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Tuesday July 1

09:29
If you use Boot Camp, check out Winclone and Boot...

Winclone is a great way to make a complete backup of your Boot Camp partition so that you can quickly restore back to Windows in Boot Camp. Boot Runner provides an easy way to switch between OS X and Windows on dual boot Macs. Works great for both individuals and dual boot labs.

When you get a new Mac or have issues with your Windows installation in Boot Camp, re-installing Windows is time consuming and difficult. Winclone makes it easy to make a complete copy of the Boot Camp partition, and restores it back to the exact same state on your existing or new Mac. Winclone supports migration of Boot Camp partitions between Macs, moving your Boot Camp partition to an...

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09:23
Emulating iOS and Android in the cloud

A new company called Virtual is claiming that it can imitate nearly any Android or iOS device almost perfectly in software, on any platform, with nearly ‘native quality’ performance. It does this with a combination of virtualization and emulation technology and it could change the way that developers test apps.

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09:19
Apple introduces nine new CarPlay partners

Apple has announced nine new CarPlay partners: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. The new partners are now listed on Apple’s CarPlay page under the “future models” section. Audi recently announced it would be incorporating CarPlay into 2015 car models. There are now…

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09:05
MacNN testing: Microsoft domain seizure blocks VPN,...

Updated with more testing Early Monday morning, Microsoft announced that had seized by court order 23 domains used by dynamic IP company no-ip.com. Seeing a preponderance of malware hosts using these domains, the company then routed all "known bad traffic" through Microsoft filters, in order to classify the identified threats. The move was not without innocent victims, as users who use the affected domains, including paid users for legitimate VPN purposes and one MacNN employee, are this morning unable to connect through the redirect, at least in part....



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09:00
Reading List: Do it yourself

Stories, stories, everywhere a plethora of Apple-related stories. We’ve collected some of the more prominent floating around the Web on Tuesday.

Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better

Reports suggest that Apple is building up an internal speech-recognition team, perhaps to reduce its dependence on Nuance, the company whose technology currently powers Siri. A lot of the discussion in this Wired piece revolves around using neural networks to enhance speech recognition, something that other companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Google are using, but that Apple does not seem to at present.

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09:00
New Apple Store graphics and other news highlights

It's the first day of July and the second half of 2014, and the beginning of Apple's fourth fiscal quarter of the year. While we'll need to wait a few weeks (see the third item below for details!) to hear how the past three months fared in the world...

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08:53
8 new automakers pledge support for Apple's...

Joining last week's announcement that Audi will support the upcoming CarPlay platform, eight more car makers have been listed on Apple's website as "committed partners."



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08:50
Apple Stores get new wall graphics based on recent...

Apple has started replacing the wall graphics at its retail stores, photos reveal. Until now, Apple Stores have typically used minimalist product shots set against white backgrounds. The new images feature people modeling products in different scenarios, much like Apple's recent TV ads....



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08:43
Apps: MacFamilyTree, Dropzone, rubiTrack
08:38
More car manufacturers commit to Apple’s CarPlay

Apple’s CarPlay is really catching on manufacturers. On Tuesday, nine new car-makers, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram, signed on to provide CarPlay in future models of its cars. This is going to be a must-have feature for me in my next car.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:36
Apple 'overhauling' the backend for its...

The tools that provide access to Apple's Maps service are being rewritten in a major way, with the company now recruiting software engineers to help with a major rewrite of the Maps application programming interface, AppleInsider has discovered.



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08:31
Apple announces 9 new CarPlay partners including...

Apple today announced nine additional partners committed to shipping CarPlay integration in future vehicles marking the first expansion to that list since the feature was officially introduced in March. Joining the list of existing CarPlay partners for 2014 and beyond is Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and Ram. Each new auto manufacturer is committed to integrating CarPlay in models planned to be announced and released in the future.

Audi, as you may recall, first mentioned its plans to introduce CarPlay in an announcement last week, and yesterday the luxury car maker expanded on those plans saying support will roll out in Europe in 2015 and the United States during the following year....

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08:30
iOS 7.1.2 still vulnerable to Pangu untethered...

Yesterday's iOS 7 update featured relatively minor tweaks and big fixes, but one of the more surprising things about it is what it didn't address; It appears that the Pangu jailbreak tool -- which can provide an untethered jailbreak using either a...

