-Color LEDs

The lightweight and easy-to-use Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse from Satechi has a chrome finish that looks good next to your Apple computer. It also offers seven different colors of LED illumination as backlighting. The mouse works with both left-handed and right-handed users and offers a sensitivity of 1000 dpi.


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15:05
Synology NAS Products Hit with Synolock Ransomware

Synology NAS owners running older versions of the company's DiskStation Manager software are falling victim to a security flaw that lets attackers remotely lock them out of the files on their storage system and demand a ransom before unlocking the data. The attack, called SynoLock, encrypts files on victim's NAS devices, then demands .6 BitCoin (about US$350) in exchange for the decryption code.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great reminder that it's more than our desktop and laptop computers that are potential targets for tech-based attacks. If the software running your network attached storage (NAS) system isn't up to date, that's just another weakness waiting to be exploited.


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15:00
iRig Mic HD: 24-bit digital mic for studio and...

IK Multimedia has been busy lately with a bunch of recording accessories and apps for iOS and Mac reaching the market. The latest, which we're announcing before its official unveiling tomorrow, is the iRig Mic HD (US$129.99), a 24-bit digital...

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14:47
iOS 8 beta 5 changes include SMS Relay support,...

Users are beginning to discover some of the changes in iOS 8 beta 5, which was released earlier today. Many of these appear to affect the Health app. On top of supporting spirometry data, there are for example several new icons, and users can now export the app's information. Privacy settings for the app have appeared within Settings....



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14:25
Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced nears completion...

GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.



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14:18
US Government considering complete ban on in-flight...

Not a year after some usage limitations on airplanes were lifted for smartphones and tablets comes news that the United States government is looking to issue a permanent ban on in-flight voice calls. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is reportedly developing a "notice of proposed rulemaking" according to the Wall Street Journal that could bring an end to cellphone calls onboard planes before they start....



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14:00
Lenshare offers iPhone photo sharing with audio and...

Many people seem to be drifting away from photo sharing systems that splash your photos all over the web for anyone to see. For some, it's an issue with Facebook and some of the other social networks, although other apps like Instagram can send...

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13:48
Apple hires on social media expert Musa Tariq

Apple has hired on Musa Tariq, formerly a social media director at Nike and before that Burberry, reports say. Tariq has also confirmed the switch on his Twitter account. At Apple, his new position is stated to be "digital marketing director."...



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13:45
Apple's iPhone still driving force behind NA...

According to the latest statistics from ad network Chitika, Apple's iPhone was responsible for driving over half of all North American smartphone Web traffic in July, but rival manufacturer Samsung showed the most growth during the same period.



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13:39
U.S. DOT mulling new ban on in-flight cell calls

The U.S. Department of Transportation may seek a formal ban on in-flight cellphone calls, reports The Wall Street Journal. Following a Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow in-flight cellular calling, airlines have suggested that they can self-determine whether cellphone service should be allowed, and have accused the DOT of…

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13:12
Should the government ban cellphone calls on...

The Daily Dot:

The government is planning to issue a proposal that could ban people on flights from either sending or receiving voice calls on their mobile devices—using those devices for non-voice activities, such as playing online games or tweeting about the crying baby in the back row, would likely still be allowed.

To answer the question posed in the headline: Hell yes.

Flying is already a horrible process. Let’s not make it worse by being forced to listen to one side of a conversation for hours on end while trapped in an uncomfortable seat inside a metal tube.

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13:00
Yet another way to charge your iPhone with a campfire

I've always loved that there is a strange subcategory of gadget accessories that revolves around charging your device without a power outlet. BioLite's campfire charging gear has been around for a while, and there's also the PowerPot V which our own...

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12:58
U.S. Department of Transportation considering ban on...

The United States Department of Transportation is considering a new rule that would ban all in-flight cellular calls, the Wall Street Journal reported today. While some cell phone uses, such as social media apps and other data-dependent software, was recently declared permissible by the Federal Aviation Administration, voice calls are still up for debate, with the DOT arguing a phone call could be disruptive to other passengers.

In December...

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12:54
Class action lawsuit filed against Facebook in EU,...

Law student Max Schrems has turned from filing complaints against Facebook's Irish subsidiary to filing a lawsuit against the social media company for privacy violations. Schrems started a class action lawsuit against the company, asking people from outside the United States and Canada to join in. At the heart of the matter are violations Schrems and his group Europe vs. Facebook believe are against European data privacy laws....



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12:52
Updated Apple TV beta firmware brings interface in...

Today's updated Apple TV beta firmware brings a new look to the home screen, users note. This includes redesigned icons, as well as a thinner font. Both of the changes bring the look of the Apple TV closer to par with iOS 7, on which the firmware is based, but no extra changes apart from the last beta's Family Sharing and iCloud Photos support....



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12:50
Never speed in Virginia: Lessons from my three days...

Jalopnik:

You never really get a good night’s sleep in jail. In the middle of my second night inside, I woke up on the uncomfortable plastic mat in my cell, my neck and back aching. I looked down at my orange jail scrubs and up at the buzzing fluorescent light and thought, “I am here because I drove too fast in a Camaro ZL1.”

Three days in jail for speeding? Yikes. That’s harsh. I’ve driven my motorcycle on some of the Shenandoah Valley roads the writer describes and I know I was speeding for at least some of the time (OK…most of the time). I guess I got lucky but warning issued – don’t speed in Virginia.

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12:43
Arise For Mac: Wake Up To The Music You Want - Free

Kallaxa has been thinking differently about alerts, and the result is Arise. This app for the Mac uses your iTunes library to for alarms, alerts, and other reminders, rather than the beats, whoops, dings, and buzzes we normally get. It also has built-in jingles, support for Internet radio stations, and it has onscreen notifications. Arise is normally $19, but thanks to our deal, you can get it for free. Cool, eh?


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12:30
Apple TV picks up flatter, redesigned interface in...

A look at the freshly redesigned Apple TV UI, taken from the latest developer beta.

9to5Mac

Apple reportedly seeded another beta of iOS 8 to developers today, and it came with a little something special for Apple TV users. 9to5Mac reports that the latest beta brings a refreshed user interface to the Apple TV, replacing the old iOS 6-style UI with a flatter look, updated icons, and refreshed fonts that bring it in line with iOS 7 and the forthcoming OS X Yosemite. Previous betas, while still based on iOS 8, used a version of the current interface.

We won't know until the official release...

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12:30
The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X...

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what new features in each release have been significant and were brought into daily use - and which ones ended up just being gimmicks.


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12:17
IN1 multi-tool utility case for your iPhone 5/5s [...

IN1 is a multi-tool utility case for your iPhone 5/5s. Like a built-in swiss army knife for your phone. Choose from 8 colors. Get yours for $44.95, ships in 24 – 48 hrs.

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12:14
Apple Adds Spirometry Data Type to HealthKit in iOS...

Apple released iOS 8 Beta 5 on Monday. The new developer seed includes a host of fixes across the board in iOS 8, including developer APIs and user features.


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12:10
Apple brings iOS 7-style iconography to Apple TV in...

The latest Apple software to receive a Jony Ive-led user interface revamp is the company's Apple TV operating system, which sports an iOS 7-style "flat" look with new icons and updated typography in the latest beta.



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12:07
Apple changing Gatekeeper app signing rules in OS X...

An upcoming change introduced in the latest Mavericks and Yosemite developers previews will require some developers to re-sign their applications and submit updates to the Mac App Store in order to get around Gatekeeper’s watchful eye. According to a technical note from Apple, any apps built and signed on a version of OS X older than 10.9 will now be flagged by Gatekeeper has not having a valid signature.

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12:00
Reading List: The NFL comes to Apple TV and...

Happy Monday from the Macworld news desk. It's the dog-days, newswise, but here are a few Apple-related tidbits you may have missed.

Apple's “Dreams”
Apple’s latest ad sticks with the heart-string-tugging approach, highlighting how iPhone apps help people around the globe achieve their dreams and passions: People fly planes, set jewelry, fight fires, help children, and paint masterpieces, all with apps you can download from the store. The commercials are lovely enough, but Apple’s accompanying website also highlights the apps used by each person and provides links to learn more and download them. Supporting third-party developers plus heartfelt advertising: nice double-whammy, Cupertino.

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12:00
Sprint opens Family Wall to iPhone users

Parents, there's good news if you've got a family plan with Sprint. The company has just opened up its Family Wall service for iPhone users, giving iOS families access to the micro social network for the first time. Family Wall gives those on a...

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11:45
Apple seeds fifth betas of iOS 8, Xcode, OS X...

Apple is now seeding its fifth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and Xcode to developers, as well as a preview of OS X Server 4.0, and fourth betas of new Apple TV firmware and Configurator 1.7. Relatively little is known about their content so far, although notes for the iOS 8 beta add that "spirometry data types are now available in HealthKit;" spirometry is the measurement of lung capacity. Xcode has received Swift-related improvements involving ranges and easier scripting....



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11:40
Briefly: BioShock for iOS, Vox 2.1 integrates...

2K Games China has announced the upcoming release of the original BioShock game for iOS users. The seven-year old first-person shooter game will require newer iOS devices, such as iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad 4th generation, and iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. Bioshock for iOS is due to be available through iTunes later this summer....