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08:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Soundwaves

Soundwaves

This week’s roundup comes with apps that know how to handle sound, a tool that helps you build puzzles, a new way to focus, and much more.

ComicCrate 1.0.2

Go Team Code’s $25 ComicCrate (Mac App Store Link) is designed to help you create and maintain your very own library of digital comics.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:12
Samsung, Globalfoundries project could lead to A9...

Samsung and Globalfoundries are planning small-scale production of 14nm chips at a New York plant in early 2015, says Digitimes. The firms have reportedly landed deals with two major clients, Apple and Qualcomm. In particular, it's believed that Samsung is aiming to build A9 processors for Apple, but two other companies -- Intel and TSMC -- are also said to be competing for orders....



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08:00
This one proofreading tip for iOS and OS X will save...

Ever proofread an email and realize after you have sent it that it contains a glaring error? You know those errors -- these are the ones that you miss because your brain inserts the missing word or overlooks spelling errors such as "wiht" that really...

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07:58
AppleCare+ purchase window now 60 days, basic plan...

Apple is extending its AppleCare+ purchase window to 60 days starting today, 9to5Mac reports. Previously only available within the first 30 days of purchase, the plan costs $99 for recent iPhone and iPad models and can be purchased in Apple stores or online. Additionally, Apple is discontinuing its AppleCare…

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07:53
Apple apparently assembling team of speech-...

It’s time to have a more meaningful chat with Siri.

Per Wired, Apple is apparently assembling 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.

The article states that Apple has created a group of software engineers and researchers from Nuance, the firm responsible for Siri’s voice-recognition functionality, as well as other companies to work toward a next-generation backbone for the virtual assistant.

The publication points to a number of Apple hires over the past few years, including Nuance’s former vice president of research Larry Gillick and Gunnar Evermann, who is currently working as Siri’s speech project manager.

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07:30
Apple offers $100 gift card and $200 discount in...

Apple is a creature of habit, and one of those habits is launching a stellar back-to-school sale every year right around this time. So, not to disappoint the droves of college students preparing to march back into the halls of educational...

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07:22
iPhone & iPad AppleCare+ purchase window...

Apple today will be rolling out a couple of significant changes to its AppleCare support offerings. As we detailed in a report last month regarding Apple’s future plans for AppleCare, Apple will making a significant push for its premium AppleCare+ service. AppleCare+ is the iPhone and iPad protection plan offering that provides support for an additional two years (on top of the free 90 days of support) and support for up to two incidents of accidental damage.

Previously, customers were required to buy the plan within 30 days of purchase of an iPhone or iPad, but today’s change brings that purchase window to 60 days. This gives customers more time to decide if they will need enhanced support for their mobile Apple devices. The AppleCare+ plan costs $99 for both recent...

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07:12
Macphun offers Mac 'Snap Pack' photo-...

Photo- and image-editing software maker Macphun has launched a bundle deal on four of its OS X consumer photo apps -- Snapheal, Focus 2, FX Photo Studio and ColorStrokes -- delivered on a reusable SD memory card during the first week of July. Dubbed the "Snap Pack Bundle" the $25 offer also includes a $20 gift certificate for CanvasPop, which specializes in turning photographs into wrapped canvas prints, and a chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards....



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07:04
Samsung readies 850 Pro SSD line with new V-NAND...

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 PRO, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung's three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 PRO, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers better performance over previous models of Samsung's solid state drives and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month....



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07:00
Flickr Find: Lego minifigs recreate "Hand of...

Flickr member Chris of Oblong Pictures used Lego Minifigs, some clever backdrops and sometimes an iPhone to recreate the first goal in the quarter-final soccer match between Argentina and England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Argentina won the match...

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06:58
Apple makes 2014 Back to School promo official,...

As anticipated, Apple has launched the 2014 edition of its Back to School promotion in the US. The offer is open to qualifying students and faculty, and gives people a $100 Apple Store gift card for buying a Mac, or a $50 card for buying an iPhone or iPad. It applies on top of regular educational discounts, which do however exclude iPhones....



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06:58
Apple Regains Top Spot in Barron’s Most Respected...