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11:38
Adobe developing Aperture to Lightroom migration...

Approximately a month after Apple announced it is discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto in favor of the new Photos app on OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, Adobe is today taking advantage of the Apple shift with a couple of key announcements. First, Adobe has published a new website detailing the advantages of Lightroom over Aperture. More importantly, Adobe has released a comprehensive, step-by-step transition guide for moving from Aperture to Lightroom. The guide also includes some answers to frequently asked questions.

It...

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11:34
Apple Seeds Yosemite Developer Preview 5

Apple released Developer Preview 5 of OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Monday. The new release includes a number of interface tweaks, new features in apps such as Safari, where Apple is testing some rendering abilities, and other minor changes.


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11:30
Daily Deals for August 4, 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. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:26
100 Years Hence: Technology's Influence on War...


When the "Guns of August" began firing 100 years ago, few expected it to be a long war, and fewer still expected it to be a "World War." However, the "Great War," as it was known to contemporaries, in fact was destined to become the First World War -- and it truly was the first modern war. Today it is easy to look back at the Second World War for providing great technical advancements. It ushered in the atomic bomb, jet aircraft and even Silly Putty; however, the First World War also was a war of great technological advances.

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11:21
Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 9: Mobile...

One of most useful features of OS X Server is Profile Manager, which provides mobile device management — the capability to configure numerous iOS devices or Macs with consistent settings and policies. In this chapter of “Take Control of OS X Server,” Charles Edge explain how to enable Profile Manager and start managing your devices.

 

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11:21
Chapter 9 of “Take Control of OS X Server” Now...

If your organization has a collection of iOS devices or Macs and wants to distribute a set of consistent settings and policies, the Profile Manager service in OS X Server has the mobile device management features you need.

 

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11:15
Apple brings in former Burberry, Nike social media...

Apple appears to be changing its famously low-key approach to social media following the hiring of Musa Tariq -- a social media whiz who previously worked under Apple Stores chief Angela Ahrendts at Burberry -- as the retail division's new digital marketing director.



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11:13
New Apple TV beta brings refreshed look with iOS-...

In addition to issuing updates to the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite betas, Apple has released a new beta version of the Apple TV software. While earlier Apple TV betas did not bring more than new Family Sharing and iCloud Photos support, today’s update brings a refined look to the Apple TV Home screen. Taking cues from iOS and OS X, the new update brings completely redesigned icons to the Apple set-top-box and a new thinner font first introduced last year with iOS 7. A couple more images of the new interface are below:

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11:05
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-04

The White House signed the cellphone unlocking bill into law last week so it'll be easier to unbind our iPhones and other smartphones from specific carriers. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for consumers, and they offer up some tips on organizing the cables and power cords around our desks.


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11:03
New Apple TV beta changes icons, fonts to iOS 7 style

Unexpectedly, the just-released beta software version for Apple TV marks the debut of new icons and font changes within the UI. As one might expect, the changes closely resemble the iOS 7 style. A few of the icon colors for Apple channels have changed, as…

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11:01
Android overtakes iOS in global online usage tracking

For the first time, global usage of Android devices has surpassed that of iOS, according to Net Applications tracking data. iOS slipped from 45.61 percent in June to 44.19 percent in July, while Android advanced from 43.75 percent to 44.62. Windows Phone has made some more marginal progress, growing from below the 1 percent mark in April to 2.49 percent....



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11:00
A second Apple Store in the works for Istanbul

The second Apple Store in Turkey is set to open later this year in Istanbul's Akasya Shopping Center, according to the ElmaDergisi ("Apple Magazine") website. The website posted photos (one of which is shown above) detailing the installation of the...

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10:49
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Paprika 2.0.4, ChronoSync 4.5.2, Mellel 3.3.6, and OmniFocus 2.0.2.

 

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10:37
ExtraBITS for 4 August 2014

Apple has launched its content delivery network with the participation of leading ISPs, which should lead to faster streaming and downloads for users. Also, Apple’s “Stickers” ad has lead to a surprising boon for makers of MacBook stickers and decals.

 

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10:30
Would you kindly consider BioShock on iOS?

Back when iOS gaming was still in its infancy, I recall seeing articles hypothesizing about a future where games would launch on home console and iOS on the same day. We're not there yet, but today's announcement of BioShock on iOS is an important...

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10:17
Apple hires former Nike, Burberry social media chief

Apple has hired Musa Tariq, former social media chief of Nike and Burberry, 9to5Mac reports. Tariq’s new title is “Digital Marketing Director, Apple.” It’s noted that Tariq worked with Apple SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts while at Burberry; it’s speculated that he will again work closely…

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10:08
Apple seeds fifth beta versions of iOS 8, OS X...