Apple has regained the top position on Barron's annual list of the world's most respected companies. Apple took the spot from Berkshire Hathaway, which is the company that knocked Apple out of the number one slot last year.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple's strong position with investors and in its own competitive markets, plus Tim Cook's strong leadership, it isn't a surprise that other big companies look to Cupertino with respect.


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06:54
Apple's new $199 iPod touch now available in...

Consumers throughout Europe, Asia, and South America can now get their hands on Apple's revamped 16-gigabyte iPod touch, as the colorful media player has launched in a number of new countries just five days after its debut in the U.S.



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06:32
Apple Q3 earnings call coming July 22

Apple has announced that it will release its Q3 financial results on Tuesday, July 22. The company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day, notably expected to be the first with new CFO Luca Maestri leading the discussion. For the third quarter, Apple previously…

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06:30
Daily App: Visage Lab is your virtual makeup artist...

Sometimes photos capture your worst side -- those moments when your skin has a pimple or the ambient lighting makes your teeth appear less than white. To do a quick touch-up without being overly obvious, you should check out Visage Lab, a portrait...

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06:25
How to quickly put your apps in alphabetical order

My iPhone is a bit of a mess. My front page contains the apps I use the most, but the rest of my pages are in a random order that slightly resembles the order in which I purchased the apps, shuffled in my attempts to move apps to my front page. Sound familiar?

The linked article talks you through the relatively simple process of sorting all your apps in alphabetical order. This might not work for all people, but it does make it much easier to home in on an app when you have 9 pages of apps.

Read the full post for an exception and solution.

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06:15
Apple’s new & cheaper 16GB iPod touch with rear...

Apple has launched the cheaper 16GB version of the iPod touch with a 5 megapixel iSight camera internationally. The new iPod also comes in the same Space Gray, Silver, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and (Product) RED models as the 32GB and 64GB configurations. The new 16GB player first launched in the United States last week, but today marks the first time that the units are available at Apple’s sales channels across the world. The pricing of the 16GB iPod touch is now local equivalents to $199, which is a reduction from $229. The device is shipping within 24 hours from several online stores, including the ones for the U.K., France,...

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05:58
Apple Launches Back to School Deals with $100 Gift...

Apple kicked off its annual Back to School promotion on Tuesday with Apple Store Gift Card deals when you buy a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Buying a new Mac will get you a US$100 gift card, and a new iPhone or iPad will get you a $50 card.


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05:50
Thoughts of an Android user: Why my next phone will...

James Kendrick writes for ZDNet. He is currently using an Android phone and writes about the logic behind his decision to by pass the Windows Phone, which he was considering, and move to whatever phone Apple releases next.

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05:50
Apple launches Back to School promo, offers gift...

Seems like the school year just ended, but it’s already time to start planning ahead for next fall. Apple on Tuesday kicked off its annual Back to School promotion, offering incentives for picking up its devices for the upcoming school year.

As in the past, Apple is offering gift cards for the Apple Store along with the purchase of Macs, iPads, and iPhones. Qualifying products include the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro; the iPad Air, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display; and the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 4s. (You’ll also be able to snag some modest education discounts on the Macs and iPads—no such luck with the iPhone.)

To read this...

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05:33
Rumor: Samsung lands orders to trial 14nm Apple...

Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries are reportedly planning to begin building 14-nanometer mobile chips in small quantities at a New York-based facility in early 2015, which could set the stage for the team to begin building "A9" chips for Apple, according to a new report.



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05:28
Apple tops Barron’s annual list of most respected...

Unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall. In a nutshell, Apple replaced last year’s winner, Berkshire Hathaway. Apple won the award two years ago as well.

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05:04
Hands-on: New entry-level 21.5-inch Apple iMac

New hardware from Apple is always greeted with interest, and Apple's new entry-level iMac is no exception. Previously, all of Apple's iMac range were powered by quad-core processors, but the new entry-level iMac is powered by a dual-core processor. But is not the type of dual-core processor that you might expect; it is in fact the same low voltage dual-core Intel Core i5 processor found in Apple's current MacBook Air range. In the MacBook Air the Intel chip delivers solid performance in its class; but how does it perform in an iMac?...



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05:00
Salesforce.com, Philips Launch Health Cloud...