Apple on Monday made iOS 8 beta 5 and OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5 available to registered developers, bringing bug fixes and stability improvements to the company's next-generation operating systems.



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10:05
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5...

Apple this morning has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 5. The new update brings various performance improvements and bug fixes. The previous Developer Preview brought some minor user-interface enhancements and significant speed improvements. Apple also released iOS 8 beta 5. We’ll be updating this post live with new discoveries as they are made. You can send us what you find to tips@9to5mac.com. You can find what’s new in this developer preview, below:

- Also new Xcode,...

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10:04
Apple releases iOS beta 5

Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. As expected, the release comes two weeks after the previous beta. We’ll update later on if there are any notable changes.

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10:00
Kids React to a Typewriter: 'Thank God we have...

The "Kids React" video series by The Fine Bros on YouTube is always great for a laugh or two, and whenever a piece of retro technology pops up on the show, it inevitably gets compared to an Apple product. Today's "Kids React to Typewriters" episode...

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09:58
Apple releases iOS 8 beta 5 to developers

As expected, Apple has released iOS 8 beta 5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to developers this morning. This update, like the past betas, includes various performance and bug fixes. The previous beta brought various minor user-interface touch-ups and a new Tips app to iOS 8. We’ll be updating this post as new discoveries are made in iOS 8 beta, and you can send us what you find to tips@9to5mac.com. You can find what’s new in beta 5, below:

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09:34
Apple's first price cuts on 2014 MacBook Pros...

Continuing a trend of delivering the most cost effective Macs in its history, Apple last week introduced its more aggressively-priced 2014 family of MacBook Pros and then sweetened the pot less than a week later by authorizing additional price cuts on the new models through its resellers, which are now translating to $100 - $350 net savings for users of the AI Price Guides.



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09:28
'Dreams' TV ad promotes varied uses, apps...

Over the weekend, Apple began airing a new TV ad (below) for the iPhone 5s, dubbed "Dreams." The spot continues Apple's recent theme of highlighting different real-world uses for its products, although in this case the uses are even more diverse. In one segment, for example, students are shown capturing weather data, while in others a fire department responds to emergency calls, and a veterinarian examines a horse....



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09:03
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Beats Studio headphones $250,...

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Beats by Dre headphones: Studio over-ear $250 (Reg. $300), Powerbeats in-ear...

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09:00
"NFL Now" service will be available as a...

Back in January, the NFL announced a new personalized video service for fans dubbed NFL Now. The service promised to deliver to fans all the NFL content they can handle, including locker room interviews, player specific highlights, access to live...

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08:47
Touch This: BioShock Coming to iPhone this Summer

The ever popular and always creepy first person shooter BioShock is making the jump to the small-ish screen this summer when it is finally released for the iPhone and iPad. The game was launched in 2007 and is currently available for gaming consoles, the Mac, and PCs, but so far has shied away from iOS's touch-based interface. There isn't any word yet on exactly when this summer it'll launch, or how much gamers will have to pay. Considering this is the original BioShock, and it's seven years old, we're betting it'll come in around the US$14.99 mark. Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.


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08:32
iOS global usage drops below Android for first time

iOS global usage now trails Android for the first time, according to Net Applications. Android had 44.62 percent of the market share in July, with iOS grabbing 44.19 percent. Though the percentage difference between platforms is at this point very small, iOS controlled more than 55 percent of market…

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08:24
Second Istanbul Apple Store already under...

Even though Turkey's first-ever Apple Store opened in Istanbul's Zorlu Center just this April, a second Istanbul outlet is already in the works, according to a local report. The shop will be based in the Akasya Shopping Center. Photos show that the Apple logo and glass facade are already in place, and that construction workers are already installing tables....



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08:11
Sprint lets iPhone in on Framily Wall Action

Sprint's Framily Wall opened up to iPhone users on Monday, bringing the private chat network Apple's smartphone for the first time. Framily Wall is a feature open to Sprint's Framily Plan subscribers for sharing messages, photos, video, and audio only between participants.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you want to share photos and videos, plus participate in chats with a small group of people, outside of services like Facebook, Framily Wall may be a good option. Assuming you, or someone you want to share with, is a Sprint subscriber, of course.


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Qube Kingdom is a tower defense game from DeNA. You rally your troops – magicians, archers, knights, barbarians, and others – and fight against an evil menace looking to dominate your kingdom of tiny squares. Planning a war isn’t easy, so here are a... | Read more »
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B&H Photo has the new 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $125 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. They’ll also include free copies of Parallels Desktop... Read more
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