Salesforce and Philips last week announced they had teamed up on a cloud computing initiative designed to transform existing healthcare platforms. The companies plan to create an open cloud-based healthcare platform that will allow everyone from software developers to health insurance companies to connect and exchange information via Salesforce's health cloud. The ultimate goal is to streamline several aspects of healthcare, optimizing the experience both for providers and patients.

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04:54
Apple Store visuals revamped with inspiration from...

IFO Apple Store reports that Apple is revamping its back-lit in-store photo panels, replacing its signature white-background product shots with visuals inspired by its recent advertising. Out are clean, sterile close-ups of the products, and in are colorful visuals showing what people are doing with the products.

The new graphics were photographed like magazine ads, showing the iPad/iPhone being used in actual situations, complete with their surrounding people and places. Their colors, tone and brightness is much richer and darker than the previous graphics …

Contrast old:

And new:

It’s a pretty dramatic shift in style, but consistent with Apple’s recent TV ads and microsites for...

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04:02
Samsung reportedly takes early lead in possible...

A report from DigiTimes claims that Samsung has received orders from Apple for chips made using its new 14nm process, with volume production set to ramp up in the course of next year.

The Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries team reportedly has landed orders for its 14nm FinFET process from Qualcomm and Apple, with related foundry services to begin in early 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan …

Samsung has previously partnered with GlobalFoundries for over-flow capacity for either its own chips or Apple chips as needed.

Apple’s 14nm orders are likely to be for the ...

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02:38
Apple launches 2014 Back to School promotion: $100...

As we reported two weeks ago and again yesterday, Apple has today launched its Back to School promotion for this school season. Like previous years, qualifying student customers will get a free gift card alongside any purchase of a Mac, iPad or iPhone. While last year Apple gave out Mac App Store/iTunes cards, this year’s cards are for Apple Retail Stores.

Buying any Mac makes the buyer eligible for a $100 Apple Store gift card and $50 cards will be distributed alongside iPads and iPhones.

Interested students can buy any Mac (except for the Mac Mini), or any iPad or iPhone...

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00:55
Apple's 'Back to School' promotion...

Apple on Tuesday revealed its "Back to School" sales promotion for summer 2014, offering $100 iTunes and App Store gift cards for new Mac purchases and $50 for iPhones and iPads.



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00:42
Apple poaching Nuance engineers to build in-house...

A new report claims that Apple has decided to form its own in-house speech recognition team to help create a future version of Siri, the company's popular virtual assistant. Motivation for this may have sprung from reports that Nuance, the company that currently powers the speech-recognition engine, was in talks with Samsung that may result in the Galaxy smartphone maker acquiring Nuance. Apple has been poaching employees of Nuance and recruiting others to build a complete speech team for quite some time, but new evidence has moved the story out of rumor status....



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00:32
Apple debuts new banners in retail stores, showcases...

Apple Store employees around the world have been installing new light box wall graphics showing a completely different style than the usual product close-ups overlaid atop stark white backgrounds.



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Monday June 30

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.

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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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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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12:08
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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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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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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10:21
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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10:13
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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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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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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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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06:37
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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05:50
Apple to update iTunes U with course creation on...

Apple has announced that it will be updating its iTunes U app on July 8, 2014, adding new features that allow teachers to “create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first time,” while giving students the ability to begin discussions and pose questions from the…

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05:36
Google Ready to Kill Quickoffice for iOS, Android

Google is ready to pull Quickoffice from Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad as well as it's own Google Play store for Android. The Internet search giant said the app for editing Microsoft Office documents has outlived its usefulness thanks to recent Google Docs updates.

The Mac Observer Spin: Once Google started unbundling its Office-compatible productivity apps it was pretty clear Quickoffice was short for this world.


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Saturday June 28

15:30
How I Install Fonts Onto My iPad

Under iOS 7, you can install your own fonts, and use them in any app that supports the selection and changing of text font. Let Sandro Cuccia show you how he recently was able to do this on his iPad in order to accommodate a particular font for a Keynote presentation.


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Friday June 27

18:40
Backing Up and Restoring in iOS 7 - Now With Less...

Backing up iOS devices and restoring from those backups is known to be drudgery at best. Kelly explains how this necessary evil got a lot less evil with iOS 7, whether you back up to your computer or to iCloud.


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